Ever wonder what your favorite 80s stars are up to now? It’s hard to believe that over 35 years have passed since these gorgeous and hunky stars made our hearts flutter in the 1980s. Some of them can still be found now, on television or on the silver screen. Others have drifted into obscurity, either favoring family life over fame or getting by on the meager earnings from a traditional business lifestyle like the rest of us. Either way, it’s fun to see how these top earners and performers from way back when are doing now that it’s 2016.
#18 Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe was an original member of the so-called Brat Pack back in the 80s. His boyish good looks and sexy charm earned him roles in St. Elmo’s Fire and The Outsiders. Apparently practicing a healthy lifestyle after giving up his hard-drinking ways, Lowe’s good looks haven’t left him, and he is currently producing and starring in a new TV series called, “The Grinder”.
#17 Demi Moore
Demi Moore also starred with Rob Lowe in St. Elmo’s Fire. Her career began taking off again when she re-emerged with a refurbished body (via plastic surgery) to star in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. Her biggest and most recent conquest was in dating Ashton Kutcher, who is 16 years younger than Moore. She certainly knows how to keep her good looks with age.
#16 Emilio Estevez
Emilio Estevez was briefly engaged to Demi Moore, and judging by the way he has aged, and Demi’s taste for younger men, it’s a good thing the wedding was canceled. We all remember him as Coach Bombay from The Mighty Ducks but now Emilio is currently sitting back and quaffing wine at his own personal winery called Casa Dumetz, in sunny California.
Considering all the sex, drugs and rock and roll that Madonna has indulged in during her lifetime, she’s holding up pretty well. She’s won Grammy after Grammy but has trouble winning the loyal hearts of men. She’s twice divorced and is currently battling for visitation of her son Rocco with ex-husband Guy Ritchie.
#14 Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise’s big break came when he starred in Risky Business, a movie about a young kid hiring a hooker while his parents are away. Tom is still trying to get women to come and stay since his recent explosive divorce from Katie Holmes. His career is still skyrocketing, though, with more Mission Impossible films in the works.
#13 Andrew McCarthy
Andrew McCarthy made us fall in love with him in the 80s when he appeared in Pretty in Pink and Mannequin. He’s no less attractive in his newer appearances in television shows “White Collar” and “Royal Pains.” The small screen of TVs is just as flattering for Andrew as the big screens of movies were in the 80s.
#12 George Michael
Back in the 80s, girls flocked to record stores and poster shops to listen to the Wham! singer George Michael, and swoon over his gorgeous face. Posters were ripped down and records scratched, though, after his arrest for lewd and lascivious behavior in a men’s restroom in a public park. Ewww. He now lives with his partner in a mansion outside London.
#11 John Cusack
Since his rise to fame in the 80s as the boy holding the boombox in Say Anything, John Cusack hasn’t stopped churning out movie hit after movie hit. Unlike many of his 80s colleagues, Cusack hasn’t transitioned to TV, and still appears in blockbusters like Being John Malkovich, 2012, Must Love Dogs, and Serendipity.
#10 Matthew Broderick
Since starring in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Matthew Broderick has had some acclaim on Broadway in New York City. He recently appeared in an episode of hit TV show “Modern Family,” where he accidentally thought Phil Dunphy was hitting on him. His biggest claim to fame, though, besides his Ferris role, is being married to Sarah Jessica Parker, from “Sex and the City.”
#9 Matt Dillon
Matt Dillon played the bad boy hunk in most of his 80s roles and a starring role in There’s Something About Mary. Most recently, he also had a cameo role in “Modern Family.” His most recent movie role was in You, Me and Dupree, but since then he’s laid low except for minor TV appearances.
#8 Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox won our hearts in the TV show “Family Ties,” which was on for seven years. After that, he starred in the original and sequels of Back to the Future. His announcement that he suffered from Parkinson’s Disease devastated his fans, but he’s continued to work doing voiceovers, in Stuart Little, some car commercials and has had cameos on shows like “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
#7 Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore has been our favorite child actor since her role as Elliot’s little sister in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Her career has had ups and downs since then, but she had a big boost when she starred in a Charlie’s Angels remake with Demi Moore and Cameron Diaz. She’s done a handful of movies with Adam Sandler, too. Most recently, she split with her husband, but knowing Drew, she’ll bounce back quickly.
#6 Debbie Gibson
Debbie Gibson had one hit song that propelled her whole career, which was “Only in My Dreams.” Since then, she’s had a string of hits, including “Foolish Beat.” She’s lent her singing and dancing talents to Broadway musicals and produced other musician’s albums. Most recently, she’s appeared in television movies like Summer of Me.
#5 Mr. T
Mr. T, aka Laurence Tureaud, became famous in the 80s as the designated tough guy on the TV show “The A-Team.” He had a role in Rocky III, and a brief stint in a reality show uncreatively titled, “I Pity the Fool.” He subsequently had a DIY show called “I Pity the Tool.” That’s a lot of mileage from a bad tagline.
Tiffany came along with a hit song called, “I Think We’re Alone Now” in the 80s. She was frequently confused with singer Debbie Gibson, and they actually starred in a film together called Mega Python vs. Gatoroid. She’s turned her talents to the retail business and currently owns a trendy boutique in Dallas.
#3 Corey Feldman
Corey Feldman began his acting career at the ripe old age of 3 when he lent his cute little boy looks to television commercials. Later on, his most famous role was in the Speilberg movies The Goonies, Stand By Me, and Gremlins. These days, Corey is writing. His memoir, entitled “Coreyography,” details troubles with addiction and past encounters with Hollywood pedophiles.
#2 Patrick Dempsey
Patrick Dempsy got lots of attention in his 80s role in Can’t Buy Me Love. Subsequent movie roles were ho hum until he landed a permanent cast part on “Grey’s Anatomy”. He’s since been fired from the show, however, and his wife has filed for divorce. We’ll wait and see where Patrick turns up next.
#1 Kevin Bacon
Kevin Bacon danced our hearts away in the 80s movie, Footloose! His movie roles since then have included Wild Things, Apollo 13, and Sleepers. One thing’s for sure. Keven Bacon keeps finding movie work, and fans keep paying to watch him on-screen. He’s currently starring in a TV thriller series called, “The Following.”
How many other 80s stars are out there waiting to be found? When you’re an 80s celebrity, it doesn’t take long for your star to rise or fall over the next 30 years. And it’s hard to stay out of the limelight for some of these stars, no matter how addiction or abuse in the past has affected them. Whether it’s cameo roles in television shows, stints on Broadway, writing books, producing reality TV shows, or making investments in businesses, these eighteen 80s stars have made their lives into something we’re all curious to learn about.