What Happened To Your Favorite Disney Channel Stars? These 13 DCOMers Have Been Busy


During my childhood, Disney Channel Original Movies — or DCOMs as they're called for short — ruled my Friday nights. There was always this sense of excitement that followed when I'd see the preview of the new movie, and I just couldn't wait until it's premiere date. I spent many Fridays curled up in front of the TV watching DCOMs, they became a huge part of my younger years. Now that I'm adult though, I often wonder what happened to my favorite Disney Channel stars that took over my screen (and my life) back in the day.

Though some of the celebrities who ruled Disney's small screen throughout the years have been more visible than others, there have been many cases where I didn't even notice that it was them now. To be honest, before this year, I never even noticed that Bryan Cranston was the star of Disney's 'Twas the Night. And, more importantly, I never even realized Katherine Heigl was the star of Wish Upon a Star — and that was one of my favorite DCOMs.

Regardless if your favorite DCOM star has still been making their rounds in the film industry or if they've decided to go under the radar, find out what happened to these 19 DCOM stars below.

1Ryan Merriman

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 09: Actor Ryan Merriman arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' '42' at the Chinese Theatre on April 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

DCOM lovers will remember Ryan Merriman from his roles in Smart House, The Luck of the Irish, and Ring of Light. Since then though, Merriman appearanced in Pretty Little Liars, and starred in Final Destination 3, The Ring 2, and much more, according to his IMDb credits.

2Kirsten Storms

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 15: Actress Kirsten Storms attends the Disney & ABC Television Group's TCA Summer Press Tour on July 15, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

Since starring in Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century and its following sequels, Kirsten Storms has gone on to start a family and star in General Hospital; the latter of which Storms is taking a break from due to skin issues, according to ET Online.

3Kimberly J. Brown

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Actress Kimberly J. Brown attends the American Humane Association's 5th Annual Hero Dog Awards 2015 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 19, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images for American Humane Association)

Though her most memorable role comes from playing Marnie Piper in the DCOM series Halloweentown, Kimberly J. Brown also starred in another DCOM, Quints. Her days saving Halloweentown may be over, but that hasn't stopped her from dusting off her broom and flying through as it was reported by MTV that Brown visited The Spirit of Halloweentown festival in Oregon last year.

4Brenda Song

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Brenda Song attends 2016 CBS Upfront at The Plaza on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

Brenda Song is a DCOM OG starring in multiple films such as The Ultimate Christmas Present, Get a Clue, Stuck in the Suburbs, and Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior. Since her Disney days — where she also starred in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and its following spinoff — Song has gone on to appear in many television shows, with the upcoming CBS drama Pure Genius next on the list, according to Just Jared.

5Brandon Baker

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - APRIL 26: Brandon Baker, star of 'Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board' attends the Disney Channel Games 2007 All-Star party at the Epcot Adventure Pavilion in Epcot Center on April 26, 2007 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

Starring in Johnny Tsunami and its sequel, actor Brandon Baker hasn't made too much noise in the acting world since the 2007 premiere of the latter. According to Bustle though, you might start seeing a little more of him.

6Shadia Simmons

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 27: Actress Shadia Simmons arrives for the Disney Channel Original Movies Los Angeles premiere of 'Tiger Cruise' held on July 27, 2004 at the Directors Guild of America, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Since starring in the only DCOM to win an Emmy, The Color of Friendship, Shadia Simmons made her mark in the Disney world by starring in Zenon: The Zequel and Quints. Nowadays Simmons spends her time being a mommy to daughter Saraya, MTV noted.

7Kyle Schmid

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: Actor Kyle Schmid attends the 'Copper' premiere at The Museum of Modern Art on August 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

Starting off in Alley Cats Strike and then landing a role in Cheetah Girls, actor Kyle Schmid has been super busy . Looking to see what he's going to be starring in soon? Deadline wrote that fans can see Schmid in the upcoming History channel drama, Six.

8Andrew Lawrence

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Andrew Lawrence at the Fox Network's TCA Summer Tour Party at The Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, Ca. Monday, July 22, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.

The youngest of the Lawrence brother trio, Andrew Lawrence starred in a few DCOMs including The Other Me and Horse Sense. Since he's apart of The Lawrence clan, many will always wonder if he's on the market. According to Heavy, Lawrence may be single these days.

9Jake Epstein

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 29: Actor Jake Epstein attends the after party for the opening night of 'Straight' at Bourbon Street Bar & Grille on February 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Jake Epstein can be remembered from hisroles in both Quints and Mom's Got A Date With A Vampire from back in the day. Since then, he's gone on to star in Degrassi, be nominated for a Tony award on Broadway, and is now starring in the new show Straight, as noted by Huffington Post.

10Alyson Stoner

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BURBANK, CA - APRIL 20: Actress Alyson Stoner attends What's Trending's Fourth Annual Tubeathon Benefitting American Red Cross at iHeartRadio Theater on April 20, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Though her character on the Camp Rock series is what landed her on this list, Alyson Stoner also voiced characters in the Phineas and Ferb show, appeared on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and much more. Nowadays, Stoner can be found busting a move, according to Us Weekly.

11Kiely Williams

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HOLLYWOOD - MAY 01: Actress Kiely Williams arrives for the Rally for Kids with Cancer 'The Qualifiers' Celebrity Draft Party at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on May 1, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)

Since nabbing the role as one of The Cheetah Girls and retiring as a member of 3LW, Kiely Williams hasn't been in the spotlight much. According to an interview she did with Madame Noire in 2012 though, Willaims has been working behind the scenes.

12Phillip Rhys

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Director Phillip Rhys attends the Tribeca Film Festival Shorts: Learning Curve at Regal Battery Park Cinemas on April 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Phillip Rhys made hearts go boom, boom as Prota Zoa in the Zenon series, and he's come a long way since then. Appearing in many shows like Nip/Tuck, 24, and more, Rhys has also put on the director's hat with the short film, The Scarecrow, as noted on VH1.

13Courtnee Draper

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 10: Actress Courtnee Draper arrives at Spike TV's 2011 Video Game Awards at Sony Studios on December 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Remembered as the star of the DCOMs The Thirteenth Year and Stepsister From Planet Weird, Courtnee Draper didn't let her acting years stop there. Landing roles in shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars, and starring in The Bold and the Beautiful, Draper has been quite busy since her DCOM days. According to her Twitter account, Draper is still acting and singing and is actively practicing law in Los Angeles.