The following 33 actors pretty much disappeared from the Hollywood film industry. Everybody knows that Hollywood is a difficult business. It is one which is extremely competitive to enter and a brutal one to stay in. Actors’ careers can peak and plunder with just one bad career move or life decision. For the millions of fans that become obsessed with watching their favorite actors on the big screen, it can be upsetting to watch a beloved actor give up on their career. It can be especially bewildering when it seems like they’re in their prime. Often times, it seems like they fall off of the face of the Earth without any prior explanation, leaving us to sit here wondering what on earth happened to them. But, stars are people too, and sometimes your life takes a different turn as you deal with difficult situations or your passions simply change.
While you may not have realized, and we hope that you don’t wake up in a cold sweat tonight after receiving this information, Cameron Diaz has not appeared on the big screen in years. If you’re an A-list actor like Cameron Diaz, then you are usually the one to determine when your career ends. But, many times, those who have not been deemed as talented enough, get the boot from Hollywood. In Hollywood, it is imperative to watch how you play your cards because one wrong move can mean that you’re done for good. And a lot of times, it’s not even something the actor did which is to blame. One thing is for certain, actors need to do all that they can do keep their image up and their reputation, because nobody wants to have their move associated with an actor who lives a messy personal life. While we haven’t seen these actors in quite some time, we are hopeful that the 29+ actors on this list will rebound and get their careers back in line… or that they’ve at least achieved happiness doing what they’re doing now.
You probably didn’t even notice Tobey Maguire’s absence from Hollywood. Well, news flash, quite some time has gone by since he’s last appeared in a film and since the release of the first Spiderman movie in 2012.
Apparently, concern exists for his whereabouts and people are taking to Google to search “Is Tobey Maguire dead?” Other than voicing the narrator role in the animated film Boss Baby, the Spider-Man star has only appeared in one film since 2013, the little-seen Pawn Sacrifice. The actor got so much recognition for his iconic performance in Spiderman that most people don’t even realize he’s gone AWOL.
The following 33 actors pretty much disappeared from the Hollywood film industry. Everybody knows that Hollywood is a difficult business. It is one which is extremely competitive to enter and a brutal one to stay in. Actors' careers can peak and plunder with just one bad career move or life decision. For the millions of fans that become obsessed with watching their favorite actors on the big screen, it can be upsetting to watch a beloved actor give up on their career. It can be especially bewildering when it seems like they're in their prime. Often times, it seems like they fall off of the face of the Earth without any prior explanation, leaving us to sit here wondering what on earth happened to them. But, stars are people too, and sometimes your life takes a different turn as you deal with difficult situations or your passions simply change.
While you may not have realized, and we hope that you don't wake up in a cold sweat tonight after receiving this information, Cameron Diaz has not appeared on the big screen in years. If you're an A-list actor like Cameron Diaz, then you are usually the one to determine when your career ends. But, many times, those who have not been deemed as talented enough, get the boot from Hollywood. In Hollywood, it is imperative to watch how you play your cards because one wrong move can mean that you're done for good. And a lot of times, it's not even something the actor did which is to blame. One thing is for certain, actors need to do all that they can do keep their image up and their reputation, because nobody wants to have their move associated with an actor who lives a messy personal life. While we haven't seen these actors in quite some time, we are hopeful that the 29+ actors on this list will rebound and get their careers back in line... or that they've at least achieved happiness doing what they're doing now.
You probably didn't even notice Tobey Maguire's absence from Hollywood. Well, news flash, quite some time has gone by since he's last appeared in a film and since the release of the first Spiderman movie in 2012.
Apparently, concern exists for his whereabouts and people are taking to Google to search "Is Tobey Maguire dead?" Other than voicing the narrator role in the animated film Boss Baby, the Spider-Man star has only appeared in one film since 2013, the little-seen Pawn Sacrifice. The actor got so much recognition for his iconic performance in Spiderman that most people don't even realize he's gone AWOL.
It's rare for an A-list actor to completely abandon Hollywood, but Cameron Diaz did it very stealthy, without many people even seeming to notice. Maybe we don't notice that she hasn't been in a new movie in years because we find ourselves re-watching There's Something About Mary, Charlie's Angels, In Her Shoes, and of course, arguably the best romantic comedy, The Holiday. While she had a very successful run for a number of years during which she won four Golden Globe Awards, she officially announced her retirement from acting after 2014's Annie.
Her IMDB page has grown very sad, as too have her many fans around the world who would love to see her act again. It seems that Cameron Diaz simply grew tired of her years of hard work and has since settled down with now husband Good Charlotte's Benji Madden. Fun fact, she is the sister-in-law of Nicole Richie who is married to Benji's brother.
It may have seemed like Mo'Nique's career was just taking off when she won an Oscar for her role in 2009's Precious. After an award like that, it would have been obvious for the actor to star in more movies and win more awards. However, the stand-up comedian only acted in four more movies after that, and one was a TV movie.
Apparently, winning an Oscar made Mo'Nique develop a haughty persona and a heightened and exaggerated sense of her worthiness. Her refusal to "play the game" in Hollywood did not go over very well with her peers, and she was shunned.
Kevin Jonas was considered the Black Sheep of the Jonas Brothers. He rose to fame as a member of the rock band, The Jonas Brothers, alongside his two brothers. The group produced four studio albums together until they experienced a decline in their success. It was the perfect opening to star in his own reality show, Married to Jonas, which aired on the E! Network alongside his wife, Danielle.
