Mar 26, 2018

Danny Ponce after Hogan

Danny Ponce was arguably the heartthrob of The Hogan Family (1986-1991), surpassing Jason Bateman in the number of first gay crushes he elicited, and in the number of teen magazine shots featuring glimpses of his increasingly muscular physique.

But he was a busy child star before Hogan, with roles on Happy Days, Family Ties, Hunter, and Hotel, as well as a 3-year stint as Jason Avery on Knots Landing (1983-86).

Since Hogan, he's remained close friends with his tv brother Jeremy Licht.  They were best men at each other's weddings.

He's muscled up.

He now goes by Dan Ponce, although that means that the Internet Movie Database mistakes him for the Dan Ponce who founded the "Straight, No Chaser" a capella group and now works for WGN in Chicago (no relation).

Although Dan isn't a superstar anymore, he's had some substantial movie roles.  Man of the Year (2002)  was particularly memorable, the story of a "Man of the Year" celebration for business ex Bill (John Ritter) with the dialogue entirely improv.

And he occasionally returns to his comedy roots on tv:

On the "My Urologist" episode of Scrubs as a member of the Greasers musical group who points out that Elliott is "square."

On the "Hundred Dollar Baby" episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, as a guy who gets beat up by Charlie and Dee.


  1. Is it weird that I was a kid during this time and I assumed "after Hogan" referred to Hulk Hogan? I was more of a Ric Flair fan anyway.

    An a capella group not named after a music pun. (If I had a nickel for every C Sharps...) What's next?

  2. Holy cow!!! I couldn't believe that was Danny Ponce of The Hogan Family/Valerie fame.
    Whatever happened to his costar Jeremy Licht?

    1. According to his fan page, Jeremy Licht runs a financial planning company in L.A. Both Jeremy and Danny are married to women.

  3. I don't know if you know this, but Danny Ponce joined the Navy in Feb. 1992. He wanted to be a SEAL, but couldn't run without passing out. I met him during duty in the mess hall. Seemed pretty humble.


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