Once Hollywood Legend, Now They Work Regular Jobs Just Like Us
1. Barbi Benton - Interior Decorator
This doe-eyed beauty was known for being a Playboy Bunny extraordinaire. Benton appeared in several movies and TV shows such as Hee Haw, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat and most notably, Playboy After Dark. Currently, the ex-bunny works as an interior decorator.
2. Lucy Liu - Visual Artist
Lucy Liu rose to stardom for playing Ling Woo in the drama series Ally McBeal. She also appeared as Alex Munday in Charlie's Angels. While enjoying a lucrative acting career, Liu now dabbles in the world of visual art with works spanning from painting to collages.
3. Danica McKellar - Mathematics
Best remembered for her portrayal of the precocious Winnie Cooper in the beloved series The Wonder Years, Winnie Cooper has now shifted from acting to mathematics. Actually, McKellar graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a degree in mathematics. She even published several math books, including "Math Doesn't Suck" and "Hot Algebra Exposed!"
4. Gary Dourdan - Show Business
Gary Dourdan is mainly known for his portrayal of Warrick Brown in the popular CSI series. After the franchise, he also participated in several video games. However, you may not know that Dourdan had been in show business since 1991, and even made an appearance in the popular Cosby Show spinoff, A Different World. Nowadays, Dourdan is an occasional DJ, and he also collects classic cars.
5. Tony Danza - English Teacher
This famous actor and former professional boxer was the star of Taxi and Who's The Boss. Walking away from acting, Danza currently works as a 10th grade English teacher in Philadelphia. During his years of teaching, Danza had a few choice words for the public, most importantly that we owe ALL educators an apology. He even had his teaching career filmed for the A&E reality show Teach: Tony Danza, to bring awareness to the current state of education.
6. Jim Carrey - Painting
This crazily humorous actor rose to fame with hit classics like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber and The Mask in the early 90s. In recent years, Carrey has slowed down his acting career to pursue what he calls "an unstoppable urge" - painting. "There's not a day that goes by that I'm not covered in paint," Carrey confessed. He even has his own solo exhibit at a Las Vegas gallery.
7. Jack Gleeson - Academia
After portraying the evil King Joffrey Baratheon on the hit show Game of Thrones, this poor Irish lad became the object of everyone's hatred. After his character was killed, Gleeson decided to retire from acting permanently, and has since returned to his studies. He now studies philosophy and theology at Trinity College in Dublin. He ultimately wants to be a philosophy professor.
8. Mara Wilson - Writing And Philanthropy
This child actress is remembered for hit movies like Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Miracle on 34th Street. Despite having a promising acting career, Wilson moved instead on to writing and philanthropy. She wrote a book called Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame, telling her child star experiences. Currently, she also works for a nonprofit called Publicolor, devoted to promoting the positive effects of color in schools.
9. Steven Seagal - Deputy Sheriff
This well-respected martial artist was mostly known for his portrayal in films like Under Siege, Above the Law, and Executive Decision. Always giving off the air of a guy you wouldn't want to mess with, Seagal now serves as a New Mexico deputy sheriff, fighting crime for real.
10. Andrea Barber - Education
The lovable nuisance Kimmy Gibbler in the timeless '90s sitcom Full House truly did make deep impression on the hearts of a generation. However, Barber then shied away from acting to attend Whittier College in California. After graduation with a degree in English, she went on with her education at the University of York in the UK. Now Barber serves as the director of the international study program in her alma mater.
11. Peter Ostrum - Veterinarian
The kid who dazzled audiences as Charlie Bucket in the 1971 hit movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory finally decided acting wasn't for him. With a real affinity for animals, Peter went on to receive a degree from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He's now a vet specializing in large animals, horses in particular, in New York.
12. Sarah Michelle Gellar - Cooking
The Buffy the Vampire Slayer star is still slaying the acting world, but she's now mainly dedicated to her other passion - cooking. In 2015, the erstwhile actress co-founded her own startup FoodStirs, selling baking kits for children. In 2017, Gellar co-authored a cookbook entitled Stirring up Fun with Food which helps make cooking a family event.
13. Freddie Prinze Jr. - Chef
Like his wife Sarah Michelle Gellar, this erstwhile teen heartthrob who starred in movies like She's All That and I Know What You Did Last Summer has now transitioned from acting into the food business. In 2016, he released his first cookbook called Back To The Kitchen, described as 75 delicious, real recipes (and true stories) from a food-obsessed actor.
