Which 1980s Teen Stars Were Members Of The Brat Pack?

Here's a guide to every member of the 1980s Brat Pack of actors. Every generation has its classic teen movies—films that serve to capture a moment in time for a particular decade. In the 1980s, the teen movie scene was ruled by writer/director John Hughes, who served in one or both of those capacities on numerous classics including Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Some Kind of Wonderful, and arguably the best of them all, The Breakfast Club.

There's a reason so many high school-centric teen movies look back on John Hughes' collection of movies for inspiration, as he seemed to tap into some universal truths about that middle period between childhood and adulthood. While the Brat Pack didn't solely spring up from his work, its members are closely intertwined with Hughes' films, and on many occasions they served as a launching pad for young careers. Joel Schumacher's St. Elmo's Fire, for instance, is another hugely important Brat Pack film.

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While the Brat Pack was never an official organization, they were dubbed as such by the media due to how often they tended to work together, and in some cases how they associated with one another off-set. The main casts of The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire form the nucleus of the group, but there were also several other 1980s stars who floated around the periphery of the Brat Pack for many years.

The main eight members of the Brat Pack are considered to be Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy, who all starred in either The Breakfast ClubSt. Elmo's Fire, or both. While it's generally accepted that these eight actors form the core of the Brat Pack's unofficial membership, things become a bit less defined from there, as the 1980s saw other young actors occasionally thrown into the mix.

While not usually referred to as full-fledged Brat Pack actors, James Spader and brief Saturday Night Live cast member Robert Downey Jr. are commonly mentioned during discussions of the group, due to working with multiple members. Spader and RDJ both starred alongside Andrew McCarthy in the 1987 crime drama Less Than Zero, and Downey Jr. worked with Anthony Michael Hall in the aforementioned John Hughes' rom-com Weird Science. Charlie Sheen is sometimes considered an associate of the Brat Pack largely thanks to being Emilio Estevez's brother, and a noted Hollywood bad boy.

Another common inclusion in some Brat Pack rosters is the cast of Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders, including Tom Cruise, C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze and future Karate Kid lead Ralph Macchio. While they were all rising young stars of the 1980s, and founding members Estevez and Lowe did appear in The Outsiders, only Swayze worked with any core Brat Pack members afterward.

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