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Why These 5 Stars Quit Hollywood At The Height Of Their Fame

Making it in Hollywood is every actor’s dream, so you might be surprised that some of the biggest stars walked away from their careers after hitting the big time. Fame isn’t for everyone, and despite being stalwarts of the big and small screen, these actors decided to turn their back on acting and leave the entertainment industry for good. Here are five stars who abandoned their Hollywood careers, and why.

Phoebe Cates

She was one of the biggest teen stars of the 1980s starring in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Bright Lights, Big City, Drop Dead Fred and Gremlins I and II. But, Phoebe Cates walked away from it all in 1994 when she retired from acting to concentrate on her family. She has claimed it wasn’t a cutthroat decision, just that she never found projects she liked. Since then Cates has appeared in only one movie, 2001’s The Anniversary Party as a favor to its director and long-time friend, Fast Times‘ co-star Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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Rick Moranis

Remember the dad from Honey I Shrunk The Kids? That was Canadian star Rick Moranis, who starred in some of the biggest movies of the late 1980s and early 1990s. We haven’t seen him on screen since 1997 when he took a break to take care of his children. Despite his Hollywood success, he never returned to acting. Moranis’ wife sadly died of cancer in 1991 and he has since admitted it became too hard to balance a Hollywood career with being a single parent.


Ariana Richards

Best known for her role as Lex Murphy in 1994’s monster hit Jurassic Park, Ariana Richards has barely acted since the Spielberg hit. Despite winning several young acting awards, the star of Tremors quit Hollywood when she hit adulthood to become an artist. Now 38, she has hinted at a possible return to acting and appeared in 2013 movie Battledogs.

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Michael Schoeffling

As Jake Ryan, the sensitive jock who Molly Ringwald has a crush on in Sixteen Candles, Michael Schoeffling was every teenage girl’s dream guy. But, after the acting offers dried up, the star of Visions and Mermaids quietly disappeared from screens in the early 1990s.  He claimed he wasn’t getting offered enough roles and with the pressures of raising a family, quit acting for good. Since then he’s been making handcrafted furniture in his woodworking shop in Pennsylvania.

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Teddy Dune

Who didn’t have a crush on Duncan Kane in Veronica Mars? The actor appeared on the show for two seasons, but ended up being written out. Dune has admitted his experience with the entertainment industry wasn’t a positive one and while he loved the craft of acting, found it was too much of a business. Instead, he went back to school and now practices Law in New York, a million miles from Hollywood and his old life.

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