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Celebrities of the '80s and a Look at Their Lives after They Became Famous

Pedro Marrero
Nov 15, 2019
09:48 A.M.
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Nostalgia for the 80s shows no signs of disappearing; it seems that it’s here to stay. With the reissue of the successes of these years, the new generations have a little taste of the magic that made many stars shine and rise to the top of the sky.


The famous people of the 80s occupy a very special place in the hearts of many people who grew up at that time. Some took their first steps on the big screen in the 1980s and still continue to perform in several movies every year.

Others, unfortunately, did not pass the test of time and popularity. Acting is not easy, success does not last a lifetime and the money it generates either. Let's see what it has been one of the most famous superstars of the crazy eighties.


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Fox found success and took home a Golden Globe Award and three Emmy Awards for his performance playing the adorable Marty McFly in the trilogy "Back to the Future." Then another award-winning sitcom in the late 1990s, "Spin City.”

More recently he participated in series such as "The Good Wife," "Boston Legal" and "The Michael J. Fox Show," Fox, 56, is living proof that positivity is powerful, after more than 30 years with Parkinson's disease and all its efforts to find a cure.


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Schwarzenegger became an international star with the action film "Terminator" and in the following 40 years appeared in three sequels "Terminator II: Final Judgement", "Terminator III: Rise of the Machines,"and “Terminator: Dark Fate.”

His other films during this time include “Predator,” “Kindergarten Cop,” “Total Recall,” “True Lies,” and “The 6th Day.” He also married a member of the Kennedy family, had four children and was governor of California. American dreams come true.


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Lowe still looks amazing young at 54 years old. Despite his success in “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “The Outsiders,” and “Wyne’s World;” he also plays roles for awarded TV shows such “West Wing,” “Dr.Vegas” and “Five Brothers.”

Rob acted voice role for Simba, Disney animated character for movies and TV series, plays Dr. Ethan Willis in “Black Code,” “MoonBeam City,” “The Grinder,” and ”Wild Bill”. He also appeared in some movies like “Austin Powers,” “Frank & Jesse,” “Monster Trucks” y “Breakaway.”


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After playing "Daniel-san" in "The Karate Kid" and his two sequels, Ralph Macchio, 57, turned to the theater, appeared in films such as "My Cousin Vinny" and "Hitchcock."

He also had television appearances on "Ugly Betty" and "Dancing With the Stars." Recently, along with William Zabka he repeated his role as "The Karate Kid" for the YouTube series "Cobra Kai."


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Emilio Estevez made several films in the comedy genre with "Stakeout" and "Men at Work." He starred in "The Mighty Ducks" and his sequels as the coach of an ice hockey team.

The actor has spent more time behind the camera, directing episodes of "Cold Case," "CSI: NY," and "Close to Home." He also wrote, directed and produced "Bobby," about the murder of Robert Kennedy and "The Way" a drama starring by his father.


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Stallone’s greatest success as an actor, starting with the boxer Rocky Balboa, in the first film of the “Rocky” series. He had similar success, with John Rambo in the five “Rambo” films and as Barney Ross in the three “The Expendables” films.

He writing all six “Rocky” films, also wrote “Cobra,” “Driven,” “Rambo,” and “Homefront.” Stallone has co-written several other films, such as “F.I.S.T.,” “Rhinestone,” “Over the Top,” the first three “Rambo” films, the three “The Expendables” films and “Creed II.”


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Winona's first important role was playing Lydia, a gothic teenager who suffers from depression, in the movie "Beetlejuice."

After several appearances on television and on the radio, he participated in "Edward Scissorhands," the comedy-drama "Mermaids," and "Bryan Stoker’s Dracula.” Recently we have seen her in “Stranger Things,” “Show me a Hero,” and “Drunk History.”


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Alyssa Milano is well known for her performance in “Who’s the Boss?” that opened the door for film roles. In 1985, she starred in "Commando" as Jenny Matrix, the daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger's character.

She also appeared in the films " To Brave Alaska" and "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend." She had a part on "Melrose Place" and later starred on the hit TV series "Charmed." More recently, she's served as a judge on "Project Runway: All Stars."


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Tom Cruise starred in some of the best movies of the 80s, such as "Top Gun," "The Color of Money," "Rain Man," and "Born on the Fourth of July," reaching the status of a Hollywood superstar in just five years.

Then the no less famous films "Interview with the Vampire," the franchise "Mission: Impossible" and "Jerry Maguire," has made him one of the highest-paid actors in the history of the show.


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Joan Collins plays the role of Alexis Carrington, the vengeful and scheming ex-wife in the soap opera “Dynasty,” which made her a superstar and brought her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

Collins replaced Elizabeth Taylor, in “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas,” a prequel to film “The Flintstones.” Late, Collins co-starred the television film “These Old Broads.” At eighty-five years old, she remains active working, with projects to come.


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Although Demi was part of St. Elmo's Fire, "it was from the commercial success of "Ghost" and the controversial films "An Indecent Proposition," "Striptease," and "Harassment,” which is one of the most sought-after and expensive actresses in entertainment.

G.I. Jane (1997), the actress shaved her head to play the first woman in the SEAL commands. Then her popularity decreased and the actress began to devote more time to her family. His appearances include "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," "Bobby," "Mr. Brooks,” and “Margin Call.”



Cristina Applegate achieved fame with the TV series “Married… With Children.” Later she starred alongside Shannen Doherty, John Ritter and others the movie "Nowhere." In early 2000, he participated in films such as "The Sweetest Thing", "Prince Charming" and "View from the Top".

However, her greatest success of this era was her interpretation in "Anchorman." Since then, Applegate has starred in films such as "The Rocker", "Bad Moms", "Vacation" and "Hall Pass," and several TV series such as "Ask the StoryBots" and "Dead to Me."



Cyndi never imagined the sensation that became her solo debut album "She's So Unusual" in 1983, then came the epic classic of the 80s, "The Goonies." He was also part of the series "Mad About You," "Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child,” and “Bones” playing Avalon Armonia.

In 2013, she won the Tony Award for best original score for the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots.” Ones recognition of multiple soundtracks in thirty years of career. Cyndi's passion has been to support LGBT rights, and has campaigned for equality around the world.


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Michael was one of “The Jacksons Five” with his siblings, and they became a successful musical group. His sixth solo album “Thriller” is the best-selling album in history, holding the No. 1 spot for 37 weeks.

Jackson’s music continued to enjoy popularity in the following years, but his career began to decline with “HIStory: Past, Present, and Future, Book I.” Now, ten years after his death, two posthumous albums was released and well sold: “They Don’t Care About Us” and “Invincible.”

Many of the eighties superstars continue their careers to this day, perhaps not with so much glamor but definitely, making their fans follow them in every project they undertake, whether it is film, TV or streaming.