Created by Greg Garcia, My Name Is Earl ran for nearly 100 episodes on NBC and earned critical acclaim and commercial success throughout its four seasons. While it unfortunately never got a chance to finish its run in a proper fashion, the series served as a great showcase for Jason Lee, as well as his co-stars Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressley, Nadine Velazquez, and Eddie Steeples. While it's a shame to know that we'll never get a proper conclusion to this series, the cast has gone to work on a number of intriguing high-profile projects in the years to follow. With that said, let's take a look at what the cast of My Name Is Earl is doing now.
Jason Lee (Earl Hickey)
As our titular protagonist, Earl Hickey, Jason Lee plays a petty criminal who wins big in the lottery but is struck instantly by a passing car, resulting in him learning the hard way about karma. In an effort to cleanse his history of misdeeds and do right by the universe, Earl makes a list of every bad thing he's ever done and vows to do good deeds to repay for their misfortunes.
While his Golden Globe-nominated performance became one of his most high-profile to date, Lee was already proven as an actor, notably with his roles in Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, A Guy Thing, Heartbreakers, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Kissing A Fool, Almost Famous, and The Incredibles. In the years since the show began, Lee was notably seen in all four Alvin and the Chipmunks movies. He also voiced the title character in Underdog.
Additionally, Jason Lee starred in the short-lived series, Memphis Beat, and he can currently be heard in the animated series, We Bare Bears. Most recently, Lee was seen in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot and heard in We Bear Bears: The Movie. Outside of acting, Lee is the co-founder and co-owner of Stereo Skateboards, notably as he is a former skateboarder himself. He is also the co-owner of the restaurant Barley and Board. He also published a book of photography in 2016.
Ethan Suplee (Randy Hickey)
Playing Randy Hickey, Earl's loyal younger brother, Ethan Suplee played one of the lead roles in My Name is Earl. A prominent character actor on both the big and small screen, Suplee starred in Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Boy Meets World, American History X, Remember the Titans, The Butterfly Effect, Blow, John Q, Road Trip, and Cold Mountain before he starred in this acclaimed sitcom.
Since the show concluded, Suplee has most notably been seen in Brothers, Unstoppable, The Wolf of Wall Street, Walk of Shame, True Story, Deepwater Horizon, and Motherless Brooklyn. He also played a main role in Jennifer Falls and a main character on Chance, while also playing recurring roles in The Ranch and Santa Clarita Diet. Most recently, Suplee starred in The Hunt and three episodes of NBC's Good Girls. Suplee also starred in Gossamer Folds, which is hitting the festival circuits.
Jaime Pressly (Joy Turner)
In the role of Joy Turner, Earl's ex-wife who marries his friend, Darnell, Jaime Pressly was outstanding in her Emmy-winning performance on My Name Is Earl. Previously a model, Pressly starred in Poison Ivy: The New Seduction, Not Another Teen Movie, Joe Dirt, and Tomcats before she starred in this NBC series.
In the years since the show came to an end, Pressly joined the main cast of the short-lived show, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, and joined the main cast of CBS' Mom back in 2014. The actress also appeared in episodes of Two and a Half Men, Raising Hope, and Rules of Engagement. She has also been seen in movies such as DOA: Dead Or Alive, I Love You, Man, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, Austin Found, and A Haunted House 2, and her voice is heard in Horton Hears a Who.
Eddie Steeples (Darnell Turner)
As Darnell Turner, Joy's new husband and Earl's good friend, despite impregnating his wife while he was married to her, Eddie Steeples played a lovable role on My Name Is Earl. Before he landed his part on this NBC series, Steeples was best known as the "Rubberband Man" from a series of OfficeMax commercials. He is also known for his roles in Akeelah and the Bee, Wristcutters: A Love Story, Torque, and I Know Who Killed Me.
Since his time on My Name Is Earl, Steeples starred in the horror film, Would You Rather, while also appearing in Home Alone: The Holiday Heist and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. He also played a recurring role in Raising Hope and a main cast role in The Guest Book. Up next, Steeples will be seen in the upcoming action-drama, Fallen Cards, and the short film, Hungry.
Nadine Velazquez (Catalina)
As Catalina, the beautiful housekeeper working at Earl and Randy's motel and the woman whom Randy has a crush on, Nadine Velazquez played one of the main characters on My Name Is Earl. Previously playing brief roles on Entourage and The Bold and the Beautiful, this show was Velazquez's first major role, notably as she turned down Prison Break to appear on it.
In the years since the series came to a close, Velazquez played prominent roles in The League and Major Crimes, while also playing recurring roles on Hart of Dixie and Real Husbands of Hollywood. The actress also starred in the short-lived series, Six, back in 2017-2018. She also appeared in episodes of CSI: NY, Scrubs, Hawaii Five-0, Arrested Development, and CSI: Miami. She also played prominent roles in War, Flight, Snitch, and Ride Along 2. She was last seen in 2019's A World Away.
Trey Carlisle (Earl Hickey, Jr.)
As Joy and Darnell's young son, Earl Hickey, Jr., Trey Carlisle was an adorable addition to My Name Is Earl. The show was easily the former child actor's most prominent role, though he also starred in a couple of episodes of All Of Us.
