Top 50 80's Movie Legends

by MHersh34 | created - 09 Apr 2011 | updated - 09 Apr 2011 | Public

1. William Zabka

Actor | The Karate Kid

William Zabka was born on October 20, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as William Michael Zabka. He is an actor and producer, known for The Karate Kid (1984), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) and Back to School (1986). He has been married to Stacie Zabka since 2008. They have two children.

2. Steve Guttenberg

Actor | 3 Men and a Baby

Steve Guttenberg was born on August 24, 1958 to Ann Newman and Stanley Guttenberg in Boropark, Brooklyn.The family moved from Brooklyn, to Queens, and then to N. Massapequa, where Steve graduated Plainedge High School in 1976. He studied acting both on Long Island and in N.Y.City, moving to L.A. to...

3. Curtis Armstrong

Actor | Risky Business

Curtis Armstrong was born on November 27, 1953 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is an actor, known for Risky Business (1983), Better Off Dead... (1985) and Revenge of the Nerds (1984). He has been married to Elaine Aronson since January 2, 1994. They have one child.

4. Tim Curry

Actor | Congo

Timothy James Curry was born on April 19, 1946 in Grappenhall, Cheshire, England. His mother, Maura Patricia (Langmead), was a school secretary, and his father, James Curry, was a Methodist Royal Navy chaplain. Curry studied Drama and English at Birmingham University, from which he graduated with ...

5. Chevy Chase

Actor | National Lampoon's Vacation

Chevy Chase was born Cornelius Crane Chase in Lower Manhattan, New York, to Cathalene Parker (Browning), a concert pianist and librettist, and Edward Tinsley "Ned" Chase, an editor and writer. His parents both came from prominent families, and his grandfathers were artist and illustrator Edward ...

6. Clayton Rohner

Actor | Mope

Clayton Rohner was born on August 5, 1957 in Palo Alto, California, USA as Clayton Montague Rohner. He is an actor and director, known for Mope (2019), Ozark (2017) and Bluff City Law (2019).

7. Bobcat Goldthwait

Director | God Bless America

Robert Francis 'Bobcat' Goldthwait, born May 26, 1962, is an American comedian, and writer, producer, director, and star of films and television shows. He is most widely known for his at times screechy voice and scattergun delivery during his standup comedy performances and some film roles.

He was ...

8. Dean Cameron

Actor | Summer School

Dean Cameron was born on December 25, 1962 in Morrison, Illinois, USA as Dean Eikleberry. He is an actor and director, known for Summer School (1987), Straight Outta Compton (2015) and Sleep with Me (1994). He has been married to Jessie S. Marion since April 9, 2004. They have one child.

9. Lawrence Monoson

Actor | Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

Lawrence Monoson, a New York native is a veteran actor. Born on August 11, 1964, in Yonkers, Lawrence is easily known for his early film roles starting back in the early to mid 1980s. Monoson appeared in the film The Last American Virgin (1982), followed three years later with a role in the horror ...

10. Richard Pryor

Actor | Superman III

Highly influential, and always controversial, African-American actor/comedian who was equally well known for his colorful language during his live comedy shows, as for his fast paced life, multiple marriages and battles with drug addiction. He has been acknowledged by many modern comic artist's as ...

11. Rick Moranis

Actor | Parenthood

Rick began his career as a radio DJ while he was still at high school which led to him writing, producing and being on air in his own show. He joined the Canadian TV series SCTV (1976) winning an Emmy for writing and portraying the character Bob McKenzie which became the basis for the film _Strange...

12. Scott Schwartz

Actor | The Toy

Scott Schwartz was born in Sacramento, CA however he grew up in Sommerville & Brigewater, NJ. Attended Professional Children's School in NY, 83/84 & 84/85. Stated in the biz March, 1977 Marion Adler of the Carson/Adler agency was his agent for 10 years. Landed the role in The Toy after 10 auditions...

13. Phoebe Cates

Actress | Gremlins

Phoebe Belle Cates was born on July 16, 1963 in New York City, New York, and raised there. She is the daughter of Lily and Joseph Cates, who was a Broadway producer and television pioneer. Her uncle was director/producer Gilbert Cates. Phoebe is of Russian Jewish, and one quarter Chinese, descent. ...

14. Jeff Cohen

Actor | The Goonies

Jeff Cohen was born on June 25, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jeffrey Bertan Cohen. He is a legal representative and actor.

15. Ralph Macchio

Actor | The Karate Kid

Ralph George Macchio was born on November 4, 1961 in Huntington, Long Island, New York. He started out in various TV commercials in the late 1970s before appearing in the puerile comedy movie Up the Academy (1980), then a regular role in 1980 on the television series Eight Is Enough (1977) followed...

16. John Cusack

Actor | Grosse Pointe Blank

John Cusack is, like most of his characters, an unconventional hero. Wary of fame and repelled by formulaic Hollywood fare, he has built a successful career playing underdogs and odd men out--all the while avoiding the media spotlight. John was born in Evanston, Illinois, to an Irish-American ...

