While some of today’s biggest A-listers got their start in the ’80s, many of their famous contemporaries in the “Me” decade live quieter, more low-profile lives today. From Tom Cruise, who bravely donned those tighty whities in Risky Business, to the boys and girls of the Brat Pack, click through to see which stars got their big breaks in the 1980s — and see where they ended up!
William Zabka – Then
William Zabka was born on October 20, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Karate Kid (1984), National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985) and Back to School (1986). He has been married to Stacie Zabka since 2008.
William Zabka – Now
He was not at all experienced in martial arts prior to the filming of The Karate Kid (1984). He was actually an accomplished wrestler. However, in the years since, he has earned a black belt in Tang Soo Do.
His paternal grandfather was Czech, and his paternal grandmother was born in Nebraska, to Czech parents.
Steve Guttenberg – Then
Although Steve Guttenberg is firmly established as the star not only of hit motion pictures but of hit motion picture franchises, his roots are in the theater. As a result, he has moved effortlessly between comedy and drama.
Steve Guttenberg – Now
In two decades of stardom in both critical and box-office hits, Guttenberg has been the above-the-title star of six films that earned over $100,000,000 in the United States, a feat accomplished by relatively few superstars.
Curtis Armstrong – Then
Curtis Armstrong was born on November 27, 1953 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Ray (2004), Dan Vs. (2011) and Southland Tales (2006). He has been married to Elaine Aronson since January 2, 1994. They have one child.
Curtis Armstrong – Now
He has been married to Elaine Aronson since January 2, 1994. They have one child.
Tim Curry – Then
Timothy James Curry was born on April 19, 1946 in Grappenhall, Cheshire, England. His mother, Maura Patricia (Langmead), was a school secretary, and his father, James Curry, was a Methodist Royal Navy chaplain. Curry studied Drama and English at Birmingham University, from which he graduated with Combined Honors.
Tim Curry – Now
His first professional success was in the London production of “Hair”, followed by more work in the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Glasgow Civic Repertory Company, and the Royal Court Theatre where he created the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in “The Rocky Horror Show”.
Chevy Chase – Then
Chevy Chase was born Cornelius Crane Chase in Lower Manhattan, New York, to Cathalene Parker (Browning), a concert pianist and librettist, and Edward Tinsley “Ned” Chase, an editor and writer.