Haven’t we all daydreamed about the day we are finally rich, famous, and successful? However, fame might not be all it’s cut out to be. Otherwise, why would there be celebrities who want to opt out of the spotlight and return to a life of normalcy instead? We bet it has something to do with the overwhelming pressure, attention, and schedule associated with fame. It truly gives us a new perspective on what fame looks like. Let’s see which celebrities decided the glamorous lifestyle was not for them!
Back in the 80’s, Kirk Cameron became a big star when he starred in Growing Pains. His performance on the hit show gave him two Golden Globe nominations! However, he wanted to do something else with his life after the show was canceled. Interestingly, he started working on his faith instead. At the moment, he is active in the evangelical church and hosts a show centered on his beliefs.
There is no denying the fact that Mara Wilson was a great child actress. Even at a tender age, she managed to wow us all in Mrs. Doubtfire, A Simple Wish, and Matilda. While she had a great time back then, it was not what she wanted to do with her life. Mara instead started writing and doing philanthropist work. Back in 2016, the former child star released a book about her experience in the industry. Nowadays, she works for a non-profit named Publicolor, an organization that aims to provide disadvantaged children a way to access the arts.
Danica McKellar was the actress who portrayed Winnie Cooper in the television show, The Wonder Years. She is also the beauty and brains in real life – she even graduated from UCLA with Latin honors! Interestingly, her calling lies in mathematics. Yup, she has even written a couple of books on the topic and launched a math show of her own. How cool is that? Our crush on her just got bigger!
We all learned about Frank Muniz when he starred in the family sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. The actor’s performance was well-received by both critics and fans. In fact, he went on to be nominated for two Golden Globe and an Emmy nominations for it! Nice. He later pursued race car driving. This is what keeps him busy these days and based on his awards, he’s apparently good at it!
Andrea Barber is best known as Kimmy on Full House. At the present, she continues to act and you can even watch her on the Netflix reboot of the show! Aside from her acting career, she has also made a name for herself in academia. She got her bachelor’s degree in English from Whittier College before proceeding to attend the University of York. The actress also worked as Whittier’s director of international studies for several years.
Remember Topanga from Boy Meets World? We bet you do! Danielle Fishel was the actress who portrayed the character in the 90’s show. She later worked as a reporter for The Dish and Popsugar. Recently, however, she has gone back to the small screen to reprise her character in Girl Meets World, the Disney spin-off series.
Freddie Prinze Jr.
Freddie Prinze Jr. was definitely in the running for the hottest hunk during the turn of the century. He appeared in many high school films like Cruel Intentions and I Know What You Did Last Summer. In 2002, he tied the knot with Sarah Michelle Gellar and the couple eventually fell in love with cooking. He even dropped acting altogether and published a cookbook of his own!
It is fascinating to learn that Tony Danza was a professional boxer prior to his successful acting career! However, we daresay it is more impressive to find out that he became an education activist once Who’s The Boss was cancelled. He is the creator and star of the reality TV show, Teach: Tony Danza. It focused on him as he taught an English class in a high school in Philadelphia. He wanted to show everyone what the American education system is like and how much better we need to treat our teachers.
Lucy Liu’s breakthrough would be her appearance in Ally McBeal. Her talent was recognized when she received a Primetime Emmy nomination for it! Acting aside, she is passionate about the visual arts. She makes her own artwork and occasionally donates it to charity.
With hit movies like The Mask and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective under his belt, there is no way you do not know who Jim Carrey is. He is still active in Hollywood, though he recently took a break in order to pursue painting. He even held an exhibit at a gallery located in Las Vegas!
Steven Seagal was the first foreigner who operated an aikido dojo in Japan! Learning the martial art is already impressive enough on its own and this title takes it to another level. He eventually returned to Los Angeles and taught martial arts there. In 1988, he made a name for himself when he appeared in Above the Law. He starred in other successful names before he left the industry altogether. Personally, we find it incredibly fitting that he went into law enforcement. He actually works as a reserve deputy sheriff in Louisiana and we can’t think of anything more suitable.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Someone like Sarah Michelle Gellar of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer fame is not easily forgotten. Aside from the popular show, she also appeared in teen movies like Cruel Intentions. She married her former leading man Freddie Prinze Jr. and they discovered a new love in cooking together. She’s the co-founder of the startup Foodstirs which makes baking kits for kids.
Man, “Ice, Ice, Baby” might just be the catchiest song ever made. Vanilla Ice is the culprit behind this hit song! Aside from his music career, he also appeared in reality TV programs. These days, he is in the real estate business. If you wish to see the rapper flipping homes, make sure to check out his show titled The Vanilla Ice Project.
Peter Ostrum had the opportunity of a lifetime when he was cast to play Charlie in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. While it was undeniably an iconic role, his passion lies somewhere else. The former child star was an animal lover and he decided to make it official. He enrolled at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. These days, he works as a vet and primarily takes care of horses and cattle.
Gary Dourdan made a name for himself when he portrayed Warrick Brown on CSI for an impressive 8 years. Much to the disappointment of fans, his character was killed off in season 9. He is now a DJ and a collector of classic cars.
Helen Hunt started working in show business as a child star, though her career exceeded her childhood. As an adult in the industry, she managed to land impressive roles and delivered impeccable performances. She even earned an Academy Award and nominations for other prestigious awards! She now works as a producer, however. She is the owner of the production house, Hunt/Travel Productions.
There are many great things about Parks and Recreation and Ron Swanson was one of them. Nick Offerman was superb in this role! Aside from acting, he works as a carpenter as well. Can you imagine him making boats and other things? We certainly can.
