Former stars who now have normal jobs

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When young actors with big dreams arrive in Hollywood, they usually have one mission in front of their eyes and that is to be as successful as they can possible be. They also wish to be part of quality projects and be recognized as top artists who just get paid (lots and lots of money we must say) to do basically what they love most.


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You can’t help but not be a little jealous of people who are so passionate about what they do and along the way they get paid for their dream job. However, has acting remained the ‘dream job’ for all of Hollywood’s stars? What ever happened to some of our favorite child stars, actors or singers who we haven’t seen in the spotlight for so many years? Well, let’s just say they chose a different career path, whether they were forced to do so under certain circumstances or whether they were just tired of the glitz and glam.

When you have bills to pay or a family to support, any job is good enough and respectful. Life sometimes takes you to unexpected places and in different directions, and for these former celebrities, this couldn’t be more true. Some of our favorite child stars and the most popular film stars have moved away from the spotlight and went on to pursue ‘normal’ jobs, jobs that you and I would definitely consider as our profession. Deciding to explore other opportunities and directions is not an easy decision to make. It is like consciously giving up on the glamorous life you have gotten used to. Some actors have gone down the least expected road. From serving coffee at Starbucks to writing books and articles,, these are former celebrities who need to pay the bills just like the rest of us.

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Frankie Muniz

The Malcolm in the Middle star is only 31 years-old and has already had a career change. In the beginning of the 2000’s he rose to fame of the Fox’s sitcom and the child star even earned an Emmy nomination as well as a two Golden Globe nominations for his performance. For different reasons, Muniz found a new passion and he became a race car driver. He even signed a big contract with Jensen Motorsport. Apart from racing cars, the former actor also had a brief stint as a drummer.

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Freddie Prinze Jr.

The former actor was THE heartthrob of the 90’s. He played in every teen romantic comedy that existed and won over the ladies’ hearts in films like She’s All That and Down to You. Freddie met his future wife, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, when the two co-starred in I Know What You Did Last Summer, however it seems like the two stepped away from the spotlight and turned to the kitchen. The former actor released his first cookbook in 2016 and it contains more than 70 recipes.

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Jon Gosselin

The Jon and Kate Plus 8 star has had his hands full raising his eight children together with his ex-wife, Kate, as well as starring on their own show. Jon never really seemed to find his place, not professionally and not personally, so it doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that he took on some part-time jobs after the show went off the air, including one at TGI Friday where he worked as a line cook. He also works as a DJ from time to time. The former star actually admitted that he loves working at the restaurant flipping burgers.

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Taran Noah Smith

Say cheese now means a totally different thing for the former Home Improvement star. The 33 year-old played the youngest son of Tim Allen’s character on the successful sitcom and he shocked the industry when he married his former wife, Heidi van Pelt, when he was only 17. Heidi was along-time vegan and probably affected her hubby with her strong beliefs because Taran left the limelight and decided to open a vegan farm that produces non-dairy cheese and organic foods.

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Brittany Ashton Holmes

If this cute little girl looks familiar it’s because she was the absolutely adorable girl named Darla in the 1994 adaptation film, The Little Rascals. It didn’t take her too long to realize that acting wasn’t her thing and she wanted to be raised an normal as as possible away from the spotlight. In order to pay for her political science studies, Holmes is working as a barista at none other than Starbucks. She has no interest in acting and loves her job.

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Chris Owen

Remember The Sherminator from the 90’s hot comedy film franchise, American Pie? Who can forget the nerdy red-head with the spiky hair. The former actor has been under the radar for years and in 2014 it was reported that the 36 year-old was working as a waiter at a sushi restaurant located in Santa Monica, California. It seems like he rolled in a different direction and he is totally fine with that. The actor was married to actress, Michelle Beck, but the two separated in 2012.

