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Leo Logan
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A lot of well known actors got their start in notable hit movies and obscure ones in the 1980s. Here are some examples:

1980
Drew Barrymore - Altered States
Joan Cusack - My Bodyguard
Tom Hanks - He Knows You're Alone
William Hurt - Altered States
Timothy Hutton - Ordinary People (Oscar winner)
Ralph Macchio - Up the Academy
Dolly Parton - Nine to Five
Michelle Pfeiffer - The Hollywood Knights
Robin Williams - Popeye

1981
Tom Cruise - Endless Love
Sean Penn - Taps
Kathleen Turner - Body Heat
Denzel Washington - Carbon Copy
Sean Young - Stripes

1982
Ellen Barkin - Diner
Phoebe Cates - Paradise
Glenn Close - The World According to Garp (Oscar nominee)
Michael Keaton - Night Shift
Kevin Kline - Sophie's Choice
Matthew Modine - Baby It's You
Demi Moore - Young Doctors in Love
Eddie Murphy - 48 Hrs.
Molly Ringwald - Tempest
Forest Whitaker - Fast Times at Ridgemont High

1983
Steven Bauer - Scarface
Matthew Broderick - Max Dugan Returns
Nicolas Cage - Valley Girl
John Cusack - Class
Ray Liotta - The Lonely Lady
Rob Lowe - The Outsiders
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio - Scarface
Andrew McCarthy - Class
Kelly McGillis - Reuben, Reuben
Lea Thompson - Jaws 3D

1984
Jon Cryer - No Small Affair
Johnny Depp - A Nightmare on Elm Street
Corey Haim - First Born
Val Kilmer - Top Secret
Kyle MacLachlan - Dune
Virginia Madsen - Electric Dreams
John Malkovich - Places in the Heart (Oscar nominee)
Frances McDormand - Blood Simple
Charlie Sheen - Red Dawn
Elisabeth Shue - The Karate Kid
Helen Slater - Supergirl

1985
Sean Astin - The Goonies
Josh Brolin - The Goonies
Linda Fiorentino - Vision Quest
Whoopi Goldberg - The Color Purple
Ethan Hawke - Explorers
Brigitte Nielsen - Red Sonja
River Phoenix - Explorers
Christian Slater - The Legend of Billie Jean

1986
Marlee Matlin - Children of a Lesser God (Oscar winner)
Jerry O'Connell - Stand by Me
Elizabeth Perkins - About Last Night
Bill Pullman - Ruthless People
Winona Ryder - Lucas
Kristin Scott Thomas - Under the Cherry Moon

1987
Patricia Arquette - A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
Courteney Cox - Masters of the Universe
Bruce Willis - Blind Date

1988
Annette Bening - The Great Outdoors
Heather Graham - License to Drive
Juliette Lewis - My Stepmother is an Alien
Alan Rickman - Die Hard
Julia Roberts - Satisfaction
Steven Seagal - Above the Law
Uma Thurman - Johnny Be Good

1989
Teri Hatcher - Tango & Cash
Rosie Perez - Do the Right Thing
Rene Russo - Major League
Emma Thompson - Henry V

Can everyone else think of actors who made their movie debuts in this decade?

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Macaulay Culkin with Rocket Gibraltar (was it '87 or '88? I can't quite remember.

Wasn't Six Pack Anthony Michael Hall's debut (if not, it must have been pretty close to that)?

What were Corey Feldman and Ally Sheedy's debuts, which I'd presume would be in the decade as well?

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Hey Chris. Here are some answers.

"Rocket Gibraltar" came out in 1988 that featured Macaulay Culkin in his first role.

"Six Pack" was in fact Anthony Michael Hall's first ever movie debut in 1982.

Corey Feldman's first role was as the voice of Young Copper in the 1981 Disney film "The Fox and the Hound" but his first on-screen role was in "Gremlins" in 1984.

Ally Sheedy's first role was in the 1981 TV movie "The Best Little Girl in the World" but her first theatrical role was in the 1983 drama "Bad Boys" with Sean Penn, which came out a few months before "WarGames".

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quote:
Originally posted by Leo Logan:
Corey Feldman's first role was as the voice of Young Copper in the 1981 Disney film "The Fox and the Hound" but his first on-screen role was in "Gremlins" in 1984.

Leo, Corey Feldman first turned up in "Time After Time" in 1979. He played a boy in the museum.
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