Where Scrubs cast are now – 21-year age gap romance with 1D co-star to tragic death & shocking sexual assault claims
IT was the medical sitcom that delivered a generous dose of comedy and a lot of heart.
But the legacy of Scrubs has been tarnished after executive producer Eric Weinberg was charged with 18 sexual assaults last week.
The 62-year-old allegedly carried out the attacks after using “his Hollywood credentials to lure young women for photoshoots” between 2014 and 2019.
His lawyer previously called the accusations a “blatant smear campaign” and Weinberg has since been released from police custody after posting a $5m (£4.4m) bond.
Here, 12 years on from the finale, we reveal what became of the rest of the Scrubs cast.
Zach Braff – J.D.
Zach Braff appears to have hardly aged since his time as John Dorian – aka J.D. Credit: Channel 4/Instagram
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After years of bit-parts, Zach Braff was finally able quit his waiter job for good after bagging the part of J.D.
Since the finale he’s moved into directing – with films Wish I Was Here, with Kate Hudson, and 2017’s Going in Style, with Morgan Freeman, listed on his impressive CV.
The 47-year-old has remained close to his former co-star and friend Donald Faison, who played Turk, and the pair regularly share snaps together online.
Zach was in a relationship with Florence Pugh, 26, who starred opposite Harry Styles in Don’t Worry Darling, from 2019 until this earlier year.
The 47-year-old spent nearly three years dating British actress Florence Pugh Credit: zachbraff/Instagram
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The British actress, 21 years younger than Zach, announced their split in August and admitted they wanted to keep it secret to avoid abuse on social media.
“We’ve been trying to do this separation without the world knowing because it’s been a relationship that everybody has an opinion on,” Florence told Harper’s Bazaar.
In 2020, Zach suffered heartbreak when his close friend Nick Cordero – whose family were living in the actor’s guest house – tragically passed away following a battle with Covid-19.
That same year he came under fire when three episodes of Scrubs were removed from Hulu for featuring blackface – including scenes where J.D. tried to ‘become’ his best friend Turk.
Creator Bill Lawrence apologised after an outpouring of criticism online and said he felt “a combo of shame/stupidity/embarrassed” about it.
Donald Faison – Chris Turk
Donald Faison – aka Chris Turk – was a hit with fans before his Scrubs debut after appearing in Clueless and Remember The Titans.
The actor, 48, has continued to succeed on screen and had a cameo role in Pitch Perfect, as well as voicing pilot Hype Fazon in Star Wars Resistance.
Donald has been married twice – first to Lisa Askey, with whom he had three children, Dade, Kobe and Kaya, but they divorced in 2005 after for four years. Tragically Lisa died suddenly in 2017.
The actor tied the knot with CaCee Cobb in a star-studded ceremony in December 2012.
It took place at co-star Zach’s home – he was a groomsman and Jessica Simpson was a bridesmaid – after CaCee worked as a personal assistant for her.
Cacee and Donald had two children – Rocco and Wilder. Donald also has a son, Shawn, with ex-girlfriend Audrey Ince.
He now co-hosts the Scrubs podcast Fake Doctors, Real Friends With Zach and Donald.
Sarah Chalke – Elliot Reid
Sarah Chalke has earned critical acclaim in the lead role of Netflix hit Firefly Lane, but before was best known as Elliot Reid in Scrubs.
Well-versed in medical dramas, after the show she played dermatologist and Ted Mosby’s love interest Stella Zinman on How I Met Your Mother.
Sarah also voiced Beth Smith in the science-fiction series Rick and Morty, and had a recurring role on the third season of Cougar Town.
The actress is engaged to long-term partner Jamie Afifi and they have two children together.
Their son, Charlie, was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease aged two. She said in 2013: “It was absolutely the hardest thing I’ve ever been through, and there’s nothing in the world like not knowing if your kid is going to be okay.”
In 2020 she revealed there is only a 10-day window to get treatment, and they managed on day 10 and a half.
She told TVLine: “It was on the late side, but thank God Charlie is okay.”
Judy Reyes – Carla Espinosa
She won millions of fans with her sharp and quick-witted humour as Carla Espinosa, and Judy Reyes went on to land a lead role in Lifetime’s Devious Maids when Scrubs wrapped.
