From 1976 to 1981, a revolving door of starlets kicked butt on TV screens as the Charlie’s Angels cast. Best remembered for the original trio of Farah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, and Kate Jackson, Charlie’s Angels is still a cult classic today, despite being canceled after only five seasons. Taking a look back at the old Charlie’s Angels plot lines, it’s not hard to see why.
The Original Cast of ‘Charlie’s Angels’
Who were the original Charlie’s Angels? From left to right: Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Despite having graduated from police academy, Sabrina Duncan (Jackson), Jill Munroe (Fawcett), and Kelly Garrett (Smith), were forced to do menial police tasks. Frustrated and unhappy, the three joined the Charles Townsend Agency and became private investigators for the man behind the namesake company. While you never actually saw Charles Townsend’s face on the show, renowned actor John Forsyth lent his voice to the memorable part. John Bosley, Townsend’s associate, sent the Angels on their assignments after Townsend’s voice relayed the case over speakerphone. Looking back at the strong message that the cast of ‘Charlie’s Angels’ sent to viewers — that women can be both powerful and beautiful — it’s not surprising how popular the beloved show would become throughout the years.
Who starred in ‘Charlie’s Angels’ after the original cast?
Who were ‘Charlie’s Angels’ biggest stars? The last season’s cast looked pretty different from the first! From left to right: Tanya Roberts, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
While Fawcett, Smith, and Jackson are remembered as the groundbreaking original ‘Charlie’s Angels’ cast, we should not forget the host of other talented actresses who joined the set during the show’s five-year run. Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack, and Tanya Roberts were all featured on the show, with Ladd enjoying the longest run of the three. Since these actresses were different from the Charlie’s Angels original cast, they each brought their own unique flair and signature good looks to the roles.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a whopping 36 years since the show ended. But it’s a perfect excuse to check in and see what the cast got up to in the years following the nationwide phenomenon. Some Charlie’s Angels actresses are totally unrecognizable now, while others haven’t seemed to change a bit. Keep scrolling to see the cast from Charlie’s Angels today.
Charlie's Angles Farah Fawcett
Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009)
Farrah Fawcett was the unquestioned star of the original Charlie's Angels while she played the stunning Jill Munroe for the show's first season. After a contract dispute, Fawcett appeared on the show as a recurring guest, rather than a main cast member. Meanwhile, Cheryl Ladd joined the cast in the second season as Jill's sister Kris Munroe. When Charlie's Angels ended in 1980, Fawcett went on to star in a series of TV movies like The Burning Bed and Small Sacrifices, for which she was nominated Emmy Awards. Sadly, she died in 2009 at age 62 after a painful battle with cancer.
Charlie's Angels Jaclyn Smith
Jaclyn Smith played Kelly Garrett for all five seasons, making her the only Angel to appear as a main cast member throughout the entire series. Like Fawcett, Smith remained in show business after Charlie's Angels ended, appearing in several TV movies and shows, and she even made a cameo in the 2003 film adaptation of Charlie's Angels. She was always known for jaw-dropping good looks, but pics of Jaclyn Smith today prove she continues to dazzle at age 72. Her most recent film was a Hallmark TV movie called Bridal Wave, which came out in 2015. We can't wait to see what role she plays next!
Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson
Kate Jackson played Sabrina Duncan for three seasons on the show. After departing the set in 1979, the Charlie's Angels original cast member admitted that she was happy to be "able to hang up the halo." It gave her the opportunity to expand her horizons and try other roles on for size. She went on to appear in TV shows like Ally McBeal, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and Criminal Minds. While she hasn't appeared in any shows recently, she certainly has an impressive resume to her name if she wants to revisit a set anytime soon.
Charlies Angels Cheryl Ladd
Cheryl Ladd played Farrah Fawcett's on-screen sister, Kris Munroe, for four seasons. After the show was canceled, Ladd also remained on TV screens, appearing on a wide variety of shows like Las Vegas, CSI: Miami, and NCIS. She's still acting today and regularly makes appearances in TV and movies. Her most recent role was a "deliciously demented" grandmother in the 2017 film Unforgettable. She's also working to raise awareness for cataracts surgery after her husband had the procedure done. There's just no stopping her from making her mark!
Charlies Angels Shelley Hack
Model and actress Shelley Hack was brought on to replace Kate Jackson, who departed after three seasons. But Hack, who played Tiffany Welles, lasted for just one season. After she left, she appeared on The Love Boat and L.A. Law, among other shows. While she hasn't appeared in a show recently, that certainly doesn't mean she's been less busy. Shelley Hack now is a co-president alongside her husband for the production company Smash Media, which develops and produces content for motion pictures, television, and new media.
Charlies Angels Tanya Roberts
It had to be a tough job to cast Charlie's Angels after so many changes, but the directors decided that Tanya Roberts would replace Shelley Hack for what would be final season of Charlie's Angels. She played Julie Rogers, a street-smart model and fighter, but her strong talent sadly couldn't save the show, which was cancelled that year. However, that didn't stop Roberts from achieving other remarkable accomplishments. Roberts went on to star in the James Bond film A View to Kill and joined the cast of That '70s Show.
Charlies Angels David Doyle
David Doyle (1929-1997)
In addition to Jaclyn Smith, David Doyle was the only other cast member to appear in all five seasons of the old Charlie's Angels show, playing detective John Bosley. After the show was cancelled, he appeared on shows like Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, and Foofur. As time went on, he opened himself up to a wide range of acting opportunities — some of which turned out to be extremely memorable characters. He even lent hist distinctive voice to the character Grandpa Lou Pickles on the popular animated children's show Rugrats until his sad death from a heart attack in 1997.