While she certainly comes from an iconic family, being the daughter of Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith made a name for herself back in the ‘80s. During this time, the young actress had roles in movies such as “Body Double,” “Something Wild,” and “Working Girl,” among others.
But Griffith was probably best known for her high-profile relationships with ‘80s stars such as Don Johnson and Steven Bauer. With the former, she gave birth to an iconic actress in her own right, Dakota Johnson. In recent times, Griffith has appeared in movies such as James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist” and “The High Note.”
In many ways, it’s impossible to think of romantic comedies without thinking of Meg Ryan. The talented actress took this genre to dizzy new heights when she starred alongside Billy Crystal in the 1989 flick “When Harry Met Sally.”
She continued her romantic reputation into the ‘90s, starring in movies such as “Sleepless in Seattle,” “City of Angels,” and “You’ve Got Mail.” But after a highly publicized entanglement with Russell Crowe, Ryan’s career took a bit of a hit and her work has since dried up over the last few decades. Her son, Jack Quaid, has since emerged as one of the finest young actors of his generation.
It would be the understatement of the century if we said that Wil Wheaton has had a rollercoaster career. Until this very day, most people will still recognize him for his breakout role in the classic ‘80s coming-of-age film “Stand By Me.” Over the years though, Wheaton has also made memorable appearances in shows such as “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “The Big Bang Theory.”
In recent times, Wheaton shocked the nation with his trivia knowledge when he went on to reach the final of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” Despite a grand effort in the final, he ultimately lost the grand prize to Ike Barinholtz. It’s amazing to think that he is now in his 50s.
There aren’t many families in Hollywood as prolific as the Arquettes. And while she might not be as well known as her brother David, Rosanna Arquette has had some pretty memorable moments in her career, especially during the ‘80s. During this pivotal decade in her life, Arquette had key roles in movies such as “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Silverado,” and “After Hours.”
But casual moviegoers probably recognize her the most for her minor role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction.” While she’s never quite managed to reclaim the magic of her earlier roles, Arquette has consistently been working as an actress, right up until today.
It’s impossible not to look at Dolph Lundgren without thinking of Ivan Drago. This Swedish martial artist-turned-actor became a villain seemingly overnight when he (spoiler alert) punched Apollo Creed’s lights out in the incredibly fun “Rocky IV.”
Lundgren had a pretty interesting time during the second half of the ‘80s, also starring as the iconic He-Man in “Masters of the Universe.” He even had a cameo in the James Bond classic “A View to a Kill.” And while most of his career has been dedicated to B-movies, Lundgren did have something of a resurgence when he appeared in “The Expendables.” In 2023, Lundgren revealed that he had been battling cancer since 2015.