Classic TV Hunks Quiz

By: Lauren Lubas

Classic TV Hunks Quiz
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About This Quiz

Back in the day, chest hair attracted women like a magnet (for some of us, it still does!), and the television heartthrobs of that time were covered in it. Whether you love classic television or you lived in the days where skipping commercials was unheard of, you probably have a soft spot in your heart for Tom Sellek's gravelly voice, you definitely remember Johnny Depp in "21 Jump Street" and you couldn't take your eyes off of John Stamos whenever you watched "Full House" (1989-95). It was a simpler time when bodies didn't have to be bulky to be attractive. Med simply had to be good people to be wanted, and a good thick mustache kicked them up three notches on the hotness scale. 

Few people could deny that the classic television hunks weren't manly men. They were adventurous, well-groomed and kindhearted. Additionally, they were pretty decent actors (for television of the time, we mean). You could find them on magazine covers (printed media before the Internet), at malls (places where people shopped before the Internet) or on your TV screens (at specific times, because there was no streaming). Now, you can find them in this quiz. If you loved watching TV for the eye candy back in the day, it's time to revisit some of your favorites. Take this quiz to see how much you know about classic TV hunks.

Tom Selleck He's everyone's manly man. Can you identify him?
Tom Selleck
You may remember Tom Selleck as Monica's "distinguished" love interest in "Friends," but some of us know him better as the star of "Magnum, P.I." a detective who we loved to watch. Just look at that mustache.
Ralph Whitney
Johnny Depp
Bruce Willis

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Scott Baio You could catch this guy at mall tours ... if you were lucky. Do you know who he is?
Tom Selleck
Scott Baio
Scot Baio was the guy everyone loved to see. His smile lit up our television sets as we watched him on "Charles in Charge" every week. These days, he's out of the limelight, but for a while there, we got to see him in VH1 celebreality shows.
Marin Trant
Phillip Charles

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner This "The Cosby Show" cast member was a teen heartthrob. Can you name him?
Ken Jones
Starr Wilson
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
You may know him as Theodore Huxtable, but his friends call him Malcolm. He's starred in BET's show "Reed Between the Lines." He doesn't look much different than back then, but the Emmy award winner looks incredibly happy.
Michael Jackson

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John Schneider Who played Bo Duke on the original television series?
Reggie Wilson
Malcolm Thomas
Flip Wilson
John Schneider
What are them good ole Duke boys up to these days? Well, you could spot John as Clark's adoptive father in the hit show "Smallville" (2001-11) and not too much after that. We sure did love to see him as a Duke.

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Don Johnson Which "Miami Vice" (1984-90) star made us drool like crazy?
Patrick Duffy
Patrick Yield
Don Johnson
Don Johnson was more than a television actor; he was a sexual icon of the 1980s. You probably recognize him as detective Sonny Crockett from the tropical cop show about catching drug smugglers.
Don McMahn

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James Garner We loved watching "The Rockford Files" (1974-80) because we loved watching him. Who is he?
Robert Wilky
James Garner
James Garner had a career that most television actors dream of. Not only did he play Bret Maverick, but he was also a detective and found himself starring next to Henry Fonda in a Broadway play. The man is a legend and a hunk.
James Caan
Bill Buckly

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David Hasselhoff This "Baywatch" first starred in "Night Rider" (1982). Do you know his name?
Mark Goodson
John Stamos
David Hasselhoff
Though David Hasselhoff had a bit of a rocky time in the early 2000s, we all remember his sexy bod on "Baywatch" and his awesome skills in "Night Rider." We miss seeing him on our screens, that's for sure.
Ben Richter

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Lou Ferrigno Can you name this hulky hunk?
Martin Sheen
Bruce Willis
Lou Ferrigno
If you love the hulk and you've never seen Lou Ferrigno play him, you're missing out. This body builder made it big by painting his entire body green. Sure, we watched "The Incredible Hulk" for the fun stories, but we also watched it for the eye candy.
Mark Grace

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William Shatner People love to do impersonations of him. Who is he?
William Shatner
The "Star Trek" star has been in quite a few different television shows and has made cameos in tons of movies. People mostly remember William Shatner for his interesting delivery of lines that ... uses pauses ... randomly.
Patrick Stewart
Norman Ferang
Charles Kopec

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Larry Hagman This "Dallas" star got a lot of attention. Who is he?
Edward Woodward
Larry Hagman
The star of the hit television series "Dallas" (1978-91) can also be seen in numerous episode arcs throughout your favorite shows from the time "Dallas" ended in 1991 to his death in 2012.
John Stewart
Patrick Stewart

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Patrick Duffy Before he was the dad on "Step-by-Step," this actor was on a popular television drama. Do you know who he is?
Marlon Moore
Sanders Flipper
Flip Longhorn
Patrick Duffy
If you were a '90s kid, you know Patrick Duffy from the T.G.I.F. lineup and "Step by Step." However, he got his true calling on "Dallas" in the 1980s. No one could deny his dimples made for a good reason to watch the show.

