Not everyone can change their career path and still be successful, especially if the former gave them fame and fortune but Staci Keanan is one person who was able to leave the famous and luxurious life of Hollywood and was still able to fit into normal everyday life. Staci Keanan is a US-based legal practitioner and ex-actor who gained widespread popularity for portraying the character of Nicole Bradford in the family drama My Two Dads, as well as Dana Foster in Step by Step.
The amazing lawyer took the American movie industry by surprise when she abandoned her acting career and opted out to practice law instead. Prior to making the life-changing decision, Staci first made waves in the world of entertainment as a model, featuring in radio and TV commercials and as an actress, she was recognized with many awards including a Young Artist Award. Though she is presently making rounds in the media as a successful attorney, she will always be remembered for her efforts as a model and actress.
After Kickstarting Her Modeling Career As a Kid, Staci Keanan Took To Acting In Her Teen Years
Staci Keanan is a well-known former child actor and model. When she was only five years old she put to a start her modeling career and featured in various publications, radio and TV commercials which includes her voicing the character of My Little Pony and appearing in an advert for the hamburger fast food restaurant, Burger King and for the chocolate brand, Hershey Kisses.
When she became a teenager, Keanan along with her mother and sister relocated to New York City where she dropped the name Staci Keanan and took up the name Staci Love. She joined the American theater company, Summer Stock Theatre where she featured in various stage productions. She scored roles in musical theaters such as Annie, Miss Lulu Bett, The King and I, Georgia Avenue, and Gypsy.
She additionally had roles in a handful of plays, as she portrayed Young Evelyn in Sunset Park, Diane Bellini in Moment in the Sun, and Janet in Red Flags. Staci then made her TV debut with I’ll Take Manhattan in 1987 and subsequently played a titular role in Lisa (1990) after having her career breakthrough in the late 1980s.
Playing Nicole Bradford Ushered Her To Stardom
After making her first acting appearance in I’ll Take Manhattan, Staci landed her break-out role in the family sitcom, My Two Dads where she portrayed the character of Nicole Bradford – a teenage girl whose two dads competed for her love, from 1987 to 1990. For her performance in the NBC sitcom that aired for three seasons, the former actress won a Young Artist Award for Best Actress Starring in a New Television Comedy Series and equally took home Sixteen Magazine’s Top TV Newcomer Award, as well as the Youth In Film Award.
Staci Keanan additionally heightened her fame with her portrayals in the ABC sitcom Going Places (1990-1991) as Lindsay Bowen and the ABC/CBS TV series Step By Step as Dana Foster (1990-1998). She further left a mark in Hollywood with her outstanding performance in the Christian drama film, Sarah’s Choice directed by Chad Kapper. She played Denise in the movie which also stars Rebecca St. James who is a contemporary Christian singer and songwriter, Logan White, Dick Van Patten, Brad Stine (Christian comedian), and Charlene Tilton.
The film tells the story of a lady who found out she was pregnant in the doctor’s office and was considering having an abortion before meeting a mysterious lady who gave her a card and told her that the Lord will give her three visions which would make her reconsider her decision to abort the pregnancy. The film aired on the Trinity Broadcasting Network in February 2010.
She Made Her Last Acting Appearance In 2017
Prior to her disappearance from the cinemas, Keanan featured in several acting projects. After starring in Lisa in 1990, she appeared in a short film titled Skooled and later in Ski Head and The Red Coat in 1995. Two years later, she featured as Ever in Nowhere and then played Dana Foster in an episode of the TV series, Boy Meets World. She further played minor roles in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1997), Cybill (1998), and Diagnostics Murder.
In 2004, Staci Keanan was cast as Jamie in Stolen Poem, followed by Rachel Wilson in Hidden Secrets in the year 2006. Then in 2010, she had roles in three films namely, Holyman Undercover, You Again, and Death and Creamation. The former model later featured as herself in the TV miniseries, Lovin’ Lakin in 2012 before making what happened to be her last acting appearance in Hollywood Darlings in 2017, as she is said to have retired from acting and solely focused on her legal practice.
The Former Actress Currently Works As a Deputy District Attorney
Keanan, a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles attained her law degree and became a legal practitioner after attending Southwestern Law School. In the year 2013, she was called to the State Bar of California and then began working as an attorney full-time in Los Angeles, California under the name, Anastasia Sagorsky.
Soon after she was admitted to Bar, Staci started working as a prosecutor and got associated with the office of the Riverside County District Attorney that manages cases of a felony that involve violent crime and death. She then climbed through ranks in her chosen career field in the year 2019 when she was made Deputy District Attorney. She presently works in the office of the Los Angeles County District Attorney.
Staci Keanan Married An Actor, Filmmaker In 2017
Staci Keanan found love in the arms of fellow actor Guy Birtwhistle whom she is presently married to. The pair professed their wedding vows to each other in the presence of their families and friends on February 11, 2017. They are yet to have kids.
Staci Keanan’s husband, Guy Birtwhistle is a well-known actor and producer who has been active in the film industry for over a decade. He first came to the limelight for playing Rev. Robert Hunt in the 2007 TV film, First Landing, and subsequently appeared in Close Shave (2007), Hooking Up (2009), and Leo (2010). Also in 2010, he was cast in Let’s Talk, Max, Holyman Undercover, and Passenger. He further featured in Love at First Heist in 2012 before playing his best-known roles of Alistair in Alistair1918 (2015) and Skully in Grime Town (2016).
As a producer, Birtwhistle has been involved in the production of many films and series including Close Shave, Speed Relationship-ing, Hooking Up, Night Music, Waking Sonya, Love at First Heist, Alistair1918, and Grime Town. For his work in Waking Sonya, Staci’s better half won the Dances With Films Grand Jury Award.