Whatever Happened To These 8 80s Actors?

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Whatever Happened To These 8 80s Actors?

Whatever Happened To These 8 80s Actors?

It’s a funny thing how actors can appear in wildly popular, successful films, then seemingly disappear from sight at a certain point. Some of the actors on this list had prolific careers in the 80s, some appeared in iconic roles and fell off the face of the earth.

Here are 8 stars from the 80s we lost sight of…

1. Mia Sara – Sara was cast as Matthew Broderick’s girlfriend, Sloane, in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. After the film became one of the biggest hits of the 80s, Sara’s career fell off considerably. Most notably, she appeared as Jean Claude Van-Damme’s wife in Timecop, but otherwise has been mostly absent from the screen. Sara is, however, married to Brian Henson, heir to the Jim Henson fortune, and the couple have a daughter.

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2. Zach Galligan – Galligan was front and center in Gremlins, another smash hit of the 80s. After that, Galligan reprised his role in the extremely meta, very campy sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Since then, Galligan has disappeared from the limelight. Currently, he is teaching acting in New York City after getting his degree from Columbia.

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3. Ralph Macchio – The Karate Kid himself found wild success as Daniel in the 80s franchise. While the films did bleed over into the 90s, the first two Karate Kids are definitely the best of the bunch. Macchio did appear in My Cousin Vinny in the early 90s and appeared in an episode of the HBO show Entourage, but has basically been invisible since dominating the Kobra Kai.

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4. Steve Guttenberg – In the 80s, Guttenberg was one of the most prolific and popular actors in Hollywood. He appeared in the endless Police Academy films, at least the first four, as well as Cocoon and Three Men and A Baby. There is no real explanation for his career flatlining, the actor simply became a has been in the industry. He is currently single living in New York City.

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5. Tom Berenger – The decline of Berenger seems strangest. After bursting onto the scene in films like The Big Chill, getting nominated for his role in the Best Picture winner Platoon, and being the cornerstone of the baseball comedy Major League, Berenger has been nothing more than the king of direct-to-video Sniper sequels and terrible movies. He did appear in 2011’s Inception, but has otherwise been invisible to audiences. He has since voiced his displeasure with Hollywood, and doesn’t plan on returning to films anytime soon.

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6. Judd Nelson – Despite the ensemble cast of young talent, Judd Nelson’s delinquent troublemaker was the hit of The Breakfast Club. Nelson was named as a member of “The Brat Pack” in the 80s along with the likes of Demi Moore and Rob Lowe, but never became much of a star after the decade of the 80s ran its course. These days, Nelson is reduced to appearing in terrible direct-to-video movies that nobody has ever heard of.

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7. Ally Sheedy – Another Breakfast Club alum, Sheedy was the introverted weirdo in the group. Since her role in The Breakfast Club, Sheedy has never been more than a supporting player in forgettable films, occasionally appearing in small independent movies along the way. Currently, she is teaching high-schoolers at the La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts.

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8. Billy Zabka – In the 80s, Zabka was the go to for jock bullies in films like The Karate Kid and Just One Of The Guys. While he was always the jerk, Zabka is reportedly a pretty good guy. While he did have a surprise cameo in the time travel comedy Hot Tub Time Machine, Zabka has been absent from films and isn’t looking to get back into the industry.

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Related topics Ally Sheedy, Billy Zabka, Judd Nelson, Mia Sara, Ralph Macchio, Steve Guttenberg, Tom Berenger, Whatever Happened to 80s actors, Zach Galligan
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