These Famous Celebrities Gave Up Their Fame For Normal Jobs

The lights and glamour of Hollywood is something a majority of the population dream of. The feeling of being a famed celebrity with millions of fans dying for a photo or autograph is something we all fantasize about. So, once you get all that you stay there, right?

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No, as many celebrities have shown in the past and even now, fame and fortune in Hollywood isn’t everything. There are many celebrities who have earned their spot in Hollywood but then later decided to leave it all behind and move on with their lives. They now live normal lives and have regular jobs.

1Geena Davis

Everyone remembers Geena from ‘Thelma and Louise’ and ‘A League of Their Own’. She had a successful career and was seen regularly in movies. However, she took a break and decided to work on improving the way women were portrayed in the media. She founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

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2Lark Voorhies

Lark rose to fame after appearing in the hit teen TV series ‘Saved by the Bell’. She played Lisa Turtle on the show and was a household name. However, she quit acting to pursue her love for painting. However, she doesn’t sell her paintings and only keeps them to herself.

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3Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman has been seen in a number of movies throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s. He appeared in ‘The Firm’, ‘Enemy of the State’, ‘Unforgiven’, and ‘Welcome to Mooseport (which was his last movie appearance in 2004), etc. He left Hollywood in 2004 to become a historical fiction author. The 87-year old co-wrote books and even went solo.

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4Karyn Parsons

Karyn was another famous TV star during the ‘80s and ‘90s. She played the role of Hilary Banks for 6 years on the hit series ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’. Then she quit and started working for non-profit organizations. She founded ‘Sweet Blackberry’, a non-profit that focuses on teaching children about black history.

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5Kevin Jonas

Kevin was one-third of The Jonas Brothers. After they broke up in 2013, the family man didn’t pursue music like his brothers. Instead, he focused on creating apps. He developed an app called Yood which displays restaurants near you based on what type of cuisine you want. It also shows the phone number and the Yelp rating.

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6Freddie Prinze Jr.

We all remember him from ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ and ‘She’s All That’. However, he released a cookbook in 2016 and ended his acting career. He does voiceovers now and has taken up cooking seriously. Apparently, he was all set to get into culinary school before he got his acting break. He has always been passionate about cooking and used to cook with his mother.

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7Nikki Blonsky

Nikki rose to stardom after appearing in the 2007 hit ‘Hairspray’. After that, she also had parts in several movies and TV movies like ‘Huge’ and ‘Queen Sized’. However, soon she started getting lesser offers and her career died down. She left Hollywood and worked at a shoe store for some time, before pursuing a career in cosmetology. She now works at a hair salon.

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8Charlie Korsmo

As a child actor, Charlie appeared in movies like ‘Hook’, ‘What About Bob?’ and ‘Dick Tracy’. He had a successful career as a child actor but as he grew up, his career died down. He focused on school and attended MIT and got a bachelor’s degree in physics. Then he graduated law from Yale. At present, he is a law professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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9Peter Ostrum

Peter’s only acting role was in the 1971 ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’. He decided to quit acting and focused on living a normal life. He went to Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He is now a veterinarian at Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Lowville, New York. He specializes in dairy cattle and horses.

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10Danny Lloyd

Everyone has watched or at least heard of the 1980 horror movie ‘The Shining’. Remember the little boy who played Danny Torrance, the son of the main character Jack? That was played by Danny Lloyd. Today he is all grown up and didn’t pursue a movie career. Instead, he lives in Kentucky and is a biology teacher.

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11Mike Vitar

Mike Vitar rose to fame after appearing in the ‘90s movies ‘The Sandlot’ and ‘The Mighty Ducks’ franchise. However, one last movie of this franchise was his last film as he quit acting in 1996. He worked for an ambulance company, according to LA Weekly. Now he works as a firefighter in LA.

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12Jonathan Bennett

You are most likely to remember Jonathan from ‘Mean Girls’. While pursuing acting, he also had a regular job on the side. For some time, he took a break from acting and pursued his love for fitness. He was reportedly teaching a spin class in LA. He returned to showbiz and is hosting Food Network’s ‘Cake Wars’ and MTV’s ‘Copycat’.

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13Jeff Cohen

Most people remember Jeff as a child in the 1985 movie ‘The Goonies’ where he played Chunk. After that, he continued acting and his last role was in 1991 in the TV movie ‘Perfect Harmony’. Jeff then quit acting and decided to study law. He graduated from law school and founded his own firm, Cohen Gardner Law. He has also written a book called ‘The Dealmakers Ten Commandments’.

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14Michael Schoeffling

The ‘80s were full of teen romantic comedies. If you have watched these movies, you must remember Michael who often featured in such movies. His most popular roles were in ‘Sixteen Candles’ and ‘Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken’. Despite his good looks and success, he left Hollywood to pursue his passion for woodworking. He became a carpenter and now runs his own woodworking shop.

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15Jack Gleeson

Jack is most popularly known for his role in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ as Joffrey Baratheon. After his character was killed off, he decided to quit acting and focus on his education. He got a degree in theology and philosophy. Though he had said that he didn’t want a long term career n acting because he had been doing it since age 8, he is now working with a small theatre company.

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