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Take Me Out Tonight: Five 80s Boys We'll Always Love

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | July 10, 2013 | Comments ()


Stuck in the 80s? Not a problem—tons of bands and musicians are making their comebacks and touring again; some of the fashion is (hilariously) showing up in shops and magazines…neon, jellies, high-waisted pants and shorts. Heck, even Schwarzenegger’s Terminator is getting in on the act. The hair may have been really bad, but certain things should endure—like these five favorites who thankfully, have never gone away.

1. Michael J. Fox





Shtick That Stuck: Perennial Mr. Nice Guy

What’s Next: After a stint as a rival attorney on “The Good Wife,” Fox returns to headlining his own show on NBC: “The Michael J. Fox Show” He’ll star as a former news anchor trying to restart his career after being diagnosed and learning to live with Parkinson’s Disease. Begins September 26th.

2. James Spader





Yeah, he’s kind of a preppy pimp now, but he’s a damned good pimp.

Shtick That Stuck: The Bad Boy We Can’t Help Wanting

What’s Next: NBC’s “The Blacklist” features Spader as a criminal—on the FBI’s most wanted list—who surrenders, then tries to wheel and deal himself out of prison by claiming he’s the only person who can help find some of the world’s worst terrorists. Starts September 23rd.

3. Kiefer Sutherland





Shtick That Stuck: Gruff Voiced Tough Guy.

What’s Next: Filming Pompeii and a return to form as Jack Bauer in “24: Live Another Day” on Fox. (2014)

4. Robert Downey Jr.





Shtick That Stuck: Egotistical and Yet…Likable.

What’s Next: The Judge (2014), Jon Favreau’s Chef (2014) and Tony Stark/Iron Man’s next outing in The Avengers 2 (2015).

5. Rob Lowe





Shtick That Stuck: More Than Just a Pretty Face.

What’s Next: Lowe stars as John F. Kennedy in National Geographic Channel’s “Killing Kennedy,” (2013) and as Ulysses S. Grant in the miniseries “To Appomattox,” (gearing up for Kickstarter).

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) could stare at this picture all day long:


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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Boothy K

    Made me smile...and a lot...

  • PerpetualIntern

    Damn I love Rob Lowe.

  • Classic

    Spader because I know I will be doing some dirty $hit with him. I mean dirty. I mean if people found out would cross the street.

    Rob Lowe cause I think he would give good backrubs and give me wine and tell me how gorgeous I am.

    RDJr. cause I think he be fun to watch reality t.v. with and we can make fun of the crazy people on RH or Marriage Bootcamp.

    I just want to pat MJ Fox on the head like a puppy.

  • e jerry powell

    Girl, nothing you do with Spader would make me flinch. I've seen Cronenberg's Crash. All kinds of dirty dirty going on up in there, even with Elias Koteas (aka the poor man's Chris Meloni).

  • Classic

    Believe me the things I have though of..the things. Sigh.

  • Less Lee Moore


  • mb

    Rob Low is LITERALLY the youngest looking 50 year-old on the planet.

  • mb


  • pumpkin

    Let me be the first to thank you for not including Tom Cruise in this list. I didn't love him then and I don't love him now.

  • Kate at June

    I've only found Row Lowe attractive recently. His face was, LITERALLY, too perfect before. I'm digging the scruff and wrinkles.

  • Mrs. Julien

    That's what is wrong with Matt Bomer for me now.

  • apsutter

    I agree. I dont care for guys that are too pretty but he looks so sexy with some age on him. He's always seemed like a good and funny character actor who's stuck in a babe's body

  • Rebecca

    Jason Bateman!

  • So you take Spader, and you take Rob Lowe, and you know immediately which one traded Eternal Beauty for their soul.

    Spader tried, but he didn't have much of a soul to begin with.

  • Less Lee Moore

    Ouch. He's not Charlie Sheen, FFS.

  • kinoumenthe

    For me, the best Spader will always be the one from Sex, Lies and Videotapes.

  • e jerry powell

    Oh, hells yeah.

  • Eve

    My favourite Spader is the one from Secretary (oh, and White Palace).

  • apsutter

    Wasn't Rob Lowe in that too?

  • kinoumenthe

    Nah, it's Peter Gallagher.

