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Sep 19 2008

Ten Memorable Clips of Supporting Characters From 80′s Comedy Movies (With Video)

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As I watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for the 750th time last night, I was reminded by how awesome some of the supporting characters were.  Clearly Alan Ruck, the guy who played Cameron was awesome.  But you obviously have to hand it to the Maitre D, Principal Rooney, Jeannie, the guy who played Ferris’ dad, the stripper nurse, and a whole host more that made the movie more special.

That’s why I’ve decided to put together a list of ten clips containing supporting characters that really made a mark in these 80′s comedies.

And please remember this is just a fun list of clips. It’s not a rankings list as there are 100′s if not 1000′s of awesome supporting characters from 80′s comedies out there.  Think about it. If I were to add everyone I’d have to include guys like the black guy who jumped off his boat in Caddyshack (perhaps that’s a list unto itself).

Here we go

Cameron in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Alan Ruck

Principal Rooney certainly deserves a nod here but Cameron had more of an impact.  His Peterson bits are legendary.

Buddy in Just one of the Guys – Billy Jayne

I still think this one of the most underrated comedies of the 80′s.  And the character of Buddy and his quest to get laid is probably the best plot of this entire movie. This clip is the trailer but you’ll see Buddy’s classics in this video.

Booger in Revenge of the Nerds – Curtis Armstrong

I also could have went with Charles DeMar in Better off Dead but I think that Booger is the more classic of the two.  Yes I can add Ogre, Pointdexter, Takashi.  Give me a break.  This is a tough list.

Long Duck Dong in Sixteen Candles- Gedde Watanabe

And yes, I can add Anthony Michael Hall’s geek character.  But let’s face it.  The line “What’s happening hot Stuff?” will never be forgotten.

Cousin Eddie in National Lampoon’s Vacation – Randy Quaid

Easily the most classic character of any of the Vacation movies.

Jeff Spiccoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High – Sean Penn

If the Spiccoli character weren’t in this movie it wouldn’t have been a good movie.  I also would have gone with the little dude who says “My brother’s gonna kill us!”

Judge Smails in Caddyshack – Ted Knight

Is Bill Murray really a supporting character in this?  I guess he is but it feels like he’s more of one of the stars so I went with Smails.

Francis in Stripes – Conrad Dunn

You could add Sgt Hulka too but everyone loved Francis.

The Stork Twins in One Crazy Summer – Bobcat Goldthwait and Tom Villard

It’s really Goldthwait’s character that’s awesome in this movie. This clip is amazing.

The Guy Who Says “Yeah” in Trading Places

OK guys, let’s start the criticism.  Who did I leave out?  Why does this list suck?  I feel like every time I write one of these, I get blasted by everyone.  These articles are supposed to be fun.  Enjoy them!

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2 responses so far

  • anthony

    No guff from me, the list is good. Everyone will have their favorites. Gotta love Sam’s uncle (the one who is Long Duck’s guardian) from sixteen candles too. He has some classic moments

  • Natrone

    The guy who says, “Yeah!” in Trading Places?

    It’s a tight pile in that movie, but I’d have gone with Denholm Elliot (Coleman the Butler) dumping the crepes in the trash can.

    Or maybe even Frank Oz laying out the Angel Dust lecture (“do you know what this stuff does to kids?”)

    Before I’d go with J.D. Turner. Incidentally, that other big dude voiced “Bleeding Gums” Murphy on the Simpsons before he died in 2002.



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