With Valentine’s Day spirit, here we share celebrity trivia games made from pictures of classic TV crushes. Can you name each star’s famous character from the 1980s or earlier? Click a photo to play celebrity trivia! Games are by Captionable player TV Trivia.
1. Maureen McCormick
Maureen McCormick became a classic TV crush circa 1970. In the Brady world she mixed long hair with minidresses in a most charming manner. Her character was bright, poised and pretty.
Later McCormick acted in plays and released a country music album. The album reminds us that McCormick has song recordings such as Sunshine Day from her time on The Brady Bunch.
2. Ted Danson
Ted Danson has the kavorka, an animal magnetism… His good looks helped him first join Hollywood as a soap opera actor. Danson then had guest appearances on Laverne & Shirley, Taxi and other TV shows before landing his famous role on Cheers. He starred as bartender from 1982 to 1993.
Today Danson has a lead role in The Good Place on NBC. He plays the host of a woman’s afterlife. Can we sign up for that religion?
3. Barbara Eden
Barbara Eden started her Hollywood career in 1956 under the name Barbara Huffman. Her first TV appearances were in sketches on The Johnny Carson Show. About a decade later she landed the role of a genie set free by an astronaut. And here’s a fun bit of celebrity trivia: Much care was taken to ensure that Eden’s belly button was always covered.
Barbara Eden’s memoir published in 2011 is entitled Jeannie Out of the Bottle.
4. Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch is a star of Broadway and the silver screen, but he’s a classic TV crush for his lead role in Taxi. His character was solid, intelligent and a good friend to the other cabbies. Also, 1970s corduroys never looked better on another man, according to TV Trivia sources.
Taxi originally aired from 1978 to 1983. Today Hirsch stars in the CBS comedy Superior Donuts.
5. Loretta Swit
Loretta Swit! Her first TV credit was for Hawaii Five-O, but most fans know her from M*A*S*H. Swit depicted a head military nurse as capable, respected by peers, and physically beautiful. The mix was inspirational to young girls and no doubt inspired millions of teen crushes.
Swit won two Emmys for her work on M*A*S*H. She was one of just four cast members to star in all 11 seasons of the show from 1972 to 1983. You can read about her later life in a 2017 interview.
6. Suzanne Somers
Suzanne Somers is best known for her star role as a Three’s Company roommate. Her character promoted the “dumb blonde” stereotype, which TV Trivia finds irksome… but Somers was a delight to watch. Innocent kids laughed at her goofiness, and millions of less innocent fans fixated on her appearance. Typically dressed in tight clothes or a cute nightie, Somers became an instant classic teen crush and sex symbol of the era.
After leaving Three’s Company Somers eventually returned to situation comedy. She had her own two-season show She’s the Sheriff in the late eighties, and she’s amassed many more TV credits since then. The actress is also known for being an infomercial hit, especially as the spokesperson for the Thighmaster.
7. John Ritter
The actor John Ritter passed away in 2003. We remember him as one of Hollywood’s good guys! One of the best. Most fans associate him with Three’s Company. He starred for the show’s full run from 1977 to 1984, and people loved his physical comedy. Nobody could fall over a sofa quite like his character; Jack was literally a “tripper.”
This classic TV crush made his television debut in 1966. As a college freshman he competed on The Dating Game and was the episode’s winning contestant. Shortly thereafter he changed his college major from psychology to theater arts. Leading up to Three’s Company he had appearances on The Waltons, Rhoda and other hit series.
Ritter continued acting after Three’s Company ended, appearing in dozens of TV shows, movies and Broadway productions. His final project was the sitcom 8 Simple Rules. Ritter passed away after his aorta tore. His symptoms were misdiagnosed as a heart attack. His widow Amy Yasbeck has helped establish the John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases at the University of Texas in Houston. The goal is to prevent premature deaths from aortic dissection.
8. David Hasselhoff
Named for its main character, the TV show title Knight Rider is a play on words. We missed this point in the mid-1980s… Back then, TV Trivia just knew that 1) our little brother liked the talking car, which had artificial intelligence for the pursuit of justice and 2) Mom liked Hasselhoff’s chest hair.
David Hasselhoff holds a Guinness World Record as the most-watched man on television ever.
9. Dawn Wells
Mary Ann had a last name! And how funny to be named “Summers” and get deserted on a tropical island…
Dawn Wells first sailed into American Sweetheart territory in 1964. Portraying the proverbial girl next door on Gilligan’s Island, she was a foil for the sultry character of co-star Tina Louise. Previously Wells had been a chemistry major, a theater arts graduate and Miss Nevada 1959.
Gilligan’s Island aired new episodes until 1967. After her party was rescued, Wells soon returned to the stage and has appeared in more than 100 theatrical productions.
10. Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox is a classic TV crush for members of Generation X. From 1982 to 1989 he starred on Family Ties, a wholesome sitcom that about one-third of Americans watched during its peak. He played the role of a “Reagan conservative” teen being raised by very left-leaning parents. Originally Family Ties was focused on the parents, but fans adored Fox and the writers responded. Fox was awarded three Emmys and a Golden Globe for his work. He also starred in Back to the Future while the show was underway.
After the Family Ties years, Fox has continued to act in Hollywood consistently. Some of the more prominent roles include the lead on the sitcom Spin City from 1996 to 2001, and a recurring role on The Good Wife from 2010-2016.
Fox is an outspoken advocate for Parkinson’s disease. He has been treated for the central nervous system disorder since 1992, and he’s a leader in the search for a cure. You can learn more at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
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