Punky Brewster debuted on NBC on September 16, 1984, and ran in syndication from October 30, 1987. The show revolved around a smart, funny girl, Punky (Soleil Moon Frye), who was abandoned by her family but gets along with a grumpy man, Henry Warnimont (George Gaynes). After the wonderful four-season run, the show officially ended on May 27, 1988, after a bummer finale, in which Punky and her classmates witnessed the Challenger explosion live. In 1985, the animated spin-off of the show was created entitled It's Punky Brewster, which ran for 2 seasons until it was canceled in 1987. It’s been 34 years since the pilot episode of Punky Brewster aired, and we’ve lost some of its greats, George Gaynes and Susie Garrett. Today let’s take a look at what the cast of Punky Brewster is up to these days!
1. Soleil Moon Frye as Punky Brewster
Soleil Moon portrayed the role of adorable Punky Brewster on the sitcom, beating out over 3,000 girls to win the role. After the show ended, she appeared in different hit shows, including Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, The Proud Family, Piranha, and Friends. In 1998, she got married to television producer Jason Goldberg and has been together since. The couple also shares four children together. As of 2018, Frye has an estimated net worth of $9 million.
2. Cherie Johnson as Cherie Johnson
Cherie Johnson portrayed the role of Punky’s best friend that was named after her. While it was her first role, she further scored many supporting roles in TV shows, including Days of Our Lives, Family Matters, and The Parkers. Further, she has appeared in movies like Dead Tone, Guardian of Eden, and I Do... I Did! and has also published 5 books. As of 2018, Johnson has an estimated net worth of $1 million.
3. Casey Ellison as Allen Anderson
Casey Ellison debuted in acting from Punky Brewster as Allen Anderson. After leaving the show in season 3 for a recurring role on Mr. Belvedere, he guest-starred on episodes of Newhart, 21 Jump Street, and The Wonder Years. He is currently living in Los Angeles with his daughter.
4. Ami Foster as Margaux Kramer
Ami Foster played the role of Punky’s rich and sometimes snobby friend, Margaux Kramer, on the show. After the show, she co-starred in the cult classic, Troop Beverly Hill and appeared in shows like Full House, and The Wonder Years. Like her co-star, she is currently living in Los Angeles with her two kids.
5. Eddie Deezen as Eddie Malvin
Eddie Deezen only appeared in 8 episodes of Punky Brewster portraying nerdy Eddie Malvin. Unlike other cast of the show, he has stayed in the industry voicing for numerous animated movies and video games. He most recently voiced the animated version of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and prior to that, he had voiced in Star vs. the Forces of Evil and Wander Over Yonder.