But not everybody has the enduring popularity of a Dwayne Wayne. So pull out your El DeBarge album and hoop earrings and check out our gallery of some of our favorite '80s stars from movies, TV and pop music. Then, peep our check list for throwing a totally tubular '80s party. Coreys not included.
THEN: Andrew McCarthy Whether falling for Molly Ringwald in "Pretty in Pink" or for an inanimate Kim Catrall 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 "Princess Bride"'s dashing Westley, Elwes melted hearts merely by uttering the word, "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 say it while rolling down a hill.)
NOW: Cary Elwes Post-"Bride," Elwes made a career out of basically playing Westley over and over in movies like "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" 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" (costarring 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 "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, costarring Christopher "Kid" Reid of Kid 'n Play). If you're up late watching a B action movie, chances are C. Thomas Howell is starring in it. He's also on the new show "Southland."
THEN: Fred Savage Just like his TV alter ego's undying love for Winnie Cooper, scores of young girls fell for Savage on his hit series "The Wonder Years." Whether starring in movies like the Nintendo classic "The Wizard," or appearing opposite the Church Lady on "SNL," Savage was one biggest young stars of his day. Though we're still bummed that Kevin and Winnie didn't end up together in the final episode.
THEN: Fred Savage Believe it or not, Savage is still working in kid TV-behind the scenes as a director for shows like "Ned's Declassified" and "Hannah Montana." Recently, he's branched out into comedy, helming episodes of "Ugly Betty" and the cult hit "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia." On the acting front, Savage made a memorable appearance as Number Three in "Austin Powers in Goldmember," and starred in the pilot "Single White Millionaire." TV could really use a good Fred Savage vehicle right about now.
You can't deny the '80s were totally tubular. Here's how to throw a bodacious bash to celebrate the golden age of Ralph Macchio.
The Invite Include a snap of yourself from the period. (Embrace the embarrassment; it's not like you were the only one with a fanny pack.) Use neon colors and as much radical slang as possible -- and maybe a shot of your favorite heartthrob from the era.
Dress Code Encourage costumes, and give guests some ideas: Brat Pack movie tributes, hair bands, toy trends, a Madonna iteration, etc. It's as easy as faking a series of suicides ... (Bonus points to anyone who comes as Big Fun from "Heathers.") Keep some legwarmers on hand for anyone who shows up in civilian clothing. The Playlist To paraphrase an '80s classic: Don't you forget about tunes (don't don't don't don't)! Have guests email you requests pre-party or set your online radio to one of the major genres: hair bands, ska, new wave, punk, pop, rap, and Michael Jackson.
The Snacks If your crowd steers more yuppie (remember Molly Ringwald's lunch in "The Breakfast Club"?), pick-up pre-made goods like sushi, fancy sandwiches and finger foods from your grocery store. For a more casual affair, go with mall-friendly eats: California Raisins, Tab, Cool Ranch Doritos, and Pop Rocks.
Decor Play a a few classic DVDs -- John Hughes flicks, "Miami Vice" episodes or Duran Duran videos. Raid your local party store for napkins, cups, streamers and the like in both neon brights and black-and-white checks. Print and post up photos of '80s faves or proudly display any memorabilia, like that ALF doll you can't seem to part with.
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