Actors who turned their backs on Hollywood

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Actors who turned their backs on Hollywood


Many actors love their work in front of the camera and life as a Hollywood star. But there are also those who said goodbye to this life and went back to normal things in life. So also the actors of our picture gallery. One of them is Jack Gleeson. The “Game of Thrones” actor also ended his career as an actor with his exit from the series. And for a simple reason. It just wasn’t what Jack wanted to do.

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Gene Hackman’s career spans five decades and includes classics such as “The French Connection” and “Young Frankenstein”. However, his last film “Welcome to Mooseport” (2004) flopped and Hackman decides to quit his acting career. Since then he has written five books.

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Rick Moranis is known from the films “Ghostbusters” and “Darling, I shrunk the kids”. The reason why Rick Moranis turned his back on Hollywood is not a pleasant one. Since his wife Ann contracted breast cancer and died in 1991 as a result of the disease, he was on his own. Since he could not combine his life as a single father with that of acting, in 1997 he decided against his career and for his children.

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Sean Connery also retired from Hollywood. He was offered the role of “Gandalf” in the “Lord of the Rings”, but declined. He should also be in the “Matrix” films – he also declined. For “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” he was again in front of the camera in 2003, the film hit like a bomb. He then ended his incredible career and turned his back on Hollywood.

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were very successful child stars. The two began their actresses in “Full House”. There they shared the role of “Michelle”. When they grew up, they took on fewer and fewer roles and eventually turned their backs on Hollywood. The reason for this: the two are now successful fashion designers.

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Mara Wilson wanted to be an actress as a little girl and begged her parents to take her to auditions. And Mara was successful: she took the leading roles in “Mrs. Doubtfire ”and“ Matilda ”. After “Thomas, the fantastic locomotive”, however, she noticed that the acting is not so great after all and withdrew from the film business.

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Lauryn Hill enjoyed great success as part of The Fugees and also tried herself as an actress. When the pressure from her family and friends grew too much, she ended her career.

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Bridget Fonda has had some successful lead roles. So she played in the third part of the film “The Godfather” and also in “Female, single, young addiction …” she took over the main part. In 2003 the niece of Jane Fonda married and had a son with her husband Danny Elfmann. At that time she ended her career and now lives in America as a housewife and mother.

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Phoebe Cates was one of the best-known young actors in the eighties. She became famous through films like “Gremlins – little monsters” or “I think I’m standing in the forest”. The wife of actor Kevin Kline then decided against Hollywood and turned to her family. Today she runs a boutique in New York.

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Taylor Momsen also started her career very early. As a little girl, she played “The Grinch”. Through “Gossip Girl” she gained worldwide fame. In 2012 she left the series and ended her acting career. Today she is on the road with her band The Pretty Reckless.

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Jonathan Taylor Thomas, better known as “Randy Taylor” from “Listen Who Is Pounding”, ended his career to go to Harvard and study there.

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Disney stars Dylan and Cole Sprouse became famous with “Hotel Zack & Cody”. Since there were negotiation problems with Disney in the end, they ended their careers and studied at NYU. While Cole Sprouse made his acting comeback with “Riverdale”, his twin brother Dylan Sprouse opened his own Met brewery in 2017.

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Peter Ostrum became famous through the film “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. That role remained the only one he had. After filming the original from 1971, Peter decided against a career as an actor. The job was too tiring for him. Today he is a veterinarian.

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Greta Garbo was one of the greatest names in Hollywood in the 1930s. When her film “Two-Faced Woman” received bad reviews in 1941, it was the beginning of the end. None of her other films was a success. So she decided to turn her back on Hollywood and lived very retired until her death in 1990.

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Angus T. Jones played “Jake Harper” in “Two and a half men” for ten seasons. After that he said goodbye to acting business and studied in Colorado. Meanwhile, the former child star works in the management department of P. Diddy’s production company Tonite.

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