It is hard to imagine the life of a celebrity being anything less than glamorous, but for some in the industry, the pace and pressure get to be too much. Believe it or not, some celebrities decided to give it all up in order to enjoy pursuits that are no different than the average person’s. In fact, many people don’t even realize they were once stars. Who are these celebrities and why would they leave the life of fame behind? Read on to find out.
1. Kirk Cameron
Former Growing Pains actor Kirk Cameron was a rising star but left it behind after becoming a man of faith. Thus, it may come as no surprise that he has made a career out of being an evangelist, a title he may well cherish more than his two Golden Globe nominations.
Today, he is active with his ministry The Way of the Master, which he had founded with another evangelist named Ray Comfort. Together, they host a television program of the same name. On occasion, Cameron does make some appearances outside his evangelical show. For instance, in 2014, he starrred in the film Saving Christmas.
2. Mara Wilson
Mara Wilson shined as a child actress. Even if you do not instantly recognize her name, you definitely know her from hit films like Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Miracle on 34th Street. As promising as her acting career was, however, Mara Wilson has since moved on to something else.
For her, that something else is writing and philanthropy. Perhaps most impressive, she wrote a book about her child star experiences published in 2016. It is entitled Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame. At the moment, Wilson works for a New York nonprofit called Publicolor, dedicated to promoting the positive affects of color in schools.
3. Danica McKellar
In 1988, young acress Danica McKellar began to play the precocious Winnie Cooper in the beloved series The Wonder Years. It turns out that McKellar is quite brilliant and found herself another place to shine in the field of mathematics. While many might shy away from confronting large numbers and complex formulas, McKellar jumps right into them.
In fact, she graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a degree in mathematics. Even more impressive, she helped a professor with a scientific paper—as an undergraduate! McKellar even published a number of math books, including the titles “Math Doesn’t Suck” and “Hot Algebra Exposed!” The former Winnie Cooper even managed to combine her knack for both mathematics and the small screen on her show ‘Math Bites’ on the Nerdist Channel.
4. Frankie Muniz
Frankie Muniz was quite the star in the ’90s. While he played in numerous films and appeared in several shows over the course of his career, most know him most fondly as the titular character on the show Malcolm in the Middle. In fact, he received quite a bit of critical acclaim for his role in the show. He was even nominated for two Golden Globes and an Emmy.
Over the years, though, Frankie Muniz has revealed another incredible side to himself: he is a skilled race car driver. He even took a hiatus from acting to better focus on his racing career. In 2012, he competed in the Atlantic Championship. He is still racing today, though recently revealed that an accident caused him to suffer severe memory loss.
5. Andrea Barber
Andrea Barber played the lovable nuisance Kimmy Gibbler in the timeless ’90s sitcom Full House. She even returned as her original character to the set of Netflix’s much talked-about reboot, Fuller House. Barber also played Carrie Brady in Days of Our Lives.
Before getting in touch with her inner Gibbler once more, Barber pursued non-acting related endeavors. After Full House wrapped up, she attended Whittier College in California and graduated with a degree in English. She continued her education at the University of York in the UK, only to return to her alma mater to serve as the director of its international study program.
6. Elizabeth Berkley
Mostly known for her roles on Saved by the Bell and the controversial Paul Verhoeven film Showgirls, Elizabeth Berkley became a Hollywood fixture in the 1990s. Though the latter tanked at the box office, it made Berkley a household name.
Berkley appeared on a number of films, TV shows and stage productions throughout the ’90s and ’00s, and was even a moderately successful Dancing with the Stars contestant. She’s also delved into writing, releasing her first book, a self help book by the name of Ask-Elizabeth, in 2011. Furthermore, Berkley also a tireless animal rights activist.
7. Freddie Prinze Jr.
Freddie Prinze Jr. has enjoyed quite the prolific acting career, starting as a teen heartthrob. He appeared in the teen movies I Know What You Did Last Summer as well as She’s All That and the live action Scooby-Doo movies. He also appeared on several popular television shows, perhaps most notably Friends and Boston Legal.
While the actor still maintains a pretty active acting career, he has discovered a new endeavor to take up much of his time. Specifically, he has learned that he really loves to cook. In 2016, he released his very own cookbook. In it, you can find over 70 of his favorite recipes.
8. Tony Danza
This actor and former professional boxer didn’t just have a normal career, he had his normal career filmed. The famous Who’s the Boss star took a year off acting to star on the A&E reality show Teach: Tony Danza. The show followed Danza while he taught a 10th grade English class in Philadelphia.
