Melrose Place, Then and Now
This weekend, Melrose Place turns 25. Created by Sex and the City mastermind Darren Star, the show premiered on July 8, 1992, and ran for seven seasons –over the course of which the residents of the Melrose Place apartment complex dealt with just about every variety of personal drama imaginable. Now, a quarter-century since its pilot aired, check in with the main cast, ahead.
Heather Locklear was the undisputed face of Melrose Place. She appeared in every season (recurring in the first) and was nominated for four consecutive Golden Globes for her performance as Amanda Woodward. Since the series ended, Locklear’s credits include main roles on Spin City from 1999–2002, on the short-lived LAX from 2004–05, and on the third season of Franklin & Bash in 2013. She has had recurring roles on Hot in Cleveland from 2012–13 and Too Close to Home from 2016–17, as well as on the 2009 Melrose Place sequel series, where she reprised her role as Amanda. Her films include parts in 2013’s Scary Movie 5, 2005’s The Perfect Man, and 2003’s Uptown Girls.
Thomas Calabro has the distinction of being the only actor to have been in the main cast of Melrose Place for the duration of its run. He starred as Dr. Michael Mancini, a devoted husband at the beginning of the series who became an infamous womanizer by the end. Over the years, Calabro has racked up dozens of credits; his recent roles include episodes of Castle, NCIS, and Glee and the films Locker 13, The Barber, and The Man in 3B. He reprised his role as Dr. Mancini in the 2009 Melrose Place sequel series.
Josie Bissett played Jane Mancini throughout the series, though she was absent in season 6. More recently, she had a recurring role on The Secret Life of the American Teenager from 2008–2013 and appeared in the TV movies A Mother’s Instinct, Pregnant at 17, The Wedding March, and Wedding March 2: Resorting to Love. She reprised her role as Jane in the 2009 Melrose Place sequel series.
Andrew Shue starred as Billy Campbell on Melrose Place until halfway through the seventh season; during his time on the show, he also played professional soccer. His acting credits since the ’90s have been few and far between, though he produced and had a role in the 2007 film Gracie, which was based on his sister Elisabeth’s childhood experience. A social media entrepreneur, Shue co-founded CafeMom with his friend Michael Sanchez in 2006.
Since she finished her run as Allison Parker on the first five seasons of Melrose Place, Courtney Thorne-Smith has been busy, primarily on TV. Her small-screen credits include playing Georgia Thomas on Ally McBeal from 1997–2002, starring on According to Jim from 2001–09, recurring on Two and a Half Men from 2010–15, and appearing on Fresh Off the Boat.
Grant Show played bad boy Jake Hanson in the first five seasons of Melrose Place. Since then, his packed resume includes appearances on Burn Notice, CSI, and Criminal Minds; recurring roles on Big Love, Private Practice, Satisfaction, and The Family; and regular roles on Accidentally on Purpose and Devious Maids. Next up, he will star on The CW’s Dynasty reboot, which premieres this fall.
After playing Matt Fielding on Melrose Place’s first six seasons, Doug Savant picked up another high-profile regular role when he played Tom Scavo on Desperate Housewives from 2004–12. Since then, his most recent credits include episodes of Notorious, Halt and Catch Fire, The X-Files, Scorpion, and Hawaii Five-0.
Vanessa A. Williams
Vanessa A. Willliams was only in the main cast of Melrose Place for its first season, when she played Rhonda Blair in the soap. She has been busy since then, however, playing Ida Turner on Famous in Love, Francine West on The Flash, and having appeared on episodes of such series as Major Crimes, Lincoln Heights, and Everybody Hates Chris. She is currently part of the main cast of Days of Our Lives, on which she plays Valerie Grant.
Amy Locane was a member of the main cast for the first season of Melrose Place, appearing across 13 episodes. After leaving the show, Locane starred inan 1999 episode of Touched by an Angel, in the TV movies Mystery Woman (2003) and Alien Express (2005), and in the 2002 film Secretary. In 2010, Locane was involved in a fatal drunk-driving accident that left one woman dead. The actress was sentenced to three years in prison in 2013 but wound up serving only two-and-a-half years of the term. In an interview earlier this year, Locane said, “I want to help people not make the same mistake I made. I want to warn the youth about the dangers of drinking and driving. Everybody thinks it’s not going to happen to them, including myself.”
Daphne Zuniga played Jo Reynolds on Melrose Place from halfway into the first season through the end of the fourth. Since then, she starred on the drama Beautiful People from 2005–06 and had recurring roles on American Dreams from 2004–05 and One Tree Hill from 2008–12. Having originated the role of Princess Vespa in 1987’s Spaceballs, she provided the voice of the character in Spaceballs: The Animated Series from 2007–09. Zuniga also reprised her role as Jo in the 2009 Melrose Place sequel series.
Laura Leighton’s Sydney Andrews appeared in the first five seasons of Melrose Place: She was a guest for season 1 and recurring for season 2 before finally scorin one of the main roles. During her time on the soap, Leighton hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live in 1995; since then, she has appeared in episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210, CSI: Miami, and Law & Order: SVU. Her biggest post-Melrose role, however, was playing Hanna’s mother Ashley Marin on Pretty Little Liars for the duration of the series. Leighton also reprised her role as Sydney in the 2009 Melrose Place sequel show.
Marcia Cross appeared in the first five seasons of Melrose Place as Kimberly Shaw, who began as a recurring character but soon became a part of the main cast. Post-Place, Cross is best known for starring on Desperate Housewives from 2004–12 as Bree Van de Kamp, a role for which she received three Golden Globe nominations and one Emmy nomination. She also appeared in the second season of Everwood from 2003–02, and currently has a recurring role on Quantico as President Claire Haas.
