These Celebs Gave Up Fame To Work ‘Normal’ Jobs
Kevin Jonas – Businessman
Kevin Jonas is known as one of the famous Jonas Brothers. He starred in a film alongside his brothers and made an appearance on a 2014 episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Kevin enjoyed his role as a contractor and pursued it further afterward. He is a talented jack of all trades and found a passion for business more than his brothers. He has also created apps such as food app Yood, as well as partnering with video-sharing app We Heart It.
Ariana Richards – Painter
Ariana Richards is best known for her role as Lex Murphy in the film Jurassic Park, which she also played in The Lost World: Jurassic Park. In 2001, she decided to take a break from her acting career.
She went to Skidmore College, where she earned a fine arts and drama degree. She also had a minor role in 2013. Mostly, she has been working as a painter rather than bein a high-profile actress.
Melody Anderson – Family Therapy
Melody Anderson is best known for her role as Dale Arden in the 1980s film Flash Gordon. She also starred alongside Chuck Norris in the 1986 film Firewalker. She had been in the acting industry until 1995 and her last appearance was in Burke’s Law.
Since then, she went back to school at NYU for social work in 1997. Currently, she specializes in providing family therapy, in addition to lecturing on mental health and substance abuse.
Jamie Walters – Firefighter
Jamie Walters is best known for his role as Ray Pruit on the television show Beverly Hills, 90210. He also had a music career in the mid-90s that was also successful. He sang the theme song from The Heights, “How Do You Talk to an Angel?”, which went number one on the charts in 1992.
Additionally, he was the lead role in the Aaron Spelling-produced show, although it was less successful than his role in Beverly Hills, 90210. Since then, he has worked as a firefighter and paramedic in Los Angeles.
Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit – Sound Technician
Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit is best known for his role as Nicky Banks on the television show Full House alongside his brother Blake. They reprised their roles in the reboot of Full House, and that is their only acting credential.
Dylan is still involved in the entertainment industry as a sound technician instead of an actor. He’s worked on Game of Thrones, Black Sails, and Death Note, to name a few.
Blake Tuomy-Wilhoit – Sound Technician
Blake Tuomy-Wilhoit is best known for his role as Zack Banks on the television show Full House with his twin brother Dylan. He also decided to not pursue his acting career after their role as a toddler in Full House.
Since then, he has been a firefighter in Georgia but eventually became a sound technician like his brother. He had a few roles after the reboot in 2016, but he did not stay in the industry. Since 2018, he has been a Foley mixer, meaning he mixes the everyday sound effects that are added back in post-production.
Daniel Day Lewis – Considered Fashion Designing
Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the most successful actors of our generation, having won 3 Academy Awards. His shocking departure from Hollywood in 2017 was the end of his career as an actor.
In an official statement, a representative said that he is no longer interested in working as an actor. His final role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread saw the method actor immerse himself into a number of costume departments. Due to this, he is said to be considering to pursue a career in fashion designing.
Michael Schoeffling – Woodworking Shop Owner
Michael Schoeffling is best known for his role as the hunky Jake Ryan in the classic 80s film Sixteen Candles starring alongside Molly Ringwald. He pursued his acting career until 1991 when he eventually gave it up.
Schoeffling was growing his own family, so he decided to find a different career due to financial reasons. Since then, he has been the owner of a woodworking shop, creating his own furniture in Pennsylvania.
Kirk Cameron – Author and Religious Activist
Kirk Cameron was a teen heartthrob in the 1980s, thanks to his starring role as Mike Seaver on the hit television show Growing Pains. However, these days you’re more likely to find him working on his farm than acting in front of the camera.
He became a full-time author and engaged in religious activism. It was during his time on Growing Pains that he became a born-again Christian and insisted some of the scripts be changed if he deems it as inappropriate. Cameron now focuses on family-friendly projects, such as producing and starring in the Christian film Fireproof.
Barret Oliver – Photographer
Barret Oliver was another teen heartthrob of the 1980s, thanks to his roles in films like The Never Ending Story and D.A.R.Y.L, although he did not continue his career in Hollywood during his adult years.
After he left Hollywood, Oliver began working as a photographer and artist. He decided that acting was not for him and that he preferred being on the other side of the camera. He has also written a book about his experiences growing up in the film industry. He has been successful in his field and his work has been displayed in museums and gallery exhibitions.
Amanda Bynes – Fashion Design
Amanda Bynes was a successful child actress, appearing in films like She’s the Man and Hairspray and a lot of other films and television series. However, after a few legal battles and personal struggles, Bynes has stopped her acting career.
She retired from acting in 2010 and enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Bynes has since launched her own clothing line, Dear by Amanda Bynes.
Jeff Cohen – Entertainment Lawyer
Jeff Cohen is best known for his role as Chunk in the 1985 film The Goonies, but the child actor did not choose to pursue acting in his adult life. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, and later went on to become a lawyer in Los Angeles.