After that long year of teaching English, Danza had a few choice words for the public, mainly that we owe ALL educators an apology. Hats off to all the teachers out there! Hopefully, the seven-episode series helped bring awareness to the current state of education.
9. Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu rose to fame in the drama series Ally McBeal, on which she played Ling Woo. This role garnered her much critical acclaim. She was even nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. She has also played the role of Alex Munday in Charlie’s Angels.
While Liu continues to enjoy a lucrative acting career, she dabbles in another world that she has largely tried to keep from the public eye. That world is that of visual art, a world in which she has assumed the alias Yu Lang. Her works span from painting to collages. She has also given a great deal of her work to various charities.
10. Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey rose to stardom in the early 90s with hit classics like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber and The Mask. If you were watching TV in the 90s, then you know his face and crazy sense of humor well. Recently though, Carrey has slowed down his acting career do to what he calls “an unstoppable urge.”
An unstoppable urge to paint that is! For the past six years, he has been painting and even has his own solo exhibit at a Las Vegas gallery. “There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not covered in paint,” Carrey confessed. If you’re interested in buying his art you better move fast and have some big bucks, they’re selling like hotcakes!
11. Susan Boyle
Susan Boyle shocked the nation with her 2009 performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” on Britain’s Got Talent. She was even able to get Simon Cowell to say something positive about her! Now that’s a talent in of its self.
Boyle made headlines again in 2014 when she applied for a job as a cashier but it turned out to be a false alarm. “I just went in on the off-chance. It was kind of a desire to be normal. And it was a quiet period. I just got panicky (about fame). But I wouldn’t want to scrap the job I already have (music). I absolutely love it,” she told press later.
12. Steven Seagal
Steven Seagal has quite a few credits to his name. Before embarking on an acting career, Seagal was a well-respected martial artist and instructor in Japan. After moving back to the US, he continued to keep up as a martial artist but also dabbled in acting, making appearances in several major films.
Seagal has always given off the air of a guy you would not want to mess with, so it makes sense that he’d turn to law enforcement at some point. At one point, he served in the cermonial title as reserve deputy sheriff for a police department in Louisiana.
13. Sarah Michelle Gellar
This vampire hunter is still slaying the acting world but she has also ventured out into her other passions. Like cooking! Gellar co-founded her own startup called Foodstirs, an e-commerce and food crafting brand that sells baking kits for children.
In 2017 Gellar co-authored a cookbook called Stirring up Fun with Food which helps make cooking food a family event and include your kids. She admits that she didn’t always used to be good at cooking but has learned that cooking as a family helps bring everyone together. Gellar has been married to Freddie Prinze Jr. for over 15 years now and the couple has two children together so they must be doing something right.
14. Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice first rose to prominence as a rapper and television personality in 1985. Since then, he has continued to make notable marks on pop culture. But lesser known is the influence he has achieved in the real estate industry over the years.
His aim is simple: he buys homes that show promise, renovates them, and then sells them for a higher amount. He has been doing this for several years and has made quite a decent stash of cash in the process. He still continues to succeed in this arena, which led him to step back into the spotlight with his own reality tv show on HGTV called The Vanilla Ice Project.
15. Peter Ostrum
In 1971, Peter Ostrum dazzled audiences as Charlie Bucket in the hit film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. He was 12 at the time and seemed to have an auspicious acting career ahead of him. He even had the option to sign a three-year film contract. However, Ostrum ultimately decided that an actor’s life was not for him in the long run.
As it turned out, Ostrum had a real affinity for animals, horses in particular. He went on to receive a degree from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. To this day, he enjoys a fruitful career as a veterinarian, mostly dealing with horses, but cattle as well.
16. Gary Dourdan
Actor Gary Dourdan is mostly known for his portrayal of Warrick Brown on the popular CSI series. Appearing on the show for 8 years, fans were completely in shock when Dourdan’s character got killed off in the beginning of season 9. He also participated in several video games made after the popular franchise.
CSI was far from Dourdan’s only acting job, however–in fact, he’s been an in show business since 1991, and even had a recurring role in the popular Cosby Show spinoff, A Different World. Nowadays, after a few run-ins with the law, Dourdan still acts here and there, and also collects classic cars. He’s also an occasional DJ.
17. Helen Hunt
Acadermy award winning actress Helen Hunt’s career started at the early age of 10. As a child actress, Hunt appeared on a number of TV shows throughout the 1970s, including The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Swiss Family Robinson.
