Ever wonder where the celebrities from your favorite movies and shows from the past are today? Sometimes celebrities seem to disappear into thin air.
You’d never guess which actors ended up working as lawyers, a food server, or a mathematician. In any case, having a normal job is bound to hit the majority of celebrities at some point in their lives.
McKellar played Winnie Cooper, the main love interest of Kevin Arnold on The Wonder Years. After the show ended, McKellar took a break from acting to attend college. She graduated summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from UCLA. She then enrolled in graduate school, and in 2005, she received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago.
Her enthusiasm for math inspired McKellar to start a website, which she used to give tween and teen girls advice about math. In 2007, she published Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail. The book was so popular that McKellar was encouraged to write an entire series.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
He was one of the heartthrobs of Home Improvement in the 90s and the voice of the young Simba in the movie The Lion King.
Although we’ve seen him as a guest star on several shows, he’s chosen to make a safe move and pursue his education. Who knows, maybe he’ll come back to acting.
This one-hit wonder can’t walk around without people singing “Ice Ice Baby.” He’s probably really annoyed about that too. He also dropped his alias goes by his birth name Robert “Rob” Van Winkle.
When his musical career didn’t work out, he went on to flipping houses. He plans on building a real estate empire.
Bynes was hugely successful as a child star on Nickelodeon’s All That and even had her own, The Amanda Show She starred in preteen movies such as What a Girl Wants, Hairspray, and Easy A.
At one point, Bynes life took a dark turn. She began struggling with substance abuse issues. She realized her life is better out of the limelight. She has since gotten her life together and is now pursuing a career in fashion.
Tony Danza, the star of Taxi and Who’s The Boss is one of those names everyone knows but might have forgotten about.
Since he walked away from acting, Danza has been working as a high school English teacher in Philadelphia. These days Tony seems content to make appearances on a few talk shows and catching up with old friends at reunions.
Karyn is best known as the character Hilary Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the 1990s. By 2002, she took a 16-year break from acting which gave her time to focus on other passions.
Parsons established the Sweet Blackberry Foundation, and currently serves as president of the nonprofit, which strives to bring untold stories of African-American achievements to a child audience. Since 2005, the foundation has produced three illustrated shorts and has a fourth in the works.
Chris was well known for his role in the American Pie movies. The good news was that the film became a classic.
The bad news is that no one can take him seriously in other roles. His acting career fizzled out and now he’s a waiter in a sushi restaurant.
Freddie Prinze Jr.
Freddie is well known for starring in movies She’s All That, I know what You did last summer, and the Scooby-Doo movies. After acting got old, he took on cooking; as a result, he wrote a few cookbooks that created a large following.
He still does some voice-over acting on the side to bring in some cash flow. He is happy with life at home, still married to Sarah Michelle Geller whom he met on the set of I Know What You Did Last Summer. He also starred with her in Scooby-Doo.
Josh starred as Paul from The Wonder Years. His looks lead people to believe that he grew up to be Marilyn Manson… but that’s really not true.
He and Manson lead totally different lives. Josh is a corporate lawyer while Marilyn Manson claims to be possessed by the devil on stage.
The famous star of Malcolm in the Middle appeared in multiple movies in the 2000s. He even dated the celebrity pop star Hillary Duff which gave him total street cred in the Disney community.
Now, he’s a manager of a band called Astro Lasso. However, he was also on Dancing With the Stars not too long ago. Maybe he’ll be back on the red carpet soon enough.
The gorgeous star from The Breakfast Club and The Mighty Ducks had his moments of superstardom.
Although we thought he would move on to bigger and better roles, he ended up quitting acting. He’s still in the Hollywood scene but this time around he’s a writer and a producer.
Kirk was a teen heartthrob of the 1980s with his role as Mike Seaver on the popular TV series Growing Pains, for which he was nominated for two Golden Globes.
He ditched the acting career and became a fundamentalist, Christian.
he co-founded The Firefly Foundation with his wife, former actress, Chelsea Noble. His is the father to six children, four of whom have been adopted.
Nikki held the starring role in the musical movie, Hairspray in 2007. Though people thought her acting, singing, and dancing would be enough for the entertainment world, it was her hair that landed her a job.
She currently works as a hairstylist in Great Neck, New York. Not Bad and kind of ironic,.
Cohen is most famously known as Chunk from the movie The Goonies.Like most child actors, he decided this was not the life for him.
Cohen hit the books and busted his butt in law school. He’s working as a lawyer in Los Angeles now.
Cates is best known for her role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High in 1982. She’s now living a quiet life in New York City as a mom and a small business boutique owner.
Her store called Blue Tree Shop opened in 2005, is located in the city’s Carnegie Hill neighborhood, on Manhattan’s prestigious Upper East Side.
