Who stole the show during the touching tribute to late director John Hughes at Sunday's Academy Awards? Judd Nelson, 50.
Fans of Hughes' 80s teen comedy classics like The Breakfast Club and Ferris Buellers' Day Off were thrilled to see Molly Ringwald, Matthew Broderick, Anthony Michael Hall and Jon Cryer reunite to remember Hughes. But Nelson's shocking appearance inspired hundreds to instantly Tweet their surprise.
Entertainment Weekly editor Dave Karger wrote, "The entire crowd at the Elton John party just gasped at the sight of Judd Nelson."
Joked a Twitterer named "sportsguy33" : "Hi, this is Judd Nelson, I need a cab -- I'm at the Kodak Theater, heading back to the Homeless Shelter."
Added another: "I wondered what Molly Ringwald was so surprised about, and then I saw Judd Nelson."
Sniped "SSJ_WHB," Judd Nelson just killed a guy backstage."
But the actor -- who played "The Rebel" John Bender in 1985's Breakfast Club and kissed Ringwald at its conclusion -- has kept busy as an actor.
His IMDB.com profile notes he is featured in six films or TV films in 2010 alone.
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