Home and Family Cast Members Move On

After Candace Cameron Bure made several insensitive remarks during Full House, Great American Media severed ties with her; however, she has made several films for them since.

She gained prominence during the 2013 to 2015 seasons of Cedar Cove on TV and later appeared in several Hallmark movies, such as The Christmas Ornament and At Home in Mitford.

Archie Bunker

Archie Bunker was a beloved character on Home & Family until its cancellation, and fans have wondered where its cast members have moved on to. Cameron Mathison and Debbie Matenopoulos have moved onto new projects; here is what we know of their lives now.

Jean Stapleton, who passed away Friday at age 75, played an endearing and supportive wife to Carroll O’Connor’s fiery Archie Bunker in the classic 1970s sitcom All in the Family. She provided a vital tender element in a show known for its racism and harsh views of social issues.

Norman Lear’s characters eschewed the stereotypical depictions of white middle-class life that became popularized in Leave It to Beaver and The Andy Griffith Show; rather than resorting to these idyllic depictions of life for white middle-class viewers like Leave It to Beaver or Andy Griffith Show, his characters employed blue-collar, working-class humor instead. O’Connor, O’Connor’s family, including Rob Reiner’s college student son-in-law (Rob Reiner) and Gloria (played by Gloria), challenged the media assumption that all Americans lived in homogenous white neighborhoods.

Edith Bunker

Edith Bunker was at the core of All in the Family, and Jean Stapleton made her role her own. Norman Lear cast her after seeing her perform in Damn Yankees, and she quickly became one of its most loved characters.

Living… in Queens during the early 1970s with her bigoted husband Archie, their daughter Gloria, and Mike (Gloria’s liberal husband). Edith acts as a voice of reason in an atmosphere riven with political debate; she maintains her temper when Archie confronts issues related to race, Nixonism, and feminism – maintaining peace between them.

Edith is a people-pleaser who can find common ground with almost anyone she encounters, being especially welcoming of those with differing viewpoints compared to her husband Archie and often intervening to defend them – for instance, slapping Archie when he belittled Murray Klein as a Jewish step-cousin is just one example of her dedication. Although Edith can sometimes be slow on the uptake, she remains one of their family’s happiest and wisest members.

Amelia Bunker

Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard welcomed Amelia Anisovych, an eight-year-old Ukrainian girl renowned for her rendition of Frozen’s ‘Let It Go’ which quickly went viral online. Amelia has been following Susanna Reid & Ben Shephard’s show since she was two.

Amelia is Edith’s well-to-do cousin who lives with Russell DeKuyper, a plumber contractor. Edith often disparages their marriage; in private; however, Amelia confides that its magic may have faded somewhat.

DeKuyper was a wealthy individual who boasted about his fortune to the detriment of his poor neighbors. Rae Allen played DeKuyper during the first season; Elizabeth Wilson took over after. DeKuyper often visited Kelsey’s Bar, where he and his wife would boast about how much money they made.

George Jefferson

Home and Family, an afternoon show on the Hallmark Channel, features celebrity guests and experts to provide viewers with cooking, beauty, arts & crafts, and arts & crafts tips. Hosted by Debbie Matenopoulos and Cameron Mathison in 1996 and initially very popular with viewers, it appears, however to have lost steam over time.

Hemsley was known for being loudmouth and obnoxious, yet he always gave as good as he got. Although bigoted and racist at times, Hemsley was also a loving husband and father and ran his dry cleaning store successfully.

Hemsley was absent due to Norman Lear committing Hemsley to Purlie on Broadway, so Henry appeared instead. Once Hemsley returned from Purlie in 1973, Henry was dropped from The Jeffersons cast and never mentioned again on-screen.

Lionel Jefferson

Lionel Jefferson was one of the earliest examples on television of an African-American character with strong opinions, appearing in several episodes of All in the Family and its spinoff, The Jeffersons. Later that year, he married Jenny Willis-Jefferson – daughter of Tom Willis (interracial couple with Helen Willis). Although George disapproved initially, they eventually accepted their relationship.

