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What The Cast Of Firefly Looks Like Today

When it first aired on Fox in 2002, Firefly enjoyed only modest success, and the network pulled it after a single season—but when it was released on DVD, the space-western drama gained scores of devoted fans, becoming one of the most beloved sci-fi series in recent memory. Those fans launched a campaign to have the series revived, which paid off when Universal bought the rights to the show and produced a movie to conclude the crew's story in a 2005 film, Serenity. But what happened to the stars of the series after the movie? Let's find out what the cast of Firefly looks like today, and where their journeys have taken them since.

Nathan Fillion - Malcolm Reynolds

In his role as Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Nathan Fillion led the band of misfits manning the space vessel Serenity. Tough and stubborn, yet fair—Reynolds was everything you could want in a captain, and he was completely dedicated to both his ship and his crew. From his years as an officer in the Browncoats to the final resolution in the movie Serenity, Captain Mal always gave his all to make sure their missions were successful and his people taken care of.

Since Firefly ended in 2003, Fillion has mostly been involved in television work, although there have been a few movie roles (such as the 2005 film continuation of the series, Serenity) along the way. You may have also spotted him on shows like Castle and Modern Family, or heard his voice in animated shows like Robot Chicken and video games like Destiny.

In 2007, Fillion teamed up with author P.J. Haarsma to found a charity, Kids Need to Read, dedicated to providing books for children in underfunded schools and libraries around the nation. Fillion has also been a proponent of web-distributed movies and shows, appearing in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog in 2008. More recently, he's up with Firefly castmate Alan Tudyk for another internet-distributed project, the web show Con Men, based on the pair's experiences touring on the convention circuit.

Gina Torres - Zoe Washburne

Gina Torres played the role of Zoe Alleyne Washburne on Firefly and its follow-up movie, Serenity. Zoe serves as the first mate on the ship, and her friendship and loyalty to Mal date back to the Unification War, where she fought for the Browncoats under Mal's leadership. After joining the crew of Serenity, Zoe married the ship's pilot, Hoban "Wash" Washburne; her loyalty to her ex-commander caused friction at times, especially when Wash objected to one of Mal's more dangerous schemes.

Torres has kept busy in the years since Firefly ended its run, appearing in several movies and more than two dozen television roles, including the Fox drama series Standoff. Like several of her Firefly costars, Torres provided voicework for the video game Destiny in the role of Ikora Rey. Torres and her husband Laurence Fishburne later played a married couple on the NBC horror series Hannibal from 2013-2015. In real life, the couple has a daughter together, and Torres is the stepmother to Fishburne's two older children from a previous marriage. Since 2011, she's starred in the legal drama Suits as law firm co-founder Jessica Pearson.

Alan Tudyk - Hoban Washburne

As Hoban "Wash" Washburne in Firefly, Alan Tudyk piloted the ship and frequently served up comic relief with his dry wit. His character was married to first mate Zoe Washburne, which caused some issues when Wash became jealous of Captain Malcolm Reynolds' "war buddy" relationship with his wife. Wash usually served as a voice of reason and logic during arguments on board, and while he may not have been the most "masculine" of the male crew members, there's no doubting his loyalty to his shipmates and his willingness to put his life on the line.

Following the cancellation of Firefly and his subsequent appearance in Serenity, Tudyk's stock in Hollywood soared. He was tapped for roles in films like Dodgeball and 3:10 to Yuma, and he starred in the hilarious horror spoof Tucker & Dale vs Evil. Tudyk has also proven his skill with voice-acting through roles in dozens of movies, television shows, and video games, including Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and as the droid K2SO in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Tudyk also wrote and starred in his own web series, Con Man, alongside Nathan Fillion. He took a brief break from his busy schedule to marry choreographer Charissa Barton in September 2016.

Morena Baccarin - Inara Serra

On Firefly, Morena Baccarin portrayed Inara Serra, a member of the respected Companions guild. While Captain Malcolm Reynolds liked to needle Inara about the nature of her occupation, it was also clear that the two cared for each other deeply. They had a contentious relationship fraught with romantic tension that was never fully resolved before the series came to an end.

Following her reprisal of the role in the 2005 film Serenity, Baccarin went on to co-star in several television shows and films, portraying the villain Adria in Stargate SG-1 and Jessica Brody in Homeland. Her most high-profile role to date came in 2016 when she was cast as Vanessa Carlysle in Deadpool, a role she'll return to in 2018 for Deadpool 2. Since 2014, she's also been a featured performer as Leslie Thompkins in the Fox crime drama Gotham, which is based on the Batman franchise. Baccarin and her Gotham co-star Ben McKenzie announced their engagement in November 2016.

Adam Baldwin - Jayne Cobb

Jayne Cobb, played by Adam Baldwin, was one of the most difficult-to-pin-down characters on Firefly. Rash and impulsive with his own complicated moral code, Jayne frequently came into conflict with the other members of the crew—particularly the brother-sister duo of Simon and River Tam. A true mercenary, Jayne was loyal as long as the money was good. Despite his calculating nature, Jayne also had a softer side, sending money back home to his mother and wearing a flap-eared knit cap she'd made for him.

