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Every high school in the '80s had a rich, blond jerkface, but none compare to James Spader in "Pretty in Pink." Spader had this unmatched cool but cruel, intelligent but arrogant country club a--hole quality that many have tried to imitate (Ryan Phillippe in "Cruel Intentions") but few can master (sorry, William Zabka of "Karate Kid 2" and Ted McGinley of "Revenge of the Nerds"). Though Spader had a few smaller roles prior to "Pink," it was his excellent portrayal of Andrew McCarthy's slimeball best friend that catapulted him to stardom in, well, let's be honest -- very similar -- roles in "Less Than Zero," "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" and "Secretary."
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