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What The Cast Of 30 Rock Is Doing Today

Few sitcoms have been more consequential than 30 Rock. A look behind the scenes of a Saturday Night Live-esque sketch comedy, Tina Fey's seminal series isn't just brilliant — it offered a bright spot of programming during some of the darkest years in NBC history. 30 Rock introduced the world to a huge number of instant-classic characters, like hot mess head writer Liz Lemon, hyper-capitalist executive Jack Donaghy, and the literally eternal Kenneth the page.

30 Rock's cast was a bit unusual in that almost all of its members were recognizable — if not to mainstream audiences, then at least to comedy nerds. The show didn't so much make new stars as it solidified already existing or emergent ones. That alone has made for some interesting career trajectories in the years since 30 Rock ended, with many stars continuing their creative endeavors in other media, or returning to old ones. Here's what your favorite 30 Rock cast members are doing today, from series regulars to beloved guest stars.

Liz Lemon - Tina Fey

Tina Fey played Liz Lemon, a food-obsessed disaster of a writer. Lemon is something of a self-insert for Fey, based on her Saturday Night Live days, and is the glue that keeps the show together, much to her own chagrin. Fey has always considered herself more of a writer than an actress, and her post-30 Rock work reflects that. She's had some prominent roles, most notably as the voice of 22 in Pixar's Soul and as Tammy in the Netflix original Wine Country, but that hasn't been her main focus.

Fey's mostly been busy writing and producing, especially with creative partner Robert Carlock. The two created Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt not long after 30 Rock ended, which concluded in 2020 with the interactive Netflix special, Kimmy vs. The Reverend. They're also behind NBC's Mr. Mayor, the Peacock original Girls5Eva, and the Netflix animated series Mulligan.

Fey also wrote the book for the musical adaptation of her movie Mean Girls, which ran on Broadway from 2017 until its COVID 19-induced closure. Her writing garnered much recognition, including a Drama Desk award and a Tony nomination. She and Amy Poehler are also frequent hosts of the Golden Globes.

Jack Donaghy - Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin played Jack Donaghy, Liz's boss, friend, mentor, and overall opposite. Baldwin was one of the biggest names attached to 30 Rock, often starring in major movies like The Departed concurrent with his time on the show. The role won him plenty of acclaim, including a few Primetime Emmys and Golden Globes. Since then, he's always found a way to stay in the news, be it via his acting, his personal life, or his public temper tantrums.

Baldwin's film career boasts quite a lot of franchise fare, including new Mission Impossible movies and the Boss Baby series, but he's also done smaller films like Motherless Brooklyn, and unclassifiable movies like Chick Fight. Baldwin's most notable role over the past few years has been his portrayal of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. He was a fixture of the show starting in 2016, and it nabbed him yet another Primetime Emmy.

Outside of acting, Baldwin also hosts his own podcast, Here's The Thing, currently hosted on iHeartRadio after starting on WNYC. Baldwin interviews actors, politicians, and any number of other public figures. He's also gotten into some legal trouble, including an arrest in 2018 for getting into a fight over a parking space.

Kenneth the Page - Jack McBrayer

Jack McBrayer played Kenneth, the ever-cheery and literally ageless NBC page. It was a fitting role for McBrayer, who seemingly drank from the Fountain of Youth himself. His distinct voice and chipper demeanor have kept him busy since 30 Rock ended, often seeing him play weird and disturbingly optimistic characters.

McBrayer largely does live-action guest spots and voice acting roles now. His most prominent voice acting role is as the indefatigable Fix-it Felix in the Wreck-It Ralph series. He also has several recurring TV voice roles, including Badgey on Star Trek: Lower Decks, Pubic Hair #1 (yes, really) on Big Mouth, and Lindsey Graham on Our Cartoon President. McBrayer also had a recurring role on the Quibi original series Mapleworth Murders alongside fellow 30 Rock alum John Lutz. That's not his only 30 Rock reunion, either: McBrayer appeared in one of Tina Fey's most recent projects, Kimmy vs. The Reverend, as Sandy Purcell. Perhaps a relative of Kenneth? Perhaps Kenneth himself?

