Roswell was a show about three teenage alien/human hybrids living in Roswell, New Mexico who attempted to survive as humans and hide their alien sides, while trying to learn more about their alien powers, as well as figuring out how to get home.Liz Parker learns Max Evans’ out-of-this-world secret when he saves her life after being shot, now, Max, his sister Isabel, and their friend Michael, must rely on Liz and her friends to safeguard their secret.
Based on a series of books by Melinda Metz, Roswell High was a 10 book series that went from 1998-2000 and aside from different names and appearances, the books take the story in a completely different direction than the show.From 2002-2003, eight more books were released but this time they were based on the show, during it’s run and after the show ended.Roswell debuted in October 1999 and lasted for three seasons before ending on May 14th, 2002 with 61 episodes. The show lasted for two seasons on The WB before it was cancelled, UPN picked it up for a third season, airing it directly after their other pick-up, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.
I loved, loved, LOVED this show! It was my favourite when it was on, only second to Buffy! I watched every episode religiously, bought the DVD’s (I even think they might have been one of my first Amazon purchases) and even read all the books.
I was always hanging on edge at the end of every season when it was rumoured to be cancelled and then devastated when it actually was!So what has the cast been doing all this time? Read on and find out.JASON BEHR (Max Evans)
Jason Behr as Max Evans.
Being one of the two main leads, it should come as no surprise that Jason starred in all 61 episodes of the show but his last acting credit was in 2012 on Breakout Kings.
With his first television appearance on Step by Step in 1994, Jason went on to star in JAG, Profiler, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, 7th Heaven, Pleasantville, Dawson’s Creek, The Grudge, Skinwalkers and Dragon Wars: D-War.SHIRI APPLEBY (Liz Parker)
With her first role in 1985 on the soapie, Santa Barbara, Shiri Appleby went on to star in Who’s the Boss?, Knots Landing, Doogie Howser, M.D, Baywatch, 7th Heaven, Xena: Warrior Princess, and Batman Beyond.
After Roswell, Shiri went on to star in Swimfan, Havoc, Charlie Wilson’s War, ER, Life Unexpected, Chicago Fire, Law & Order: SVU, Girls and most recently, Code Black.Shiri currently stars in UnREAL as Rachel Goldberg.BRENDAN FEHR (Michael Guerin)
Brendan Fehr as Michael Guerin.
Starting his acting career in the last ’90’s, Brendan Fehr starred in Disturbing Behavior, Millennium, The New Addams Family, Final Destination and The Forsaken before Roswell before going on to star in Biker Boyz, CSI: Miami, Bones, CSI: NY, X-Men: First Class, Nikita, Guardians of the Galaxy and Longmire since the show has ended. Fehr currently stars in the medical drama, The Night Shift.
MAJANDRA DELFINO (Maria DeLuca)
Majandra Delfino as Mario Deluca.
Getting her start on The Tony Danza Show, Majandra Delfino went on the to star in Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth, Traffic, R.S.V.P, Boston Public, Celeste in the City, Life as We Know It, Men of a Certain Age, State of Georgia, The Office and was most recently seen in the short-lived, Friends with Better Lives.
WILLIAM SADLER (Sheriff Jim Valenti)
William Sadler as Jim Valenti.
With a very long list of acting credits, William Sadler was no strangers to movies and especially television before Roswell including roles in Newhart, After MASH, The Equalizer, Roseanne, Murphy Brown, Die Hard 2, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Trespass, The Shawshank Redemption, Tales from the Crypt, The Outer Limits, Disturbing Behavior, The Green Mile, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Wonderfalls, JAG, Third Watched, Tru Calling, CSI, The Mist, Eagle Eye, Criminal Minds, The Pacific, White Collar, Person of Interest, Fringe, Man on a Ledge, Damages, Iron Man 3, Elementary, The Blacklist, Homeland, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
William currently has nine roles upcoming in 2016 and beyond.KATHERINE HEIGL (Isabel Evans)
Katherine Heigl as Isabel Evans.
Getting her big break playing Steven Seagal’s daughter in Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Heigl went on to star in Bride of Chucky, Valentine, The Twilight Zone, Love Comes Softly, Wuthering Heights, Romy and Michele: In the Beginning, The Ringer, Knocked Up, 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, Grey’s Anatomy, Killers, Life as We Know It, New Year’s Eve, The Big Wedding, The Nut Job and was most recently seen in the short-lived, State of Affairs.
COLIN HANKS (Alex Whitman)
Colin Hanks as Alex Whitman.
Getting his start as an extra in That Thing You Do!, Colin Hanks career kicked into gear after Roswell with credits like Whatever It Takes , Get Over It, Band of Brothers, Orange County, King Kong, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, The House Bunny, Mad Men, Numb3rs, The Good Guys, Dexter, The Guilt Trip, NCIS, Bad Teacher, Mom, Vacation and was most recently seen in Fargo and Life in Pieces.
EMILIE DE RAVEN (Tess Harding)
Emilie de Raven as Tess Harding.
BeastMaster was her first acting credit before Roswell before Emilie de Raven went on to star in NCIS, The Handler, CSI: Miami, Brick, The Hills Have Eyes but is perhaps more known for her roles as Claire Littleton on Lost and Belle on Once Upon a Time.
NICK WECHSLER (Kyle Valenti)
Nick Wechsler as Kyle Valenti.
Wechsler only had a couple of credits before Roswell including Team Knight Rider and then went on to star in Malcolm in the Middle, Tru Calling, Cold Case, Crossing Jordan, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Without A Trace, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Player but was most recently and probably most known for his role on Revenge.ROSWELL REUNION
Roswell cast and creator.
In 2014 at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, creator, Jason Katims, as well as stars, Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Brendan Fehr, Majandra Delfino and Nick Wechsler, came back together to celebrate the premiere of the show 15 years ago.
Watch as they talk about their time on and after the show.So 14 years after the show was cancelled, some of the cast have gone radio silent while some have continued on in the acting world. Now after making this article, I think I need to sit down and give this show a re-watch!