How Well Do You Remember Male Icons of the '80s?

By: Bambi Turner
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POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME! While Def Leppard is singing their classic "Pour Some Sugar On Me," sugar isn't needed to make these '80s male icons any more appealing! From Tom Selleck to Michael J. Fox, how well do you remember these male icons?

The 1980s was definitely an iconic time in pop culture. From music to film to TV, there was an abundance of heartthrobs for people to crush on! In the TV world, people were crushing on Tom Selleck in Magnum, P.I. with his thick head of hair and full mustache. The younger crowd was falling in love with "Growing Pains,"'Kirk Cameron.

Actors Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger dominated the decade while the Brat Pack newcomers Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez quickly became fan favorites. The music scene was led by King of Pop, Michael Jackson and England's favorites, Elton John and George Michael.

It's hard to forget the names of these actors and singers, but could you remember their faces? Could you pinpoint a young Johnny Depp or LL Cool J? Can you remember Harrison Ford as Han Solo or Eddie Murphy as a Beverly Hills Cop?

There's only one way to find out! How well do you remember the male icons of the '80s? Enough to pass this quiz with flying colors?

Let's find out!

Arnold Schwarzenegger was a top bodybuilding competitor before landing his first film roles in the '70s. In 1982, he played the muscular legend Conan in "Conan the Barbarian." His role as an unstoppable killing machine in "The Terminator" cemented him as one of the top action heroes of the '80s.

Larry Bird ruled the basketball court in the '80s. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1978, and spent 13 years on the team. He was voted NBA MVP three years straight between 1984 and 1986, and played on the Dream Team at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Tom Selleck starred as Navy SEAL turned private investigator on "Magnum PI" throughout much of the '80s, and also starred in the "Three Men" movies . Of course, none of this screen time mattered much, because everyone knows it was his trademark mustache that made him an icon.

As if the whole Han Solo things wasn't cool enough, Harrison Ford upped his leading man status even further by taking on the role of Indy in the Indiana Jones movies starting in 1981. Landing a role in "Blade Runner" also helped to cement him as one of Hollywood's hottest action stars.

Mark Harmon starred as Dr. Robert Caldwell on '80s hit "St. Elsewhere," and later became a spokesman for Coors. In 1986, "People" named him the Sexiest Man Alive, which definitely didn't hurt his standing with female fans.

Denzel Washington starred as Dr. Phillip Chandler on "St. Elsewhere" alongside fellow icon Mark Harmon. He also picked up a Best Supporting Actor nomination for "Glory" in 1989, which helped to make him one of Hollywood's leading men.

Before he was playing Jack Sparrow or Willy Wonka, Johnny Depp was getting his start on the '80s TV series "21 Jump Street." He also had his first film role in the 1984 horror flick "A Nightmare on Elm Street."

John Stamos has barely aged a day since landing the role of Blackie Parrish on "General Hospital" in the early '80s. By the end of the decade, he had nabbed the part of Uncle Jessie on the TV sitcom "Full House."

Don Johnson was the king of cool as undercover cop Sonny Crockett on "Miami Vice." Not only did his character live aboard a yacht, but he also drove a Ferrari and hung around with his pet alligator, Elvis.

Prince started off the '80s with the release of his album "Dirty Mind." He found major mainstream success with the 1984 film "Purple Rain." The film's soundtrack was a top-seller and earned Prince an Oscar nod for Best Original Score.

You may remember Bill Cosby from a little TV series called "The Cosby Show." Cosby played doctor and family man Cliff Huxtable on the series, which was the number one show in the country from 1984 to 1989.

Hulk Hogan WAS wrestling in the '80s, and served as the face of the WWF starting in 1983. You may remember his iconic red and yellow uniform, and his trademark roar as he ripped off his shirt in the ring.

Bruce Willis made plenty of guest spots on TV shows in the early '80s before landing a breakout role on "Moonlighting." His role as John McClane in the 1988 film "Die Hard" transformed him into one of Hollywood's biggest action stars. He also released a pop-blues album in the mid-'80s.