Tracy Jordan - Tracy Morgan

Tracy Morgan played Tracy Jordan, the star of TGS, a role firmly rooted in his own chaotic public image. Morgan's career has largely been defined by this part, his years on Saturday Night Live, and his oft-outrageous public behavior. He's been plenty busy since, but it hasn't always been smooth sailing.

Morgan was forced to take a major hiatus from show business after a Walmart truck crashed into his tour bus in 2014. He suffered several broken bones and brain damage. After years of hard rehabilitation and a successful lawsuit against Walmart, Morgan made a full recovery and resumed working full time around 2017.

Since 2018, Morgan has starred on the TBS sitcom The Last O.G. as Tray Barker, an ex-con trying to become a better man in his gentrified neighborhood. He's also spread his wings as an actor a little more, taking on a somewhat dramatic role as the literally legendary comic JC Wheeler in "The Comedian" episode of The Twilight Zone. The 2020s are set to be good to Morgan as well, starting with his role as Reem in 2021's Coming 2 America.

Jenna Maroney - Jane Krakowski

Jane Krakowski played Jenna Maroney, the erstwhile star of TGS, best summed up by her quote, "I'll do it, but only for the attention!" Krakowski was already a well-established actress when she signed on to play Jenna, which has since become her most iconic role. She followed up 30 Rock with Tina Fey's next project, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, in which she played Jacqueline White — essentially a palette swap of Jenna. She reprised the role in Kimmy vs. The Reverend.

In the years since 30 Rock ended, Krakowski has done a number of guest spots on shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, and appeared as a panelist on game shows like Match Game. That's not to say she doesn't get regular work: Krakowski currently plays Emily Norcross Dickinson, mother of the famous poet on the Apple TV+ original Dickinson, and stars on the same service's musical comedy series, Schmigadoon!. She's also the host of the 2021 revival of famous game show Name That Tune on Fox.

Criss Chross - James Marsden

James Marsden appeared on the final two seasons of 30 Rock as Criss, Liz's boyfriend and eventual husband. Marsden has spent his career bouncing between tentpole movies and small indie fare, first reaching wide recognition by playing Cyclops in the X-Men film series. By the time he joined 30 Rock, he'd made a name for himself appearing in blockbuster movies like Hairspray, Enchanted, and 27 Dresses, where his natural charm is put on major display.

Marsden has gone on to play android Teddy Flood on Westworld, and currently stars as Steve and Ben Wood on the Netflix series Dead to Me. He's also worked in movies, largely in smaller independent pictures like Shock and Awe and The Female Brain. Though he mostly works on TV and in indie films these days, he did have a lead role in one recent movie: Sheriff Tom Wachowski in Sonic the Hedgehog.

Dennis Duffy - Dean Winters

Dean Winters played Dennis Duffy, the last beeper salesman in New York and Liz's loser ex who she just can't quite quit. First making a name for himself on Oz, Winters has spent most of his career doing small movie roles and recurring guest spots on TV, playing Johnny Gavin on Rescue Me and Charley Dixon in The Sarah Connor Chronicles concurrently with 30 Rock.

He continued in these roles after the show ended, most prominently as Keith "Vulture" Pembroke on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He's also had a smattering of movie roles, including Avi in John Wick and smaller fare like Framing John DeLorean. He returned to a role that predates 30 Rock, Brian Cassidy, on Law & Order: SVU as well. Notably, Winters' most prominent role of recent years hasn't been on a show, but on a commercial: He's played Mayhem in Allstate's advertisements since 2010. One such ad, released in 2019, saw him reunite with 30 Rock love interest Tina Fey.

J. D. Lutz - John Lutz

John Lutz played J. D. Lutz, far and away the most pathetic TGS writer. Like many of the TGS writers, Lutz — as his character name indicates — is playing a sad, loser-fied version of himself. Lutz has always been more of a writer who occasionally performs rather than a full-on actor, writing for SNL from 2003 until 2010. As such, he's largely returned to writing upon the conclusion of 30 Rock. A year after the show ended, Lutz joined the writing staff of Late Night with Seth Meyers.