Later on, Hunt starred in a number of well recieved TV shows and films, including the memorable Mad About You, Twister and As Good as It Gets, for which she recieved an Oscar. Nowadays, Hunt is keeping busy behind cameras as a producer, with her own production company, Hunt/Tavel Productions.
18. Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman first stepped into the spotlight on the hit sitcom Parks and Recreation, playing the manly-man Ron Swanson. He himself received much praise for his role on the show, even going on to win a Television Critics Association Award. He also played Karl Weathers in the series Fargo.
While he still works as an actor, Nick Offerman has also found a rewarding side job as a carpenter, similar to his Parks and Recreation character. Specifically, he enjoys crafting boats, canoes, and miscellaneous furniture. He creates so many different beautiful pieces, many of which can be found at his Los Angeles shop called Offerman Woodshop.
19. Barbi Benton
Barbara Lynn Klein, AKA Barbi Benton, has had a pretty outstanding career in show business. Known for being a Playboy Bunny extraordinaire, the doe-eyed beauty appeared on several TV shows, including Hee Haw, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat and most notably, Playboy After Dark.
On top of her TV experience, Benton also acted in a number of movies and recorded five albums. Currently, the ex-bunny leads a more private life. She has two kids with husband George Gradow, a real estate developer, and works as an interior decorator.
20. Sharona Alperin
Remember ‘My Sharona’? Sharona Alperin certainly does! The Knack lead vocalist, Doug Fieger, penned the lyrics for the 1979 classic after his girlfriend at the time, 17-year-old Sharona Alperin. They dated for four years, inspiring Fieger to write a number of songs after his new found muse.
Nowadays, Sharona Alperin is a successful LA realtor, specializing in finding homes for people working in the entertainment field. According to her website, MySharona.com, being immortalized in the Knack’s hit song gave her a profound understanding of the entertainer’s mind. field
21. Danielle Fishel
As Topanga in the hit ’90s sitcom Boy Meets World, Danielle Fishel has always given off an air of confidence that proclaims that she is capable of just about anything. After the series ended, she went on to pursue something quite different.
She served as the host of the satirical news show The Dish. Additionally, she presently reports for PopSugar and even helps manage its YouTube channel called “PopSugar Girls Guide”. Most recently, she has revived her character Topanga on the Disney Channel spin-off series, Girl Meets World.
22. Liam Gallagher
English singer and songwriter Liam Gallagher is best known from the ’90s rock band Oasis. While his brother Noel wrote most of the songs, Gallagher was nonetheless lauded for the energy he brought to the band as its frontman. In 2010, a reader poll ranked him as the best frontman of all time.
But there is more to him than a great voice and distinct image. After Oasis began to crumble beneath the weight of internal turmoil, Gallagher had to find a new way to stay afloat. Thus, he established his own line of clothing called Pretty Green, which is still going strong today.
23. Roseanne Barr
All throughout the ’90s, Roseanne Barr played the hilarious mom in the self-titled sitcom Roseanne. She maintained a certain coarseness that nicely contrasted the picture-perfect families so many sitcoms aimed to portray at the time. Even out of character, she remains bold and ambitious.
Today, Barr is mostly known for being vocal and politically active. In the 2012 presidential elections, she was the candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party. With a national pool of 67,000, she impressively came in 6th place overall. She continues to stick firm to her views and fancies herself something of a politician.
24. Jon Gosselin
You may remember Jon Gosselin from the TLC reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8. Usually, he sat quiet at his wife’s side during interviews. When it came time to interact with his children, he was involved, appeared genuine and loving, but still appeared to be a bit camera shy. He and Kate ultimately divorced in 2009.
Since the emotionally-draining divorce, Gosselin has worked a number of random jobs. For a while, he installed solar panels. After that, he worked as a waiter until he established himself as a DJ, scoring multiple gigs in his hometown. Most shockingly, in April 2017, he appeared in an Atlantic City strip show called “Untamed Male Revue.”
25. Chris Owen
Chris Owen is best known as “The Sherminator” in the American Pie film franchise. In fact, he is the only actor from the films to appear in all American-Pie-related projects, including those that never made it to theaters. Even so, Chris Owen has not had much acting experience outside these very popular films.
Since the last film in the franchise wrapped, he has continued to live in Los Angeles, but for a time was also working as a waiter at a top-tier sushi restaurant. He has not totally given up on his acting career and continues to act on and off.
26. Lark Voorhies
Lark Voorhies disappeared from TV screens after her stint as Lisa Turtle on Saved by the Bell from 1989 to 1993. She has appeared in a few small roles now and then but nowhere near the magnitude of her early years.
