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The evil of Hardy Jenns

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We lavish praise on the collected works of John Hughes but usually fail to give one particular movie and one teen villain the proper kudos: Some Kind of Wonderful and "Hardy Jenns," played by today's birthday boy Craig Sheffer (46).

Sheffer got his start on TV's One Life to Live, but made the transition to film in 1985's "That Was Then ... This Is Now." But his role as in 1987's Some Kind of Wonderful had to be the breakthrough role. Playing the snobby, cheating boyfriend of Lea Thompson and tormenter to Eric Stoltz, Sheffer is the perfect -- albeit stereotypical -- Hughes villain: smart, good-looking, rich and lechorous. And why do all John Hughes' bad boys have strange names? Hardy? Stef in Pretty in Pink? (OK, just those two.) Pals in the 80s and beyond, Stolz and Sheffer would team up again years later in 1994's Sleep With Me.

Of course, two of Sheffer's best roles would come outside the 80s -- college QB/alcoholic Joe Kane in 1993's The Program ("All I want is a place at the table!") and fly fisherman/writer Norman Maclean in 1992's A River Runs Through It. But for some pure guilty pleasure, hit the video store and enjoy Sheffer's 80s gems.

Top 5 Craig Sheffer movies:
5. Sleep With Me (1994)
4. Fire With Fire (1986)
3. The Program (1993)
2. A River Runs Through It (1991)
1. Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:17pm]

    

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