We are the stars that you thought were dead,
Like Bonnie Franklin and Adrian Zmed.
People who weren't watching television or going to moves during the early 1980s probably thought "I didn't think Adrian Zmed was dead, I never heard of him." But during that brief few years, the sultry black-haired Romanian-American actor -- and his amazingly ripped physique -- was everywhere.
Grease 2 (1982), also starring Maxwell Caulfield.
He partied with Tom Hanks in Bachelor Party (1984).
He bonded with William Shatner in the police drama T.J. Hooker (1982-85).
He guest starred on Bosom Buddies, Love Boat, Hotel, Glitter, and Empty Nest.
In Grease 2, for instance, the plot revolves around an "opposites attract" between greaser Johnny (Zmed) and uptight British newcomer Michael (Maxwell Caulfield).
And, unlike most beefcake stars of the 1980s, he was aware of his gay fans, and actually played to them. He remains a strong gay ally, like his "bosom buddy" Tom Hanks.
By the late 1980s, the Adrian Zmed train had stalled, perhaps overloaded by overexposure. Though he has never stopped acting -- in 2007 he appeared in the soap Passions and in Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas Special -- the era of speedo shots is long gone.