17. Elizabeth Daily

Actress | Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Elizabeth Daily was born on September 11, 1961 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Elizabeth Ann Guttman. She is an actress, known for Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), The Powerpuff Girls (1998) and Happy Feet (2006). She was previously married to Rick Salomon.

18. Deborah Goodrich

Actress | April Fool's Day

Graduated from Lake Erie College in 1980 with a bachelor of arts degree in modern foreign languages (French and Italian literature and history).

She has spent her career in the arts, first as an actress in film and television; then, as a story editor at Miramax Films.

Chosen as a recipient of the ...

19. Joyce Hyser

Actress | Just One of the Guys

Joyce Hyser was born on December 20, 1957 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Just One of the Guys (1985), This Is Spinal Tap (1984) and The Flash (1990).

20. Michael Winslow

Actor | Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol

Michael Winslow was born on September 6, 1958 in Spokane, Washington, USA as Michael Leslie Winslow. He is an actor, known for Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987), Spaceballs (1987) and Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994). He was previously married to Sharon Larrieu, Angela Baytops and...

21. Robert Carradine

Actor | Revenge of the Nerds

Robert Carradine was born on March 24, 1954 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA as Robert Reed Carradine. He is an actor and producer, known for Revenge of the Nerds (1984), Escape from L.A. (1996) and The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003). He was previously married to Edith (Edie) Mani.

22. Donald Gibb

Actor | Revenge of the Nerds

Massive (6' 4"), muscular behemoth Donald Richard Gibb was born on August 4, 1954, in New York City, New York and raised in California. He attended the University of New Mexico on a basketball scholarship, then transferred to the University of San Diego, where he played football and was a member of...

23. Billy Jayne

Actor | Just One of the Guys

Billy Jayne was born on April 10, 1969 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as William Jayne. He is an actor and director, known for Just One of the Guys (1985), Cujo (1983) and It's Not Easy (1982). He was previously married to April Wayne.

24. Corey Feldman

Actor | Stand by Me

Corey Scott Feldman began his career at the age of three, starring in a Clio Award-winning McDonald's commercial and has sustained a 35-year career as a steadily working actor, with more than 80 films under his belt. Corey began his career in guest-starring roles on television series such as Mork &...

25. Corey Haim

Actor | The Lost Boys

Corey Haim was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Judy Haim, an Israeli-born data processor, and Bernie Haim, a clothing sales representative. He has a sister, Carol, and a half-brother, Daniel. His family is Jewish. He was raised mostly in Willowdale.

Corey appeared in 26 episodes of the early 1980s ...

26. Robert Romanus

Actor | Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Robert Romanus is an American film/television actor and musician. He played ticket scalper Mike Damone in the 1982 comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), and Natalie Green's boyfriend Snake on The Facts of Life (1979).

Robert is the son of Eileen (Maloof) and Raymond Romanos, a dentist. His ...

27. Zach Galligan

Actor | Gremlins

Graduated from Columbia University. His mother, Carol Wolfe Galligan, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in New York. His late father, Arthur Galligan, was a founding partner in Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky, in Washington. Married Ling H. Ingerick on September 25, 2005 at the Yale Club in ...

28. Andrew McCarthy

Director | Orange Is the New Black

Andrew McCarthy grew up in Westfield, New Jersey, until he was 15, when his family moved to Bernardsville. He attended the Pingry School, a prep school, where he performed in plays and musicals and played basketball. At 18, he went to New York University as a theatre major and wound up as the lead ...

29. James Spader

Actor | The Blacklist

James Todd Spader was born on February 7, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of teachers Jean (Fraser) and Stoddard Greenwood "Todd" Spader. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover with director Peter Sellars; he dropped out in eleventh grade. He bused tables, shoveled manure, and taught yoga ...

30. Ted McGinley

Actor | Revenge of the Nerds

Theodore Martin 'Ted' McGinley was born on May 30, 1958 in Newport Beach, California. He is perhaps best known for his long-running roles in the television series Happy Days (1974), The Love Boat (1977), Dynasty (1981), Married... with Children (1987) and The West Wing (1999). Formerly a male model...

31. Brian Backer

Actor | Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Brian Backer was born on December 5, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Loser (2000) and Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987).

32. Sylvester Stallone

Actor | Rocky

This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton or Alec Guinness; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone's films for over 30 years, making "Sly" one of ...

33. Jeffrey Jones

Actor | Amadeus

Jeffrey Duncan Jones was born in Buffalo, New York. He is a very tall, fair-haired character actor who is recognized all over for his excellent work. He is a veteran stage actor having such plays as "The Elephant Man" and Neil Simon's "London Suite" under his belt. His first film role was in The ...

34. Joan Cusack

Actress | In & Out

Actress Joan Cusack was born in New York City, New York, and is the daughter of Nancy (née Carolan) and Dick Cusack. Her father was an advertising executive, writer and actor, and her mother was a math teacher. Her siblings - Susie Cusack, John Cusack, Ann Cusack and Bill Cusack also act. Her ...