These days, he’s a successful entertainment lawyer. He founded his own law firm, Cohen & Gardner, in 2002 and writes for The Huffington Post. He has also written a couple of books, including The Dealmaker’s Ten Commandments: Lessons from Hollywood’s Greatest Negotiator.
Lark Voorhies – Author
Lark Voorhies rose to fame in the 1990s thanks to her role on the television show Saved by the Bell. However, following her success during the 90’s, she was not to be seen again and pursued a career elsewhere.
She left Hollywood behind and now focuses on writing self-help books and has since been an accomplished author. She has also dabbled in music, releasing a couple of singles in 2012.
Rick Moranis – Father
Rick Moranis was a successful actor and comedian in the 1980s and 1990s, thanks to roles in films like Ghostbusters and Spaceballs. He also starred in other Hollywood films such as Little Shop of Horrors, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
However, In 1991, Rick’s wife sadly passed away. He retired from acting in 1997 to focus on raising his children. He returned to voice acting in the past decade. He has since made a few cameo appearances, but for the most part he stays out of the spotlight these days.
Erik Estrada – Police Officer
Erik Estrada is best known for his role as Officer Frank Poncherello on the television show CHiPs the hit police TV show from the late ’70s to early ’80s. He also gained 150 credits over the course of his career.
These days, he’s more likely to be found working as a reserve police officer than acting in front of the camera. He has been sworn in as a police officer in St. Anthony, Idaho, as of July 2016. He has also done some work as a spokesperson for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Vanilla Ice – Home Improvement
Vanilla Ice was a successful rapper in the early 1990s, thanks to his hit song “Ice Ice Baby” which was an iconic hit of all time. He won numerous awards for this hit single.
However, he has since given up music and now focuses on home improvement. He has his own home improvement show on the DIY Network, The Vanilla Ice Project. He also had a book published that teaches how to be successful in real estate.
Gene Hackman – Novelist
Gene Hackman is a successful actor who has starred in films like The French Connection and Unforgiven. In the 90s, Hackman went on to star in several films, including “Crimson Tide” in 1995. However, he retired from acting in 2004 and now focuses on writing novels. He released his first novel, Wake of the Perdido Star, in 2009. He went on to write three successful novels.
Chris Owen – Bartender
Chris Owen is best known for his role as Chuck “Sheeny” Gerhardt in the film The Little Rascals. He was also known for his role in American Pie, where he was the Sherminator.
He still plays in B movies, but these don’t pay the bills and he has been spotted waiting tables at Sushi Roku in L.A. in addition to being a photographer. These days, he works as a bartender at a Hollywood hot spot. He has also done some modeling and voice-over work.
Jon Gosselin – IT Administrator
Jon Gosselin rose to fame on the reality television show Jon & Kate Plus 8 which became a hit. However, he left the show (and his wife) in 2009 and worked on different careers.
He’s been a waiter, a DJ, and a cook, juggling several jobs at once to provide for his family. Currently, he’s working as an IT administrator.
Michael Maronna – Electrician
Michael Maronna is best known for his role as Max in the television show Max and Shirly. He has also had roles in films like The Yards and Big Fat Liar. Michael Maronna played Kevin McCallister’s older brother in the Home Alone movies and big Pete on Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Pete & Pete.
He hasn’t appeared in a lot of films after that, and instead worked as an electrician on TV shows and movie productions. He maintains a podcast called the Adventures of Danny and Mike with his ex-costar, little Pete actor Danny Tamberelli, as they stayed friends despite all the years that have passed.
Hayden Christensen – Farm Owner
Hayden Christensen is best known for his role as Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels where he gained fame internationally from the franchise. He was also a household name for starring in Life as a House in 2001.
However, he has since left Hollywood behind and now focuses on his family life. The former actor bought his own farm and also started a clothing company and launched a production company. He and his wife, Rachel Bilson, have a daughter together.
Josh Saviano – Corporate Lawyer
Josh Saviano is best known for his role as Paul Pfeiffer on the television show The Wonder Years during the 80’s. He only had a few roles in film and television and he was not to stay in the acting world much longer following the end of The Wonder Years.
He’s now a successful corporate lawyer. He graduated from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2006 and now works at a New York law firm. He also appeared as a guest in Law & Order in 2016.
MC Hammer – Philanthropist
MC Hammer was a successful rapper in the late 1980s and early 1990s, thanks to hits like “U Can’t Touch This.” However, he struggled to manage his finances properly so he filed for bankruptcy in 1996 and has since focused on philanthropy.
He runs a website called MCHammer.com, which is dedicated to helping others achieve their dreams. He also officiates weddings, lectures at Ivy League Schools, and is working on developing iPad Apps. He’s also embarking on a 90s nostalgia tour.
