Sometimes celebrities get frozen in time by their most famous roles. That is especially true for child stars and celebrities who became famous during a unique time for fashion and pop culture. For example, there are many celebrities from the 1980s who you probably wouldn’t recognize today.
Some are unrecognizable because they’ve aged, while others have changed their style or have gotten plastic surgery. So which ’80s celebrities look vastly different now? Here are 20 celebrities who are unrecognizable today.
1. Peter Billingsley
Every year you see young Peter Billingsley’s face on television because of his role as Ralphie in A Christmas Story. Although many people find themselves relating to his character, they probably wouldn’t recognize him as an adult.
Today he’s a producer of movies like The Break-Up and Iron Man.
2. James Spader
In the ’80s, James Spader starred on The Family Tree for one year before getting a role in Pretty in Pink. In the latter role, he had gorgeous hair and was able to play a smug villain well. Now, he’s older but has proven he’s still able to play a conniving character on The Blacklist.
3. Ally Sheedy
The actress was in multiple ’80s movies including St. Elmo’s Fire, WarGames, and Short Circuit. But her most recognizable role was probably the moody Allison Reynolds in The Breakfast Club.
You probably wouldn’t recognize her today though, given that she’s older and doesn’t dress like her iconic character.
4. Anthony Michael Hall
The fellow alum of The Breakfast Club was also busy during the decade. He was in other iconic movies like Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, and National Lampoon’s Vacation. He mostly played the skinny nerd, but now he looks very different.
5. Jeff Cohen
You remember Jeff Cohen as Chunk from The Goonies. The funny child actor was remembered for his dance moves and crazy moments in the adventure movie. But now he’s older and is not as easy to spot. Cohen no longer acts and his last project was in 1991.
6. Jerry O’Connell
Jerry O’Connell has slimmed down significantly and now looks different than his childhood persona. He played Vern in Stand By Me, which was his first role ever.
The actor is still keeping busy jumping around television shows playing different types of characters.
7. Justin Henry
Justin Henry’s first role was playing Billy in Kramer vs. Kramer, a film which won five Oscars. He was also nominated for an Oscar for the role at just 8 years old. He later landed a job in Sixteen Candles.
Now, Henry looks very different but is still working in Hollywood.
8. Jennifer Grey
You most likely know Jennifer Grey as Baby in Dirty Dancing or Jeanie Bueller in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The two teen movies are classics and held up as some of the decade’s best.
However, many probably wouldn’t recognize the star immediately today. This is because Grey decided to get a nose job. Sadly, her nose was a big reason her face was so recognizable. “I went into the operating room a celebrity and came out anonymous,” Grey told The Mirror. “It was the nose job from hell. I’ll always be this once-famous actress nobody recognizes because of a nose job.”
The actress is still working today. She was the voice of the character Louisa Patel on Phineas and Ferb before moving on to the television show Red Oaks.
9. Robert Romanus
The actor played Mike Damone in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. At the time, he was just 26 years old, so he was fairly young with a nice head of hair.
Today, you might not recognize him, but he’s still acting in television shows and movies.
10. Lori Singer
You most likely recognize the actress from her role as Ariel in Footloose. She also starred in the television series Fame.
Years later, she looks a bit different and is still working in the industry. Now she’s in a few shorts and most recently starred in The Institute.