One could argue that the world is divided into two types of people: normal people and celebrities. When most of us think of celebrities we imagine a life full of glamour. And by glamour we mean plenty of money and countless of famous friends not to mention tons of enamored fans. Of course, that is not necessarily always true and even if it is, it is worth remembering that celebrities have their own problems and issues, whether personal or professional.
Furthermore, just because one is a celebrity, that does not necessarily mean that one is going to stay on top of the game forever. Indeed, only too often celebrities make it big and then slip into obscurity a year or two later.
Think of all the 90's hunks that we were all once in love with. Sure, some of them are still around to this day and some are as famous as ever. However, at least half of them - if not more - have slipped into obscurity, or at the very least, relative obscurity. Indeed, they might be still be active in their industry - whether it is the acting industry or the music industry - to this day but that does not mean that anyone really remembers them.
Below we have as many as 50 hunks from the 90's. Some are still popular, some not so much. Pick or pass on all and we'll reveal everyone's sign!
Leonardo DiCaprio was a real teenage heartthrob back in the 90’s and he hasn’t aged badly either. Indeed, he is still as handsome as ever. DiCaprio began acting in the late 80’s. He gained recognition in the early 90’s when he appeared in movies such as the 1993 drama film What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, the 1995 coming-of-age drama The Basketball Diaries and the 1996 romantic crime movie Romeo + Juliet. Of course, it was the 1997 epic romance movie Titanic (IMDb) that turned DiCaprio into one of Hollywood's most famous A-listers.
Jared Leto is a man of many talents. He is not only an actor but also a singer and a songwriter. Leto first rose to fame for his role of Jordan Catalano in the TV series My So-Called Life. Later he also appeared in movies such as the 1997 biographical film Prefontaine, the 1998 epic war film The Thin Red Line and the 1999 drama film Fight Club. Around the same time that his acting was taking off, Leto also decided to form a rock band with his brother Shannon. As such, in 1998 the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars (IMDb) was born (although it only saw commercial success in the mid 00’s).
The ridiculously handsome actor David Boreanaz is best known for his TV work. He first rose to fame in the late 90’s when he landed the role of Angel – a vampire who has become a private investigator – in the exceptionally popular supernatural drama TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (on air between 1997 and 2003). He later reprized this role in the show’s spin-off Angel (which first aired in 1999 and which ended in 2004). Later he went on to portray an FBI agent Seeley Booth in the comedy drama series Bones and Jason Hayes in the military drama TV show SEAL Team.
Joey Lawrence was once a teenage heartthrob but he has since slipped into obscurity. As 90’s kids will probably have no difficulty in recalling, Lawrence gained acclaim for his role of Joey Russo in the TV series Blossom (on air between 1990 and 1995). Lawrence is not just an actor however, but also a singer. Indeed, in 1993 he released his debut album titled Joey Lawrence. Lawrence hasn’t been up to much as of late although last year, in 2017, he did form a band named Still 3 (IMDb).
Point Break, Speed, The Devil’s Advocate, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, My Little Buddha, Much Ado About Nothing and My Own Private Idaho are just some of the films that the talented actor Keanu Reeves has appeared in during the 90’s. Some may also associate Reeves with the Bill & Ted comedy movie series, in which he portrayed Ted Logan, as well as the popular The Matrix film series, in which he played the role of the computer programmer and hacker Neo (IMDb).
Like so many other Hollywood A-listers, Brad Pitt also rose to prominence in the early 90’s. He first gained recognition for playing the role of a thief named J.D. in the iconic 1991 road film Thelma & Louise. A year later, Pitt landed his first leading role in a drama film titled A River Runs Through It. Other films such as Interview with the Vampire, 12 Monkeys, Fight Club and Seven (IMDb) soon followed. It was also in the 90’s that Pitt met his first wife Jennifer Aniston.
Nick Carter was only 13 years old when he became a member of the popular boy band the Backstreet Boys. However, over the years Carter has also released three solo albums. Carter has also tried his hand at acting (even though he mostly starred as none other than himself). Back in the 90’s and the early 00’s Carter was seen as a teen idol and in 2000 he was also included in People’s Magazine “50 Most Beautiful People” list (MTV).
