Whatever happened to… the cast of ‘7th Heaven’?

| Cadenza Reporter

The cast of “7th Heaven” appears at the 2002 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002, in Los Angeles, California.Lionel Hahn KRT | MCT

The cast of “7th Heaven” appears at the 2002 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002, in Los Angeles, California.

Aug. 26, 2011, marked the 15-year anniversary of the premiere of “7th Heaven.” The show, which told the wholesome story of the Camden family, aired from 1996 to 2007. I know I grew up with that show, looking forward to every Monday when a new episode would air. Whatever happened to the actors? Most of us probably know about Jessica Biel—she’s turned into quite the movie star (and has had a buzz-creating relationship with Justin Timberlake). Here’s a bit about where the rest of the Camden family is these days:

Catherine Hicks (Annie Camden, mother) has acted in a number of made-for-television movies, most recently “Game Time: Tackling the Past,” which aired on NBC. She reunited with “7th Heaven” co-star George Stults (Kevin Kinkirk) for Lifetime Movie Network’s “Borderline Murder.” Her latest film, “Dorfman,” made its world premiere last week at the Hollywood Film Festival.

Stephen Collins (Reverend Eric Camden, father) plays Andy’s father on “The Office” this season. In addition, he was a series regular on ABC’s “No Ordinary Family,” though the show was canceled after only one season. Collins was a recurring guest star on “Private Practice,” as Addison’s father, the Captain. He also appeared on Broadway production of “Spamalot” as King Arthur in 2008.

Barry Watson (Matt Camden) most recently appeared in ABC Family’s “My Future Boyfriend.” He previously starred in “Samantha Who?” and “What About Brian.” Watson is married to his high-school classmate Tracy Hutson and has two sons: Oliver, born in May 2005, and Felix, born in November 2007.

Beverley Mitchell (Lucy Camden) released her self-titled debut country album in January 2007, and she now has a recurring role on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” as a guidance counselor. Mitchell married her long-time boyfriend Michael Cameron in October 2008.

Mackenzie Rosman (Ruthie Camden) was reunited with Mitchell when she appeared in several episodes of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” Rosman also acted in the horror movie “Fading of the Cries.”

David Gallagher (Simon Camden) recently played a werewolf named Ray Sutton on “The Vampire Diaries.” He had a role in J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8” and has been a guest star on “Without a Trace,” “Numb3rs” and “Smallville,” among other shows. His recent dark, gritty roles prove that he has overcome being typecast as Simon.

Tyler Hoechlin (Martin Brewer) co-stars in MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” which just got picked up for a second season.

Regardless of how successful these actors have been after “7th Heaven”, to me they’ll always be the Camden family. Is it too soon for a reunion? I’d love to see the Camdens back together one more time, though I don’t know if that’s likely. For now, I’ll just have to be content with watching the actors in their new endeavors.

  • Barbara G Ripple

    I’m with you, Jennifer! Miss the Camden so much!