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1980s Celebrities by Picture #1

Guess the names of these mostly-American celebrities from the 1980s.
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First submittedNovember 19, 2016
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Level 71
Nov 19, 2016
I recognise George Burns' face but his name doesn't ring any bells. Someone save me a google trip....

No idea who Stamos and Mandell are, i guess I missed whatever they are famous for, they look like actors so could be I didn't watch wahtever they were in.

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Level 49
Jul 12, 2017
The Burns movie I remember is 18 Again where he switches bodies with his grandson.
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Level 82
Sep 9, 2017
George burns was in Oh God with John Denver.
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Level 67
Sep 9, 2017
George Burns was one of the old-school comic/vaudeville showmen in the vein of Milton Berle. He was famous for like 60 years, and had his own show in the 50's. I have no idea why he is listed among "1980's celebrities." He is an 80's celebrity in the same way that Harrison Ford is a 2010's celebrity.
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Level 74
Sep 20, 2017
My favorite George Burns line: "I don't believe in dying. It's been done."
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Level ∞
Apr 15, 2018
In the 1980s, George Burns was famous for being ridiculously old, still funny, and for smoking cigars and drinking. I'm not a George Burns expert but I would guess that he was much more famous in the 80s than he was in the 50s.
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Level 87
Aug 16, 2018
George Burns, for decades, said he would play the London Palladium on his 100th birthday. He continued to perform until just before that day when his health suddenly declined and he died soon after reaching 100. One of the true class acts.
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Level 76
Oct 17, 2018
He was also known as part of the comic duo Burns and Allen, with his wife, Gracie Allen, who always played the addle-brained wife to Burns' straight man. It was a big hit on radio and they later moved it to TV. I would have thought he belonged more in the 1970s, though. That's when he won his Oscar for The Sunshine Boys and starred in Oh, God!
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Level 84
Dec 9, 2019
"If I can make it to 100, I've got it made. Very few people die after 100." - George Burns
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Level 37
Sep 13, 2022
No. I was very little in the 80s and he was in a film where he switched bodies with an h.s kid. He was famous so was Bob hope- for decades. I thought he was funny at five.
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Level 67
Sep 10, 2017
Only knew Stamos from Night and the Roxbury.
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Level 74
Sep 20, 2017
Johns Stamos was on the original Full House - He was Uncle Jesse. He was also known for being a good looking guy, briefly married to Heather Locklear, I think.

Howie Mandel was a stand up comic who is probably best known as the host of Deal or No Deal.

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Level 37
Apr 28, 2018
He was married to Rebecca Romijn, not Heather Locklear!
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Level 87
Aug 16, 2018
I'd be happy just for someone to mistake me for having been with Heather Locklear.
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Level 84
Feb 6, 2019
Rebecca Romijn is way better looking than Heather Locklear. Though I must admit I've never been married to either.
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Level 79
Feb 6, 2019
I confess to trying Uncle Jesse before remembering John Stamos' actual name.
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Level 37
Sep 13, 2022
I remember being five and my older family members calling him a little loser-mandel. But I only remember him from the nineties. He announced he had some learning fisorder which was an excuse for his annoying behaviour

Lol!

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Level 84
Sep 20, 2022
So... what's your excuse?
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Level 64
Nov 19, 2016
Well... I did horrible :)
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Level 82
Nov 21, 2016
Nice quiz!
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Level 54
Dec 29, 2016
100% with 2:51 left on the clock..........I have had a wasted youth
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Level 44
Sep 22, 2017
100% w 3:03 left...i was 9 - 18 in the 80s my wheelhouse.
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Level 58
Mar 18, 2017
thpught Abdull was Janet Jackson
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Level 74
Sep 9, 2017
Well, if you tried just Jackson, at least you would have got Jesse. :)
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Level 84
Sep 9, 2017
Only missed Midler I think because I tried spelling her name "Middler"
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Level 74
Sep 9, 2017
Did you try typing "The Divine Miss M" ?

