With as many twists and turns in the cast as there were in the story, Chicago Hope still managed to be one of the more popular medical dramas during the late 90s. Where exactly are the stars of this show and what are they doing with their lives now?
Mark Harmon – Jack McNeil
Just like Rocky Carroll, Mark Harmon made his first appearance on the show in season three and remained in the story until the show came to an end, portraying Jack McNeil. Before his role in the medical drama, Harmon starred in shows such as St. Elsewhere and Reasonable Doubts. He was praised for his performances and was even nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series two years in a row at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Mark Harmon – Now
Already an established TV actor before he appeared on Chicago Hope, Harmon went on to appear in other top shows such as The West Wing and NCIS. She received rave reviews for his performances on the latter and won the award for Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor in 2017 at the Peoples’ Choice Awards. The actor has been married to fellow actress Pam Dawber since 1987 and the couple had two kids together. He also directed two episodes Boston Public.
Thomas Gibson – Danny Nyland
It is safe to say that Thomas Gibsons’ first big break was on Chicago Hope. Before that, he just hasn’t been in much worth noting. He portrayed the character Dr. Daniel Nyland, who was known for being something of a womanizer in the hospital. The trauma surgeon eventually got into a lot of trouble when he was caught having an affair with the family member of one of his patients. He ended up getting suspended and also had a car crash.
Thomas Gibson – Now
After Gibson left the show in 1997, he made a swift transition to another successful show. He joined the cast of Dharma & Greg, playing the character Greg Montgomery. He starred in every single episode and even got nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance on the show – once in 1999 and for a second time in 2000. Since then, Gibson has starred in shows such as Criminal Minds and even made an appearance on Two and a Half Men.
Alan Rosenberg – Stuart Brickman
There was a good reason why Alan Rosenberg was recruited for the final season of Chicago Hope. The actor had developed a quiet reputation as one of the most talented performers on TV. He made a name for himself as the character Eli Levinson in both Civil Wars and L.A. Law. After receiving an Emmy Award nomination for his guest appearance on fellow medical drama ER, David E. Kelly was determined to make Rosenberg a part of his show.
Alan Rosenberg – Now
Rosenberg has added many strings to his bow since his time on the medical drama came to an end. In 2005, he was elected the 24th president of the Screen Actors Guild, and while he was married to his ex-wife Marg Helgenberger, they hosted an annual event called Marg and Alan’s Celebrity Weekend to raise money for cancer research. Rosenberg has appeared on a number of other shows such as CSI, House, M.D., Suits, and Shameless, to name a few.
Barbara Hershey – Francesca Alberghetti
Another great performer who was recruited for season six was none other than Barbara Hershey. The actress had already been in film and TV since the late-60s and has starred in movies such as The Last Temptation of Christ and Falling Down. After being nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Portrait of a Lady, Hershey was asked to play the role of Francesca Alberghetti for the final season of the show.
Barbara Hershey – Now
Despite nearing 70 years of age, Barbara Hershey doesn’t look at day over 40! Other notable movies that Hershey has been a part of include the psychological drama Black Swan, as well as horror films such as Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2. She has also made appearances in TV shows such as Once Upon A Time, Damien, and The X-Files. Hershey was famously in a relationship with Lost star Naveen Andrews, who is 20 years younger than her. They split up in 2009.
Peter MacNicol – Alan Birch
Together, Peter MacNicol’s Alan Birch and Alan Rosenberg’s Stuart Brickman were the attorneys of the hospital. Make no mistake about it though, this wasn’t MacNicol’s first notable role in his career. He had already starred in movies such as Ghostbusters II and Addams Family Values. The actor also made an appearance on an episode of the hit sitcom Cheers. Despite only being on the show for two seasons, MacNicol was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in 1996.
Peter MacNicol – Now
Straight after finishing his role on Chicago Hope, Peter MacNicol landed an even more prolific role on the hit sitcom Ally McBeal as John Cage. Starring in 103 episodes, the actor received numerous award nominations for his role and even won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. MacNicol has gone on to star in other shows such as Boston Legal, 24, and Grey’s Anatomy. One of his most recent roles came in the hit sitcom Veep as Jeff Kane.
Eric Stoltz – Robert Yeats
Unlike actors like Alan Rosenberg and Barbara Hershey who were recruited for season six, Eric Stoltz was only a part of Chicago Hope for season five, playing the character Robert Yeats for a year. However, Stoltz already had many notable roles beforehand, and nearly won the role of Marty McFly in Back To The Future. He starred in numerous hit movies such as The Fly II, Pulp Fiction, and shows like St. Elsewhere and The Waltons.
