I Love the 80s Strikes Back: Nerds of the 80s

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Gedde Watanabe (Sixteen Candles) presents you with the Nerds of the 80s.

1. Steve Jobs

Producer | Toy Story

Steven Paul Jobs was born on 24 February 1955 in San Francisco, California, to students Abdul Fattah Jandali and Joanne Carole Schieble who were unmarried at the time and gave him up for adoption. He was taken in by a working class couple, Paul and Clara Jobs, and grew up with them in Mountain View...

2. Elvis Costello

Soundtrack | Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Elvis Costello was born Declan Patrick MacManus in London, England and raised in Liverpool. The son of British band leader Ross MacManus, Costello took his pseudonym from Elvis Presley and his father's stage name (Day Costello). He began performing professionally in 1969 and was a musician and/or ...

3. Anthony Daniels

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Initially not a science fiction fan, theatre actor Anthony Daniels was persuaded by his agent to meet George Lucas for the casting of C-3PO in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). He went on to perform the character, both his voice and body in the suit, for all the episodic Star Wars films ...

(as C-3PO)

4. Prince Charles

Actor | Coronation Street

Prince Charles was born November 14, 1948. His first military services appointment was in 1969. His favorite food is scrambled eggs and he likes to drink whiskey. He enjoys going to Scotland, UK; Klosters, Switzerland; and the Eleuthra in the Caribbean. He enjoys hunting, shooting, fishing, polo, ...

5. Ric Ocasek

Soundtrack | The Saint

Ric Ocasek was born on March 23, 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Richard Theodore Otcasek. He was married to Paulina Porizkova, Suzanne LaPointe and Constance Campbell. He died on September 15, 2019 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.

6. Bill Gates

Actor | Frasier

Born William Henry III is an American entrepreneur, business mogul, investor, philanthropist, and widely known as one of the most richest and influential people in the world. William Henry III was born to attorney, William Henry II and teacher, Mary Maxwell Gates in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Bill ...

7. Thomas Dolby

Soundtrack | Howard the Duck

Thomas Dolby was born on October 14, 1958 in London, England as Thomas Morgan Robertson. He has been married to Kathleen Beller since July 2, 1988. They have three children.

8. Marc Price

Actor | Family Ties

Marc Price is co-executive producer and creator of Green Collar Comedy Show (2010), a one-hour special on Showtime that lets the environmental movement show its sense of humor while delivering a vital message (Premiered Earth Day, April 22nd, 2010).

His past production credits include executive ...

(as Irwin "Skippy" Handelman)

9. Sarah Jessica Parker

Actress | Sex and the City

Sarah Jessica Parker was born March 25, 1965, in Nelsonville, Ohio, to Barbra Forste (née Keck), a teacher who ran a nursery school, and Stephen Parker, a journalist. Her parents divorced, and her mother later remarried to Paul Forste and had four more children, bringing the total to eight. Sarah ...

10. LeVar Burton

Actor | Star Trek: Generations

LeVar Burton was born on February 16, 1957 in Landstuhl, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany as Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr. He is an actor and director, known for Star Trek Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998). He has been married to Stephanie ...

11. Ross Bagdasarian Jr.

Actor | Alvinnn!!! And the Chipmunks

Ross Bagdasarian Jr. was born on October 25, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Ross Dickran Bagdasarian. He is an actor and producer, known for Alvinnn!!! And the Chipmunks (2015). He has been married to Janice Karman since September 27, 1980. They have two children.

(as Simon Seville)

12. Martin Short

Actor | The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Martin Short was born on March 26, 1950 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada as Martin Hayter Short. He is an actor and writer, known for The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006), Inherent Vice (2014) and ¡Three Amigos! (1986). He was previously married to Nancy Dolman.

(as Ed Grimley)

13. Alex Trebek

Producer | Jeopardy!

Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Trebek graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in Philosophy. After his first decision to become a newscaster, he joined the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company), Canada's premier network in 1961. As he was working, he helped organize national news ...

14. Gedde Watanabe

Actor | Sixteen Candles

Gedde Watanabe was born on June 26, 1955 in Ogden, Utah, USA as Gary Watanabe. He is an actor, known for Sixteen Candles (1984), Mulan (1998) and Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990).

