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‘The Nanny’: Where is the Cast Now?

‘The Nanny’: Where is the Cast Now?

Back in the 1990s, The Nanny, for a stretch, became must-see television with a great cast led by Fran Drescher as Fran Fine. Where is the cast today, though? Of course, Drescher has been in the news recently due to the SAG-AFTRA strike. But fans of The Nanny still hold Drescher’s character near and dear to their hearts. Well, let’s catch up a little bit with this sitcom’s fantastic cast.

Fran Drescher played the lead character Fran Fine. Before getting this far on CBS, Drescher had appeared in movies like Saturday Night Fever, The Hollywood Knights, and UHF. Coming up with The Nanny was a combination between Drescher and her then-husband Peter Marc Jacobson. This sitcom ran for six seasons, but it almost didn’t make it past the first one. Yet the show had the backing of the CBS president at the time. Drescher went on to appear in a couple more sitcoms, Living with Fran and Happily Divorced after The Nanny ended. She’s also been on Broadway, too. These days, Drescher keeps busy with her union leadership duties.

Charles Shaughnessy appeared as Max Sheffield, Fran’s boss (and future husband). It’s no surprise that Shaughnessy ended up in show business with parents who were involved in it, too. He made his first impression on the soap opera Days of Our Lives, where he played Shane Donovan from 1984-92. When The Nanny ended, Shaughnessy found roles on The Mentalist, Mad Men, and Hannah Montana. He did team back up with Drescher to play her ex-husband on Living with Fran. Shaughnessy eventually went back to play Shane again on Days of Our Lives. He’s popped up in the past couple of years on General Hospital.

‘The Nanny’ Cast Members Stayed Busy

Lauren Lane played C.C. Babcock on the show. Lane found film work in 1984. Then, in 1991, she started playing Sgt. Chris Novak is on Hunter alongside Fred Dryer. Lane stayed with The Nanny through its final season in 1999. But she left that world behind her in 2001. Nowadays, Lane is a full-time lecturer at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She’s also keeping interested in the theater world, too.

Daniel Davis appeared as Niles the butler. His first television appearances started back in 1980. Davis had noted roles on Texas, Dynasty, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Davis’ post-Nanny work included more TV appearances on Frasier, The Practice, and Ugly Betty. In 2000, Davis received a Tony Award nomination for his work in David Hirson’s Wrong Mountain. His most recent TV work was in 2023, where he reprised his James Moriarty role for Star Trek: Picard.

Nicholle Tom played Maggie Sheffield. Before The Nanny, Tom scored a role on Beverly Hills, 90210, and was part of the Beethoven film series. After The Nanny, Tom became the voice of Supergirl. She appeared in a couple of DC Universe animated shows. Other roles for Tom include The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Without a Trace, and Castle.

Sailsbury Has Been Quiet; Zima Has Had Roles

Benjamin Salisbury played Brighton Sheffield. Salisbury picked up a role in the 1992 movie Captain Ron, where he played opposite Kurt Russell. Salisbury was on for the entire run of The Nanny but didn’t keep busy in the business. His most recent role was in a film titled On the Brink in 2006, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Madeline Zima appeared as Grace Sheffield. Zima’s work after The Nanny included Gilmore Girls and Grey’s Anatomy. But Zima might be remembered for her role in the Showtime show Californication. She played Tracey in a 2017 reboot of Twin Peaks.

Renee Taylor played Sylvia Fine. By the time she popped up on The Nanny, Taylor already had quite a resume to her name. She starred with her late husband, actor Joseph Bologna, in a 1970 film. It was an adaptation of their Broadway show Lovers and Other Strangers. Taylor also found herself with a role in Mel Brooks’ original version of The Producers. She’s kept busy in recent years, too, with spots on Everwood, How I Met Your Mother, and Bob’s Burgers.

Ann Morgan Guilbert appeared as Grandma Yetta. Guilbert reached fame as she starred as Millie Helper, the Petries’ next-door neighbor, on The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s. She stayed busy, nabbing roles on Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Law & Order: SVU. Guilbert died in 2016 when she was 87 years old.