Hollywood isn’t for everyone. For every hopeful artist trying to make it in the movie biz, there are a dozen more celebrities who quit acting after realizing it’s not everything they imagined it to be.
How many times do we put on a movie or watch a rerun of one of our favorite TV shows and realize we haven’t seen half the actors since? Child actors, successful actors, one-time hit wonders and seasoned performers, many artists have come to the conclusion that Hollywood isn’t the place they want to call home.
See if any celebrities you’ve wondered about (or completely) forgot made the list. Here are 12 celebrities who quit acting to work regular jobs.
1. Frankie Muniz from Malcolm in the Middle – The Malcolm in the Middle actor was the star of a successful TV series for five years. During his success as the frontman of a TV show, he also dabbled in movies, starring opposite Amanda Bynes in Big Fat Liar and Hilary Duff in Agent Cody Banks. Following the show and successful teen films, Muniz decided to be a race car driver and signed a two-year contract with Jensen Motorsport.
2. Jack Gleeson from Game of Thrones – It’s difficult to be one of the most hated people on TV in your early twenties. So it’s not surprising Jack Gleeson decided to retire from the acting world after his role in Game of Thrones came to an end. Gleeson is now studying philosophy and theology at Trinity College in Dublin. The Irish actor said he stopped enjoying acting following GOT but it’s possible he’ll give it another go in the future.
3. Freddie Prinze Jr. from She’s All That – Freddie Prinze Jr. became a ’90s heartthrob because of roles like Zach in She’s All That and Ray in I Know What You Did Last Summer. He also married Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar who was another ’90s icon. Following his acting career, he was a director and producer for WWE and released his first cookbook in 2016 called Back To The Kitchen.
4. Danny Lloyd from The Shining – Danny Lloyd was only 5 when he starred in the iconic horror movie starring Jack Nicholson, The Shining. The DVD commentary revealed that Lloyd was told he was filming a drama about a family living in a hotel as opposed to one of the scariest horror movies of all time. After the movie, Lloyd quit acting and became a biology professor in Kentucky.
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