Meet Original 'One Day at a Time' Cast 35 Years after the Sitcom Ended

When a movie premiered for the first time, there are mixed feelings about it because no one knows what to expect and if they should even expect anything good at all. This is why many films, over the years, faced terrible reviews from fans also before it began to make money. However, when it came to the series titled 'One Day At A Time,' people were expecting something beautiful, and it did not disappoint in any way. The show touched many lives when it addressed relatable societal issues like religious fanatics, teenage suicide, and sexual harassment of both sexes. The show also balanced these happenings with humor to make it more comfortable for viewers all over the world. Talking about the show will not be balanced if we did not know interesting facts about the cast from the show.

(L-R) Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr, Mackenzie Phillips and Glenn Scarpelli l Picture: Getty Images

(L-R) Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr, Mackenzie Phillips and Glenn Scarpelli l Picture: Getty Images

BONNIE FRANKLIN

Ann Romano is the star, a mother who divorces her husband, Ed, and moves with the couple's two daughters to Indianapolis. Ann is a loving and caring mother, but will always be there to discipline Barbara and Julie. Ann then falls in love with David Kane, the lawyer who files for her divorce. However, this romance does not end well. This is one of the only characters that appear during the entire program broadcast.

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Bonnie Franklin l Picture: Getty Images

Bonnie rose to fame with this character, however, she was already a big star on stage, even with a Tony Award nomination after the Broadway musical, “Applause.” Her role as Ann led her to be nominated for an Emmy in addition to two Golden Globes. Unfortunately Bonnie passed away in 2013 after a seven-month crude battle with pancreatic cancer. Before passing away, her last performance was like Sister Celeste in “The Young and the Restless.”

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Bonnie alone could make eyes turn 360 degrees when she walks into a room, and you do not want to know what it feels like when she smiles at you. Her birth name was Bonnie Gail Franklin, and she was born in Santa Monica, California. She began her movie career at a very young age, and as time went on, she became the queen of television shows.

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She played the role of a steadfast mom, Ann Romano, in the series "One Day At A Time," and she brought laughter to many faces. Her character was a struggling divorcee who had to balance parenting, love life, feminism, and career without losing the focus of her life. After the show, she continued with her television career until her death on March 1, 2013, at the age of 69.

PAT HARRINGTON JR.

Schneider is the superintendent of the building where the Romans live and soon becomes one of the family. Dwayne's comic moments and peculiar personality make him the comic relief of the show. Dwayne also offers many unsolicited advice to several members of the Romans in his many unannounced appearances. He may not be the smartest of the characters, however, this makes Dwayne much more fun.

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Pat is the son of Pat Harrington Sr., who introduced his son to the world of acting. His role as Dwayne earned him a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy, it also became his most famous performance. After the show, Pat worked on the comedies "The Kings of Queens" and "Hot in Cleveland." The actor was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and unfortunately in 2015, suffered a brain hemorrhage and died shortly thereafter.

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He was born on August 13, 1929, as Daniel Patrick Harrington, and he is known as an Emmy award-winning actor who devoted his stage life to making fans excited whenever they saw him. Aside from his role on ‘One Day AT A Time,’ he was also The Man from the movie titled U.N.C.L.E. In 1955, he got married to the love of his life, Marjorie Ann Gortner and had four beautiful children together. However, the duo divorced in 1985.

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Sixteen years later, he found love again with an insurance executive; Sally Cleaver and the pair got married in 2001. For his role in the 'ODAAT' series, he won a Golden Globe and Emmy award. Many years after leaving the screens, the actor was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and developed a brain hemorrhage shortly after. On January 6, 2016, the actors' children announced that he had passed away at age 86.

MACKENZIE PHILLIPS

Mackenzie is Julie, the eldest daughter and exhibits a rebel streak that leads her to get involved with alcohol consumption and various relationships. One of Julie's biggest fights with her mother occurs when her mother discovers that she is dating a much older man. When Julie gives birth to baby Annie, she becomes unbalanced and leaves family life to find out who she really is. Finally, he leaves his main position in the cast in the fifth season.

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John Phillips, vocalist for The Mamas and The Papas is Mackenzie's father, something that made her be born in the world of fame. Unfortunately, while the actress worked on the program, she got into illegal substances. Recently, Mackenzie appeared on the animated children's show "Milo Murphy’s Law," the short film "Sacred Journeys" and the online series "One Day at a Time," based on the original comedy.

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Born as Laura Mackenzie Philips, the actress was born on November 10, 1959. She is best known for her role in a hit film from 1973 titled "American Graffiti." Two years after that fantastic role, she landed a role on "One Day At A Time." The show became a huge success, and after two seasons, fans were fascinated with Mackenzie's acting skills. However, by the third season, Mackenzie was arrayed by the police for having cocaine.

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She also got into trouble for giving false news about her unaccredited role on a show titled "Dinah and Her New Best Friends." Slowly, Mackenzie began to rock bottom, and producers were wondering what was happening with her. For showing up late on different occasions, her producer insisted on six weeks leave of absence, but in 1980, the series fired her. Months later, she decided to go into rehab and has been doing well since then.

VALERIE BERTINELLI

Barbara is not rebellious like her sister Julia but she makes herself known through her sarcastic language. Being the youngest of the sisters, she frequently appears as the one who obeys the rules. Barbara also serves as a peacemaker between her sister Julie and her mother in their constant fights. When she finds love with Mark Royer, Barbara finally balances.

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Valerie's performance in the series was another step on her way to success, as she has participated in series recognized as "Touched by an Angel" and "Hot in Cleveland." She is also the host of "Kids Baking Championship" and " Valerie's Home Cooking.” Valerie was married to Eddie Van Halen, of the rock group Van Halen, but the couple divorced in 2007.

