Glimpse Into 'Head of The Class' Cast Cast Life 29 Years Since Fan Famous Sitcom Premiere
"Head of the Class" aired on the ABC network from 1986 until 1991. The sitcom ran for five seasons and starred Howard Hesseman. I was described as "the flip side of Welcome Back, Kotter." Fans of the popular show often wonder what happened to the cast after the show ended. Here is a look at where the "Head of the Class" cast is now.
Howard Hesseman played the laid-back teacher Charlie Moore in the series but left the show after Season 4. He was replaced by Billy Connolly. He went on to land guest-starring roles in "Murder, She Wrote," "The Outer Limits," "The Practice" and Touched by an "Angel."
He also played Max in three episodes on "That '70s Show" and most recently, appeared in episodes of "Mike & Molly," "Chicago Med" and "Fresh Off the Boat." He is married to French-born actress Caroline Ducrocq. They have a beautiful relationship and marriage.
Billy Connolly played Billy MacGregor and succeeded Howard Hessman as the teacher of the gifted student's program. The Scottish stand-up comedian, actor, and musician is now called Sir William Connolly after being knighted in October of 2017 at Buckingham Palace.
This was by Prince Charles for his contributions to entertainment. In recent years, Connolly has suffered multiple health issues and had surgery for prostate cancer. He was diagnosed with and is getting treatment for Parkinson's disease and may force him to retire.
William G. Schilling
William G. Schilling played Dr. Harold Samuels who was the school's principal. He went on to guest-star in episodes of "Who's the Boss?" "Homefront" and "Something Wilder." He landed a role in the television movie "For Their Own Good." Currently, Schilling is retired from acting.
Jeannetta Arnette played vice principle, Bernadette Meara. She has appeared in films like "Ladybugs" and "Boys Don't Cry." In 2006, she co-starred in the sitcom "VHI." She also appeared in an episode of "Criminal Minds" and had a recurring role in "Extant."
Frischman played Arvid Engen who was a math whiz. The Complete Directory of Prime Time Network TV Shows 1called Arvid "the classic nerd with glasses, pocket slide rule, and polyester pants." Dan Frischman went on to play Chris Potter on the Nickelodeon sitcom "Kenan & Kel."
Suited up for the gym, 24 degrees-style! pic.twitter.com/2ftWYptFQD— Dan Frischman (@danfrischman) December 15, 2016
Schneider played Arvid's best friend, Dennis. Schneider went on to become a producer for the Nickelodeon channel. He has played a part in the channel's hit series including "iCarly." However, in March of 2018, Nickelodeon cut ties with Schneider. He is married to Lisa Lillien.
Haje played the quiet Simone. After "Head of the Class," she went on to play Kathy Larson in the family comedy TV movie "Stepsister from Planet Weird." She also guest-starred in "Law & Order" Since the 1990s however, she has focused on a career in theatre.
Tony O'Dell played the egotistical Alan Pinkard who specialized in political science. Before "Head of the Class," O'Dell guest-starred in episodes "Eight is Enough," "Family," and "Simon & Simon." In 1981, he portrayed Christopher in four episodes of the prime time soap "Dynasty."
Leslie Bega played perfectionist Maria Borges. Over the years, she has had vocal and singing training and appeared in many Broadway musicals. In 2001, she performed solo at New York City's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She had guest roles in "Beverly Hills, 90210."
Tannis Vallely played the youngest student in the show, Janice Lazaretto. She is the daughter of actress Myra Turley and producer Bill Vallely. Tannis left "Head of the Class" in 1989 when her character, Janice, went to Harvard University. She made two guest appearances on the show.
This was in 1990 and returned for the series finale in 1991. Tannis went on to marry Jeremy Kromberg on May 22, 2004, and has been working as a casting director's office in Los Angeles. Her career has evolved but she has remained in the industry nonetheless.
Givens played the spoiled rich girl Darlene Merriman. After "Head of the Class" ended, she went on to appear in short-lived series. In 2018, she landed a role in "The Bold and the Beautiful." Currently, Robin plays Mayor Sierra McCoy on the television series "Riverdale."