Other TV hits since have included Jane The Virgin, Fresh Off The Boat and series Claws.
Recently the 54-year-old bagged a big part in the new horror flick Smile.
Judy was married to Edwin M. Figueroa for 11 years before they divorced in 2008.
She’s now happily settled with partner George Valencia and the pair share a daughter, Leila Rey Valencia.
Neil Flynn – The Janitor
A recognisable face on Scrubs was actor Neil Flynn, 61, who played the prank-loving ‘Janitor’.
Having already starred in shows like Rookie of the Year, Flynn went on to appear in Mean Girls and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, around his Scrubs filming schedule.
After the finale, Neil landed a role in The Middle and most notably appeared in the NBC sitcom Abby’s.
John C McGinley – Dr. Perry Cox
John C McGinley played sarcastic Dr. Perry Cox. He’d enjoyed an impressive career before filming began, with roles in Point Break, Office Space and Wall Street, among others.
Since hanging up his scrubs he’s starred in Burn Notice and the TV shows Chicago PD and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
John, now 63, has one son, Max, with his first wife Lauren Lambert. They divorced in 2001.
Max has Down’s syndrome and his dad has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the condition, serving on the board of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and as a celebrity ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society.
The star married yoga instructor Nichole Kessler in 2007, and welcomed two daughters, Billie and Kate.
Christa Miller – Jordan Sullivan
She’s married to Scrub’s producer Bill Lawrence, but actress Christa Miller stood out in her own right as Dr. Cox’s ex-wife Jordan.
The actress already had roles in Seinfeld and The Drew Carey Show before she appeared on her husband’s sitcom.
Christa, now 58, also appeared in another of Bill’s creations, Cougar Town.
The mum-of-three often shares photos with her husband and kids on Instagram and has also remained close to co-star Zach Braff.
Ken Jenkins – Dr. Bob Kelso
As the no-nonsense Chief of Medicine Dr Bob Kelso, actor Ken Jenkins won fans over throughout the series with his supporting role.
He was a much-loved star on screen before joining the cast, having had roles in Psycho, The Sum Of Fears and Last Man Standing.
He went on to play Courteney Cox’s father on Cougar Town, among other roles.
Now 82, Ken has been happily married to his second wife Katharine Houghton, 77, who is the niece of Katharine Hepburn, since 1970.
Robert Maschio – Dr. Todd
Best known on Scrubs as ‘The Todd’, Dr Todd Quinlan may have had a smaller role – but it was one of the funniest.
Robert Maschio, 56, has done the odd acting gig since – including a spot on Cougar Town like his fellow Scrubs co-stars.
Since 2017, the former star has been working as a real estate agent in California and recently switched companies.
Despite Robert’s departure from the limelight, he often shares throwback photos of his Scrubs days on social media and appears to have remained close to the cast.
Sam Lloyd – Ted Buckland
The Scrubs crew sadly suffered a heartbreaking loss in 2020 when actor Sam Lloyd, who played Ted Buckland on the sitcom, passed away at then age of 65.
He was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, which was later revealed to be metastatic lung cancer that had spread throughout his body.
The star’s wife, Vanessa, had recently given birth to their son when he received his diagnosis in 2019.
Whatever Happened To The Cast Of Scrubs?
The popular sitcom “Scrubs” ran from 2001 to 2010. Each of the 182 episodes was full of laughter, heart, and, of course, lots of people wearing scrubs. The show told the story of young doctors as they grew up in both their profession and their lives. Zach Braff and Donald Faison starred as two doctors — J.D. and Turk, respectively — and a laundry list of funny actors like Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley, and Neil Flynn appeared as well.
Braff and Faison did an interview with BBC News in May of 2020, in which they revealed they’d recently started re-watching the show, something they document on their podcast “Fake Doctors, Real Friends.” “There’s a lot of morality in it and I’m glad it rubbed off on people,” Braff said. Though many consider the show to be old these days, “Scrubs” isn’t going anywhere in the minds or hearts of its fans. And those same fans want to know what their favorite doctors, nurses, and janitors have been up to! Here’s what happened to the cast of “Scrubs.”