Eddie Murphy was part of the SNL cast from 1980 to 1984. His self-titled 1982 album earned him a Grammy nomination, and he starred in the film "48 Hours" that same year. Just two years later, Murphy got his big break in "Beverly Hills Cop."

John Schneider spent seven seasons driving the General Lee as Bo Duke in "The Dukes of Hazzard." In the early '80s, he also scored a hit on the country charts with a cover of Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never."

Magic Johnson was a point guard for the Lakers throughout the '80s, was the NBA MVP in 1987, 1989 and 1990. In 1991, he retired after testing positive for HIV, and has since become an activist within the HIV community.

Those red board shorts mean that this just has to be David Hasselhoff. In the '80s, he starred as Michael Knight on "Knight Rider," but he may be even better known today for his role as a lifeguard on "Baywatch," which premiered in 1989.

Philip Michael Thomas played former NYPD cop Ricardo Tubbs on the smash '80s series "Miami Vice" alongside fellow icon Don Johnson. He also released an album in 1985.

Kirk Cameron was a certified teen idol in the '80s after landing the role of Mike Seaver on "Growing Pains." while on the series, he met Chelsea Noble. Noble played his girlfriend on the show before becoming his wife in real life, breaking fan's hearts in the process.

Mel Gibson was such a success in the '80s that critics compared him to such iconic leading men as Steve McQueen and Humphrey Bogart. He hit it big starring opposite Sissy Spacek in "The River," and became an action hero thanks to the "Lethal Weapon" series.

George Michael was half od the duo Wham! in the early to mid-'80s, then launched a solo career in 1986. His album "Faith," sold 20 million copies, and featured the controversial hit "I Want Your Sex."

Born Stanley Kirk Burrell, MC Hammer became a huge star in the late '80s. His 1990 album "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em" made him a mega star, and fans rushed to copy his genie-pants style and quirky dance moves.

Guns 'N Roses front man Axl Rose had the long-haired rockstar look down pat in the '80s. The band's debut album sold more than 30 million copies, largely on the strength of the song "Sweet Child O' Mine," which Axl wrote for his then-girlfriend.

Before he was Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. was acting in '80s flicks like "Weird Science" and "Less Than Zero." He also had a less-than-memorable run on SNL in the mid-'80s.

Rob Lowe was a member of the Brat Pack and a top teen idol in the '80s. He starred in "The Outsiders" as Sodapop Curtis, then went on to roles in "Oxford Blues," "St. Elmo's Fire" and "About Last Night."

Ever wonder what LL Cool J stands for? It's "Ladies Love Cool James," and it was as true in the '80s as it is today. His 1985 rap album "Radio" went platinum, and he released "Mama Said Knock You Out" in 1990.

Fans of film star Tom Cruise might not believe that there was a time when he wasn't one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, but in the early '80s, he was happy to be getting bit parts in movies like "Endless Love. A few years later, films like "Top Gun" and "Rain Man" helped him become a top name.

After spending the '70s as part of punk band Generation X, Billy Idol went solo in the '80s, releasing songs like "White Wedding," "Dancing with Myself" and "Rebel Yell" to become a household name.

The Boss became a hero of the working class with albums like 1980's "The River" and "Born in the USA" in 1984. Despite its patriotic title, the song "Born in the USA" is actually a critique of the treatment of Vietnam vets, which Springsteen pointed out in interviews since the song was released.

Anthony Michael Hall got his big break playing Rusty Griswald in the 1983 film "National Lampoon's Vacation." He later starred as Ted in "16 Candles," and played Brian on "The Breakfast Club."

It's hard to imagine a more iconic figure than Michael Jackson in the '80s. He debuted his signature white glove during a 1983 performance of "Billy Jean," a year after putting out the smash album "Thriller." Throughout the decade, his long hair, leather jackets and iconic glove were often imitated but never duplicated.

