“The Wonder Years” ran from 1988 to 1993 and was hugely popular by audiences. Although the show premiered in the late 80’s, the premise revolved around the young adult years of Kevin Arnold (played by Fred Savage) in the 60’s and 70’s. Audiences watched for the heartthrob appeal of Fred Savage, the potential young love scenario between Kevin and Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar), and the tumultuous times of that era. The show was canceled after a successful six seasons, but you might be interested in what the young couple has been up to since leaving the public eye.
Playing the lead, Fred Savage, perpetuated his heartthrob status in his role as Kevin Arnold. Starring in films like “The Princess Bride” and “Little Monsters,” the late 80’s and early 90’s was a whirlwind time for Fred Savage. However, he seemed to disappear from the public eye by 2000. What audiences may not know about Fred Savage is he didn’t exactly quit the entertainment industry simply because he grew out of the child actor phase. Savage first donned his directorial hat in 1999, and maintained a successful career as a director for hit shows like “Boy Meets World” and “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.” While he does have a few cameo roles here and there, Savage seems to be content with his life behind the camera and his marriage with Disney Channel actress Jennifer Lindsay Stone. As friends from childhood, the couple has been able to keep their names out of the tabloids with a successful Hollywood union that is often a rarity.
Playing the love interest, Danica McKellar played the young Winnie Cooper. If the young girls were watching for Fred Savage, the boys were watching for the flowing haired brunette with the baby face. However, the onscreen look and personality that worked so well for her on “The Wonder Years” became a bit of a hindrance once the show ended. While McKellar did have a few acting roles, including a recurring role in “The West Wing,” she proved that she was more than just a pretty face by obtaining a higher education. As a published author and mathematician, McKellar can hold her on in the academic world. Her latest appearance in the public eye was on Season 18 of “Dancing with the Stars,” where she lasted until week 8. Like many child actresses trying to shed their overly innocent persona, McKellar posed provocatively for Maxim. She currently doesn’t have any public romance being featured in the tabloids and is co-parenting her son with ex-husband – music composer Mike Verta.