Action movie stars from 1980s are difficult to forget. They might not have been very good actors, but they came to prominence during one of Hollywood’s biggest, brashest, loudest eras and our ears are still ringing. And recently, thanks to films like The Expendables, many have returned to the big screen. Some, however, have almost completely vanished, and it’s hard not to wonder where these memorable characters ended up.
20. Vernon Wells
Before starring as the psychotic Wes in Mad Max 2, Wells only had a few TV credits to his name. After the blockbuster, he went on to star opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando and played an insane biker in Weird Science. Today, Wells still appears in the odd film but his moment in the sun has definitely passed.
19. Jesse Ventura
How many people can claim that they had a starring role in Predator and also had their book referenced in a Kendrick Lamar track? Only Jesse Ventura, I’m willing to bet. But after a semi-successful stint as an actor and professional wrestler in the ’80s, Ventura turned to politics. In fact, he was Governor of Minnesota from 1998 until 2003.