Nowadays Matt Damon is one of the most successful – and bankable – actors in the world. And yet he did not actually gain widespread recognition until the late 90’s. So what happened? Well, in 1997 Damon appeared in the drama movie Good Will Hunting. But Damon didn’t just star in this movie – he also co-wrote it (alongside his colleague and friend Ben Affleck)! Damon and Affleck both won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for the screenplay whereas Damon was also nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of the titular character, Will Hunting (IMDb).
Rhythm Divine, Bailamos, Be With You, Sad Eyes, and Could I Have This Kiss Forever (IMDb) are some of the famous English songs that Enrique Iglesias released in the 90’s. As most fans are without doubt well aware, when Iglesias first started out as a singer he focused on the Spanish market. Indeed, it was only in the late 90’s that he successfully crossed over into the English language music market. Iglesias is still as popular today as he was back in the 90’s.
Unlike most 90’s heartthrobs, Tom Cruise did not slip into obscurity. Indeed, nowadays he is as famous as ever. Cruise began acting in the early 80’s and gained recognition for his role of Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in a popular action drama film that came out in 1986. That same decade he appeared in The Color of Money and Cocktail. In the 90’s he went on to star in films such as A Few Good Men, Interview with the Vampire, Mission: Impossible, Eyes Wide Shut and Jerry Maguire (IMDB). As some may recall, it was in the early 90’s that Cruise married his second wife, Nicole Kidman.
Not all actors who make it big in Hollywood manage to hold onto their fame. Take Devon Sawa for example. Sawa was incredibly popular in the 90’s. Indeed, he was one of the most loved and admired teenage heartthrobs of the decade. He starred in films such as the 1994 sports comedy film Little Giants, the 1995 computer animated fantasy film Casper, the 1995 coming-of-age film Now and Then, the 1997 adventure comedy movie Wild America and the 1999 thriller Idle Hands (in which he starred alongside Jessica Alba). Then Sawa felt burnt out and as such decided to take a break from acting (Hello Giggles). Unfortunately, when he decided to come back, no one really noticed it, or cared.
Remember the boy band NSYNC which was formed in 1995? Justin Timberlake was one of the band’s two lead singers (alongside JC Chasez). The band became famous in 1998, three years after it was founded and a year after the release of its self-titled debut studio album, ‘N Sync, which included the hit single Tearin’ Up My Heart. But Timberlake was not happy to just stick to singing. Indeed, in 1999 he went on to star in Disney Channel’s film Model Behavior (IMDb). As Timberlake ‘s popularity rose, his band’s popularity declined.
Nowadays Johnny Depp is undoubtedly one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. He has been active in the acting industry ever since the mid 80’s. He first gained the status of a teenage heartthrob back in 1984 when he appeared in the famous slasher film A Nightmare on Elm Street which was directed by Wes Craven (IMDb). Funnily enough, Depp has to thank two teenage girls for his rise to stardom. Indeed, according to Cinemablend, if it wasn’t for Craven’s daughter and her best friend who insisted that Depp was beautiful (Craven thought that Depp looked like he needed a bath), he might have never been cast in the film that made him famous.
The actor Matt LeBlanc gained popularity after he landed the role of the dim-witted but kind-hearted womanizer Joey Tribbiani in the iconic TV series Friends. As most are probably well aware, the show was on air between 1994 and 2004. It was for this role that LeBlanc received three Emmy Award nominations. While LeBlanc did not stop acting after the series ended none of the other projects that he took on (for example, he had his own sitcom, which was a spin-off from Friends and which was titled Joey) were very successful (IMDb).
While Matthew Perry began acting in the late 70’s it was not until the mid 90’s, when he landed the role of the funny but the emotionally insecure Chandler Bing in the famous sitcom Friends (IMDb), that he gained worldwide recognition. Of course, Friends was not the only TV series that Perry starred in but no other project (or rather, role) that the actor took on was as successful. Furthermore, Perry did not age all that well. Indeed, for a long time he was addicted to various substances but has since managed to pull himself – and his life – together.