Peter Ostrum – Veterinarian
Peter Ostrum is best known for his role as Charlie Bucket in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. This was Ostrum’s first and last role in Hollywood. It was not the path he followed so he left acting behind and now works as a veterinarian.
His focus turned to animals, and he now resides in New York state, where he works as a vet specializing in large animals. He has also done some work as a spokesperson for the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Andrew Shue – Blogger
Andrew Shue is best known for his role as Billy Campbell on the television show Melrose Place. However, he left Hollywood in the early 2000s to focus on social activism. He became one of the world’s most famous mommy bloggers.
The former actor co-founded CaféMom alongside his childhood best friend, Michael Sanchez. CaféMom is a social networking site that focuses on the interests of women and the site delivers parenting content and is a platform for help, advice, and recommendations.
Tom Selleck – Ranch Owner
Tom Selleck is best known for his role as Magnum P.I. in the 1980s television series of the same name. He was iconic for his mustache and was a TV superstar. He won numerous awards from his time in the hit show and fulfilled his acting years.
However, he has since retired from acting and now focuses on his ranch in California. He also does some work as a spokesperson for the National Rifle Association.
Mike Vitar – Firefighter
Mike Vitar is best known for his role as Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez in the film The Sandlot. He also starred in several notable films in the 90s like the hit movie The Mighty Ducks. However, he left acting behind and now works as a firefighter.
He has been a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department since 2004. The former actor ran into legal trouble in 2015, as he and his co-workers were charged with misdemeanor battery after assaulting someone.
Angus T. Jones – Member of the Seventh-day Adventists Church
Angus T. Jones is best known for his role as the funny kid Jake Harper on the television show Two and a Half Men, even continuing his starring role in the show into his teen years. However, he left the show in 2012 after declaring it “filth” and now focuses on his Christian faith.
Jones decided to become a member of the Seventh-day Adventists Church, and has since joined the management team for an event production called Tonite. He also does some work as a spokesperson for an organization called Forerunner Chronicles.
Karyn Parsons – Company Founder
Karyn Parsons is best known for her role as Hilary Banks on the television show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air starring alongside Will Smith. She had a few more acting stints after that, however, she left Hollywood in the late 1990s to focus on her charity work.
She is the founder of Sweet Blackberry, an organization that produces films about African-American history and funds animated films about unsung black heroes.
Jack Gleeson – Student
Jack Gleeson is best known for his role as Joffrey Baratheon on the television show Game of Thrones for three years. It was one of the biggest shows at that moment.
However, he left the show in 2014 after being killed off in the series and has since retired from acting. He is currently a student at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland studying philosophy and theology.
Mara Wilson – Writer
Mara Wilson is best known for her roles in films like Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire in the 90s. However, she left Hollywood in the early 2000s and now focuses on writing.
She has written a memoir called Where Am I Now? as well as a children’s book series called The Cookie Jar. These days, Mara has been finding sporadic work as an actress, while spending most of her focus on her new profession as a writer.
Agnetha Faltskog – Hobbyist
Agnetha Faltskog was a member of the Swedish pop group ABBA, one of the biggest bands of all time. After the band broke up in 1982 and her subsequent solo career, she has since retired from the music industry.
She bought an isolated country house in Sweden to focus on the things that meant most to her. Falskog spent her time in Ekero studying astrology, doing yoga, and riding horses. She now lives a reclusive lifestyle on an island off the coast of Sweden.
Danny Lloyd – Biology Teacher
Danny Lloyd is best known for his role as the young boy Danny Torrance in the film The Shining. He retired from acting two years after The Shining release, at which time he was only eight-years-old.
In his adult years, he left Hollywood behind and now works as a biology teacher in Kentucky. He also does some work as a coach for his local high school’s soccer team.
Carrie Henn – Teacher
Carrie Henn is best known for her role as Newt in the film Aliens when she was only 10 years old. However, she did not return to acting after that.
She left Hollywood behind and now works as a teacher. She now works in a school in Atwater, California. She also does some work as a spokesperson for an organization called Reach Out Worldwide, which provides relief to victims of natural disasters.
Brittany Ashton Holmes – Works in Retail
Brittany Ashton Holmes is best known for her role as the cute little girl Darla in the film The Little Rascals. She had an iconic role for that movie, however, she left Hollywood behind and now works in retail.
Brittany retired from acting in 1996, two years after the production of The Little Rascals. She is currently working at a store in Los Angeles, California while also pursuing a degree in political sciences.
Erik Per Sullivan – Student
Erik Per Sullivan is best known for his role as Dewey in the television show Malcolm in the Middle. However, he left acting behind and now focuses on his studies.
After finishing his time on Malcolm in the Middle at age 14, his last role on screen was in 2006, and he has not made any television appearances since then. He is currently a student at the University of Southern California.
