Just like its unforgettable theme song, these West Beverly alums (and their on-screen drama) were a part of one of the most popular TV shows of all time. Oct. 4, 2020, marks 30 years since "Beverly Hills, 90210" debuted, so in celebration of the milestone anniversary, Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the iconic cast — who last reunited for the short-lived 2019 reboot "BH90210" — to see what they've been up to over the last two decades. Keep reading to get the scoop…
Shannen Doherty played Brenda Walsh for four seasons before she left the hit TV show. During her time on the series, the Memphis-born actress caused quite a ruckus both on set and off. While her character was trying to form an allegiance with the popular girls of West Beverly High, reported rifts with the actresses who played them eventually led to her departure from the FOX show.
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After years of hard partying, failed marriages to Ashley Hamilton and Rick Salomon and a handful of legal issues — including a restraining order filed by ex-fiancé Dean Jay Factor in the early '90s — Shannen Doherty finally settled down. Since leaving "Beverly Hills, 90210," the actress has starred on "Charmed" and even appeared on the CW spinoff "90210." In 2011, she married photographer Kurt Iswarienko and hit the infomercial circuit by appearing as herself in Education Connection Dot Com commercials. In 2015, Shannen revealed that she'd been diagnosed with breast cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes. After undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, Shannen shared that she was cancer-free in 2017. However, in February 2020, she announced that her cancer had returned in 2019 and had progressed to stage 4. In October 2020, she gave an update on her diagnosis in an interview with ELLE. "I try to treasure all the small moments that most people don't really see or take for granted," she said. "It's like anybody with stage 4 faces this thing where others want to put you out to pasture. I'm not ready for pasture. I've got a lot of life in me."
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Jason Priestley played Brandon Walsh for nine of the show's 10 seasons. Unlike his on-screen twin sister, Brenda, the fictional Minnesota native became one of the most lovable characters on "Beverly Hills, 90210." Brandon started his journalism career with West Bev's Beverly Blaze and ended his tenure on the show with a move to Washington, D.C.
If you were a fan of Jason Priestley off screen, then you know he loves racing cars. But in 2002, the "Beverly Hills, 90210" alum crashed into a wall at 180 mph during a practice run at the Kentucky Speedway, leaving him in critical condition and in need of reconstructive surgery. Despite the life-threatening accident, Jason went on to co-own IndyCar racing teams. In 2005, he married makeup artist Naomi Lowde, with whom he has two children: Ava Veronica and Dashiell Orson. Jason also continues to act and direct.
Everyone knows that Tori Spelling's super-producer father, Aaron Spelling, was the brains behind "Beverly Hills, 90210." But what many do not know is that when the Los Angeles native auditioned for the role of Kelly Martin, she tried to disguise her famous surname by going by "Mitchell" instead. In the end, Tori didn't get the role she was after, but she was cast as the good girl: Tori played Donna Martin for the entire duration of "Beverly Hills, 90210."
After "Beverly Hills, 90210," Tori Spelling went on to appear in her first big-budget film, "Scary Movie 2," and made her stage debut in 2002. Two years later, she married Charlie Shanian at her father's famous Beverly Hills mansion. But the union didn't last long: Soon after starting an affair with Canadian actor Dean McDermott while filming the Lifetime movie "Mind Over Murder," both divorced their respective partners and in 2006 wed in Fiji. The couple starred together on a few reality TV shows including "Tori and Dean" and "True Tori" and had five kids (Dean also has an adult son from his first marriage). Tori — who forgave Dean after he cheated on her in 2013 — expanded her empire by publishing bestselling books, launching a website and becoming an event planner. Her relationship with her mom, Candy Spelling, was on the rocks for years after dad Aaron Spelling's death in 2006. Tori's also made headlines for her legal issues stemming from financial problems and unpaid taxes. In addition to co-producing and starring on "BH90210," in 2019, Tori also appeared as herself on "The Masked Singer" and "Masterchef Celebrity Family Showdown."
Luke Perry played rebel loner Dylan McKay for seven of the show's 10 seasons. Guys wanted to be just like Dylan and girls would've done anything to be with him. Throughout the life of the series, this bad boy flip-flopped between Brenda and Kelly until he finally decided between his two loves. Ultimately, it was Kelly Taylor who won his heart.
Luke Perry continued to work in Hollywood before his untimely death in March 2019 from complications due to a stroke. Luke was married to Minnie Sharp from 1993 to 2003 and a loving co-parent to their two children, Jack (who's now a professional wrestler) and Sophie (who does missionary work). At the time of his death, Luke was engaged to Los Angeles actress-turned-therapist Wendy Madison Bauer. He landed the role of Fred Andrews on "Riverdale" in 2017. His final film, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," hit theaters in July 2019. In 2019, the "Beverly Hills, 90210" revival series "BH90210" paid tribute to the late actor.
Jennie Garth played Kelly Taylor for the show's entire 10-season run. Unlike her spoiled character on "Beverly Hills, 90210," Jennie was a high school dropout. After being discovered by a talent scout, the Illinois-born starlet caught the acting bug and made her move to Hollywood. After scoring a few small gigs, Jennie landed the roller coaster role of Kelly on "Beverly Hills, 90210."
Following her role on "Beverly Hills, 90210," Jennie Garth co-starred alongside Amanda Bynes on the hit teen show "What I Like About You" and reached the semifinals on the fifth season of "Dancing With the Stars." Her HGTV series, "The Jennie Garth Project," followed her as she renovated her home in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, her love life hasn't been as successful as her professional one. After her divorce from first husband Daniel Clark in 1996, she married Peter Facinelli, whom she met while filming the TV movie "An Unfinished Affair." The pair, who have three daughters, married in 2001 and split in 2012. She found love again in 2015 with actor Dave Abrams, but things were complicated. They separated in 2017 and filed for divorce in 2018 only to reconcile in 2019. As well as starring on the short-lived reboot "BH90210," in 2019, Jennie appeared as herself on an episode of "MasterChef" and acted in the film "April's Flowers."
