I can list about fifteen hotties from my youth whom I can say I was wholeheartedly in love with. Michael Jackson, Nick Rhoades, George Michael, and John Travolta, just to name a few. When I was younger, I had a picture of Michael Jackson taped at the head of my bed that I cut out of the TV Guide and would kiss it every night before I went to bed.
Later, my sister took some black pen and drew makeup on Michael Jackson’s eyes, and I still hold a grudge against her for defiling my photo to this day. But that’s a completely different story for a completely different day.
Here are some other heartthrobs from our youths who are still completely crush-worthy now.
Robby Benson – Remember watching Ice Castles and wanting to be Lynn-Holly Johnson just so you would have the chance to hold hands and skate with Robby Benson? No? Was that just me? Regardless, Robby was not only ferociously talented but quite yummy for the eyes as well. Those ice-blue eyes would turn any woman into a puddle of goo. And his voice? Huminah huminah. It’s no wonder he was chosen as the voice for the Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Now—Robby Benson has kept quite active over the years as a husband, father, philanthropist, professor, director, and he is still doing voice work. A congenital heart problem kept him from being as active as he otherwise may have been in front of the camera, but Benson is still easy on the eyes.
Harrison Ford – OK Ford technically began his TV and film career in the 60’s, but reached idol status in most of our eyes in the 70s in Star Wars. Ruggedly handsome, he was the kind of character who seemed to be strong, bold, and willing and able to sweep you off your feet at a moment’s notice. And those dreamy eyes…I could get lost in his warm soulful eyes if I stare long enough.
Now—Ford is still incredibly active as a writer, producer, and an actor. Indiana Jones 5 has been announced for release in 2019, and he is STILL rocking Han Solo with the most recent Star Wars movie having been released just last year in 2015.
John Travolta—Yes, I already mentioned John Travolta, but seriously—what heartthrob list from the 70s and 80s would be complete without him? I adored him in Saturday Night Fever, and even enjoyed the box office flop Staying Alive. And who could forget his role as Danny in Grease? He could sing, he could dance, and he had that great hair and baby blue eyes.
Now—Travolta is certainly not slowing down these days. Just this past year, he had a role in The People vs. OJ Simpson as Robert Shapiro and he NAILED IT! He also stars in The Life and Death of John Gotti, which is in post-production and due to be released sometime in 2017.
Michael Schoeffling – Two words to describe Michael Schoeffling: hubba hubba. You might be scratching your head wondering, “who is Michael Schoeffling?” to which I have two more words for you: Jake Ryan. Ahhh. Yes. Jake Ryan from the John Hughes classic, Sixteen Candles. Schoeffling was the object of many girl’s desire when the movie debuted in 1984 and is still considered quite the hottie even by today’s standards.
Now – Schoeffling kinda pulled a Houdini after playing Winona Ryder’s and Cher’s common crush in the 1991 movie Mermaids. Playing small roles in only eight more movies after capturing our hearts as Jake Ryan, he ditched the Hollywood scene for a quieter life as a carpenter in Pennsylvania where he is married to a former model and raising teenagers. Images of the elusive Schoeffling that are more recent are difficult to find, though we are guessing he is still as hunky today as he was in the 1980s.
John Cusack – Another character from Sixteen Candles. Cusack had a small role in that film, but it was apparently a breakout piece for him. He looked like a really handsome boy-next-door, and his roles made him somebody who was thoughtful and romantic. I don’t think I know a single girl from the 80s who wasn’t at least a little bit in love with Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything.
Now – Cusack still keeps cranking out movies. Most recently he was seen as Clay Riddell in the movie Cell and has two more movies being released in the next couple of years. He still has that same handsome boy-next-door appeal, and is still known for his quirky yet loveable roles.
Patrick Swayze – Of course no list of heartthrobs from our youths would be complete without adding Patrick Swayze. Whether he was sporting his feathered mullet circa Roadhouse or his pompadour in Dirty Dancing, Swayze was the guy we ALL wanted to be our leading man. Not only was he easy on the eyes, but that boy could move in ways that would leave you panting to catch your breath.
Now – Unfortunately, Swayze lost his battle to pancreatic cancer. He died in Los Angeles in September of 2009, but he stayed active on screen right up until his death. RIP Johnny Castle.
Morgan Freeman – That voice. I could listen to his voice all day and let the cadence wash over me. Most of us probably remember him from The Electric Company, but Freeman had a number of credited and uncredited roles prior to his rise to stardom on the TV series. Oh, what soulful eyes! Sigh. Such a dreamy man.
Now—Freeman is still dreamy and still active both on-screen and off. He has four movies slated to hit the silver screen in the next two years. His most active role currently, however, is doing voice-overs in my head for anything and everything I read.
Sam Elliott – Another voice that I could literally bathe in if it was an actual physical thing. His acting career also began before the 1970s, but he has been incredibly active ever since his debut in 1969. Typically known for rough, rugged, cowboy-type roles, Elliott’s crinkly eyes when he smiles are enough to make you weak in the knees.
Now—Elliott is still making us gooey in all the right places. The Netflix Original series The Ranch stars Elliott, Ashton Kutcher, and Danny Masterson and is worthy of a binge watch. He also has two projects currently in post-production that should debut sometime in 2017.
Tom Selleck – There is NOT a single hearthhrob list that would be complete without adding Tom Selleck. That hair. That ‘stache. Everything about Selleck just screams, “MAN”. Selleck captured most of our hearts in 1980 as the title role of the TV series Magnum, P.I. Then, a younger generation fell in love with Selleck as he played Dr. Richard Burke (Monica Gellar’s hunky boyfriend) on Friends.
Now –Selleck is still capturing our hearts today. As Frank Reagan on Blue Bloods. Selleck has also been starring as the title character in a series of TV movies as the title character Jesse Stone—a retired sheriff who comes out of retirement to solve crime. Anybody else see a pattern with the roles Selleck tends to gravitate to?
How did we do rounding up some of the hottest heartthrobs from the 70s and 80s? Did we miss any of your favorites?