What a dumb self-ascribed 'nickname'

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Level 56
Sep 9, 2017
Hey, what the hell ever happened to her anyway?
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Level 60
Sep 11, 2017
I hope you're joking, Larry. Bette Midler's been doing just fine. She just won a Tony like three months ago.
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Level 87
Aug 16, 2018
^^ In other words, no one has seen her except the fraction of a percentage of the people around NYC who go to Broadway all the time. To include her on a list of 20 people who were ever famous at any point is a stretch. Her backup singer became more famous as Al Bundy's wife and on Futurama and Sons of Anarchy.
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Level 67
Oct 17, 2018
@someone, you have to be kidding. Bette Midler is mega-famous. She has won Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, Golden Globes (no Oscars, I don't think -- but she has definitely been nominated). She has sold a ton of albums, been in hit movies, and is a star on Broadway. She's more of an all-purpose entertainer like Barbra Streisand or Liza Minnelli, which is less common nowadays, when people are famous for their "brands" more than anything else. But the notion that it's a stretch to call her famous is ridiculous. Look her up. The woman is an icon.
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Level 60
Oct 19, 2018
@jmellor ...well, from your vehemence you've proven she has at least one fan. I remember her from a couple of songs and The Rose but have pretty much forgotten her otherwise. oh well. to each their own.
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Level 77
Oct 26, 2018
That's what you get for trying to support your statement with facts. Bette Midler may not be as famous as Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, or Jesus, but she is definitely famous. The fact that you remember a couple (!) of her songs as well as her name is even better proof. I'm definitely not a fan of her but was aware of her since childhood, and I'm not even American. Famous means widely known. If random people around the world have heard of her, that fits the definition.
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Level 87
Jun 24, 2022
Comparing her fame to Barbara Streisand and Liza Minnelli perfectly sums it up. Very famous to a narrow slice of the population.

Alf would be a better symbol of the 1980s.

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Level 67
Sep 12, 2022
This is absurd. All three of those women are very famous. The fact that you appear ignorant of musicals and singers of that stripe doesn't mean they're not famous. It means you're lacking in an area of knowledge. I'm not a particular fan of any one of those women, and I can think of ten different ways I know each of them, just based on how ubiquitous they are. Hell, there's even a term called "the Streisand Effect." Bette Midler guest-starred on Seinfeld, where there was a whole plot built around how famous she is. It's fine if you don't know anything about that area. If there were photos of Formula One drivers or soccer players, I would have no idea who they are. But that doesn't mean they can't be very famous.
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Level 65
Sep 12, 2022
I have to agree that, while she is famous, she isn't anywhere near as famous as she was in the 80s. I haven't seen or heard anything from or about her since the 80s. Those of us in the midwest (that also don't live in or around Chicago) don't get many opportunities to see live musicals due to the fact that there just aren't that many to see in person where we live. Also, musicals are not as universally popular as movies and TV. So, while many of you no doubt see yourselves as more cultured for having known her work outside of mainstream movies and TV, I still agree that for some of us she seems to have disappeared from the public eye. It is a perfectly understandable response for some. I also have to agree about Minelli and Streisand. Both are celebrities that I haven't seen or heard anything about for decades. Again, I have seen one musical in person in my lifetime so that could explain it.
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Level 37
Sep 13, 2022
It fits. Her voice is do much better than that nasal annoyance, Streisand who was forced on us@someonr Streisand has an insufferable , horrible New York nasal voice. Don't dare compare the talent of Bette middlet with that social climbing, goat voiced parish "babra".
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Level 63
Sep 9, 2017
I only had 19 pics display. I thought I was done and it said I have 19/20. I gave up. Looking at the results, seems I was missing Paula Abdul. I probably wouldn't have gotten her anyway. Terrible picture of Stamos; I finally guessed it was him.
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Level 56
Sep 9, 2017
Funnily enough I can only recognize older Stamos. PS How does anybody not know who Howie Mandel is, with or without hair?
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Level 73
Oct 17, 2018
That's kinda weird, because John Stamos hasn't actually aged at all in the past 30 years.
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Level 71
Sep 10, 2017
Could Karol Wojtyla be accepted?
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Level 75
Sep 11, 2017
Presumably when this was first rejected, the natural reaction was not to type JP2, but to think "Shoot! I must have the wrong bloke!"?
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Level 87
Aug 16, 2018
Oh God. To reference George Burns.
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Level 37
Sep 13, 2022
Cannot believe you think Streisand is talented. You have no taste in music. She was pushed on us through the 80s not only does she have s horrible nasal ugly voice, she is hideous to look at. At least Bette midler is s pleasant perdón and has a great voice. Not a brooklynite social climber.
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Level 62
Sep 10, 2017
Having to guess two people for the one picture is pretty appalling!
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Level 75
Sep 11, 2017
I thought it was a bit rough when I typed the names of all the crowd behind Andre the Giant and none were accepted
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Level 71
Apr 19, 2018
Patrick Swayze .... Great in "Keeping Mum" one of my favourite movies.
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Level 37
Oct 17, 2018
It is Johannes Paul; not John Paul?!?!

