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1990s Sitcom Stars

by Legacy Staff

From “Murphy Brown” to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” to “Everybody Loves Raymond,” the 1990s entertained us with some classic sitcoms. Join us as we look back at some of our favorite sitcom stars from the 1990s.

BURT REYNOLDS (1936 – 2018) and OSSIE DAVIS (1917 – 2005)

Burt Reynolds and Ossie Davis (Getty Images/CBS)

BURT REYNOLDS (1936 – 2018) starred with OSSIE DAVIS (1917 – 2005) on “Evening Shade” from 1990-94. Reynolds played a former professional football player who returns to his hometown in Arkansas to coach the high school football team. Davis typically closed each episode with his character, Ponder Blue, summing up the events of the show and ending with “… in a place called Evening Shade.”


Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynolds (Photo by Scott FLYNN / AFP/Getty Images)

Reynolds won an Emmy Award for best actor in a comedy for his work on “Evening Shade.”

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DORIS ROBERTS (1925 – 2016)

Doris Roberts (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)

DORIS ROBERTS (1925 – 2016) appeared in many movies and television shows but she will be best remembered for playing the meddling mother and mother-in-law on the popular sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond.” She won four Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Marie Barone.

Doris Roberts’ Obituary


PETER BOYLE (1935 – 2006)

Peter Boyle (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

PETER BOYLE (1935 – 2006) – As the amiably grouchy patriarch Frank Barone on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Boyle was nominated for an Emmy seven times.

Peter Boyle’s Greatest Hits


LAMONT BENTLEY (1973 – 2005)

Lamont Bentley (Getty Images/CBS)

LAMONT BENTLEY (1973 – 2005) starred as Hakeem Campbell on the UPN half-hour comedy series “Moesha.”

Lamont Bentley’s Obituary


YVETTE WILSON (1964 – 2012) 

Yvette Wilson (Everett Collection)

YVETTE WILSON (1964 – 2012) starred as Andell Wilkerson in more than 200 episodes of long-running 1990s sitcom “Moesha” and its 2000s spinoff “The Parkers,” showcasing her acting ability as well as undeniable comedy chops.


PHIL HARTMAN (1948 – 1998)

Phil Hartman (Brillstein-Grey Entertainment / Courtesy: Everett Collection)

PHIL HARTMAN (1948 – 1998) got to use his fantastic talent for impressions as a radio newsman on “News Radio.”

Phil Hartman’s Greatest Hits


LEE THOMPSON YOUNG (1984 – 2013)

Lee Thompson Young (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)

Actor LEE THOMPSON YOUNG (1984 – 2013) first came to fame as the title character on ’90s Disney Channel sitcom “The Famous Jett Jackson.”

Lee Thompson Young’s Obituary


JAMES AVERY (1945 – 2013)

James Avery (Getty Images/ NBC/Gary Null )

JAMES AVERY (1945 – 2013) starred as family patriarch Philip Banks in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

James Avery’s Obituary


RIP TORN (1931 – 2019) and GARRY SHANDLING (1949 – 2016)

Garry Shandling, Rip Torn, and Jeffrey Tambor (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

“THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW,” a fictional look at a popular late-night talk show host, starred RIP TORN, GARRY SHANDLING (1949 – 2016), and JEFFREY TAMBOR. Shandling wrote 38 episodes of the series and was nominated for 18 Emmys for his work on the show.

Garry Shandling’s Obituary


DIXIE CARTER (1939 – 2010) 

Dixie Carter (Everett Collection)

DIXIE CARTER (1939 – 2010) is known best for playing Julia Sugarbaker on TV’s “Designing Women,” the hotheaded founder of an interior design firm that operated out of her home. “Designing Women” tackled homophobia, racism, AIDS, prejudice against overweight people, domestic abuse and more.

Dixie Carter vs. Julia Sugarbaker


MESHACH TAYLOR (1947 – 2014)

Meshach Taylor (Everett Collection)

MESHACH TAYLOR (1947 – 2014) charmed audiences so much that a single-episode gig turned in to a recurring role in TV’s “Designing Women.” He portrayed Anthony Bouvier, a lovable ex-convict.

Meshach Taylor’s Obituary


 JAN HOOKS (1957 – 2014) 

Jan Hooks (Everett Collection)

As a cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” JAN HOOKS (1957 – 2014) had audiences in stitches with her impressions. In the early 1990s, she starred as innocent and tenderhearted Carlene Dobber in “Designing Women.”

Remembering Jan Hooks


ALICE GHOSTLEY (1924 – 2007) 

Alice Ghostley (Everett Collection)

ALICE GHOSTLEY (1924 – 2007) appeared in many classic sitcoms, including “Designing Women.” She received an Emmy Nomination for her role as Bernice Clifton in the show.

Alice Ghostley’s Obituary


PAT CORLEY (1930 – 2006)

Pat Corley (AP Photo/Julie Markes)

PAT CORLEY (1930 – 2006) served sage advice along with drinks as Phil the barkeep on “Murphy Brown.”

Pat Corley’s Obituary


ROBERT PASTORELLI (1954 – 2004)

Robert Pastorelli (Everett Collection)

ROBERT PASTORELLI (1954 – 2004) was best known for his role as Eldin Bernecky, the ever-present house painter on the hit sitcom “Murphy Brown.”


ERNEST BORGNINE (1917 – 2012) 

Ernest Borgnine (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

ERNEST BORGNINE (1917 – 2012) had a varied career, with memorable roles in comedy, romance and even children’s TV. In the 1990s, he starred in “The Single Guy.”

Ernest Borgnine’s Obituary


PEGGY REA (1921 – 2011)

Peggy Rea (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

PEGGY REA (1921 – 2011) had recurring roles in “Step by Step” as Suzanne Somers’ mother and in “Grace Under Fire” as Brett Butler’s mother-in-law.

Peggy Rea’s Obituary


DAVID STRICKLAND JR. (1969 – 1999)

David Strickland (Photo by Stephen Danelian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Actor DAVID STRICKLAND JR. (1969 – 1999) was starring on “Suddenly Susan,” playing rock music reporter Todd Stities, at the time of his unexpected 1999 death. Before that role, Strickland had prominent guest roles on “Mad About You” and “Sister, Sister.”


ROBERT CULP (1930 – 2010) 

Robert Culp (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)

Well-known for his role as Kelly Robinson in the TV series “I Spy,” ROBERT CULP (1930 – 2010) had a recurring role as Warren Whelan in “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

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