Some of the best movies and TV shows ever made are all products of the best 80s stars.
They influenced new 80s fashions, voiced strong opinions, and triggered a variety of emotions.
Now let’s jump into the time machine and go back to the 80s for some stargazing.
Big 80s Screen Stars
Some of the hottest 80s stars brought their A-(list) game to make the movies of the 80s classics.
Among the women was Sigourney Weaver with the “Alien” and the “Ghostbusters” series, Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey,” and “Working Girl.”
Making her debut in 1980 was a young Michelle Pfeiffer in “Hollywood Knights.” She was also in “Scarface,” “The Witches of Eastwick,” “Married to the Mob,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” and “The Fabulous Baker Boys.”
Kim Basinger was also a fixture on the big screen in the 80s in movies such as “The Natural,” and “9 ½ Weeks,” but her biggest roles were in the James Bond film “Never Say Never Again,” and “Batman.”
Other famous actresses during the 80s were Kathleen Turner, Goldie Hawn, Whoopi Goldberg, Cher, Meg Ryan, and Linda Hamilton. Madonna also made her acting debut during the 80s, and starred in the cult classic “Desperately Seeking Susan.”
The men were just as hot as the women were. The 80s brought us tough-guy and future governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Conan the Barbarian,” “Conan the Destroyer,” “Commando,” and “Predator,” but his biggest role was as “The Terminator.” There was also fellow macho man Sylvester Stallone in the “Rambo” and “Rocky” movies.
Jack Nicholson was in some great blockbusters like “The Shining,” “Terms of Endearment,” and “Batman,” while Dustin Hoffman blew us away with his performance in “Rainman.”
Al Pacino was unforgettable in “Scarface,” and Harrison Ford became an icon with all the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” movies. Kurt Russell, Robert De Niro, and Tom Cruise were also huge stars of the 80s.
Small Screen Stars
Shining just as bright as their big screen counterparts, small screen stars were invited into living rooms everywhere on a weekly basis; and many of them have since become those big screen stars.
A great example of this is Michael J. Fox—he played Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties while also starring in “Back to the Future” and “Teen Wolf,” among other movies. Kirk Cameron from “Growing Pains” and Scott Baio of “Joanie Loves Chachi” were also favorites among teenage girls.
Tony Danza from “Who’s the Boss” and Patrick Duffy from “Dallas” were big stars in the 80s, along with David Hasselhoff of “Knight Rider.” Mr. T. also made quite an impression in the “A-Team.”
Catherine Bach, better known as Daisy Duke, stole hearts in “The Dukes of Hazzard,” while Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt made us laugh in “Three’s Company.”
Heather Locklear was another fixture on the small screen, starring in “T.J. Hooker” and “Dynasty.” Kirstie Alley in “Cheers,” Angela Lansbury in “Murder, She Wrote,” and the unstoppable Betty White from “Golden Girls” were huge stars.
The 80s also brought us Tracy Gold, who starred in “Growing Pains,” and Alyssa Milano, who got her start on “Who’s the Boss.”
The fantastic television and movies of the decade offered plenty of 80s stars to entertain us. Many of them are still around and as popular as ever.