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Erik Estrada Can you name this actor who played a police officer?
Mitchell Sandman
Roy Rodriguez
Sam Stone
Erik Estrada
Born in 1949, Erik Estrada is a New York native. He's best known for his work as Frank Poncherella on the show "CHiPs" (1977-83). This show is about two highway patrol officers in California riding around on motorcycles.

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Lyle Waggoner Can you name this classy TV hunk from the '70s?
Phillip Vanderbilt
Lyle Waggoner
Lyle Waggoner's handsome turtlenecks and wide smile (complete with dimples) gave us a reason to tune in to the various shows he starred or appeared in, especially "Wonder Woman."
Jeffrey Mills
Carl Sagan

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Lee Majors He was a man worth millions. Do you know his name?
Lee Majors
Lee Majors could be found in several movies from the 1960s, but his role in "The Six Million Dollar Man" (1974-8) series is what puts him on this quiz. He's the James Bond of television, and we loved seeing him in our living rooms every week.
Evan Stone
Rock Hudson
Morris Mann

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Henry Winkler The Fonz was just plain cool. Do you know which actor played him?
Scott Baio
Ted Danson
Henry Winkler
When you look at Henry Winkler now, you probably don't associate him with the coolest person on TV. However, back in the "Happy Days" era, you could spot Fonzie from a mile away, and fans loved him.
Morris Jones

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Steve Forrest Which actor played Hondo on the '70s version of "S.W.A.T."?
Steve Forrest
If you don't recognize Steve Forrest, you probably were too young to watch action dramas in the 1970s. While this television show is a little different in the remake, it was pretty gritty in the 1970s.
Billy Ocean
Mark Anthony
Peter Paul

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Ted Danson In his television series, he owned his own bar. Who is he?
Kelsey Grammer
Ted Danson
Running from 1982 to 1993, "Cheers" was a beloved show that kept the majority of its main characters. The fans loved to watch their favorite regulars, as well as bar employees, get into crazy shenanigans every week.
Scott Baio
Henry Winkler

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Jan-Michel Vincent Do you recognize this actor with a great tan?
Morris Eldridge
Michael Finers
Ken Doll
Jan-Michel Vincent
Jan-Michael Vincent is best known for his television work in the 1970s. His excellent tan gave him a lot of attention back then. The California native did end up getting some jail time for being publicly intoxicated.

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Dirk Benedict Which A-Team member was all about class?
Mr. T
Dirk Benedict
With a name like Dirk Benedict, you know that this man is just as classy a hunk as you can get. He played the Face or "Faceman" on "The A-Team," and audiences couldn't get enough of him.
Rod Moyson
Gray Hardson

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Tom Wopat His role as Luke Duke caught our attention. Who is he?
Lee Majors
Ben Thompson
Mr. T
Tom Wopat
You may remember this blue-eyed television hunk from his role alongside John Schneider in "The Dukes of Hazard" (1979-85). His eyes seemed to jump out of the television screen, and everyone wanted to see him.

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John Travolta He was a hunk for about 25 years. Can you name him?
Martin Scorsese
Joe Harbrook
John Travolta
When it comes to TV hunks, we might not consider comedians at the top of the list. However, everyone always loved John Travolta, and his work on "Welcome Back, Kotter" (1975-9) put him on the map for good.
Milner Atkins

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Donny Osmond This hunk had a variety show with his sister. Do you know his name?
Joel Racket
Donny Osmond
He sings, he dances and he smiles with the cutest dimples ever. Donny and Marie Osmond were showrunners for a long time, and they even had a residency in Las Vegas for a while. People never stop loving this duo.
Sonny Bono
Randy Quaid

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John Ritter Can you name this hunk who was a playboy in his show?
Mark Hindman
Alex Jones
Robert Keaton
John Ritter
Before John Ritter's untimely death, we knew him for many things. Mostly, he was a dedicated comedian. On the show "Three's Company," we saw him as a loverboy and a player, but he was a gem to watch either way.

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Robert Wagner Do you recognize this star of "Hart to Hart" (1979-84)?
Robert Wagner
Robert Wagner's resume is nothing to scoff at. He has been in films and on television for decades. At his prime, he was a TV hunk that starred on "Hart to Hart" from 1979 to 1984, and we loved seeing him smile.
Alex Rombert
Michael Holcrumb
Fortuitous Magi

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Robert Blake Who played Tony Baretta in the hit television show?
Carry Stephens
Trevor Holbrook
Martin Morris
Robert Blake
Robert Blake was acting long before "Baretta" was popular. He was a member of the Our Gang comedy crew (what would later be known as The Little Rascals) when he was just five years old.

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Christopher Connelly This star of "Peyton Place" (1964-9) caught our attention early. What's his name?
Mandlin Grimes
Feldon Chappel
Forrest Marks
Christopher Connelly
The bright smile and interesting behavior of Christopher Connelly gracing our television screens in the early 1960s gave us hope and happiness. The television show lasted for six seasons.