Zach Braff made headlines when he started dating actress Florence Pugh
Zach Braff’s been pretty busy since leaving Sacred Heart hospital. He played the daydreaming (and dreamy) Dr. John “J.D.” Dorian on “Scrubs” for 175 episodes, and, as per IMDb, he’s been taking his talent to many other TV shows and movies. He was in “Bojack Horseman,” “Oz the Great and Powerful,” and “Alex, Inc.” Braff’s been stretching his legs on the other side of the camera too. As of this writing, his IMDb page lists 13 directing credits for projects like “Garden State” and “Wish I Was Here,” in which he also starred, as well as an episode of the Apple TV hit “Ted Lasso.”
Braff has also been busy in his personal life. As per Elle, he’s been dating actress Florence Pugh since the summer of 2018. Though there’s a 21-year age gap between the two, they seem to be quite happy together — and they don’t care what the haters say. “I think it bugs people that it’s not who they expected,” Pugh told The Sunday Times. “But it’s my life and I’m not doing anything to please people or to make it a better headline or story.” J.D. can love anyone he wants!
Donald Faison joined the cast of the Powerpuff Girls live-action reboot
According to IMDb, Donald Faison played Dr. Christopher Turk on “Scrubs” for 182 episodes. While the sitcom wasn’t his first big role — he previously played Murray in “Clueless” — his time on “Scrubs” definitely cemented him in the public eye. Since leaving the series, Faison’s been in TV shows and movies like “Ray Donovan,” “Emergence,” and “The Exes,” and has done voice acting for the likes of “Robot Chicken” and “Star Wars Resistance.” As per Deadline, the actor is also set to play Professor Utonium in a live-action version of the cartoon series “The Powerpuff Girls.”
Off screen, Faison is still good friends with his “Scrubs” costar Zach Braff. In fact, as per an interview with BBC News, he got married in Braff’s garden. The two friends have a podcast together called “Fake Doctors, Real Friends With Zach + Donald,” for which they re-watch “Scrubs” episodes. As he told BBC, Faison doesn’t think “Scrubs” is going anywhere anytime soon. “With this whole pandemic going on, right now we should shine a light on all of the people in the medical profession,” he said. “So I definitely think ‘Scrubs’ still holds up. For the simple fact that there are still people in the medical profession who’re going through the same things.”
Scrubs’ Sarah Chalke wore a ton of wigs for Firefly Lane
Sarah Chalke starred in “Scrubs” as Dr. Elliot Reid from 2001 to 2010, as per IMDb. Though the sitcom was primarily centered around Turk and J.D. (Donald Faison and Zach Braff), Chalke’s character was very memorable and a main draw for many fans. Since wrapping “Scrubs,” the actress has stayed busy working in both film and TV, most notably appearing in the other hit sitcoms like “How I Met Your Mother” and “Rosanne.” She also voices Beth in “Rick and Morty” and Gina in “Paradise PD.”
In 2021, Chalke got her own friendship-focused project with Katherine Heigl in the Netflix series “Firefly Lane.” “You so rarely see this incredible bond between two women in television,” Chalke said of the show to Variety. “I love their authentic, flawed relationship . You see them really go at it and overcome huge things, but then there’s this one thing that they can’t.” And, much to her joy, Chalke also got to wear a lot of wigs on the show. “I love wigs,” she added. “Our first couple of days on set were like playing dress up.”
As for a future “Scrubs” project? As she told Variety, Chalke isn’t opposed to a reunion.
John C. McGinley took on a role in Brooklyn Nine-Nine
John C. McGinley wasn’t a stranger to success before he played Dr. Cox on “Scrubs” (he memorably played one of the Bobs in “Office Space”), so it makes sense that he’s seen lots of success since the show ended. According to IMDb, he brought the sarcastic and sassy Dr. Cox to life for 182 episodes and has since appeared in tons of projects — from “Burn Notice” and “Chicago P.D.” to “42” and “Benched.” McGinley is also stealing the show in the final season of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” as the hilarious Frank O’Sullivan. The actor spoke about his “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” character in an interview with TV Insider, joking, “I thought Frank O’Sullivan was Archie Bunker meets Yosemite Sam, and nothing says McGinley like Archie Bunker meets Yosemite Sam.”
