Everyone everywhere wanted to either be them or date them. These famous figures from the 80s were all over the TV, newspapers, movies and posters. So, what are they up to now?
Kim Fields came into prominence in the 80s. Her portrayal of the character, Dorothy Ramsey, in the hit show, The Fact of Life, truly catapulted her into superstardom. Recently, she was seen in the reality TV show, Real Housewives. However, she only lasted a season. Kim also participated in the 22nd season of Dancing with the Stars.
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris shot to fame starring in the comedy series, Doogie Howser, M.D. The series lasted from 1989 to 1993. More recently, the actor was loved globally for his portrayal of the character, Barney Stinson, on the hit sitcom, How I Met Your Mother. The series ran for 9 years!
Joey Lawrence got his big break in the 80s with the show, Gimme a Break! In 2010, he was roped in to star on the hit ABC family show, Melissa and Joey. The series ran for five seasons from 2010 to 2015. Recently in 2016, he was seen on the reality TV show, Cupcake Wars.
Tom Selleck was a household name in the 80s owing to his role in Magnum P.I. The man also had a recurring role as Richard, Monica´s boyfriend, in the popular series, Friends. He was more recently seen on the hit show, True Blood. These days, he keeps busy with his wife and two beautiful kids.
Erin Moran hit the jackpot when she landed the role of Joanie Cunningham on the successful film, Happy Days. She would later star in the spin-off of the show too, aptly titled, Joanie Loves Chachi. However, she went through turbulent times in the 2000s. She was evicted from her California house in 2010 and forced to live in an Indian trailer. In 2013, Erin, along with her cast members from Happy Days walked away from a lawsuit case with $65,000 each. We hope that was enough to get her back on her feet.
Danica McKellar started her career in the entertainment industry as a child actor on the series, The Wonderful Years. However, the actress decided to take a break from acting after that and instead chose to focus on her education. She would later obtain a degree in Mathematics and even co-author a mathematical physics theorem. In 2014, Danica made a return to the limelight by starring in the reality TV show, Dancing with the Stars.
Malcolm-Jamal Warne was a leading actor in the 80s hit sitcom, The Cosby Show. After the success of the show, Warne went on to land meaty roles on other hits shows notably, Reed between the Lines. In 2013, the man grabbed headlines when he dumped his ex-girlfriend, Regina King, on Valentine´s Day.
Tracey Gold initially found success on the hit 80s sitcom, Growing Pains. Tracey´s portrayal of the character, Carol Seaver, landed her critical acclaim. Unfortunately, she would later suffer from an eating disorder. The actress struggled with the condition for the most part in her 20s. Currently, she is married to Roby Marshall and has been so for over 20 years.
Staci Keanan´s couldn´t have asked for a better start to her career. She made a huge impression with her role on the hit 80s sitcom, My Two Dads. In the 90s, she would hit the jackpot again with her role on the show, Step by Step. However, after the show, her acting career took a back seat and Staci instead chose to study. She enrolled herself to UCLA to study history. Staci was recently seen in the 2010 thriller, Death and Cremation.
John Schneider was an integral cast member of the 80s classic sitcom, Dukes of Hazzard. The man would later play the role of Superman´s adoptive father in the series Smallville. In the recent years, John has tried his hand at screenplay writing, producing and directing. The man also recently released a music album with his former Dukes of Hazzard co-star, Tom Wopat. The album was called Home for Christmas.
Bo Derek entered the frame in the 70s making her film debut in the horror flick, Orca. Although the movie bombed at the box office, it helped her land her breakout role in the movie, 10. These days, she invests her time in political activities. She is also an advocate for animal rights.
Bronson Pinchot initially shot to fame appearing on the hit series, Perfect Strangers. In the 90s, he took a break from acting in order to focus on the restoration of homes in a small Pennsylvanian village. He would later return to Hollywood with his DIY network, The Bronson Pinchot Project. These days, Bronson works as an audiobook narrator to make ends meet.
Justine Bateman found massive success playing the role of Mallory Keaton in the 80s hit soap opera, Family Ties. In the 2000s, the actress was cast to appear on the show, Desperate Housewives, as Ellie Leonard. Justin Bateman recently made a guest appearance on the hit sitcom, Modern Family. These days, she keeps herself busy with her studies at UCLA.
Emmanuel Lewis completely fell off the map after his successful stint on the show, Webster. The man did try to make a comeback with the 2007 reality television series, The Surreal Life, but it didn´t work out too well for him. His Georgia home went into foreclosure in 2011 after it was revealed that he owed more than $40k in debt.
Joan Collins was an integral cast member of the show, Dynasty, which ran for the duration of eight years. However, Joan was never really able to find success in the entertainment industry after the conclusion of the show. Thus, she focused on her writing career and was able to pen many best-sellers. Regrettably, Joan lost her sister to breast cancer in September, 2015.