In addition to playing Dr. Peter Burns on Melrose Place, Jack Wagner is well known for his roles on two other popular soaps: He played Frisco Jones on General Hospital from 1983–95, then resumed the role again in 2013, and played Nick Marone on The Bold and the Beautiful from 2003–12. In 2012, he competed on Dancing with the Stars, and placed 11th. More recently, he has appeared on Castle, Hot in Cleveland, and Ray Donovan, and he currently plays Bill Avery on When Calls the Heart. Also a singer and stage actor, Wagner has released six albums, the most recent being 2014’s On the Porch.
Kristin Davis played Brooke Armstrong on Melrose Place for the third and fourth seasons, but is best known for starring in another series created by Darren Star, having played Charlotte York on Sex and the City from 1998–2004 and reprised the role in the show’s 2008 and 2010 movie sequels. She was nominated for one Golden Globe and one Emmy for her performance. In addition to Sex and the City, Davis’ recent roles include the films Couples Retreat (2009) and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), the 2014 TV series Bad Teacher, and the TV movies Of Two Minds (2012) and A Heavenly Christmas (2016).
Patrick Muldoon recurred on Melrose Place from season 3 through season 5, playing Richard Hart. He is also known as Austin Reed on Days of Our Lives, a role he played from 1992–95 and then reprised from 2011–12. In recent years, his credits include the TV movies My Best Friend (2016), His Secret Past (2016), and Boyfriend Killer (2017), and the 2016 horror film Little Dead Rotting Hood. He currently has six different projects listed in production.
Rob Estes played Kyle McBride from season 5 through season 7 of Melrose Place. Since then, Estes had main roles on Women’s Murder Club from 2007–08 and the Beverly Hills, 90210 spinoff 90210, in which he played Harry Wilson from 2008–10. His recent credits include appearances on Psych, Necessary Roughness, Castle, and CSI: Cyber.
Lisa Rinna joined the main cast of Melrose Place in season 5, and left the series partway into season 7. She is also well known for another soap (this one of the daytime variety), Days of Our Lives, on which she played Billie Reed from 1992–95, 2002–05, and again from 2012–13. Her recent acting appearances include episodes of Veronica Mars, Entourage, Community, and Big Time Rush, but she is best known, now, for playing herself: In 2006, Rinna competed in the second season of Dancing with the Stars, placing fourth, and in 2011, she competed in the fourth season of The Celebrity Apprentice, placing 15th. She has been a member of the main cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills since 2014.
Brooke Langton began her time playing Samantha Reilly on Melrose Place as a guest star in season 4, but was a series regular for seasons 5, 6, and 7, appearing only in the first part of the final season. Soon after leaving Melrose Place, she starred in the short-lived drama The Net from 1998–99, had a recurring role on Friday Night Lights from 2007–08, and appeared on episodes of shows including The Mentalist, Bones, and Supernatural. Her major film credits include 2000’s The Replacements and 2015’s The Debt.
David Charvet played Craig Field on Melrose Place in the series’ fifth and sixth seasons. He was also well known in the ‘90s for playing Matt Brody on Baywatch from 1992–96. Outside of a handful of credits, including the 2013 film Prisoners of the Sun, Charvet has focused on music over acting in recent years. He has released three albums, the most recent being 2004’s Se laisser quelque chose, much of which was in his native French.
Kelly Rutherford, who played Megan Lewis, was part of the main cast of Melrose Place from season 5 through the end of the series. She is perhaps better known, however, for playing Lily van der Woodsen (mother to Serena, a.k.a. Blake Lively) on Gossip Girl from 2007–12. Her most recent TV credits include appearances on Bones, Being Mary Jane, Quantico, and Jane the Virgin, among other series.
Alyssa Milano played Jennifer Mancini on Melrose Place from season 5 through the first half of season 7; soon after, she began working on Charmed, starring as Phoebe Haliwell for the duration of the series’ run from 1998–2006. She would go on to have a recurring role on the third season of My Name Is Earl from 2007–08 and to star as Savi Davis on the first two seasons of Mistresses from 2013–14. She will appear next in Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later and the 2018 rom-com Little Italy.
Linden Ashby was a regular on Melrose Place, playing Dr. Brett Cooper, for season 6 and the first part of season 7. Since then, in addition to appearing in various TV movies and single episodes of a variety of series, he has had recurring roles as Cameron Kirsten on The Young and the Restless from 2003–04, as Paul Hollingsworth on Days of Our Lives in 2008, as Dr. Dan Seaver on Army Wives from 2009–13, and most recently as Sheriff Noah Stilinski on Teen Wolf from 2011–17.
Jamie Luner joined the main cast of Melrose Place in its sixth season, and stayed on as Lexi Sterling until the end of the series. Along with her role as Lexi, she is well known for playing Liza Colby in over 300 episodes of All My Children, from 2009 to the end of the series’ original run in 2011. In addition to her many credits in TV movies, Luner has appeared in episodes of Supernatural, Criminal Minds, Two and a Half Men, True Blood, and Better Call Saul, among other series.
John Haymes Newton
Before he played Ryan McBride in the seventh season of Melrose Place, John Haymes Newton was already well known for playing Clark Kent/Superboy on the first season of Superboy, from 1988–89. Post-Melrose, he has appeard in episodes of series including CSI: Miami, and The Mentalist, as well as the films The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008) and Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel (2016).