“The Mickey Mouse Club” first premiered on Oct. 3, 1955, and the enduring variety show tends to be associated with the numerous ‘90s pop stars it spawned in its third iteration, including Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake. But the teen idols weren’t the only famous figures to don Mickey ears and put on a show for the Mouse House. Here are some of the biggest names from the show’s lengthy history.
Alberoni kicked off her career in the original iteration of “The Mickey Mouse Club” at nine years old. As a child she appeared in popular series of the era such as “The Donna Reed Show,” “The Man from UNCLE” and “The Monkees,” and as an adult, the actress lent her voice to numerous cartoon characters in shows like “Josie and the Pussycats,” “Super Friends” and “Scooby Doo.”
Crawford appeared on the first season of the “TMMC,” before going on to star in “The Rifleman,” which earned him an Emmy nomination at age 13. He later acted in numerous films and TV shows, including Clint Eastwood’s “El Dorado” and “Hawaii Five-O.”
After joining the Mouseketeers at age 12, Funicello starred in several Disney-produced serials and movies, including “The Shaggy Dog” and “Babes in Toyland.” She then switched gears and costarred in a number of popular “Beach Party” movies alongside Frankie Avalon, and enjoyed success as a pop singer with tracks such as “O Dio Mio,” “Tall Paul” and “Pineapple Princess.”
Burgess made a name for himself with his dance moves — first appearing on “TMMC” and later becoming a regular dancer on “The Lawrence Welk Show.”
Mickey Rooney Jr. and Tim Rooney
Mickey Rooney Jr. (pictured) and Tim Rooney, the sons of legendary actor Mickey Rooney, both starred on “The Mickey Mouse Club,” with Mickey Rooney Jr. going on to appear in films such as “Honeysuckle Rose” and “Hot Rods to Hell” while Tim co-starred in the TV show “Mickey” alongside his father, and made appearances on “Dragnet,” “Bewitched” and “Room for One More.”
At 10, Petersen joined “TMMC,” launching a career that would include a star turn as Jeff Stone on “The Donna Reed Show,” a recurring role on “Matt Houston” and a successful pop career.
Starting out as one of the original Mouseketeers, Grady later scored a starring role on “My Three Sons” from 1960-1971 and appeared in shows including “Mr. Novak” and “The Rifleman” alongside fellow “MMC” alum Johnny Crawford.
After appearing in the second iteration of “The Mickey Mouse Club” in 1976, Whelchel spent nine years playing Blair Warner on “The Facts of Life,” and was nominated for a Grammy for her album “All Because of You.” In 2009, she was a runner up on CBS’ reality competition “Survivor.”
Post-“TMMC,” Piekarski joined fellow alum Lisa Whelchel on “The Facts of Life” as Sue Ann Weaver, also appearing on shows including “Diff’rent Strokes,”
“General Hospital” and “Three’s Company.”
A member of the third series of “The Mickey Mouse Club” (renamed “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club”), Bennett went on to join R&B group En Vogue in the early aughts before going solo, and recurred on “The Jamie Foxx Show.”
Chasez starred on “TMMC” alongside his future ‘N Sync bandmate Justin Timberlake, enjoying massive success as part of the popular boyband before embarking on a solo career.
After “TMMC,” Lucca became a full-time musician, touring with bands including Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, ‘N Sync and Sara Bareilles. He came in third on season two of NBC’s “The Voice,” which reunited him with his “Mickey Mouse” castmate Christina Aguilera.
At 15, Russell appeared on “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club,” and during her run on the show also starred in “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid.” Following the variety series, she headlined The WB’s drama “Felicity” and subsequently appeared in numerous films and TV series. She currently stars on FX drama “The Americans.”
One of the most successful “MMC” alums, Aguilera rose to prominence through her pop music career in the ’90s. She has sold over 50 million albums worldwide to date, won four Grammys and appeared as a coach on NBC’s “The Voice.”
Following her stint on “TMMC,” DeLoach joined girl group Innosense and starred on shortlived series “North Shore” and “Windfall,” also making guest appearances on “Days of our Lives” and “Ringer.” She currently stars on MTV’s “Awkward.”
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Gosling appeared on the third iteration of “TMMC” for two years, before going on to star in “Are You Afraid of the Dark,” “Breaker High” and “Young Hercules.” As an adult, Gosling gained prominence through leading roles in indie and commercial hits such as “The Notebook,” “Half Nelson,” “Blue Valentine,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Drive.” He can next be seen starring alongside Russell Crowe in “The Nice Guys.”
Singer-songwriter Timberlake shot to fame as a member of ‘N Sync before launching a successful solo career that has earned him four multi-platinum selling albums and four Grammy awards to date. He has won two Emmys for his guest spots on “Saturday Night Live” and starred in films including “The Social Network,” “Trouble with the Curve” and “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
Despite a tumultuous personal life, Spears has enjoyed enduring success as a pop artist, winning a Grammy and earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in addition to selling more than 100 million albums worldwide and boasting a bestselling fragrance line. Spears is currently midway through a two-year residency at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.