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FormerlyKnownAsBill
FormerlyKnownAsBill
Mon, Dec 02, 2013 8:23am

Alyssa Milano, aka Samantha.

if you’re out there, my love for you is real. call me.

RogerBW
RogerBW
Mon, Dec 02, 2013 1:10pm

Diana Rigg as Emma Peel. Beauty and brains and action.

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
Mon, Dec 02, 2013 1:35pm

A dead man: Clark Gable.

First living actor: Steve McQueen.

Jonathan Roth
Jonathan Roth
Mon, Dec 02, 2013 3:19pm

My first crushes were cartoons, so I’m pretty much doomed. (Princess Nausicaa especially)

Danielm80
Danielm80
reply to  Jonathan Roth
Mon, Dec 02, 2013 4:21pm

Old-school cartoon characters make the best crushes. They hardly ever get arrested for drunk driving, or claim that vaccines cause autism. (I was partial to Wonder Woman, back in elementary school.) Of course, post-Seth-MacFarlane, even cartoon characters aren’t safe.

cinderkeys
cinderkeys
reply to  Jonathan Roth
Mon, Dec 02, 2013 11:45pm

Hey, she was awesome.

Séraphine
Séraphine
Mon, Dec 02, 2013 3:48pm

Mathilda May. She turned the heads of quite a few French boys and girls in her day.

MisterAntrobus
MisterAntrobus
reply to  Séraphine
Mon, Dec 02, 2013 7:51pm

And then came Lifeforce. :-)

Matt Clayton
Matt Clayton
Mon, Dec 02, 2013 3:57pm

I had a thing for the Amazon/warrior princess type growing up. First it was Amy Jo Johnson (Kimberly) from Power Rangers, Gabrielle Fitzpatrick (Dulcea) from the first Power Rangers movie, and Xena herself Lucy Lawless.

Lawless’s blue eyes were really beautiful.

ruth waterton
ruth waterton
Mon, Dec 02, 2013 6:10pm

Tom Conti in The Glittering Prizes back in the 1970s. I think he was my dry run for David Tennant – it’s the eyes.

jo_the_hat
Mon, Dec 02, 2013 6:13pm

Martin Shaw as Doyle in The Professionals. A great fanfic described him as “looking like the good time waiting to be had by all”. I can’t better that in one sentence. And he had principles. Still crushing on him to this day.

Jim P
Jim P
Mon, Dec 02, 2013 7:04pm

Angela Cartwright as Penny on “Lost In Space” :)

Steve Taylor
Steve Taylor
Mon, Dec 02, 2013 7:06pm

Doris Day in “Calamity Jane.” I’m old.

David_Conner
David_Conner
Mon, Dec 02, 2013 7:48pm

Jo (Nancy McKeon) from “The Facts of Life”

Blueberry Paula
Blueberry Paula
Mon, Dec 02, 2013 8:01pm

My first (in the early sixties) was John Lennon followed by an even more powerful crush on Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones.

MisterAntrobus
MisterAntrobus
Mon, Dec 02, 2013 8:04pm

It had to be Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman. I was just a little boy when her show was on the air, but watching her was my first twinge of realization that there was something really fascinating about the female of the species, which had nothing to do with beating up bad guys . . .

rurugby
rurugby
reply to  MisterAntrobus
Wed, Dec 04, 2013 11:16am

Lynda Carter is simply amazing as Wonder Woman. Stunning.

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
reply to  rurugby
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 5:44pm

Yes, she was.

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
reply to  MisterAntrobus
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 5:44pm

Yes, I had a crush on Ms. Carter too even though I was not a little boy when her show was first on the air.

Kathy_A
Kathy_A
Mon, Dec 02, 2013 8:07pm

My sister and I belonged to the Hardy Boys Fanclub, and had that picture on the right on our wall!! She’s the oldest and claimed Parker Stevenson, so I had to settle for Shaun Cassidy. However, my first celebrity crush was several years earlier, when I saw The Sting at the age of seven when it was released in the theatre, and developed a lifelong thing for Robert Redford. I had a six-foot tall poster of him on the back of my bedroom door that I still remember very clearly.

