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Your favorite 80s nerds



NerdsJon Cryer, Andrew McCarthy, Anthony Michael Hall, Anthony Edwards. Even the beloved John Cusack one or two times. The list goes on and on. Let's face it: The 80s were the decade of the movie nerd.

But what we need to know is this: Who was the ultimate nerd in the 80s? List time again, mates.

Here are some guidelines. Let's stick to movie nerds here. And they must have done their nerdy work in the 80s. And we ought to weigh the nerd work against their non-nerd work. So Anthony Edward's "Revenge of the Nerd" work might be canceled out by his role as "Lance" in "The Sure Thing." That's up to all of us to decide.

Here are a few of my favorites and food for thought:

ROBERT CARRADINE (Revenge of the Nerds): Possibly one of the single-greatest nerd performances of all time. But also his only nerd role. And it's watered down by his tough-guy turn in "Big Red One."

CURTIS ARMSTRONG (Better Off Dead): "Booger" in "Revenge of the Nerds" was even better teamed with John Cusack in "Better Off Dead." And don't forget his turn as "Miles" in "Risky Business."

ILAN MITCHELL-SMITH (Weird Science): It takes a pro to out-nerd Anthony Michael Hall, but "Wyatt Donnelly" is one of the great geeks of all time. These days, "Wyatt" is a professor of English at Angelo State University. Need I say more?

Leave a comment with your picks for the "Nerd of the 80s" trophy. (*All ballots with my name on it will be thrown out.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:28pm]


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