“Once upon a time, there were three little girls who went to the police academy. And they were each assigned very hazardous duties but I took them all away from all that and now they work for me. My name is Charlie.”
Those famous words were heard every week from 1976 to 1981 during Charlie’s Angels opening credits. As each of the iconic characters flashed on screen flaunting perfectly feathered hair, audiences couldn’t wait to see the gorgeous agents kick some proverbial “rear end.”
With it’s mixture of humor, action and strong women, it’s no surprise that the show is still a cult classic today — even inspiring three Hollywood adaptations in 2000, 2003 and 2019. But the original Charlie’s Angels cast of iconic crime-fighting ladies still leaves a lasting impression on audiences.
Here, take a walk down memory lane and see how the talented Charlie’s Angels cast used strength, intelligence and style to shattered stereotypes, leaving a lasting legacy of girl power.
Who was cast in the first season of Charlie’s Angels?
Season one of Charlie’s Angels cast Farah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson in the lead roles. The beauties played a trio of police academy graduates — Sabrina Duncan (Jackson), Jill Munroe (Fawcett), and Kelly Garrett (Smith) — who were forced to do menial police tasks. Frustrated and unhappy, the women 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 Forsythe lent his voice to the memorable part. John Bosley (played by David Doyle), 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 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.
What other actresses joined the Charlie’s Angels cast?
While Fawcett, Smith and Jackson were in the groundbreaking first season, a host of other talented actresses joined the set during the show’s five-year run. In fact, Faucet only acted in the first season and was replaced by Cheryl Ladd, who played her younger sister. Shelley Hack joined in the fourth season and Tanya Roberts made her debut in the fifth and final season.
Where’s the Charlie’s Angels cast now?
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a whopping 42 years since the show ended. Some of the Charlie’s Angels cast have sadly passed away, some are totally unrecognizable now, while others haven’t changed a bit.
Keep scrolling to catch up with Charlie’s Angels cast today.
Charlies Angel's Tanya RobertsTanya 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. Sadly, she passed away in January of 2021.
Charlie's Angels Farah FawcettFarrah Fawcett (1947-2009) Farrah Fawcett was the unquestioned star of the original of 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 battle with cancer.
Charlie's Angels Jaclyn SmithJaclyn 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 77. Her most recent film was Random Acts of Christmas, which came out in 2019. She's also acted more recently in the drama series, All American. We can't wait to see what role she plays next!
Charlie's Angels Kate JacksonKate 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.
Charlie's Angels Cheryl LaddCheryl 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 in the 2022 film, A Cowgirl's Song. In the past, she's worked to raise awareness for cataracts surgery after her husband had the procedure done. There's no stopping her from making her mark.
Charlie's Angels Shelley HackShelley 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.
Charlie's Angel's David DoyleDavid 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.