Category Archives: 80’s Actors

Robert Downey, Jr. tops Forbes’ list of highest paid actors for second year in a row

Robert-Downey-Jr-2014Robert Downey Jr. known for his roles in movies such as Weird Science and Less Than Zero of the 1980s and Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes and the Avengers in recent years has topped Forbe’s annual ranking of the highest paid actors for the second year in a row. Robert Downy Jr. earned an estimated $75 million in the last year.

This is a remarkable feat considering Downey only released one movie over the June 2013 to June 2014 timeline: Jon Favreau’s festival film Chef. So most of Downey’s money comes from the backend of the incredibly successful Iron Man 3—the highest grossing movie of 2013 with a $1.2 billion box office—and a reported pay hike for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Harold Ramis, the actor, writer and director dead at 69

AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL IN DEAUVILLEHarold Ramis, the actor, writer and director whose films include “Stripes,” “Ghostbusters,” “Groundhog Day” and “Analyze This,” has died. He was 69.

His death was caused by complications related to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a condition Ramis battled for four years, according to United Talent Agency, which represented Ramis for many years.

For more than 40 years, Ramis was a leading figure in comedy. A veteran of the Second City troupe in his hometown of Chicago, he was a writer for “SCTV” and wrote or co-wrote the scripts for “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978), “Caddyshack” (1980), “Stripes” (1981), “Ghostbusters” (1984), “Groundhog Day” (1993) and “Analyze This” (1999).

The films often featured members of his generation of comedy talents — veterans of the National Lampoon’s recordings, “Saturday Night Live” and “Second City TV” — most notably Ramis’ old comedy colleague and fellow Chicagoan Bill Murray.

Emmy-nominated Actor Rob Lowe To Narrate The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us for National Geographic Channel

Rob LoweThe ’80s: The Decade That Made Us, the National Geographic Channel announced that Emmy-nominated actor Rob Lowe will narrate the six-part cultural programming event that offers an unprecedented look at the moments, trends, inventions, and culture that have shaped our world today.

The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us isn’t about nostalgia; it’s about the history of our modern world that spawned political, technological, cultural and social revolutions that began in the United States and went on to dominate the world. This cultural programming event is the defining biography of a generation. It’s about a decade of people, decisions and inventions that changed our future, told from the perspective of the unknowing history makers who lived these iconic moments.

We worked out, worked harder, played harder and consumed more — because the 1980s was the decade when we went forward to the future. The first launch of the Space Shuttle triggered a technological explosion in global communications that gave birth to our modern love affair with smartphones; Madonna rolled around on stage in a wedding dress, sending shock waves through a celebrity-hungry world that can’t get enough of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry today. These and other incredible stories reveal surprising, unexpected details and twists and turns from a decade you only thought you knew.

“National Geographic Channel is a leader in creating engaging and relevant programs that viewers can trust,” said Lowe. “This series is a unique and provocative look back at one of the most exciting and revolutionary periods in American history.”

“Rob Lowe is one of today’s most enduring actors, and his films from the 1980s were among the most popular of the decade, with the ‘Brat Pack‘ films setting a new standard for the teen movie genre,” added Michael Cascio, EVP of Programming, National Geographic Channel. “He is the perfect narrator for this series and his voice brings to life the triumphs, challenges, and effervescent spirit of this bright and important time.”

Check out The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us website for episode schedules.

Twitter hashtag: #natgeo80s

Popular 80’s comedian Gallagher suffers heart attack

Comedian Gallagher (born Leo Anthony Gallagher, Jr.) known for his signature sketch “Sledge-O-Matic” is slowly recovering from a heart attack suffered just before he was about to perform at a Texas club.

Gallagher, 65, is in stable condition at a Dallas-area hospital.

He was about to go onstage Wednesday, March 14 at Hat Tricks, a Lewisville, Texas club when he fell ill and was taken to a hospital by paramedics.

His shows in Texas, Oklahoma and Oregon scheduled through next week have been posponed.

Gallagher was one of the most popular and recognizable American comedians during the 1980s. He performed 14 comedy specials for Showtime. These shows have been re-broadcasted numerous times, notably on Comedy Central. His first special was directed by Mike Nesmith, formerly of The Monkees.

Gallagher ran for Governor in the 2003 California recall election, finishing 16th out of 135 candidates.