In addition to writing for that show, Lutz has made many on-camera appearances, both as himself and as characters. He plays the "Leave Him Alone Guy," an audience member who objects to Meyers even lightly mocking the most despicable public figures, and Late Night IT expert Barry. He's also been yelled at by Larry David for taking a "hallway call" in the office. Outside of Late Night, Lutz also co-created and starred in the Quibi comedy-mystery series Mapleworth Murders.

Pete Hornberger - Scott Adsit

Scott Adsit played Pete Hornberger, the oft-pathetic and put-upon producer of TGS. Like many performers on 30 Rock, Adsit is more of an all-around comedy performer than a full-on actor. Notably, he's had several shows on Adult Swim, including Moral Orel, which was concurrent with 30 Rock. Since 30 Rock ended, he's largely moved on to voice acting, guest roles, and live comedy performances. He occasionally performs with fellow 30 Rock alum John Lutz, and took part in a Zoom reading of a rejected comedy pilot script from Stephen Colbert to support the Montclair Film Festival.

A year after 30 Rock wrapped, Adsit voiced the lovable Baymax in Big Hero 6. He's continued to play Baymax in several other properties, including Big Hero 6: The Series, Kingdom Hearts III, and the Baymax! solo series. He also appeared in several episodes of Veep as news anchor Greg Hart. Adsit recently picked up a new recurring role as well: He plays magician Tony Delmado in The Walking Dead: World Beyond.

Frank Rossitano - Judah Friedlander

Judah Friedlander played Frank, a slovenly and immature writer for TGS. Frank is an extension of Friedlander's on-stage persona, maintaining the same dress — notably, his signature trucker hats — and demeanor. Friedlander appears in the odd movie or TV episode, usually as a heightened version of himself, but he primarily works as a stand-up comedian and a talking head on comedic commentary shows.

After 30 Rock ended, Friedlander went back to guest spots (including a small part in Tina Fey's next project, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and continued to focus on stand-up. When comedy clubs closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Friedlander took his stand-up routine online, via Zoom. Most of his shows operate on a pay-what-you-want contingency, with $1 being the minimum. Friedlander is also a soccer fan, particularly of the New York Red Bulls. He's often found at their games and has provided soccer commentary for cable news on occasion.

Grizz - Grizz Chapman

Grizz Chapman played Grizz, a member of Tracy's entourage. Standing at seven feet tall, Grizz has a sensitive soul that stands in sharp contrast to his imposing figure. This has served Chapman well in other roles since 30 Rock: He often plays bouncers, security guards, or otherwise intimidating roles. 

Outside of acting, Chapman has taken on several unique endeavors. A self-described "nerd at heart," Chapman is a frequent guest at comic cons — but more as a fan and vendor than as a personality. Chapman co-owns The Lair, a comic book store in the Bronx, and once pitched a reality show based on it. In November of 2020, Chapman started the UndaDog podcast. He pitches the podcast as a place where "we showcase talent and we provide them with an opportunity to be seen and heard." The show broadcasts once a week on YouTube, and features interviews with rappers, businesspeople, and actors, including his former 30 Rock co-stars Tina Fey and Judah Friedlander. He's also available for personalized messages on Cameo.

Cerie Xerox - Katrina Bowden

Katrina Bowden played the memorably named Cerie Xerox, Liz Lemon's beautiful and airheaded personal assistant. Though she never becomes a main character, Cerie is a showcase of Bowden's talent. She starred in a series of horror comedies during her time on 30 Rock, including Scary Movie 5 and the instant cult classic, Tucker & Dale vs Evil. In 2011, she was voted "Sexiest Woman Alive" by readers of Esquire magazine

Since 30 Rock ended, Bowden has seized upon her experience in horror, appearing in pulse-pounding films like Nurse 3D and Great White. Bowden has also spent the past few years working in arthouse fare like Monolith, and the odd Lifetime original movie like Framed By My Fiance. Her biggest and most consistent role is that of Flo Fulton on the CBS soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. She's played the oft-villainous role since 2019 –  one that has been polarizing for B&B fans.