List of Full House characters
Jesse Katsopolis (portrayed by John Stamos) (last name in season one was Cochran, but was changed reportedly due to John Stamos wanting his character to better reflect his Greek heritage) is Danny's brother-in-law, Pam's younger brother; as well as husband to Rebecca Donaldson and father to twins Nicky and Alex. He did not like his birth name, 'Hermes', so when he was young, he changed his name to Jesse, thinking that one had to have a 'cool name' to be in the in-crowd. In contrast with Danny, Jesse is portrayed as being irresponsible most of the time, but is occasionally a responsible adult when a responsible adult is needed.(such as when he discovers Stephanie's classmate is a child abuse victim [in the episode "Silence is Not Golden" [6.17]). Jesse is revealed as a high school dropout, though in an earlier plot about a high school reunion, he mentions not wearing his cap to his graduation because he didn't want to mess up his hair. Jesse first moves into the house with virtually no experience in taking care of young children or babies, but starts to learn. In the first season, Jesse works for his father Nick's exterminating business before leaving to pursue work in advertising, frequently working with Joey. He later works with Joey as co-hosts of an afternoon show called The Rush Hour Renegades. Further along in the series, Jesse becomes the new owner of The Smash Club. Although he was shown to be a sports fan as well as a good player in the earlier seasons, it is revealed in later seasons that Jesse hated all sports (especially basketball) and was a poor player. Jesse's main passion is music, and struggles to "hit it big" with his band, Jesse and the Rippers (in the earlier part of the series). However, his increasing responsibilities to his family, radio job, and a club owner, lead his band members to kick him out of the band (in season eight's premiere "Comet's Excellent Adventure"), which subsequently leads him to start a new band.
Daniel Ernest Tanner (portrayed by Bob Saget, John Posey in the unaired pilot) is left with three young daughters to raise after his wife, Pam, dies from a car accident caused by a drunk driver. At the beginning of the series, he works as a sportscaster for Channel 8 News. He is chosen (in season two) to be a co-host for the station's new morning talk show, Wake Up, San Francisco, with Rebecca Donaldson. While Rebecca is on maternity leave, Danny ends up falling in love with her co-host replacement, Vicky Larson. The two of them begin dating and later become engaged. However, Vicky ended up getting her dream job of anchoring network news in Chicago, but a long distance relationship didn't work for either of them, so they break up. Much of the humor surrounding Danny's character comes from his obsession with cleaning and cleanliness. Danny can often be found cleaning for cleaning's sake, sometimes even cleaning his cleaning products. He says the family motto is "clean is good, dirt is bad". Danny views spring cleaning like Christmas. His quirkiness and generally "unhip dad" personality are also targets for humor. He is a skilled pool, dart player and guitarist. Like most other characters, he generally cannot stand Kimmy Gibbler. Danny also has one brother and one sister along with his parents being divorced. Unlike his brother-in-law Jesse, Danny has a taste for 70's Disco music. One of his favorite songs is Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry.
Joseph (Joey) Alvin Gladstone (portrayed by Dave Coulier) is the childhood best friend of Danny Tanner, and adulthood best friend of Jesse Katsopolis. Joey moved in with Danny shortly after the death of Danny's wife, Pam, to help raise D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle. Joey works as a stand-up comedian, whose act usually includes imitations of cartoon-character voices such as Popeye, Bullwinkle, Pepe LePew and many more. Joey initially slept in the alcove of Danny's living room. However, after complaining of not being able to find privacy, Danny reconstructs his basement garage into a bedroom for him.
Although there was some tension between Joey and Jesse when they first move in with the Tanners, they quickly become good friends to the point where Jesse asks Joey to be his best-man at his wedding. Jesse also insists his children call Joey, "Uncle Joey" as a sign of respect Joey usually handles the day-to-day raising of the kids by doing chores like making meals, driving the kids to school appointments, and after school activities, taking care of Michelle as a baby, and helping the kids with their homework. Joey also buys D.J. her first car for her 16th birthday. Joey has held various jobs in addition to his work as a stand-up comic. For a while, Joey and Jesse run an advertising business, JJ Advertising. They compose jingles for products and direct TV and Radio commercials. They are also partners in a successful afternoon radio show called, "Rush Hour Renegades" on FM KFLH 95. Joey's most successful job was portraying "Ranger Joe," on an afternoon children's variety TV show. Ranger Joe's sidekick is his wise-cracking woodchuck marionette puppet "Mr. Woodchuck" (first seen in "The Legend of Ranger Joe" and last seen in "Michelle Rides Again").
