Long Island celebrity yearbook pictures: The '80s
It was the '80s: Mullets equaled manhood. Ladies wouldn't dare commence hot date preparation before the requisite trip to CVS for three bottles of White Rain. The result was some unique yearbook pictures, and we have proof that Long Island high school graduates who went on to stardom were not spared.
This Lindenhurst High School Class of '89 graduate was always sporty -- participating in ski club, varsity softball, soccer and cheerleading. She has a sense of humor, too -- under her photo, she lists her dreams as wanting "to be on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," and to "Have a 3-legged dog, Tripod."
Stephanie Finochio found her claim to fame as a professional wrestler, serving stints on WWE and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the persona "Trinity." Finochio retired from the ring in the late 2000s and is now an active member of the Strong Island Derby Revolution, an all-female competitive roller derby league based on Long Island.
Few people know that 1987 Glen Cove High School graduate's last name is actually McGee.
John Edward McGee is now just John Edward, the famed "Crossing Over" psychic medium who lives in Huntington.
At Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, this 1983 graduate still went by his real last name, Knipfing.
Actor Kevin James played "Doug Heffernan" in the long-running TV series "The King of Queens." He's also starred in numerous films, including "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" and "Here Comes the Boom," and alongside Adam Sandler in "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry," "Grown Ups," and "Grown Ups 2."
This 1984 Alfred G. Berner High School graduate performed on stage as a member of the Drama Club, Chamber Singers and A Cappella Choir, and on the gym mat. He competed on the school's gymnastics and wrestling teams.
Stephen Baldwin is now an actor, "Celebrity Apprentice" veteran, breast cancer awareness advocate and one of the famed four Baldwin brothers from Massapequa. His movie acting roles include "The Usual Suspects," "Bio-Dome" and "Viva Rock Vegas." He co-hosts the radio show "Baldwin/McCullough *LIVE*."
This 1984 Walt Whitman High School graduate was voted "Class Clown" by his fellow students.
When not showing off his talents on Comedy Central TV specials, comedian Adam Ferrara spends his time acting. He played "Needles" on "Rescue Me" alongside Denis Leary from 2006 to 2011,
This 1985 graduate of John F. Kennedy Bellmore High School played sports, but went on to make his name reporting on them.
Adam Schefter, left, is now ESPN's NFL Insider and was named one of the sport's most influential people by Sports Illustrated in 2010. Here he enjoys a good laugh during a return to Kennedy in 2012 -- along with fellow JFK Bellmore grad and ESPN personality Steve Levy -- to tour the school and speak to students.
This 1986 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School Bellmore was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 2010.
Doug Ellin has become an acclaimed comic, actor, writer, producer and director. He's best known as the creator and head writer of HBO's "Entourage," and has made occasional appearances in front of the camera on the program.
This 1983 graduate of Rockville Centre's South Side High School participated in stage band, marching band, orchestra, winter track, chorus and botany club.
Dave Attell is a comedian, actor, writer and producer best known for his Comedy Central series, "Insomniac with Dave Attell," which aired from 2001-03, and the "Insomniac Tour." His new series, "Comedy Underground with Dave Attell," debuts in April 2014 on Comedy Central.
When this 1983 John F. Kennedy High School Bellmore graduate returned to his alma mater in 2012 to meet with students, he said, "What senior in high school wants to take typing?" He's glad he did.
Longtime ESPN anchor Steve Levy ended up using those typing skills to type out copy for years for SportsCenter telecasts. He's also a regular part of ESPN's NHL coverage, so many diehard Rangers fans will be seeing a lot of him during the team's Stanley Cup final against the Los Angeles Kings.
This 1981 graduate of Alfred G. Berner High School in East Massapequa was was voted class president during his junior year. He also served as president of the school's General Organization, played football and was a varsity wrestler.
Billy Baldwin, brother of Alec Baldwin, starred in "Backdraft" and "Flatliners."
Known as "Bird" at Garden City High School, this 1987 graduate was captain of the school's varsity swimming team and played on the basketball and softball teams. In her yearbook, she included this message to her parents: "Mom and Dad - I'll make you proud."
Lara Spencer has since worked for WABC-TV's "Eyewitness News," "Antiques Roadshow" and "The Insider." She is currently an anchor on "Good Morning America," her second stint on the show.
This is the celebrity yearbook picture for an actress who during her 1989 senior year at Syosset High School played "Nettie Fowler" in the school's production of the musical "Carousel." She also served as senior secretary of student government and was a member of the forensics team.
Actress and singer Idina Menzel, who went by her given last name, Mantzel, at Syosset High, made her Broadway debut in "Rent" and earned a Tony Award for originating the role of "Elphaba" in the Broadway musical "Wicked." She voiced the character "Elsa" in Disney's "Frozen," performing the Oscar-winning showstopper "Let It Go," and had featured roles in Disney's "Enchanted," Fox's "Glee" and the film adaptation of "Rent."
"Mirage," "Macroona," and "Miss Mod" were the nicknames of this 1987 Harborfields High School graduate. Her activities included "sleeping late," "signing in" and "do or dies." She listed "hanging out w/ Patti J. + K.F., corvettes," guidos and disco as the things she liked, and recalled fond memories of the beach, "Gram-bag's boat" and Chippendales.
