GRACE UNDER FIRE
Jon Paul Steuer
Though son Quentin got himself into mischief, Jon, 32, didn’t want to be troubled with acting, quitting the show after three seasons. “It was really overwhelming,” recalled Jon, who retired from TV, became the singer for a group called The Soda Pop Kids, then opened a vegan eatery called Harvest at the Bindery in Portland, Ore.
Cole and Dylan Sprouse
After taking turns playing toddler Patrick together, twins Dylan and Cole, 24, didn’t exactly go their separate ways. They became stars on TV’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, then went off to graduate from NYU. Cole studied archaeology, however, and Dylan learned about video game design.
While single mom Grace Kelly was coping as a recovering alcoholic, Brett, 58, couldn’t overcome her problem with painkiller abuse — causing her sitcom to get canceled. “I was dying of addiction,” admitted Brett, who’s since gotten sober and revived her career with her stand-up act and a role on Anger Management.
Happy-go-lucky daughter Libby led Kaitlin, 30, to more TV roles, including playing Eve Plumb in the movie Growing Up Brady. Kaitlin then studied at UC Berkeley. After graduating, she became a production designer and founded her own creative firm called Fours Are Yellow.
Subsequent to stepping into the role of Quentin for the last two seasons, Sam, 35, fit easily onto many other shows — from Grounded for Life, Still Standing and 8 Simple Rules to Desperate Housewives, CSI and True Blood. And he was the first male beauty on the reality show Beauty and the Geek.