Donna Jo Margaret Tanner (portrayed by Candace Cameron) is Danny and Pam's oldest child. D.J. attends Frasier Street Elementary, Van Atta Junior High and Bayview High School (through the show's whole run). D.J. is typically the sister who acts the most practical, and often gives advice to her younger sisters. She shares a room with Stephanie at the beginning, later to switch with Michelle (in season five) for privacy reasons. Even though she sometimes bickers with her sisters, she deeply cares for them. As D.J. went into middle school, she started to deal with more serious issues like puberty and dating. She has her first serious relationship with Steve Hale (first introduced in season five), who later becomes a real fixture in her life (and an official cast member beginning in season six) when their characters return from a summer abroad in Spain. Their relationship lasts until they break up in season seven when they realize that the passion in the relationship is gone, but agree to remain friends. D.J. has on-and-off relationships (during the show's final season) with guitarist Viper (a new addition to Jesse's band) and rich kid Nelson, but both relationships do not last. In the series finale, Steve shows up at the Tanner house to take D.J. to her Senior Prom and they share a kiss. Her best friend throughout the show was next-door neighbor Kimmy Gibbler, who was the complete opposite of D.J in every way. In season eight, D.J. gets accepted to UC Berkeley and it is implied she will go to college there after graduating high school (after she was rejected from Stanford University, her first choice).
Stephanie Judith Tanner (portrayed by Jodie Sweetin) is the sarcastic middle child of Danny and Pam, the younger sister of D.J., and the older sister of Michelle. Her mother died when she was five. Her catchphrases include: "How rude!," "Well, pin a rose on your nose!," and "Hot dog," (in the early years). She was a big tomboy in seasons four and five. Stephanie loves spying on D.J.'s life by reading her diary and eavesdropping on her telephone calls, and is generally the most athletic and nosiest of the Tanner girls. Her best friends in school are Gia Mahan and Mickey. Of the three sisters, Stephanie has dealt with the toughest issues, such as smoking, "make-out" parties, joy riding, and witnessing child abuse (a friend), as well as the death of her mother when she was only five. In her early years, she is very sentimental about Mr. Bear, a stuffed animal that her mother gave her after Michelle was born. She and Jesse are the most abrasive when it comes to how they feel about Kimmy Gibbler. In season 2 Stephanie calls Kimmy "Kimmy gimbal burger".
Michelle Elizabeth Tanner (played by twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen), is Danny and Pam's youngest daughter. Danny is more overprotective of Michelle than the other girls. Michelle was just a baby when Pam died (as a result, she does not remember her mom). Jesse and Joey's misadventures in taking care of her when she was a baby provided a great deal of humor. Once Michelle started to grow up, she became the focus of more story lines. Her best friends, Teddy and Denise, appear frequently in later seasons. She also has other friends, such as Derek Boyd, Lisa Leeper, and bossy Aaron Bailey, who Michelle has a bittersweet friendship with. Her favorite toys (in earlier seasons) are Barney, a plush bear who hangs on the wall above her bed, and her stuffed pig. It is apparent that Jesse is somewhat closer to her than her sisters, and he gives her nicknames such as "Munchkin", "Shorty" and "Rugrat". She is known for her many recurring phrases such as "You got it, dude!", "You're in big trouble, mister!", "Oh, puh-lease!", "Aw, nuts!", "Duh!", and "No way, José!"
