It’s a little wild and a little strange…
when you make your home out on the range.
So, start your horse and come along.
‘Cause you can’t get a ride if you can’t hold on.
Singin’ yippee kai aie ay. (Yippee kai aie what?)
Like the cowboys say. (Sing it again now.)
Yippee kai aie ay.
‘Till the break of day.
(You’d better watch out for those man-eating jackrabbits… And that killer cacti!)
What a wonderfully awesome show. What’s not to like? Six kids living it up on a the Bar None Ranch, working their summer away riding horses and tending to guests. Who can say they didn’t have a crush on the young Christine Taylor…and some of us even had a crush on a girl named Brad.
Shot in Tuscon, Arizona over the course of 2 years, there were a total of 65 episodes which were supposed to cover just one summer of the kid’s lives. There is an amazing website by photographer Chad Lau that showcases the location and its current condition.
It’s so sad when good shows come to an end…there are quite a few ending this season (LOST being one of my favorite). Again, another unfortunate side-effect of Geocities shutting down, most all of the information about Hey Dude is lost. I apologize for the lack of quality information and photos but here is what I could scrape up.
Mr. Benjamin Ernst – David Brisbin
The 58-year old has continued to act after the show. He was in Forrest Gump, Leaving Las Vegas, Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas, Erin Brockovich, The Adventures of Rock & Bullwinkle as well as many TV shows including The Wonder Years, Seinfeld, Ellen, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Melrose Place, The X Files, Boston Legal, Bones, Brothers & Sisters, NYPD Blue and most notably ER as Dr. Alexander Babcock.
He is married to actress Laura Innes (best known as Dr. Kerry Weaver on ER) and has two children, Cal (20 years old) and Mia (9 years old), who they adopted in 2002 from China.
Melody Hanson – Christine Taylor
The 38-year old is obviously the most famous Hey Dude alum. Since the show she has been in Zoolander, The Wedding Singer, The Brady Bunch Movie , A Very Brady Sequel, Desperate But Not Serious, Kiss Toledo Goodbye, Denial, The Craft, Overnight Delivery, Dedication, Licensed to Wed, Dodge Ball: A True Underdog Story and Tropic Thunder.
She has been on several other TV shows including Party Girl, Saved by the Bell, Seinfeld, Spin City, Friends, Ellen, Murphy Brown, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development.
For the past few years Taylor has served on the board and has been actively involved with Project A.L.S., an organization that raises funds toward finding a cure and treatments for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a fatal neuromuscular disease.
She is currently living in Los Angeles with her husband Ben Stiller who she has a 7-year old daughter, Ella Olivia, with.
Bradley “Brad” Taylor – Kelly Brown
After the show she pretty much stopped acting, got married, and started a family. She currently lives in upstate New York with her husband whom she has one child with.
Ted McGriff – David Lascher
After the show he continued to act in TV including work on Rosanne, Full House, Step By Step, Beverly Hills 90210, Blossom, Clueless, Veronica’s Closet and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
The 37-year old is currently living in Beverly Hills with is wife Jill and their two children.
In 2006 he did a parody skit of American Idol on Last Call with Carson Daly where he acted as Ryan Seacrest. He has a MySpace page.
Danny Lightfoot – Joe Torres
After the show he had a small role in Groove. We continued to live in Tucson, Arizona where he grew up and where Hey Dude was filmed. There have been various rumors floating around since 2004 that he died from liver disease brought on by alcoholism but those have been false claims.
He currently lives in New Jersey where he works at a Toyota Dealership as a car salesman.
Benjamin “Buddy” Ernst, Jr. – Josh Tygiel
After the show he did no further acting and there is no information about his current work.
Jack Decker – Jonathan Galkin
He currently lives in New York with his wife whom he has one son with. He has a blog here.