(as Long Duk Dong)

15. Crispin Glover

Actor | Back to the Future

While he's never been a typical leading man, Crispin Glover has distinguished himself as one of the most intriguing personalities in the movie business. His unusual characters and personal projects have inspired a cult-like following that has dubbed him both madman and genius.

The son of actress and...

16. Lukas Haas

Actor | Inception

Lukas was born on April 16, 1976 in West Hollywood, California. His Texas-born mother, Emily Tracy, is a writer, and his German-born father, Berthold Haas, is an artist. He has twin brothers, Simon and Nikolai. It's widely noted that Lukas was discovered at the age of five by casting director ...

17. Larry King

Actor | Enemy of the State

Larry King was born on November 19, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Lawrence Harvey Zeiger. He is a producer and actor, known for Enemy of the State (1998), Ghostbusters (1984) and Bee Movie (2007). He has been married to Shawn Ora Engemann since September 5, 1997. They have two ...

18. Max Wright

Actor | ALF

Max Wright was born on August 2, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as George Wright. He was an actor, known for ALF (1986), All That Jazz (1979) and Norm (1999). He was married to Linda Ybarrondo. He died on June 26, 2019 in Hermosa Beach, California, USA.

(as Willie Tanner)

19. Rick Moranis

Actor | Parenthood

Rick began his career as a radio DJ while he was still at high school which led to him writing, producing and being on air in his own show. He joined the Canadian TV series SCTV (1976) winning an Emmy for writing and portraying the character Bob McKenzie which became the basis for the film _Strange...

20. John Ratzenberger

Actor | Cheers

John started the improvisational comedy group, "Sal's Meat Market", in Bridgeport, Connecticut, while a student at Sacred Heart University, located in Fairfield/Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was later affiliated with the ensemble group, "The Downtown Cabaret". Coincidentally, he was a friend of Susan...

(as Cliff Clavin)

21. David Faustino

Actor | Married with Children

David Faustino was born on March 3, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, USA as David Anthony Faustino. He is an actor and writer, known for Married... with Children (1987), The Legend of Korra (2012) and Star-ving (2009). He was previously married to Andrea Faustino.

(as Bud Bundy)

22. Gilbert Gottfried

Actor | Aladdin

At the young age of 15, Gilbert Gottfried began doing stand-up at open mike nights in New York City and, after a few short years, became known around town as "the comedian's comedian". After spending several years mastering the art of stand-up comedy, producers of the legendary NBC late-night ...

23. Mike Mills

Soundtrack | Man on the Moon

Mike Mills was born on December 17, 1958 in Orange County, California, USA as Michael Edward Mills.

24. Josh Saviano

Actor | The Wonder Years

Josh Saviano was born on March 31, 1976 in New York City, New York, USA as Joshua David Saviano. He is an actor, known for The Wonder Years (1988), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) and The Ray Bradbury Theatre (1985). He has been married to Jennifer Romer since August 3, 2002. They have...

(as Paul Joshua Pfeiffer)

25. Grant Shaud

Actor | Murphy Brown

Grant Shaud was born on February 27, 1961 in Evanston, Illinois, USA as Edward Shaud III. He is an actor and director, known for Murphy Brown (1988), Antz (1998) and Wall Street (1987).

(as Miles Silverberg)

26. Dustin Diamond

Actor | Saved by the Bell

Attended Zion Lutheran School in Anaheim, California. While in fifth grade, he portrayed 8th-grader Samuel "Screech" Powers in the television series Good Morning, Miss Bliss (1987), which evolved into Saved by the Bell (1989) and its various television movies and spin-offs. Also appeared in the ...

(as Samuel "Screech" Powers)

27. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...

28. Jaleel White

Actor | Family Matters

Jaleel White was born on November 27, 1976 in Pasadena, California, USA as Jaleel Ahmad White. He is an actor and writer, known for Family Matters (1989), Big Fat Liar (2002) and Sonic the Hedgehog (1993).

(as Steve Urkel)



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