When ‘Alias’ first debuted, I couldn’t help but become addicted. I mean, who doesn’t love a J.J. Abrams series? Also, it had Jennifer Garner as the leading lady. I was in high school when ‘Alias’ premiered, and I was immediately sucked in. Every week, I remember counting down the days until a brand new episode aired. Who didn’t want to find out what happened to that badass Sydney Bristow with the bright red hair in the very first episode, and to see when she and Vaughn would finally get together? What good memories. So, where is this fabulous cast at today? I can guarantee they’re not working for the CIA, SD-6 or hunting more Rambaldi clues.
1. Actress: Jennifer Garner
Character: Sydney Bristow
Before ‘Alias,’ Jennifer Garner was known for her roles in ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?,’ ‘Felicity’ and the short-lived ‘Party of Five’ spin-off ‘Time of Your Life.’ Well, as soon as she took on the role of Sydney Bristow everything went on the up and up for Garner. Not only has she starred in a slew of films, including ‘Juno,’ ‘The Invention of Lying,’ ‘Valentine’s Day,’ ‘Butter’ and the upcoming ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ Garner has also made herself a family. As most know, she is now married to actor and director Ben Affleck. Together, they have three children, Violet, Seraphina and Samuel. I’d say she’s doing pretty well for herself.
2. Actor: Michael Vartan
Character: Michael Vaughn
Oh, Vaughn. Who didn’t swoon every time Michael Vartan popped up on ‘Alias’ as dreamboat Michael Vaughn? Yes, Vartan will always be adored for his role as Vaughn, in addition to his role in ‘Never Been Kissed,’ but where did Vartan disappear to after the ABC hit ended? Well, he continued his successful career on shows like ‘Big Shots’ and ‘Hawthorne.’ I can only hope he pops up again soon on the small screen. I know I need more Vartan in my life. In addition to his acting career, Vartan also became successful in love, as he married in 2011.
3. Actor: Victor Garber
Character: Jack Bristow
In my opinion, Victor Garber can do no wrong. As Jack Bristow aka father to Sydney, Garber made the ‘Alias’ fanbase fall in love with him. Since ‘Alias,’ Garber has been quite productive in the acting world. From starring in ‘Milk,’ ‘Nurse Jackie,’ ‘Glee,’ ‘Deception, ‘Web Therapy,’ and ‘Argo,’ Garber has been very busy. He’s also been lucky in love. For 14 years, Garber has been with his partner Rainer Andreesen. Fun fact: I have to mention that he’s still super close with Jennifer Garner. He even officiated her wedding with Ben Affleck. How adorable is that? He’s also godfather to their daughter Violet.
4. Actor: Ron Rifkin
Character: Arvin Sloane
Arvin Sloane, you’re a bad, bad man, but I think we can all agree Ron Rifkin portrayed the villain wonderfully. So, what’s Rifkin been up to since his ‘Alias’ days? Well, he starred in ‘Brothers & Sisters’ for over 100 episodes as Uncle Saul. He also did a few episodes of ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ in addition to starring in an episode of the short-lived FOX series ‘Touch.’ Who wants to see Rifkin embrace his evil side on TV again? I know I do!
5. Actor: Bradley Cooper
Character: Will Tippin
Are you asking yourself, “Is that really Bradley Cooper?” Yes, it is. You don’t like the blond hair? Before Cooper made it to the big leagues of Hollywood, he was busy portraying Sydney’s friend and reporter Will Tippin. Everyone pretty much knows where Cooper is at today, but I’ll give a rundown anyway. Cooper’s starred in hits like ‘Nip/Tuck,’ ‘The Hangover,’ ‘Valentine’s Day,’ ‘Limitless’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ which earned him both a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination. In 2006, he tied the knot with actress Jennifer Esposito, but they divorced in 2007.
6. Actor: Carl Lumbly
Character: Marcus Dixon
You might not consider him the most memorable ‘Alias’ character, but Carl Lumbly’s Dixon was a huge part of Sydney’s life. They definitely had plenty of bonding time during those undercover missions. Lumbly’s been around the acting world for quite some time now, and today he continues that acting streak. He’s guest-starred in several series, including ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘NCIS’ and ‘Southland,’ as shown in the photo above. He also expanded his acting abilities to the stage, as he starred in the 2013 production of ‘stop. reset.’ For 23 years, Lumbly was married to actress Vonetta McGee. Sadly, she passed away in 2010.
7. Actor: Greg Grunberg
Character: Eric Weiss
Greg Grunberg is the type of actor who appears in all kinds of hit series. After ‘Alias,’ where he played a CIA agent and Vaughn’s BFF, Grunberg didn’t hesitate to keep with his acting talents. He is known for starring in shows like ‘Heroes,’ ‘Hawaii Five-0,’ ‘Psych,’ ‘Baby Daddy’ and most recently, Lifetime’s ‘The Client List.’ He is one busy man! Grunberg is currently married with three sons, Jake, Ben and Sam.
8. Actor: Kevin Weisman
Character: Marshall Flinkman
Marshall! Kevin Weisman portrayed the extremely intelligent and lovable tech geek Marshall Flinkman. He will always be Marshall to me, but since ‘Alias,’ Weisman has made a name for himself across the TV world. He’s starred in ‘Ghost Whisperer,’ ‘CSI: NY,’ ‘Fringe’ and Awake,’ to name a few. Today, Weisman is starring in the new HBO/Stephen Merchant comedy ‘Hello Ladies,’ as Kives, who is far from the adorable and innocent Marshall. I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of Weisman on the small screen.
9. Actor: David Anders
Character: Julian Sark
Julian Sark is one name ‘Alias’ fans will surely remember. Portrayed by the talented David Anders, Sark will always be remembered for his villainous ways. As bad as he was, I loved Sark. FYI, Anders doesn’t have an accent like Sark. He actually grew up in Oregon. With his ‘Alias’ days behind him, Anders has been acting up a storm on TV. From ‘Heroes’ to ‘24’ to ‘The Vampire Diaries’ to ‘Once Upon a Time’ to ‘Necessary Roughness,’ Anders is one busy man. Who doesn’t love an evil role portrayed by Anders?
10. Actress: Merrin Dungey
Character: Francie Calfo
Last, but not least, we have Francie Calfo aka Sydney and Will’s former best friend. Spoiler alert: not only did Merrin Dungey portray good Francie, but she also had the opportunity to play bad Francie. By “bad Francie” I mean Allison Doren who was Francie’s genetic doppelganger that took over Francie’s life. Dungey portrayed one juicy role. Since her ‘Alias’ role, Dungey’s remained on TV by starring in ‘The King of Queens,’ ‘Revenge,’ the new drama ‘Betrayal,’ and she was also first cast as Naomi Bennett in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’/’Private Practice.’ In 2007, Dungey married and also gave birth to her first child in 2008.
It’s always satisfying reminiscing about an old TV favorite. Let us know which show you’d like us to cover for our next ‘Where Are They Now?’ feature!