Then + Now: The Cast of ‘7th Heaven’
Airing between 1996 and 2007, ‘7th Heaven’ is credited with being one of the longest-running family dramas in television history. While the show about a minister, his wife and their seven children never drew big ratings or critical acclaim, it had a dedicated enough following that when the WB cancelled ‘7th Heaven’ after 10 seasons, another network, the CW, brought it back for an eleventh. Plus, it launched the career of one major actress.
See what the cast of ‘7th Heaven’ is up to these days below.
Stephen Collins (Eric Camden)
Then: Stephen Collins was Camden dad Eric, a minister who has a crisis of faith over the long series. While it was the biggest role of his career, you may recognize his face from films like ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture,’ ‘Brewster’s Millions’ and ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash.’
Now: Collins was on the ABC series ‘No Ordinary Family’ until it was cancelled in 2011. Since then he’s been in the movie ‘The Three Stooges’ and an episode of ‘Scandal.’ In 2012, he filed for divorce from actress Faye Grant, whom he had been married to for 27 years. In 2014, audio emerged of the actor seemingly confessing to exposing himself to and/or molesting three young girls. There is currently a criminal investigation against him.
Catherine Hicks (Annie Camden)
Then: Catherine Hicks played Annie Camden, the busy mother of seven. Hicks got her start in 1976 on the soap ‘Ryan’s Hope’ and was well known for her Emmy-nominated turn as Marilyn Monroe in the 1980 TV movie ‘Marilyn: The Untold Story’ and for starring opposite a demonic doll in the horror film ‘Child’s Play.’
Now: Hicks last appeared in the TV movie ‘A Christmas Wedding Date.’ Fun fact: She wound up marrying the guy who designed the Chuckie doll that tormented her so in ‘Child’s Play.’
Jessica Biel (Mary Camden)
Then: You probably remember the controversy that erupted when Biel, who played tomboy Mary Camden on ‘7th Heaven,’ posed topless for Gear magazine. Producers were furious about the photos because they contradicted the show’s position as family entertainment. In response, Biel’s character became more rebellious and was eventually written out all together, although she did return for the series finale.
Now: Biel focuses on movies these days, with ‘Total Recall,’ ‘New Year’s Eve’ and ‘The A-Team’ among her recent high-profile roles. She also stars opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the upcoming David O. Russell comedy ‘Nailed.’ She married Justin Timberlake in October 2012.
Beverley Mitchell (Lucy Camden)
Then: Mitchell played Biel’s younger sister Mary, despite being a year older in real life. During her time on ‘7th Heaven,’ Mitchell also had supporting roles in the movies ‘The Crow: City of Angels’ and ‘Saw II.’
Now: These days, Mitchell is guidance counselor Kaitlin O’Malley on ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager.’ Also a singer, her self-titled 2007 debut album hit No. 30 on the country charts.
Mackenzie Rosman (Ruthie Camden)
Then: In her screen debut, Rosman played Ruthie, the youngest Camden daughter. In 1999, she was in the film ‘Gideon.’
Now: A budding scream queen, Rosman was cast in the horror flicks ‘Nightcomer,’ ‘Beneath’ and ‘Ghost Shark,’ which is both the most terrifying kind of shark and the most terrifying kind of ghost. When she’s not doing that, she is a competitive equestrian rider.
David Gallagher (Simon Camden)
Then: We met David Gallagher in 1993 as John Travolta and Kirstie Alley’s son in ‘Look Who’s Talking Now.’ But it was his role as Simon Camden that he is now best known for. During Gallagher’s long run on ‘7th Heaven,’ he also starred in the direct-to-video movies ‘Angels in the Endzone’ and ‘Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish.’
Now: Gallagher has been a busy guest star, popping up on shows like ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Vegas’ and ‘CSI: New York.’ He was also cast in the horror movie ‘Scared of the Dark.’
Barry Watson (Matt Camden)
Then: That was Barry Watson as eldest Camden son Matt, who eventually became a doctor and dabbled in secret marriage. The former male model got his start on the soap opera ‘Days of Our Lives.’ After ‘7th Heaven,’ he was the star of the series ‘What About Brian,’ which lasted two seasons.
Now: Watson did an arc as Steven Spence on ‘Gossip Girl’ and guest starred on ‘The Wedding Band.’ In 2010, he directed an episode of ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager.’
George Stults (Kevin Kinkirk)
Then: George Stults’ Kevin Kinkirk character was the most featured non-Camden during the 11 seasons of ‘7th Heaven.’ Stults started out as a fashion model and was on one episode of ‘Friends’ and one of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ before joining ‘7th Heaven.’ He was cast to be the brother of his real-life brother Geoff Stults, who played one of Mary’s love interests in what eventually became a much smaller part.
Now: Stults last appeared on a 2012 episode of ‘The Finder,’ which also stars his brother Geoff.
Brino Quadruplets (David and Sam Camden)
Then: Initially all four Brino quadruplets, Lorenzo, Myrinda, Nikolas, and Zachary, took turns playing twins David and Sam Camden, who were introduced to ‘7th Heaven’ as newborns in the show’s highest-rated episode. Beginning in the fourth season, only Lorenzo and Nikolas portrayed the twins.
Now: The only one of the four to do any acting since ‘7th Heaven’ is Zachary, who did two episodes of Barry Watson’s show ‘What About Brian.’ The boys’ parents have stated they want their kids to have a normal upbringing and aren’t pushing them to do any more acting. (And also aren’t too keen on publicizing any of their photographs.)