Mark Wahlberg is a talented man. Indeed, he is not only a songwriter and a rapper but also an actor and a producer. Most of us first noticed Wahlberg not because of any special talents but because of the fact that he is the brother of Donnie Wahlberg, who was a member of the famous band New Kids on the Block. Wahlberg was a member of the band too, but he quit it only a few months after joining it. He then became the leader of the hip hop group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch which ceased existing in 1993. It was that same year, in 1993, that he made his acting debut in the TV movie The Substitute (IMDb). It soon became clear that Wahlberg was a much better actor than singer.
Like so many other famous actors, Joaquin Phoenix also began acting when he was just a child. Back then however he did not go by his given name. Rather, he was credited as “Leaf Phoenix”. While Phoenix began acting in the early 80’s, it was not until the late 90’s and the early 2000’s that he gained worldwide recognition. While today most of us associate him with films such as Gladiator, Hotel Rwanda, Inherent Vice and You Were Never Really Here, some may also remember Phoenix from his earlier roles in movies such as Parenthood, U Turn, Return to Paradise and Clay Pigeons (IMDb).
James Marsden began acting in the early 90’s although back then he did little else but guest star in TV shows such as Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Party of Five, and Touched by an Angel. While he was not a huge star in the 90’s he was nonetheless well loved by girls all over the world. Unlike some of the celebrities mentioned on this quiz, Marsden managed to avoid slipping into obscurity. He gained prominence for portraying Scott Summers or Cyclops in the X-Men film series and he has also starred in the 2004 romantic drama The Notebook and the 2006 superhero film Superman Returns (IMDb).
For some reason, practically no Friends cast member, with the exception of Jennifer Aniston, has managed to avoid slipping into obscurity after the series came to an end. David Schwimmer is no exception. On the show, he played the role of the geeky Ross Geller (IMDb). Schwimmer is without doubt a talented actor – he made us laugh countless of times during the course of the popular sitcom – and yet he hasn’t been able to land any other roles in popular TV shows or movies.
Blackrock, Paws, 10 Things I Hate About You and Two Hands are the movies that Heath Ledger starred in during the 90’s. He later went on to appear in The Patriot, A Knight’s Tale, Monster’s Ball, Brokeback Mountain and The Dark Knight (in which he played the role of the Joker). In terms of TV work he has starred in Sweat, Home and Away and Roar (IMDb). Ledger was married to Michelle Williams. As most are probably well aware, this handsome actor is no longer with us.
One of the first few prominent acting roles that James Franco landed was that of Daniel Desario in the comedy drama TV series Freaks and Geeks which was on air between 1999 and 2000 and which has since garnered a cult following. Today Franco is known not only for his successful professional life – he has since appeared in the Spider-Man trilogy as well as movies such as Pineapple Express and Rise of the Planet of the Apes (IMDb) – but also for his questionable personal life.
John Stamos made his acting debut with the role of Blackie Parrish in the famous soap opera General Hospital. Later he appeared in TV shows such as Dreams, You Again?, Full House, and Thieves. Fans of the iconic TV series Friends might have also spotted him in the 22nd ("The One with the Donor") episode of season nine of the show. He is still quite active in the acting industry to this day. For example, he currently plays the role of Jesse Katsopolis in the sitcom Fuller House (IMDb).
It was exactly 33 years ago that Ethan Hawke made his film debut in the 1985 science fiction film Explorers. However, it wasn’t until the 90’s that Hawke actually came to international attention. Indeed, it was in the 90’s that Hawke appeared in quite a few famous movies including Reality Bites (in which he starred alongside Winona Ryder), Gattaca, Great Expectations, Joe the King and of course, Before Sunrise. Hawke played the role of Jesse Wallace in Before Sunrise and has since reprized his role in two sequels – Before Sunset and Before Midnight (IMDb).
