'Touched by an Angel' – Where the Cast of This Legendary Drama Is Now
The series followed the lives of the many people who have used a little divine intervention to go through difficulties, with the help of a group of angels. It was the perfect vehicle for several stars to shine. Touched by an Angel was aired for nine seasons from 1994 to 2003 on the American TV network CBS. “Monica, Tess, and Andrew are a trio of angels sent to Earth to tell depressed and troubled people that God loves them and hasn't forgotten them,” IMDb summarizes the series.
Now, 15 years after its cancellation, we wanted to know what has become of some of the most famous former cast members of the show. While some of them have left us, others are still around pursuing their passions. Without further ado, let's check out what these people have been up to.
DO YOU KNOW THIS ABOUT THE SHOW?
Many would agree with us that the TV program was, without a doubt, pretty great. And beyond that, it managed to touch a lot of people's lives and play heavily on the heartstrings. However, back in the 90s, critics were less than impressed with the CBS drama. Despite all the disdainful remarks, the heavenly saga hit off.
Shortly after the release, the series reached over 21 million viewers a week, as per Variety. No wonder why it managed to run for nine seasons with 211 episodes in total! Not bad at all! Even before its conclusion, the TV program went into syndication in 1998 and many channels, such as Disney, CBS, and Hallmark, have shown it.
Another quite shocking fact is that although the plot revolved around miracles and angels, the showrunner Martha Williamson also managed to tackle some controversial yet crucial topics. Some of those are the place of women in the church, school children killed in explosions, and slavery in Sudan.
And besides all that, the TV show set a precedent in Hollywood. There was a boom in the 90s regarding Christian-like productions such as WB's 7th Heaven that had 11 seasons and The Bible miniseries. Perhaps, that's why Touched by an Angel remains in the consciousness of the people like any other program. Now, let's take a look at the current lives of some of our favorite actors.
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The actress became a household name thanks to her role as Barbara on the CBS' series One Day at a Time. Then, Bertinelli played the character “Gloria” on the series from 2001 to 2003. Following the show, he went on to land a few roles on TV movies and appeared in some series occasionally before getting a part as a series regular in Hot in Cleveland from 2010 to 2015.
According to the Food Network's website, her acting career has been so successful that she won the Golden Globe Awards twice and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012. Today, after 45 years working on TV, she has been finally nominated for an Emmy.
However, following the cancellation of Hot in Cleveland, Bertinelli made a drastic change in her career. She gave up acting to become a chef. Her career in this new industry expanded when she became a TV personality, the host of a Food Network show called Kids Baking Championship.
Moreover, she became a spokeswoman and NY Times best-selling author thanks to her books One Dish at a Time and Losing It, Finding It: And Satisfying My Hunger for Life Without Opening the Fridge. In 2017, the chef released a cookbook called Valerie's Home Cooking.
Dye made his film debut in 1984 with his appearance in the comedy film Making the Grade. During the next decade, he went on to show up on productions such as Modern Girls, Best of the Best, and Fist of the Warrior. A decade after his first role, he played Andrew, the Angel of Death, in the show from 1996 until its ending.
During the last part of the heavenly program, John also featured in the sitcoms The Nerd and Promised Land, according to The Famous People. In 2000, he became the star of the TV movie Once Upon a Christmas. A year later, he turned up in the sequel Twice Upon a Christmas.
These were the two minor films that he got to appear before his early death a decade later at the age of 47. As the source explained, the actor reportedly had heart problems and was found dead in his San Francisco house on January 10, 2011.
His funeral took place at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Mississippi, his homeland. As his father said after Dye’s death, he had devoted himself to different charities, such as the Make a Wish Foundation and others focused on AIDS research.
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