The television show “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman” was about a woman doctor in the 1800’s from Boston who moved to the frontier to make a name for herself and to practice medicine in a male dominated profession. It ran for over 5 years from January 1993 to May 1998 (in a Saturday time slot on CBS) when it was canceled amid much fan protest. There were two “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman” television movies made after the series ended.
Since then, what’s happened to the cast? Read on.
Jane Seymour as Dr. Michaela Quinn
Dr. Michaela Quinn battled much prejudice after her father died. No one in that day and age wanted a woman doctor. Even her mother discouraged her dream of continuing medicine. Determined, Dr. Quinn set out to Colorado Springs to set up her own practice and to prove that she could make it on her own.
Jane Seymour has been in almost a dozen made for TV movies since “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman” ended. She’s also guest starred on a number of television series like “Modern Men” and “How I Met Your Mother”. She was also in the feature film “Wedding Crashers” with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.
Seymour has finished filming two comedy films set to be released soon called “Love, Wedding, and Marriage” and “Freeloaders”.
Joe Lando as Byron Sully
Cheyenne friend, Byron Sully was intrigued with the new lady doc and stepped up to offer assistance while still remaining somewhat of a mystery. He had lost his wife and baby and lived among nature with his wolf. It was obvious from the start of the series that he would be Dr. Mike’s love interest.
Joe Lando has continued his screen time off and on over the years since the series ended. He has had around two dozen roles ranging from soap operas to television movies and film to other television series. His most recent appearances include a role on “NCIS” and “Melrose Place”.
Chad Allen as Matthew Cooper
Matthew was the eldest of three siblings whose mother died shortly after Dr. Mike came to town. Their mother had learned to trust Dr. Mike so much that on her death bed, she left Matthew and his siblings to the doctor. Matthew was angry at first but eventually learned to trust Dr. Mike.
Chad Allen was a teen heart throb back in the days of “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman”. When the show ended, he moved on to do a variety of roles, many of which were guest appearance on major hit television shows such as “NYPD Blue”, “Cold Case”, “Charmed”, “Criminal Minds”, and more. His most recent guest spot was on “Dexter” this year. He’s finished filming the soon to be released film “For Better or For Worse” and is in another film “The Cleansing” which is still in production.
Erika Flores as Colleen Cooper
Colleen was the middle child in the sibling trio, suddenly with Dr. Mike as their caretaker. Colleen played a pivotal role in Dr. Mike’s life, teaching her how to cook, how to wash clothes, and how to do a number of things that Dr. Mike had never had to do growing up as a privileged child in Boston.
The role of Colleen Cooper was recast partially through the 3rd season. Rumor speculated that Erika Flores father demanded more money or a shorter contract and as a result, CBS let her go. But the rumor was never proven and the official response was that Erika Flores left the show to pursue other interests, mainly finishing school.
Since her departure, Erika Flores has appeared in 3 television movies, 1 short film, and guest starred in 3 television series, her most recent spot on the hit series “House M.D.”.
Shawn Toovey as Brian Cooper
The youngest of the Cooper trio, “Dr. Quinn” viewers watched him grow on screen. He took to Dr. Mike the most and even called her “Ma”.
As a child, Shawn Toovey has several roles before “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman” but since the last “Dr. Quinn” movie, Toovey has stayed out of the lime light and has not actively pursued an acting career. Sources indicate that Toovey attended the University of Nebraska after high school and now makes his home in Florida where he leads a quiet life with his family.
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Quinn,_Medicine_Woman#Replacement_of_Erika_Flores_with_Jessica_Bowman ; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103405/ ; http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0867592/ ; http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=668022577 ; http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0020354/ ; http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0484880/ ; http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005412/ ; http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0282810/