It was in the late 70’s that Tom Hanks began acting although nowadays few of us associate him with his early film roles. Rather, we link him to movies that he made an appearance in during the 80’s and the 90’s. For example, in the 80’s he starred in the fantasy romantic comedy Splash and the buddy cop comedy Turner & Hooch whereas in the 90’s he appeared in films such as the romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle, the fantasy crime drama film The Green Mile, the romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail and the epic war film Saving Private Ryan (IMDb).
Ashton Kutcher rose to prominence in the late 90’s when he landed the role of Michael Kelso in the famous TV series That ‘70s Show. That ‘70s Show was on air between 1998 and 2006. Funnily enough, it was while working on this show that Kutcher met his future wife, Mila Kunis. Kutcher has not just stuck to TV work however. Indeed, some may also recognize him from films such as Dude, Where’s My Car?, Just Married, A Lot Like Love, Valentine’s Day and No Strings Attached (IMDb).
Most of us will always associate Harrison Ford with the role that made him famous. As most are probably well aware, this role was that of Hans Solo in the famous Star Wars movie franchise. The first Star Wars movie came out all the way back in 1977 (IMDb). Interestingly enough, according to Business Insider, when Ford landed the famous role he was still working as a full-time carpenter. Ford is also known for playing the role of the titular character in the Indiana Jones film series as well as for portraying Rick Deckard in the 1982 science fiction movie Blade Runner and its sequel, the 2017 Blade Runner 2049.
Mario Lopez is often linked to the once famous sitcom Saved by the Bell (on air between 1989 and 1993) in which he played the role of a high school student A.C. Slater. He later reprised his role in the show’s sequel Saved by the Bell: College Years (which ran from 1993 to 1994). Lopez did quite well for himself. While he has not landed any serious TV show or film roles, he has been successful in other projects. For example, he has been the host of America’s Best Dance Crew and the co-host of X-Factor in 2012 (IMDb).
Eminem is often cited as one of the greatest artists of all time (Rolling Stone). He is not only a rapper and a songwriter but also a record producer and record executive. He began rapping in the late 80’s and rose to international fame in the 90’s. It was in the 90’s that he released such famous song as Bad Influence, My Fault, Infinite, If I Had, Wake Up Show Freestyle, Any Man, 97 Bonnie & Clyde, Role Model, My Name Is, and Kim.
Fans of the once famous TV series Dawson’s Creek were divided into two camps: those who rooted for Dawson Leery and those who were enamored with Pacey Witter. The latter was portrayed by the talented actor Joshua Jackson. However, this was by no means Jackson’s first role. Prior to starring in Dawson’s Creek he appeared in The Mighty Ducks film series in which he portrayed Charlie Conway, an aspiring hockey player. Jackson hasn’t slipped into total obscurity – he recently played the role of Peter Bishop in the TV series Fringe and he also made a brief appearance in the TV show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (IMDb).
What is it about George Clooney that most girls simply can’t resist? Whatever it is, this actor still hasn’t lost it for he is just as handsome and charming as ever. Clooney made his acting debut in the late 70’s and gained recognition in the mid 90’s when he landed the role of Dr. Doug Ross in the popular TV series ER. It was this role that won him two Primetime Emmy Award nominations and it was also this role that helped him secure lead roles in a number of successful films, including From Dusk till Dawn and Ocean’s Eleven (IMDb).
A New Kind of Family was the name of the TV series in which Rob Lowe made his acting debut. He then starred in numerous other TV shows which eventually led him to film work. In the 80’s and 90's for example Lowe appeared in movies such as the 1983 coming-of-age drama The Outsiders, the 1984 sports film Oxford Blues, the 1986 romantic comedy drama About Last Night, the 1987 drama movie Square Dance and the 1992 comedy Wayne’s World (IMDb). All these films helped make Lowe into a Hollywood star.
Ryan Phillippe made his acting debut in the soap opera One Life to Live. His acting skills obviously impressed those around him for he was soon starring in such famous movies as the 1997 slasher film I Know What You Did Last Summer and the 1998 drama film 54 (IMDb). It was also in the late 90’s – in 1999 to be exact – that Philippe married the talented actress Reese Witherspoon (although as most people are probably aware, their marriage was not successful).
