Funny Movie Characters From The 80′s

Thursday, April 21 by ShawnD

The 1980s marked a high water mark for comedy, and blessed us with a large number of funny movie characters from the 80s. From Ivan Reitman's films to John Hughes' masterpieces, these funny move characters from the 80s are some of the most well-developed and well-liked in movie history.

  1. Marty McFly. Michael J. Fox wasn't the first person cast as Marty McFly, for the film "Back to the Future," but thankfully he wound up with the role. Marty brings his 80s style to the 1950s, as he tries desperately to get home while not erasing his own existence.
  2. Akeem Joffer. An African prince is desperate to strike out on his own and find a future queen, so he obviously heads to Queens, New York. Eddie Murphy plays this "fish out of water" character perfectly as a naive prince has to deal with the dog-eat-dog world of New York City in "Coming to America."
  3. Fletch. Chevy Chase plays this newspaper reporter with a razor wit and a golden tongue in "Fletch." He takes on a number of different characters throughout the film, but the majority of the comedy comes from Fletch's one-liners.
  4. Carl Spackler. There are a number of memorable performances from "Caddyshack," but Bill Murray's performance as the grounds keeper, Carl Spackler, is one of the greatest funny movie characters from the 80s. Spackler's storyline is somewhat separated from the rest of the story, until the end, but his fight with the gopher is one of the most plotlines from movie history.
  5. Ferris Bueller. The name says it all. Ferris Bueller is one of the best funny movies characters of the 80s, as well as one of the most memorable movie characters of all time. Matthew Broderick plays this high-school student who just seems to have the answer for everything, and the one day where he just did whatever he wanted in "Ferris Beuller's Day Off."
  6. Clark Griswold. Clark, played to a tee by Chevy Chase in "National Lampoon's Vacation," is everyone's favorite lovable loser. All he wants to do is have his family enjoy a vacation to Wally World. As things ravel out of control, so does Clark's sanity, with hilarious consequences.
  7. Dark Helmet. Mel Brooks had a number of outrageous comedies in the 1980s, but nothing could compare to his take on science fiction films, "Spaceballs." Dark Helmet, played by Rick Moranis, is Brook's take on Darth Vader, an evil overlord who just can't seem to do anything right. Moranis' geeky appearance only served to make Dark Helmet that much funnier.
  8. Del Griffith. Most of the funny movie characters of the 80s appear in movies with tons of comedy and just a little heart. "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" is a hilarious film, mostly due to John Candy's portrayal of Del Griffith, but by the end of the film you'll be bawling your eyes out.
  9. Axel Foley. "Beverly Hills Cop" follows Axel Foley, played by Eddie Murphy, as he heads from Detroit to Beverly Hills in search of the man who killed his friend. While the plot is mostly serious, Eddie Murphy keeps the film light, playful and funny.
  10. Peter Venkman. "Ghostbusters" has a number of great performances, but none were better than Bill Murray's portrayal of Peter Venkman, the shifty, womanizing spectral hunter. Venkman drives most of the comedy as he takes all the ghostly goings-on with a grain of salt and sly comment.
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