Thursday, January 05, 2017

Sweet Sixteen Heartthrob

Photo:  Google Images
Ask any girl around my age (49) who they remember from the movie Sixteen Candles, and I'll bet not one person will say, Molly Ringwald.

The only acceptable answer to this question is, of course, Jake Ryan.

Jake Ryan, played my Michael Schoeffling, was the hottest guy that year.  If you're like me, you've seen the movie about a million times.  And the part where you always hold your breath comes when Jake Ryan leans over the birthday cake and kisses Samantha. Swoon.

Most of the cast has been seen over the years in other films and TV movies.  But Michael Shoeffling only did a few more movies and disappeared.  He was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA and internet searches turn up information about him living and working nearby in Newfoundland, PA.  Those same online sources say he owns a woodworking shop there.

When Michael Schoeffling made Sixteen Candles, he was 23.  Molly Ringwald was 15.  I was 17 if that matters.  He's now married to a woman named Valerie and has two children, Scarlett and Zane.

I don't know much about Zane, but Scarlett is a model and I follow her on Instagram. She's as beautiful as her father was handsome (and her mother is beautiful, too, no surprise) and if you pay attention to her posts, every once in a while she'll throw in some personal photos of her parents, like this one:

Photo of Valerie and Michael Schoeffling courtesy of @scarloz
Michael Schoeffling really left the Hollywood life.  He doesn't do interviews and there are no current photos of him anywhere.  At least none anyone's been able to find.  But through Scarlett's posts, we're able to see the actor of our teenage dreams living his life as a husband and father, where it's clear that he's still beloved.

We heart you, Jake Ryan.  And we always will.




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2016: The Spirit Of The West
2015: Our House, In The Middle Of Our Street
2014: I'm Pretty Sure I Was Born With One
2013: Gettin' The Juice To Stay On The Move
2012: Light On My Feet. Literally.
2011: We Got Smashed
2010: One Provides Light, The Other Just Stands There
2009: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!
2008: C’Mon In
2007: Eddie Hits The Bricks Friday
2006: Take It As It Comes
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

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