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Nikki Blonsky

No pun intended, but the former Hairspray star is now working with hairspray. Nikki Blonsky, an actress and a singer is mostly known for her role in the 2007 film, Hairspray where she played Tracy Turnblad. She also later starred in the film, Queen Sized. After she acted in Hairspray, she literally became a household name, however, this didn’t last very long and she had to find a side job while she was in between auditions. She worked at a salon as hairstylist in her hometown when she wasn’t going to auditions.

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Vanilla Ice

The Ice Ice Baby singer definitely had his glory days during the 90’s. The only problem was that he only had a few good and catchy songs to keep him going for just a couple of years. When his albums weren’t doing so well anymore and sales started dropping, he needed to find a new gig. He started working as a Real Estate Investor and made some nice profit of off selling his own houses. He may not be your typical real estate agent, but hey, he did quite well it seems.

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Peter Ostrum

It doesn’t really surprise us to learn that the former Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory star found a new career path, after all his role as Charlie Bucket in the successful 1971 film was the only role he ever played. He pretty much went under the radar after the film was out and decided to turn to veterinary school to become a Veterinarian. He specializes in horse’s and cows’ health.

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Kirk Cameron

Don’t try and look for the Growing Pains star anywhere near Hollywood these days because the 46-year-old actor is now a preaching Minister. The actor was led in a new direction once the show ended and he became a born again Christian. He even founded the ministry of The Way of the Master. On different occasions he also hosts The Ministry’s weekly shows. Cameron stated, “If I could go back, I think I could make decisions that were less inadvertently hurtful to the cast—like talking and explaining to them why I just wanted to have my family at my wedding.”

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Jeff Cohen

Besides the fact that The Goonies star has made an incredible body transformation ever since he starred in the 1985 film, Jeff Cohen also made a big career transformation when he decided to go to Law School and become an attorney. The last time he was seen on screen was in 1991. He has his own firm called Cohen & Gardner, LLP. The former actor graduated in 2000 from UCLA and eventually became an lawyer in the entertainment industry.

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Jonathan Bennett

Aaron Samuels from Mean Girls has decided to take a break from acting back in 2013 and become a spin class teacher. It’s not really surprising that the actor turned to a career in fitness as he was pretty much obsessed with sports in high school. In 2104 he joind the cast of Dancing with the Stars on its 19th season and his professional dance partner was Allison Holker.

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Mackenzie Rosman

Who can forger sweet Ruthie Camden from the hit show, 7th Heaven? Mackenzie Rosman played the youngest member of the Camden clan and everyone loved her. Rosman has mostly stayed away from the spotlight and has decided to do some good in the world by being involved in philanthropy work. She serves as a chairman for CureFinders which helps fundraise money for cystic fibrosis research.

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Michael Maronna

Many actors decide to move to behind the scenes as either producers or directors and see the other side of the lens once they want to take a break from acting. When Nickelodeon star, Michael Maronna decided he wanted to do some behind the scenes work, he literally chose something that involves some great work. The Adventures of Pete and Pete star became an electrician in Hollywood and worked on numerous productions.

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Rebecca Ritter

The Australian star who is mostly recognized for playing the role of Hannah Martin on the daily hit show, Neighbors has had a major career change which leaves her Ramsay Street days way behind. Th 33-year-old is now a journalist after she earned her degree Politics and International Relations. For a while she worked for ABC, the Australian Broadcasting Company and today she’s a producer for a production company in Berlin.

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Dylan Sprouse

Dylan Sprouse and his twin brother rose to fame when they starred on Suite Life of Zach & Cody on the Disney Channel. The two also starred in the 1999 film, Big Daddy where they acted alongside Adam Sandler. The heartthrobs have turned away from the spotlight and my mid 2011, they were no longer part of any acting projects. In 2013, Dylan was seen working at a New York City restaurant as a host.

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Jason Zimbler

The former actor starred alongside Melissa Joan Hart in the 90’s teen comedy series, Clarissa Explains It All. After his small-screen days, Zimbler turned to one of the least glamorous careers when he became a software designer. He still stayed somewhat in the spotlight as he works for HBO. Once the show wrapped, Jason went on to study at the University of Notre Dame, only to return to Hollywood, but on the other side of the camera.