According to Forbes, Will Smith is one of the most bankable stars in the world! He is not only a famous actor but also a somewhat successful rapper. Indeed, back in the 80’s he performed rap songs under the pseudonym of The Fresh Prince. He cemented his fame in the 90’s by starring in the popular TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. His acting talent did not go unnoticed and soon enough he was starring in blockbusters such as Independence Day, Men in Black, and I, Robot (IMDb).
90’s kids will forever associate the actor Will Friedle with his role of the underachieving Eric Matthews in the very popular TV series Boy Meets World which was on air between 1993 and 2000. Friedle hasn’t appeared in much since the show ended although according to IMDb he has voiced quite a few animated characters, including Terry McGinnis (or Batman) in the animated TV series Batman Beyond as well as Ron Stoppable in the animated action comedy adventure series Kim Possible.
Rider Strong is another actor that is best known for his role in the once famous TV series Boy Meets World. Strong portrayed Shawn Hunter in the series and later reprised his role in the show’s sequel Girl Meets World. Strong hasn’t been up to much as of late although he is still relatively active in the acting industry. Apart from starring in Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World, Strong is perhaps best known for his role in the 2002 thriller film Cabin Fever (IMDb).
Colin Firth began acting in the early 80’s. Indeed, back then he was part of a group known as the “Brit Pack”, which consisted of young English actors that managed to achieve success in Hollywood. However, it was not until the 90’s, when Firth landed the role of Mr. Darcy in the popular TV adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice (IMDb), that he gained international recognition. For a while it seemed like Firth would forever be known for this particular role but luckily for us, he managed to avoid being typecast.
Fans of the iconic TV series Friends will without doubt associate Paul Rudd with his role of Mike Hannigan (Phoebe’s boyfriend and then later husband in the final few seasons of the show). However, it would be unfair to completely disregard all of Rudd’s other roles. For example, in the 90’s Rudd appeared in movies such as the coming-of-age romantic comedy Clueless and the romantic crime film Romeo + Juliet. Some of his more recent work includes Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and its sequel as well as This Is 40. Rudd also plays the role of Scott Lang or Ant-Man in several MCU movies (IMDb).
Mel Gibson is a prolific actor with an extensive filmography. For example, in the late 70’s and 80’s he appeared in films such as Mad Max, The Chain Reaction, Gallipoli, The Year of Living Dangerously and Tequila Sunrise. In the 90’s he not only starred in but also directed the epic war film Braveheart. In this film he played the role of the Scottish resistance fighter William Wallace (IMDb). Indeed, it was thanks to this role that most of us fell in love with Gibson.
Matthew McConaughey’s breakthrough role was that of David Wooderson in the 1993 coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused. After showcasing his acting capabilities in this iconic movie McConaughey went on to star in the 1996 comedy Larger than Life, the 1997 historical drama Amistad and the 1997 science fiction drama Contact. Today McConaughey is as popular as he was back in the 90’s. For example, he has recently starred in films such as The Wolf of Wall Street, Interstellar, Free State of Jones, and The Dark Tower (IMDb).
Mark Paul Gosselaar?
Most of us associate Mark-Paul Gosselaar with his role of Zack Morris in the famous sitcom Saved by the Bell which was on air between 1989 and 1993. Apart from Saved by the Bell Gosselaar also appeared in the police drama series NYPD Blue (season one of which was released in 1993) in which he portrayed Detective John Clark. This year Gosselaar made an appearance in the comedy TV series Nobodies (in which he portrayed himself) and next year he is due to star in the supernatural drama TV show The Passage (IMDb).
Known as one of the most iconic rock musicians, at least in the history of alternative music, Kurt Cobain was the guitarist and the lead singer of the rock band Nirvana. Cobain formed the band with Krist Novoselic and Aaron Burckhard in 1987. Two years later, in 1989, they released their first album titled Bleach. But it was their second album, Nevermind (released in 1991), that brought them international recognition. It makes sense – after all, it was this album that contained the popular song Smells Like Teen Spirit. Unfortunately, Cobain is no longer with us – he took his own life in 1994 (Biography).
