The 90’s churned out so many heartthrobs of varying degrees of popularity it’s hard to remember them all. Some of the more mainstream fellas like Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Devon Sawa come readily to mind, but there are many who’s crush appeal got lost in time. Some always stick out in memory and others you simply forgot about. Still, they will always have a special place in our hearts.
Cruise down memory lane with our list of 90’s heartthrobs you probably forgot you ever crushed on.
This pint sized player starred in the popular Black films Menace II Society, South Central, The Inkwell, Dead Presidents, and Love Jones. The latter especially sealed his image in the minds of young women as a smooth-talking sex symbol.
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Andrew was never a huge star but he was sure all over the 90’s, popping up on just about every hit TV show there was. He appeared on Baywatch, Full House, Step by Step, Moesha, Boy Meets World, Sabrina the Teenaged Witch, 7th Heaven, and Party of Five. He’s probably the biggest 90’s star who never had a single show of his own but made a career out of guest appearances and reoccurring roles.
Jason David Frank
Who could forget Jason? He played Tommy the green/white/black/red Power Ranger and the longest running character on the 19 season franchise. He was a gorgeous man and a skilled fighter, but Jason’s career seemed limited to his run on the Power Rangers, and when female fans outgrew the show, they outgrew their crushes on him as well. The actor is now an MMA fighter who makes appearances on the Power Morphicon panel and apparently has a two decade long rivalry with another former hottie and fellow Power Ranger who also makes our list…
Austin St. John
Austin is famous for playing Jason, the original red ranger and the leader of the very first Power Rangers series Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. He was also the youngest cast member of the show at 17 years old, and touted as the most skilled fighter of the show (which is said to be a point of contention that started the rivalry between he and Jason David Frank aka Tommy, the green ranger). Austin not only rivaled Jason David Frank in the martial arts department but also in the good looks department, back then anyway. Today, St. John is a shadow of his former self, so we won’t ruin your romantic image of him. We choose to remember him as he once was: the butt-kicking heartthrob who has been consistently voted by fans as THE best Red Ranger in Power Ranger’s history.
His big blue eyes were entrancing, perfectly placed on his gorgeous face. As a child star in the Never Ending Story 2, Stepfather 2, Stephen King’s It, and Sidekicks, Jonathan Brandis always had a striking appearance but it wasn’t until he was cast in Spielberg’s sci-fi TV show SeaQuest DSV at 17 that he stepped into teeny bopper magazines all over the US. Fans across the country were jealous of his then girlfriend Tatyana Ali whom he once said he loved “tremendously.” Sadly, his star faded over the years, leading to depression and his eventual suicide in 2003 at the age of 27. His movie Ladybugs will forever be a favorite amongst the 90’s kid generation.
Many of us knew his face but never knew his name. Bumper Robinson most notably appeared in the television movie The Jacksons: An American Dream and TV shows like A Different World, Living Single, Family Matters, and Sister Sister. Though Bumper is a terrible stage name we can forgive him for it cause he’s just so handsome.
Freddie Prinze Jr.
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We forgot just how much of a cutie Freddie Prinze Jr. was. After co-starring in the 90’s horror classic I Know What You Did Last Summer, Prinze was a veritable hunk. His big brown eyes and perfect pout sent girls’ hearts aflutter all over the country. His success in those days would surely make his papa, the late comedian Freddie Prinze Sr. proud, but Freddie’s heartthrob days are long over.
Oh, admit it, some of you had a crush on Eddie Winslow back in the day, didn’t you? No need to be embarrassed. He was tall, dark, and handsome with a voice to boot! On Family Matters Darius wasn’t the brightest bulb in the fixture but he could sure light a girl up with his singing.
Mr. Jackson is best known as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital but he also had a notable role as the title character in the movie adaptation of the book Tuck Everlasting and as a love interest of Topanga’s on Boy Meets World. While most of us forgot just how handsome Jonathan Jackson was in his 90’s heyday you can get a glimpse of his everlasting looks on his new show Nashville which airs on ABC.
Though Dwayne Wayne had no game on A Different World, his intelligence and poor pickup skills made him a charming character on the show. Not to mention he had those ridiculously cool yet totally nerdy flip-up sunglasses that upped his swag factor. Kadeem Hardison definitely had the girls crushing back in the day.
Yes, he played the annoying and pervy Roger on Sister Sister but we all knew that in real life he was a smooth R&B singer in the popular music group Immature. How could Tia and Tamera not want him? Marques Houston, who went by the name Batman, was indeed a bit like a super hero in his ability to transform identities. Goofy actor by day, suave ladies
boy man by night.
Though he has been in the business for over two decades, Matthew Fox doesn’t have an extensive acting career. While he might be most noted for his role on the hit ABC series Lost we will always remember him as Charlie, the hot oldest sibling and brooding womanizer from Party of Five.
Kain made his big debut as Raheem in the film Juice opposite Omar Epps and Tupac. From there he appeared on TV often in shows like Living Single, Suddenly Susan, and Moesha as well as the popular romance film Love Jones.
Brian Austin Green
Brian Austin Green was just too cute with his earrings in both ears. There was just something about him that exuded a natural cool. He was hip and hot! And if his ex Vanessa Marcil wasn’t enough proof of that, his current wife Megan Fox should be.
His Tom and Huck co-star Jonathan Taylor Thomas (JTT to those who loved him most) was one of the most popular and obvious heartthrobs of the 90’s, but Brad Renfro could hold his own standing next to the tiny cutie, even outshined him with a more mature appeal onscreen. Back then Renfro seemed poised for great success, if only he could have stayed out of his own way. Drug abuse and criminal activity got the better of him and he passed away from a heroin overdose at just 25 years old in 2008. Though real life troubles got the best of him, we prefer to remember Brad as the handsome, mischievous Huckleberry Finn.