Rebecca Donaldson (later Katsopolis; portrayed by Lori Loughlin), is the sarcastic, practical, but very loving and well-educated woman who becomes the wife of Jesse. Becky was born in Valentine, Nebraska and decided to pursue journalism as a career while in high school. She was reluctant to admit her feelings for Jesse at first, but she eventually falls in love with him. They almost elope in Lake Tahoe at the end of season two, but backed out when Becky realized that she and Jesse weren't really ready to get married. They eventually get married (in season four) on Valentine's Day. Becky, along with living with the Tanners, helps to transform Jesse, although she still teases him about his obsession with his hair and love of Elvis. She is also a mother figure to the girls at times; most prominently giving advice to D.J. as she becomes a teenager. Becky gives birth to twin boys Nicholas and Alexander on Michelle's fifth birthday. She and Jesse name Alexander after a teacher who inspired her to become a journalist and Nicholas after Jesse's father. Becky is the co-host of Wake Up, San Francisco and is offered the role of producer of that show (in season eight).
Kimberly Louise "Kimmy" Gibbler (portrayed by Andrea Barber, recurring since season one and added to the main credits in season five) is D.J.'s best friend and the Tanners' annoying next-door neighbor. She is known for her particularly smelly feet, and also known to be addicted to shopping. Kimmy and D.J. have temporarily ended their friendship multiple times during the show's run, but always end up making up and forgiving each other. Most of the Tanner family cannot stand her (Danny, Stephanie and Jesse are especially annoyed by her, with Stephanie often making jabs at her lack of intelligence and other unusual quirks). She is often known to be a bad student in school, and copied D.J.'s homework during most of the early seasons. Kimmy is the subject of a recurring gag in the series, regarding her terrible foot odor, which becomes noticeable to other people mainly once she removes her shoes; Kimmy also becomes aware of this in a scene in the season seven episode "The Apartment", in which she accidentally grabs one of her shoes while searching for her phone when Danny calls her to find out the whereabouts of D.J. (who had fallen asleep on her boyfriend Steve's couch while watching a movie in his apartment).
In the episode where it is the grand opening of The Smash Club, Jesse and Kimmy get locked in a closet, after Jesse breaks the door handle, and Kimmy finally tells Jesse how much it hurts when he and the Tanners pick on her. He finally tries to stop picking on her and tells the Tanners to try to stop picking on her, but in later episodes they end up doing it again, but she never seems to mind it anymore.
Kimmy's only serious relationship was with a boy named Duane (introduced in season 8), who's very air-headed and only was known to say "whatever". Ironically, he was shown to have a fondness for Shakespeare's works as he quoted a line from Shakespeare's 18th sonnet, passionately. During her senior year of high school, Kimmy briefly considers marrying Duane in Reno because she got rejected from all the colleges she applied to, and is afraid that D.J. will go off to school and forget her. But D.J. tells her that she will always be her best friend no matter what. In the series finale, she tries to find D.J. a blind date for prom, and ends up surprising her with her ex-boyfriend Steve instead.
Steven "Steve" Hale (originally introduced as Steve Peters) is D.J's first steady boyfriend (portrayed by Scott Weinger). He joins the cast as an official member in season six, though he made an appearance in a season five episode where he takes D.J. to the movies. Steve is two years older than D.J. and a star member of the high school wrestling team. He is accepted to a party school in Florida, but decides to go to a local community college in order to improve his grades and continue his relationship with D.J. They go to Steve's prom where he is elected Prom King. He and D.J. break up towards the end of season seven after they realize their relationship was not as passionate as it used to be, but stay friends. His last appearance as a regular character is in the season seven finale "A House Divided", in which he makes a brief appearance. He disappears from the show and is never seen or mentioned again until he makes a brief cameo at the end of the series finale the following year to take D.J. to her senior prom.
Nicky and Alex Katsopolis
Nicholas and Alexander Katsopolis, (played by Blake & Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit) are the twin sons of Jesse and Becky Katsopolis. They share a birthday with Michelle as shown in "Happy Birthday, Babies". They have blonde hair and are fun-loving toddlers, with minor distinctions between them. Nicky is more quiet and sweet, while Alex is more outspoken and mischievous. They often repeat each other, as regular twins usually do. When the twins are born in "Happy Birthday, Babies", both Jesse and Becky get to pick a name for the twins. Alex is named after Becky's high school teacher who inspired her to go into journalism, while Jesse chose to name Nicky after his father for giving him great hair.
