The first time I saw Arnie was in the Terminator and I was so blown away by that movie I had to go to the cinema to see it again a few days later. Ever since then I was always one of the first into the cinemas to see any new movie he came out with.
My Favourites: Terminator, Commando
He played a lot of funny characters and the 80s was truly the decade that defined him with film classics like "Stripes", "Caddyshack", "Ghostbusters" and "Scrooged"
My Favourites: Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day
She became a hit in the Blue Lagoon, but never seemed to get any really great roles in movies after that. Nevertheless, everybody was talking about her and she was a media sensation.
Had a successful sitcom with "Suddenly Susan" in the 90s.
Started out as a TV star in the hit show Moonlighting, but then suddenly broke out as a major action movie star in “Die Hard”. He did a lot of action movies in the 80s, most of which were not particularly memorable, but the Die Hard franchise kept him going as a big movie star.
Bud Spencer (RIP) & Terence Hill
These two were an Italian duo who started out doing Spaghetti Westerns, but in the 70s and 80s teamed up regularly to do action comedies. I can still remember every year, eagerly heading to the movies with my dad to see their latest offering. They aren’t that well known around the world, but they did really well down under and in Eastern Europe. The Italians still revere them even though they quit making movies together in the mid 80s, (all except for one reunion movie in the 90s). Bud sadly passed away in 2016.
My favourites: Watch out we're mad, Odds & Evens
Charles Bronson (RIP)
Yes, Bronson was already a well known movie star well before the 80s, especially when it came to Westerns. One of his biggest hit movies "Death Wish" came in 1974, but it wasn't until the 80s when we got all the sequels to that one and he was in so many thrillers around that time. So that is why he is on my 80s list.
Virtually an unknown until the movie “Platoon” came out. His movie career continued and then turned into a TV career.
Chevy was another in a bunch of comedians who made a name for themselves in the 80s with classic movies like "Caddyshack", "National Lampoon's Vacation", "Fletch" and "The Three Amigos"
Started out as a TV star, but hit the big time as a movie star in Back to the Future.
Before the 80s, Norris did a few movies and even worked alongside Bruce Lee. In the 80s though, he was bringing out movie after movie and they were so cool. He quickly established himself as a popular action star. My personal favourites are the Missing in Action movies. Sadly, his movie career quickly faded in the 90s, but he did get a hit TV show.
He first really got noticed as the evil Kurrgan in "The Highlander" and has gone on to play some great roles (mainly villains). He is more known for his television work now and has been hugely successful there.
My Favourites: Highlander, Shawshank Redemption, Carnivale (TV).
Dan joins Chevy and Bill on the lists of American comedians who hit the big time in the 80s with movies like "Ghostbusters", "Blues Brothers" and "Trading Places"
Another actor who came from a hit TV show and had a successful movie career. He was type cast as the obnoxious and devious villain in most movies he was in. He was absolutely brilliant in one of my favourite comedies of all time "Ruthless People".
I first noticed Danny as Mal in my favourite western "Silverado". He of course went on to do the Lethal Weapon movies.
This picture shows his character Mal defying the villainous John Cleese by drinking his whisky before having to leave town.
Dudley Moore (RIP)
Duds made a name for himself in the 70s as a comedian and even had a couple of big movies. However in the 80s he had his biggest hit yet with "Arthur" and the was in movies throughout the 80s. His popularity waned in the 90s as well as his health. Sadly he passed away in 2002.
My favourites: Arthur 2, Mickie + Maude, Santa Claus - the movie
Eddy was noticed pretty much right away when his movie career started, but when he did “Beverly Hills Cop” in 1984, he quickly became a household name.
Who was this Asian guy who was popping up in all these foreign martial arts movies in the mid 80s? He was Jackie Chan and he’d been doing movies in China for years, but in the 80s he became popular worldwide with movies like the “Cannonball Run”, “The Protector” and “Police Story”.
Jamie Leigh Curtis
Jamie made a name for herself in the 80s with movies such as "Trading Places", "Halloween" and "A Fish Called Wanda"
My Favourites: True Lies, A Fish Called Wanda, Trading Places.
Jen had her big break as a child actress in the movie "Labyrinth" and went on to many other roles. Most of her movies didn't do that well, but she was certainly someone who got noticed.
My favourites: Labyrinth, Career Opportunities, Requiem for a Dream.
John Candy (RIP)
John was another brilliant American comedian who made it big in the 80s with many fellow actors. He was in such classics as "Planes Trains & Automobiles", "Stripes", "Brewster's Millions" and "Spaceballs". Sadly he died too soon.
I don't see what people see in her. I just don't get it really and I know other guys who don't either.
When you think of Keiffer these days you think of television, specifically “24”, but he started out doing some pretty cool 80s movies when he was younger including the role of a vampire in "The Lost Boys".
I first noticed Kevin in my favourite Western "Silverado" where he played a young rogue named Jake.
Kurt was already well known for doing Disney movies before the 80s, but it was the 80s when he became a huge action star.
My favourites: Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China.
He had his first big hit, "Mad Max" which started his career off big time. He was a huge action star throughout the 80s and onwards.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Gallipoli, Braveheart
I never saw this guy as a bonifide action star in the 80s, due to the roles he played, but come the 90s and onwards, he was.
Robert Downey Jnr
Started out playing the parts of teenaged assholes, then just as he was getting more serious roles he had his personal issues, which almost ruined his career. But then he came back proving that his success in the 80s was no fluke.
Robin Williams (RIP)
Another actor that came from a hit TV series (Mork & Mindy) to begin a huge movie career in the 1980s.
He was doing movies in the 70s but really only started to get big roles in the 80s where he was often cast as bad guys, sometimes psychotic.
My favourites: Blade runner, The Hitcher, Blind Fury.
Sharon didn't really make a huge name for herself until the controversial Basic Instinct in the 90s, but she was was certainly being noticed in the 80s too with the King Solomon's Mines and Police Academy franchises.
Steve had done some stuff in the 70s but it was the 80s where he really found popularity with movies like "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels", "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" and "The Three Amigos".
I never got to see a lot of his earlier movies when they came out, because I was too young. When I was old enough and also thanks to video, I quickly became a fan. I always looking forward to then next Rocky or Rambo movie.
Another supurb actor, mainly known for playing villains. Got his first big break with the Rocky Horror Picture Show in the 70s but his biggest success came in the 80s onwards. Does mainly voice acting these days.
My favourites: Clue, It, Muppet Treasure Island.
One of the few 80s stars that still gets to work regularly in big blockbuster action and sci-fi movies today.
My favourites: Rainman, Cocktail.
When I first started seeing Tom Hanks in movies, he was doing silly American comedies along with guys like John Candy, Dan Ackroyd, Jim Belushi and others. Next thing he hits it big with “Big” and from then on started to get some really great roles and he still does.
My favourites: Forrest Gump, Castaway, Big
Played a lot of arrogant characters early in his career. Career faded in the 90s.
My favourites: Tombstone, Batman Forever.
Did quite a few movies in the 80s and 90s and even did well in television on Star Trek - Next Generation.
C Thomas Howell