Remember Curly-Haired Richie from ‘Family Matters’? His Current Photos Set Women’s Hearts Racing

"Young and the Restless" fans think of Bryton James as Devon but others may remember him as the lovable Richie Crawford on the hit show “Family Matters.” 

Child stars grow up, and sadly most of them lose the charm and cuteness that made them famous somewhere along the way.

Bryton James, who played Richie Crawford on "Family Matters" is an exception.

BRYTON JAMES GREW UP GORGEOUS

"The Young And The Restless" has starred many famous actors and actresses over the years, and fans may not realize that the handsome hunk who plays the beleaguered Devon is none other than the curly-topped Richie who stole their hearts in 1990.

Bryton, now 32, grew up, and he grew up gorgeous. The actor has been working on "YTR" since 2004 and won the 2007 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series.

Christel and Bryton have literally "grown up" together and are as close-knit as any real family.

BRYTON JAMES WORKED WITH MICHAEL JACKSON

As a young actor, Bryton worked with Michael Jackson, and the two became friends. In the aftermath of the recent documentary "Leaving Neverland" in which two men accuse Jackson of molesting them, Bryton posted a statement:

"Over our 15-year friendship, neither I or my family ever witnessed @michaeljackson conduct himself inappropriately with a minor, or anyone for that matter."

BRYTON JAMES' FRIENDSHIP WITH KRISTOFF ST. JOHN

Bryton worked alongside the late "YTR" star Kristoff St.John for 15 years, and he was deeply shocked by his untimely death:

"As one of the lucky people to have experienced Kristoff’s spirit, love & talent first hand. I can only say thank you forever for loving me, guiding me, protecting me, & for teaching me everyday how to choose to find the levity in life no matter what. I will never stop making you proud. I love you. My man."

 

BRYTON JAMES SCREEN SISTER AND BEST FRIEND

Though Bryton has been shaken by the loss of his acknowledged mentor, he has the unconditional support of his screen sister, Lily. Lily is played by Christel Khalil. Di, who is Bryton's best friend in real life. The two are so close that Bryton is Christel's son Michael's godfather.

Christel and Bryton have literally "grown up" together and are as close-knit as any real family. Both have manifested their grief at the loss of their beloved screen dad, Neil Winters, played by the deceased Kristoff St. John.

"YOUNG AND RESTLESS" FAMILY SHAKEN BY UNEXPECTED LOSS

Like Bryton James Christel Khalil, the cast and the fans of "Young And The Restless" were shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Kristoff St. John.

St. John passed away on February 3, 2019, and his body was discovered at his L.A. home by Police who were conducting a welfare check on behalf of a friend.

It was later ascertained that the beloved actor had succumbed hypertrophic heart disease-

Hypertrophic heart disease is an asymptomatic condition in which the thickening of the heart muscles can lead to heart failure and sudden death. Kristoff St. James was only 52 at the time of his passing.