One of the great things to happen after World War II was the Baby Boomer generation. Some of these Baby Boomers went on to become great actors, entertainers, and athletes that may have impacted your lives in some way. As the years pass, have you ever wondered what happened to them? Find out what a few of these celebrity Baby Boomers have been up to recently.
Richard Dean Anderson
His first acting role was on the soap opera series “General Hospital” as Dr. Jeff Webber in 1976, but you might remember him more vividly in his famous lead role as Angus MacGyver in the television hit series “MacGyver” from 1985 to 1992. Richard composed a song for the hit show and has also produced, co-starred and starred in various roles and projects since “MacGyver”.
He went on to play Jack O’Neill in “Stargate SG-1”, “Stargate Atlantis”, and “Stargate Universe”, as well as a guest star spot on an episode of “The Simpsons”, skits for “Saturday Night Live”, and commercial promos for the Super Bowl and Pepsi.
Today, Richard spends his time traveling, being a father to his daughter, and supporting environmental and youth organizations like Waterkeeper Alliance, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Challengers Boys and Girls Club, and Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Famous for her role as Regan, the possessed child in the 1973 movie “The Exorcist,” Linda Blair is an actress and producer. Linda was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe award for her role in the supernatural horror movie. She reprised her role in the sequel, “Exorcist II: The Heretic".
She’s had roles in T.V. and films like “MacGyver”, “Hollywood Squares”, “Supernatural”, and “Celebrity Ghost Stories”. Linda Blair continues to have a long and extensive career in film and television. She is an avid animal advocate, which prompted her to start the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation. The foundation rescues animals, fights animal cruelty, and finds families to adopt pets.
You may remember him as Keith Partridge from the 1970s television series “The Partridge Family” or gracing the front covers of teen idol magazines like Tiger Beat. David Cassidy has had a long career that continues to this day. The actor/singer/songwriter became famous when he was cast as Keith Partridge alongside his real-life stepmom Shirley Jones. After singing the hit song “I Think I Love You” for the series, David began writing his solo albums, producing records, and touring around the world.
David Cassidy has had international success during his time on “The Partridge Family” as well as with his solo career. He has co-starred in television shows, performed in musical theater, and written other hit songs. Although he recently published a letter to his fans on his website about experiencing financial troubles, David continues to tour with his music across the country.
The Queen of Disco sang her way into many people’s hearts during the 70s with her hit single and anthem “I Will Survive.” Gloria Gaynor was only 19 years old when she signed her first contract with Columbia Records. She made history in 1975 when Billboard began the “Disco Action Charts” with some of her top ten hits and went on to win a Grammy for Best Disco Song in 1980.
Gloria Gaynor continues to have a successful career with her songs reaching the top of the Billboard Dance/Club charts. In 2005 she was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. She’s had television appearances, concert and Broadway performances, and wrote her autobiography titled “I Will Survive”. Gloria spends her time supporting charitable causes such as Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
Also, Gloria completed her bachelor’s degree while touring and plans to open a healing and recreation center for teenage parents in her hometown.
Carl Lewis is a world-renowned track and field athlete who won ten Olympic medals and ten World Championship medals throughout his career from 1979 to 1996. He set world records in sprinting and long jumping and has won awards like Olympian of the Century by Sports Illustrated and Sportsman of the Century by the International Olympic Committee. He won his last medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and retired from his competitive athletic career in 1997. He was inducted into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2001.
Since his track and field days, Carl took to acting and has been in various movies and television productions like “Perfect Strangers,” “Material Girls” and an appearance on “The Weakest Link”. He wrote an autobiography about his experiences in the sports world in the 90s. In 2011, he tried to run as a Democrat for the New Jersey Senate but was disqualified due to state residency requirements. Today, Carl Lewis lives a healthy vegan lifestyle and is an official supporter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. He was also nominated as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
Known best for her role as Jaime Sommers in the 1970s television series “The Bionic Woman,” Lindsay Wagner has had a lengthy movie and film career. She began her career as a model and started acting in a variety of network shows such as “The Rockford Files”, “The Paper Chase”, “Adam-12”, and “Night Gallery”.
After the success of “The Bionic Woman” series, Lindsay went on to act in small roles for television series and movies. She wrote a series of books about the benefits of acupressure as well as her own cookbook titled “High Road to Health: A Vegetarian Cookbook” in 1994. She received a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in 2012 and in 2013, she began teaching acting and directing for film and television courses at San Bernardino Valley College as an adjunct faculty member.
In recent years, Lindsay has given seminars, retreats, and workshops called "Quiet the Mind and Open the Heart" that promote self-help therapy with meditation and spirituality techniques.