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Admittedly, you can't (or, at least, shouldn't) get too attached to anyone on AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. The zombie-filled post-apocalyptic spin-off series follows The Walking Dead's lead when it comes to killing or detaching from its lead characters over the course of the narrative, which has caused a number of actors to leave the series prior to its eventual series finale. When it comes to Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, and Elizabeth Rodriguez, among other main characters, their tenure on the popular genre series was ultimately short-lived, and they've since moved on to different projects. But what are these former Fear the Walking Dead cast members doing now? Let's find out!
Kim Dickens (Madison Clark)
As Madison Clark, a smart, controlling guidance counselor, Kim Dickens played the protagonist on AMC's Fear the Walking Dead in the show's first four seasons. Away from this series, Dickens is known for playing Joanie Stubbs in HBO's Deadwood, Kate Baldwin in Netflix's House of Cards, Shelby Saracen in NBC's Friday Night Lights, and Janette Desautel in HBO's Treme. Furthermore, the actress's other notable television credits include Lost, Sons of Anarchy, Brairpatch, White Collar, Numb3rs, and Spin City.
Additionally, on the big screen, Kim Dickens led Truth or Consequences, N.M., Zero Effect, and Mercury Rising. She also played Sarah Kennedy in Hollow Man, Detective Rhonda Boney in Gone Girl, and Jill Naylor in Thank You For Smoking. Furthermore, Dickens can be seen in The Gift, House of Sand and Fog, The Blind Side, Footloose (2011), Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and The Highwaymen. Most recently, Dickens provided a brief supporting turn in Robin Wright's feature directorial debut, Land. Currently, the actress is filming the mystery crime drama, The Good Nurse.
Cliff Curtis (Travis Manawa)
In the role of Travis Manawa, a resolute high school teacher and Madison's fiancé, Cliff Curtis was in the main cast of Fear the Walking Dead for three seasons. Outside of this series, Curtis is known for his performances as Porourangi in Whale Rider, Fire Lord Ozai in The Last Airbender, Pablo Escobar in Blow, Jesus Christ in Risen, and Sheikh Fadlallah in The Insider. Additionally, he was seen in Sunshine, Bringing Out the Dead, The Fountain, Live Free or Die Hard, and The Dark Horse. Additionally, Curtis appeared in Colombiana, 10,000 BC, The Meg, The Piano, Once Were Warriors, and Three Kings.
Most recently, Cliff Curtis provided supporting turns in Doctor Sleep and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Additionally, outside of film, the television actor played a lead role in NBC's Trauma, and he starred in ABC's Missing. Additionally, his other television credits include Gang Related, Body of Proof, Traffic, and City Life. Next, Curtis will star in Lisa Joy's original sci-fi thriller, Reminiscence, which will arrive on August 27th, 2021. Moreover, he will prominently appear in James Cameron's long-awaited Avatar sequels.
Frank Dillane (Nicholas “Nick” Clark)
Playing the part of Nick Clark, a selfless recovering heroin addict, Frank Dillane appears in the first four seasons of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. Most notably, Dillane was seen as Young Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. His other film credits include In the Heart of the Sea, Papadopoulos & Sons, Welcome to Sarajevo, and Astral. Additionally, on TV, Dillane played the part of Shugs in Netflix's Sense8.
Most recently, Frank Dillane was seen in Viena and the Fantomes and How to Build a Girl. Next, the actor will appear in the latest season of Starz's The Girlfriend Experience. Additionally, Dillane will star in Apple TV+'s upcoming miniseries, The Essex Serpent.
Mercedes Mason (Ofelia Salazar)
As Ofelia Salazar, Daniel's very capable daughter, Mercedes Mason played one of the main characters in Fear the Walking Dead for the first three seasons. Previously, Mason played the part of DEA Agent Talia Del Campo in a recurring role in NCIS: Los Angeles. Additionally, the actress was seen in 666 Park Avenue and The Finder. Elsewhere, Mason appeared in Chuck, Californication, How to Get Away with Murder, and, more recently, The L Word: Generation Q. Away from TV, she starred in Quarantine 2: Terminal. Furthermore, Mason provided supporting turns in The Break-Up, Generation Education, Sniper: Legacy, Slightly Single in L.A., and Ana Maria in Novela Land.
Currently, Mercedes Mason plays Captain Zoe Andersen in ABC's The Rookie. Outside of television, Mason was recently seen in Love by Drowning and What the Night Can Do.
Elizabeth Rodriguez (Elizabeth “Liza” Ortiz)
In the role of Liza Ortiz, a caring, strict-minded nursing student, Elizabeth Rodriguez played one of the main characters in Fear the Walking Dead's first season. Most notably, Rodriguez is known for her performance as Aleida Diaz in Netflix's Orange Is the New Black. She was also Tony-nominated for her lead part in Broadway's The Motherfucker With the Hat in 2011. Rodriguez's other TV credits include All My Children, Grimm, Shameless, Chance, Power, and ER. She's also seen in Oz, The Shield, Prime Suspect, and Devious Maids. Currently, Rodriguez reprises her role as Paz Valdes in Starz's Power Book II: Ghost. Furthermore, she is heard in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Outside of television, Elizabeth Rodriguez is best known for playing Gabriela in Logan. Also, the actress played supporting roles in Miami Vice, Side Effects, The Drop, Fresh, and Skate Kitchen. Additionally, her other film credits include Dead Presidents, Glass Chin, and All Things Fall Apart. Next, Rodriguez will be seen in Tonight at Noon, We Are Gathered Here Today, The Latin from Manhattan, and the short film, I Was a Stranger.
Lorenzo James Henrie (Chris Manawa)
Playing the part of Chris Manawa, Travis and Liza's rebellious teen son, Lorenzo James Henrie appeared in the first two seasons of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. Outside of this series, Hernie had supporting roles in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Arizona Summer, and Star Trek (2009). His other movie credits include Almost Kings, Warrior Road, Riding 79, and Only Mine. Additionally, on television, Henrie played Jeffrey Turner in The WB's 7th Heaven and Gabe Reyes in ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Also, the actor made guest star appearances in Cold Case, CSI: Miami, Malcolm in the Middle, and Kevin Can Wait. Furthermore, Henrie can be seen in episodes of Ghosts Whisperer, Wanted, and LAX.
Most recently, Lorenzo James Henrie appeared in last year's dramedy, This is the Year. Next, the TV actor is signed on to produce the new fantasy film, A Tale Dark and Grimm.
The sixth season of Fear the Walking Dead is currently airing on AMC. You can stream the previous seasons on Hulu here.
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