Nothing can replace that great feeling of nostalgia you get when you catch a rerun of your favorite 80’s TV show or watch one of your favorite 80’s films. It brings back memories of your yesteryear and how you once felt about your biggest 80’s crushes.
Stroll with us down memory lane in our list of 80’s heartthrobs you used to love.
John Stamos made his debut as Blackie Parrish on General Hospital in 1985. The role scored him an Emmy nomination but he soon moved on to two other short-lived sitcoms before landing the role that would make him a memorable part of American television history: Jesse Katsopolis aka Uncle Jesse on Full House. It was during his 8-year run on the show that women and young girls would fall in love with his perfect hair, gorgeous face, rockstar image, and gentle spirit. Did we mention his gorgeous face? Have mercy!
Mario Van Peebles
Mario Van Peebles possessed a macho cool and sex appeal that charmed his female fans. In the 80’s this actor/writer/director starred in South Bronx Heroes, Rappin‘, Identity Crisis, and Clint Eastwood’s Heartbreak Ridge.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off turned Matthew Broderick into an icon of teenage fun and freedom. His character’s hooky-playing and mischef-making filled young viewers with equal measures of envy and admiration, and it didn’t hurt that he was a cutie too. Broderick was slated to be cast as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties but due to his unavailability at the time the role went to another 80’s idol…
Michael J. Fox
Fox is an 80’s icon, forever loved for being Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties and Teen Wolf, but most especially for being a time-traveling teen named Marty McFly in the Back to the Future franchise. In those films Fox carried a quirky cool factor that made male audiences want to emulate him (as well as time travel) and female audiences crush on him.
Kirk Cameron is known for two things: being an outspoken Evangelist and playing Mike Seaver on Growing Pains. While many people have varying opinions on the former, it’s of general consensus that Cameron was quite endearing as the goofy, troublemaking teen on the latter TV show.
Johnny Deep is one of the biggest things to step out of the 80’s, one of the best actors of our time, and one of the most beautiful men on the planet. He made his debut in A Nightmare on Elm Street and then went on to star in Platoon before being cast on the show 21 Jump Street which placed him in homes across the country and made him a teen heartthrob, a title Depp was always uncomfortable with.
Not only did fans of 21 Jumpstreet get to gaze at Johnny Depp but they got to ogle his fellow co-star Richard Grieco as well. Grieco’s tough, rebellious detective Denis Booker was given his own show as a spin-off from Jumpstreet called Booker but the show was cancelled after one season. He has since starred in mostly B movies.
Asian heartthrobs are hard to come by in America. Not that they couldn’t exist, but that they aren’t really allowed to. In the 80’s Dustin filled that role. His appearance as officer Harry Truman Loki on 21 Jumpstreet had female fans crushing on more than just Depp and Grieco.
Malcolm Jamal-Warner will always be Theo Huxtable in our hearts, the athletic only son of Cliff and Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show. Viewers watched as Jamal grew from a cute but slightly awkward teenager into a strong, handsome man.
One of the members of the famed “Brat Pack,” Nelson peaked the interest of young, female movie watchers as temperamental bad boy John Bender in The Breakfast club.
Estevez was a hot commodity in the 80’s, starring in the films The Outsider, The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire, and Young Guns.
If Keanu Reeves must be immortalized as a surfer dude at least he was a hot one. The hunky actor made a name for himself in YoungBlood, River’s Edge, and of course Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Regardless what he may have sounded like, his looks made the girls fall in love.
Philip Michael Thomas
While older than the other 80’s heartthrobs on this list, Philip Michael Thomas still managed to be the object of many a Miami Vice female viewer’s affection. His suave dress and exotic appearance made it easy for him to stand out.
With his image of the last eight years it’s hard to remember that Tom Cruise was once the hottest thing in movies and celebrity. His early career saw him the object of many a fangirl’s affection when he appeared in such hit movies as The Outsiders, All the Right Moves, Risky Business, Top Gun, The Color of Money, Rain Man, and Born on the Fourth of July. What Tom lacked in stature he more than made up for in talent and looks.