What The Cast Of ER Looks Like Today

ER, NBC's show about the doctors and nurses working in a Chicago emergency room, immediately ensnared viewers upon its premiere in 1994. Not only was everyone extremely attractive, but each week delivered serious drama — and not just of the medical variety, although the show was abound with crises regarding the nature of the job. Most characters came close to dying at least once (more than one actually did), and, of course, amid the chaos, there were plenty of romantic entanglements. After 15 emotional seasons, 124 Emmy nominations and 23 Emmy wins, the show wrapped in 2009. Here's where the doctors and nurses of County General ended up.

George Clooney

Instead of asking what George Clooney has done since leaving his role of Dr. Doug Ross on ER in 2000, we should probably ask what he hasn't done. Clooney has directed, produced and starred in countless high-profile films, including O Brother Where Art Thou, the Oceans franchise, Good Night and Good Luck, and Men Who Stare at Goats, and won three Golden Globe Awards.

Noted for his political activism, he was arrested for civil disobedience (disorderly crossing of a police line, for which he was fined $100) in Washington, D.C. in 2012, when he protested at the Sudanese embassy. Clooney called for humanitarian aid to be allowed into Sudan, and asked for the government of Khartoum to "stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children. Stop raping them and stop starving them." The actor went on to meet with President Obama in regard to Sudan, as well as to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about violence in the South Sudan.

The infamous bachelor, who told Esquire he "wasn't very good at marriage," married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in 2014, and the couple are currently expecting twins.

In a 2016 interview with Esquire, Clooney addressed allegations that he would be leaving acting. "I'm not gonna be carrying movies the way I did before. There are actors you'll see that try to hold on to this leading-man status long past the due date," he explained.

Maura Tierney

Tierney played Dr. Abby Lockhart on ER from 1999 until 2008. After the show, she left television for a brief foray into theater, starring in Three Changes, an off-Broadway show, with Dylan McDermott. When she returned to TV, it was for the final season of FX's Rescue Me.

In 2009, Tierney was diagnosed with breast cancer, which derailed her plans to join the cast of another NBC project, Parenthood. Tierney eventually rallied, though, and went on to guest star as Mrs. Califonia on The Office, before appearing on The Good Wife alongside ER alum Julianna Margulies. You can catch Tierney now as Helen Solloway on Showtime's The Affair, her first cable job. "It's just such a different environment," she said in an interview with the A.V. Club in 2014. "There's a little more freedom with the material. So I was really dying to work on a cable TV show."

Alex Kingston

In 2004, Alex Kingston, who played Dr. Elizabeth Corday on ER starting in 1997, was told by NBC producers that her contract wouldn't be renewed. Kingston told BBC's Radio Times (via People) that the reason for her dismissal was her age (41 at the time), but also admitted she'd been unhappy with her work on the show for a while. She returned briefly in 2008, during the show's final season.

Kingston appeared on the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? in 2012, where she attempted to track down evidence of her Jewish ancestry, as well as learn about the unconventional life of her great grandmother. A member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, she continues to perform on television, including PBS's Upstairs Downstairs, the predecessor to Downton Abbey. Kingston currently plays Professor River Song on the insanely popular Doctor Who. Her character was originally supposed to appear only for two episodes, but because of her popularity, the show's head writer brought her back and created a story line for her involving Doctor Who himself.

In 2015, Kingstonmarried her third husband, TV producer Jonathan Stamp in Rome.

Laura Innes

After more than 11 seasons as Dr. Kerry Weaver on ER, television's longest running lesbian character at the time, Innes departed in 2007. In an interview with TV Guide that same year, Innes indicated that she would be directing an episode of Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60. She went on to direct episodes of How to Get Away With Murder, The Affair, Brothers & Sisters, The West Wing, and Grey's Anatomy, as well as PBS's Mercy Street.

Though she's mostly kept her private life under wraps and stayed off our radar since leaving the hit show, she's about to hop back into limelight — In 2017, she joined the cast of USA's Colony in a recurring role.

Gloria Reuben

Reuben played physician's assistant Jeanie Boulet, who was diagnosed as HIV positive in season 2 and became the first HIV-positive regular character on network television. She left the show in season 6, and returned for one episode in season 14. Post ER, Reuben's credits have included Law & Order: SVU, Falling Skies, Mr. Robot, Saints and Sinners, the 2012 film Lincoln, and the play Stuff Happens at New York City's Public Theater, for which she won a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress. In 2017, she joined the cast of VH1's scripted drama The Breaks.

In 2000, Reuben performed as a singer and back-up dancer for Tina Turner, and in 2004, released her first solo album, Just for You. She followed this up with Perchance to Dream, a album of jazz standards, in 2015. In its review of her second album All About Jazz wrote that listeners, "will now be forced to consider her as more than just a famous actress who sometimes sings."