I can suggest a future Question of the Week: “Who was your first literary/movie crush?” I didn’t have a fictional crush until I was 15, when I first read Lord of the Rings, and completely fell for Eomer. Peter Jackson’s casting of Karl Urban was just about perfect, IMO, since he completely fit my picture of the character in every way, especially in his hotness factor.

Stephanie C.
Stephanie C.
reply to  Kathy_A
Tue, Dec 03, 2013 1:18am

does Northstar from Alpha Flight count as a literary crush?

David_Conner
David_Conner
reply to  Stephanie C.
Tue, Dec 03, 2013 7:09pm

Certainly, but out of curiosity, was this before or after learning he was gay?

Stephanie C.
Stephanie C.
reply to  David_Conner
Tue, Dec 03, 2013 7:27pm

before. and it was technically before he actually ‘was’ gay, or even a fairy (ahem). I am from Southern Ontario, so I followed them pretty religiously in the X-men as a child – I was actually very excited about Canadian characters. the decision to retro the character to gay was made by Byrne in 1983, though he wasn’t allowed to actually *say* the character was gay. But I don’t actually think that would have mattered; though female, I knew I was not straight around the same time, though I kept those cards *very* close to the chest after an oblique scolding from a teacher when I was 12 (also 1983). I’m not sure, judging from crushes I had through my teens on people of several genders and different orientations, that that would have made one whit of difference.

In fact, I suspect that considering how voraciously I took to Alpha Flight because of my nationality, I’d have really welcomed a queer character, too. I could’ve used it.

cinderkeys
cinderkeys
Mon, Dec 02, 2013 11:47pm

The Fonz. He wasn’t my usual type, as it turned out, but still a decent starter crush.

Stephanie C.
Stephanie C.
Tue, Dec 03, 2013 1:04am

Jason Bateman as Derek on Silver Spoons He was 13, I was 11. and it’s still pretty much there, 32 years later.

Kizi jogos
Tue, Dec 03, 2013 3:31am

idol in my heart like you, a good

bronxbee
bronxbee
Tue, Dec 03, 2013 4:26am

john steed in The Avengers, pretty quickly followed by David MacCallum in Man from UNCLE… john lennon and michael nesmith…. all of them are pretty much a bit of a jumble in the time stream, but Patrick MacNee was the first. years later, i went backstage to meet him after seeing Sleuth. he was so charming and attractive. and i saw a recent photo. he’s held up very well.

Arthur
Arthur
reply to  bronxbee
Tue, Dec 03, 2013 1:15pm

Ah, in my case it was Diana Rigg. They were a wonderful pair on The Avengers.

RogerBW
RogerBW
reply to  Arthur
Tue, Dec 03, 2013 1:16pm

Brother!

Chloe
Chloe
Tue, Dec 03, 2013 9:06am

Edd “Kookie” Byrnes …. okay, I’m a baby boomer.

Beowulf
Beowulf
Tue, Dec 03, 2013 3:13pm

I thought I posted yesterday? Oh, well…

Haley Mills, double delicious in THE PARENT TRAP.

MarkyD
Tue, Dec 03, 2013 3:56pm

I’ve pondered over this question for a day, and I can’t really think of any. I far preferred/prefer “crushing” on real people in my life over celebrities. That’s not to say that I didn’t find particular actresses/celebs attractive. I’ve just never thought much beyond that, which is what would constitute a “crush”.

Still to this day, there are women I see walking around in Target that I find more appealing than any celebrity.

Maybe I’m just weird.

rurugby
rurugby
reply to  MarkyD
Wed, Dec 04, 2013 11:15am

I am with you. I find real women much sexier than Hollywood women. I tend to like characters more than actresses too.

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
reply to  MarkyD
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 5:53pm

No, you’re not. The crushes I most remember — and that made me do the most foolish things — were on actual people, not fictional characters. Granted, some of the women I had crushes on reminded me of various movie stars. (For example, I once had a crush on a female bookstore clerk who reminded of the Kim Greist character in Brazil.) But more often than not, the crush came first, and then the comparison.