It was back in 1993 that Kevin Richardson joined the boy band Backstreet Boys. Richardson was the oldest member of the band and was often affectionately described as the big brother of the group. More than 10 years after Richardson joined the group he announced that he was going to leave the band so as to focus on other projects. His leave was supposed to be permanent but in the end it turned out to be nothing more than a sabbatical, albeit a very long one. He left the band in 2006 but re-joined it in 2012 (Biography).
Jude Law began acting in the late 80’s although he did not gain international recognition until more than a decade later. Indeed, Law only rose to fame after he starred in the 1999 psychological thriller The Talented Mr. Ripley (as some might be well aware, Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon starred in this gripping movie too). Apart from The Talented Mr. Ripley, Law has also starred it Gattaca, A. I. Artificial Intelligence, The Holiday and Anna Karenina. He currently portrays Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts, a Harry Potter prequel series (IMDb).
Hugh Grant is a famous English actor. He began acting in the early 80’s. Indeed, he made his screen debut in the 1982 movie Privileged. However, it took him five more years to land his second film role, that of Clive Durham in the 1987 English romantic drama Maurice. While Grant was relatively well known in England in the 80’s, he only gained international recognition in the early 90’s. It was in the 90’s that he starred in movies such as Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill (IMDb).
Coneheads, Shakes the Clown, Mixed Nuts, Airheads, Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, The Waterboy, Big Daddy and The Wedding Singer are just some of the movies that the actor Adam Sandler had starred in during the 90’s. Sandler is without doubt best known for his comedic work although lately he has also tried his hand at playing more dramatic roles. For example, he has also starred in films such as the 2007 buddy drama film Reign Over Me and the 2017 comedy drama The Meyerowitz Stories (IMDb).
James Van Der Beek?
James Van Der Beek will forever be associated with his role of Dawson Leery in the once incredibly popular TV series Dawson’s Creek which was on air between 1998 and 2003. Van Der Beek continues acting to this day. Indeed, some may have spotted him in TV shows such as How I Met Your Mother, One Tree Hill, Friends with Better Lives, CSI: Cyber and Modern Family as well as in movies such as The Rules of Attraction and Downsizing (IMDb).
According to IMDb, Richard Gere began acting in the late 60’s but it was not until the 80’s that he established himself as leading man material. Nowadays, most of us associate Gere with films such as the romantic drama An Officer and a Gentleman (in which he played the role of Aviation Officer Candidate Zack Mayo), the crime drama The Cotton Club (in which he portrayed Dixie Dwyer), the romantic comedy Pretty Woman (in which he starred as Edward Lewis) and the romantic comedy Runaway Bride (in which he appeared as Homer "Ike" Eisenhower Graham).
You don’t have to be a 90’s kid to know who Vanilla Ice is. Vanilla Ice is a famous rapper and actor who gained worldwide recognition back in the 90’s. He released his debut album, titled Hooked, in 1989 with the independent record label Ichiban Records. However, shortly after he signed with SBK Records, a record label that released a reformatted version of his debut album in 1990 under the title To the Extreme. This album included Vanilla Ice’s most famous hit, Ice Ice Baby (IMDb).
Those who have watched The X-Files, an engaging science fiction drama TV series, are without doubt aware that the man in the image above is none other than David Duchovny who played the role of Fox Mulder, an FBI agent who is a fan of conspiracy theories and who goes out of his way to prove them. Apart from this pretty iconic role, Duchovny is also known for portraying the writer Hank Moody in the comedy drama TV series Californication (IMDb).
Brian Littrell joined the boy band Backstreet Boys all the way back in 1993, right after it was formed. Littrell was actually invited to audition for the group by his cousin Kevin Richardson (who was also a member of the band). Littrell has not just stuck to pop music however. He has also released plenty of inspiration Christian songs. Indeed, according to Biography, Littrell released his first ever Christian album, titled Welcome Home, more than 10 years ago, all the way back in 2006.