After the show wrapped, Carlisle mostly stopped acting. He can be seen in a couple of short films, Rising Sun and Outcast, from 2012 and 2015, respectively. The one-time actor did step behind-the-camera, however, for the short film History Lesson, which he wrote and directed in 2012. Carlisle also served as a second unit director on 2015's short film, Nobody's Perfect. Outside of these jobs, Carlisle has generally kept a low profile.
Noah Crawford (Young Earl)
As a younger version of Earl seen in flashbacks, Noah Crawford appeared regularly throughout My Name Is Earl's four-season run. The show was the former child actor's first role. Following in time on the series, Crawford notably joined the main cast of Nickelodeon's short-lived How To Rock. He was also seen in episodes of True Jackson, VP, K.C. Undercover, Rizzoli & Isles, The Real O'Neals, Bizaardvark, and Pair of Kings. He also starred in films like Land of the Lost and The Killer Inside Me and he played a lead role in 2013's TV movie, Swindle. Additionally, in 2016, Crawford, wrote, directed, starred in, and produced the fantasy/sci-fi short film, From Darkness His Name.
Louis T. Moyle (Dodge Hickey)
As Dodge Hickey, the oldest son of Joy, Louis T. Moyle was a constant presence throughout My Name Is Earl's run. Outside of this show, Moyle was only seen in one episode of Shark. It appears that the child actor left acting shortly after the NBC series came a close. He has kept a low profile since.
Dale Dickey (Patty)
As Patty, a middle-aged sex worker living in the county, Dale Dickey played a memorable recurring role in My Name Is Earl. A veteran actress with a great deal of experience on the stage and screen, Dickey appeared in episodes of The X-Files, Christy, Frasier, CSI, ER, Gilmore Girls, and Ugly Betty before and during her time on the NBC sitcom.
In the years since, Dickey's been seen on Breaking Bad, Raising Hope, The Middle, Sons of Anarchy, 2 Broke Girls, Shameless, and Grey's Anatomy. She also played recurring roles on Raising Hope, Justified, Claws, and Unbelievable, and she was seen in several episodes of Vice Principals. Dickey gained attention, including an Independent Spirit Award nomination, for her performance in Winter's Bone. She also appeared in Super 8, Iron Man 3, Hell or High Water, and, recently, Palm Springs. Next, she stars in Sean Penn's Flag Day.
Gregg Binkley (Kenny James)
As Kenny James, a former victim of Earl's childhood bullying, Gregg Binkley played a recurring role throughout all four seasons of My Name Is Earl. Prior to this performance, Binkley was seen in guest spots on Gilmore Girls, Malcolm in the Middle, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Drew Carey Show, Full House, and more.
Since his time on the show, Binkley appeared in State of Play, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, and Cafe Society. He also played a prominent role in Raising Fox. On television, Binkley has starred in Hitting the Brakes, Kirby Buckets, and Diary of a Future President. His most recent role was in Finding Love in Quarantine. The actor also wrote for Dads in Park and directed episodes of The Beverlys.
Mike O'Malley (Stuart Daniels)
As Stuart Daniels, an incompetent police officer, Mike O'Malley played a recurring role throughout My Name Is Earl. Best known as the host of the Nickelodeon game show Guts and the star of Yes, Dear, O'Malley is a comedian/actor with a great deal of acting experience on television.
In addition to his role on My Name Is Earl, he appeared Parenthood, Justified, Parks and Recreation, Raising Hope, The Good Place, Get Shorty, The Morning Show, and Wayne. He also played a prominent role in Glee, for which he was Emmy-nominated. O'Malley was also a writer and creator of the Starz series, Survivor's Remorse, and he starred in films like Eat, Pray, Love, Cedar Rapids, R.I.P.D., Concussion, and Sully. He's currently playing a main role in Snowpiecer, based on the film of the same name. He also co-wrote the musical Escape to Margaritaville with Greg Garcia.
Billy Gardell (Jeff Hoyne)
In the role of Jeff Hoyne, another incompetent police officer, Billy Gardell was seen throughout the third and fourth seasons of My Name Is Earl. The comedian previously played recurring roles in Yes, Dear, Lucky, The Practice, and Judging Amy before he signed onto this sitcom.
Since then, he's been notably seen in the popular series, Mike & Molly, alongside Melissa McCarthy, which ran from 2010 through 2016. He picked up roles in Sullivan & Son, Sun Records, Phineas & Ferb, Angie Tribeca, and Young Sheldon before he landed a new television series with CBS' Bob Hearts Abishola, which premiered last year. He also starred in films like Jersey Boys, Undrafted, and Once Upon a Time in Venice. He also provided the voice of Santa in the TV special, Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. Additionally, Gardell previously hosted the short-lived game show series, Monopoly Millionaires' Club.
Alyssa Milano (Billie Cunningham)
Playing Billie Cunningham, a criminal once married to Earl, Alyssa Milano appeared throughout the third season of My Name Is Earl. Best known for her roles on Who's the Boss? and Charmed, she also starred in Melrose Place for a number of seasons. She has kept working on television and the big screen, notably with lead roles in Insatiable and Mistresses, as well as roles in Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, Romantically Challenged, New Year's Eve, Hall Pass, and Little Italy, to only name a few. Nowadays, she's known for her prominent activism work. Milano is also soon set to be seen in the upcoming series, The Now.
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Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.
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