In 2007, he met his now-wife Danielle Deleasa while vacationing in the Bahamas. The show brought him continued fame until 2013. Nowadays, the former internationally recognized superstar is working in a very different field than his former, contracting. In recent times, he promoted his business by appearing on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Nicholson is a star we'd love to see make a comeback. The actor has more Oscar nominations than any other male actor in history, however he hasn't appeared in a feature film since 2010's unremarkable How Do You Know? If you are wondering as to why, some people believe that Nicholson retired because of the memory loss he was experiencing in his old age. Nicholson has denied these rumors. Hey, with a career that spanned for over over sixty years, we definitely don't blame him for wanting a break.
The 80-year-old legend was supposed to appear opposite Kristen Wig in an English remake of the German comedy Toni Erdmann but he supposedly dropped out of the project. We think that he should just sit back and glory in the $400 million he made over the years.
Lara Flynn Boyle
It's mind boggling to see how an actor like Lara can go from such pivotal roles to such... unimpressive ones. Lara was everywhere in the 90s. She is most recognized for her role as Donna Hayward in the ABC cult television series Twin Peaks and The Practice, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. She starred on the show from 1997-2003. However, since 2014, the star is nowhere to be found.
If you want to know just how much her career has plummeted, for reference, one of her most recent projects was called Hansel & Gretel Get Baked, and it was nominated for "Trashiest Trailer" at the Golden Trailer Awards.
Heigl seemed to be relishing her position as an A-list star in 2007 when she took home an Emmy Award for Grey's Anatomy and starred in the hit comedy Knocked Up. However, she then basically ruined her reputation when she pointed a finger at Knocked Up for being sexist and Grey's Anatomy for failing to give her enough "juicy, dramatic material" which wasn't so accurate, at least the latter.
Making these remarks burned some bridges for her and Heigl has not been on the radar since the romantic comedy 27 Dresses in 2008. She does have three children, so perhaps she's taking time off to be with them.
Jonah Hill has made quite the impressive physical transformation since his comedic roles in films like Superbad, Knocked Up, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. He took home Oscar nominations for his supporting role in Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street. For a number of years, it seemed like he was appearing in all the big hits, alongside super talented and famous actors (cough cough, Brad Pitt and Leonardo Dicaprio.) But then something seemed to switch off for the actor and he lost his touch.
For the last few years, Hill has appeared in minor roles and voice roles. He has also lost a significant amount of weight, and we must say, he looks amazing. We just hope that with the weight loss, he didn't lose his talent, too. 2018 seems like he made a pretty decent comeback. He starred in the Netflix series Maniac opposite Emma Stone. He will also have a minor role in The Beach Bum which will be released later this year. Additionally, he has plans to voice roles for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
With a name like hers, it seems like Jennifer Love Hewitt was destined for stardom. Hewitt is most recognized for playing Sarah Reeves Merrin on the Fox teen drama Party of Five from 1995-1999 and in the I Know What You Did Last Summer franchise. It’s safe to say that she was one of the hottest stars of the 90s.
However, her 90s fame came to a halt at the start of the 21st century, and the actress hasn’t been on the big screen since 2012. Perhaps she is taking time to be mommy to her two young children and a wife to her husband.
Mike Myers may have played the very iconic voice of Shrek and of course, Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers franchise, but if anybody knows what he’s been up to since 2008’s awful The Love Guru, then I will be very impressed. Since you probably don’t know what he’s been up to, you are close to the right answer.
He hasn't been up to anything. After the terrible last movie he starred in, he was not able to bounce back to his once legendary reputation and so he took a long break for a decade after the movie failure. We don’t blame him, we would have too. It’s a shame that that’s the last thing we have to remember him by. Fortunately, not too many people saw it. Also, the actor has a net worth of $175 million so he can handle a film flop much better than the next rookie. Plus, if you are still a fan of the actor, you will be happy to know that Austin Powers 4 is rumored to be in the works so we may be seeing him reprise his role as Dr. Evil soon.
Meg Ryan was America's favorite Sweetheart throughout the 90s and she starred in some iconic romantic comedies like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You've Got Mail. However, a number of movie failures caused her career to experience a decline.
She starred in some movies in the early 2000s, like 2000’s ‘going against type” as well as 2004’s "Against the Ropes," but the movies were not such great commercial successes and were not able to bump her career back up to what it once was. Since then, she has acted in several indie films and has also tried her hand at directing.
It seems like an Oscar and Golden Globe Winner would have all the acting opportunities at her disposal, but for Mira Sorvino, things just weren’t in her favor. Since we saw her star in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, she has only made minor appearances here and there. The reason why she has had trouble getting cast is absolutely absurd and the infamous uncouth Harvey Weinstein has something to do with it.
Thanks to the scoop from Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, it has been confirmed that Weinstein blacklisted Sorvino from major pictures after she filed a harassment claim against him. The power-hungry predator essentially destroyed a rising star and that's just one more reason to loathe the beast... as if you needed another.
Ashley Judd is another great example of a star who was destroyed at the cusp of a pig. The award-winning actress had a number of brilliant acting gigs in the 90’s, but her career was cut way too short.
Once again, the horrid Weinstein is to blame. His company Miramax blacklisted Judd in Hollywood after she refused the advancements he made at her in a hotel room. The guy can't handle rejection, it seems.
Since the final days of How I Met Your Mother, we have seldom seen Alyson Hannigan. We have since only seen her make several guest appearances and star in a TV movie.
We hope that the reason for her disappearance is due to marriage bliss with her former Buffy costar Alexis Denisof. Plus, when you are a star in a hit TV series and have $30 million, you can afford to take time off to be with family. Oh, and another fact work mentioning, Hannigan starred in the American Pie film series. That's just pure honor.
Amanda was at the peak of her career when she had a psychotic meltdown. We last saw the wig enthusiast in 2010’s Easy A. You have to admit though, she was a talented child star back in the day. Rather than being in and out of movie shoots, she has been in and out of psych wards since her complete public breakdown in the early 2010s.
