9 Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed

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9 Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed
9 Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed
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If you were a kid of the 80s, you likely would have had these celebs faces plastered all over your bedroom walls

 

Hot 80s teen heart-throbs that you followed avidly in fan magazines, back in the day before YouTube and Twitter.

But as the decades have rolled on, you probably are wondering whatever happened to them? Why has it been decades since we can remember last seeing them on the big screen? Well, let’s find out!

 

Ralph Macchio

Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed - Ralph Macchio
Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed – Ralph Macchio

Iconic as the Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio was a mega-star when he was young, and also a teen hunk in the film The Outsiders. But what happened to him?

He has made a few cameo appearances and had small roles here and there over the years. But he made the choice to settle down for a quiet life with his wife, whom he was introduced to by his grandmother when he was 16, and raise some kids.

His lack of interest in the party lifestyle of Hollywood was even poked fun at in a short comedy sketch by Funny or Die in 2010, which suggested that his wholesome lifestyle is what killed his career.

 

Kirk Cameron

Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed - Kirk Cameron
Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed – Kirk Cameron

Super teen hunk of the 80s, star of the hit sitcom Growing Pains and films such as Like Father Like Son. Kirk Cameron converted to evangelical Christianity and decided the showbiz life was not appropriate for him. He has driven up a lot of controversy with his religious views, and is now more well known for his radical beliefs about homosexuals, and refuting atheism.

So where is Kirk Cameron today? Well, he and a friend started an evangelical ministry in 2002, and he spends most of his time preaching on the pulpit, or raising money for the Foundation he runs with his wife. If he appears on TV these days, it is usually just on the TV show run by his church.

 

Kelly McGillis

Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed - Kelly McGillis
Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed – Kelly McGillis

This sexy 80s star is most well known for her sultry role in the Hollywood blockbuster Top Gun, where she starred along side Tom Cruise. Predicted to become a potential Oscar winning actress in future roles, she chose to give it up instead.

She came out as a lesbian, and is now in a civil marriage union with her partner. She has concentrated on giving back to the community and has worked full-time with alcoholics and drug addicts in a rehab center. Generally, she prefers a quiet life out of the lime-light.

 

Claudia Wells

Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed - Claudia Wells
Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed – Claudia Wells

You will recognize her from her roll in the highly famous film franchise Back to the Future. Claudia Wells played the girlfriend of Marty McFly, performed by teen heart throb Michael J Fox.

However, not long after, her mother was diagnosed with cancer, and feeling her priorities had changed she concentrated on devoting herself to her family. Nowadays she runs an Armani Wells high-end resale store for men, in Studio City. She is vocal in supporting many children’s charities and occasionally takes on minor acting roles.

 

Rick Moranis

Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed - Rick Moranis
Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed – Rick Moranis

Rick Moranis had an incredibly successful film career before tragedy struck. Most famous for his starring roles in Ghostbusters I and II, Little Shop of Horrors and Honey I Shrunk the Kids, he appeared to slip off the face of the planet not long after.

Moranis and his children had endured the grief of losing his wife and their mother to breast cancer. So he gave up Hollywood to becoming the widowed single-father of his children. To Rick Moranis, family comes first.

He is immensely private about their lives, wanting to give them a wholesome upbringing out of the spotlight. Occasionally he does some voice over work since his children have grown, but so far no film roles have appealed to him.

 

Anthony Michael Hall

Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed - Anthony Michael Hall
Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed – Anthony Michael Hall

Starring in numerous blockbuster teen flicks throughout the 80s, Anthony Michael Hall was a geeky teen heart throb playing coming of age roles. Most famous for his lead roles in Weird Science, The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, his acting career appeared to dwindle as the 90s rolled around.

He still does occasional work in film and television to this day, but he spends most time with at-risk youth, and started a literacy program that runs a club to encourage young people to explore alternative forms of literature such as lyrics and scripts.

 

Jeff Cohen

Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed - Jeff Cohen
Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed – Jeff Cohen

Jeff Cohen is most famous for his role as Chunk in the 1985 blockbuster kids flick The Goonies. You would barely recognize him these days, as he is far from the chubby little boy doing the truffle shuffle.

Where is Jeff Cohen now? Well, he decided to abandon Hollywood and went on to study, and in 2002 he graduated from the UCLA School of Law. Consequently, he now works as an entertainment lawyer and co-founded an immensely successful Beverly Hills law firm. With his executive reputation, he now occasionally writes for CNBC and The Huffington Post as well.

 

Andrew McCarthy

Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed - Andrew McCarthy
Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed – Andrew McCarthy

The typical boy-next-door teen heart throb, Andrew McCarthy was a staple member of the 80s Hollywood “Brat Pack”, which were generally cast together in many of the teen blockbusters of the time. He was most famous in Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, Less than Zero and Mannequin.

Nowadays he travels the globe as a travel writer, and works as an “Editor at Large” for National Geographic Traveler magazine. He has written books about his travels, most recently “A Song for Ireland” which describes his sojourn to his ancestral homeland to discover the places his great-grandfather grew up prior to emigrating to America.

 

Lori Singer

Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed - Lori Singer
Celebs from the 80s you Totally Forgot Existed – Lori Singer

Lori Singer was a classically trained cellist, inspiring directors to create a role specifically for her in the super hit TV series Fame. Afterwards she was cast in a co-starring role in the blockbuster film Footloose, alongside Kevin Bacon.

Where is Lori Singer now? Well, she went on to star in further films that saw her being nominated for and winning awards. Singer occasionally appears on TV these days, but spends most of her time pursuing her first love, and can be found on stage playing as a soloist cellist in places like the Carnegie Hall.

 

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