For eight seasons, we watched every minute of the life of our favorite partners and associates at a Boston law firm. The legal ethics and personal mortality of the characters is what lured viewers in every week. Speaking of the characters, we decided to catch up with the cast after all these years. Just what have they been up to since the show went off air in 2004?
The now 56 year old is best known as lawyer and law firm head Bobby Donnell on The Practice – which earned him a Golden Globe Award and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. McDermott went on to star in American Horror Story, Dark Blue, Hostages and Stalker.
48 year old Kelli Williams is known best as Lindsay Dole on The Practice, psychologist and deception expert Dr. Gillian Foster on Lie to Me, and Jackie Clark on Army Wives. In 2016, she appeared in the shows The Fosters and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Who doesn’t remember the attorney Ellenor Frutt on The Practice? From there, she went on to star as Delia Banks on Ghost Whisperer, Gladys Presley on the mini-series Elvis, and “Control” on Person of Interest. Before working in Hollywood, Manheim worked as a sign language interpreter at hospitals.
Next up is Michael Badalucco, he’s best known as the lawyer Jimmy Berlutti from The Practice. A role that earned him a Primetime Emmy Award. His most recent television role was in 2015 on Blue Bloods. Since 1996, he has been married to Brenda Heyob.
At 52, Steve Harris is best known as Eugene Young on The Practice and as Detective Isaiah “Bird” Freeman on Awake. Six times, he was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for his role on The Practice and he won it in 2004. Harris appeared in the 2017 Netflix film Burning Sands.
You’re looking at LisaGay Hamilton, the director, and film, television, and theater actress. Hamilton is well known as attorney Rebecca Washington on The Practice. The 54 year old has some amazing theater credits such as Measure for Measure, Henry IV Parts I & II, Valley Song and The Ohio State Murders.
Lara Flynn Boyle
Actress and producer Lara Flynn Boyle will always be Donna Hayward from the series Twin Peaks. From there, she went on to star in Wayne’s World, Red Rock West, Threesome, Cafe Society, and Happiness. From 1997 to 2003, Boyle played the role of Assistant District Attorney Helen Gamble in The Practice, which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Maybe you also recognize her as the villainous shapeshifting alien Serleena from Men In Black II?
If there is one thing James Spader is known for, it’s his eccentric film characters. The 58 year old also has an impressive television history – as attorney Alan Shore in The Practice and the spin-off Boston Legal (which won him three Emmy Awards), and as Robert California in The Office. Currently he stars as Raymond “Red” Reddington in The Blacklist.
37 year old actress Marla Sokoloff is known best as Lucy Hatcher on The Practice and as Gia Mahan on Full House and Fuller House. She has been dating the Deadsy drummer Alec Puro since 2004.
One of my personal favorite actresses (although you probably don’t care about that) is up next. Jessica Capshaw is known for her on-screen roles as Jamie Stringer in The Practice and as the amazing Dr. Arizona Robbins on Grey’s Anatomy. She has four children with her husband, Christopher Gavigan.
From one Grey’s Anatomy star to another. Chyler Leigh is the actress we all recognize as Janey Briggs in Not Another Teen Movie, Lexie Grey in Grey’s Anatomy, and currently as Alex Danvers in Supergirl. Leigh has been married to fellow actor Nathan West since 2002. They have three children together.
British actress, model, singer, and songwriter Rhona Mitra has a long list of film and television roles under her belt. Including Party of Five, The Practice, Boston Legal, Nip/Tuck, Doomsday, Strike Back, and Game Over, Man – although the list could go on.
As if John Larroquette really needs an introduction. This is one actor we all know as attorney Dan Fielding on Night Court, a role that earned him four consecutive Emmy Awards. Of course we also know the 70 year old as Mike McBride in McBride, John Hemingway on The John Larroquette Show, and Carl Sack in Boston Legal. Recently he played Jenkins/Galahad in The Librarians.