Eric Stoltz – Now
Not only has Eric Stoltz continued to have a successful acting career, he has also managed to direct many episodes of TV and even a handful of movies. Stoltz has penned episodes for notable shows such as Boston Legal, Law & Order, Grey’s Anatomy, Nip/Tuck, Glee, and most recently, Madam Secretary. He directed an independent movie in 2016 called Class Rank, a comedy which starred the likes of Bruce Dern and Kristin Chenoweth. He also portrayed Daniel Graystone in the sci-fi show Caprica.
Peter Berg – Billy Kronk
One of Dr. Keith Wilkes’ best friends was Dr. Billy Kronk, played by Peter Berg. Somewhat of a likable scoundrel on the show, Kronk will probably be best remembered for that moment when he was at the scene of an accident and ended up cutting off an injured man’s leg with a chainsaw. What makes Berg different from other actors on the show was that he is credited for writing one of the episodes of season one.
Peter Berg – Now
When it comes to filmmaking, Peter Berg is truly a jack of all trades. Credited with acting, writing, directing and producing at various points in his career (sometimes all at once,) Berg just loves being involved with every aspect of the creative process. He has directed hit movies such as Hancock and Deepwater Horizon, while also directing music videos for singles such as “One More Night” by Maroon 5 and “Addicted” by Enrique Iglesias. He even made an appearance in the hit show Alias.
Lauren Holly – Jeremy Hanlon
Another character to only appear in the final season of Chicago Hope, Lauren Holly already created a buzz with her acting skills before landing the role of Dr. Jeremy Hanlon. She won the Viewers Choice Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Maxine Stewart in the drama Picket Fences. She was also known for playing the love interest of Jim Carrey’s Lloyd Christmas in the hilarious comedy Dumb & Dumber. What is she doing nowadays?
Lauren Holly – Now
Nearly a decade after her role on Chicago Hope came to an end, Lauren Holly landed another major TV role on the crime drama NCIS. She portrayed Jenny Shepard for 48 episodes. Although she has consistently found work in both the world of film and TV, nothing will eclipse her roles on both the medical drama and NCIS. After failed marriages with Jim Carrey and Francis Greco, she is currently working on the set of the show Ultra Low.
Hector Elizondo – Phillip Watters
Hector Elizondo is one of those actors who you’ve probably seen in a lot of roles, but you could never put the face to the name. However, if you’re a diehard fan of Chicago Hope, you’ll definitely know who he is – Dr. Phillip Watters. He is the chief of staff and, along with Adam Arkin’s Aaron Shutt, was the only cast member to last the entirety of the series. Although he had starred in a ton material beforehand, this show was his baby.
Hector Elizondo – Now
After being on the show for a staggering 141 episodes, Hector Elizondo starred in numerous movies such as Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries and The Book of Life. Then, in 2017, he tried his luck in voice acting, providing his own vocals for Commissioner James Gordon in The Lego Batman Movie. He has also made appearances in TV shows such as The West Wing, Grey’s Anatomy, and even American Dad! He has been happily married to Carolee Campbell since 1969.
Carla Gugino – Gina Simon
In season six, when Aaron Shutt makes his dramatic return to the neurosurgery department, he ends up working with the young Dr. Gina Simon, played by Carla Gugino. The actress had already made a name for herself in TV, having starred in shows such as Who’s The Boss?, ALF and Doogie Howser, M.D. Although she got a chance to work with the cast of Chicago Hope for the show’s final season, there was a lot more in store for Gugino.
Carla Gugino – Now
Arguably the most successful actress to come out of the show, Carla Gugino’s progression in the world of acting has been absolutely staggering. In the last two decades, she has starred in an incredible number of hit movies, including the Spy Kids series, Sin City, Night at the Museum, American Gangster, Watchmen, and Sucker Punch, to name a few. She starred alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the blockbuster San Andreas. She has also worked on TV shows such as Californication and Roadies.
Mandy Patinkin – Jeffrey Geiger
Another one of the main characters on Chicago Hope was none other than Mandy Patinkin, who played the successful but troubled Dr. Jeffrey Geiger. Emotionally affected by the time that his wife drowned their baby, Patinkin took a shock break from the show in season two after his character resigns from the hospital. However, he made a dramatic comeback at the end of season five, firing half of the staff after becoming the Chairman of the hospital board.
Mandy Patinkin – Now
Already well-known from his role as Inigo Montoya in the classic fantasy movie The Princess Bride, Chicago Hope wasn’t the last TV show that Patinkin was involved with. The actor eventually added other layers to his repertoire with roles on shows such as Law & Order and Criminal Minds. Then Patinkin landed the role of Saul Berenson in the political drama Homeland and received universal acclaim for his performance. He also recently worked on the movie Wonder, starring Jacob Tremblay.