After she left Hollywood behind Voorhies became a self-published author. To date, she has published three books: Reciprocity, Trek of the Cheshire, and A True Light. Before getting into writing, the Saved by the Bell starlet dabbled in the music industry. She appeared in a few music videos and was part of a girl group called the X-Girls.
27. Ariana Richards
Ever since the late ’80s, Ariana Richards was a child actress worth watching. She appeared in such films as Tremors, Prancer, and most notably, Jurassic Park. She received much positive attention for her work, racking up several Young Artist Awards along the way. However, she ultimately decided to pursue a different type of art.
Specifically, Ariana Richards became a full-time painter. In 2001, she graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in Fine Arts and Drama in hand. She went on to continue her education at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Today, she keeps creating as an artist but has also once more begun to make appearances as an actress from time to time.
28. Tommy Rettig
In the ’50s, he was the adorable boy whose sidekick was the ubiquitous Lassie. After Lassie, he went on to star in a teen drama called Never Too Young, alongside Tony Dow. But like many young stars on this list, Tommy Rettig did not wish to shoulder the responsibilities of an actor forever.
As an adult, he found work as a computer software engineer. While he enjoyed his work, he often found it difficult to shake his identity as the boy from Lassie. He gave motivational speeches from time to time, but stuck to his true calling, working with computers. He did this up until his death in 1996.
29. Mackenzie Rosman
For several years, Mackenzie Rosman portrayed character Ruthie Camden in the long-running hit series 7th Heaven. After practically growing up on the show, the actress was out of steam. Although she picked up a couple minor roles afterward, she has found satisfaction in endeavors outside acting.
Specifically, Rosman has become something of an active and devout philanthropist. While she has been vocal about her passion for multiple causes, she is most involved as the national honorary chairwoman for Curefinders, a fundraising program that helps children living with cystic fibrosis. Rosman was inspired to pursue this cause after watching her stepsister endure the disease. Because of her hard work, she was recognized by Teen People as one of the “20 Teens Who Will Change the World.”
30. Jonathan Bennett
In 2004, the movie Mean Girls hit theaters and became a quick favorite. Lindsay Lohan perhaps stole the spotlight as Cady. However, many could not help being drawn to the very dreamy character of Aaron Samuels, played by Jonathan Bennett. Where is Bennett today?
Since his big role in Mean Girls, Bennett has done a lot. He appeared in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 is currently the charismatic host of the Food Network’s hit competition show, Cake Wars. But Bennett has also found something else to do apart from acting: he works as a spin class instructor at a fitness studio called Flywheels in Los Angeles.
31. Maia Brewton
Maia Brewton’s acting career took off throughout the ’80s and ’90s. She starred in the 1987 box office hit Adventures in Babysitting and spent three seasons on the Fox sitcom Parker Lewis Can’t Lose. Despite her childhood success as an actress, Brewton has since gone on to other things.
Shortly after finishing up her stint on Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Maia Brewton enrolled at Yale University, where she eventually graduated with a degree in drama. Like many other actors on this list, the actress currently works as a lawyer.
32. Leanna Creel
Leanna Creel is a triplet and as a result has enjoyed an acting career with her two sisters Joy and Monica. The trio acted in a number of made-for-TV movies. However, she might be best known for her solo role as Tori in the ’90s sitcom Saved by the Bell.
However, with time, Creel learned that she liked being behind the camera more. Thus, with degrees from UCLA in hand, she got to work producing her first film in 1994. Four years later, she established her own production company called Ignite Entertainment. Today, she is still going strong with Creel Studio, another production company focusing on travel and food content.
33. Brittany Ashton Holmes
When she was younger, Brittany Ashton Holmes enjoyed a successful but short-lived career as an actress. She is perhaps best known for her portrayal of the cheeky Darla in the 1994 film version of The Little Rascals. After 1996, at the age of 7, she left her acting career.
Today, Holmes lives a much quieter life and she could not be happier. She is a college student hard at work, hoping to obtain a degree in political science. She works as a barista and seems to enjoy her current pace of life.
34. Josh Saviano
Unlike many of the actors you will read about on this list, Josh Saviano has bowed out of Hollywood for good. But never fear; the former star from the hit comedy The Wonder Years has earned quite the cushy living in a whole different world, one that offers its own level of prestige.
