Sliders was a popular science fiction television series created by Robert K. Weiss and Tracy Tormé. Though it only ran for five seasons from 1995 to 2000, with some mid-run casting shakeups, the show is still held in high regard among fans and science fiction viewers alike.
The show ran for three seasons on the Fox network and was canceled but was revived by fan outcry on the Sci-fi Channel for the remaining two seasons.
The show followed a group of people known as “sliders” who were involved with or got caught up in the experiments of Quinn Mallory, who devised a way to travel or “slide” through wormholes to alternate Earths.
The series followed the group as they slid from reality to reality, waiting for their chance to enter a new wormhole before it shut and trapped them in their alternate reality forever.
There were some notable names on the cast and some actors with very short-lived careers.
What is the ‘Sliders’ Cast up to these days?
Jeremiah O’Connell, known professionally as Jerry O’Connell, was born in Manhattan, New York City, on February 17th, 1974. He has been an actor, director, and television presenter from 1986 to the present. He has two children and is married to actress and model Rebecca Romijn. His first credited role was Vern Tessio in 1986’s Stand By Me.
In Sliders, Jerry O’Connell played the series lead Quinn O’Malley, the physics graduate student who created the portal that resulted in his and the other lead characters ‘sliding’ into alternate realities. O’Connell would make 69 episodes of the show from 1995 to 1999 but eventually left after the episode “Revelations.” Jerry’s brother, Charlie O’Connell, also was part of the show.
These days, Jerry O’Connell is still hard at work. Most recently, he took on the voice-acting role of Starfleet officer Jack Ransom in the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks. He also has three new movies on the way for 2022 and 2023 and he is the host on the daytime talk show The Talk.
Sabrina Anne Lloyd was born in Fairfax County, Virginia, on November 20, 1970. She is a retired film and television actress whose career spanned from 1988 to 2013. She has two children and is currently married to Ross Smith. Her first credited role was in a 1988 episode of Superboy, but she would take on a more substantial part in 1993’s Father Hood.
In Sliders, Sabrina Lloyd played Wade Welles, a friend, and co-worker of Quinn Mallory. She gets caught up in the physics experiment that sends her and Quinn into alternate realities. Wade was a computer expert and made her final appearance in the episode “This Slide of Paradise.” She would often clash with Maximillian Arturo due to differing perspectives.
Sabrina Lloyd retired from acting around 2013 and seems interested in music and writing. When she married Ross Smith, the pair moved to Uganda for two years, adopting a child, then moved to Rome for four years, where they had a son. They now live on Vancouver Island.
John Rhys-Davies is a Welsh actor born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, on May 5th, 1944. Rhys-Davies has had a distinguished film career since 1964 as an actor and a voice actor. He has been married twice, most recently to Lisa Manning, and has three children. He is best known for his work in the Indiana Jones movies, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Sliders, Gargoyles, and the animated Justice League.
In Sliders, John Rhys-Davies had one of the leading roles as Professor Maximillian Arturo. He would play this role across 40 episodes, leaving the show in 1997 in the episode “The Exodus: Part II.” The show created a bit of a mystery among the fandom dubbed “the Wrong Arturo” as the show’s events suggest that it may have been an alternate Arturo that slid with the rest of the cast after the episode “Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome.”
With over 270 credits to his name, it does not appear that John Rhys-Davies is retiring soon. He has twelve projects in production for 2022 and beyond and is voice acting on the podcast Batman Unburied.
Cleavant Derricks Jr. was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on May 15th, 1953. He is an actor and Tony Award-winning singer-songwriter active from 1978 to 2011. He is best known for his roles in Sliders and Moscow on the Hudson, and his contributions to the film Dreamgirls adapted from the Broadway show where he earned his Tony Award. He has been married to Portia Derricks since 1986, and in that time, they have had four children. He is the twin brother of Clinton Derricks-Carroll.
Cleavant Derricks played the role of Rembrandt Lee Brown on Sliders and was the only cast member to appear in all 88 episodes. Rembrandt was a passerby who was accidentally pulled into Quinn’s experiment, resulting in tension early on for the two characters. Rembrandt was a singer, and his Cadillac also slid with him at the time. He is the only character to have witnessed the fates of all the other Sliders, including the death of Prof. Arturo.
Though he has retired from television and film acting, Cleavant Derricks is still acting on stage. He most recently took on the role of the Wizard of Oz in the 2nd touring run of Wicked.
Kari Wuhrer (born April 28, 1967) appeared in 49 episodes of Sliders from 1997 to 2000. Her final episode would be the series finale, “The Seer.” In the show, she played Maggie Beckett, a later addition to the cast for seasons 3, 4, and 5. Maggie was a former military captain introduced in “The Exodus.”
Kari Wuhrer is still working today, focusing more on voice acting. She has landed man voice acting roles for DC Comics and Marvel Comics characters in films, shows, and video games, including Maria Hill, Barbara Gordon, and Pamela Isley.
Charlie O’Connell (born April 21, 1975) is an actor who played Colin Mallory on Sliders and was also the younger brother of lead actor Jerry O’Connell in addition to playing his brother on the show.
Charlie O’Connell would appear in 19 episodes of Sliders from 1996 to 1999. His character originated from Kormagg Prime, the homeworld of the series’ antagonist, the Kromagg. His final appearance would be in the episode “Revelations.”
Charlie O’Connell still seems to be working today. His most recent project was the film Staged Killer in 2019. In May 2018 he married Playboy Playmate Anna Sophia Berglund and in October of 2020, they welcomed their daughter into the world.
Robert Floyd (born May 6, 1967) is an actor whose career spanned from 1991 to 2010. He is best known for a brief role in the 1998 Godzilla adaptation and his role as the “other” Quinn Mallory on Sliders. His character was an alternate Earth version of Jerry O’Connell’s Quinn, whose body had merged with that of the primary Quinn. He would join the sliders team in the final seasons as a replacement for O’Connell’s Quinn and struggled with having two versions of himself in one body.
Robert Floyd’s career seems to have been relatively short, with his final role in the short film The Killin Game in 2010.
After acting Robert took a detour into the bartending world, where he found much success and was even hailed as the World’s Greatest Bartender. He is married and has three wonderful daughters.
Tembi Locke (born July 26th, 1970) is an actress best known for roles in Dumb and Dumber To, Eureka, and Sliders. In Sliders, she played Dr. Diana Davis, who joined the sliders team in the show’s final season.
She was a scientist involved in sliding research and worked with Robert Floyd’s alternate Quinn Mallory. She would be involved in the missions to help separate the two Mallorys.
Tembi Locke is still working, her most recent credit being several TV series Never Have I Ever episodes from 2020 to 2021.
She is also an author and has written a memoir, From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home, the book is about finding love and acceptance in Sicily.