Q: Is Reginald VelJohnson still acting?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

Beloved '90s supporting star Reginald VelJohnson had a bit of a career renaissance during the pandemic. While some of that nostalgia-fueled interest seems to have just as quickly faded, VelJohnson himself is still going strong.

His most notable recent role was in the 2021 Disney series "Turner & Hooch," a revival of the 1989 big-screen film of the same name. He reprised his role from the original film, in which he played a cop and the partner of the titular Turner (Tom Hanks, "Elvis," 2022). Unfortunately, it was canceled after just one season.

A year earlier, he appeared in an oddball indie film called "The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee." He was playing himself in a role that, again, referenced his '80s film work — this time 1986's "Crocodile Dundee."

The fact that neither of these titles did very well is a little bit surprising because people were really primed for that sort of nostalgic comedy. A Nielsen study found that, locked down and seeking comfort, people re-watched old comedies in huge numbers during the first year of the pandemic.

In fact, no show benefited from this more than "Family Matters," which originally ran from 1989-98 and starred VelJohnson as the Winslow family patriarch. According to Nielsen numbers, that show experienced a near-400% jump in viewership in 2020.

VelJohnson will be back on screens again this December in a Hallmark Christmas movie, "Ghosts of Christmas Always." Not much is known about it, except that it will star former "Bold and the Beautiful" actress Kim Matula (and that it will be heartwarming).

VelJohnson is, of course, already a holiday fixture for many, thanks to his supporting role as Sgt. Al Powell in the much-debated Christmas movies "Die Hard" (1988) and "Die Hard 2" (1990).


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