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Danny Lloyd

The former child star who played Danny Torrance in the 80’s film, The Shining is all grown up and is now a biology teacher. When he was younger, he was mostly typecast as a horror film actor, and when he was cast to Stanley Kubrick’s film, that was when he had a big jump in his career. Lloyd left the acting world and decided to pursue some of his other passions including biology. Quite a change we must say.

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Rita Wilson

The Now and Then actress has been married to one of the most talented actors in the film industry, Tom Hanks, for almost 30 years now. The couple is one of the strongest and most lovable couples in Hollywood and always seem to be so supportive of each other’s work. In recent years, Wilson found a new passion in writing and she has been writing for the biggest publications including Huffington Post and Harper’s Bazaar.

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Tiffany

Tiffany was huge in the 80’s and had some of the biggest hits at the time. The singer also tried to try her luck on television and had some minor film gigs. However, she decided to step back from the limelight and lead a more low-key life. After she posed for Playboy in 2002, she went on to open her own vintage boutique store called Tiffany’s Boutique in White House, Tennessee. She also had a complete makeover in terms of her look, not just her career choice.

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Karyn Parsons

Can you believe that Hilary Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is already 50 years old? That just proves how time flies by. The 90’s sitcom, which ran from 1990 to 1996 and starred Will Smith, was one of the biggest shows at the time and everyone knew the characters. Karyn was the spoiled cousin of Will, but after the show ended, Karyn decided to do a one-eighty and went to Law school. After working for 15 years, the former actress created her own NGO that supports African-American women’s rights.

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Gary Coleman

Th actor might be have been tiny in terms of his figure, but he was a big shot at what he did. If you ever thought of messing up with the late 4’7 former actor who starred for eight years on Diff’rent Strokes, then it probably wasn’t the best idea. When he was working as a security guard back in 1998, a woman tried to approach him and asked him for an autograph, Coleman refused and soon things heated up. The actor was arrested for his behavior and was sent to anger-management classes.

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Maia Brewton

Maia Brewton mostly enjoyed success back in the 80’s and 90’s when she was a child star in a couple of films and television shows. The former actress starred in Parker Lewis Can’t Lose and in Adventures in Babysitting. When she got a bit older, she went to school and studied theatre at the prestigious Yale University. After a short gig as a bartender, she went to Law School and she’s now an attorney.

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Jessica Sierra

The former American Idol contestant realized that she wasn’t going to have a successful singing career. Sierra auditioned for the reality show’s third season but let’s just say things didn’t go so well, not as well as she expected. She went in to auditing for the fourth season and made it to the finals, but she realized music wasn’t in the stars for her apparently, which led her to her current job as a Hooters waitress. Well, she has to pay the bills somehow.

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Charlie Korsmo

The 38-year-old actor is best known for his role in the film, Hook, where he starred alongside Robin Williams. Korsmo always knew that acting wasn’t in his blood and went on to pursue a degree in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2006 he received a Juris Doctor degree from the prestigious Yale Law School. He is now a practicing lawyer and an assistant professor at a university.

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George Forman

The former two-time heavyweight champion who also holds a Gold Medal has actually retired twice from the world of boxing. ‘Big George’ decided to go healthy and it became the main focus in his life. With such ideology, he caught the attention of a company that produces a fat-reducing grill, that thought he would be the ultimate endorser for their product. The grill which was sold under the star’s name, has sold more than 100 million units all over the world.

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Michael Schoeffling

The Sixteen Candles and Mermaids star was definitely easy on the eyes when he starred in the classic films. However, being pretty wasn’t enough for the actor to want to continue acting. He left Hollywood in 1991 and moved to Virginia to focus in his true passion, carpentry. The former actor crafts and makes handmade furniture and even owns his woodworking shop. What a man! The 56-year-old has two children with his former model wife, Valerie C. Robinson.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer star was already mentioned once on our list, but this time the focus is one her rather than on her hubby. The former actress also found her true passion in the kitchen and in 2015 she helped found Foodstirs, a start-up company which focuses on selling baking crafted kits for young children. Gellar, who is familiar with the world of writing, also published her first cookbook in 2017. We bet it’s one big yummy feast at the Prinze-Gellar household.

