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‘Wings’ TV Show Cast Then and Now: Soaring Beyond Nantucket

From musical albums to blockbuster movies, see what the stars have been up to for the last 25 years!

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The Wings TV show cast gained a strong following and for good reason. As one of the quintessential sitcoms of the 1990s, Wings not only brought laughter into living rooms, but also introduced audiences to a charming ensemble cast. The premise of the show was simple: Brothers Brian and Joe Hackett attempt to run an airline on the New England island of Nantucket while surrounded by their various wacky friends and employees. The series ran from 1990-1997 and people still have good memories about this this warm-hearted feel-good comedy.

Here, we look back at the Wings TV show cast and what the stars are doing today.

Tim Daly as Joe Hackett

Tim Daly as Joe Hackett (Wings TV Show Cast)
1994/2023Jeff Kravitz / Contributor ; Monica Schipper / Staff

As the pragmatic and responsible older brother Joe Hackett, Tim Daly anchored the cast with his grounded performance. Since his days at Sandpiper Air, Daly has continued to make significant contributions to the entertainment industry.

Daly has maintained a prolific career in both film and television including The Sopranos (2002–2007), Private Practice (2007–2013) and Madam Secretary (2014–2019). He also lent his voice to various animated projects, most notably as the voice of Superman in multiple DC animated series and films.

Did you know?

Tim Daly is an accomplished pilot in real life, mirroring his character’s profession on Wings.

Steven Weber as Brian Hackett

Steven Weber as Brian Hackett (Wings TV Show Cast)
1995/2023 Evan Agostini / Contributor ; Tommaso Boddi / Stringer

As the charming yet unreliable younger brother Brian Hackett, actor Steven Weber was a fan favorite.

Post being in the Wings TV show cast, Weber has had a consistent presence on the small screen with roles in several series including The Shining (1997), Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006–2007) and NCIS: New Orleans (2014–2021). He also appeared in films including Single White Female (1992) and Jeffrey (1995).

Did you know?

Steven Weber is an accomplished voice actor, lending his voice to characters in animated series like Brotherly Love (1995–1997) and films like The Legend of Tarzan (2016).

Crystal Bernard as Helen Chapel

Crystal Bernard as Helen Chapel
1994/2004Vinnie Zuffante / Stringer ; Jon Kopaloff / Contributor

Crystal Bernard portrayed the character of Helen Chapel, the aspiring cellist entangled in a romantic dance with Joe Hackett. Her character endeared her to fans.

Post Wings cast, Bernard continued her television career with roles in A Face to Die For (1996), Sliders (1998–2000) and Strong Medicine (2000–2006).

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A talented singer-songwriter, Bernard released country music albums, showcasing her musical prowess beyond the acting realm. In fact, her musical talents were occasionally featured on Wings. In one episode, she performed a rendition of Danny’s Song, displaying the intersection of her on-screen and real-life passions.

Thomas Haden Church as Lowell Mather

Thomas Hayden Church as Lowell Mather
1996/2018 Walter McBride / Contributor ; Steve Zak Photography / Contributor

Lowell Mather was the amiable, but simple-minded airport mechanic on the show. Thomas Haden Church‘s endearing portrayal of Lowell made him an instant hit with audiences.  

Post show, Church received critical acclaim for his role in Sideways (2004), earning an Academy Award nomination. He also starred in films like Spider-Man 3 (2007) and Easy A (2010). He returned to the small screen with roles in series such as Broken Trail (2006) and Divorce (2016–2019).

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Before Wings, Thomas Haden Church had a successful stint as a radio personality. His voice work on the airwaves foreshadowed his later success in voice acting. He lent his voice to animated films like Charlotte’s Web (2006) and Over the Hedge (2006).

Tony Shalhoub as Antonio Scarpacci

Tony Shalhoub as Antonia Scarpacci
2000/2023 Getty

The character of Antonio Scarpacci was the friendly cab dispatcher played by actor Tony Shalhoub.

Post Wings, Shalhoub’s played the role of of Adrian Monk in the series Monk (2002–2009) earning him widespread acclaim, including multiple Primetime Emmy Awards. He also had success in Men in Black (1997), The Siege (1998), and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017–present). Additionally, he found fame on Broadway. He showcased his theatrical prowess by winning a Tony Award for his role in The Band’s Visit (2017).

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Tony Shalhoub’s performance in Wings as Antonio Scarpacci was initially intended to be a one-time guest appearance. However, his chemistry with the cast led to the character becoming a series regular.

Rebecca Schull as Fay Cochran

Rebecca Schull as Fay Cochran
2009/2011 Joe Kohen / Contributor ; Taylor Hill / Contributor

Fay Cochran was the lovable and quirky ticket counter attendant. Played by Rebecca Schull, she was popular with the audience and added a unique charm to the Wings cast.

After the show, Schull had guest appearances in series like Law & Order and The Sopranos. She also appeared in films such as Analyze This (1999) and Analyze That (2002). Additionally, she found success in the theater, performing on stages across the U.S.

Did you know?

Before her acting career, Rebecca Schull worked as a flight attendant, a profession that came in handy in her role as Fay Cochran on Wings.

David Schramm as Roy Biggins

David Schramm as Roy Biggins
2003/2015 Robin Platzer / Contributor ; Ron Adar / Contributor

The actor David Schramm played the role of Roy Biggins, the owner of a rival airline.

Schramm has guest-starred on numerous television series, including Miami Vice (1984), The Equalizer (1985) Spenser: For Hire (1985), Jake and the Fatman (1987) and Wiseguy (1987), He also provided the voice for one of the characters in the Disney animated series Hercules (1998).

Additionally, he had a leading role in PBS’s musical Cradle Will Rock (1999).

Schramm passed away in 2020 at the age of 73.

Did you know?

Schramm started his career in theater. He was getting stage roles while still a student at the Juilliard School, where he was a member of the first graduating class of the drama division.


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