- Vicky Larson (played by Gail Edwards) is Danny's girlfriend and (briefly) fiancée. Vicky is very focused on her career, which proves to be the undoing in her long-distance relationship with Danny. They meet, and start dating while Vicky is filling in for Becky (who is on maternity leave) on Wake Up, San Francisco. Later, Danny insists that she take a job in Chicago doing the news that she was offered once Becky returns ("Play It Again, Jesse"), and that starts a long-distance relationship (that goes from early season six to mid-season seven. Danny eventually proposes to her while the family is at Disney World. However, Vicky later gets her dream job – anchoring the network news in New York – so she cannot come to live with Danny and his family in San Francisco, nor is Danny able to uproot his family in California. Therefore, to the dismay of themselves and Danny's family, they have a mutual breakup and she is not seen again. Vicky often gives advice, such as helping D.J. with her relationship with Steve, and helping Danny to deal with it and being a motherly figure to D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle.
- Gia Mahan (played by Marla Sokoloff) is Stephanie's archenemy (in season seven), who later becomes her best friend (in season eight). She is considered Stephanie's Kimmy, for she also leads Stephanie into dangerous or not-smart situations. Stephanie got involved in a small number of wild, irresponsible things because of Gia such as make-out parties and (almost) smoking. Conversely, Stephanie was also a positive influence on Gia. During an unknown time when her parents had been through a divorce, Gia is shown as a cigarette-smoking, rebellious teen with horrible grades. She is two years older than Stephanie, as she was held back in school. Viewers learn (as of early season eight) that because of Stephanie, Gia has stopped smoking, became more respectful, improved her grades, and lost her inclination to play pranks on other people.
- Teddy (played by Tahj Mowry) is Michelle’s best friend. He made his debut on his and Michelle's first day of kindergarten after Joey told Michelle that the best way to make new friends was by being funny, and doing a Bullwinkle impression. He accompanies her when she needs a "date" to sneak out and join Danny on a date with Vicky (mid-season five). He is also the one whose house Michelle runs away to (later that season). He moves to Amarillo, Texas in "The Long Goodbye", but when his father's job moves him back to San Francisco, he returns. He and Michelle even consider trying to be boyfriend and girlfriend in third grade in "Dateless in San Francisco", but find that it's no fun for children their age.
- Denise Frazer (played by Jurnee Smollett) is Michelle's later best friend. She replaces Teddy as Michelle's best friend after Teddy moves to Texas. Denise, like Teddy before her, often gets Michelle into trouble. Later (episode "Be Your Own Best Friend" in season seven), Teddy moves back to San Francisco, leaving Michelle to choose between him and Denise for whom to portray as her best friend. Danny makes her understand that it is possible to have more than one best friend. Michelle, Teddy, and Denise all become each other's best friends. Also it is revealed that Denise's uncle is Little Richard (who guest starred in "Too Little Richard Too Late" in season seven).
- Aaron Bailey (played by Miko Hughes) is Michelle's recurring and longest running classmate. He is the typical class bully, who tends to be annoying and rude at times. He pinches Michelle in one episode when they are in preschool and Jesse tells Michelle to fight back. When the teacher punishes them, Jesse takes Michelle home. While that behavior does not continue, his obnoxious ways continue throughout the series. In other episodes, he treats Jesse as an equal or underlying rival. Plus he also creates trouble for D.J. and Kimmy when they have boys over while Kimmy is babysitting. Danny even remarks (in season seven) that they are watching Aaron for several days "until his regular babysitter stops twitching." He is sometimes seen being nice to Michelle.
- Derek S. Boyd (played by Blake McIver Ewing) is one of Michelle's friends (eight episodes throughout seasons 6-8). Michelle first meets Derek (in the episode "The Play's the Thing") when he gets the role of Yankee Doodle in their school play, America the Beautiful. Though Michelle is initially jealous of Derek for winning the part over her (due in no small part to the fact that both of her sisters played Yankee Doodle), she helps him recover from stage-fright, and they eventually become friends. Derek is very educated and well-spoken for a boy of his age, though also a bit on the wimpy side. He also shows signs of being a bit obsessive-compulsive. As shown in several episodes, he is also a very talented singer. He says he blends in with his surroundings.