14. Nikki Blonsky - Makeup Artist
Nikki Blonsky quickly became a household name for her portrayal of Tracy Turnblad in the massively popular 2007 film Hairspray. In 2010, she rode the wave of success to star in the ABC Family show Huge. However, Blonsky felt frustrated at the lack of roles for plus-sized women in Hollywood. To make ends meet, she became a makeup artist and hairdresser in a salon.
15. Frankie Muniz - Car Racer
Frankie Muniz became an instant favorite in the '90s for his portrayal of the titular character on the show Malcolm in the Middle. Although he starred in numerous films and shows over his acting career, Frankie shifted gears to become a race car driver. In 2012, he even participated in the Atlantic Championship. However, it was revealed that an accident caused him to suffer severe memory loss in 2016.
16. Roseanne Barr - Political Activist
Throughout the 90s, Roseanne Barr portrayed the hilarious mom in the self-titled sitcom Roseanne. She retained a certain coarseness and was bold and ambitious both in and out of character. Nowadays, Barr is a well-known vocal and political activist. In the 2012 presidential elections, she was ranked 6th of all the candidates for the Peace and Freedom Party.
17. Kirk Cameron - Evangelist
The former Growing Pains star wrapped up his acting career to become a man of faith - an evangelist. Nowadays, he is dedicated to his co-founded ministry The Way of the Master. He also co-hosts an evangelical show of the same name. On occasion, Cameron still lands roles in films, such as Saving Christmas.
18. Danielle Fishel - Host And Reporter
As Topanga in the popular '90s sitcom Boy Meets World, Danielle Fishel has always given off an air of a confident girl that is capable of just about anything. After the series wrapped up, she transitioned to become the host of satirical news show The Dish. Presently, Fishel reports for PopSugar and also helps run its YouTube channel "PopSugar Girls Guide."
19. Jeff Cohen - Lawyer
This adorably chubby Chunk from the classic 80s film The Goonies doesn't have to do the Truffle Shuffle anymore. Disliking being the token fat-kid actor, Cohen eventually became a lawyer in Los Angeles. He is also a founding partner of his own law firm Cohen Gardner LLP in Beverly Hills.
20. Elizabeth Berkley - Writing
Mostly known for her performance on Saved by the Bell and the controversial Showgirls, Elizabeth Berkley appeared in quite a few films, TV shows and stage productions throughout the '90s and '00s. However, she's gradually stepped into writing, and released her first book entitled Ask-Elizabeth in 2011.
21. Ali Macgraw - Yoga Coach
Actress Ali MacGraw is most known for her leading role in Love Story, which earned her a Golden Globe. This model also discovered inner peace through spiritualism. Since retirement, Ali has developed a keen interest in yoga, and has even become a Hatha Yoga instructor. Her bank balances, along with her impressive credit rating, have increased in time.
22. Charlie Korsmo - Law Professor
The former child actor was famous for his roles such as Kid in Dick Tracy in the early 90s. However, Charlie Korsmo later realized that acting was not his cup of tea. As a result, he went to MIT and got a physics degree. Korsmo is now a renowned lawyer and a law professor.
23. Lisa Kudrow - Full Time Mom
Lisa Kudrow was best known for her iconic role as Phoebe Buffay in Friends. Thanks to the long time with the sitcom, Lisa surely has accumulated quite a big amount of money in her savings account. Over the years, she had faded away in the entertainment industry. Married Michael Stern in 1995, Lisa is now a stay-at-home mother to her son.
24. Susan Boyle - Store Manager
The singer's voice surely sends chills down everyone's spine. Susan Boyle started her career in Britain's Got Talent. She then released her first album, Jeanne d'Arc, which broke records. With her early success in music, Boyle undoubtedly has no problem managing her credit score. Nowadays, she is not that active in recording. Rumors have it that she is now working as a store manager while creating her next album.
25. Josh Saviano - Corporate Lawyer
The former child actor got his early success for his starring role in the 80s sitcom, The Wonder Years. However, soon after the series ended, Josh Saviano decided to drift away from the entertainment industry. He went to Yale and graduated with a degree in political science. Josh is currently a corporate lawyer. An actor turning a lawyer, quite a good switch.
26. Cote De Pablo - Singer
Cote De Pablo rose to fame for her performance in the hit television drama series NCIS, which earned her multiple nominations and won her an acting award. As she went on to thrive in her role, Cote also got the credit for exhibiting her passion for music. She showcased her music talent in one of the NCIS episodes, and it gained her a bunch of recognition.