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Michael J. Fox He was a teen hunk in the '80s and could be found on the big screen and on television. Who is he?
Mortan Angles
Frank Marchio
Stanley Jones
Michael J. Fox
You probably remember Michael J. Fox from his excellent movie roles in the 1980s, including "Teen Wolf" and "Back to the Future." However, many still remember him as Alex P. Keaton from "Family Ties" (1982-9).

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Gavin MacLeod What was the name of the captain of the Love Boat?
Jared Ramshire
Gavin MacLeod
Here's your silver fox when it comes to TV hunks! Gavin MacLeod was the captain of the Love Boat, and he had one heck of a smile. Once he was done with acting, he added activist and author to his resume.
Harold Jennings
Peter Pauler

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Michael Landon Do you recognize this star of "Highway to Heaven" (1984-9)?
David Schwimmer
David Hasselhoff
Michael Landon
We loved watching Michael Landon's flowing locks on "Highway to Heaven" (1984-9) ... and those eyebrows swept us away. The 1980s gave us hunks that had chest hair and chiseled facial features.
Mark Knight

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James Brolin From 1983 to 1989, we could watch this hunk on the show "Hotel." Can you name him?
Robert Redford
Tom Hanks
James Brolin
This 78-year-old actor is still making appearances on film today. However, it was starring in "Hotel" from 1983 to 1989 that really caught our attention. He was smooth and had a smile that just wouldn't quit.
Mark Whitney

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Pierce Brosnan Before he was James Bond, he starred in "Remington Steele" (1982-7). Who is he?
Joel Hancock
Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan was a huge sex symbol in the 1990s, but before that, he was a large chunk of eye candy in the 1982 hit show "Remington Steele." We love his accent and we love his eyes. He's a true hunk.
Sean Connery
Philip More

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Tony Danza Can you name this comedy hunk?
Robert Moore
Bill Murray
Rick Sheppard
Tony Danza
The "Who's the Boss?" star might not have had all the intelligence we wanted in a man, but he did go back to school while he was a nanny for a working mom. This show broke some barriers that people just don't acknowledge.

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Lloyd Haynes He was ahead of his time. Do you recognize this classic TV hunk?
Jerry Winter
Michael Moore
Lloyd Haynes
Not only was this man a television hunk who starred in "Room 222" (1969-74), he was also a United States Marine. He worked hard to ensure that children stayed in school and were allowed to return after dropping out.
John Jackson

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Richard Dean Anderson Who is this hunk with a knack for making things out of nothing?
Bortis Sheppard
Michael Riley
Richard Dean Anderson
If you ever saw "MacGyver" (1985-92), you know that there was nothing that man couldn't do. That's why we loved watching the show ... oh, and for Richard Dean Anderson's gorgeous eyes and smokin' bod.
Ripley Pearl

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Gil Gerard Do you recognize this television hunk?
Macon Mills
Christopher Connelly
Gil Gerard
While he had a few roles you might remember, you probably know this hunk best from his time on "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-81), a part that he turned down at first because he didn't want it to be campy.
Rhett Rounder

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Dack Rambo He was on "Dallas" (1985-7) and "Dirty Sally" (1974). Can you name him?
Trevor Vogel
Morris Hindman
Dack Rambo
His deep-set eyes and faraway stare make him everything the ladies wanted in the 1970s and 1980s. He gave us some great characters, but many of us were just there for the eye candy.
Phillip Wills

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Martin Milner He was the star of "Adam-12" from 1968 to 1975. Can you identify him?
Martin Milner
All right, we know he has a terrible haircut, but that was just the way we wanted to see our police officers in the '60s and '70s. As the star of "Adam-12" (1968-75), Milner was the hunk to watch.
Andrew Jones
Christopher Connelly
Randy Jenkins

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Randolph Mantooth He was a first responder in the 1970s. Do you know his name?
Jack Barker
Billy Baker
Randolph Mantooth
"Emergency" (1972-9) was all about what it was like to be a paramedic in the 1970s. Everyone who saw the show knew Randolph Mantooth as the tough (yet soft) firefighter and paramedic named John Gage.
Morris Andrews

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Dustin Nguyen Can you name this hunk from "21 Jump Street"?
Corey Haim
Dustin Nguyen
While he didn't do much after walking off the hit show "21 Jump Street" (1987-91), Dustin Nguyen worked pretty consistently but without any memorable or leading roles. You probably saw his cameo on "22 Jump Street" (2014).
River Phoenix
Milton Muller

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Michael Warren This hunk is from "Hill Street Blues" (1981-7). Do you know his name?
David Travanti
Bruce Weitz
James Sikkin
Michael Warren
"Hill Street Blues" (1981-7) was the most gritty drama of its time. The series took on issues of race, sexism and what it meant to be a cop in the 1980s, and we loved it when Michael Warren showed up on our TV screens.

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