- Lisa Leeper (played by Kathryn Zaremba) is one of Michelle's friends (featured in six episodes during the final season), and it is revealed that she is an extremely good singer when she sings the song "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with Derek.
- Nelson (played by Jason Marsden) is a recurring character (during season eight) who is very wealthy, and who dates D.J. on-and-off for some time. Not much is revealed about Nelson's background or family, aside from the fact that he is very rich, and often throws and attends big parties on yachts. Though (toward the end of season eight), he mentions that his cousin, Regina, is visiting America from England, and he sets Joey up with her on a date. Toward the latter stages of his "relationship" with D.J., he gets into a "tug-of-war" with Viper to be D.J.'s boyfriend.
- Claire Tanner (portrayed by Alice Hirson) is Danny's mother. She helped Danny with the girls in the first few months after the death of Danny's wife, Pam. She was in the episodes: "Our Very First Show" and "The Return of Grandma", and (by Doris Roberts) in "Granny Tanny".
- Nick Katsopolis (played by John Aprea) is Jesse and Pam's father. He is an avid fan of Elvis Presley, just like Jesse. Also, like his son, he is very much interested in his hair and ladies (according to him in the season two episode "Our Very First Christmas Show", "there are two things Katsopolis men are known for: kissing and great hair"). He owns his own business, in which he is a bug exterminator. He met his wife, Irene, the day that Elvis was drafted. Nick was a strict but loving father. In the episode, "D.J.'s Day Off" it is mentioned that he would punish Jesse severely. This combination is also seen in the episode "It Is Not My Job", when Jesse quits the extermination business Nick responds with: "If you're out of the business, you're out of the family." Later on, he explains this by saying that he did not build up the business to sell it to a stranger. Also, his love for his family is shown by the fact that Irene bringing in Michelle curbed his anger. When Michelle was getting ready to do a TV commercial for marshmallows (the season two episode "El Problema Grande de D.J"), he remarked that Michelle looked like a little blonde version of the redhead he likes on the TV show Gilligan's Island, which was revealed to be Tina Louise by Irene. In honor of inheriting Nick's hair, Jesse names one of his twin sons after him. Nicky and Alex never interact with their grandparents onscreen like the girls have, as Nick and Irene are last seen in season four.
- Irene Katsopolis (played by Yvonne Wilder, and by Rhoda Gemignani in "The Return of Grandma") is Jesse and Pam's mother, and the wife of Nick Katsopolis. She often talked about diapering Jesse's "tushy", and touched his and other people's "tushies", which made Jesse mad. She often mentioned how she is older than Nick, and her passion for younger men (which makes Nick feel inferior at times).
- Stavros (played by John Stamos in a dual role) is Jesse's swarthy, greasy, woman-crazed Greek look-alike cousin. He tries to pick up on Becky, who at that time is Jesse's wife (in the episode "Kissing Cousins" in season seven).
- Wendy Tanner (played by Darlene Vogel) is Danny's sister, who is an avid animal enthusiast, and works at a zoo. She owns a chimpanzee named Ginger, and is known to have had somewhat of a rivalry with Joey in their childhood, but when she comes back to San Francisco, she and Joey have a brief relationship after they both revealed themselves to have "secret crushes" on each other. It is also revealed that she collects exotic souvenirs from around the world. She and Joey date briefly but she's not seen or mentioned after one episode.
- Iorgos "Papouli" Katsopolis (played by Jack Kruschen) is Jesse's Greek grandfather. In "The Last Dance," he comes for a visit in San Francisco to see the family. All of a sudden Michelle starts to become very close to Papouli. But then somewhat later Papouli dies of old age. When Michelle hears about the tragic thing that's happened after her honey bee meeting she becomes very sad and decides not to go to school because Papouli said that he would come to her school and teach her class a Greek dance. Then Michelle asks Jesse if it was okay to cry and he says "yes." The two start sobbing and hugging each other. Meanwhile at Michelle's School, she does the Greek dance that Papouli showed her but cannot remember, so then Jesse comes in and does the dance with her and the two happily dance the class away.