  • apsutter

    You're right, I was thinking of Bad Influence

  • apsutter


  • apsutter

    I just finished reading Lowe's biography and it only made me like him more. I don't know how it's possible that he's better looking every year...it's crazy. I will forever love Kiefer and I particularly love watching all the absolutely terrible low budget movies he starred in during the 80's and 90's

  • Amanda

    You guys...someone told me that RDJr is a Republican. Can it be true?

  • Tecuya

    Great choices. Remember the 80s were 30 years ago. Can you think of five actors from today that'll still be hot with viable careers in 30 years?

  • Luke Anthony Matthews

    Spader in the 80's.....oh my. When you watch a film like Crash, and still find it sexy, you know Spader was something special.

  • Less Lee Moore

    And when he makes out with Elias Koteas and you're still turned on...

  • slave2eris

    How did you know today was my birthday! All my 80's loves right there for the viewing. Thank you so much, Pajiba!

  • apsutter

    Michael J Fox's new show debuts on my birthday so I'm taking that as a good sign.

  • You can't have a list of 80s guys without Michael Schoeffling! I STILL LOVE YOU, JAKE RYAN!

  • SugarSmak

    I was just about to say that! Although, if he got that awful middle-aged bloat face and thinning hair, that would make me sad. As much as I miss him, it's probably best he faded into the shadows. In my dream world, he's still a hottie. Jake 4-eva! (Side note: met Anthony Michael Hall a few years ago and he couldn't have been a nicer guy.)

  • marya

    Sure, young Spader was pretty, and I do kind of want to run my fingers through his highlighted hair, but old Spader still has all the good stuff - the voice, the eyes, and the slightly psycho vibe. All the extra weight just means he has more gravitas when he tells you to strip naked, put on these handcuffs and call him Sir.


  • Less Lee Moore

    I like the way you think.

  • duchessjms

    And.... I'll be in my bunk.

  • Krissy

    Is it just me or does that older picture of Spader look like a glamour shot version of Jensen Ackles?? Or like his 80's older brother?

  • PerpetualIntern


  • MrsAtaxxia

    OMG, I never saw it until you said it, but yes. Someone get Spader a guest spot on Supernatural. That would be wonderful.

  • I can't unsee that now...

  • Krissy

    Clarification...the black and white "Then" picture of Spader.

  • anikitty

    John Cusack????

  • e jerry powell

    Except I think too many of us are quite disillusioned with Cusack in the present. It could wreck all that fun 80s feeling if we think about it too much.

  • kinoumenthe


  • toblerone

    Yup... Second.

  • Samantha Klein

    Young Spader. "Old" Downey. What is that phrase you all use? Something about a bunk?

  • simplysarah

    There's not many of my 80'd crushes that I don't still love. Even those that have faded away still hold a place in my heart. Except Kirk Cameron. He can go suck a banana.

  • e jerry powell

    Yeah. Kirk Cameron can suck all bananas.

  • llp

    You know what I miss about the 80s? People with their own original teeth.

  • DeltaJuliet

    And boobs. Facial lines. We could go on and on. And you're right.

  • apsutter

    Definitely breasts. It really annoys me(being a lady and all) that damn near all of the actresses now have ridiculous breasts and weigh like 5 pounds. It's so refreshing watching movies from then because they might have been slim but they were still soft and feminine.

  • DeltaJuliet

    True. I guess I'm getting old but it just seems like most of our actors/actresses are so generic now. Not everyone was beautiful 30+ years ago, but at least they looked unique.

  • klingonfree

    Rob Lowe. Playing GRANT. Rob. Lowe. Playing U.S. Grant.

    It's like the skies are teeming with flying pigs

  • That is LIT'rally the silliest thing I ever read.

  • apsutter

    Meh...didn't you see what they did with his beauty in Under the Candelabra?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Yeah. That is not right.

  • $2786243

    Man, what a pleasant surprise Rob Lowe turned out to be. He's HILARIOUS.

  • DeltaJuliet

    That old pic of RDJ makes my heart ache. He's still damn fine and has certainly aged better than, say, ME, but damn! That face!

  • PDamian

    Matt Dillon. Always and forever.