Do you remember the beautiful Barbi Benton? You probably do since she appeared on the cover of the Playboy magazine a total of four times! She began modeling when she was just 16 years old! Aside from modeling, she also did some work as a singer and an actress. Now semi-retired from the entertainment world, she is busy working in real estate in California.
“My Sharona” is another hit song that everyone has heard of. It was composed by Doug Fieger for Sharona Alperin. Apparently, they were an item for 4 years before they broke up. Sharona is now a realtor in Los Angeles. It’s not surprising to hear she has many clients from show business!
Cote de Pablo
Cote de Pablo cemented herself in the entertainment industry when she starred on the popular television show NCIS in the role of Ziva David. The Chilean-American actress and singer sustained various injuries on the set of the show. In 2016, she decided to go on a break from acting and now leads a peaceful life in Los Angeles.
Ah, how can we ever forget about Jessie Spano of Saved by the Bell? Aside from the iconic character, Elizabeth Berkley also starred in other big screen and stage productions such as Showgirls. She has since gone into writing and she published Ask Elizabeth, a self-help book, in 2011.
We bet you have rarely heard of an actual comedian turned politician! Al Franken started out as a terrific actor and writer on SNL before moving into public service. He won the Minnesota senatorial seat in 2009 and later again in 2014. Good job, Al!
Do you remember Liam Gallagher of Oasis? Together with the band, the singer-songwriter achieved a lot of things. Apart from music, he began Pretty Green, his own clothing line. It’s doing pretty well, if you wanted to know!
Roseanne Bar earned household name status for starring in ABC’s Roseanne. Nowadays, she is busier with politics than with acting. In 2012, she actually made a bid for the presidential seat as the candidate of the Peace and Freedom Party. In the most recent presidential elections, she supported Donald Trump. You might have seen her in various TV shows discussing her political views and opinions.
Remember Jon of Jon and Kate Plus 8? Well, we’re sorry to inform you that the pair broke up in 2009. Jon has been doing odd jobs to keep himself afloat since then. Luckily, he was able to pursue his passion for music. He is currently a DJ based in Atlantic City, his hometown.
You might remember Chris Owens better as “The Sherminator” of the American Pie films. Did you know he was the only member of the cast to appear in all the franchise’s installments? He now works at a fancy sushi joint as a waiter.
On Saved by the Bell, Lark Voorhies brought the character Lisa Turtle to life. She also took on other minor roles after the show wrapped up, though writing proved to be her passion. She has 3 books published under her name!
Do you remember Lex Murphy from Jurassic Park? The character was brought to life by none other than Ariana Richards. However, she has since decided that her passion is for the visual arts. She took up her studies at Skidmore College and Art Center College of Design. As a testament to her talent, she won the first prize in the 2005 National Professional Oil Painting Competition. She is now a professional painter. Way to go, Ariana!
Tommy Rettig first became famous when he played Jeff Miller on Lassie. After his stint in the show, he took up his real calling: computers. He went back to school and studied to be a software engineer.
In the family drama 7th Heaven, Mackenzie Rosman played Ruthie Camden. Yup, she started acting at a young age. After the show, she decided to go into a different field: the world of philanthropy! She works with groups that help children with cystic fibrosis. Nice, MacKenzie.
How can we ever forget about Jonathan Bennett when he starred in the wildly popular high school movie Mean Girls? He experienced a great deal of success after playing Aaron Samuels. He starred in Van Wilder: Freshman Year, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, and other projects. He was the host of Cake Wars for a while as well. Nowadays, he instructs spinning classes in LA.
Everyone fell in love with Maia Brewton when she portrayed Sara Anderson in Adventures in Babysitting. She went to law school upon realizing that she did not want to act for the rest of her life. Brewton is now a practicing lawyer.
Did you know Saved by the Bell actress Leanna Creel is actually a triplet? Anyway, she got into production in the year 1994. A couple of years after that, she launched her production company, Ignite Entertainment. She and Rinat Greenberg tied the knot on June 17, 2008. The couple has been blessed with a pair of sons.
Brittany Ashton Holmes
Brittany Ashton Holmes made it big when she played Darla in The Little Rascals. She had a short-lived career in the industry, though this is because she realized she did not want to continue acting as an adult. She is now working as a barista and studying for a political science degree.
Josh Saviano became a familiar face to TV viewers when he portrayed Paul Joshua Pfeiffer on The Wonder Years. However, he does not plan on making a proper acting comeback. When the show wrapped up, he ended up going to Yale and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at the prestigious institution. After this, he got a law degree from Cardozo. The former actor worked at Morrison Cohen LLP and became a partner before he left to start his consulting company.
Remember Chunk from The Goonies? The actor Jeff Cohen apparently got into shape after the film and eventually joined the football team in his high school. After graduation, he went to UC Berkeley for undergrad and then UCLA for law school. The former child star currently practices law.
Taran Noah Smith
Home Improvement was a sitcom that ran for 8 years! Taran Noah Smith was in it as Marcus “Mark” Jason Taylor. He and Heidi van Pelt became man and wife in 2001. Like her, he decided to go vegan. The couple also established Playfood, a line of vegan cheese products. They divorced in 2007, and he has not shown any signs of returning to show business.
George Foreman has experienced a tremendous amount of success in his boxing career. After his retirement, he introduced the George Foreman Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine. He has sold more than 100 million units for more than $200 million! Man, can you imagine being that rich?
Charlie Korsmo is best remembered for his performance in productions like Hook and Can’t Hardly Wait. When he made the decision to quit acting, he went to MIT and Yale for his undergrad and law degree respectively. Over the years, he worked for the government and practiced law. Nowadays, he is a professor of law at the School of Law in Case Western Reserve University.