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Lucy Liu

When Lucy Liu broke into our lives when she played on the hit show, Ally McBeal between 1998 and 2002, people loved and hated her at the same time. The stunning actress went on to star in many blockbuster hits including Charlie’s Angels and Kill Bill, but has always been drawn to art and painting. After she stepped out of the spotlight, she went on to realize her true passion and became a visual artist under the name Yu Ling. She also donates much of her projects to charity.

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Jennie Garth

Jennie Garth will always be the stunning Kelly Taylor from the hit 90’s series, Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise which ran from 1990 to 2010. She was the popular blond high school girl and everyone either wanted to be her friend or look like her. Garth, who married for the third time in 2015 and is a mother of three, has launched in 2017 her own website called MomGiftBox.com where moms can purchase indulging and pampering boxes boxes and every purchase benefits charity. Good for her!

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Jack Gleeson

Now that the hit HBO show, Game of Thrones is returning to the screen with a new season, it’s even more interesting to see where the young actor is up to now. When Glesson’s character was killed on the show, it provided an opportunity for the actor to take a break from acting. The Irish actor has been in the industry since he was eight and he felt it was time for him to quit. He is now a student at Trinity College in Dublin where he majors in theology and philosophy.

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Kevin Jonas

The Jonas Brothers was one of the most popular pop boy bands back in the mid 2000’s, however, they decided to go their separate ways in 2013. Kevin, the oldest of the three brothers, wanted to step away from the music world in order to explore other options. He went on to found his own food app called Yood which lets you know which are the highest rated restaurants in your area based on location. Kevin is also focusing on his family more these days and from time to time, he provides construction services for home builders.

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Rick Moranis

Rick Moranis starred in several movies throughout his career including Honey, I Shrunk The Kids and Ghostbusters. He had to quit acting under the worst circumstances when his wife passed away and he needed to take care of the children. For years he didn’t want to leave the house and found comfort in music. In recent years he released an album called You, Me, The Music And Me which expressed different music genres and tastes.

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Andrea Barber

Can you believe it’s been years since one of the most popular 90’s sitcoms, Full House went off the air? It’s been long enough for many of the cast members make a life-changing decision and turn to other career paths. Andrea played D.J’s best friend, Kimmy Gibler on the show and was even part of the latest reunion. She has a Masters degree in Arts in Women’s Studies as well as an English degree. She worked as a professor’s assistant at Whittier College where she earned her English degree.

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Josh Saviano

The 41-year-old played the role of Josh Saviano on The Wonder Years where he played Kevin Arnold’s best friend. Once the show wrapped, Saviano didn’t stay in Hollywood and went on to pursue a degree in Political Science from Yale University. He graduated in 1998 and for a while he worked for a New York City law firm. He later went on to work for an online firm and later became partner at a big firm. In recent years he founded two start ups.

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Danica McKellar

This stunner drove Kevin of The Wonder Years crazy, in the best possible way with her brains, looks and overall lovable personality. McKellar played the role of Winnie Cooper on the famous show, but after the series wrapped she want back to school and eventually graduated with a degree in mathematics from UCLA. The former star is now a professional math writer and has even released several books related to the study of mathematics. She’s definitely one smart woman.

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Lark Voorhies

The 43-year-old former actress rose to fame when she played the role of Lisa Turtle on Saved by the Bell between 1989 and 1993. Some of Voorhies’ other notable work includes Good Morning, Miss Bliss, a sitcom created by Disney. After a stint in the music world, Lark turned to writing and she has written three books since 2010. All of her books were self-published and their names are Trek of the Cheshire, Reciprocity and A True Light.

