It’s quite conceivable that Mark Cooper and his friends were neighbors with the Tanners. After all, both Full House and Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper were set in the San Francisco Bay area, created by Jeff Franklin, and on the same TGIF lineup. Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper spent the majority of its life on TGIF, until moving to Saturdays for their fifth and final season.
The show took a cue from Three’s Company by having NBA star-turned-teacher Mark Cooper live with friends Robin and Vanessa after they can’t afford the rent on their own. Of course (spoiler alert!) him and Vanessa become a “thing” after awhile, and they get engaged. Kind of like when Laura fell for the legit Steve Urkel near the end of the show. That’s how ’90s sitcoms are supposed to end, right? … With a weird, rushed proposal?
So – where’s the cast today?
Mark Curry as Mark Cooper
Mark was kind of like the dream teacher. Not only was he athletic, but he was cool. No offense, Mr. Feeny – you were charming in your own ways.
Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper was actually Mark’s first big television role. After the show wrapped, he appeared on a few episodes of The Jamie Foxx Show, and in 2000 he had a 6-episode arc on The Drew Carey Show. Mark laid low for awhile and had parts in a few TV Movies before returning to television in 2005 for a few episodes of Kirstie Alley’s show Fat Actress. He also gained a lot of credit after three years of hosting Showtime at the Apollo.
After a break, Mark returned to appear on a few episodes of The Secret Life of the American Teenager before landing success with his show See Dad Run, which also stars Scott Baio.
Mark is well known for his stand up comedy, and has his own special air on Comedy Central.
Holly Robinson Peete as Vanessa Russell
While Vanessa was cut from her trust fund due to a bit of a spending issue, it’s not like she wasn’t trying to hold down a job. The object of Mark’s affection since the beginning of the show, she finally broke it off with her boyfriend after realizing she had feelings for Mark as well.
Holly has had a lot of success after portraying Vanessa. She moved on towards a pretty successful show called For Your Love in 1998, and then played Tanya Ward on the show Like Family after For Your Love was cancelled in 2002. In 2005, she joined the Busy Philips sitcom Love Inc., which unfortunately lasted for just a season.
In 2012, she had a brief role in the film 21 Jump Street, and has made a few appearances on the successful show Mike & Molly, playing Christina. Last year she was on an episode of the show Blue, lead by Julia Stiles.
She’s also a pretty convincing host – in fact, she was one of the original five co-hosts of the CBS daytime talk show The Talk (but they unfortunately didn’t bring her back for a second season.) In 2011, she hosted the 42nd NAACP Image Awards alongside Wayne Brady, and that was also the year she won an award for her children’s book called “My Brother Charlie”.
Dawnn Lewis as Robin Dumars
While Robin was the reason as to why Mark moved in, the show only kept her on for the first season. Luckily, Dawnn’s career didn’t suffer from being let go.
In 1996, she played the small role of Rema on Dream On, and also decided to try some voice acting. She’s lent her pipes to shows like Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Cleveland Show, and Futurama just to name a few.
Dawnn has also had small roles in The Secret Life of the American Teenager and One Tree Hill, where she played Denise Fields. She’s also made appearances on Days of Our Lives.
She’s also fond of the stage. In 2006, she portrayed Deloris Van Cartier in Peter Schneider’s “Sister Act the Musical”. That same year she also released her debut CD, entitled “Worth Waiting For”. (If you think you’ve never heard Dawnn sing before, she actually sang the theme song to the show in Season 1 along with Holly and the group En Vogue.)
Marquise Wilson as Tyler Foster
Not too much is known about Marquise, who played Mark’s neighbor (who he eventually grew to like) Tyler. Shortly after the show ended, he appeared in an episode of NYPD Blue as well as an episode of Touched By An Angel. In a 2004 episode of Six Feet Under, he had a brief role as a crack dealer. His last acting credit was in Slammed! which also stars TGIF alum Sasha Mitchell – or as you know him, Cody from Step By Step.
According to his twitter, he’s still acting and currently resides in Los Angeles. He also used the social network to share this too-cute-for-words picture of him and his co-star, Raven-Symone, on his 16th birthday.
He also likes to individually thank all of his followers.
Raven-Symone as Nicole Lee
Part of the reason as to why Raven and Marquise were so close off set was based on the fact that their characters were pretty close friends on the show. Raven played Mark’s preteen cousin Nicole during the second season and stayed on the cast until the show was cancelled.
After playing Charisse in Doctor Doolittle and its sequel, Raven became well known with the Disney crowd – first for her role as Galleria Garibaldi in The Cheetah Girls, and then voicing Monique in the popular show Kim Possible. From 2003 until 2007, Raven had her own show called That’s So Raven, and then tried her luck in the 2011 show State of Georgia, playing Georgia Chamberlain. She’s also made music and appeared on Broadway throughout her successful career.
Raven made news last year after coming out on Twitter, stating “I was excited to hear today that more states legalized gay marriage. I, however am not currently getting married, but it is great to know I can now, should I wish to.”
She also likes to create Vines inside of Whole Foods. That’s so, so Raven.
Saundra Quarterman as Geneva Lee
Saundra, who played Nicole’s Mom, only had a few television and film roles after the show ended. She made appearances on The Practice, Touched By An Angel, and Strong Medicine before having a story arc on the series Strange World, which was created by X-Files executive producer Howard Gordon. Her last role was in 2006, when she played Dr. Shannon Feller on an episode of the series Without A Trace.
Omar Gooding as Earvin Rodman
When your show features a coach, you have to have a standout student. While Earvin wasn’t necessarily great with his academics, he was pretty vital for the Oakbridge Penguins boys basketball team.
Before we continue, yes – Omar is the brother of Cuba Gooding, Jr. He’s also the same Omar Gooding who co-hosted Wild and Crazy Kids. Or as you might know it, “That show where they show athletic kids playing games of human bowling, while you just watched from your couch with 9 packets of fruit snacks.”
Omar had some success with the TV series Smart Guy, and then appeared on a few episodes of the show One on One. In the mid 2000’s, he had steady roles on the TV series Playmakers and Barbershop before landing a part of the show Miami Medical in 2010. In 2012, he appeared in the movie Christmas in Compton while also lending his time to the set of Family Time, where he played Anthony Stallworth.
If you’re a fan of rap, you might know Omar best by the name “Big O”. In fact, he’s even had his brother help out with some of his albums.
“Hip hop just became angrier and lost its respect and the lyrical content was lost,” Omar said in a 2010 interview with Hip Hop DX. “I want to be able to create something of substance that is meaningful to the people. I’m definitely going to do my part to bring the west coast back.”
What are some of your favorite moments from Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper?