Before “Family Matters” Reginald VelJohnson has already made a name for himself playing cops in Hollywood films such as Ghostbusters and Turner & Hooch, and especially as Sgt. Al Powell in Die Hard. As an LAPD trooper who believes John McClain is innocent and helps him thwart Hans Gruber’s terrorist plans, VelJohnson is a huge part of the film’s heart. Since Family Matters, VelJohnson has continued to allow himself to pose cutely as typical characters, starring in several hit TV crime dramas, including The Monk, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Bones, and Diagnosis: Murder. He even reprized his role as sergeant. Al Powell in the Christmas episode “Chuck”.
In recent years, VelJohnson has made numerous television appearances on I’m in the Band, Tron: Uprising, Dixie Hart, 3Below: Tales of Arcadia, and Lazor Wolf. He also got more opportunities to return to his iconic characters by playing the role of Sgt. Al Powell in the video games Die Hard: Vendetta and Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza, as well as Funny or die short film “Die Hard at the Christmas Party with Reginald VelJohnson”. In 2021, he returned as David Sutton in the Disney+ series Turner & Hooch, becoming the only member of the original cast to appear.
In short, Reginald VelJohnson’s career has continued to evolve since the end of Family Matters, although fans were a little worried that it wouldn’t happen – in 2017 he was forced to publicly confirm via twitter that he did not die after it was announced online that he had suffered fatal cardiac arrest.