 

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Lisa Jakub

Another Mrs. Doubtfire alumni who chose to walk a different path in terms of her career is Lisa Jakub. After she played in the famous film alongside Sally Field and the late Robin Williams, Jakub went on to appear in a couple of films but has retired from acting for good in 2001 when she was only 22 years old. Since the former actress has published book called You Look Like That Girl.

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Leana Creel

Leana’s career started all the way back in the 80’s and she is mostly known for her role on the Parent Trap films. She also had a brief stint on Beverly Hills, 90210 until she got her big break on Saved by the Bell playing the role of Tori. After a few more guest roles, the actress decided she wanted to stay in the industry only from the other side of the fence and co-founded a production company called Creel Studio which specializes in lifestyle related content.

 

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Andrea Elson

This former child star started hr professional career as both an actress and a model. She became a household name when she starred on two shows, Whiz Kids where she played the role of Alice Tyler and on NBC’s ALF where she played the role of Lynn Tanner. Elson left the spotlight before the millennium started and she has been working as a yoga teacher since 2016. She also has her own blog.

 

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Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit 

These twin brothers were the second cutest thing on Full House after the Olsen twins obviously. Blake and Dylan played the roles of Alex and Nicky, the adorable twin sons of Aunt Becky and Uncle Jesse in the 90’s. As they got older, the two brothers felt like it was time for them to part ways, professionally of course. Blake works as a fire fighter and Nicky now works behind the scenes as a sound technician.

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Brandon Call

Brandon Call will forever be mostly known for his role as J.T. Lambert on the successful family sitcom, Step by Step. He had other roles on popular shows including Baywatch and Magnum P.I. In 1998, after Step by Step went off the air, Call retired from acting. The former actor was rumored that he was working at his dad’s gas station located in San Diego. He didn’t only choose a new career but according to the pictures he also chose a new look.

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Susan Boyle

The singer shocked the world when she opened her mouth to sing back in 2009 on the successful reality talent show, Britain’s Got Talent. She became an overnight sensation and the media went crazy over her entire being. Boyle has gone through a major makeover and she has been extremely successful in her career. This didn’t stop her from trying to make a little extra money on the side. She applied for a minimum-wage job as a cashier in Blackburn.

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Hank Aaron

The legendary baseball player was at the top of his gam between 1954 and the mid 70’s. He hit more than 24 home runs throughout his career and until this day is considered one of the best Baseball Players in the world. When he retired he continued to work for the Atlanta Braves but also went on to open his own car dealership. His Hank Aaron BMW car dealership is located in Georgia.

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Julia Stiles

If you were a teenager in the 90’s, there’s no way you haven’t heard of Julia Stiles who has appeared in several teen movies including 10 Things I Hate About You where she starred alongside the late Heath Ledger. The 36-year-old spends most of her time in recent years doing charity work. She has worked everywhere including Amnesty International and Habitat for Humanity. She also helped raise awareness to other important causes due to her stardom.

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Mara Wilson

The Mrs. Doubtfire actress and the sweet girl who played in the 1996 hit film, Matilda has really taken her character’s love for books to reality when she decided to pursue a career as a writer. She left the spotlight in order to become a writer and she has written in the past for a website called Cracked.com. In 2016, Wilson also released a book under the name Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame. You have to admit that ‘Accidental Fame’ is a brilliant name.

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Tom Selleck

The Magnum P.I star has been in the public eye for more than five decades and he was always known for his work ethic and for working in general. The star, who also starred on Friends, probably as the show’s most famous guest star, found a new passion in life in recent years and that’s his avocados. The actor owns a 65-acre ranch where he grows avocados on a farm. The 72-year-old actor who loves the outdoors, absolutely loves the farm life where he lives with his wife and daughter.

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Steven Seagal

We can’t say we’re completely shocked by this revelation. For four years between 2009 and 2013, the action film star had his own reality show, Seven Seagal: Lawman, which followed his lifeas a deputy sheriff in Louisiana and Arizona. All these law-based films and action-filled features probably made want to pursue a career as a lawman and a Deputy Sheriff. Seagal also starred in the undercover police show, True Justice.