John McEnroe was a huge hit on the tennis courts in the '80s, and was as well known for his bad boy behavior as for his backhand. He made headlines during the decade for telling a Wimbledon official "You cannot be serious," after a call he didn't agree with.

David Bowie left Ziggy Stardust in the dust at the start of the '80s, reinventing himself as part of the New Romantic movement -- complete with crisp suits and a new style. He released the single "Under Pressure" in 1981, and found commercial success with "Modern Love" in 1983.

Michael J. Fox found fame as Alex P. Keaton on "Family Ties." The show was originally supposed to focus on the parents, but fans loved Fox so much that he soon became the star. He became a worldwide name with the release of "Back to the Future" in 1985.

Known as Joe Cool and the Comeback Kid, Joe Montana served as quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers throughout the '80s. He earned his nicknames for his ability to stay calm under pressure, and to win games when the odds were stacked against him.

Elton John has been celebrated for his musical talent and flamboyant style for decades. In the '80s, he found success with the album "Too Low for Zero," and songs like "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues," and "I'm Still Standing."

No one could fly like MJ in the '80s. As part of the Chicago Bulls from 1984 to 1993, Michael Jordan earned the nickname Air Jordan for his tremendous dunking ability. He also picked up an Olympic gold medal at the 1984 games.

Mike Tyson made his pro debut in 1985 at the tender age of 18. He went on to win 26 of his first 28 fights, and by age 20, he had become the youngest heavyweight champion in history.

Wayne Gretzky broke every record in hockey as part of the Edmonton Oilers. His uncanny ability to win and stretch his sport earned him the nickname "The Great One."

Back in the '80s, he was known as John Cougar, then John Cougar Mellencamp. His 1982 album "American Fool" featured songs like "Hurts So Good" and "Jack and Diane," while his next album included the hits "Pink Houses" and "Crumblin' Down."

The unofficial leader of the Brat Pack, Emilio Estevez was an '80s teen movie legend. he not only starred in "The Breakfast Club," but also "The Outsiders," "St. Elmo's Fire" and "Repo Man."

As if it wasn't cool enough to play Rocky, Sylvester Stallone upped his action hero status when he took on the role of Rambo in "First Blood" in 1982. He reprised the role in 1985 and 1988 while also starring in several Rocky sequels in the first half of the decade.

That image of John Cusack holding the boombox up is one of the most memorable film scenes of the '80s. It comes from the end of "Say Anything," when Lloyd plays "In Your Eyes" for Diane beneath her bedroom window.

Tom Hanks was still a bit player in the early '80s, but quickly shot to the big time with roles in "Splash" and "Turner and Hooch," His role in the 1988 film "Big" earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

Richard Pryor was performing standup routines for more than a decade before going slightly more mainstream in the '80s. Films like "Superman III" and "Brewster's Millions" helped make him a household name.

Jon Cryer became an instant star thanks to the 1986 teen movie "Pretty in Pink." In the film, Cryer plays Duckie, a young man who's secretly in love with his best friend Andie, played by Molly Ringwald.

River Phoenix was a teen idol thanks to films like "Stand By Me" in 1986 and "Running on Empty" in 1988. Sadly, his life was cut short when he died of a drug overdose in 1993 at a Hollywood night club.

Corey Feldman became a huge teen idol in the '80s. He loaned his voice to the Disney flick "The Fox and the Hound" in 1981, and later starred in films like "Gremlins," "The Goonies," "Stand By Me" and "The Lost Boys."

Matt Dillon became a star in 1980 with films like "My Bodyguard" and "Little Darlings." After starring in "The Outsiders" in 1983, he spent much of the rest of the decade doing Broadway and voiceover work.

Long before he played Barney Stinson on "How I Met Your Mother," Neil Patrick Harris was an '80s TV icon. He starred as whiz kid doctor Doogie Howser MD on the series, which lasted from 1989 to 1993.

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