It is typically the hallmark of a household pleasant TV collection struggling within the scores: Usher in cute new blood to switch the once-young solid that has aged out of the “cute moppet” stage. Cousin Oliver on The Brady Bunch is one notorious instance, however you could possibly additionally level to the late collection addition of Danny Cooksey as Sam on Diff’hire Strokes, the enduring Nineteen Eighties sitcom starring Gary Coleman.
Cooksey joined the present at age eight enjoying Sam McKinney, the brand new stepson of the collection’ rich patriarch, performed by Conrad Bain. After the present, the previous youngster star went on to an extended profession in leisure. Preserve studying to seek out out what he is carried out since, and the place he’s now, at age 46.
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Cooksey has remained fairly lively in Hollywood within the greater than three a long time since Diff’hire Strokes ended, showing in a handful of movies and a prolonged listing of TV exhibits.
On the large display screen, he had supporting roles in ’80s cult traditional/E.T. ripoff Mac and Me, 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day (wherein he performed Tim, the redheaded finest buddy to Edward Furlong’s John Connor), and the 1992 sci-fi comedy Mother and Dad Save the World.
He was additionally on tv, showing all through the ’80s in episodes of well-liked TV collection together with The Twilight Zone, Mr. Belvedere, MacGuyver, and Rising Pains. He was additionally a collection common on the sitcom The Cavanaughs, which ran for 2 seasons on CBS, from 1986 to 1989.
To many ’80s children, he’s maybe finest often known as Bobby Budnick, one of many campers on the quirky Nickelodeon summer season camp sitcom Salute Your Shorts. “As I’ve gotten older, I get acknowledged much less and fewer,” he instructed The Ringer final yr. “However what I get extra of as of late are folks asking, ‘The place did you go to highschool? Did we go to camp collectively? I do know you…’ I am like, ‘Properly, I assume we have been sort of at camp collectively.'”
Whereas nonetheless younger, Cooksey landed his first voiceover half, enjoying a number of of the titular pups on the cartoon Pound Puppies—a job that may herald an extended profession behind the microphone that continues to today. He went on to offered vocals for characters in every thing from the animated adaptation of Invoice & Ted’s Glorious Journey and Tiny Toons (voicing spoiled wealthy child Montana Max) to The Little Mermaid, Ren & Stimpy, Hey Arnold!, Pepper Ann, Invader Zim, and Kim Potential, amongst many others.
Newer voicework has included the TV spinoff of the Kung-Fu Panda movies, The Common Present, and a variety of well-liked video video games, from Quake 4 to an installment of the blockbuster Medal of Honor collection.
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Whereas the Oklahoma native first dreamed of singing nation music—he moved to Los Angeles along with his household at 5 years outdated hoping to interrupt into the trade, he instructed YTA in 2020—by his teenagers, he had moved on to heavy metallic as a member of the band Bad4Good, which, on the time of its founding, was solely made up of youngsters. Cooksey was lead singer for the group, which shaped in 1991 and signed to Interscope Information, releasing the 1992 album Refugee.
Bad4Good broke up in 1993, however Cooksey has continued to remain concerned in music, enjoying with the nation band Shelter Canine, which goals to boost cash to assist abused animals. He participated within the recording of their 2015 album Take Me Dwelling, and nonetheless performs with them sometimes, in line with an interview in Rewind It Journal.
If his Instagram is something to go by, Cooksey is all about his kids. He has an grownup daughter, Zoë Leigh, and a younger son, Jackson Paul. As of July 2022, he is awaiting the start of his first grandchild.
Although he has largely averted the struggles different former youngster performers have gone by, Cooksey hasn’t been utterly immune from tabloid scrutiny. In 2019 and once more in 2022, his ex-wife Amber Cooksey filed restraining orders towards the actor, alleging he bodily abused her in entrance of his kids, as reported by TMZ. (The outlet famous that he didn’t reply to a request for remark.) The pair have been collectively for greater than 20 years earlier than their 2019 divorce.
In between voice appearing and household life, Cooksey has additionally labored as an appearing trainer, in line with Rewind It Journal.
“I imagine that every particular person has their very own kind of particular person course of so far as what they wish to accomplish with their wants and targets with appearing,” he instructed the outlet. “One factor I attempt to focus loads on is the audition course of, as a result of even for those who’re the perfect actor on the earth, that is an entire completely different monster in itself.”