After Firefly, Baldwin continued his career with roles in several movies and television series. On the comedy spy drama Chuck, Baldwin's character frequently referenced his previous role in Firefly with in-jokes in his dialogue. He also briefly reunited with his Firefly co-star Nathan Fillion with a couple of appearances on Castle. Like many of his former onscreen shipmates, Baldwin has also provided his voice to several video games over the years, including Halo 3 and Mass Effect 2. His involvement in the gaming world and his personal politics made headlines in 2015, when Baldwin coined the #Gamergate hashtag, which would come to be associated with an ongoing harassment campaign against several female figures in the gaming world.

Jewel Staite - Kaylee Frye

Canadian actress Jewel Staite played one of the most beloved characters in the Firefly 'verse, sweet and plucky ship's mechanic Kaywinnet Lee Frye. Despite having no formal training, Kaylee had a natural gift for everything mechanical; universally loved among her shipmates, she was a bright light of sweet innocence and optimism, even when things seemed hopeless. She also played a pivotal role more than once when she had to use every bit of her mechanical skills to coax Serenity's engine into cooperating.

Following the cancellation of Firefly, Staite reprised her role in the film Serenity and also joined her castmates Adam Baldwin and Morena Baccarin when she became the third former Firefly actor to appear in the Stargate franchise. Also like Baldwin, Staite reunited with her former captain when she appeared alongside Nathan Fillion in an episode of Castle. She also held down main roles in the Canadian drama The L.A. Complex and in the AMC crime series The Killing. Like Alan Tudyk and Morena Baccarin, Staite made headlines with her love life in July 2016, when she tied the knot with her boyfriend Charlie Ritchie.

Sean Maher - Simon Tam

As the straitlaced and extremely skilled trauma surgeon Simon Tam, Sean Maher's character on Firefly provided both cool intellectualism and invaluable medical skills to the Serenity crew. Simon and his troubled sister River started as fugitives, using the Serenity to hide their tracks from the Alliance, but it wasn't long until they were part of the family, with Simon becoming the ship's doctor and River using her preternatural fighting skills to help with more than one mission.

In the years following Firefly and Serenity, Maher appeared in only a few more acting roles before taking a break from Hollywood to focus on his relationship with his longtime partner Paul and their two children, born in 2007 and 2010. Maher also joined the "Firefly 2016 Marriage Club" when he and his partner made it official in early 2016. He returned to his acting career in 2009, taking parts in television shows like The Playboy Club and Make It or Break It, as well as appearing as DC Comics supervillain Shrapnel in Arrow. Like several of his Firefly co-stars, Maher has also dabbled in voice acting, returning to the DC Comics universe with his role as Dick Grayson/Nightwing in several direct-to-video animated films.

Summer Glau - River Tam

Former ballet dancer Summer Glau first came to Firefly creator Joss Whedon's attention when she made a guest appearance on Angel. Her athleticism came in handy when he cast her in the Firefly role of River Tam, a troubled child prodigy who'd fallen into the hands of Alliance experimenters who tinkered with her brain in unspeakable ways. After being rescued by her brother Simon, River took refuge among the Serenity crew, although her unstable personality frequently caused tension. The shadowy experiments on River and her near-supernatural abilities became a main focus of the show and its follow-up film, Serenity.

After the cancellation of Firefly, Glau played another mentally troubled character in the CBS drama The 4400, and reunited with director Joss Whedon for several episodes of his next series, Dollhouse. She also had a main role in the sci-fi series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles from 2008-2009. Glau co-starred in the 2013 comedy horror film Knights of Badassdom alongside Ryan Kwanten and Peter Dinklage, and joined her Firefly "big brother" Sean Maher when she appeared as Isabel Rochev/Ravager on CW's superhero series Arrow. Glau and her husband Val Morrison welcomed their first child into the world in 2015; the following year, she joined the list of former Serenity crew members to make a guest appearance on Nathan Fillion's show Castle.

Christina Hendricks - Saffron/Yolanda/Bridget

Christina Hendricks made her first appearance in the Firefly episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds" as the seemingly simple and naive Saffron, who Mal unwittingly married during a drunken visit to her planet. Saffron wasn't as simple as she appears, however, and we later learned she was actually a con artist with Companion-like training. Throughout the series, Hendricks' character returned to plague Mal and the crew of Serenity under her various aliases.

Since the cancellation of Firefly, Hendricks hasn't been hurting for work. She's had significant parts in several major movies and television shows, and made waves with her role as femme fatale Joan Holloway on the AMC period drama Mad Men—a performance that earned her six consecutive Primetime Emmy nominations.

Ron Glass - Shepherd Book

On the surface, Shepherd Derrial Book appeared to be what he claimed—a devout Christian missionary trying his wings in the world after being cloistered in an Abbey for years. He quickly settled into the rhythm of daily life aboard Serenity, becoming an integral part of the crew, but viewers learned that the truth was much more complicated than it seemed; as bounty hunter Jubal Early put it while sizing Book up, "That's no Shepherd." Because of the show's cancellation, we didn't learn more about his background until the 2010 Firefly graphic novel Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale.

Since Firefly, actor Ron Glass has been seen in several roles, appearing in television shows and films like Death at a Funeral, Shark, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The former Barney Miller star also lent his voice to parts like Garth for the video game Fable II, and reprised his voice role as Randy Carmichael on the Rugrats sequel series, All Grown Up! Sadly, Glass passed away in November 2016 at the age of 71, due to respiratory failure.