Recently though, she got her act together, and with that, she has confirmed her interest in acting again. Catch that pun? She has also been attending fashion school. While she absolutely defamed her reputation for a significant number of years and made us question whether she's a human being, we would definitely be happy to see her take to the big screen again.
Eddie Murphy has had a long and successful career. The comedian, actor, and screen writer was a cast member on SNL from 1980 to 1984. He is consistently rated as one of the 100 best stand-ups of all time. He has starred in hit movies like The Nutty Professor and played the voice of Donkey in the Shrek Series. However, his career has been on the decline since he just missed winning an Academy Award in 2007.
Thanks to a series of bad movies, Murphy hasn’t starred in anything since 2016’s Mr. church which barely made $500,000. Perhaps 2018 will be his comeback with 2018's Beverly Hills Cop 4. Regardless of whether he returns to acting, he has already made $120 million along the way, so it seems like he can manage being unemployed better than most of us. You know, #funemployment.
Mischa's claim to fame was in 2003 when she played Marissa Cooper in The O.C. She played this part for three years. During this time, Mischa was at the peak of her career. Capitalizing on the show's fame, the star attended parties all over the world. She was named Entertainment Weekly’s “It Girl” during the first year of the show, and quickly became a paparazzi favorite.
While she has been in a slew of other shows and movies since then, nothing has had quite the success as The O.C. did. Unfortunately, Mischa is better known these days for her bad girl behavior, which is ironically very similar to her role in The O.C. Mischa explains her demise as a result of “living a jet-set lifestyle. There were a lot of enablers around, people to fly you around and to make it all possible." Mischa has gotten herself into multiple complications including an arrest for drunk-driving and driving without a license. She was court-ordered into a rehab program. She also got herself into another disastrous incident when she drove a truck into a condominium. If you miss the actress, then get ready, because she's set to star in the upcoming The Hills: New Beginnings.
Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Freddie Prince Junior was the teen heartthrob of the 90s after starring in the "I Know What You Did Last Summer" series. Since his guest role on 24, the actor has been doing voice acting for animated shows and video games, including Kim Possible, Shark Bait, and Star War Rebels. According to Prinze, his experiences with Kiefer Sutherland on the set of 24 caused him to want to quit acting because they were so negative.
While Freddie is not acting so much these days, he is getting to enjoy more quality time with wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and their two children.
Kel Mitchell had a lot of fans back when he starred as a regular on Nickelodean's All That and Kenan and Kel. It seemed like his decline began when he lost out to his former costar Kenan Thompson for a spot on SNL in 2003.
Now that Kenan has become the show's longest standing cast member, the two have virtually stopped speaking, besides an appearance together on The Tonight Show. Nowadays, Mitchell appears in kids' shows and smaller roles.
McGillis became a major star after appearing in Top Gun. However, her negative experience on the 1989 Cat Chaser discouraged her from wanting to pursue her acting career any further.
She continued to star in some films and TV shows here and there, until she settled on being a theatrical actor and character TV actress. She has since come out as a lesbian in 2009.
Phoebe Cates made jaws drops... for both men and women alike. She starred in 1982's Fast Times at Ridgemont High. She continued to appear in several movies throughout the '80s and early '90s. However, following a time period during which she was completely absorbed in her film career, she disappeared.
It seemed that she retired from her career as an actress in 1994 to focus on her marriage to Kevin Kline and their two children. Since her retirement, she has acted in only one movie, The Anniversary Party, as a favor to Jennifer Jason Leigh, who was the film's director.
It seemed like Sobieski could have had a promising career based off of her performance in the blockbuster asteroid drama Deep Impact in 1998. The film brought her to the attention of many casting directors. Unfortunately, the movie didn't seem to have a deep impact on her career and the actress pretty much vanished afterwards. By the way, "asteroid drama" was a genre almost exclusive to 1998.
While she was nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal of the title character in the TV movie Joan of Arc, she decided to retire from acting to focus on her family. In 2012, Sobieski confirmed "I don't do movie stuff anymore". Commenting on the reasons for her early retirement to Us Weekly, Sobieski said, "I am just focused on my kids. I think that's mainly why I stopped...Also, ninety percent of acting roles involve so much sexual stuff with other people, and I don't want to do that.
It appeared like Nikki Blonsky was going to be the next big star after playing the role of Tracy Turnblad in 2007's movie adaptation of Hairspray. Although she starred alongside an impressive list of actors like John Travolta, Queen Latifah, and Zac Efron, her career path took a big turn after the movie... for the worse.
In 2011, she earned a cosmetology license and started working part-time as a makeup artist and hair stylist. How could somebody who was poised to be the next big thing experience such a turn of events? While Blonsky landed a short-lived gig on ABC Family's Huge, she didn't get the offers that she deserved. Apparently, this was due to Hollywood's known rejection of overweight actors.
Paz de la Huerta
Paz de la Huerta seemed destined for fame when she acted on Boardwalk Empire for two seasons. However, her career quickly petered after the role. Since then, she hasn't made any high-profile appearances, unless you consider the flick Nurse 3D. In 2015, it was reported that de la Huerta was suing the filmmakers, for ruining her career. Unfortunately for Paz, her career was really butchered by her reputation as "Unintentional Paparazzi Flasher" and "Heavy Drinker Who Crashes Awards Shows."
Paz has also made allegations against Harvey Weinstein for sexual assault, an act which she describes as having made her life take a sharp dark turn. She became depressed and drank excessively; after a second season, HBO did not renew her Boardwalk Empire contract.
