The kids and adults of today are more than familiar with the names of many of today’s major celebrities—Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, Drew Barrymore, and Michael Keaton.
However, each one of these now well-known actors or actresses had to begin their careers somewhere, and as such most of them started exercising their acting chops in the 1980s.
Known to many now as Ethan Hunt in the recently rebooted Mission Impossible series of films, Cruise got his first big role, some would even go so far as to say his breakout role, in the 80s movie “Risky Business.” Starring alongside Rebecca DeMorney, Cruise was a teen entrepreneur, who hit upon a money-making scheme after damaging his dad’s expensive car—that of being a pimp.
Although Penn has come a long way in his acting career, he will always be remembered for his role of Jeff Spicoli by his fans. One of several famous stars of the ’80s, who appeared alongside each other in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” Penn will forever be on our hearts as the pothead, surfer dude, whose quotes can still be heard to this day. My favorite—”All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine.”
Keaton has become the quintessential actor, having played many roles for which he is memorable. Perhaps his best-known characters were that of Batman in the reboot movie of the same name, as well as the mischevious Beetlejuice. However, Keaton was a virtual unknown when he landed his 80’s along the former Fonz, Henry Winkler, in the movie Night Shift. As the scene-stealing business partner of Winkler’s the two ran a brothel out of a morgue.
The current darling of romance movies began her career in the Steven Spielberg iconic film E.T: The Extraterrestrial. Playing the little sister to Henry Thomas, Barrymore stole moviegoers hearts with her sweet smile and sense of wonder. Although she was a mere seven years old when she appeared in E.T., fans knew from the beginning she would be around for a long time.