- Mindy Gladstone (played by Beverly Sanders) is Joey's mother. She appears only once in the entire series, (in season one's "The Return of Grandma") but Joey talks about her often. For example, when (in the episode "Viva Las Joey" in season four) Joey lands a gig opening for Wayne Newton in Las Vegas. When Joey was asked by Jesse why he couldn't invite his mother to come see the show, he claims she is working as Goofy at Disney World.
- Kathy Santoni (played by Anne Marie McEvoy) is a classmate of D.J.'s. While only appearing in four episodes, Kathy Santoni is mentioned in several episodes by various characters. In season 7, it's revealed she got married and pregnant.
- Walter F. Berman (Whitby Hertford) is a school friend of Stephanie Tanner. At first, Stephanie disliked him, and went as far as teasing and imitating his resemblance to a duck. She—along with the rest of the class—even nicknamed him "Duckface". However, after following her Uncle Jesse's advice, she learned to appreciate Walter more, even if he was a nerd. This led to Walter briefly considering Stephanie as his "secret girlfriend".
- Harry Takayama (Nathan Nishiguchi) is the first on-screen friend of Stephanie's (appearing in season two). He usually calls her "Chief", and she refers to him as her boyfriend—without understanding that term's full meaning (as Stephanie put it in a season two episode, "You're a boy, and you're my friend. That makes you my boyfriend"). This leads to a pretend wedding (in the episode "Middle Age Crazy"). His last appearance is in "Nerd For a Day" (season three. In one episode, he becomes infatuated with D.J. after she teaches him math with oranges.
- Cindy (played by Debra Sandlund) is a girlfriend of Danny's (in three episodes of season four). It is revealed that she works as a dry-cleaner (in the episode "Terror in Tanner Town"). She first meets Danny when he is a customer at her store. She also has a precocious 10-year-old son named Rusty.
- Rusty (portrayed by Jordan Christopher Michael) is the son of Cindy, Danny's girlfriend (season four), whose mischievous antics and practical jokes wreak havoc on the family. During a crazy prank in "Secret Admirer" (which Rusty started), he misunderstood D.J.'s words and believed she liked him. This caused him to have a brief crush on her, but quickly got over it when he was caught on his prank. He was last seen training for baseball with Stephanie. After that he and his mother weren't seen after that.
- Ricky (played by R. J. Williams in two episodes of season four) is the neighborhood paperboy whom D.J. had a crush on.
- Brett Davis (played by Sean Fox in season four) is a classmate and friend of Stephanie's who plays Little League Baseball for the Cubs. He is supposedly Stephanie Tanner's first love.
- Viper (David Lipper) (when he was little, went by Tiny Heinze) played in Jesse's band (during season eight), and briefly dated D.J. Insecure about not going to college, and (during episode "Claire and Present Danger") he twisted everything D.J. said to where she put him down. He eventually dumped her because he thought things were moving too fast for them and wanted space. He changed his mind and begged her take him back. This caused problems as D.J. was starting to date Nelson, an old boyfriend. D.J. couldn't decided and asked for time to think. Unfortunately, neither one gave her space and began to fight over her. D.J. then said if they were going to force her to chose, she wouldn't chose either one and dumped them both.
- Caroline (portrayed by Dorothy Parke) is a friend of Danny's, who was seen in an early episode where Danny, Joey, and Jesse all went fishing on a boat. She also appeared in the episode that included Danny's 30th birthday.
- Adrianna (Fabiana Udenio) is Jesse's one-time girlfriend (in "Daddy's Home").
- Corinna Spicer (Elizabeth Keifer) is a student in Jesse's "private music class," whom Jesse liked (in "Jesse's Girl"). At the end of the episode, she winds up with Joey instead.
- Jill (Darcy DeMoss) is one of Jesse's early girlfriends. She and Jesse date when there is no one else to date, according to her.
- Duane (played by Scott Menville) is Kimmy Gibbler's boyfriend (in season eight), whom she considered marrying in Reno. He's often airheaded like Kimmy. He's mostly quiet and is mostly known for saying "whatever" in a surfer like accent. One thing is known that he loves William Shakespeare's works. He was shown passionately reciting a lines from Shakespeare's 18th sonnet.
