16 Celebs Who Were Famous In The '80s But Are Mostly Forgotten About Today

The 80s may be long gone, but cinema is forever. These actors may not be the big stars they once were, but they've certainly made their mark on film history.
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1.Phoebe Cates
Although Cates no longer participates in acting or the Hollywood lifestyle, her work in Gremlins and Fast Times at Ridgemont High - particularly that very iconic pool scene - will live on in Hollywood history.
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2.C. Thomas Howl
Howell ruled the big screen in the '80s with memorable roles in films like E.T. the Alien, The Hitcher, The Outsiders and Red Dawn.
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3.Jami Gertz
If you're not an NBA fan, you've probably completely forgotten about Jami Gertz. Now a minority owner of the Atlanta Hawks basketball team, she has been featured in films such as , , and . Had she not turned down the role of Monica , that popularity would likely have carried over into current pop culture.
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4.Rick Moranis
Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Parenthood... Rick Moranis had an undeniably cult series in the '80s. After losing his wife in the '90s, his focus understandably shifted to fatherhood. He didn't reappear on our screens but we will always appreciate the gems he provided in his early years.
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5.Kelly McGillis
McGillis was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in 1985's Witness, played Charlie in Top Gun the following year, and played Kathryn in 1988's The Accused (which gave co-star Jodie Foster her first Oscar win). It's a theatrical run worth celebrating, even if McGillis is no longer a household name.
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6.Jeff Cohen
Although he eventually gave up acting to become a lawyer, Jeff Cohen made his mark on film history as Chunk in The Goonies. The Truffle Shuffle will always live on in our hearts.
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7.Amanda Wyss
Having A Nightmare on Elm Street, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Better Off Dead on your resume is definitely a flex. Wyss was a busy movie star in the '80s but has mostly worked for television shows since the '90s.
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8. AnthonyMichael Hall
National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Johnny Be Good... Anthony Michael Hall had a phenomenal run in the '80s as a member of the Brat Pack.
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9. Debra Winger
Although Winger's breakthrough role came in the '70s on the television series Wonder Woman, it was the '80s that made her a movie star. She received Oscar nominations for her roles in and .
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10. Mia Sara
As if starring in Ferris Bueller's Day Off wasn't iconic enough, Mia Sara also played prominent characters in Apprentice to Murder and Legend.
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11.Andrew McCarthy
Andrew McCarthy's acting resume from the '80s includes "St. Elmo's Fire", "Pretty in Pink", "Weekend at Bernie's", "Mannequin" and "Less Than Zero". Needless to say, it was an excellent era for him as an artist.
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12. Ally Sheedy
Sheedy's breakthrough film role came in 1983 when J.C. Walenski in Sean Penn's Bad Boys. However, her popularity grew exponentially thanks to notable roles in and and she will always be remembered as one of the Brat Pack stars of her time.
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13. Rütger Hauer
Rutger Hauer was a force to be reckoned with in the '80s thanks to films like Blade Runner, The Hitcher and Wanted: Dead or Alive.
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14. Daryl Hannah
Hannah cemented her status as an '80s movie star with roles in films such as Wall Street, Blade Runner and Steel Magnolias. She doesn't do much in public these days, but she made a small comeback with the movies in the early 2000s.
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15.Emilio Estevez
These days Estevez is often overshadowed by his brother Charlie Sheen and their father Martin Sheen. However, Emilio was unstoppable in the '80s, starring in classics like , , and .
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16.Cindy Morgan
While primarily a television actress, Morgan found massive success on the big screen with groundbreaking projects such as Tron and Caddyshack.
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