Do You Know the Last Names of These '80s TV Show Characters?


By: Becky Stigall

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Put your '80s television show smarts to the test!

The '80s were known for many great things - big hair, hair bands, and Farrah Fawcett. Although the '80s was certainly the decade of hair, they were also notable for some great television shows. Iconic sitcoms and prime-time soaps such as Cheers and Dallas, respectively, ruled the airwaves. In fact, many of these shows remain popular today. 

The Golden Girls, a popular '80s sitcom, is still a highly watched show. And, actress Betty White, who played widow Rose on the show, may be part of the reason people loved to watch- other than the fact that the comedy managed to win both Emmy and Golden Globe Awards; clearly attesting to the quality of the acting, directing, and production of this '80s hit.

Dallas ushered in the prime-time soap opera with the greats of the era - Larry Hagman, formerly of I Dream of Jeannie, Victoria Principal, and Patrick Duffy (Man from Atlantis anyone?) tested the limits of flashy houses, flashy cars, and even flashier dialogue. The show asked "who shot JR" several times. Do you think he bit the dust as the series ended?

But apart from the successes of the shows and knowing the characters by name, do you remember their often forgotten surnames? If you want to take a shot at finding out just how good your memory is, let's get started!

Clair Olivia Hanks ________ mothered her family on "The Cosby Show."

The character of Clair Huxtable was played by Phylicia Rashad. Rashad was married to former pro running back and wide receiver, Ahmad Rashad.


Mike ______ was a primary character on "Growing Pains."

The character of Mike Seaver was played by Kirk Cameron. Cameron's sister, Candace Cameron Bure, played D.J. on "Full House."


Captain Jean-Luc _______ is at the helm of the Enterprise on "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

The character of Captain Jean-Luc Picard was played by Patrick Stewart. Stewart was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2010.


Judge Harry ________ hands down verdicts on "Night Court."

The character of Harry Stone was played by Harry Anderson. Anderson is a magician in real life and an amateur magician on the show.


Sonny ________ solves crimes on "Miami Vice."

The character of James "Sonny" Crockett was played by Don Johnson. Johnson is the father of Dakota Johnson of "Fifty Shades of Grey" fame.


Sultry Blanche ________ was a character on "The Golden Girls."

The character of Blanche Devereaux was played by Rue McClanahan. McClanahan won an Emmy for her role in 1987.


Father and former hippie, Steven ______, raised his children on "Family Ties."

The character of Steven Keaton was played by Michael Gross. Gross holds a Master's of Fine Arts from Yale University.


Al _____ was the father on "Married with Children."

The character of Al Bundy was played by Ed O'Neill. O'Neill went to college on a football scholarship.


Jack ______ was surrounded by women on "Three's Company."

The character of Jack Tripper was played by John Ritter. Ritter's father was singing cowboy, Tex Ritter.


Arthur __________ brought the cool to "Happy Days."

The character of Fonzie was played by Henry Winkler. Winkler earned an MFA at the Yale School of Drama.


Winnie ______ is Kevin Arnold's true love on "The Wonder Years."

The character of Winnie Cooper was played by Danica McKellar. McKellar holds a degree in Mathematics from UCLA.


Dr. Hawkeye ______ served as chief surgeon on "M*A*S*H."

The character of Hawkeye Pierce was played by Alan Alda. Alda has polio when he was a child.


Margaret ________ was the efficient head nurse on "M*A*S*H."

The character of Hot Lips Houlihan was played by Loretta Swit. Swit worked as a stenographer before breaking into acting.


Roseanne ______ raised her family on "Roseanne."

The character of Roseanne Conner was played by Roseanne Barr. Barr ran for president in 2012, snagging almost 50,000 votes.


David _______ solves crimes on "Moonlighting."

The character of David Addison was played by Bruce Willis. Willis was born in West Germany to a German mother and an American father.


Danny ______ raised three girls on "Full House."

The character of Danny Tanner was played by Bob Saget. Saget attended film school at Temple University.


Housemother Edna _______ heads up a boarding school on "The Facts of Life."

The character of Mrs. Garrett was played by Charlotte Rae. Rae was born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in 1926.


Arnold _______ and his brother Willis found a home on "Diff'rent Strokes."

The character of Arnold Jackson was played by Gary Coleman. The character of Willis Jackson was played by Todd Bridges.


Captain Merrill _______ steered the cruise on "The Love Boat."

The character of Captain Stubing was played by Gavin MacLeod. MacLeod played Murray Slaughter on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."


Radar ________ was the quirky company clerk on "M*A*S*H."

The character of Radar O'Reilly was played by Gary Burghoff. He and actress Lynda Carter were in a band, the Relatives, in 1968.


Major Frank _____ was a surgeon on "M*A*S*H."

The character of Frank Burns was played by Larry Linville. Linville studied aeronautical engineering in college.


Ricky _______ tries to help his father grow up on "Silver Spoons."

The character of Ricky Stratton was played by Ricky Schroder. Schroder made his child acting debut in the 1979 version of "The Champ."


Rebecca ________ was Uncle Jesse's love interest on "Full House."

The character of Rebecca Donaldson was played by Lori Loughlin. Loughlin was born in Queens, New York.


Ralph _____ and Potsie became roommates in the later seasons of "Happy Days."

The character of Ralph Malph was played by Donny Most. Most was born and raised in New York.


Kelly _______ was the love interest for both Zack and A.C. on "Saved by the Bell."

The character of Kelly Kapowski was played by Tiffani-Amber Thiessen. She won Miss Junior America in 1987 and did some modeling after that.


Geordi _______ can see via the use of technology in "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

The character of Geordi La Forge was played by LeVar Burton. Burton is the host of "Reading Rainbow," a PBS children's show.


Carmine ______ was Shirley's love interest on "Happy Days."

The character of Carmine Ragusa was played by Eddie Mekka. Mekka has performed in Broadway and off-Broadway productions.


Warren _____ is Richie's best friend on "Happy Days."

The character of Potsie Weber was played by Anson Williams. Williams was born Anson William Heimlich in 1949.


Andrew, otherwise known as Squiggy, had what last name on "Happy Days"?

The character of Squiggy was played by David Lander. Lander was born David Leonard Landau in 1947.


Zack ______ was the heartthrob on "Saved by the Bell."

The character of Zack Morris was played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Gosselaar once did commercials for Oreos.


Alexis __________ was the evil ex-wife on "Dynasty."

The character of Alexis Colby was played by Joan Collins. Collins was born in London in 1933.


"Who's the Boss?" head of household, Angela, went by what last name?

The character of Angela was played by Judith Light. Light formerly starred as Karen Wolek on the daytime soap opera, "One Life to Live."


The A-Team leader, Hannibal, went by what last name?

Hannibal Smith was played by George Peppard. Peppard starred opposite Audrey Hepburn in the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's."


"ALF" compadre and head of household, Willie, lends what last name to the family?

The character of Willie Tanner was played by Max Wright. Wright played the manager of the coffee shop on "Friends" in the first two seasons of that show.


Sam, the "Cheers" resident bartender, has what last name?

The character of Sam Malone was played by Ted Danson. Danson went on to play D.B. Russell on the "CSI" franchise.


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