Ever think back on your favourite movies and shows of the 80s, and ask yourself; whatever happened to those stars that seemed like they had unstoppable careers? You’re not the only one to ask such questions. Unlike the retro-themed slots that have become so popular at All Jackpots Online Casino Casino, these stars simply shone bright, then faded away.
Let’s take a look at 5 now, and see where they landed up after their 80s stardom.
Once the extremely well known and popular star of the Karate Kid movies, most assumed Ralph Macchio would go on to have a long and illustrious career. But, after the third Karate Kid, he quickly seemed to all but drop off the face of the earth.
It was after appearing in the well-loved film My Cousin Vinny in 1992 that Macchio began to settle for playing cameo roles, bit parts, or acting in lesser-known films. He has, in fact, been a very active actor, but has simply preferred to stay very much out of the light. You may spot him in a number of small roles, if keeping a keen eye out.
After achieving near global acclaim in the popular television series Who’s The Boss, which ran from 1984 – 1992, Tony Danza also seemed to fade into obscurity. But, like Ralph Maccio, Tony Danza simply seemed to prefer less mainstream films and shows. He has likewise been a very busy actor, but escaped public attention, for the most part.
The Tony Danza Show, running from 2004 – 2006, did not achieve the widespread popularity of Who’s The Boss, but did have Danza charming his limited audience with a whopping 330 episodes. For Danza fans though, the good news is he will be back on our screens soon in a 10 episode Netflix series. Proof that you can’t keep Tony Danza down!
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Most well known for his role opposite Tom Cruise in Top Gun, in 1986, Val Kilmer had a period of extreme popularity, having several big starring roles. He was Batman in 1995, The Saint in 1997, but then quickly seemed to vanish from the mainstream.
Truth be told, Val Kilmer is one of the most active actors in the Hollywood, with an impressively long filmography. Only, the roles are so small, and often so insignificant that he simply goes unnoticed.
Peter Weller was Robocop in 1987, and the role all but cemented his face as the man who was a police officer cyborg. He appeared again in Robocop 2, and then seemed to vanish without a trace. Peter Weller is another celebrity who avoided mainstream films, and found a more comfortable home in television series.
Weller has, in fact, had a successful career in many popular series, and has even been nominated for several awards. He simply doesn’t get recognised, however, likely because he doesn’t play a cyborg.
Of all the performers on this list, Cynthia Rhodes is the only one that really did simply vanish from show business entirely. After demonstrating her dancing and acting prowess in Flashdance and Staying Alive in 1983, and playing Penny in Dirty Dancing in 1987, Cynthia acted in only one other film before retiring from show business forever.
The 80’s are making a comeback in TV and in fashion – do you think any of these stars will be making a return to the screen?