Having made a name for herself as the smart-mouthed youngest daughter of the Keaton clan on "Family Ties" (NBC, 1982-89), actress Tina Yothers struggled like so many other child actors to make the tra...
|A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester||Actor||n/a||7|
|Your Place or Mine||Actor||n/a||7|
|Family Ties Vacation||Actor||Jennifer Keaton||7|
|It Shouldn't Hurt to Be a Kid||1987 1986 - 1987||Actor||Host||19877|
|The Laker Girls||1989 1988 - 1989||Actor||Tracy||19897|
|Andy Williams and the NBC Kids: Easter in Rome||1986 1985 - 1986||Actor||n/a||19867|
|Wife Swap||2013 2003 - 2013||Actor||Celebrity Wife||20137|
|The Cherokee Trail||1981 1980 - 1981||Actor||Peggy Breydon||19817|
|Videopolis||1987 1986 - 1987||Actor||n/a||19877|
|Crash Course||1987 1986 - 1987||Actor||Alice Santini||19877|
|Teen Win, Lose or Draw||1990 1987 - 1990||Actor||Guest||19907|
|Family Ties||1988 1981 - 1988||Actor||Jennifer Keaton||19887|
|Inside "Family Ties": Behind the Scenes of a Hit||1988 1987 - 1988||Actor||n/a||19887|
|Celebrity Fit Club||2009 2003 - 2009||Actor||n/a||20097|
|Disneyland's All-Star Comedy Circus||1988 1987 - 1988||Actor||n/a||19887|
|A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester||Actor||Claire Howard||7|
|Shoot the Moon||1982||Actor||Molly||19827|
|Domestic Life||1983 1982 - 1983||Actor||Sally Dwyer||19837|
|The Ninth Annual TV Land Awards||2010 2009 - 2010||Actor||Honoree||20107|
|Superstar American Gladiators||1994 1993 - 1994||Actor||(NBC)||19947|
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|Battle of the Network Stars XIX||1988 1987 - 1988||Actor||NBC Team Member||19887|
|The Tenth Annual Circus of the Stars||1985 1984 - 1985||Actor||n/a||19857|
|100 Greatest Kid Stars||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||Interviewee||20047|
|TV Land Awards 2006||2005 2004 - 2005||Actor||n/a||20057|
The daughter of TV/film producer Robert Yothers, Tina was born on May 5, 1973 in Whittier, CA. Like her three brothers, Jeff, Randy and Cory, Yothers began acting in commercials as a toddler. Due to her on-set duties, she was never able to attend high school. After landing commercials for Bell Telephone, Doritos and McDonald's, the young blonde actress moved it up a notch and began landing small film and TV roles, leading up to her performance in the feature film, "Shoot the Moon" (1982). Shortly thereafter, Yothers was cast as Jennifer Keaton on "Family Ties." For the bulk of the series, Yothers played the youngest of three teenage children of former hippies, Steven (Michael Gross) and Elyse (Meredith Baxter Birney) Keaton. Her role was largely as the petulant, know-it-all youngest sister of older siblings Alex (Michael J. Fox) and Mallory (Justine Bateman). Although the show was a family sitcom, it focused specifically on two contrasts: the politically conservative Alex vs. the liberal Keaton- parents and, to a lesser extent, the vapid Mallory vs. the rest of the intellectual Keaton clan.
By 1987, the show was losing steam, so producers tapped some new storylines, including adding a new Keaton child to the brood. Unseated as the family's youngest sibling, Yothers' Jennifer became big sis to baby brother Andy (Brian Bonsall). Although the new addition received its fair share of press, the family sitcom never regained its popularity from its glory years, ending its run with much fanfare in 1989. After "Family Ties" closed up shop, Yothers landed a few roles, but nothing of consequence. Other than occasional appearances as herself, her last televised role was in "A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester," (NBC, 1995). Around this time, she not only dyed her natural blonde locks to jet black, she shifted her focus away from acting and enjoyed a slight degree of success in music. One of her bands toured with the Latin teen group, Menudo. Later, she sang lead in the band Jaded, which featured her brother Cory on keyboards, and released one album.
In 2004, Yothers played the title role in "Lovelace: The Musical," a musical adaptation of the life of former "Deep Throat" (1972) porn star, Linda Lovelace. The return to acting sparked a stint at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater in Boca Raton, FL, where she performed from 2005-07. During that time, she appeared on the fourth season of "Celebrity Fit Club (VH1, 2005-2010), following the birth of her second child with husband and electrical contractor, Robert Kaiser. With her taste whetted for more, Yothers participated in the American debut of "Celebrity Wife Swap" (ABC, 2012- ), where she changed places with diva-esque comedian Niecy Nash.
|Robert Kaiser||Husband||announced engagement in early 2002; married in 2002|
|Lilly Kaiser||Daughter||born c. 2005; father, Robert Kaiser|
|Jake Kaiser||Son||born September 24, 2007; father, Robert Kaiser|
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