I found this blog, Old School Nick, that makes me squee with joy. They basically just discuss Nickelodeon shows from the late 80s and early 90s. Go spend some time there now if you’re in your late twenties to early thirties, but if you want, jump and see a nice collection of Nick stars that went on to become famous and some that totally didn’t!
(Note: The Adventures of Pete and Pete is not included in this because that show had so many badass pop culture figures in it that I didn’t even know where to start. But if you’re curious, big Pete works at a bar in Red Hook called Sunnys. Go forth and tell the world!)
Alanis Morrissette in You Can't Do That on Television
Blake Sennett (of Rilo Kiley) in Salute Your Shorts
I didn't really watch Wild and Crazy Kids, but I found out that Omar Gooding, who is Cuba Gooding Jr's brother, was charged with gun possession a few years ago, and Donne Jeffcoat, the white guy in the picture, WAS A CHARACTER WITNESS AT HIS TRIAL. Wild and Crazy for life!!
Ryan Reynolds in the Canadian teen drama Fifteen
Christine Taylor (Ben Stiller's wife) in Hey, Dude
Danny Cooksey was in Salute Your Shorts, and not much else, but he did have an all-minor metal band in the early 90s, and I bought the tape. The band was called Bad 4 Good, and it was about as good as a band of 13 to 17 year olds could be.
Anyone I left out?