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10 Greatest Comedy Actors Of The 1980s

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  • Posted on 07th Oct, 2022 02:31 AM

The 80s were a time of comedy legends, many of whom have solidified their place in pop culture history.

Comedy movies may not garner the critical reception that other genres receive; however, they are beloved by fans and can often cheer the viewer up. Beginning in the early 20th century, comedians and comedic actors started popping up everywhere worldwide. Whether it was Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, Abbott and Costello, or several others, comedy actors have been going strong for over 100 years.

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The comedy world continued to grow throughout the century, introducing a new generation of comedic actors with each passing decade. After many successes in the 1960s and 1970s, comedy movies entered the 1980s with a lot of momentum and some of the funniest actors of all time. While some actors found more success than others, there's no denying who the best of the best was during the 80s.


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After impressive performances in the 1970s, such as Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Gene Wilder brought his success into the 80s. Continuing his perfect pairing with comedian Richard Pryor from the prior decade, Wilder began the 80s with the hilarious film Stir Crazy.

Wilder's solo success continued with underrated comedies such as Hanky Panky, The Woman in Red, and Haunted Honeymoon. However, his best film of the decade reunited him with Richard Pryor one last time in the timeless comedy, See No Evil, Hear No Evil.

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