For kids of the early 1990s, Kelly Brown was lodged fondly in our memories as Brad Taylor from the Nickelodeon comedy Hey Dude. But fans of the show have wondered what happened to her when she left the Dude Ranch and rode off into the sunset.
Before landing her first acting assignment on “Hey Dude,” Kelly Brown had a successful career as a model, spanning four years in both the United States and Europe. She graced the covers of notable magazines like “Young Miss” and “Seventeen."
Kelly Brown portrayed the character of Brad on Nickelodeon’s “Hey Dude.” The show, set on the fictional Bar None Dude Ranch in Arizona, focused on the lives and adventures of the ranch’s staff, mostly composed of teenagers working their summer jobs.
Brown’s character, Brad, is a rich girl from Michigan who joins the ranch as a riding instructor. She seeks to escape her high-society life for the more rugged, challenging lifestyle of a cowgirl. Brad’s character is notable for her combination of sophistication and toughness, often bringing a unique perspective to the ranch’s daily happenings.
During her time on “Hey Dude,” Kelly Brown experienced a frightening stalker incident. An individual persistently claimed to be her husband and repeatedly showed up on set, causing significant distress. The situation escalated when the stalker appeared at her hotel, knocking on her door. This experience was particularly alarming for Brown, especially considering her manager also managed actress Rebecca Schaeffer, who had tragically been murdered by a stalker. Brown sought help from the show’s crew, and after alerting the grips about the stalker at her door, the harassment ceased.
Life After Hey Dude
After her role as Brad on the popular Nickelodeon show “Hey Dude,” Kelly Brown chose to retire from acting. This decision was influenced partly by a stalking incident, which led her to seek a more private life.
Post-acting, Kelly Brown opened her own clothing boutique, Kelly B. Botique, located in Montauk, New York. Her boutique has been in operation since 2009.
What is Kelly Brown Doing Now?
Today, Kelly is still retired from acting and living a private life in New York. She still operates her own clothing boutique. Kelly married her childhood sweetheart and together they have several children. We wish her continued health, happiness, and success in her personal and professional endeavors.
In an Instagram post from January 2023, Kelly shared a heartwarming photo capturing a special reunion with her former “Hey Dude” castmates, Christine Taylor and David Lascher. The trio, known for their roles in the beloved 90s TV show, came together not just for a nostalgic photo but also to collaborate on a podcast. They appeared as guests on the “Hey Dude…The 90s Called” podcast, where they delved into memories from their time on the show.