Surely, no Game of Thrones fan could forget Jack Gleeson. Jack played television's most despised enemy, King Joffrey. Despite the high profile role, Gleeson has not acted since 2014. In 2012, the actor hinted at his intention to retire from acting to pursue an academic career once his work on Game of Thrones was finished.
In 2014, Gleeson confirmed he would be permanently retiring from acting after concluding his work in Game of Thrones. In the same interview, he said that while he previously had the desire to pursue a degree, he has since gone off that idea. He is currently busy running his own touring theater company, which has a puppet show.
To anyone who's seen Mean Girls as much as I have, you would recognize that attractive face anywhere. Jonathan Bennett played Lindsay Lohan's love interest in Mean Girls. Following the role, he virtually disappeared from the acting world for several years. At one point, he was even reported to be working as a spin instructor in Los Angeles.
Nowadays, his career is on a steady incline. He currently is serving as the host of Food Network's Halloween Wars, having hosted the previous Cake Wars.
Sometimes, when you have a good enough reason, you're ready to say goodbye to your career as an actor. Gene Hackman's time was up after 2004's Welcome to Mooseport. With two Oscar wins under his belt, the now 87-year-old is sitting back and enjoying life with his wife of 26 years, Betsy Arakawa.
Retiring from acting allowed some free time for his writing career. In the last two decades, he has finished five novels, including three works of historical fiction, a Western, and a police thriller.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Jonathan Taylor Thomas was one of the most iconic teenage stars of the 90s. Since his contributions to the voice of Simba in The Lion King and as Randy Taylor on Home Improvement (not to mention, nearly every cover of teens' magazines in the 90s) JTT has just about vanished from the acting world. While most people only dream of achieving the type of success he had as a child star, the actor decided to walk away from it all in 2000.
He told People Magazine that he'd been working nonstop since he was eight-years-old and he wanted a chance to travel and study. While he has been missed, we are very impressed to see that he graduated from Harvard University. He has made minor appearances here and there but nothing comes close to the roles he held back in the day.
For some time, it seemed like Adrian Grenier was popping up everywhere. He played Anne Hathaway's gorgeous boyfriend in The Devil Wears Prada and, of course, his most recognized role as Vincent Chase in the HBO series Entourage.
His latest performance on screen was in 2015's reprisal of his role as Vincent in the Entourage film adaptation. But, it seems like people grew tired of entitled bros and Adrian hasn't had an acting gig since. Women must also be over the whole bro thing, because this hunk is still single at age 42.
Sally Field is one of those actors who has been around for what feels like, eternity. In the second half of her career, she was nominated for an Oscar for Lincoln and for her role in the Spider-Man franchise. Let's give her some well-deserved credit for a moment and discuss the number of accolades she has won: 2 Academy Awards, 2 Golden Globe Awards, 3 Primetime Emmy Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She's starred in iconic films like Steel Magnolias, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Forrest Gump. She also had a recurring role on ER. That is quite an accomplished resume.
However, she's been out of the picture for some time now. She last appeared in the critically acclaimed indie Hello, My Name Is Doris, but since then, just a minor role in the Netflix flick Little Evil. In 2014, she was rightfully presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She appeared briefly in 2018 in the Emma Stone/Jonah Hill Netflix series Maniac. We hope we'll see her in a bigger role soon.
In the 90s, it seemed like Lawrence was developing a long-lasting career as an actor. He was one of the leading actors of the decade, most notable for his hit TV show, Martin, and his roles in Do the Right Thing and House Party. Towards the end of the 90s, Lawrence got into some legal trouble which perhaps offset his career.
In 1995, while filming A Thin Line Between love and Hate, he lashed out in a violent rage and was hospitalized as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The following year, he was arrested after becoming erratic and flaunting a pistol in the middle of an intersection on Ventura Boulevard in LA screaming "They're trying to kill me!" He was again hospitalized. Once again, the following year, he was arrested after he punched a man in a Hollywood nightclub. Plus, his show, “Martin,” fizzled and then ended (rather poorly) because Tisha Campbell accused Martin Lawrence of sexual harassment.
Eckhart first gained wide recognition as George in Erin Brockovich. He was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2006 for his role in Thank You For Smoking. 2006 was also the year that he was named by People as one of the top 100 most beautiful people. Another big break through came as District Attorney Harvey Dent/Two-Face in the Batman film The Dark Knight. Since playing roles in Olympus Has Fallen and its sequel London Has Fallen, Eckhard hasn't graced our screens.
However, he has a role in the upcoming film Midway, starring Mandy Moore, Woody Harrelson, and Luke Evans. We're excited to see the talented actor take to the big screen again.
UFC fighter Ronda Rousey seemed to have a promising acting future when she starred in the mid 2010's Furious 7 and The Expendables 3 and hosted SNL. But, when she lost her UFC winning streak to Holly Holm in 2015, she retreated from the limelight. After a three-year hiatus, she returned to the big screen in 2018 in the action thriller film Mile 22 starring alongside Mark Wahlberg and John Malkovich. Unfortunately, the film got generally unfavorable reviews.
Besides her acting career, Ronda has much to be proud of. In addition to being the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in judo (she won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics), she enjoyed a two and a half year undefeated streak in UFC beginning in 2012 and most recently, in 2018, she began her professional wrestling career and won her first WWE and professional wresting title at SummerSlam 2018.
Randy Quaid is the older brother of Dennis. He's also an Emmy and Academy Award nominee who's most recognized for his roles in the National Lampoon Vacation movies and Brokeback Mountain. In contrast to the success he has experienced in the acting world, his personal life is a bit less successful and he has gotten into a number of legal issues.
