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Erik Von Detten Was The Biggest Dreamboat Of The '90s

It didn't even matter that his hair was wet for a whole decade, we didn't give a damn!

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Does this photo stir up any powerful emotions? Because it ABSOLUTELY should.

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If you don't recognize this middle part at all, then scat, scram, get outta here!

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No, seriously, just go. Erik Von Detten is and forever will be our oldest love.

You know his hair was itching the shit out of his face during this photo shoot.
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You know his hair was itching the shit out of his face during this photo shoot.

I mean, who else had hair like that? Literally, no one. His hair was astounding. The ONLY male hair I've ever been jealous of.

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But also, his beautiful Californian accent. It swept us right off our Tevas.

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Every time we looked at him, we just thought to ourselves, This is a cool guy. This is what a cool guy looks like. Those are cool jeans.

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I mean, he was THE reason all of us bought Rollerblades.

Not to mention, the reason we even considered partaking in a game of spin the bottle. If Erik thought it was OK, then our moms would definitely agree it's fine!


Bop Magazine might as well have been nothing without him (and JTT, of course).

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Let's talk about the fact that he had his own show in 1999. Um, what 17-year-old has their own show?? Besides every single kid on the Disney Channel.

He's just an all-around fantastic dude and if I knew him personally, I'm 92% sure I could back that up.

Like, it doesn't even matter that he wore this outfit. In fact, everyone should love this outfit. Everyone should love every single bit of this outfit. Except for that leather jacket, obviously.

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Did it bother us that we could never actually keep up with him on a dance floor? No, not really. We could still dance near him, further off to the side!

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You get the point, people. It's Erik Von Detten.

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Erik Von D. was the cutest thing to ever hit our television screens from 1995–2004.

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The voice of Sid inToy Story wasn't his best role, I admit. Sid was a jerk. But hey, the kid showed tenacity!


He also played a total douche bag in The Princess Diaries, but we were able to look past it.

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Some of us even watched him on Celebrity Mole, despite the fact that it was the worst show ever. He made it worthwhile, obvi.

In sixth grade, we never knew whether or not to write Mrs. Detten or Mrs. Von Detten on our binders.

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So I just wrote E. V. Detten because I thought it would look sophisticated on a desk plaque.

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Basically, in the end, we all want Erik to come back to our screens. Do something, please. We miss you and your splendid locks!

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