Reuben has, and continues to make an impact as an activist: she rallied with the Coalition of Imokalee Workers at the Farm Worker Freedom March in 2010, works with the Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and has spoken about the need to recommit to finding a cure for AIDS. She was also part of a troupe of actors, including Samira Wiley (Orange Is The New Black), who performed in Antigone In Ferguson, an adaptation of Sophocles' Antigone by the New York based group Outside the Wire, in Ferguson, Missouri in September 2016. The project was aimed at bringing together the Ferguson community, particularly citizens and law enforcement, in the wake of upheaval after the death of teenager Michael Brown in 2014, and other instances of violence

She stepped into yet another role when it was announced in 2016 that she would be joining forces with Tree Line Film and Hyde Park Television to adapt Dean Koontz's novel, Dark Rivers of the Heart, for television.

Sherry Stringfield

Stringfield played Dr. Susan Lewis from the advent of the show in 1994 until 1996, when she left to pursue a more normal life. She came back to the show in 2001, and remained until 2005, then returned for the 2009 finale.

Stringfield continues to work in television, appearing on Law & Order, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Shark, CSI, Under the Dome, and other shows, as well as working as the voice of Eyeleen on Blue's Clues. In 2016, she joined the cast of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

Noah Wyle

Noah Wyle was 23 years old when he joined the cast of ER as Dr. John Carter, the anxiety-ridden medical student, whom he played from the beginning of the series until he exited in season 11. Since leaving the show, Wyle has starred in TNT's Falling Skies and The Librarians, and is the artistic producer of The Blank Theater in Los Angeles.

In 2012, Wyle was arrested with members of the group ADAPT in Washington D.C. while protesting proposed cuts to Medicaid. Wyle told People that when he explained his arrest to his son, Owen, he was granted the then 9-year-old's approval. "He just jumped in and said, 'I think you did the right thing, Dad.'"

Wyle married actress Sara Wells in 2014, and their first child, Frances, was born in 2015. Wyle has two children from his previous marriage to Tracy Warbin, Auden and Owen.

Most recently, he appeared on an episode of TLC's Who Do You Think You Are?, investigating his ancestor's involvement in the Civil War.

Anthony Edwards

Edwards' character, Dr. Mark Greene, died from a brain tumor in season 9, but was (sort of) reincarnated via flashbacks for the show's last season. Since then, he's played a detective hunting the Zodiac Killer in David Fincher's Zodiac, and a skeptic publisher in the short lived Zero Hour, and in the midst of all this, began training for his pilot's license. In 2010, Edwards appeared opposite Uma Thurman in Motherhood, a film about a woman struggling to move forward in her career thanks to the confines of her domestic life — a filmed that completely bombed in the box offices.

In 2016, Edwards reunited with former ER cast member Mariska Hargitay (she played Cynthia Hooper, a desk clerk who had a brief tryst with Dr. Greene) for an episode of Law & Order: SVU.

Eriq La Salle

La Salle played Dr. Peter Benton from Seasons 1-8, then, like many of his cast mates, returned briefly during the show's last season, when he also directed an episode. In addition to recurring roles on 24, A Gifted Man, How to Make It in America, and Under the Dome, La Salle has become a noted director, writer, and producer on shows such as Lucifer, Law & Order: SVU, and Murder in the First, among others. You can also catch him the latest installation of the Wolverine series, Logan.

When he's not busy making TV shows and movies, La Salle is penning novels. Fans can read his novels, Laws of Wrath, Laws of Innocence, and Laws of Depravity to see another side of him.

Julianna Margulies

Margulies played nurse Carol Hathaway on ER for six seasons, leaving in 2000. She was the only cast member to win an Emmy for her role on the show (Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama). Like other cast members, she returned to ER briefly during the show's final season. Margulies worked steadily after her departure from ER, on Scrubs, and The Sopranos, as well on stage, before taking the role of Alicia Florrick on CBS's The Good Wife, for which she won Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2011 and 2014. "I'll always do television—television celebrates women," said Margulies, in an interview with W in 2010. "It's where the best, richest roles for women are, period."

She also spends time backing causes she believes in. Margulies appeared in a PSA for Erin's Law, which requires public schools to implement a child sexual abuse prevention curriculum.

Immediately after The Good Wife wrapped in 2016, Margulies came down with chicken pox. She told CNN: "I felt like, sort of my body having to shut down and shed seven years of great hard work and start anew. I really took it that way." The illness caused the actress to miss an event for the release of her children's book, Three Magic Balloons, based on a story her father told her during her own childhood.