Jenny became a successful attorney and became close with Lionel, giving them both children together. George would frequently taunt Jenny about her mixed heritage; George often teased Jenny about being called a “zebra.” Toward the end of Season 9, Lionel and Jenny bought a house near the Bunkers.

Unfortunately, all the actors who portrayed The Jeffersons have since passed away. Sherman Hemsley died at 86, while Mike Evans (Lionel) died at 57 in 2006. Franklin Cover (Tom Willis) took public transit daily to attend work on time.

Russell DeKuyper

Unexpected cancellation of Home and Family can be especially jarring for viewers who tune in every week – something Home and Family fans had been experiencing themselves for several months before it abruptly ended its broadcasts in late 2012.

This show first premiered on the Hallmark Channel in 2012, featuring celebrity guests and experts offering tips in cooking, beauty, arts and crafts, etc. Mark Steines and Paige Davis initially served as hosts, followed by Cristina Ferrare and Debbie Matenopoulos as hosts.

Russell DeKuyper is a New York-based artist, curator, and writer. She serves as associate curator of exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem and teaches courses on gender, performance, digital selfdom, and Internet idolatry at Macalester College. Her academic, curatorial, and creative work has appeared internationally, as well as been published as part of her book on Feminism & Social Media, which won a Thoma Foundation 2019 Arts Writing Fellowship Fellowship award.

Jimmy McNabb

When your favorite show gets canceled, it can be upsetting and heartbreaking. After years of watching its hosts become personal friends to you; therefore, its departure always leaves a bittersweet taste in your mouth.

McNabb was an esteemed quarterback at Syracuse University, setting the school record with 28 touchdown passes and making three Pro Bowl appearances with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Home and Family has become one of the most beloved programs on television since its debut. Still, audiences began noticing in January 2021 that new episodes had stopped airing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At first, audiences were advised not to worry but then discovered production had been suspended as a result – leaving many wondering about its future and whether or not Home and Family would return at some point; eventually, it will rerun old episodes instead of recording new ones; so many are wondering when Home and Family will return.

Maude Findlay

Norman Lear made an indelible mark with Maude (Bea Arthur), Carol’s daughter from All in the Family. Norman decided to make her into a star character by creating Maude: two seasons from 1972-1978 as an early work of feminism on television. Maude, from Tuckahoe, New York, was depicted as an affluent liberal who enjoyed taking tranquilizers and drinking martinis yet was also outspoken about racism and gender equality issues while not shying away from real-life conflict.

Social Policy was one of the first shows ever seen on television that tackled real-life issues such as social policy, marriage and divorce, and abortion with language that audiences had never experienced before. Episodes explored everything from racial profiling to population control, with Maude dominating every conversation with her witty comebacks – it marked Bea Arthur as a potential star player who later went on to portray Dorothy Zbornak on The Golden Girls.

Nedra Volz

Nedra Volz was an established TV actress who appeared in several classic shows and movies throughout her nineties, often portraying grandmothers or old ladies. She became best known for playing Edith Bunker’s spinster aunt Iola on All In The Family, where Iola visits Edith Bunker and her husband, Chris Bunker, at their Queens home despite Archie wanting Iola to move into an assisted living home or retirement community – to her disdain!

Neda Volz was born June 18, 1908. She began performing as a child performer in vaudeville (known by the moniker Baby Nedra) before later singing with Cato’s Vagabonds in Des Moines, Iowa; they enjoyed local fame during the early 1930s.

Volz began her television career in the 1970s, often in recurring roles. From 1980-1984 she played housekeeper Adelaide Brubaker on Diff’rent Strokes; post office worker Miz Emma Tisdale on The Dukes of Hazzard from 1981-84; and dotty matriarch Winona “Mother B” Beck on Filthy Rich. Unfortunately, she died on January 20, 2003, due to Alzheimer’s disease in Mesa, Arizona.