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Angus T. Jones

The 23-year-old actor is mostly known for his role as Jake Harper on CBS’ Two and a Half Men, but he is also known for talking really badly about the show that turned him into a star. At one point it got so bad that he literally encouraged viewers to stop watching the successful show. His sour departure didn’t leave him unemployed for too long and he went on to support many faith-base organizations as well as the anti-bullying alliance, Be a Star.

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Phoebe Cates

Cates starred in the famous 80’s films, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Gremlins and later in her career she appeared in films including Drop Dead Fred and Bright Lights, Big City. The actress hasn’t appeared in anything since 2001 where she acted in The Graduation party. She married her husband, actor Kevin Kline in 1989 and the couple has two children. Phoebe is the owner of New York boutique called Blue Tree.

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Gene Hackman

The 87-year-old has been in the film industry for over five decades. He was part of the some of the most successful films at the time including The French Connection and Unforgiven, for which he received an Academy Award. The actor married his second wife, Betsy Arakawa, in 1991 and the two have been married since then. The actor hasn’t appeared in any film since 2004, when he starred in Welcome to Mooseport. Hackman has written three novels throughout his life.

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Tony Danza

Tony Danza was once one of the biggest stars in television when he starred in the 80’s hit show, Who’s the Boss alongside Alyssa Milano. The 66-year-old actor’s fame was pretty short lived. In 2009, Danza decided to take a break from acting in order to turn to a more educational career as an English teacher. He was a 10th grade teacher in Northeast Philadelphia High School. He is set to play in Netflix’s The Good Cop this year, perhaps marking his way back to the small screen?

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Liam Gallagher

Th British musician rose to fame when he was part of the rock group, Oasis. His older brother, Noel was also part of the same rock band, While Noel split from the successful group, Liam stayed and even penned some of the best singles they have known. Later in his career, Liam turned to a solo career as he lead singer of Beady Eye, however, the period of time ended sooner than he thought. These days, the former artist runs a fashion label called Pretty Green located in London.

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MC Hammer

MC Hammer has definitely had it tough for many years: he lost almost $13 million and filed for bankruptcy, but he managed to get his life back together. The artist, rapper and producer found his romantic side and he now officiates weddings. In addition, he does what many entrepreneurs do these days, and develops apps for iPad that have to do with new media. He takes his new talent now and markets it to Ivy League universities.

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Carrie Henn

Carrie will forever be mostly recognized for her smash hit film, Aliens where she starred alongside Sigourney Weaver. Aliens was the only film to her credit, although she appeared in some documentaries. She left the industry after the film’s success and went on to pursue a degree in liberal studies. Henn became an elementary school teacher. There’s no doubt she chose the furthest thing from acting.

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Erik Per Sullivan

Erik Per Sullivan gained a lot of attention when he was on the hit show, Malcolm in the Middle. He also had a few other roles which were relatively minor in films including Finding Nemo and Unfaithful. Very much like his on-screen character, Sullivan decided to step away from the spotlight and pursue other things. In 2010 the former star graduated from the University of Southern California and since then he hasn’t been seen in Hollywood. We have a feeling he has a ‘normal’ job.

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Doris Day

The 95-year-old former actress and singer started her prosperous career in the late 30’s and has gained much attention in 1945 with Sentimental Journey. Over the years, Day has recorded nearly 700 songs. After years in the spotlight, the actress decided to leave Hollywood and focus her energy on assisting and nursing injured animals to become healthy again. Doris founded the Doris Day Animal Foundation in 1978 and till this very day she is active with her charity.

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Omri Katz

The 41-year -old former actor rose to fame when he played the hunk on Hocus Pocus. Once the film wrapped, Omri’s career was pretty much over as well. Katz also appeared in other films including Matinee, Adventures in Dinosaur City. On the small screen, he was on Dallas where he played the role John Ross Ewing III. Today, Omri works as a hairdresser in Los Angeles.