Jayne Brook – Diane Grad
Before landing the role as Dr. Diane Grad, Jayne Brook had already been making a name for herself in both film and TV. She had minor roles in movies such as Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and Kindergarten Cop, as well as a three-episode arc on L.A. Law. However, upon starting off as a guest on season one, she was promoted to the main cast of Chicago Hope in season two, before leaving the show at the end of the penultimate season.
Jayne Brook – Now
Although she hasn’t seen much success in Hollywood since her time on Chicago Hope came to an end, Jayne Brook has had recurring roles at the turn of the Millenium on shows such as The District and John Doe. She has also had cameos on shows like Boston Legal and Revenge. Her most recent endeavor came in 2017 when she portrayed Admiral Katrina Cornwell in Star Trek Discovery, a show set a few years before the events of the original Star Trek.
Vondie Curtis-Hall – Dennis Hancock
Vondie Curtis-Hall is one of those actors who seems to have been in everything. Not only has he had a successful career since his time on Chicago Hope, he was already pretty well-established beforehand. With appearances under his belt in movies such as Coming To America, Crooklyn and Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet under his belt, creator David E. Kelly knew he had a really talented actor coming his way. Curtis-Hall portrayed Dennis Hancock for the show’s first five seasons.
Vondie Curtis-Hall – Now
There is no denying that Curtis-Hall had nothing to worry about once he left the show. One of his most recent notable roles came in 2015 when he landed the role of Ben Urich on the Netflix Marvel show Daredevil. This character also came from the original comics, so it was new territory for the actor. Shortly after Chicago Hope, Curtis-Hall tried his luck in directing, helming the musical drama Glitter, which starred none other than Mariah Carey.
Christine Lahti – Kate Austin
Although an entire cast had already been established, Christine Lahti burst onto the scene in season two as Kate Austin, a cardiac surgeon who is determined to shake things up. She proves to be a worthy opponent for Jeffrey Geiger, and both compete against each other to try and become Chief of Surgery. Lahti was already an accomplished TV actress after being nominated for Golden Globes for her roles in Amerika and No Place Like Home.
Christine Lahti – Now
The award recognition just kept coming for Christine Lahti long after her time on Chicago Hope came to an end. In 2000, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role as Lyssa Dent Hughes in An American Daughter. She then received another nomination when she portrayed Grace McCallister in the drama series Jack & Bobby. In recent times, Lahti has appeared on shows such as Law & Order: SVU and The Good Wife.
Rocky Carroll – Keith Wilkes
With movies such as Born on the Fourth of July and Crimson Tide under his belt, as well as appearances in shows like Law & Order, Roscoe Carroll, or Rocky as he is commonly known, was ready for a big role. Coming into the show in season three, Carroll portrayed Dr. Keith Wilkes, a man who was often in the cross-hairs of Thomas Gibson’s Danny Nyland. With a tendency to do things a little rough and straightforward, Wilkes was mixed-bag, to say the least.
Rocky Carroll – Now
Although he hasn’t pushed on to star in any big-budget Hollywood movies, Rocky Carroll has maintained a respectable reputation in the world of TV. Since Chicago Hope came to an end, the actor has not just had guest roles in many big shows, but also landed the main role in one. He played the role of Carl Reese in the drama The Agency, which lasted for just two seasons. He has also appeared in ER and NCIS.
Roxanne Hart – Camille Shutt
Before appearing on Chicago Hope as Camille Shutt, Roxanne Hart had already established herself as a well-respected actress with roles in movies such as The Bell Jar and Highlander. She also made an appearance on an episode of Law & Order. However, it would not take long before Hart won the hearts of critics with her performance on the medical drama and was even nominated for a Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Roxanne Hart – Now
Chicago Hope would be the first in a long line of notable TV show appearances for Roxanne Hart. The list is seemingly endless, but some of the most notable shows that the actress has appeared in since her time as Camille Shutt include Oz, House, M.D., Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, Criminal Minds, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Since 1984, Hart has been happily married to actor Philip Casnoff and the couple had two sons together. She has also performed on Broadway.
Adam Arkin – Aaron Shutt
The main character of the show, Dr. Aaron Shutt was portrayed by Adam Arkin as a world-famous neurosurgeon. He was also best pals with Mandy Patinkin’s character, Dr. Jeffrey Geiger.
Adam Arkin – Now
Although Adam Arkin’s only main role in TV came on Chicago Hope, he has also appeared in other top TV shows such as The West Wing, Sons of Anarchy and How to Get Away with Murder. Since his time on the show came to an end, Arkin has also made appearances on big movies such as Hitch, A Serious Man and The Sessions. His most recent TV appearance came in 2016 on the short-lived sitcom The Carmichael Show.