After living out his success on The Wonder Years, Saviano enrolled as a student at Yale University, from which he eventually graduated with a degree in political science. After working as a paralegal for some time after graduation, he decided to pursue law school. Thus, he enrolled at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Ever since then, he has seen great success as a lawyer. In 2013, he left a coveted position at Morrison Cohen LLP and has since been working tirelessly on his own law-related projects, which appear to be rewarding to him.
35. Jeff Cohen
Jeff Cohen played the adorably chubby character Chunk in the 1985 film The Goonies. And while that role certainly helped shape him as an actor and established him as a talent worth watching, acting was just not meant to be a long-term career. He did not like being the token fat-kid actor. He worked hard to change his image. In high school, he became a football star and eventually shed a considerable amount of weight.
After high school, Cohen went on to pursue a degree at Berkeley, where he was deeply involved on campus. After college, Cohen still had other plans: law school. Thus, he enrolled at the UCLA School of Law. He has managed to establish quite the career for himself and continues to thrive in law today.
36. Taran Noah Smith
Most will probably recognize him as Mark from the ’90s sitcom Home Improvement. At the time of assuming the role in the show, Taran Noah Smith was just 7. By the time the show came to a halt, he was 16—and thoroughly finished with acting. He wanted to seek out a new identity.
In 2001, when he was only 17, he married a woman named Heidi van Pelt, who was 33 at the time. She was a vegan, and Smith soon found himself engrossed in the plant-based way of life. That led to the establishment of a brand of vegan cheese products, called Playfood. The two have since gone through a messy divorce and last that was heard of him, he was that he was volunteering with an art organization and working as a captain of charter boats. He has also reportedly quit acting for good.
37. George Foreman
George Foreman is a professional boxing legend. He won an Olympic gold medal and has been called the eight greatest heavyweight boxer of all time by the International Boxing Research Organization. After he quit boxing, he became a household name for a very different reason, grilling!
Foreman started promoting the George Foreman Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine which has to date sold over 100 million units. The appliance maker reportedly wanted Foreman to be the promoter due to his healthy eating habits. The grills are so popular it is estimated that Foreman has made around $200 million from the endorsement.
38. Charlie Korsmo
Charlie Korsmo, who viewers may have seen in films such as Hook and Can’t Hardly Wait, is another actor who turned toward a life of law and he was built quite an impressive career outside the limelight of Hollywood. He earned a degree in Physics from MIT before going on to earn a law degree from Yale.
Several years ago, former President Barack Obama invited him to be part of the US Senate’s Committee of Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Today, Charlie Korsmo holds a respectable position as professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
39. Michael Maronna
Many nostalgic ’90s kids will probably recognize Michael Maronna instantly from the popular Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete and Pete. On the show, he played Big Pete. He also played Jeff McAllister in the 1990 hit Home Alone and its sequel.
However, Maronna has since managed to establish a different sort of career for himself. He currently works as an electrician and has assisted on the sets of such projects as Nurse Jackie, Notorious, and Sex and the City. So, while we may not see him on screen anymore, he has remained deeply connected with Hollywood and helps keep its lights twinkling.
40. Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron became a household name during his time with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves. He shocked the world when he broke Babe Ruth’s home run record, despite all the hate and death threats he received for it. After his professional baseball career, he moved on to have some pretty normal jobs.
Aaron now owns his own BMW dealership in south Atlanta called Hank Aaron BMW. He also owns a number of other dealerships throughout Georgia and at least 30 restaurants. He reportedly gives out a signed baseball with every car he sells.
41. Jack Gleeson
Poor Jack Gleeson became the object of everyone’s hatred as the evil King Joffrey Baratheon on the HBO hit show Game of Thrones. After his character was murdered off the series (to everyone’s delight) he stated that he had permanently retired from acting.
Gleeson has since moved on to the world of academia. He studies philosophy and theology at Trinity College in Dublin. He now runs his own touring theatre company called Collapsing Horse. The company debuted with a puppet show called Bears in Space.
42. Dylan Sprouse
Dylan Sprouse and his brother Cole first hit the screens in the Adam Sandler comedy Big Daddy. After that, they went on to star in the Disney Channel original series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. The show eventually spawned a spin-off series called The Suite Life on Deck.
Just recently, Dylan Sprouse and his brother graduated from New York University, where they thrived both socially and academically. While his brother Cole has gone back to acting, Dylan has found his niche as a premier brewmaster. Just this year, he opened his own brewery in Brooklyn, which features his signature mead-based beverage inspired by Game of Thrones. This venture actually began when he was still a student living in the dorms at NYU.