He has't appeared in a film since 2009, the same year that he and his wife were arrested for using an invalid credit card to pay a $10,000 bill. This led to a series of other bizarre behaviors. In 2010, the couple were charged with burglary and didn't show up to their court hearing. They skipped town and moved to Canada, trying to escape the charges. They tried to get asylum status, stating that they feared for their lives in the United States. The couple have somehow ended up in Vermont where they plan to stay.
You would think that this talented and beautiful actress would have gotten more gigs over the years. Her breakthrough role was in 2009's An Education, for which she was nominated for an Oscar.
Over the years, she hasn't held many high-profile roles other than playing Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. She recently returned to the big screen, starring in the Paul Dano-directed marriage drama Wildlife opposite Jake Gyllenhaal.
Pettyfer was the blonde boy at the heart of Magic Mike, who emitted the kind of tough charisma that hinted he'd become a star or at least a successful character actor. But one wrong move and he single handedly ruined his own career.
The actor had a feud with Channing Tatum and angered the Magic Mike crew with his dramatic behavior. However, his recent role in the psychological thriller The Strange Ones may have earned his career a comeback, and if anything, garnered him some praise.
Jesse Eisenberg has his breakthrough role in the comedy-drama film Adventureland and the horror comedy Zombieland. He earned nominations for several awards, including an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actor for his portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network.
Following this role, Eisenberg took a break from acting for some time. He is now busy again, working on some projects, one of which includes portraying the legendary mime Marcel Marceau in Resistance.
Sometimes, when an actor wins an Oscar, it seems like their career will know no limits. And for others, their careers seem to fade. Patricia Arquette won an Oscar in 2014 for Boyhood but she has since worked on very small and little-seen projects.
Well, she may have burned some bridges with sexist Hollywood producers in her Oscar acceptance speech during which she discussed wage inequality. Yep... probably not the best place to do so, but you go girl? In 2018, word was received that she would star in the Hulu series The Act. She also played Tilly Mitchell in the Showtime miniseries Escape at Dannemora, in which she had to gain weight, wear prosthetic teeth, and brown contact lenses.
Now this is a rather unique one. Allison mack's first big television role was on an episode of the WB series 7th Heaven. In October 2001, she began playing Chloe Sullivan in the WB/CW hit tv show, Smallville. She won several accolades and nominations for her performance.
The actress destroyed her career after she joined the cult NXIVM in 2011. The cult forces woman into intimate acts as part of their initiation. Recently, she was put under house arrest for the crimes she committed for the cult. She was arrested in Brooklyn by the FBI in April 2018, being charged for sex trafficking and forced labor conspiracy. Not the typical things that usually end an actor's career.
For a number of years, it seemed like Rick Moranis was in everything. He appeared in several iconic films like Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and The Flinstones. It seemed like his career was going to sky rocket and that he would do more than what he's done since... which is nothing.
After he lost his wife to breast cancer in the early '90s and became a single father, he decided to retire from the industry so he could be there for his two children, rightfully so. The last we heard from him was in 2013 when he released his album My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songs.
Billy Zane enthralled the country with his villainous turn in Titanic. Since the late 90s, the actor hasn't scored another high profile role, other than his appearance in Zoolander 2, in which he starred as himself.
However, just as we saw his character refusing to surrender in Titanic, chasing Jack and Rose down the grand staircase and into the ship as it sunk, he too has refused to give up on his acting career. He has continued to appear in several low-profile projects over the years.
Andie first received critical acclaim for her role in Sex, Lies, and Videotape in 1989. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She has had several other nominated-worthy performances in Green Card, Groundhog Day and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
She seemed to be the "It girl" of the 90s but, then her career came to a steady halt. She has since only appeared in small films and TV projects. Besides acting, MacDowell has modeled for Calvin Klein Inc. as well as been a spokeswoman for L'Oreal since 1986.
While Emilio's career may have lasted longer than some of his other Breakfast Club members, I'm sure you can't name what he's been doing since the Mighty Ducks. Born into a family of actors, the brother of Charlie Sheen has since directed a number of films, like 2010's The Way, which received critical acclaim. He has also directed several episodes of high-profile TV shows. He made his directorial debut with the 1986 film Wisdom, which made him the youngest person to ever write, direct, and star in, a single major motion picture.
Most recently, he has been the director of episodes of the television series Cold Case, Close to Home, The Guardian, CSI: NY, and Numb3rs.
Wesley Snipes is another actor who seemed to be everywhere in the 90s. He starred in Jungle Fever, To Wong Foo, White Men Can't Jump, and, of course, Blade.
Unfortunately, he was imprisoned for three years at McKean Federal Correctional Institution for tax evasion. Since his release, Snipes has only appeared in one project in the 2010s: Spike Lee's Chi-Raq in 2015.
Sean Connery is quite simply put, a legendary actor. He is the recipient of numerous accolades including an Academy Award and three Golden Globes. Connery was the first actor to portray James Bond and starred in 7 of the James Bond films.
In 2003, after acting in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, he announced his retirement. In 2006, when he received the AFI's Lifetime Achievement Award, he confirmed that he did in fact retire, burning the little flame of hope that we had left for him to grace us with his talent again.
Dave Chapelle began his career in 1993 in Mel Brooks's Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He starred in supporting roles in hits like The Nutty Professor, Con Air, You've Got Mail, and Blue Streak. The stand-up comedian and actor seemed to have had a lot of success in 2013 with his comedy sketch, Chapelle's Show, but he quit the show two years later after feeling like he was being misunderstood. In 2016, he signed a $20 million-per-release comedy-special deal with Netflix and in 2017, he produced and they released four of his specials in one year. In 2018, he once again graced the big screen, making a brief appearance in Bradley Cooper and Laga Gaga's A Star is Born.
Chappelle has been called the "comic genius of America" and has been ranked as one of the best 50 Stand Up Comics of All Time. We are sure that a comeback would be very appreciated by his fans.