Shelley Long played an instrumental role in helping the ratings of the sitcom, Cheers, soar through the roof. Unfortunately, she wasn´t able to use her experience on the show to achieve bigger things. Her divorce from her second husband in 2004 led her into a serious depression. She even made a visit to the emergency room after overdosing on painkillers. Thankfully, she seems to have overcome her depression now. Shelley was last seen making a guest appearance on the hit sitcom, Modern Family.
At her prime, Charlene Tilton was truly a renowned singer and actress. She is best known for her role of Lucy Ewing in Dallas in 1980. These days, she prefers keeping herself busy raising awareness and funding campaigns for foster kids in the big apple.
Dustin Nguyen became a star overnight with his role on the hit 80s sitcom, 21 Jump Street. He remained on the show till 1990. His career went on a downward spiral after that. However, he had a change in fortune in 2015 when he was signed on to the show, 22 Jump Street. He also appeared in the action movie, Zero Tolerance, in the same year. The man would later meet his now-wife, Bebe Pham, on the set of the aforementioned movie.
Philip Michael Thomas
Philip Michael Thomas is best remembered for his role in Miami Vice. More recently, he made a vocal appearance on the popular video game, Grand Theft Auto. His career spiralled downwards after his stint with the 80s show. These days, he seems to be in a major financial crisis.
Don Johnson was previously known as the hot detective in Miami Vice. These days, he is recognized as the father of Dakota Johnson. His daughter, Dakota, is known for her work in the largely successful movie, 50 Shades of Grey. The man remains good friends with the film producer, Quentin Tarantino.
Mark Harmon did a fantastic job of portraying the character of the dreamy, Dr. Bobby Caldwell, on St. Elsewhere. After his character was unceremoniously killed off, the actor moved on to bigger and better things. He was roped in to star in the popular show, NCIS. The man even made an appearance on the spin-off of his own show, NCIS: New Orleans.
Denzel Washington was a struggling actor in the 80s. He had to make do with temporary acting gigs. However, his fortune changed in the 90s and the actor was able to cement his name amongst the pantheon of all-time Hollywood greats. The actor was able to win prestigious awards such as Golden Globes and Oscars. These days, Denzel has also started directing and producing movies.
Kirk Cameron initially made a good impression on the viewers with his stellar performances on the show, Like Father Like Son, making him the most famous teen television star of the 80s. However, he hasn´t been able to strike it big in his adulthood. He tried to make a comeback in 2014 with the movie, Saving Christmas. Unfortunately, the film was panned by the critics.
John Stamos was a huge star in the 80s and 90s. The man earned loyal legions of fans worldwide with his performance as Jackie Parrish in General Hospital. More recently, he was seen making guest appearances on the hit shows, Two and a Half Men, Glee, and Law & Order. John has also appeared in several Dannon yogurt commercials over the years.
Holly Robinson Peete
Holly Robinson Peete found success starring as Judy Hoff in the popular series, 21 Jump Street. After her stint with the aforementioned show, she was cast to appear on ABC´s Hangin and Mr. Cooper. Both the shows were successful. More recently, she appeared on CBS The Talk. The actress has also dabbled with writing in the recent past, authoring a children book.
Lisa Bonet was undoubtedly one of the biggest stars in the 80s owing to her role on The Cosby Show. She would later go on to marry Lenny Kravitz. Regrettably, their marriage couldn´t stand the test of time. The actress was most recently seen in the 2014 film, Road to Paloma.
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox found fame after appearing on NBC´s hit show, Family Ties; the man even earned three Emmy Awards for his stellar performances on the show. In 1985, Michael J. Fox became a global sensation after appearing in the movie, Back to the Future. He was last seen on the series, Spin City.
Guy Pearce was a struggling actor in the late 70s. However, he soon found success after being cast on the hit show, Neighbours. After staying on the show for four years, Guy went on to appear on another hit show titled, Home and Away. Soon enough, he made the transition to the big screen. And, the rest, as they say, is history. Over the years, the actor has given stellar performances in the movies L.A Confidential, Memento, and Iron Man 3.
John Travolta was hot property in the 80s. During the time, he appeared on the shows, Emergency and Welcome Back Kotter. Soon enough, he decided to give a go at the big screen. And, he did strike it big with films such as Carrie, Grease, Pulp Fiction and Saturday Night Fever.
George Clooney made a successful start to his career. He got his first breakthrough in the 80s after appearing on the hit show, E/R. Quentin Tarantino then saw his potential and decided to cast him in the movie, From Dusk Till Dawn. And, it has only gotten better for George Clooney ever since. He is now one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.