Beyond his work, McGinley is also keeping busy with his big family. He has three children that likely always keep him on his toes.
Judy Reyes is getting away from the ‘sassy’ roles
Judy Reyes was amazing on “Scrubs” as the sassy, nosy nurse Carla Espinosa. So amazing, in fact, that she won awards. As reported on her IMDb page, the actress won two ALMA Awards for her work on the sitcom. Unfortunately, Reyes, Zach Braff, and the show’s creator left “Scrubs” at the end of Season 8, citing salary issues. She explained the choice in an interview with The Globe (via Digital Spy), saying, “Their salaries exceed the budget . so do their ambitions. Mine do too.”
After leaving “Scrubs,” Reyes stretched her acting legs and tried on other characters. “Achieving success playing the sassy nurse on ‘Scrubs’ was the most amazing thing in terms of generating the career that I have,” the actress revealed to Shondaland. “It makes money for people. It makes money for me. But I still want to be able to play something else.” The actress worked hard to break away from the “sassy” stereotype with roles in works like “Devious Maids,” “Claws,” “Jane the Virgin,” and “One Day at a Time,” as per IMDb.
Ken Jenkins is keeping busy on film and TV
Ken Jenkins played the oh-so-grumpy and hilarious Dr. Kelso on “Scrubs.” As Chief of Medicine, Dr. Kelso was always making important decisions and, much to the delight of fans, was rarely without an entertaining love affair. Jenkins brought Dr. Kelso to life for 178 episodes of the sitcom between 2001 and 2010, as per IMDb. The actor had many great roles in his years before “Scrubs” — from Mike Sloan in “Homefront” to Pastor Neil in “Beverly Hills, 90210” — and he’s still staying busy.
After finishing “Scrubs,” Jenkins had a recurring role as Chick in the TV show “Cougar Town,” as listed on his IMDb page. He also appeared in “Black-ish,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” and “Girls Weekend.” He’s also voiced characters in “Gravity Falls” and “Harvey Beaks.” Still, despite his many roles since “Scrubs” ended, fans still love Jenkins as Dr. Kelso.
Neil Flynn fronted a popular sitcom after Scrubs
Many would argue that Neil Flynn as Janitor was the best part of “Scrubs.” After all, Flynn brought audiences countless laughs with his antics as the ever-unnamed character. He even brought the lines. According to an interview with Movieline, Flynn was given a lot of license to improvise his dialogue as Janitor. “Knowing that the scene was open-ended and being on the show as long as we had, they knew that we’d be able to come up with something on the set,” Flynn revealed. “Very early on, we were comfortable altering the dialogue a little bit. Bill Lawrence, the creator, was all for it. He joked that if it was funnier, he’d get the credit.”
What has Flynn been up to since taking off his coveralls for the last time? Working his funny butt off. The busy actor starred in the sitcom “The Middle” for nine years and 215 episodes, as per IMDb, and in 2020, he lent his voice to the Man Steel’s adopted father in “Superman: Man of Tomorrow.”
Sam Lloyd died in 2020
Sam Lloyd played the often sad but always endearing Ted on “Scrubs” for 95 episodes, according to IMDb. As the hospital’s lawyer, Ted served as the comedic punching bag for his boss, Dr. Kelso, but was still able to make friends with most of the other staff. After leaving “Scrubs” in 2009, the actor added many more credits to his resume, including appearances in “Cougar Town,” “The Middle,” “Shameless,” and “Modern Family.”
Sadly, as reported by Variety, Lloyd died in May of 2020 from lung cancer complications. He was 56 years old. “The overwhelming outpouring of love and sharing your stories about working with or knowing Sam keeps his memory alive and our hearts strong,” his wife, Vanessa, told Variety. “Sam loved his work. I want to continue his legacy, and hope to share some of the beautiful songs he was working on for his musical and our son, Weston.”
Christa Miller is still close with Zach Braff
No sitcom is complete without a bitter ex-wife, and Christa Miller filled that role perfectly on “Scrubs” as the indifferent Jordan Sullivan — the ex of Dr. Perry Cox. In real life, however, the actress has a happy marriage with Bill Lawrence, the creator of “Scrubs.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lawrence and Miller have three children. And, though Lawrence is the boss at work, Miller is in charge at home. “At work, Bill is this really dynamic, talented guy. Whatever he says, he has my rapt attention,” Miller told the publication. “But at home, I’ve never met anyone as dumb as Bill.”
