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He alternated between leading and supporting roles during the 1980s, with prominent roles in Reds (1981), Under Fire (1983), Hoosiers (1986), No Way Out (1987) and Mississippi Burning (1988), where he was nominated for a second Best Actor Oscar.
She was nominated for a Golden Globe for the 1981 drama Absence of Malice and the 1982 comedy Kiss Me Goodbye.
He had a hit film when he starred in Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) with Steve Martin, written and directed by John Hughes. He also appeared in a cameo role in Hughes’s She’s Having a Baby (1988) and then starred in a film written by Hughes, The Great Outdoors (1988), co starring Aykroyd.
She made her feature film debut in 1984, when she co-starred opposite Ralph Macchio in The Karate Kid as Ali Mills, the love interest of Macchio’s main character.
He is known for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars film series, winning three Saturn Awards for the role. His other film appearances include Corvette Summer (1978) and The Big Red One (1980).
Her first leading role was the romantic comedy film When Harry Met Sally… (1989), which paired her with comedic leading man Billy Crystal and earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
He won his second Oscar, an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his role of retired astronaut Garrett Breedlove in Terms of Endearment (1983), directed by James L. Brooks.
She has starred in various movies across the years, including Blade Runner (1982), Summer Lovers (1982), Splash (1984), Roxanne (1987), Wall Street (1987), and Steel Magnolias (1989).
He gained prominence for his portrayal of the taxi dispatcher Louie De Palma in the television series Taxi (1978–1983), which won him a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award.
George C. Scott
She appeared in various high-profile roles throughout the 1980s, including supporting parts in the comedies Tootsie (1982), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and then appearing opposite Michael Keaton the next year in Mr. Mom (1983).
He is further known for his portrayals of Clark W. Griswold in five National Lampoon’s Vacation films and of Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher in Fletch (1985) and its sequel Fletch Lives (1989).
Her performances in Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) earned her two consecutive Academy Award nominations, for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress respectively, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for the latter.
He made his breakthrough with leading roles in a series of comedy films which received positive media attention, such as Splash (1984), Bachelor Party (1984), Big (1988) and A League of Their Own (1992).
At 80, she became the oldest actress to receive the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Driving Miss Daisy.
He had two huge hits with car films directed by Needham, Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) and The Cannonball Run (1981).
She took the lead role in Private Benjamin, a comedy she co-produced with her friend Nancy Meyers, who co-wrote the script.
He portrayed as antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry films throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
In 1983, she won her second Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a soap opera star in Tootsie (1982) and was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the troubled actress Frances Farmer in Frances (1982).
He achieved further recognition as protagonist Marty McFly in the Back to the Future film trilogy (1985–1990), which became a critical and commercial success.
Michael J. Fox
Her film work spans many genres, including the cult comedies Trading Places (1983)—for which she won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress—and A Fish Called Wanda (1988), for which she received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress.
Jamie Lee Curtis
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