  • Wigamer

    THIS. His shirtless skinny chest and constant lip-licking in "Little Darlings?" Holy shit. He was lovely.

  • pumpkin

    Little Darlings was one of my all time favorite movies when I was a budding pre-teen. Matt Dillon was THE early 80s dreamboat.

  • kelleyisadork

    let's do it for johnny! i used to watch the outsiders over and over for dally, soda pop, and two bit.

  • Some Guy

    The older picture of Spader makes me think that Dr. Who somehow lost the TARDIS and was forced to fly coach.

  • Classic

    Alright I just choked at work. Thanks for that!

  • BlackRabbit

    He's Medical Assistant Why. Paying his dues.

  • John W

    No Eric Stoltz? No Andrew McCarthy? No Ralph Macchio? No Anthony Michael Hall?

  • Siege

    Anthony Michael Hall's career is quiet, but he's aged pretty well...I'd put him on this list. (Unlike Judd Nelson, who not only has a dead career, but has become all eyeballs and nostrils in his old age.)

  • e jerry powell

    AMH kept Martin Donavan and David Ogden Stiers afloat intermittently on USA, so he's aces with me.

  • mairimba

    He showed up recently in a small role on Awkward, but that's about all I've seen of him lately.

  • Frankly

    He had a guest spot on "Psych" a while back.

  • mairimba

    Eric Stoltz was on an episode of Maron a couple of weeks ago. He has long hair and a scruffy face, but damn does he look fine.

  • Bedewcrock

    They've faded back into the 80s where they belong and will always be cherished.

  • prestocaro

    OH GOD ANDREW MCCARTHY. I'll be in my bunk.

  • While the show itself was getting tiresome at that point, Michael J. Fox played against type fantastically in Rescue Me. Essential viewing for those that only see him as said perennial Nice Guy.

  • habshockeygrl

    I loved his small part on Curb Your Enthusiasm too playing "himself"

  • AvaLehra

    Rob Lowe will also always have a place in my bitter little heart because of this:

  • Aratweth

    "You won't be able to close your eyes completely, but that just means that you'll be able to see everyone telling you how fabulous you look" Pure. F-ing. Gold.

  • Less Lee Moore

    Oh my god. The number of hours spent fantasizing about James Spader when I was 15 BECAUSE of Tuff Turf...

    And don't forget Rob Lowe as Chris Trager on Parks & Rec! Proving his comic skills are top notch, too.

  • kimk

    "Tuff Turf" was the shit. Describing the movie to someone who doesn't know about it will make you sound crazy: "So, James Spader, coked up RDJ with blue hair, the most messed up of the Real Housewives of BH, and the Jim Carroll Band are all dealing with the rough and tumble world of LA street gangs..... and then there's an dance sequence..... so, that's about when Spader sings a love ballad....."

    I feel a little bad for leaving Spader off my 5 list this year; I'd been hanging in there, but the full bald look his is sporting in his new series just did me in. Ah, well, we'll always have "Jack's Back".

  • Less Lee Moore

    Bald or not, he's still got that amazing voice and a sexy walk. He's on my forever list.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    Spader was such a hatefuck fantasy. Angry angry sex.

  • e jerry powell

    Are you trying to turn me on?

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    Cannot stand his character in Pretty in Pink although he looks ridiculously good in 80's preppy clothes. And then he had to go and make Secretary which thoroughly messed with me-

    -and yes. I AM trying to turn you on.

  • e jerry powell

    Well, I'm old and non-white enough to have eluded the charm of John Hughes in general, so James Spader didn't really exist for me until after Less Than Zero (not that his character was exactly appealing in that, either). In fact, my primary James Spader imprint as a "thing" is Graham Dalton, so I never though of Spader as anything but a neurotic, sexually dysfunctional adult with no reference points of adolescence. That was 1989, so it still sort of counts.

  • John W

    Ah yes Tuff Turf, except for me it was Kim Richards....

  • e jerry powell

    Kim Richards, that little witch...

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    I just finished reading Lowe's
    biography and it only made me like him more. I don't know how it's
    possible that he's better looking every year...it's crazy. I will
    forever love Kiefer and I particularly love watching all the absolutely
    terrible low budget movies he starred in during the 80's and 90's

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