After “Scrubs” ended, Miller continued working with her husband on shows like “Cougar Town” and “Undateable,” as per her IMDb page. The actress is also still very close with her “Scrubs” costars. For example, her Instagram page is full of snaps of her and Zach Braff, like one picture she posted of them with the caption, “Happy Birthday kind, funny, always there for me, best friend.”
Scrubs star Robert Maschio is on Cameo
Robert Maschio stole scenes on “Scrubs” as the very immature and hilariously jock-like surgeon Todd. According to his IMDb page, the actor played Todd for 127 very memorable episodes. Since finishing the sitcom, Maschio seems to have stepped back from acting. His IMDb page does list a few credits, like small appearances in shows like “Bones,” “Cougar Town,” and “Undateable,” as well as movies like “A Hollywood Heist” and “Lethal Seduction,” but not many beyond that.
Why the break from acting? Maschio’s a real estate agent. He has his own real estate business, Rob Maschio Real Estate, and focuses on selling homes in the Los Angeles area with the business motto, “I love where I live, I sell what I know, there are no limits to how hard I can work for you.” But don’t worry, Todd fans — Maschio hasn’t fully let go of his “Scrubs” past. He has a Cameo page in which fans can request videos of him doing famous Todd catchphrases.
Aloma Wright is still working in TV
While “Scrubs” was mostly about the doctors at Sacred Heart hospital, the show also featured other healthcare professionals like nurses. One such nurse was Nurse Roberts, played by Aloma Wright. Nurse Roberts was a stalwart of Sacred Heart, always trying to inspire the doctors to do better. As per IMDb, Wright played Nurse Roberts through 2007 — Season 6 — when the character died in a car accident. The actress was also in episodes of later seasons as another nurse, Nurse Shirley, and made a brief appearance as Nurse Roberts in the show’s Season 8 finale dream sequence.
After leaving “Scrubs,” Wright stayed very busy in the entertainment world, collecting a wide range of credits in shows like “Private Practice,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Suits,” and “The Guest Book.” She’s also appeared in movies such as “More to Love” and “Baking Christmas,” according to IMDb. Also, as per a post on her Instagram page, she’s a great-grandma!
Johnny Kastl is a lawyer
Johnny Kastl played Dr. Doug Murphy on “Scrubs” from 2001 to 2009, according to IMDb. Dr. Murphy was best known for killing many of his patients — yikes! — which was probably why he was a supporting character only appearing in 49 episodes. However small the role, Kastl had a great time playing Dr. Murphy. “It was a lot of fun being on that set,” he told Chicago Tribune. “The writers were amazing, they were very gracious, they were so fun to be around.”
Despite how much fun he had on “Scrubs,” the actor didn’t spend much more time acting after he left the show. As per his IMDb page, Kastl only appeared in one more show after “Scrubs,” a TV series called “The Beast.” Instead of acting, he became a lawyer. According to his Chicago Tribune interview, Kastl left the entertainment business to focus on his family. “Law was always the end goal,” he explained. “When ‘Scrubs’ was winding down, we had reached a point where we wanted to have kids and it seemed like the right time for the exit strategy.”
Scrubs actor Travis Schuldt has a podcast
Travis Schuldt played the affable bro Keith on “Scrubs.” As per his IMDb page, the actor appeared in 39 episodes of the sitcom, doling out jokes and serving as part of a plot line for Sarah Chalke’s Elliot. Since leaving “Scrubs,” Schuldt’s been working steadily in TV and film, collecting small roles in a variety of projects from “Community” and “2 Broke Girls” to “General Hospital,” “Heathers,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and “Big Little Lies.”
The actor also has a successful podcast with his wife, Natalie Zea, called “Passions For Life.” The pair met while working on the TV drama “Passions” and, as per the podcast’s description, spend each episode revealing what it was like working on the TV show, detailing how they fell in love and, of course, being wildly entertaining. When he’s not working on his podcast or on a new role, Schuldt spends time with his daughter, who, according to E! News, was born in 2015.