Our own Hall of Fame
He was the King of the Dweebs in "Sixteen Candles" and "Weird Science." The brain in "Breakfast Club." The high school jock in "Johnny Be Good" (and "Edward Scissorhands"). And lest we forget the pre-teen grease monkey in the Kenny Rogers' classic "Six Pack." (Well, not so classic. But it did have Erin Gray, a worthy lust object from "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.")
He's Anthony Michael Hall, and he's King of the 80s. You can take your Tom Cruise (please) and run him back to Ampipe High School (anyone get that reference?). You know why Hall's my personal hero today? Because he went on the record this week saying how much he loves and admires the landmark movies of the 80s -- many of which he starred in.
"To be part of some films that people have grown up with - it's amazing," Hall told reporters this week. "I'm often stunned by it. It's actually very humbling."
And unlike some of his less lucky Brat Pack brethren, Hall is still hot. Check out his work as Whitey Ford in "61*" or his continuing good fortune in the cable series "The Dead Zone" -- now about to begin its fifth season. Want a real blast of fun? Check him out playing Bill Gates in "Pirates of Silicon Valley." Fantastiche!
It's nice to hear a star from the 'cade shouting out his love for the classics. Here's a little love back at ya.
Top 5 Anthony Michael Hall movies:
5. Weird Science: "Give 'em the knee shooters."
4. Pirates of Silicon Valley: "There may be a few... similarities."
3. 61*: "Hey, Slick, how come every time you get drunk it costs me money?"
2. Sixteen Candles: "You know, I'm getting input here that I'm reading as relatively hostile."
1. Breakfast Club: "Chicks cannot hold their smoke, dat's what it is."