The 80’s Club: Celebrity Hollywood Crushes Back in the Day.

The SpeciaLIST - A few of my favourite things.

Being a teenage girl in the 80’s was definitely being spoilt for choice. So many drool-worthy men, such little time. It was a glorious blend of dirty dancers making cocktails in the breakfast club.

  1. Patrick Swayze : Every girl I knew, dreamed of dirty dancing with Patrick as he held her close to that broad chest and within the embrace of those bulging biceps. R.I.P Patrick, gone but never forgotten. Thank you for the time of our lives.
  2. Kevin Costner : Ridiculously handsome. A bit ironical that a man so deliciously touchable was the object of our desire in “The Untouchables.”
  3. Tom Cruise : That 1000 watt smile. This “Top Gun” has cruised along to become one of Hollywood’s highest paid actors. Almost a mission impossible for many others.
  4. Richard Gere : Could anyone look hotter than this “American Gigolo” in his Officer’s uniform? This gentleman has been winning over the ladies ever since.
  5. Judge Reinhold : Who is that cute guy with the twinkle in his eyes and naughty smile? “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” firmly sealed his place on my crush list.
  6. Rob Lowe : This gorgeous guy set our hearts aflame with “St Elmo’s Fire.” He has aged gracefully with time. A taste still to be savoured. My Brat Pack hunk.
  7. Harrison Ford : Han Solo or Indiana Jones, Harrison ruled the roost. A juggernaut that has not stopped rolling from then to now. A man for all seasons.
  8. Matt Dillon : There’s something about Matt. His troubled youth roles tugged at our heartstrings. He crashed into our lives and has remained there since.
  9. Mickey Rourke : 9 and a 1/2 weeks. Years later, I have yet to remember anyone who was sexier than him in that film. He may have boxed his way out of the box office but he returned. Never the same. Rourke’s John seducing Kim Basinger’s Elizabeth, oozed sex appeal all over our screens.
  10. John Travolta : There was a fuzzy boundary between the late 70’s and 80’s. The craze for him stayed alive all the way through. That cleft, those blue eyes, those dance moves. Whether it was “Blowout” or “Urban Cowboy,” Travolta was the coolest of them all. “Saturday Night Fever” and “Grease” was the word that opened the doors to let his star power into the 80's.
  11. Bruce Willis: “Blind Date” and then “Die Hard,” were enough to ensure Bruce’s place in this hall of fame. While our boyfriends were busy watching Bruce in action, we were just busy watching Bruce.
  12. Judd Nelson: Different. Uncoventional. That hair. Judd Nelson had magnetism that set him apart from the other brats in the pack. It is no wonder he made it to the “Billionaire Boys Club!”

Honorary Mentions : Kevin Bacon, Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Andrew McCarthy, John Stamos, Johnny Depp.

Like Elton John’s famous song, “I’m Still Standing,” most of these actors are still around. Their continuing success is the greatest tribute to a beautiful, bygone era that was the 80's.

Disclaimer: This list is a matter of personal choice. No defence for inclusions. No offence for non-inclusions.

Alisha “Priti” Kirpalani is the author of a “A Smattering Of Darkness: Short and Shorter Twisted Tales,” a collection of short stories of varying lengths encapsulating the grey shades of the human psyche. Her new novel will be released later this year.

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