Published On: Mar 27 2012 04:56:28 PM CDTUpdated On: Mar 29 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT
"Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior Princess" came along in 1995 and lasted for six seasons each. With Lucy Lawless marking her 48th birthday on March 29, let's see what she and her one-time "Xena" and "Hercules" co-stars are up to today.
Kevin Sorbo first tried out the role of Hercules in the 1994 TV movie "Hercules and the Amazon Women," the first in a series of television films that served as pilots for the TV series.
Sorbo followed up "Hercules" with the starring role in the sci-fi TV drama "Andromeda." More recently, he's stayed busy with roles in various independent movies, including 2014's Christian-themed "God's Not Dead" and libertarian-themed "Alongside Night." He's also had minor TV roles in "The O.C.," "Psych," "Hawaii Five-0" and "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23."
Michael Hurst (right) played Iolaus, Hercules' best friend and traveling companion. He also made four "Xena" appearances and directed six episodes of each of the series.
Hurst, who grew up in New Zealand, has since appeared in several popular New Zealand TV shows, including "Power Rangers Ninja Storm," and had a role in one episode of the syndicated series "Legend of the Seeker." He also has continued directing, including an episode of "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," seven episodes of "Spartacus: War of the Damned" and two episodes of the upcoming Starz! series "Ash vs Evil Dead," a continuation of Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" movie series starring Bruce Campbell.
New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless first played Xena as an outlaw in a first-season "Hercules" episode before the warrior princess went good and got her own spin-off. However, she would return for eight more "Hercules" episodes over the show's run.
Lawless has had the best career of any of the "Xena" and "Hercules" cast, going on to gather even more geek cred in "Battlestar Galactica."
She's also had a major role as Lucretia in Starz television series "Spartacus" (pictured) and had a recurring role on the sitcom "Parks and Recreation" between 2012 and 2014.
Lawless, seen here in July 2015, has also had roles in "The L Word," "No Ordinary Family," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and more. Most recently she joined "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Salem" as a recurring character for each show's second season, and starred in the Starz series "Ash vs Evil Dead."
Renee O'Connor played Gabrielle, Xena's faithful traveling companion. Her character, like Xena, also made cross-over appearances on "Hercules."
O'Connor has appeared in mostly independent films and TV movies since "Xena," most recently the 2015 TV movie "Last Chance." She also formed her own production company, ROC Pictures, producing the 2008 indie comedy "Diamonds and Guns" as well as "Last Chance" and several short films. After directing a couple episodes of "Xena," she made her movie directing debut with the 2011 indie comedy "Are You Kidding Me" and directed the 2014 TV movie "Broken Things."
Like many actors, Karl Urban played several different characters on "Hercules" and "Xena," which were shot simultaneously on location in New Zealand, including Caesar in "Xena" and Cupid in "Hercules."
A New Zealand native, Urban appeared in the "Lord of the Rings" series and "The Bourne Supremacy," and played Bones in the 2009 "Star Trek" reboot and its 2013 sequel "Star Trek Into Darkness." He also starred in the action flicks "Red" and "Priest" and played Judge Dredd in the 2012 remake "Dredd." He most recently played the main character in the short-lived sci-fi TV series "Almost Human," which lasted one 13-episode season before being canceled in April 2014, and will again play Bones in "Star Trek Beyond," which is set for a July 22, 2016, release.
Ted Raimi played Joxer in both "Hercules" and "Xena." The actor is the brother of director Sam Raimi ("Evil Dead" and "Spider-Man"), who produced both shows.
Raimi has consistently had cameos in his brother's films, including "Drag Me to Hell," the "Spider-Man" series and "Oz the Great and Powerful." He also had a role in "Legend of the Seeker," which was also produced by his brother.
Another New Zealander, Marton Csokas had the recurring role of warlord Borias in "Xena."
Csokas has since appeared in a variety of movies, including "XXX," "The Bourne Supremacy," Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," "Dream House" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." He had a particularly busy year in 2014 with roles in "Noah," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" and "The Equalizer." He most recently appeared in the History Channel mini-series "Sons of Liberty" and the AMC TV series "Into the Badlands."