Mike Vitar is widely known as Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez in the Movie The Sandlot. If you haven’t seen it, stop what you’re doing and get to watching.
The child star decided to take on a career that would surely contribute to society. He is now suited up working as a fireman in LA.
Brittany Ashton Holmes
Holmes is famous for her role as Darla in the 90’s remake-film of The Little Rascals. Her cuteness landed her a couple of spots on TV here and there but the fame didn’t last.
Brittany went on to live a normal life and pursued a degree in Political Science.
During the 90s, Andrew Keegan reigned as a teen heartthrob in movies like Ten Things I Hate About Youand the television series 7th Heaven. Today Keegan has put the acting business behind him and co-founded Full Circle Venice, a spiritual community center in Los Angeles.
Keegan is there to help them achieve spiritual enlightenment. The website claims that Full Circle’s goal is to help the “mind, body, and soul by empowering people from all beliefs and backgrounds to be the brightest versions of themselves.”
Geoffrey first starred on the Cosby Show in 1985 as Elvin Tibideaux, Sondra Huxtable’s boyfriend from married Sondra and became a regular character in 1987 and appeared on the series until it ended in 1992.
He taught acting before working part-time check out clerk at Trader Joes grocery store to make ends meet. He was captured on camera by a shopper with the intention to job shame the retired actor.
Geena is best known for her role in 1991’s Thelma & Louise, a film she said changed her life and “A League of Their Own.” The actress took a break from Hollywood to focus on improving the portrayal of women in the media.
Davis founded Geena Davis on Gender Media. She realized the importance of the female representation in children’s shows, as these representations can impact how young girls see themselves. The Institute targets the entertainment industry rather than the public and seeks to increase diversity in casting and advocates for equal representation of women in media
Ostrum was 12 years old when he was selected by talent agents in 1971 for the role of Chalie for the movie Willy Wonka. Ostrum became interested in horses when he returned from shooting the film and was particularly influenced by the veterinarian that tended to them.
He turned down the opportunity to star in sequels for the movie and retired from acting indefinitely. He went on to receive his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Cornell University of veterinary medicine in 1984. He is now a practicing veterinarian in New York.
Michael is Best known for his role as the heartthrob Jake Ryan in the 1984 teen movie, Sixteen Candles alongside Molly Ringwald. He walked away from Hollywood and retired from acting in 1991.
He changed his focus to raising kids and focusing on carpentry. He is the owner of a woodworking shop and produces handcrafted furniture from his home.
Hayden Christensen is best known for his portrayal of Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels. After film success, Christensen purchased a farm outside of Toronto Canada in early 2008 and started working on his own farm teaching himself about agriculture.
He later started a production company with his brother called Glacier Films and also teaming up with Montreal-based retailer RW&CO to create a new 20-piece men’s clothing line.
Along with his twin brother Cole, Dylan Sprouse started acting when he was just eight months old. Best known for their hit television series, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
He is now America’s youngest master brewer — according to Interview Magazine — Sprouse co-founded All-Wise Meadery in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he also serves as the CEO.
Angus T. Jones
Another day, another child star eschewing the spotlight. Angus T. Jones is best known as the “half” on the sitcom Two and a Half Men, but after growing up on the screen and becoming a man in his own right, Jones was already ready to retire from acting.
As the once highest-paid child star on TV, and still receiving residuals in his retirement, Jones could start a career from scratch without stressing about breaking the bank. In 2015, Jones announced he’d partnered with Justin Combs (P Diddy’s son) to launch an event planning venture called Tonite.
McGraw, best known for her Academy Award-nominated role in “Love Story,” was a 1970s icon. She ultimately decided that the celebrity lifestyle was just not for her. She left Hollywood in 1994 for a quieter life in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
As she got older, McGraw developed an interest in yoga to keep herself in shape and stave off joint pain. The physical side of it helped her, but she developed more of an interest in the spiritual aspect. Yoga became her obsession, and she wanted to share it with others, this would eventually lead her to become a yoga instructor.
MC Hammer was a superstar in the early 90s with millions of fans. He sang and danced his way to stardom with a series of smash hits, including “U Can’t Touch This” in 1990. MC found God at the lowest point in his life. His music career was struggling, and he was facing bankruptcy.
He felt that all he had to fall back on was his faith, and with that, he became inspired to preach to others. He still refers to himself as ‘MC Hammer,’ but says the ‘MC’ stands for ‘Man of Christ.’ He is now a fully ordained minister, giving regular sermons to people who have no idea they’re in the presence of a rap icon.
Ben Higgins is a former reality star from the 20th season of ABC’s “The Bachelor.” He got his 15 minutes of fame and his shot at love but that didn’t work out so well.