35. Judd Nelson

Actor | The Breakfast Club

Judd Asher Nelson was born on November 28, 1959 in Portland, Maine to attorney Leonard Nelson and his wife, Merle Nelson, (attorney and state assemblywoman). Judd attended St. Paul's preparatory school in Concord, New Hampshire before majoring in philosophy at the prestigious Haverford College in ...

36. Alan Ruck

Actor | Twister

Alan Ruck was born on July 1, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio, and has made over 100 appearances in films and television, and on stage. He is best known for his role as the friend of Matthew Broderick and hopeless hypochondriac Cameron Frye, in John Hughes's Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986).

During the 1980s...

37. Eugene Levy

Actor | Waiting for Guffman

Eugene Levy is an award-winning actor, writer, and producer. He has appeared in more than 60 motion pictures to date, eight of which having topped the $100M mark. The box office success of films such as Bringing Down The House, Cheaper By the Dozen 2, and Father Of The Bride Part II have ...

38. Thomas Ian Griffith

Actor | The Karate Kid Part III

Thomas Ian Griffith was born on March 18, 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut. His father, Thomas Joseph, was a college professor and his mother, Mary Ann, was a dance teacher. Griffith trained as an opera singer in New York City with Metropolitan Opera star Delia Rigal. He attended the College of the ...

39. Molly Ringwald

Actress | Sixteen Candles

Molly Ringwald was born in Roseville, California, to Adele Edith (Frembd), a chef, and Robert Ringwald, a blind jazz pianist. Her ancestry includes German, English, and Swedish. She released an album at the age of 6 entitled, "I Wanna Be Loved By You, Molly Sings". She is the youngest daughter of ...

40. Adrian Zmed

Actor | Bachelor Party

Adrian Zmed was born on March 14, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Adrian George Zmed. He is an actor, known for Bachelor Party (1984), Grease 2 (1982) and T.J. Hooker (1982). He has been married to Lyssa Lynne since October 5, 2012. He was previously married to Barbara Fitzner and Susan Wood.

41. Michael Beck

Actor | The Warriors

Michael Beck was born on February 4, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA as John Michael Beck Taylor. He is an actor, known for The Warriors (1979), Xanadu (1980) and Megaforce (1982). He has been married to Carolyn Louise Brendel since September 1980. They have two children.

42. Dan Monahan

Actor | Porky's

Dan Monahan graduated from Ohio University, where he studied in its prestigious Professional Actors Training Program. After graduation Dan moved to New York and started performing in commercials, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theatrical productions. He was soon cast in what he considers one of ...

43. Diane Franklin

Actress | Better Off Dead...

Diane Franklin is an iconic 80s American film actress, known for her dark curly hair, and dialects. Beginning her acting career at the age of ten, Diane started with modeling, theater, commercials, and soap opera work. She then won the lead role of the dream girl, Karen, in cult classic THE LAST ...

44. Catherine Mary Stewart

Actress | The Last Starfighter

Catherine Mary Stewart's career has spanned more than 30 years and over 50 different productions, from film to television to theater, in England, Canada and the United States. She was living in London studying dance, acting and singing when she was cast in her first professional acting role as the ...

45. Donna Dixon

Actress | Spies Like Us

Donna was raised in Lorton, Virginia, where her father owned the local nightclub, "Hillbilly Heaven". She was working as a model and attending college when she landed her first regular role on TV's Bosom Buddies (1980). While filming Doctor Detroit (1983), she met and married co-star Dan Aykroyd. ...

46. Kelly Preston

Actress | Battlefield Earth

Kelly Preston was born on October 13, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

A talented and captivating performer, Kelly first garnered international attention with her role as "Marnie Mason" in Ivan Reitman's Twins (1988), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. With her diverse character portrayals in...

47. Dana Barron

Actress | National Lampoon's Vacation

Dana Barron was born on April 22, 1966 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Vacation (1983), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) and Happythankyoumoreplease (2010).

48. Steve Antin

Writer | Burlesque

Steve moved to Los Angeles, where he made his film debut in the teen-aged slasher flick, Sweet Sixteen (1983), opposite Bo Hopkins. The following year, he broke all of the girls hearts in the popular Cannon-produced film, The Last American Virgin (1982), alongside Lawrence Monoson. Roles in The ...

49. Michael Biehn

Actor | Aliens

Michael Connell Biehn was born on July 31, 1956 in Anniston, Alabama, to Marcia (Connell) and Don Biehn, a lawyer. He grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and at age 14 moved with his family to Lake Havasu, Arizona, where he won a drama scholarship to the University of Arizona. He left prematurely two ...

50. Joel Murray

Actor | God Bless America

Joel is a versatile writer-director-actor. The youngest of the nine Murrays is a veteran of over 250 sit-com episodes. He has been a series regular on the comedies Grand, Pacific Station, Love and War, Dharma and Greg and Still Standing. He has also recurred on the series Mike and Molly, My Boys ...



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