During his days at West Beverly High, David Silver — played by Brian Austin Green for all 10 seasons — tried his darndest to fit in. It wasn't until he made it official with Donna Martin, became a stepbrother to Kelly and rocked out as the school's DJ that he gained the right cred to hang with the most elite crew of "Beverly Hills, 90210."
Brian Austin Green was one to watch even before he stepped on the set of "Beverly Hills, 90210." The actor began his career in Hollywood when he landed a role on "Knots Landing" in 1986. After "90210" wrapped, he worked regularly as an actor, most recently on "Anger Management" and the "Magnum P.I." reboot. After a brief relationship with "90210" co-star Tiffani Amber-Thiessen and a broken engagement to soap star Vanessa Marcil, with whom he had son Kassius, Brian found the love of his life in 2004 — actress Megan Fox. They married on the Hawaiian island of Maui in 2010 and welcomed sons Noah in 2012 and Bodhi in 2014. They split in 2015 only to reconnect in 2016 before the birth of their third son, Journey, the same year, but ultimately split again in 2020. In 2017, Vanessa accused Brian of cutting their son out of his life but in the summer of 2019, Kassius was spotted visiting his dad on the set of "BH90210" in Canada. In 2019, Brian also appeared in the film "Cross 3."
From seasons 5 to 9, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen played the dramatic and emotional Valerie Malone. It was a stark contrast to her previous role as Kelly Kapowski on "Saved by the Bell."
Tiffani Thiessen has been a mainstay in Hollywood since "Beverly Hills, 90210" ended in 2000. Most notably, she starred on "White Collar" for five seasons until 2014 and then hosted a cooking show until 2017, "Dinner at Tiffani's." She's starred on the Netflix original series "Alexa & Katie" since 2018. She's been married to actor Brady Smith since 2005. The couple have two children together: daughter Harper and son Holt.
Ian Ziering played rich kid Steve Sanders for all 10 seasons. He was ripped, he drove flashy cars and he won over girls with his bright white smile — something the New Jersey native used to land his on-screen love, Janet.
Since the show wrapped, Ian Ziering has continued to make appearances on TV and has lent his voice to the animated series "Spider-Man" and "Biker Mice from Mars." In the summer of 2013, he starred in the SyFy camp-fest "Sharknado" and has since appeared in all of the subsequent films in the popular TV-movie franchise. In 2013, he had a short stint as a Chippendales dancer in Las Vegas and in 2015, Ian appeared on "Celebrity Apprentice." He married Playboy Playmate Nikki Schieler in 1997; they divorced in 2002. The actor wed nurse Erin Kristine Ludwig in 2010 and they welcomed two daughters, Mia and Penna, before splitting in 2019. In 2019, "BH90210" wasn't the only project he appeared in: Ian landed roles in the Netflix film "Malibu Rescue" and the TV movie "Zombie Tidal Waves," which he also wrote and produced.
Gabrielle Carteris played the character she's arguably best known for — nerdy Andrea Zuckerman — full-time for five seasons then on and off during the last half of the show's run. But it was her age that really stole the spotlight: She was 29 when she played a 16-year-old student on the teen drama.
After she left the series in 1995, Gabrielle Carteris went on to host her own eponymous talk show, which was canceled after one season. While shooting "Past Tense" in 2006, Gabrielle was severely injured during a stunt, leading to nerve damage, partial facial paralysis and speech problems. She underwent years of physical therapy and medical treatments that helped her heal and has since said she feels "blessed" that she "wasn't paralyzed forever." In 2016, she was elected president of the famed SAG-AFTRA union. Gabrielle has been married to Charles Isaac, with whom she has two children, since the early '90s.
James Eckhouse played Jim Walsh while Carol Potter appeared as Cindy Walsh — twins Brenda and Brandon's parents — on and off throughout the show's run. Though fans wished that they too could reside at the Walsh family's Spanish-style home in America's favorite zip code, it was party boy Steve Sanders who got to take over their abode after Cindy and Jim moved to Hong Kong.
James Eckhouse has continued to work steadily since his "90210" days, mostly appearing in small or guest-starring roles on a slew of notable TV show such as "Chicago Hope," "Once and Again," "Without a Trace," "Judging Amy," "Las Vegas," "The Good Wife," "Masters of Sex," "The Affair" and dozens more. He married Sheila Kiliher Walsh in 1982 and welcomed two sons, James Gabriel and Zander, who's a working actor like his father. Just like James, Carol Potter was a parent and spouse before she landed her role on "Beverly Hills, 90210." Her first husband, Spencer Eastman, died of lung cancer in 1988. The pair had one child together: son Christopher. After the loss of her husband, Carol eventually found happiness again with Jeffrey Josephson, whom she married in 1990 — the same month that "Beverly Hills, 90210" debuted. After "90210" ended, she, like James, took on mostly smaller TV roles, though she also enjoyed a long run on the soap opera "Sunset Beach." James and Carol have stayed in touch over the years — they reunited at the Hollywood Show LA fan convention in February 2019 where they posed for this pic that Carol shared on Instagram.
Joe E. Tata played beloved Nat Bussichio during the show's 10 seasons. The endearing owner of local hangout the Peach Pit was always there for Brandon and his pals when they needed someone to lean on.
When the CW debuted the spin-off "90210" in 2008, Joe E. Tata also made a few appearances on the show — and he was just as lovable as ever!