THEN: Ralph Macchio Though he first came to stardom as one of "The Outsiders," Macchio will eternally be "Daniel-san" in the original "Karate Kid" trilogy. Who doesn't get a little misty-eyed whenever "Glory of Love" comes on the radio? (Or super-pumped when "You're The Best" is on the bar jukebox?)
NOW: Ralph Macchio Macchio's been on the comeback trail of late, poking fun at his "Wax on, wax off" past in a Vitamin Water commercial, and popping up on "Ugly Betty" and the indie film "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead." (Now that's a title!) If only he'd use his "Crane Kick" on whoever thought it was a good idea to cast Will Smith's son in the upcoming "Karate Kid" remake.
THEN: Andrew McCarthy Whether falling for Molly Ringwald in "Pretty in Pink" or for an inanimate Kim Cattrall in "Mannequin," McCarthy was the romantic soul of the '80s. And, as it turns out, the sparks in "Pretty in Pink" were real: Ringwald later confessed to having a serious crush on Andrew during filming.
NOW: Andrew McCarthy After recent stints on "Law & Order Criminal Intent" and "Lipstick Jungle," McCarthy is returning to his roots: playing Lily's father in an episode of "Gossip Girl" set during the '80s. We hear the episode is actually a backdoor pilot for a potential series called "Valley Girls." A TV series set during the '80s and starring Andrew McCarthy? Where do we sign?
THEN: Cary Elwes As "The Princess Bride"'s dashing Westley, Elwes melted hearts merely by uttering the words, "Inconceivable." We kid, that was Wallace Shawn. "As you wish" is what Westley said to melt Princess Buttercup's slightly prickly heart. (He was also able to yell it while tumbling down a hillside.)
NOW: Cary Elwes Post-"Bride," Elwes made a career out of basically playing Westley over and over in movies like "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" and "Georgia Rule." In 2005, Elwes filed a lawsuit against the makers of "Saw" for not allowing him to share in the colossal profits from that torture-fest. You can soon see him scanned as a 3-D character in "A Christmas Carol" and "The Adventures of Tintin." Even awkward motion-capture Elwes is still pretty darn smooth.
THEN: Chad Allen Allen first came to fame for his role as the young autistic boy Tommy Westphall on "St. Elsewhere." (Turned out the whole series took place in his mind. Which explains all the Howie Mandel antics.) But it was his role opposite crotchety old Wilford Brimley, and a young Shannon Doherty, in "Our House" that scored him a place in Bop and Teen Beat.
NOW: Chad Allen Allen spent a good part of the '90s on the swoony "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," and met with controversy when tabloids outed him in 1996. Since then, he's been a steadfast activist for gay rights, produced and starred in socially relevant projects like 2007's "Save Me" (co-starring Angela from 'Who's the Boss" as a crazy Christian!) He recently turned up on the "General Hospital" spin-off "Night Shift," and also auctioned off his underwear for charity. Ladies? Guys? Crazy "Our House" fans?
THEN: C. Thomas Howell Howell first demonstrated his tough guy persona as Ponyboy in "The Outsiders," and then proceeded to milk it for decades in action roles ranging from the sublime ("Red Dawn," "The Hitcher") to the highly forgettable (pretty much everything after "Red Dawn" and "The Hitcher").
NOW: C. Thomas Howell C. Thomas continues to be the king of direct-to-DVD action fare, recently starring in his own version of "War of the Worlds" (and directing the sequel, co-starring Christopher "Kid" Reid of Kid 'n Play). If you're up late watching a B-action movie, chances are C. Thomas Howell is the star. He's also on the new show "Southland."