And what about Michail Gorbatschow... this should be also accepted

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Level 77
Oct 17, 2018
False. The answers should be II İohann Pavel and Mixail Qorbaçov.
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Level 37
Sep 13, 2022
Gorbie should be acceptable
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Level 81
Nov 28, 2018
These are German spellings apparently. Pope especially is always translated (currently he's Francis / François / Franciscus / Franziskus / Francesco / Francisco / Frančišek / Franjo / Ferenc / František ...) and Russian names also vary a lot depending into which you attempt to transcribe them.
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Level 69
Sep 13, 2022
Il Due or The Deucerino (gotta flash the deuce in either case for it count)
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Level 57
Oct 17, 2018
where are Bill Murray and Officer Mahoney?
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Level 86
Jun 23, 2022
Check 80's Quiz #2
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Level 37
Sep 13, 2022
70s I don't remember bill Murray, thankfully except for 1990 what about Bob. He was absent through the 80s.
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Level 69
Sep 13, 2022
He was in a small, little indie film shot in the Tribeca neighborhood that most people missed called "Ghostbusters". Even though there were sequels in 1989, 2016, 2021, it's theme song hit #1 in multiple countries, spawned a cartoon series, had a breakfast cereal, and was even parodied in Stranger Things, it's pretty forgettable. Easy to miss.
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Level 84
Sep 20, 2022
The person you're responding to has made a flurry of comments this past week, none of which seem to be in any way moored to reality. I don't know if he's intentionally trolling or if there's something else going on. But, yeah, obviously, Murray was a huge celebrity of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. But his biggest decade undoubtedly was the 80s.
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Level 52
Oct 19, 2018
You should accept "JP2" because that's a really funny nickname for John Paul II.
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Level 37
Nov 24, 2018
I only remember Midler from that movie about vengeful wives (can't remember the name of it) in which she co-starred with Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton. It's the only time I saw her in a movie and she was really good!
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Level 88
Aug 10, 2022
First Wives Club!
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Level 77
Jun 23, 2022
I didn't know who John Stamos is, but I was convinced that was a young John Travolta.
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Level 37
Sep 13, 2022
Stamps is cuter. Need glasses!
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Level 69
Sep 13, 2022
A soap actor who went on to become 80s famous for his role as Uncle Jessie on the sitcom Full House and later was married for a time to model/actress Rebecca Romijn.
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Level 49
Sep 17, 2022
You've never seen or heard of "Full House?" Weird.
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Level 49
Sep 17, 2022
You've never seen or heard of "Full House?" Weird.
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Level 85
Jun 24, 2022
Not sure why, but the picture of Patrick Swayze looked to me like the early version of David Hasselhoff.
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Level 87
Jun 24, 2022
You guessed it.

Frank Stallone's brother.

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Level 65
Jun 24, 2022
I tried Macchio, Springfield and Grieco before I got Stamos. Must have been a type.
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Level 74
Jul 13, 2022
That's a terrible picture for Paula Abdul.
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Level 37
Sep 13, 2022
Pre nose job. You should see her h.s pic. Huge shnoz unrecognisable.
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Level 61
Aug 15, 2022
You should stop taking 80's quizzes if you didnt know Molly Ringwald
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Level 37
Sep 13, 2022
Mr was So annoying and unattractive but I loved the other brat pack members. Ally sheedy was so pretty and duckie -Jon cryer -stole the show in pretty in pink. He would have ended up with her like everyone wanted at the end of the film but she was so nasty she insisted on ending up with pasty, wimpy ugly Andrew mcarthy. Yuk! I thought duckie and the blacklist guy were hot- like McArthy hey didn't age well.
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Level 72
Sep 12, 2022
Can you accept THROATUS for Nancy Reagan please?
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Level 37
Sep 13, 2022
Can't we just call him Gorbie? Everyone knows him as a good mensch.
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Level 59
Sep 14, 2022
Petty with midler could have given dd misspelling
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Level 49
Sep 16, 2022
Easy, got them all in 40 seconds.

Definitely a "choice" having George Burns represent the 80s of all decades.