- Mrs. Carruthers (played by Marcia Wallace) is a neighbor of the Tanners whom has a massive (but obviously one-sided) crush on Joey (in seasons seven and eight), as evidenced by her constant "chasing" him down, and his subsequent attempts to "hide" from her and reject her advances. She collaborates with Kimmy Gibbler to form a Neighborhood Watch program known as the "Crime Catchers". She also is known to "dominate" the PTA elections at Michelle's school (Frasier Street Elementary) every year, inspiring Joey to run for PTA president in a fair election, to which he is ultimately disqualified due to Mrs. Carruthers pointing out from the PTA rule book that the president must be a parent of a Frasier Street student. However, Mrs. Carruthers offers Joey the opportunity to be her vice president instead, and he accepts.
- Pamela "Pam" Katsopolis Tanner (portrayed by Christie Houser in the home video), the girls' mother, Jesse's elder sister, and Danny's wife, who was an unseen character, except in the form of a home video when she and Danny brought Michelle home from the hospital. The video was shown in the episode "Goodbye Mr. Bear". She was killed by a drunk driver before the series began. She has been described as always smiling, having the need to be best at everything, being over-excitable, and being awful at punctuality; traits that her daughters have, and Michelle is said to look the most like her.
- Season one
- Kirk Cameron – Episode 18 ("Just One of the Guys") as Steve, Danny's nephew and the girls' cousin. He is the real-life brother of Candace Cameron.
- Phyllis Diller – Episode 16 ("But Seriously, Folks")
- Belita Moreno – Episode 12 ("Our Very First Promo")
- Season two
- The Beach Boys (as themselves) – Episode 16 ("Beach Boy Bingo") Also in season three, episode 24 ("Our Very First Telethon"), and season five's "Captain Video" (Parts 1&2) in the "Forever" music video. The first time they appeared, they were supposed to be guests on Wake Up, San Francisco, but had to cancel their appearance due to fog preventing their plane from landing. D.J. then wins a telephone contest and gets concert tickets, but she has trouble deciding whom to take with her. In the end, the whole family ends up going and even joins the band on stage.
- Jonathan Brandis – Episode 11 ("A Little Romance")
- Season three
- Season four
- Erika Eleniak – episode 9 ("One Last Kiss") as Jesse's high school girlfriend Carrie Fowler.
- Jaleel White appears as his character Steve Urkel, in episode 16 ("Stephanie Gets Framed"), who happens to be a cousin of D.J.'s friend Julie, from the TV series Family Matters. During his visit, he helped and gave advice to Stephanie Tanner, because she had to get reading glasses. Stephanie is reluctant because of how reading glasses will make her look, but Steve tells her "the trick is to make them laugh with you before they laugh at you."
- Frankie Avalon – episode 23 ("Joey Goes Hollywood")
- Annette Funicello – episode 23 ("Joey Goes Hollywood")
- Season five
- David Lascher – Episode 3 ("Take My Sister, Please")
- June Lockhart – Episodes 1 and 2 ("Double Trouble" and "Matchmaker Michelle")
- Whitman Mayo – Episode 7 ("The Volunteer")
- Tommy Page – Episode 16 ("Crushed")
- Season six
- Danielle Fishel – Episode 10 and 17 ("I'm Not D.J." and "Silence is Not Golden")
- Season seven
- Little Richard appears as himself in "Too Little Richard Too Late". It is revealed that he is Denise's uncle. Because he was holding a concert in San Francisco, Michelle asks him to perform a concert to help Joey's campaign for PTA president. He accepts, and performs for Joey's campaign. Richard is quite late to the concert, but makes it up to them. He has a dislike to Jesse after Jesse's comment about him putting a punch bowl on his head at family gatherings.
- Suzanne Somers – Episode 19 ("Love on the Rocks")
- Vanna White – Episode 15 ("The Test")
- Season eight
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – Episode 16 ("Air Jesse")
- Frankie Valli – Episode 12 ("D.J.'s Choice")
- Barry Williams appears as himself in "Making Out is Hard to Do", replacing Jesse as leader of The Rippers