Naya Rivera at an event

"Family Matters" was a popular American television sitcom that aired nine seasons from 1989 to 1997. The show, centered around a middle-class Black family living in Chicago, was a spin-off of the sitcom "Perfect Strangers," in which the Winslows were introduced — Harriette as an elevator operator and husband Carl a police officer. Although the sitcom achieved decent ratings in its first season, it wasn’t until the character of Steve Urkel, portrayed by Jaleel White, was introduced that the show really took off. Simply known as Urkel, the nerdy, accident-prone neighbor of the Winslows tripped his way into America’s heart with catchphrases like, "Did I do that?" and "Whoa, mama." In 1991 and 1992, Family Matters was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Comedy series and in 1997 White won the award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.

But it took more than one character to make this show a hit, and after nine seasons, America was entertained by dozens of talented actors who stepped onto the set and into the Winslows’ living room. Sadly, some of those famous faces are no longer delivering lines and laughs. So, keep reading as we pay tribute to those we lost from the show "Family Matters."

Ron Glass smiling
Rosetta LeNoire as Mother Winslow
Naya Rivera 2017 MS Gala
Sherman Hemsley 2004 TV Land Awards
Michelle Thomas as Myra on Family Matters
Johnny Brown as Pastor Fuller on Family Matters
Eddie Mekka at Thunder Valley Resort
Bubba Smith 1985
Donna Summer London 1986
Julius Carry as Oscar
Fred Willard Hollywood Christmas Parade 2003
Matt Landers in Die Hard