27. Gary Coleman - Security Guard
This known child actor and writer made a huge name for himself in the early 80s. Gary Coleman continued to get many successful projects and accumulate numerous amount of income. However, his fate saw a quick twist when he had to file for bankruptcy to help manage his finances. Gary now works as a security guard in California.
28. Marisa Tomei - Fitness Coach
The actress proved herself in the ABC sitcom A Different World and My Cousin Vinny which won her an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actress. Marisa Tomei also featured in movies such as In the Bedroom, Anger Management, and the recent Spider-Man: Far from Home. She lives a healthy lifestyle, doing workout sessions, and has published many workout videos.
29. Erik Per Sullivan - Author
Who will forget the small Dewey in the Fox series Malcolm in the Middle? Erik Per Sullivan impressed us as Dewey for 7 successive seasons, but he attained stardom with his role in the film, Armageddon. After the series, Erik participated in charity works and writing, and has since decided to live a life far from the media. Hope Erik will realize all his dreams, free from any debts and establishing a good credit rating continuously.
30. Lisa Whelchel - Inspirational Speaker And Writer
Lisa Whelchel was a popular actress in the 1970s, but she took an early retirement shortly after the wedding to focus on her three children. Fortunately, Lisa was not destined to stay at home as a housewife. She wrote 10 books on motherhood and was a guest speaker in church events. Lisa also took the challenge, being a runner-up in the reality competition Survivor: Philippines.
31. Danny Lloyd - Biology Teacher
The child actor made an impact in the Hollywood scene for his role as Danny Torrance in the 1980 classic horror film, The Shining. Unlike many others, Danny Lloyd is a reserved person and does not like fame and attention. After the show ended, he quit his acting career and turn to focus on his studies. Danny now is a professor of the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in Kentucky.
32. Alicia Silverstone - Cookbook Author
The adored beauty grabbed many awards for her portrayals in movies like The Crush, Clueless, and Batman & Robin. It was safe to say that Alicia Silverstone always stole the viewers' hearts in the films she starred. Alicia later expanded her talents as an author, writing a cookbook called The Kind Diet, where she upholds veganism and animal rights. This is really a wise way to improve her credit rating.
33. Vanilla Ice - Host
Vanilla Ice is one of the most successful music icons in the industry. Before that, he was a motocross racer and won three championships. Unfortunately, his motocross career ended due to an injury. However, that incident did pave the way to rap music. Nowadays, Vanilla works as a TV host and appeared in shows including The Vanilla Ice Project.
34. Chris Owen - Waiter
Chris Owen played the character of a self-declared heartthrob in the 1999 comedy American Pie. After the franchise ended, Owen's acting career saw such a drastic decrease that he could not retain his place in Hollywood any longer. Chris presently works as a waiter in Los Angeles. From a celeb to a server, he probably had some rough times. Hope the star will find his way back.
35. Tiffany - Boutique Owner
This singer-songwriter had numerous singles and albums ranked in the Billboard charts over the late 80s and early 90s. After she outgrew her prime in the music industry, Tiffany shifted her gear to be a model in a 2002 issue of Playboy magazine. She now owns a fashion boutique in Tennessee, which brings her stable income.
36. Dylan Sprouse - Brewmaster
Dylan is one-half of the Sprouse brothers who starred in the show The Suite Life on Deck. The twin brothers also landed roles in some direct-to-video movies in the 2000s and were featured in various shows as guests. Dylan later got a degree in video and game design at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He now manages his very own all-wise meadery in Brooklyn.
37. Kevin Jonas - Entrepreneur
Kevin Jonas, alongside his siblings Joe and Nick, is best known for the pop band The Jonas Brothers. Kevin is also an actor and appeared in a number of movies and TV shows. Besides, he is an entrepreneur, owning a food app called Yood, and there is no sign of slowing down. Due to his carefully planned investments, Kevin will have no financial problems in the future.
38. Michael Maronna - Electrician
Michael Maronna was a famous actor in the 90s. His biggest roles were Jeff McCallister in the movie franchise, The Home Alone and Big Pete in the TV show, The Adventures of Pete and Pete. He later switched gears to work as an electrician in Hollywood sets. When you see some electrical wiring on the flooring of a set, Michael was probably just at the other end of the cable.
