What Happened to the Original Toys R Us Kids?
With the end looming for the greatest toy store ever, it seems like a great time to look at what happened to the first kids who didn't wanna grow up.
The early 80s commercial is iconic, with the tune being known to every child of the 80s and 90s,
But if you pay attention, you might recognize some of the children for their later work.
The first child in this commercial looks like she just walked off the set of a Wendy's commercial. Jenny Lewis went on to have one-off appearances in many television shows of the 80s like 'Mr. Belvedere', 'Webster', 'Growing Pains', and 'Rosanne', just to name a few. But she also tried her hand in film, appearing in major roles in 'Troop Beverly Hills' and 'The Wizard'. In the 2000s she turned her career to music, releasing her first solo album in 2006, with her music featured in 'Girls', 'The Hangover part II', 'Rock Band 3', 'Bolt', and 'Gossip Girl'.
The boy with glasses and wearing a sweater vest, Scott Nemes isn't as recognizable as the others who went on to have regular careers, but has still hung around the industry. After being a Toys R Us kid, Nemes has small roles in 'Twilight Zone: The Movie', 'D.C. Cab', 'Meatballs Part II', and 'St. Elmo's Fire'. He got regular work in 1986 when he was cast as Grant Schumaker in Showtime's meta-sitcom 'It's Garry Shandling's Show', appearing in all 71 episodes. After his on-screen career died down, he went behind the scenes as a studio hand and served as a Producer on the films 'Hannah' and the 'Black Christmas' remake.
Like Jenny Lewis, Lindsay Price, the girl riding the train, spent the better part of her post-Toys R Us career appearing in single episodes of TV shows. Her breakout happened in 1998 when she joined the cast of 'Beverly Hills, 90210' appeared in 71 episodes as Janet Sosna. She went on to appear in 'Club Dread' with the Broken Lizard comedy team, and guest appearances on 'NCIS', 'CSI: NY', 'Hawaii Five-O', and was a regular cast member on the short-lives series 'Lipstick Jungle' and 'Eastwick'.
The little boy on the swing? He's Steve Urkel. Enough said?
14 years after the above commercial, Toys R Us reunited the original kids for an updated commercial, just without Jaleel White as the commercial was made during a time he was probably too expensive to hire.