43. Nikki Blonsky
Nikki Blonsky became an instant favorite in the 2007 film Hairspray. In the movie, Blonsky portrayed Tracy Turnblad, a bubbly teen who loved to dance. After enjoying the success of Hairspray, Blonsky continued to pick up gigs in Hollywood. However, she knew that she would realistically need to do something else in order to earn a steady income.
That’s when she turned to cosmetology. Whether she expected to get serious about this sort of career path or not, Blonsky has turned out to be quite the makeup guru and hairdresser, both stable jobs she holds down part-time in her hometown of Great Neck, New York.
44. Lyle Preslar
Lyle Preslar is another fine example of a celebrity turned successful lawyer. However, Preslar stands out from the rest in that he was a musician rather than an actor. He was a remarkable addition to the ’80s punk band Minor Threat, in which he played guitar and wrote many songs. He has been consistently praised for his impeccable technique on the guitar.
However, sometimes even the most unruly of punks tire out and need a change of pace, a new path to follow. Presnar decided that his best bet would be to pursue a career in law. As a result, he enrolled at the Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., and today practices law in New York.
45. Jason Zimbler
Jason Nimbler earned his big break when he starred on Nickelodeon’s popular ’90s show Clarissa Explains It All. He acted alongside Melissa Joan Hart, who was of course the star of the show. But while Hart continued to thrive as an actress, her on-screen little brother seemed to have faded from the spotlight.
It turns out that Jason Zimbler ended up doing pretty well for himself and is still going strong. In 1998, he finished his studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with two degrees: a bachelors in Business and a Master’s in Theater Directing. He is still prospering in the entertainment industry, only as a software designer rather than as an actor.
46. Mercedes Lander
In 1996, Mercedes Lander made a name for herself as drummer and singer of Canadian metal band Kittie. While the band is still going strong, it has been put on hold for a while so that some of its members could pursue other things.
Lander took that time to obtain her real estate license and has since made quiet the career out of being an investor. Her strategy is much like that of fellow star-turned -real-estate-investor Vanilla Ice: she finds houses that have potential, gets them into top shape, and then sells them for as much as she can get. The majority of her real estate work takes place in London, Ontario.
47. Rick Moranis
Actor and comedian Rick Moranis is world-famous for his performances. He appeared in hit Hollywood classics such as Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Little Shop of Horrors and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. But after his wife tragically died, his priorities changed. Moranis left Hollywood to spend more time with his two children.
“I’m a single parent and I just found that it was too difficult to manage to raise my kids and to do the traveling involved in making movies. So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn’t miss it,” the former actor said.
48. Michael Schoeffling
Michael Schoeffling saw a modest but still respectable acting career that spanned from the ’80s to the beginning of the ’90s. He is perhaps best known for his roles in Mermaids, Vision Quest, and Sixteen Candles. However, eventually he faded from the spotlight.
The actor said he knew he would have to find a new career if he wanted to support a family. Thus, Michael Schoeffling turned to a lucrative career as a carpenter. He even started his own woodworking shop. There, he crafts detailed furniture and puts a great deal of passion and effort into every piece he makes.
49. Jennie Garth
Jennie Garth, better known by some as her character Kelly Taylor, got her first acting role on the series Growing Pains. She appeared in only one episode but starting catching the eye of casting directors all over Hollywood. She went on to star as a main character on Beverly Hills, 90210.
Garth starred in 292 episodes of the hit series and an additional 20 episodes on the fourth franchise of the show, 90210. She has since shied away from Hollywood to launch her own business called MomGiftBox.com, “an online subscription box of products to indulge, inspire and pamper moms with every purchase benefiting a charity.”
50. Tiffany Darwish
Tiffany Darwish, better known as just Tiffany, was a teen icon who was very popular during the late 80s and early 90s. She even had a hit album and single that reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and 200 charts!
Since her heyday things have calmed down a bit for Tiffany. She has appeared in a few reality TV shows but her job these days is more her business. She owns a boutique vintage in East Nashville and is a self-proclaimed shopaholic.
51. Danny Lloyd
Danny Lloyd got his big break in 1980, when he starred in the highly acclaimed Stanley Kubrick film The Shining, playing that infamously eerie little boy called Danny Torrance. Although he was just six at the time, he was lauded for the great acting performance.
That said, acting is just not something Danny Lloyd wished to pursue seriously as an adult. He found the world of acting much less inviting to him by the time he reached his teens. Instead, he became a teacher. In 2007, he found a position as a biology professor at a community college in Louisville, Kentucky and has been avidly teaching ever since.
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