15Reginald VelJohnson

Reginald VelJohnson’s acting career has really come full circle. He started out in the mid-1980s getting bit parts, usually as a white-collar guy. He was a corrections officer in Ghostbusters and a limo driver in Crocodile Dundee, and it looked like things were continuing down the same road when

he took a bit part as the husband of a recurring character on Perfect Strangers. That character turned out to be police officer Carl Winslow. He and Jo Marie Payton had great chemistry, and producers were looking for a spin-off opportunity, so Carl Winslow went to be the patriarch of Family Matters. VelJohnson has had a few other big parts, most notably in a couple of the Die Hard movies, but now -- in his late 60s -- is slowing things down and taking the same kind of white-collar guest-starring roles he first made famous 30 years ago. He’s recently filmed episodes of Girl Meets World, Ray Donovan, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

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