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Valerie played the role of Barbara Cooper in the sitcom titled "One Day At A Time," and had a good run with it; however, there are some details about the actress that she tries to hide from the public. Although she seems to have a pleasant life on the screens, Valerie's personal life is a rollercoaster. She wrote a memoir where she revealed how she struggled with addiction after experimenting with it. She explained that it became consistent when she was involved with Eddie Van Halen.

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The duo decided to tie the knot eight months after courting, and Valerie was twenty years at the time. According to her, the basis of her relationship with Eddie was on drugs, and that fuelled her addiction. Aside from substance abuse, the couple engaged in acts of infidelity, which further broke their relationship. After the long run, the couple decided to split, and a judge concluded on the divorce in 2007.

RON RIFKIN

Nick's character enters during the sixth season, and although initially intimidates Ann, the two soon fall in love, however, this time will not last. Nick dies in a tragic car accident that leaves Ann without her man and her son Alex without a father. Ann accepts Alex as her son because her biological mother doesn't want anything to do with him. However, everything changes when Alex's mother arrives at Ann's house and returns to take care of her son.

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When Rifkin left the show it was not the end of his career, on the contrary, he has more than 120 productions and continues to perform with his almost eight decades of life. Some of his most famous performances were in the action series "Alias," the drama "Brothers & Sisters," the policeman "Law & Order" and the comic "Limitless." His latest character is in the short film "Daddy."

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Ron Rifkin was born in New York City, on October 31, 1939, and he is popularly known for his efficient work in movies like titled "L.A Confidential," "Alias," and "Dragonfly." In 2001, he teamed with Touchstone Television to play the role of a ruthless intelligence agent known as Arvin Sloane. In 2011, he landed another role as a businessman, Saul Holden, in the movie titled "Brothers & Sisters."

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Rifkin has had one of the best movie careers in history, and he continues to be a talented and amazing actor. Although he was born in Russia, his parents raised him in an Orthodox Jewish way. However, as he grew older, he let go of the orthodox part of his religion and stuck to being Jewish. He is married to Iva Rifkin, a fashion designer.

GLENN SCARPELLI

Alex went through a troubled childhood when he was orphaned as a father and his mother announced that he never wanted to be a mother. Alex is forced to move in with Ann, which causes a commotion in a women's only house. Also, Alex feels that Ann is not taking good care of him. At school, he regularly gets into trouble, which does not help things flow at home.

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Glenn became famous at only 10 years old for a Broadway performance, however, his performance in the series was his first prominent television role. After the series, Glenn has continued acting and has won roles in the fantasy comedy “Jennifer Slept Here;” the science fiction program “Amazing Stories” and the online program “Interns: The Web Series.” His last character was in 2016 when he appeared in the short film "Sacred Journeys." To date, he keeps in touch with his former co-star, Mackenzie Phillips.

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Popularly known as Glenn Scarpelli, the actor has had a good movie career run for over forty years, and fans could not get enough of him. The American and former child actor was born on July 6, 1966, in Staten Island, New York City, United States of America. He is popularly known for his role in "One Day At A Time," as Alex Handris. He was a student at a famous Catholic school named St. Joseph hill Academy and at the age of 10 in 1977, he kicked off his acting career.

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His debut role was in a play titled "Golda." In 1983, the actor released a pop album, and one of the prominent songs from the album includes; 'Get A Love On.' Before anyone could assume on his sexuality, the actor came out as gay in his adulthood. He presently lives in Sedona, Arizona, with his partner, Jude Belanger.

MICHAEL LEMBECK

Max joined the show in season five as Julie's new boyfriend. Soon the couple gets married, and they welcome their daughter, Annie. Although Max and Julie have many ups and downs, they always succeed. But this changes at birth Annie because Julie decides that she needs to take responsibility for herself and leaves Annie in Max's care. Then Max decides that it is better to take his daughter and back to Texas, but he reappears for the rest of the show.

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Michael Lembek l Picture: Getty Images

Michael has not been involved in production since 1995 when he got a special appearance in the comedy 'Mad About You,' but the least he has been is far from the world of Hollywood. Michael is now a leading director of many great shows. In addition to acting in the series, Michael directed several episodes of 'Mad About You,' as well as directing 24 episodes of 'Friends,' 22 episodes of 'Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place' and 97 episodes of comedy 'Baby Daddy.'

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Michael Lembeck is a prominent television actor and film director who was born on June 25, 1948, in Brooklyn, New York City. His acting career kicked off in the late 60s, and his directing career began in the 70s. His most prominent acting role happened in 'One Day At A Time,' when he played the role of Max Horvath. In 1975, Michael featured in an episode of 'Barney Miller,' as Officer Guardeno. His first film appearance happened in 1968 when he played the role of a clerk in a movie titled "Hang 'Em High." He is currently married to a retired actress known as Lorna Patterson, and the duo have two beautiful kids.

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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ‘ONE DAY AT A TIME’

The show was partly autobiographical as it centered on Whitney Blake, an actress and mother of three kids, one of whom is Meredith Baxter. Meredith divorced her husband of ten years and took up different jobs one at a time to make ends meet.in 2011, Meredith disclosed in her memoir that her upbringing was challenging as she could not refer to her mother as "Mom." However, she decided that her life was worth becoming a television series. Also, An Romano was the second-ever divorced mom to be included in a television series. Finally, the original plot of the film showed a divorcee, Franklin, and her teenage daughter.

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It is true that when "One Day AT A Time," came to the screens, people did not know what to expect, but many years have passed, and fans can still call this piece a beautiful, exciting, and informative one. Are you excited about this series? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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