Lark Voorhies rose to fame playing Lisa on the ABC sitcom, Saved by the Bell.
After the show, the actor pretty much disappeared from Hollywood. She spent more than a decade away from the spotlight, spending time painting mostly. She has recently started appearing at several premiers and red-carpet events.
Karyn Parsons rose to fame for her role as Hillary on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. However, she's been out of the spotlight for the last decade.
She spends most of her time on her charity, Sweet Blackberry, which helps teach children about important unsung Black heroes.
Born as Virginia Elizabeth Davis, Geena was a big star back in the 80s and 90s. She is most recognized for the roles she played in films like The Fly, Beetlejuice, The Accidental Tourist, Thelma & Louise and A League of Their Own. The Academy Award and Golden Globe winner has since taken on roles in television, starring in Commander in Chief as well as Grey's Anatomy.
We are glad to see her focusing her time on social activism for gender equality in the media in recent years. Oh, and she has also been married four times, but who's counting?
Mara Wilson was a busy kid, acting in films like Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda. However, she quit acting long ago in 2000 so that she could experience a normal childhood.
She has since focused on writing, and has published her own memoir in 2016 called "Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame." While Matilda was released already 23 years ago, it still lives on as one of the most iconic children's movies of all time.
There is perhaps no more of an iconic child star than Macaulay Culkin was. By age 12, he became the most successful child actor of all time. He is, of course, best known for playing Kevin in the Christmas movie Home Alone and Home Alone 2. He also starred in My Girl, The Nutcracker, and Richie Rich. With a promising career like his, it was surprising to see him retire at age 14.
Perhaps this had to do with his estrangement from his father. While he has appeared in some things here and there, he has mostly chosen to stay out of the spotlight.
Renée Zellweger was the Hollywood 'it girl' after films like Bridget Jones’ Diary and Chicago, but the actress hasn’t appeared in a movie since 2010.
In her defense, she's already won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, so what more does she need? But, in exciting news, she is set to portray Judy Garland in 2019's Judy.
You might remember Ariana Richards for her role as Lex Murphy in none other than Steven Spielberg's 1993, Jurassic Park. Ariana had appearances in various television programs throughout the 90s and early 2000's, like The Golden Girls, Empty Nest and Boy Meet World.
However, her acting career did not continue on to adulthood and the child star retired in order to pursue her passion as a painter.
Robert Blake had one of the longest acting careers. He began acting as a child in 1939 in the movie Bridal Suite which starred Annabella and Robert Young and after being drafted into the army, he proceeded to become a seasoned Hollywood actor.
He enjoyed a long career in Hollywood until 2001 when he had to quit the business after he was accused of murdering his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley. Blake was acquitted for the murder and has since maintained a low profile.
More commonly known as Liz Hurley, the actress is best known for acting as Vanessa Kensington in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and as the Devil in Bedazzled. In 1990, the actress became famous as the girlfriend of Hugh Grant and became widely recognized in 1994 after the success of his movie Four Weddings and a Funeral. She accompanied Grant to the movie premiere donning a plunging black Versace dress which was pieced together by gold safety pins. She received instant media attention for the look.
The pair have since separated and Hurley has retired from acting to focus on raising her son, we just hope she's tucked away the Versace dress.
Dylan and Cole Sprouse
The twin child stars, Dylan and Cole Sprouse were made successful Disney stars after starring on "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody." After the Disney channel rejected a series they pitched, the two decided that it was time to call it quits and they proceeded to pursue degrees at NYU.
Dylan has since opened a bar in Brooklyn, and as for Cole, he actually returned to television in 2017, acting as Jughead Jones in CW's Riverdale. He is also set to return to the big screen, starring in 2019's Five Feet Apart.
Debra Winger is one of the most successful actresses of the 80s. She is most recognized for her roles in An Officer and a Gentleman, Tears of Endearment, and Shadowlands, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for each film.
Following her success, she decided to take a break from film, a move she had been anticipating for years. During the break, she didn't leave the acting world completely behind her, and switched over to theater. In the last two decades, she has returned to film and television quite sparingly, appearing in things here and there.
Josh Saviano is most notable for his role as Paul Pfeiffer on the hit 90s TV show The Wonder Years.
Following the role, he retired from acting. There was a rumor circulating that he grew up to be Marilyn Manson, but his life turned out a little less exciting but nonetheless impressive- he graduated from Yale University and became a lawyer.
Long before Taylor Momsen's fame from her role as Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl, she played Cindy Lou in 2000's How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
However, in 2011, she retired from acting to focus on her rock band “The Pretty Reckless” in which she is the lead singer and frontwoman.
Shelley Duvall established herself as one of the best actresses of her time. She delivered sensational performances one after another, receiving critical acclaim for her presentations of various eccentric characters. Recalling her harrowing role as Wendy Torrance in the 1980 horror film, The Shining, is enough to give even the toughest person goosebumps.
Since 2002, she has retired both from acting and from the public eye, and nobody really knew what happened to the star. In 2016, she appeared on Dr. Phil where she shared her struggles with mental illness. In the interview, she discussed her fear of the Sheriff of Nottingham and made claims that the late Robin Williams is still alive and shapeshifting. Dr. Phil received a lot of criticism for airing the interview although it exploited Shelley and her illness.
Born as Elmore Rual Torn Jr., it's a good thing that he took on the more fitting stage name as Rip Torn. He had a very celebrated career, including multiple wins and nominations and timeless performances. He played Artie the producer on The Larry Sanders Show and received critical acclaim for his performance. He continued to make guest appearances on various shows throughout the early 2000's, but retired from acting after being arrested in 2010. While heavily under the influence of alcohol, he broke into a Litchfield Bancorp branch in Lakeville, Connecticut, bearing a firearm.