Gallagher’s Comedy Specials:

  • An Uncensored Evening (1980)
  • Mad as Hell/Two Real (1981)
  • Totally New (1982)
  • Stuck in the Sixties (1983)
  • The Maddest (1983)
  • Melon Crazy (1984)
  • Over Your Head (1984)
  • The Bookkeeper (1985)
  • The Messiest (1986) — contains clips from previous specials
  • Overboard (1987)
  • We Need a Hero (1992)
  • Smashing Cheeseheads (1997)
  • Messin’ Up Texas (1998)
  • Sledge-O-Matic.com (2000)
  • Tropic of Gallagher (2007)

Find Gallagher DVD’s @ Amazon

1980: Gallagher’s news anchor comedy

The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway

Pee-wee Herman is on Broadway for just a limited time. Time runs out on January 2, 2011.

Pee-wee Herman’s groundbreaking Saturday morning television show and hyperkinetic, bow-tied persona shaped a generation. Now, at long last, Pee-wee’s starring ON Broadway in a live extravaganza!

Big, bold and uniquely fabulous, The Pee-wee Herman show is a stage play with music that reunites Pee-wee (the one-and-only Paul Reubens) with the beloved Playhouse gang – Miss Yvonne, Mailman Mike, Cowboy Curtis, Jambi the Genie, Pterri, Conky, Chairry and many more!

Gary Coleman has died

It is very sad for us to report that Gary Coleman  has died as the result of injuries he suffered earlier this week.

We’ve learned from TMZ and The Huffington Post that Gary’s wife, Shannon, made the decision to pull life support early this morning.

Coleman died at 12:05 PM MST.  He died of a intracranial hemorrhage.

Family members and close friends were at Coleman’s side when life support was pulled.

He was 42.

Gary Coleman DVD’s @ Amazon

  

80’s child star Gary Coleman reportedly on life support & in coma

Gary Coleman has slipped into a coma and is on life support in a Salt Lake City hospital, his spokesman says.

Spokesman John Alcantar told KABC that Coleman, 42, suffered severe bleeding in his skull at his home south of Salt Lake City on Wednesday. He was rushed to a hospital and was conscious and lucid by mid- morning Thursday, but by afternoon, his condition worsened and was slipping in and out of consciousness.

ABC News says he suffered intracranial hemorrhage.

The Diff’rent Strokes star has had a history of health problems. He has been battling kidney disease since his childhood, and also had heart surgery last fall.

Coleman, who was hospitalized earlier this year having having a seizure on the set of The Insider, lives in Santaquin, about 55 miles south of Salt Lake City.

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1980’s Actor Corey Haim Found Dead

Corey Haim
Corey Haim

Actor Corey Haim died this morning of an apparent accidental overdose according to the Los Angeles County Coroner and the LAPD. Corey was 38.

Police said Haim was pronounced dead at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank.

Haim was born in Ontario Canada in 1971 and as a teenager found fame in Hollywood. His first role was in 1984’s “Firstborn” with Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr.

Haim rose to fame in the 80s alongside longtime pal Corey Feldman and co-starred in a number of films, including “The Lost Boys” in which he starred with Feldman. Other 1980’s films Haim had roles in were: “Murphey’s Romance“, “Lucas“, “License to Drive“,  and “Dream a Little Dream“.

In the 1990s Haim played more obscure roles however continued to work steadily in films like “National Lampoon’s Last Resort” and “Prayer of the Rollerboys.” Haim struggled with substance abuse through much of his career.

Haim reportedly suffered a drug-induced stroke in 2001 and was rushed to UCLA Medical Center and also reportedly was in and out of rehab 15 times, but cleaned up in 2004 after moving to Toronto.

80’s movie director John Hughes honored at Oscars

The Oscars took a moment for a tribute to the late John Hughes Sunday night. Hughes’ tribute was introduced by Matthew Broderick and Molly Ringwald.

The montage of great Hughes moments was followed by a handful of his most famous leading actors talking about the writing and directing legend.

On stage were actors and actresses who played roles in Hughe’s movies, some of which are considered members of the 80’s brat pack: Anthony Michael Hall, Macaulay Culkin, Jon Cryer, Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson, and each told a Hughes anecdote. Hughes’ family was in the audience and stood to thunderous applause.

Ringwald told the audience that at 16, “Hughes saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself.” Broderick continued that a day doesn’t go by that someone doesn’t tap him on the shoulder and ask “Hey Ferris, is this your day off?”

The moving montage showed key sequences from comedies that Hughes had written and directed, including ‘Sixteen Candles,’ ‘The Breakfast Club,’ ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation,’ ‘Some Kind of Wonderful,’ ‘Pretty in Pink,’ ‘Home Alone‘ and ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles.’