Arguably one of the most versatile comedians of her generation, Tracey Ullman seems to have done it all. The talented British performer was a huge hit in her home country, being a regular cast member of the sketch comedy show “Three of a Kind. Eventually, though, she moved across the pond and starred in her very own show – “The Tracey Ullman Show.”
As the decades passed, Ullman has ebbed and flowed in terms of her relevance in the world of entertainment. She memorably showed up in the closing episodes of “How I Met Your Mother” as the mother of Robin Scherbatsky. She also worked with Larry David on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
When it comes to the legendary Steve Martin, there were three key components as to why he had a truly remarkable decade. Firstly, his stand-up was pretty immense because of how surreal and absurd it was. Secondly, his films during this time were absolutely off the chart, having started in comedic classics such as “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Three Amigos!,” and “Roxanne.”
And thirdly, his time on “SNL” saw him host the show on numerous occasions. In recent times, Martin has reunited with his long-time buddy Martin Short to work alongside Selena Gomez in the popular series “Only Murders in the Building.”
There is no denying that Catherine O’Hara is a legend. Not only that, but the ‘80s were a truly defining time in her career. With key roles in movies such as “After Hours” and “Beetlejuice,” the sky was truly the limit for Catherine. And the ‘90s were pretty good too, as she starred in classics such as “Home Alone” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
But it seems like O’Hara had some sort of second wind in her career over the last decade, having received numerous plaudits for her role on the popular Canadian sitcom “Schitt’s Creek.” Since then, she has also reprised her role in the long-awaited sequel to “Beetlejuice.”
Let’s face it – Denzel Washington didn’t exactly set the world alight during the ‘80s. But with that said, it was during this decade that he started to show signs that he could become one of the biggest stars Hollywood has ever seen. This was most evident after he played Steve Biko in the critically acclaimed “Cry Freedom.”
Truth be told, Washington’s rise to superstardom was a slow burn. By the turn of the millennium though, he was getting universal praise for his performances in movies such as “Training Day,” “Inside Man,” and “American Gangster,” to name a few. Despite nearing his 70s, Washington is still as busy as ever.
The ‘80s was a pretty sweet time for Phylicia Rashad. Most notably, she landed the role of Clair Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” being an integral part of the show’s success for all eight seasons. While she never quite managed to eclipse the impact she had on that show, Rashad has consistently been busy as an entertainer as the decades have passed.
In the last decade alone, she has appeared in popular shows such as “Empire,” “This Is Us,” “13 Reasons Why,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and many more. She’s even had a key role in the “Creed” trilogy, the spin-off to the “Rocky” franchise.