Top Actors of the 1980s
The 1980s was an important decade for actors like Morgan Freeman, who considered the 1987 film Street Smart as his breakthrough. While actors like Robert De Niro and Clint Eastwood had established themselves as bankable actors prior to the 1980s, it was during this decade that they achieved stardom. Other top actors of the 1980s include Tom Hanks and Dustin Hoffman among others. Continue reading to know more about the stars who dominated the Hollywood in the 1980s.
Also Known As: Kurt Vogel Russell
Birthday: 17 March 1951
Born In: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Sun Sign: Pisces
From being a successful child artist, Kurt Russell became a huge Disney teen star, then smoothly transitioned into more mature roles and gained recognition with television biographical movie, Elvis. The filmography of this charismatic movie star, today, has a series of blockbuster, critically applauded and award winning movies like Escape from New York, Backdraft, The Thing, Tombstone and Miracle.
Also Known As: Robert Anthony De Niro Jr.
Birthday: 17 August 1943
Born In: Greenwich Village, New York, United States
Sun Sign: Leo
Amongst the best actors of his generation, Robert De Niro is known for his exceptional method acting skills. His formidable acting talent has impressed audience and critics alike in movies like Mean Streets, The Godfather Part II and Meet the Parents. The talented actor has also been applauded for his directorial skills in A Bronx Tale and The Good Shepherd.
Also Known As: Thomas Jeffrey Hanks
Birthday: 09 July 1956
Born In: Concord, California, United States
Sun Sign: Cancer
One of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, Tom Hanks is known for both his comedic and dramatic roles. Making his breakthrough with leading roles in the 1980s, he went on to further cement his place in Hollywood in the 1990s by taking up poignant and sensitive roles. He is also a director, producer, and screenwriter.
Also Known As: Robin McLaurin Williams
Birthday: 21 July 1951
Born In: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died On: 11 August 2014
One of the finest comedians of all time, Robin Williams began his career as a stand-up comedian and soon moved to act in television and films. Though widely recognised for his comedic skills, the immensely talented Williams proved his versatility by taking up and successfully performing more serious roles in films like Good Will Hunting and The Fisher King.
Also Known As: Denzel Hayes Washington Jr.
Birthday: 28 December 1954
Born In: Mount Vernon, New York, United States
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Actor, director, and producer, Denzel Washington, is famous for portraying strong real-life characters like anti-apartheid activist, Steve Biko, and human rights activist, Malcolm X, in films. Well-built and ruggedly handsome, he became the first black star to be named the Sexiest Man Alive in 1996.