He is now the co-founder of Generous Coffee in Denver and sits on the board of Humanity and Hope United, a nonprofit that aims to serve underprivileged villages in Honduras. He also co-hosts “The Ben & Ashley/ Almost Famous Podcast” with fellow Bachelor alum Ashley Iaconetti.
Mara Wilson was featured in ’90s films such as Mrs. Doubtfire and “Matilda” during her time as a child star. As the years passed and she got older, Wilson found it more difficult to gets jobs. She decided to pursue different interests.
Today, she focuses on her profession as a writer. Wilson is now a full-time author, she was inspired because as she says, “People who act and people who write must have similar brain chemistry because we’re noticing a lot of transitions between the two worlds. I’m sort of in control of my own story and my own narrative. I felt like somebody else was always telling my story or making up stories about me.” She is very happy in this profession now.
Jenny Garth was one of the biggest celebrities of the 1990s when she played Kelly Taylor on TV series Beverly Hills 90210 for all ten seasons. After a decade on the show, Garth was typecast and it was difficult for her to find work elsewhere in Hollywood
Today, she is the owner of an online-based gift subscription service. Her company is called TheGiftBox.com where people pay a subscription and receive boxes of gifts on a monthly basis.
He was the baby-faced star of the Robin Williams movie Hook and won hearts in Can’t Hardly Wait. As with most child stars, finding work in Hollywood became more difficult as he got older. By the time he was an adult, Charles, as he refers to himself, had to make alternative plans for the future.
He studied hard and earned a degree in physics from MIT and then a law degree from Yale. After practicing law for several years, he is now working as a law professor at Case Western Reserve University.
Voorhies is best known for playing rich teen, Lisa Turtle on the NBC sitcom “Saved By the Bell” from 1989 to 1993. She also appeared in soap opera favorites “The Bold and Beautiful” and “Days of Our Lives.”
After stepping away from acting, Lark became an author. She published three books since 2010. Lark also uses her 90’s fame to speak out about her struggle with mental health issues.
Michael is best known for his roles as Big Pete on the classic Nickelodeon series “The Adventures of Pete & Pete” and Kevin McCallister’s older brother in the “Home Alone” movies. Although he is no longer acting he wanted to stay in the entertainment industry.
In fact, he’s on TV and movie sets all the time- he just doesn’t appear in front of the camera. Maronna retrained as an electrician and then combined that new knowledge with his existing knowledge of how sets are rigged for making films and television shows. He’s now a specialist electrician who works behind the scenes of major productions.
The original Jersey Shore cast member Angelina Pivarnick was involved in plenty of drama during her two partial seasons on the hit reality show.
In an interview with Hollywood Life, she admits having regrets about leaving the show but is grateful her departure allowed her to pursue a career helping others. Pivarnick now works as an EMT for the FDNY.
Lloyd’s first and best-known role is that of Danny Torrance in 1980’s the Shining. He was selected for the role due to his ability to maintain his concentration for extended periods. Despite his well-received performance in The Shining, Lloyd retired from acting at the age of ten.
Lloyd – who goes by Dan rather than Danny these days – is a biology professor at a community college in Kentucky. He did work on a farm to pay his way through university. So, no regrets? “No. I don’t regret trying acting. When I decided to stop, I don’t regret that either. At the end of the day, it’s not a huge deal. Well, it is and it isn’t. I still have to grade the tests at school, get the kids to bed. All the regular stuff.”
Lauren (Lo) Bosworth
Teen viewers watched Lauren ‘Lo’ Bosworth grow up in front of the camera. She starred as herself on the MTV hit series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County until 2005, then appeared on The Hills from 2007 to 2010.
She’s traded in reality television to be a serious girl boss. Bosworth founded feminine hygiene brand Love Wellness and runs a lifestyle website called TheLoDown.
She also wrote a book of the same name; it was released in January 2011. In early 2013, she co-founded a party supply company called Revelry House. The site sells fashionable party supplies, recipes, how-to guides and playlists to make hosting a party easier while still being beautiful and professional
Charlie is best known for starring in hits like Wall Street, sitcoms such as Sin City and most notably, Two and a Half Men in which the actor earned $1.8 million per episode. Sheen has openly struggled with alcohol and drug addiction in addition to an HIV positive diagnosis. Since discussing these struggles he has been out of the spotlight since 2017 with only a couple appearances since 2018.
The father of five has been focusing on his sobriety and his children. Sheen doesn’t have any entertainment projects in the works but says he remains optimistic about moving forward with his life and re-entering the workforce.
Born as Austin Lee Russell, he is best known for his appearance in the TV reality series Pawn Stars. Chumlee has been working at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop since he was 21-years-old. That was five years before the show even started airing.
He was good friends with the owner’s son Corey, from an early age and that pretty much secured him a job at the shop. It wasn’t till after the fame that he started venturing into other things. In May 2017, Chumlee opened a candy shop, Chumlee’s Candy on the Boulevard, across the street from the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas.