He had several charges made against him which included first-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief. The police said that he broke into the bank thinking that is was his home. He was released on a $100,000 bail. In the end, he pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and the illegal carrying of a firearm and was given a two-and-a-half-year suspended jail sentence and three years probation. Following the incident, he has seldom appeared in films, popping up here and there in C-grade films.
Nick Sthal's career began as a child, during which he gained recognition at age 13 for his work in Man Without a Face, a film he starred in alongside Mel Gibson. He had critical and box office success with his roles in the 2001 movie In the Bedroom and 2003's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. He also played Ben Hawkins in the popular TV show Carnivàle. Unfortunately, his struggle with substance abuse impacted his performance as well as his personal life.
In 2012, his estranged wife filed a police report declaring that her husband had gone missing. He was found five days later and immediately entered a rehab program. A few months later, he was arrested at an adult film store in Hollywood on suspicions of committing a lewd act. No charges were filed, however, six months later, he was once again arrested for possession of methamphetamine. He gave an interview in 2017, sharing that he had moved out to Texas to take a break from acting and focus on his family and on sobriety. He has since started working again and is set to appear in The Haunting of Nicole Brown Simpson which is set to be released in 2019.
Zeta-Jones established a reputation in Hollywood after appearing in roles which emphasized her sex appeal like 1998’s The Mask of Zorro and 1999’s The Entrapment. She was celebrated for her performances in Traffic and in the musical Chicago, taking home an Academy Award for the latter. Into the 2000’s, she continued to star in high-profile films. However, her world was turned upside down in 2010 after her husband, actor Michael Douglas, was diagnosed with tongue cancer. Zeta-Jones found herself battling depression as a result of the emotionally stressful period. At this time, she also came forward publicly, sharing her struggle with bipolar disorder. She entered treatment in 2011 and once again, in 2013. As a result of their stress, Catherine and Michael split up for a few years before reconciling in 2014.
The actress took a hiatus from Hollywood following the diagnosis of her husband and returned a few years later to star in Rock of Ages. She once again took a few years off from acting and has since returned to act in last year’s feud and a TV show called Queen America. However, she continues to maintain a lower profile.
You better believe it, Bridget Fonda is Peter Fonda’s daughter and Jane’s niece. She first made a name for herself in films like “It Could Happen to You” and “Single White Female.”
Since 2002, she has retired from acting to raise her son, Oliver, who she’s been raising with her husband Danny Elfman, a music composer.
After Norris served in the United States Air Force, he competed as a martial artist, winning many championships. He is most known for films like Way of the Dragon and Missing in Action 1, 2, & 3. The martial artist gone actor hasn’t had a big role since 2005. The actor, most recognized for “Walker, Texas Ranger” has taken time off in order to support his wife and her health issues.
While Norris has not acted in quite some time, his reputation as a tough-guy definitely lives on through things like the viral Chuck Norris Facts meme which made him an internet sensation. Thanks to this, he received many new opportunities to endorse products that incorporated Chuck Norris facts in their commercials. The popularity also led to six books, two of them which became New York Times Best Sellers, as well as two video games. Norris also continues to make appearances in ads and commercials.
The legendary Doris Day was the biggest female actress to grace the big screen in the early 60s. The iconic actress has been in far too many films to list them all here and she was ranked sixth among the box office performers by 2012. Besides her acting career, she was also one of the most celebrated singers of the 21st century and recorded more than 650 songs. She has received many awards, like the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which she was awarded to by President George W. Bush in 2011. In 2011, she received the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Career Achievement Award.
The now 96-year-old retired from acting after her sitcom “The Doris Day Show” went off air in 1973. She currently lives in Carmel-by-the-sea, California and is an animal welfare activist.
Glenda Jackson took a major break from acting from 1992 to 2015. The British actress and former Labour Party politician is one of few actors to receive the Triple Crown of Acting. The two-time Academy Award winner is famous for films like Women in Love and A Touch of Class. Other award-winning performances include the film Sunday Bloody Sunday and the BBC television serial Elizabeth R. In 2015, after a 23-year hiatus, she appeared in the play Blood Sex and Money.
In 2016, she once again returned to the stage, playing the title role in Shakespeare’s King Lear in London. This past year, she returned to Broadway, acting in Three Tall Women and won a Tony Award for her performance.
If you are a kid of the 90s, and heck even an adult, then there's a good chance you recognize Joe Pesci for playing one of the main villains in the Christmas classic Home Alone. However, if you are a bit more knowledgeable about great films, then you also know that Pesci was a veritable acting force who worked with the iconic director Martin Scorsese on classic films like Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino. He proved himself as a relevant leading man with his great performance in My Cousin Vinny. Many people can only dream about attaining the kind of fame he had, but Pesci wasn't much of a fan of the fame.
In 1999, he walked away from it all. According to Complex, it was unclear why Pesci retired early. At first, it appeared that he was going to pursue a career in music, however, in interviews it seemed like the real reason was because Pesci wasn't much a fan of Hollywood or his film career. Over the last two decades, he has made appearances here and there (think, a Snickers commercial) but it doesn't look like he's about to relive his days as an actor. Let's be honest, he's probably the only guy who could get away with telling off Martin Scorsese.
While she only had a few acting credits to her name, Rene Russo was cast in some quintessential 90s movies like In the Line of Fire, Outbreak, Tin Cup, Ransom, and the hot and steamy remake of The Thomas Crown Affair alongside Pierce Brosnan. In the first decade of the 2000's, she disappeared from the limelight after she finished filming 2005's Yours, Mine, and Ours. She then took a 6-year-long hiatus until appearing in 2011's Thor, where she played Chris Hemsworth's Viking goddess mom Frigga. Now, that's the way you make a comeback, playing the mother of a striking attractive actor like Hemsworth.
