Jennifer Beals was a relative newcomer when she won the role of Alex Owens in Flashdance.
Beals failed to win many big roles after Flashdance, but returned regained acclaim with her role as Bette Porter on the Showtime series The L Word.
Beals was recently featured in a story arc on the ABC show Castle.
Sunny Johnson played waitress Jeanie Szabo in Flashdance. Unfortunately, just a year after her big break, Johnson died of a burst blood vessel in her brain in 1984. Johnson was 30.
Michael Nouri had already played roles in various films, but became a star as Beals' on-screen boyfiend Nick Hurley in Flashdance.
Nouri continued to find roles on television and film, including a stint at Summer's dad on The OC.
Nouri also had a long run playing Caleb Cortlandt on the ABC soap All My Children.
Nouri most recently has gained fame as Mossad Director Eli David on the show NCIS.
Cynthia Rhodes appeared in Flashdance as dancer Tina Tech.
The same year as Flashdance, Rhodes also played John Travolta's partner Jackie in the Saturday Night Fever sequel Staying Alive.
Rhodes' good fortunes continued in 1987 when she appeared opposite Patrick Swyaze in Dirty Dancing.
But the highlight of Rhodes' career came in 1987 when she appeared in Richard Marx' "Don't Mean Nothing" video. Rhodes and Marx ended marrying in 1989 and have three children.
Lee Ving appeared as strip club owner Johnny C. in Flashdance.
But Ving's main claim to fame is as the lead singer of punk rock band Fear... a role he continues to do this day.
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