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 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.
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.”
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.”