A decade ago Cameron was one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. Her break out role in 1994’s Mask put her in the Hollywood spotlight. She is most famous for starring in movies such as My Best Friend’s Wedding, Vanilla Sky, and the Charlie’s Angels movies. She also is known for voicing Fiona in the Shrek movies.
Like most people, Cameron Diaz got stressed out from work and wanted to settle down to a more relaxed life. Her last appearance was in the remake of Annie, in 2014. After retiring from acting, she married Benji Madden in 2015 and has published three health, wellness, and antiaging books. Diaz seems more at peace than ever before as she enjoys her private life.
Who could forget the gorgeous Aaron Samuels from Mean Girls? Lindsay Lohan’s character would worship every word he said and hated Regina when she was dating him.
After wrapping up TV series Awkward in 2016, he found himself looking for work wherever he could, guest-starring in a few roles throughout 2017 and 2018. Nonetheless, Jonathan Bennett has moved on from his Mean Girls days and is now a spin class instructor at Flywheels in Los Angeles.
Lisa is best remembered for her roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day. Her last role was in the 2000 film Double Frame. This was her personal choice because she wanted to have a life outside of Hollywood.
Today, she is a happily retired actor, along with being an author, speaker, writing teacher, and yoga instructor. She has written two books, called You Look Like That Girl (2015) and Not Just Me (2017) and regularly contributes to online blogs. She has publicly stated that she has no plans to return to acting.
Taran Noah Smith
Many people remember Taran as the youngest brother on Home Improvement. Hoping to one day become a director, Smith enrolled at the University of Southern California Film Scool. That is where he met and fell in love with his now-wife.
In 2001, Smith was quoted as saying, “I started Home Improvement when I was seven, and the show ended when I was 16. I never had the chance to decide what I wanted to do with my life. When I was 16, I knew that I didn’t want to act anymore.” In 2005, Smith and his then-wife formed a California-based non-dairy cheese manufacturer and restaurant, Playfood, specializing in vegan and organic food.
Jason is best known for his role of Ferguson, Clarissa’s difficult younger brother on Clarissa Explains It All. Yet after the show ended, he seemed to disappear out of the limelight.
After the show, Zimbler went on to study at the University of Notre Dame. He went back to Hollywood but has stayed behind the camera. He now works as a full-time software designer for HBO.
Cote De Pablo
Cote De Pablo is one of our favorite stars we don’t see enough of. She played a Mossad agent in the show “NCIS” and left when she felt her character was not being treated respectfully. This abrupt pause in her acting career allowed her to focus on her real passion, singing.
She traded having her face on the screens to being the voice behind the scenes. One notable singing gig that she landed was recording the background music for the movie 33.
Lucy Liu famously stared in the movie Charlie’s Angels and Kill Bill. She has also appeared in several other movies and shows. She decided to put a hold on acting and pursue her true passion; art.
The gifted artist decided to work on her paintings and she also shows and hosts galleries.
Latrell Sprewell is a professional basketball player who played for the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves from 1992-2005. Sprewell’s career came to an unexpected end in 2005 when he refused a $21-million three-year contract offer from the Timberwolves, which Sprewell implied, “would not be enough to feed his children.”
Sprewell doesn’t have the cleanest reputation. A heated conflict with his coach, P J Carlesimo led to the eventual termination of his contract with the Warriors. His misfortune did not end there. After his basketball career ended, he also lost his yacht and mansion and had to pay back the IRS over $3 million in back taxes. Today he serves as an ambassador for helping young Knicks develop.
After spending the majority of her career in the gym, training for hours working on her artistic routines, traveling the world and tirelessly aiming towards a gold medal. We bet it was a relief for McKayla to finally obtain the gold medal she earned in the 2012 Olympics.
McKayla announced her retirement from gymnastics in 2016, and since then she has made it her mission to have as much fun as possible with her newfound fame, she’s also turned into a huge social media star. Through her social media channels, we have been able to keep up with what she’s doing and how she’s spending this newfound freedom. McKayla is currently working on breaking into the music industry as a singer and released her first single, “Ghost” in 2016.
Hackman is an acting legend. He’s one of the most famous actors in the United States. His IMDB page is about as long as the Odyssey.
He continued to act until the year 2004, and now he’s writing historical fiction novels. An actor with that much experience must be a great storyteller.
After his character was killed off in Game of Thrones, Jack said that he would quit acting. “It was always something I did for recreation with my friends or in the summer for some fun. I enjoyed it.
When you make a living from something, it changes your relationship with it. It’s not like I hate it; it’s just not what I want to do.” He is finishing up his final year at University with plans to pursue a graduates degree.