Actress and playwright Holland Taylor makes the list. Let’s not forget that Taylor won a Primetime Emmy Award for playing Judge Roberta Kittleson on The Practice. Although she’s most recently known as Evelyn Harper on Two and a Half Men. Her other acting credits include Bosom Buddies, The Powers That Be, George of the Jungle, The Truman Show, and Legally Blonde.
In 2004, Lake Bell played Sally Heep for four episodes of The Practice, a role she also portrayed on the spin-off series Boston Legal. Bell has had plenty of film and TV roles since then but has also put on her hat as a director and screenwriter.
Up next is the actor, director, writer, and comedian Edward Herrmann. Herrmann portrayed Franklin D. Roosevelt on television, although to most of us he’ll always be Richard Gilmore in Gilmore Girls. Sadly he passed away in 2014.
Okay, you probably know Teri Polo best from her roles in the Meet the Parents trilogy, the series I’m with Her, as Helen Santos on The West Wing and as Stef Adams Foster on The Fosters. Well in 2003, she also appeared as Sarah Barker for five episodes on The Practice.
From 1999 to 2001, Jason Kravits portrayed District Attorney Richard Bay in The Practice. Some of his other television roles include Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, Yes, Dear, Gilmore Girls, Blue Bloods, and Law & Order.
Some of Ron Livingston’s best known roles include Rob in Swingers, Peter Gibbons in Office Space, Capt Lewis Nixon in Band of Brothers, and Roy Phillips on Boardwalk Empire. For eight episodes, he portrayed A.D.A. Alan Lowe on The Practice. After dating his Standoff co-star Rosemarie DeWitt for three years, they tied the knot in 2009. Together they have adopted two daughters.
31 year old Emmy Rossum is an actress, director and singer-songwriter. Most of us know her best as Fiona Gallagher in Shameless. Rossum has an extensive film and television career, including The Day After Tomorrow, The Phantom of the Opera, Poseidon, Beautiful Creatures, and Comet.
During the late 90’s, Anton Yelchin began his career in Hollywood. In that time, he went from small roles to being recognized as Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek movies. Tragically he passed away at age 27 in 2016.
1980 is when Linda Hunt made her film debut as Mrs. Oxheart in Popeye. Two years later, she made her big breakthrough in The Year of Living Dangerously, for which she won the Academy Award. The 73 year old film, stage, and television actress has an extensive film and television career.
At 71, Richard McGonagle has earned a reputation as a successful voice actor. Although his acting career has been long and successful in its own right.
James Pickens Jr.
63 year old actor James Pickens Jr. is well known as Dr. Richard Webber on Grey’s Anatomy. Although you might also recognize him as Deputy Director Alvin Kersh on the later seasons of The X-Files. He reprised his role as Chuck Mitchell on Roseanne in 2018.
Who could forget that Anna Gunn played Assistant District Attorney Jean Ward on The Practice from 1997 to 2002. Not many of the show’s loyal fans can! Although she is best known now as Skyler White on Breaking Bad, for which she earned the Primetime Emmy Award.
Swiss-born British actress Kate Burton portrayed A.D.A. Susan Alexander on The Practice for nine episodes. For her television roles, she received a ton of critical acclaim. Burton portrayed Ellis Grey on Grey’s Anatomy and as Vice President Sally Langston on Scandal.
From 1998 to 2003, Susan Blommaert portrayed Judge Rudy Fox on The Practice. Most recently she portrayed “Mr. Kaplan”/Kathryn Nemec on The Blacklist and Judge Hanlon on Bull.
At 71, Bruce Davison has had an extensive career as an actor and director of television, film, and theatre. Davison is known for his roles in Willard, Longtime Companion, and the X-Men franchise. He had a recurring role as Scott Wallace on The Practice.
When it comes to the Canadian actor, author, producer, and director, William Shatner needs no introduction. There’s no doubt you’ve seen him in the Star Trek franchise or 3rd Rock from the Sun. Or one of the other million roles he’s played since starting his career in 1951.
Rebecca De Mornay
Actress and producer Rebecca De Mornay guest-starred as Hannah Rose, the attorney, for the last few episodes of The Practice. However we know her best thanks to her breakthrough role in the 1983 film Risky Business. The late 80’s and early 90’s are when she had her most notable film roles. Recently she appeared in Jessica Jones and Lucifer.