39. Jonathan Bennett - Instructor
This model and actor became famous for his role as Aaron Samuels in the 2004 comedy, Mean Girls. Jonathan Bennett later learned all the bits and pieces behind the scenes and decided to be a producer. He is now reportedly a spin class instructor. His looks surely indicate that he will not need medical insurance anymore.
40. Mackenzie Rosman - Philanthropist And Equestrian Rider
Actress Mackenzie Rosman rose to fame for portraying one of the leading roles in the hit TV series 7th Heaven. After the show, Rosman received a few gigs from several films and TV shows, but it was just a flicker of success. As a result, Rosman stepped back from the industry and focused more on her advocacy to support patients with cystic fibrosis. She is now also an equestrian rider.
41. Rebecca Ritters - Journalist
The Australian actress is famous for her role as Hannah Martin in the soap opera Neighbours, which brought a lot of income to her bank account. After more shows and musicals in the early 2000s, Rebecca Ritters eventually went back to school and got her degree in Politics and International Relations. She presently works as a journalist in the news and current affairs department for Australian Broadcasting Company.
42. Ariana Richards - Painter
Ariana Richards got her biggest break for the role as Lex Murphy in the 1994 hit-movie Jurassic Park. She then stepped back a little bit from acting and eventually decided to focus on studies. In 2001, Ariana got herself a degree in Fine Arts and Drama at Skidmore College. Her hard work earned her first place in the National Professional Oil Painting Competition in 2005.
43. Jason Zimbler - Software Designer
Actor Jason Zimbler starred alongside Melissa Joan Hart in the hit sitcom Clarissa Explains It All. After the show, Jason took it slow in acting and decided to pursue his studies. With this kind of determination, Zimbler got a degree in Business Administration and in Theatre Directing. He is now working as a software designer behind the scenes for HBO.
44. Hank Aaron - Car Dealership Owner
Hank Aaron was once a Major League right fielder and played baseball for over 20 years. To recognize his contribution, the teams he played for such as the Milwaukee Brewers and the Atlanta Braves retired his number 44 as a sign of respect for the "Hammer." After retiring from baseball, Hank invested in a car dealership in Georgia.
45. Blake And Dylan Tuomy-wilhoit - Firefighter And Sound Technician
Blake and Dylan appeared as Nicky and Alex Katsopolis on the show, Full House for 8 seasons. After the show, the twins went on separate ways. Blake decided to work as a firefighter while his twin brother invested his time to become a sound technician in Hollywood sets.
46. Maia Brewton - Attorney
Maia Brewton appeared in films such as Adventures in Babysitting as Sara Anderson, the Parker Lewis Can't Lose as Shelly Ann Lewis, and The Back to the Future franchise as Sally Baines. Her acting career blossomed during the late 80s and early 90s. However, she then went to work as a bartender for a more stable income. In 1998, Maia got a degree in law at Yale University. She works now as an attorney.
47. Al Franken - Author
The known comedian and media personality rose to stardom in the late 70s. Al Franken was originally one of the best writers in Saturday Night Live which won him multiple awards. He then teamed up with his fellow writer Tom Davis, coming up with various scripts that were used in movies throughout the 70s and 80s. Franken is clearly a successful writer, and his four books were even ranked in The New York Times Best Seller list.
48. Mercedes Lander - Real Estate Agent
Mercedes Lander was the drummer of Canadian metal band Kittie. Formed in 1996, the band released numerous albums and singles. In addition to her regular band duties, Mercedes also pursued a career as a real estate agent. So if you're in Canada and looking for any mortgages, you might come across one of the world's best drummers as your realtor agent.
49. Amanda Bynes - Fashion Designer
The child star rose to stardom in the late 90s and the early 2000s. Amanda Bynes appeared in multiple romantic comedies such as What a Girl Wants, Easy A, and Hairstyle. Sadly, her personal issues led to her short hiatus in acting. In 2013, Bynes attended fashion school and got an Associate's degree in Merchandise Product Development. Amanda has made a huge wave in the fashion industry. Recently, she announced to continue to get a Bachelor's degree.
50. Jennifer Love Hewitt - Writer And Producer
The actress, singer-songwriter began her career as a child star and an endorser before joining Disney's Kids Incorporated. Jennifer Love Hewitt met her first break role as Sarah Reeves Merrin in Party Number Five. She continued to team up with Jackie Chan in the film Tuxedo and starred in the Ghost Whisperer. Jennifer now works behind the scenes as a writer and a producer.