Here at JoBlo we love our 80s stars, and here are some forgotten ones we think should make a huge comeback!
In previous articles, we took a look at stars of the past we want back and there are so many! It was too hard to narrow it down to just a few. So, we have a few more for you including a couple of Freddy victims, some 1980s beauties we miss, and a lady we’ve only seen twice on our screens.
Mia Sara may have started her career on All My Children in 1983, what most folks remember her for is her first feature film role as the ethereal Lili in Legend in 1985. She followed this with a huge film, playing Sloane Peterson in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in 1986. She was quite busy through the 1980s and 1990s, only slowing down in the 2000s, and having her last credit in 2013. Simply put, we miss her, and we are certain we’re not the only ones. Her career has had a ton of variety from fantasy films to comedies to science fiction films to dramas, on the big and the small screen. From what can be found online, it looks like she’s been busy having a family and enjoying life. From what we can find, it looks like she’s in semi-retirement. As her youngest is an adult now, perhaps she may have a bit more time on her hands to get back to acting and come back to her fans. However, semi-retirement sounds great to be honest, especially if she’s enjoying it, so maybe we can keep hoping, but perhaps we should just return to her older films and enjoy them on repeat.
A mainstay of the convention circuit in the US, Miko Hughes is a favorite child actor of horror fans who started with Pet Sematary in 1989, so he’s only on the cusp of being a 1980s actor, but we’ll count him anyways. His horror film career launched him to stardom early on in a part that was both adorable and tragic. Later, he came back to horror Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, playing Heather Langenkamp’s son in the meta reality of the film. His part was quite central to Heather’s plight in the story, having some powerful scenes with Freddy as well. Between those two films, Hughes appeared in everything from Kindergarten Cop, Beverly Hills, 90210, Jack the Bearand The Nanny to name but a few. Following New Nightmarehe kept busy with Full house, Apollo 13, spawn, Mercury Rising, and plenty more. His career slowed down in the 2010s and he seemed only to go for the rare parts after 2007. He does have a few upcoming credits, but only one short film is in post-production. Everything else seems to be in pre-production or in development, with one film showing as in production as of now, but not much is available about it. This kid was everywhere and seemed to disappear for the most part, leaving behind a fairly big following, something clear from his popularity at conventions.
Better known as Rebecca, or Newt, the little girl found on LV-426 by the crew in AliensHenn has only done one more film in 2020, called Thunder Island. Why do we want her back? She has a ton of potential and a great personality. Her recent public appearances show that she still seems to be showbiz-minded, so why not get her back in front of the camera. She has said that she would love to be in a Quentin Tarantino film, something that could lead to a fun part for her and for the audience. As she has been attending conventions for a few years now, she clearly has not been in hiding or shunning the spotlight, so why not bring her back for a feature film, something fun, maybe a science-fiction story, or something completely different.
Another face associated with the A Nightmare on Elm Street series, Garcia has had a solid career between 1982, when he first showed up the Famous television series, and 2011. Since then, he appeared in two Christmas movies and has 1 film pending post-production. Looking at his credits, the man had a varied career with lots of good parts of varying size in films such as Slaves of New York, Predator 2, Vampire in Brooklyn, Traffic, Collateral Damageand Along Came Polly. His television career has seen him on The Facts of Life, miami vice, babylon 5, JAG, CSI Miami, etc. The man has been all over the place, proving he is a solid choice for just about any part and them he was gone. Just nothing anymore basically. Yes, he has one film coming soon, but that is nothing compared to his early career, and it would be great fun to get him back in films and television series. His biography details that can be found online are interesting to say the least, something that could probably be brought into parts of many kinds.
TEA Valley GirlForeman was a whole mood in this movie as well as in April Fool’s Day. She was everywhere for awhile and then, nothing. Or so it seemed. Foreman’s career started in 1981 on The Grady Nutt Showand she followed this with parts on Family Ties, MacGyver, The Marshall, and a few other television appearances. Her film career started with I’m Dancing as Fast as I Canand included a bit of everything including Real Genius, Destroyer, Waxwork, Lobster Man from Mars, and a whole lot more. She seemed to go “poof” in 1995, only resurfacing in Beautiful Loser in 2008, a quick part in the Valley Girl remake in 2020, and a role in an upcoming film. There hasn’t been all that much for Foreman in the last few years to say the least. This may have been by choice; we don’t really know. All we know is, we miss her and would love to see more of her.
There are so many folks we would love to see back on our televisions and theater screens, there are so many opportunities these days with all the streaming platforms producing their own content at an unexpected speed that there has to be room to bring back more beloved stars , some more obvious than others, and to revive careers while also playing the nostalgia strings.