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Barret Oliver

Oliver is mostly recognizable for acting in the film, The Never Ending Story. In real life, however, the former actor’s story did come to an end with Hollywood. He hasn’t starred in any film or television show since 1989. He was cast in a couple of short films including Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. In recent years, the 43-year-old spends his time teaching photography in Los Angeles. His work has been displayed in different galleries and museums.

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Andrew Shue

Andrew Shue played the role of Billy Campbell on the successful show, Melrose Place. The actor, who was also a professional soccer player before his days on Aaron Spelling’s Melrose Place, stayed for six years playing his role. The 50 year-old left the spotlights for good and hasn’t been busy acting ever since he left the show, however, he did stay working on his networking site called CafeMom, which allows moms from all over the world to connect and talk about anything parenthood-related.

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Melody Anderson

Melody Anderson will forever be mostly famous for her role as Dale Arden in the Flash Gordon adaptation in the ’80s. The retired actress turned to an entirely different career path when she graduated from NYU as a social worker in 1997. She has since been very active in her field and has even helped found many programs. Anderson, who has a little more than ten films and television shows to her credit, also practices and is in charge of group therapy facilities around L.A.

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Amanda Bynes

Oh Amanda, it seems like she didn’t really have a choice but to turn to something else other than acting after her troubled history. The Nickelodeon child star was at the top of her game and her sweet image accompanied her for many years later. However, the last thing anyone can say about Amanda these days is that she is sweet. The star stepped away from the spotlight as she started to get older and has been arrested for pretty much everything and in-and-out of mental health care hospitals. She is now recovering from her tough years and has turned to a career in the fashion industry.amanda bynes final

Hugh Laurie

While we all know Hugh Laurie from his riveting performance in the Award-Winning TV series House, the classically-trained actor chose to switch sides and to pursue a career in music. After performing alongside several known musicians for years, Laurie released two Blues albums which are entitled Let Them Talk and Didn’t It Rain. When asked about his musical choices for the album, he explained: “I have resolved to forge on, deeper into the forest of American music that has enchanted me since I was a small boy,” explains Laurie, “And the further I go, the more bewitched I become – both by the songs and by the people I have been lucky enough to play them with.”

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Beth Smith

Being the husband of a professional bounty hunter and reality star Dog the Bounty Hunter, definitely can take a lot out of a person, as Beth Smith. But while bounty hunting was definitely something they both enjoyed, when she was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2007, they realized they needed to dedicate more time to focusing on her health. As a result, they decided to quit the business and move on to other ventures, which remain to be seen. Thankfully, Beth was found to be cancer-free later that year.

Ariana Richards

Ariana Richards became a household name when she starred in the hit film, Jurassic Park and later when she reprised her role in the film’s sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The former actress decided to take a break from acting in 2001 in order to express her more creative side. She turned to a different kind of art, painting and even earned a degree in Fine Arts and Drama from Skidmore College. She enjoys her quiet and relaxed life as a painter.

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Elisabeth Shue

With films like The Karate Kid, Back to the Future and Cocktail, where she starred alongside Tom Cruise, there’s no doubt the the 80’s would not be the same without Elisabeth Shue. The actress won Hollywood over with her sweet personality and her ‘girl next door’ look,  however she has decided to step away from the spotlights to focus on her family. Elisabeth is due to act in a couple of films this year, so she didn’t really disappear, however at one point she did choose family over her career.

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Danielle Fishel

The 36-year-old is a woman of many talents. She is an actress, a chef, an author and a director, but she will always be mostly famous for her role on the hit 90’s teen sitcom, Boy Meets World and later the show’s successor on the Disney Channel, Girl Meets World. Danielle loved being in the public’s eye so it’s no wonder that she turned to a career in journalism where she could be in the spotlight and still do what she loves. She is a reporter for PopSugar as well has been a host for The Dish.

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