See the Cast of ‘Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead’ Then and Now
In 1991, Christina Applegate took her first major film role following the success of ‘Married … with Children.’ In ‘Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead,’ Applegate played 17-year-old Sue Ellen, the eldest of five siblings whose mom leaves them with a babysitter when she takes off for three months. When the elderly sitter dies, Sue Ellen scams her way into an elite job at a fashion agency in order to provide for her family for the rest of the summer, but pretending to be an adult proves much riskier than anticipated. Twenty-two years later, we revisit the cast of this ’90s classic and see what they’re up to now.
Christina Applegate, Sue Ellen Crandell
Then: Christina Applegate was already a household name thanks to her role as Kelly Bundy on ‘Married … with Children.’ In ‘Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead,’ she played Sue Ellen, the 17 year-old who pretends to be a few years older in order to land a gig at a fashion agency to put food on the table for her siblings when their babysitter dies, leaving them alone for the whole summer.
Now: Applegate has appeared in the films ‘The Rocker’ and ‘Going the Distance,’ but more recently she starred opposite ‘Arrested Development”s Will Arnett for the now-canceled TV show ‘Up All Night,’ and she reprises her role of Veronica Corningstone in ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.’ She’ll next team up with Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Ron Perlman and Danny Trejo for ‘The Book of Life,’ an animated film said to be a ‘Romeo & Juliet’-style love story set in the middle of a Day of the Dead celebration. Applegate has a soon-to-be 3-year-old daughter, Sadie, with her musician husband Martyn LeNoble.
Joanna Cassidy, Rose Lindsey
Then: Joanna Cassidy played Rose Lindsey, Sue Ellen’s boss at the fashion company who is fond of the phrase, “I’m right on top of that, Rose!” You probably recognize Cassidy best as Zhora from ‘Blade Runner.’
Now: Cassidy played Margaret Chenowith on ‘Six Feet Under,’ and currently stars on the series ‘Body of Proof.’ She also recently appeared on episodes of ‘Franklin and Bash’ and ‘Bones.’ She has a few smaller projects lined up, including the film ‘Too Late,’ headlined by ‘Boy Meets World’ star Rider Strong.
John Getz, Gus Brandon
Then: John Getz played Gus, Rose’s second in command who has a special relationship with his boss. He had previously appeared in the films ‘The Fly’ (and its lesser sequel) and ‘Born on the Fourth of July.’
Now: Getz has appeared in the David Fincher films ‘Zodiac’ and ‘The Social Network,’ and has guest starred on shows like ‘Scandal’ (above right) and ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.’
Keith Coogan, Kenny Crandell
Then: Keith Coogan played Kenny, Sue Ellen’s slacker brother. At the time, he was known best for starring in favorites like ‘Adventures in Babysitting’ and ‘Toy Soldiers.’
Now: Coogan hosts the Call Sheet podcast and has been featured in a couple of documentaries about himself. He will appear in the upcoming TV movie ‘Off the Record,’ and in the indie film ‘Dawn Patrol.’
Josh Charles, Bryan
Then: Josh Charles played Bryan, a worker at Clown Dog, a fast-food restaurant where Sue Ellen briefly works; he becomes her love interest. Charles previously starred in ‘Dead Poets Society.’
Now: Charles went on to star on the short-lived Aaron Sorkin series ‘Sports Night’ and currently stars on ‘The Good Wife.’ He has appeared in the films ‘After Life’ and ‘Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.’
David Duchovny, Bruce
Then: One of David Duchovny’s earliest roles was in ‘Don’t Tell Mom …’ as Bruce, the boyfriend of evil fashion receptionist Carolyn.
Now: Just a couple of years later, Duchovny landed the role of Fox Mulder on the long-running sci-fi series ‘The X-Files,’ a part he would also play in two films. He currently plays Hank Moody on the Showtime series ‘Californication,’ which is approaching its final season.
Jayne Brook, Carolyn
Then: Jayne Brook played Carolyn, the mean-spirited receptionist who is suspicious of Sue Ellen’s quick ascension up the ranks of the fashion agency — she also happens to be Bryan’s sister.
Now: Brook reunited with Josh Charles for four episodes of ‘Sports Night,’ and went on to star on the long-running series ‘Chicago Hope.’ You may have also seen her as a guest on episodes of ‘Private Practice,’ ‘Castle’ and ‘Brothers and Sisters.’
Danielle Harris, Melissa Crandell
Then: Danielle Harris played Melissa, Sue Ellen’s spunky, tomboyish little sister. Harris was a notable child actress who had appeared in ‘Halloween 4,’ ‘Halloween 5′ and ‘City Slickers.’
Now: Harris primarily appears in horror films, including the ‘Hatchet’ series, ‘Stake Land,’ and the upcoming ‘See No Evil 2.’ She’s also appeared as herself on the FEARnet series ‘Holliston.’