Greenlawn native Mariah Carey is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, with more than 200 million albums sold and 18 Billboard No. 1 singles, more than any solo artist in history.
As a student at Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, this 1981 graduate played one season as quarterback of his school's football team. However, it was as a wide receiver in his junior year that he threw the winning touchdown pass that earned his team a Nassau County championship, according to Sports Illustrated.
Quarterback Vinny Testaverde graduated in 1981 from Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park. He played in the NFL for 21 years with seven teams, including the New York Jets, where he had two stints -- from 1998 to 2003 and again in 2005. He amassed 46,233 passing yards and 275 touchdowns. In 1986, the University of Miami alum became the only Long Islander to win the Heisman Trophy.
While attending Syosset High, this 1985 graduate was the manager of the school's radio station, WKWZ 88.5 F.M. He also belonged to the Association of Creative Thespians, which according to his yearbook, allowed students "to escape the world of Syosset High School and assume the identities of thousands of the greatest characters created for the stage."
Producer, director and writer Judd Apatow is best known for his comedic films, including "Knocked Up" and "Bridesmaids," which earned the American Film Institute's "Movie of the Year" award in 2008 and 2012, respectively. He also produced the 2004 hit movie, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," and its 2013 sequel, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."
This Merrick native and 1988 Calhoun High School graduate once lost a school talent show to a pair's dance number and Calhoun's football team performing a song.
Two platinum albums, one Playboy spread and numerous Broadway performances later, singer Debbie Gibson has more than made up for that Calhoun talent show loss. (FYI, one of the talent show dancers who beat her was Buddy Casimano, who ended up as her backup dancer during her "Out of the Blue" and "Electric Youth" successes.) Recently Gibson has shown off her business chops on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2012 and engaged in a cat fight with fellow teen star Tiffany in the 2011 Syfy movie "Mega Python vs. Gatoroid."
Websites often have this 1989 Half Hollow Hills High School East graduate as being from Massapequa, but he was actually raised in Huntington.
Fittingly, Mark LoMonaco (aka Bubba Ray Dudley, Brother Ray, Bully Ray) went into a profession, pro wrestling, where hometowns can be confusing. He's been billed from Hell's Kitchen and Dudleyville. He had more than 20 world tag-team title reigns with partner Devon before going out on his own and winning the TNA world heavyweight title.
She picked up the acting bug doing theatrical performances at Connetquot High School, from which she graduated in 1986.
Moira Kelly is now best known for voicing "Adult Nala" in 1994's "The Lion King" and playing pouting figure skater Kate Moseley in the 1992 film "The Cutting Edge."
In an interview with Broadway.com, this 1981 Northport High School graduate credited being cast as Eliza in the school's production of "My Fair Lady" as having a major role in her becoming an actress.
Edie Falco went on to win Emmys for her role as Carmela Soprano, Tony's wife on "The Sopranos," and from there to starring in her own series, "Nurse Jackie" on Showtime.
During his senior year at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, this 1983 graduate was on the wrestling team along with famous classmate Kevin James. He was crowned homecoming king and wore a bathrobe while riding on a homecoming float that, he said, he and some friends sneaked into the parade. He was a member of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Club, but said he also crept into the yearbook photos of other clubs he didn't belong to.
After a successful professional wrestling career, Mick Foley, also known as "Cactus Jack," "Mankind" and "Dude Love" to fans, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in April 2013. He's also a multi-time New York Times No. 1 best-selling author, a stand-up comic and the subject of two documentaries about wrestling.
This 1982 graduate of Brentwood High School succeeded in his chosen profession before going into a second career teaching his craft.
James "Buddy" McGirt, shown here attending the Madison Square Garden Transformation Unveiling in October 2013, won world titles in several weight divisions before becoming a trainer. In 2002, he won the Eddie Futch Award, given by the Boxing Writers Association of America, as trainer of the year.
This 1988 Walt Whitman High School graduate was voted "Most Athletic" by his peers.
Tom Gugliotta, whose two older brothers played in Europe, grew 4 inches and gained 52 pounds from his listed measurements as a senior in high school to his pro measurements. He played for seven teams over 13 seasons, twice averaging more than 20 points per game. He made one All-Star Game, in 1997.
This character actor is lesser known than fellow 1981 Northport High School alumnus Edie Falco, but according to TVGuide.com he played Alfred P. Doolittle, the father of Falco's character, Eliza, in the school's production of "My Fair Lady."
John Scurti is best known for his role as Kenneth "Lou" Shea on "Rescue Me" from 2004-2011.
This two-time 1985 East Islip High School graduate is known for his greatness in prep sports, and later chronicled for his resolve.
After winning back-to-back Yastrzemski Awards in 1984 and '85 as Suffolk's top baseball player and three years at Stanford, Witmeyer was taken in the seventh round of the 1988 amateur draft. He managed to make it to the majors, but played in only 11 games for the Oakland A's, managing one hit. His story was later told in the George Rose book "One Hit Wonders," about MLB players who had only one hit in their careers.