Then/Now: The Cast of 'Family Ties'

The Keaton family has gone through a lot since "Family Ties" ended in 1989.

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    Very Early Season of Family Ties

    It defined the 1980s: young conservatives clashing with their liberal parents. "Family Ties" ran on NBC from 1982 to 1989, and quickly became one of the most popular 80s sitcoms. It featured the Keaton family of Columbus, Ohio, with liberal baby boomer-hippy parents, Elyse and Steven, and their three children, most notably their conservative son, Alex.  (Photo: NBC)
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    The family included public television station manager and father Steven (Michael Gross), architect Elyse (Meredith Baxter Birney), aspiring conservative businessman Alex (Michael J. Fox), fashion ditz Mallory (Justine Bateman), and tomboy Jennifer (Tina Yothers). Little brother Andrew (Brian Bonsall) came later in season three. (Photo: NBC)
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    President Ronald Reagan called it his favorite show. And why not? Alex P. Keaton was everyone's favorite conservative in sports jacket and tie. (Photo: NBC)
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    "I bet we been together for a million years,/ And I bet we'll be together for a million more." So the "Family Ties" theme song went. But the Keaton family aren't together anymore. Let's find out what they've been up to since the 80s... sha la la la. (Photo: NBC)
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    Then: Michael Gross

    Michael Gross starred as father Steven Keaton, manager at a local public television station and former hippie. Peace Corps veteran in Africa, Steven married like-minded Elyse, and both participated in anti-Vietnam rallies and Woodstock in their youth. On the show, he juggles fatherhood and work while clashing with his more traditionally-minded children. (Photo: NBC)
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    Now: Michael Gross

    Now 62, Michael Gross achieved more success as Burt Gummer in the early 90s "Tremors" movies. Since then, he has guest-starred on other sitcoms, with a small nod to "Family Ties" as therapist to former co-star Michael J. Fox's character on "Spin City." He's also a huge railroad antique fan, and will be spokesman for B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore this year. But he hasn't lost his liberal Steven Keaton ways either: Gross campaigned with TV wife Meredith Baxter for Senator John Kerry in the 2004 election. (Photo: Reuters)  
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    Then: Meredith Baxter Birney

    With, interestingly, the same birthday as TV husband Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter Birney started portraying mother Elyse Keaton on "Family Ties"at age 35. Elyse was an independent architect and feminist mom, frequently clashing with her son's and daughter's more traditional views of family. (Photo: NBC)
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    Now: Meredith Baxter

    Now divorced, Meredith Baxter, 62, is a staple of the TV movie circuit. She's been nominated for Emmys for her portrayals in such Lifetime classics as "A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story," and "Other Mothers." She has been divorced three times, and currently raises money through her skin care line for breast cancer research. (Photo: Reuters)
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    Then: Michael J Fox

    "When else could a boy with a briefcase become a national hero?" So asked "Family Ties" creator Gary David Goldberg. Alex P. Keaton was a fan favorite: the conservative, oldest child obsessed with economics and making it big on Wall Street. Up-and-coming star Michael J. Fox, then 21, portrayed Alex in his classic shirt and tie, with portraits of Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley in his room. (Photo: NBC)
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    Now: Michael J Fox

    Michael J. Fox, now 48, has achieved the most commercial success of all the actors on "Family Ties." Immediately following the show, Fox starred in iconic film, "Back to the Future," and later starred in his own sitcom, "Spin City." But Fox is perhaps most known now for his continuing struggle with the neurological disorder Parkinson's Disease, diagnosed in 1991. He now has his own foundation for disease research and has lobbied in Congress for stem cell research. (Photo: AP)
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    Then: Justine Bateman

    Justine Bateman, older sister of actor Jason Bateman, starred as ditzy sister, Mallory, often seen with dull-witted boyfriend, Nick, and teased by older brother, Alex. Always sporting the latest fashion, Mallory goes on to pursue a fashion design career.  (Photo: NBC)
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    Now: Justine Bateman

    Suffering from anorexia and bulimia soon after the show, Justine Bateman, 43, now works to help girls diagnosed with the same disorder. Unlike her older brother Jason, Justine has also only appeared in minor TV movie roles, and guest-starred in her brother's critically acclaimed show, "Arrested Development." A converted Christian, she has been married since 2001 and has two children. And like Mallory, she even has her own fashion design company. (Photo: AP)
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    Then: Tina Yothers

    Tina Yothers, 9, rose to stardom as youngest sister, Jennifer, on "Family Ties." Jen constantly clashed wits with Alex, and was known for her tomboyish ways. (Photo: NBC)
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    Now: Tina Yothers

    During the "Family Ties" run, Tina formed punk band Jaded with her brother Cory, and even dyed her hair black after the show. After a nine-year acting hiatus, Tina, 36, returned on stage in 2004 in "Lovelace the Musical," based on porn star Linda Lovelace. She has written a book for girls, "Being Your Best: Tina Yothers's Guide for Girls." Recently, she appeared on "Celebrity Fit Club." She has been married since 2002 to an electrician. (Photo: VH1, Celebrity Fit Club)
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    Then: Brian Bonsall

    At 5, Brian Bonsall played cute preschooler, Andy, newest member of the Keatons who idolized older brother Alex. (Photo: NBC)
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    Now: Brian Bonsall

    Brian, 27, has since gone the sad route of many former child actors. No longer acting, he never graduated from high school, and instead formed a rock band "Late Bloomers," with friends in 1998. He's no longer cute Andy: Brian has numerous tattoos and piercings these days. He's also gotten into a bit of legal trouble: arrested for DUI, he also pled guilty for assault on his girlfriend, and is reportedly now a fugitive from the law with a $2,500 bond out on him. (Photo: Boulder County, Colorado Police)
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    A few surprises have hit the Keaton family since their show ended in 1989. In a funny twist last year, creator Gary David Goldberg even stated conservative Alex P. Keaton would now be an independent, and would have voted for Barack Obama! Well, he created the character - guess he should know! (Photo: AP)
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