During her disappearance, rumors spread that she went AWOL because of her bipolar disorder, but the star shared with Showbiz in 2014 that her mental illness was not the cause of the break she took from acting. Quite authentically, she said that she needed a break from acting, since she had been doing so since age 9.
Comedian Dana Carvey rose to fame in the early '90s after his breakthrough performances on SNL, one of which was his famous Church Lady character and impressions of then-president George H.W. Bush. He gained further recognition after starring alongside Mike Myers as the classic sidekick Garth Algar in 2 Wayne's World movies. Sadly, while his costar Mike Myers progressed with his career and achieved even greater success, Carvey didn't do so well. In 1997, he tried for a successful comedy series but it failed on ABC. Around this time, he started to experience chest pains and had to get bypass surgery on his heart. Following the surgery, he was still experiencing chest pains. It turns out, the doctor bypassed the wrong artery and Carvey successfully sued the surgeon for millions. Respectfully, he donated the money to charity. By that point, Carvey moved his family from Hollywood a "small town with trees," and he decided to focus on that following his health risk.
Carvey made an appearance in 2015 on Pete Holmes' podcast (via Uproxx) in which he described his retreat from Hollywood as a "half-way Rick Moranis." Recently, he has done some voice work for the basset hound Pops in 2016's The Secret Life of Pets. He is considering making a comeback, but at the moment, he seems to be happy spending time with his kids who are comedians on the rise themselves. You go, man.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
The Olsen twins decided to retire from acting in 2012, a move which ended their almost lifelong careers. They started acting just one year after their birth, sharing the role of Michelle Tanner on the television series Full House. However, there careers hardly ended there. In 1993, the Dualstar Entertainment Group, a production company owned by the twins, was founded, which proceeded to produce a long list of TV movies and video releases with the girls, including Passport to Paris, Our Lips are Sealed, and So Little Time. Their last film together was New York Minute.
They both declined to join the cast of the "Fuller House," the continuation of "Full House." They avoid being in the public eye and are usually spotted in big sunglasses. The twins are spending their time working on their clothing lines The Row and Elizabeth and James together. Mary-Kate is married to French financier Olivier Sarkozy while Ashley is currently single, hint hint, boys.
There aren't many teenage heartthrobs who can hold a candle to Jake Ryan from “Sixteen Candles." As Jack Ryan obsessed fans already know, the actor who played the character, Michael Schoeffling, has left Hollywood behind him. He performed memorable roles in “Mermaids” and “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken,” and then left Hollywood.
Schoeffling now reportedly resides in Pennsylvania and has a carpentry business. He and his wife have two grown children, including a model daughter.
Stacey Dash made a big name for herself after she played Cher's best friend in Clueless. While it seemed like she could have potential for a great career, her acting days have for a long time been over.
These days, the former actress is known more for being a conservative political activist. She has made appearances as a FOX News commentator and recently she ran for a congressional seat before choosing to withdraw from the race. She also appeared in Kanye West's music video as well as Carl Thomas.'
Sarah Michelle Gellar
We don’t need to tell you what Sarah Michelle Gellar is best known for. Of course, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and who could forget Cruel Intentions? The star won five Teen Choice Awards and a Golden Globe Award nomination for the series. It also turned her into a household name and sex symbol.
She has now left acting behind her and focuses her time on her new company, Foodstirs, which produces sustainable, fair trade, and organic baking products. She also has an adorable family with husband and fellow actor Freddie Prinze Jr. and they have two children.
Matthew Fox found fame in his roles on "Party of Five" and the supernatural drama series "Lost," the latter of which he won a Golden Globe award. However, the star hasn't been in a movie since 2015 and has since admitted to not loving acting.
Fox is another star who had a slip up with the law a few years back, and he made it on the news recently when his house in Bend, Oregon went up for sale.
Calista Flockhard played the iconic title character in the late ’90s/early ’00s classic “Ally McBeal.” Following the show's wrap up, she switched over to the family drama “Brothers and Sisters.” After the show was taken off the air, Flockhard pursued a more low-key acting path. She held a central role as Cat Grant on "Supergirl" until the show's filming location was switched to Vancouver from Los Angeles and she made occasional guest appearances.
Seeing as though she is now married to Harrison Ford, we assume she prefers to spend her time with him and their son, Liam. I mean, come on, we would too.
Dominic Monaghan's claim to fame was in the "Lord of the Rings" and "Lost." He hasn't had a major acting role since "Lost" went off the air in 2010.
An avid nature lover, the former actor is currently hosting the nature program Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan.
The “Hill Street Blues” and “NYPD Blue” actor Dennis Franz seems to have retired from acting following when NYPD Blue went off the air in 2005. Well, the actor did garner an impressive Golden Globe award, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Primetime Emmy Awards. That seems like a tough act to follow.
It appears that the actor is focusing on his private life and enjoying retiring, spending time with his wife in their lake home in northern Idaho. He did tell the New York Post that he would return to acting if the right opportunity presented itself. At the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards, him and his NYPD Blue co-star Jimmy Smits made a surprise appearance, something which garnered a lot of appreciation from fans.
Ali MacGraw first gained attention after acting in the 1969 film Goodbye, Columbus. She won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her performance. She received worldwide fame in the 1970 film Love Story, and won another Golden Globe Award for her performance and an Academy Award nomination.
In 1972, she was voted as the top female box office star in the world. She has retired from acting since 1997 and these days, she can be found in New Mexico doing yoga, designing clothes, and fighting for animal welfare causes.