Then again, my current girlfriend wasn’t exactly insulted when I told her that she reminded me of a young Gwyneth Paltrow…

Sam Inglis
Sam Inglis
Tue, Dec 03, 2013 6:12pm

Winona Ryder. I was 12, I think it was Mermaids that I first saw her in. I’m now 32 and in June I saw The Iceman because she was in it, next up: Homefront

amanohyo
amanohyo
reply to  Sam Inglis
Thu, Dec 05, 2013 5:03pm

When I lived in San Francisco, I used to dream up little meet-cutes between me and Winona. It was pretty bad – I actually bought a ticket to watch How to Make an American Quilt in high school.

Mainly, I think I had a crush on Lydia Deetz. She was goth way back before it got all commercial and mainstream =) As a kid I was like, “This girl is smart and wry and awesome, why haven’t I met any real girls like this?” And then I did.

Ryder seems to still be self-medicating though – just look into her eyes, there’s nothing much happening behind them as far as I can tell.

Lynn Reynolds
Lynn Reynolds
Tue, Dec 03, 2013 6:44pm

I remember being extremely intrigued by Spock and also Richard Chamberlain. But I was too young to even have a concept of what a “crush” was, so I’m not sure they count. But then came David Cassidy – I had posters all over the house (my poor, amazingly tolerant mother!) and ALL the Partridge Family albums. I sent him a birthday card with a personal note inside and he NEVER ANSWERED. How could he betray me like that?! I moved on to Donny Osmond, but it was just one of those insincere, half-hearted rebound things and didn’t last…

madderrose74
madderrose74
Wed, Dec 04, 2013 12:53am

Very first crush? Tom Baker. Then Leonard Nimoy, then Jeremy Brett.

I have a type.

amanohyo
amanohyo
reply to  madderrose74
Thu, Dec 05, 2013 4:53pm

I have a man-crush on that trio as well – coolly imposing their rational outlook on an absurd, senseless world (and deep within their icy shells a hunger for justice burns relentlessly… or maybe it’s just a fever brought on by morphine withdrawal) . Makes me want to write a goofy League of Logical Gentlemen fanfic.

Joanne Howe
Joanne Howe
Wed, Dec 04, 2013 6:10pm

Rowan Atkinson in ‘Blackadder II’ because…SASS!

bracedj
bracedj
Thu, Dec 05, 2013 3:18pm

I was in love with Heather Locklear since the late 80’s when my granma watched Dynasty (and I was like 5) till the late 90’s when I stopped watching Melrose Place at 15 and turned my attention to movies.

amanohyo
amanohyo
Thu, Dec 05, 2013 5:18pm

Like Jonathan Roth, my first (and subsequent) crushes were mostly cartoon characters. Penny (Inspector Gadget), Velma, Gadget (Rescue Rangers), Sylia Stingray (Original), and Jane Lane being the standouts.

I’m easy to hook though, all it takes is three or more of the following: Intelligence, Independence, Creative Problem Solving, Wit, Glasses (superficial I know), Confident/Oblivious Geekiness, Librophilia.

If the powers that pay ever produce a remake of Sherlock with a female Holmes who wears glasses and is an engineering consultant on the side, I’ll have to have a bucket installed next to my computer desk… wait wait no, not for that sicko, it’s there to catch me when I melt into a puddle… alright, alright and maybe for other things too sometimes.

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
reply to  amanohyo
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 5:32pm

Not just bibliophilia but librophilia. Now that’s my kind of Spanglish! :-)

Yet as much as I tend to like fictional bibliophiles, bookworms, libroholics and other types of potential kindred spirits, I always remember having more of a crush on Daphne than Velma…

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 5:39pm

Judy Robinson (aka Marta Kristen in Lost in Space). I wish I could add Emma Peel to the list but I did not really have a chance to watch or appreciate The Avengers until I was a teenager.

I also remember liking — and having a crush on — Lindsay Wagner in The Bionic Woman. And er, ahem, Daphne.