Some were huge in their day, with hit records, popular movies and roles on top TV shows. But we haven’t seen them much lately — or for years. Here’s what they’ve been up to recently.
The onetime Playgirl centerfold and star of Flash Gordon (1980) went on to star in 1986’s My Chauffer and the 1987-88 TV series The Highwayman. While starring roles were hard to come by, Jones occasionally appeared in minor TV and movie roles up until 2007. He is reportedly now the CEO of a security company providing protection for high-profile clients all over the world.
For those too young to know of her, think Shakira’s dance moves and Sofia Vergara’s sexy comic timing — in one person. Known for her trademark “Cuchi-Cuchi” and her frequent Love Boat and Tonight Show appearances in the ’70s and ’80s, Charo, whose full name is Maria Rosario Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza (Charo is short for Rosario), was a cast member on the celebrity reality show The Surreal Life in 2004 and appeared in a recent GEICO insurance commercial. She is still performing and is widely respected as a classical and Flamenco guitarist. I saw her perform a show on a cruise ship in 2009 and was wowed by the energetic show this 60+ (some say 70+) bombshell put on! Charo also judged the contestants on an episode of RuPaul’s Drag U in 2011.
The onetime star of the cult hit The Greatest American Hero (1981-82) also starred in the 1986 horror-comedy film House and one of its sequels and acted opposite his real-life mother Barbara Hale and Raymond Burr in several Perry Mason TV movies in the late ’80s. He has had roles in several other short-lived series and continues to periodically pop up in guest-starring TV roles and in the occasional film. He’s also most famous for his role as Sissy Spacek’s ill-fated prom date (really, who wasn’t ill-fated in that movie?) in 1976’s horror classic Carrie.