Bruce Campbell was already a cult-film hero from Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" trilogy when he played self-proclaimed "King of Thieves" Autolycus over 20 episodes combined of the two shows.
A self-celebrated B-movie actor, Campbell has made a career of low-budget TV and movie roles. He's reunited with Sam Raimi several times for cameos in his productions and was a main character on the USA Network series "Burn Notice" during the show's run from 2007 to 2013. Most recently he's had 2014 cameos on the TV series "Psych" and "The Librarians." He also reprised his "Evil Dead" character Ash in the series "Ash vs Evil Dead," which premiered in October 2015.
Alexandra Tydings played the goddess Aphrodite over 21 episodes combined of the two series. She only has three TV roles to her credit since, including a minor role in the final season of HBO's "The Wire." Since 2005, she has taught rock 'n' roll yoga in the Washington, D.C., area.
Danielle Cormack (left) played Ephiny, an Amazon warrior who taught Gabrielle how to fight with a staff. She appeared in eight episodes of "Xena" and two more "Hercules" episodes.
Since then, the New Zealander has worked consistently in her home country in TV. She also played the witch Shota in six episodes of "Legend of the Seeker" in 2009-2010.
Charles Mesure played the Archangel Michael on five "Xena" episodes and one "Hercules" episode. He also made three other appearances as other characters on the shows.
Mesure has since had roles on "Lost," "Without a Trace" and "Crossing Jordan." His most recent acting credits include the 2010-11 remake of "V," playing Ben Faulkner on "Desperate Housewives," cameos on "Burn Notice" and "The Mentalist," playing Black Beard on the TV series "Once Upon a Time" for several episodes, and appearing as a regular on the Bravo! TV series "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce."
Gina Torres played the female pirate Nebula in eight "Hercules" episodes and also briefly played Cleopatra in one "Xena" episode.
Torres has had a prolific TV career with roles in "Angel," "Firefly," "24," "Alias," "Hannibal" and "Suits." She's also had movie roles in the two "Matrix" sequels, "Serenity" and "I Think I Love My Wife." She's seen here with her husband, Laurence Fishburne, in December 2015.
Hudson Leick played Callisto, the most frequently recurring villainess on "Xena" and also made appearances on three episodes of "Hercules."
Since then, Leick has mostly found work in TV roles, including minor parts in "Tru Calling," "CSI," "Nip/Tuck" and "Law & Order: Los Angeles."
Timothy Omundson appeared in six "Xena" episodes as Eli, an Indian illusionist who befriends Xena and Gabrielle before being killed by the god Ares.
Omundson has worked consistently in TV since, including regular roles on "Deadwood," "Judging Amy," "Jericho" and "Psych," where he played detective Carlton Lassiter. He most recently had a recurring role on the CW series "Supernatural" and now stars as King Richard on the fairy tale-themed musical comedy television series "Galavant."
Joel Tobeck mostly played the god Strife on "Hercules," but he also played King Boraeus in an early episode pictured here, and also appeared on "Xena" twice, including once as Lucifer.
Tobeck has since had movie roles in "30 Days of Night," "The Water Horse," "Stealth" and "Ghost Rider" and has recently appeared on TV in "Sons of Anarchy," "Hawaii Five-0" and "Spartacus: War of the Damned." He's seen here in September 2015 with Debbie Newby-Ward, one of his co-stars in the New Zealand soap opera "Shortland Street."
Auckland, New Zealand, native Kevin Smith, who played the Greek god of war Ares and was a major part of both series, died in 2002 following an accidental fall of several stories shortly after wrapping up work on a martial arts film in China.
Sam Raimi, who produced both series, is also the director of such films as the "Evil Dead," the "Spider-Man" movies, "Drag Me to Hell" and "Oz the Great and Powerful." He also serves as an executive producer on "Ash vs Evil Dead" and directed the first episode of the series.
A young Canadian actor named Ryan Gosling got the chance to play the title role in the spin-off prequel "Young Hercules." He also had a minor role in one "Hercules" episode in 1999.
Although that show would only last one season, Gosling has established himself as an award-winning movie actor, with roles in films such as "The Notebook," "Half Nelson," "Blue Valentine," "Crazy, Stupid, Love," "Drive" and "The Big Short."