During the early 80’s, Patrick Dempsey gained a lot of success thanks to his film roles, including Can’t Buy Me Love and Loverboy. But let’s be real, we know Dempsey best as McDreamy from Grey’s Anatomy. The 52 year old also loves auto racing, he said he’d quit acting if he could dedicate himself to motorsports completely.
You’re looking at the Sicilian-American actor who played Detective Michael McGuire for 45 episodes on The Practice. Abruzzo has also appeared on NCIS, House M.D., Law & Order: SVU, CSI: NY, Criminal Minds, Bones, and Mad Men.
For 23 episodes, Bill Smitrovich portrayed A.D.A. Kenneth Walsh. Or maybe you know him better as Inspector Cramer from the series A Nero Wolfe Mystery? AT 71, he has appeared in a number of shows, such as 24, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, and Dynasty.
Next up is Defense Attorney Solomon Tager, who was portrayed by Gary Cole. Apart from his name television and film roles, Cole is also a voice actor – he provided the voice of Dr. James Timothy Possible on Kim Possible! Currently he plays the role of Chief Grissom on Chicago Fire.
Please, Sharon Stone needs no introduction. This brilliant actress played Sheila Carlisle on The Practice. Thanks to her role in the 1992 film Basic Instinct, Stone was internationally recognized. The rest, as they say, is history. The 60 year old last appeared in the 2017 film The Disaster Artist.
With a Master of Fine Arts from New York University, Rebecca Creskoff started her career in Hollywood. The 47 year old appeared in Law & Order, The West Wing, Mad Men, Desperate Housewives, Hannah Montana, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Creskoff also enjoyed recurring roles on The Practice, Girlfriends, Jonas and Hung.
Let’s see, Aunjanue Ellis first began acting career in theater and quickly made her film debut in Girls Town. Later she held a number of leading roles in independent movies, and also co-starred in multiple mainstream films. She portrayed Sharon Young on The Practice. Since 2015, she has been portraying Miranda Shaw in Quantico.
When it comes to legends, Betty White will always rank high on that list. Granted, she briefly appeared as Catherine Piper on The Practice but her career is a mile long. Especially as she is one of the first women to have been in control of the front and behind of a camera. At 96, she is still making appearances in film and television.
For five episodes, Donal Logue portrayed ADA Richard ‘Dickie’ Flood on The Practice. Although we know him best for his roles in The Tao of Steve, Sons of Anarchy, Vikings, Grounded for Life, Copper, Terriers and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Since 2014, Logue has been portraying Det. Harvey Bullock in the series Gotham.
Sure, the Emmy nominated film and TV actor is probably best recognized as President Charles Logan from 24 then as attorney Mark Grundel for five episodes of the Practice. From there, Gregory Itzin has made a number of appearances in various film and TV roles. Most recently he appeared in Hawaii Five-0.
For just four episodes back in 2003, Chris O’Donnell portrayed Brad Stanfield on The Practice. However he’s best known for a number of roles in various films, such as Scent of a Woman, The Three Musketeers, Circle of Friends, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, Cookie’s Fortune, and Vertical Limit. Currently he portrays Agent G. Callen in NCIS: Los Angeles.
Personally, I know Dakin Matthews as Headmaster Charleston from Gilmore Girls. Although some of you may recognize him for a dozen other roles he’s held. Whether it’s The Practice, Charmed, Ally McBeal, The King of Queens or numerous others, Matthews is well known in Hollywood. the 77 year old appeared in Bridge of Spies in 2015.
The Serbian actress portrayed Judge Stevens on The Practice for four episodes. However the 67 year old is best known as Vice Admiral/Fleet Admiral Alynna Nechayev on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She last appeared on the series Lou Grant.
The Happy Days star appeared in three episodes of The Practice as Dr. Henry Olson in 2000. Henry Winkler is a well known comedian, director, producer, and author, he’s not just an actor ladies and gents. He last appeared in the series Barry.