Then and Now: The Cast of 'Family Affair'
'Family Affair' ran on CBS from 1966 until 1971. The cast of the show quickly became a part of the lives of American families and everyone was shocked when the network abruptly cancelled the show in 1971, with little explanation. Whatever happened to the cast of the show?
Anissa Jones played the youngest member of the Davis family on 'Family Affair.' She got the job in 1966 and kept the role until the show's cancellation in 1971.
After the show ended, Jones rode on the success of 'Family Affair,' helping in its marketing campaigns. Sadly, being a child star was too much for Jones and she died at the age of 18 of a drug overdose.
Uncle Bill Davis
Born in 1921, Brian Keith landed the role of the reluctant bachelor-turned-parent in 'Family Affair' in 1966. Before the show came along, he had worked in many movies, including 'The Parent Trap' and 'The Russians Are Coming.' He remained on the show until 1971.
During his lifetime, Keith was a heavy smoker, but gave up the habit 10 years before his death. In his later years, he developed lung cancer and emphysema, which caused him multiple financial problems. On June 24, 1997, the actor committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
Kathy Garver played older sister Cissy on 1966's 'Family Affair.' Before that, she held several roles such as a slave in 'The Ten Commandments.'
After 'Family Affair' ended in 1971, Garver remained in the spotlight. Starring in other shows such as 'The Bing Crosby Show,' and using her voice in shows such as 'The Tom and Jerry Kids Show,' Garver remains in the public eye today.
Johnny Whitaker played Buffy's twin brother Jody on 'Family Affair.' Whittaker always looked up to actor Brian Keith both on and off the set.
When 'Family Affair' ended, Johnny Whitaker went on to act in 'The Littlest Angel' and in an episode of 'The Virginian.' More recently, Whitaker made an appearance at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention and starred in the 'Dr. Zod and Johnny Show.'
At the time 'Family Affair' aired, Sebastian Cabot was already a well established actor. On the show, he played the lovable Mr. French.
Sebastian Cabot kept working after 'Family Affair' ended. He went on to star in things such as 'Miracle on 34th Street' and 'Ghost Story.' Cabot passed away from a stroke on August 22, 1977.