Phoebe Cates – Mother
Phoebe Cates is best known for her role as Linda Barrett in the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High in the 80s. However, she left Hollywood in the early 1990s and now focuses on her family.
Cates also pursued other work and does a lot of charity work to raise awareness for Juvenile Diabetes. She is married to actor Kevin Kline and has two children.
Charlie Korsmo – Lawyer
Charlie Korsmo is best known for his roles in films like Dick Tracy and Hook. He is remembered for his role as Jack in Steven Spielberg’s film. He also starred alongside big stars Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman.
He stopped acting and enrolled at MIT before moving on to Yale Law School. He left Hollywood behind and now works as a law professor. He is currently a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Crystal McKellar – Lawyer
Crystal McKellar is best known for her role as Becky Slater on the television show The Wonder Years and starred alongside her sister, Danica. However, she left Hollywood behind and now works as a lawyer.
She focused more on her studies as a star student and ended up going to Yale, Oxford, and Harvard to study law. She provided legal counseling for Mithril Capital Management, but this ended in 2019. She is currently a partner at the law firm of Latham & Watkins.
Tarran Noah Smith – Technical Manager
Tarran Noah Smith is best known for his role as Mark Taylor on the television show Home Improvement alongside Tim Allen and Jonathan Taylor Thomas. However, he left Hollywood behind and now works as a vegan chef.
He is the owner of a vegan restaurant called Playfood in Los Angeles, California. Smith has also devoted his time in volunteer relief work doing construction. Besides helping rebuild after destruction, he is a technical manager at the Community Submersibles Project, where he teaches regular people to pilot submarines.
Omri Katz – Hairdresser
Omri Katz is best known for his role as Max in the classic Halloween movie, Hocus Pocus, and Marshall in the TV show Eerie, Indiana. He was a famous 90’s child star. He found stardom and had many roles on TV during that decade, including a role in Freaks and Geeks.
In his adult years, he decided to leave behind his acting career with his last appearance in 2002. Since then, he has become a hairdresser.
Isaac Lidsky – Lawyer
Isaac Lidsky is best known for his role as Weasel on the television show Saved by the Bell: The New Class. After his acting stint on the show, he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa. Eventually, he became blind, but it didn’t stop him from achieving the extraordinary.
He enrolled in Harvard when he was 15 and graduated with degrees in applied math and computer science. He went back and got a law degree, eventually becoming the first legally blind Supreme Court clerk. Aside from being a lawyer, he also started several successful businesses.
Maia Brewton – Lawyer
Maia Brewton is best known for her role as the little sister in Adventures in Babysitting and as the younger sister of Lorraine Baines who places Marty McFly’s mother in the iconic movie Back to the Future.
After being a child actor, she went to school at Yale and studied Theater. She also worked as a bartender for some time but went back to school and studied law. She now works as a lawyer living in Manhattan with her partner and children.
Steven Anthony Lawrence – Teaching Seminars
Steven Anthony Lawrence is best known for his role as Beans on the television show Even Stevens, starring alongside Shia LaBeouf. The show ran from 2001 until 2003, and it was his last iconic role.
He makes appearances in small roles, but he mostly works in teaching seminars at USC, Berkeley, and in high schools.
Sarah Michelle Gellar – Businesswoman
Sarah Michelle Gellar is best known for her main role as Buffy Summers on the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In her time, she was one of the most famous faces in TV and also one of the most iconic scream queens of the 90s.
However, she has left television behind and now focuses on her family. In 2015, she founded startup company Foodstirs, which focuses on selling baking kits to children. She is married to actor Freddie Prinze Jr. and has two children.
Freddie Prinze Jr. – Father
Freddie Prinze Jr. is best known for his roles in films like I Know What You Did Last Summer and She’s All That. He was one of the most iconic male teen stars in the 90s.
However, he has left Hollywood behind and now focuses on his family. He is married to actress Sarah Michelle Gellar and has two children. Prinze Jr. also has developed a passion for cooking and even released his own popular cookbook in 2016.
Andrea Elson – Yoga Instructor
Andrea Elson is best known for her role as Lynn Tanner on the television show ALF that ran for four seasons in the 80s. She first got her big break on the ’80s CBS sci-fi adventure show, Whiz Kids. She had fewer appearances in the 90s.
She left Hollywood behind and now works as a yoga instructor. Currently, she is a traveling yoga instructor and maintains a blog. She is also the owner of a yoga studio called Yoga For All Beings in Los Angeles, California.
Dylan Sprouse – Businessman
Dylan Sprouse is best known for his role as Zack Martin on the television show The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, starring alongside his brother Cole Sprouse. He is also known for his roles in the TV show Grace Under Fire and the movie Big Daddy, but he hasn’t been as big in the acting as his brother Cole.
Dylan has managed to make a name for himself outside of the entertainment industry specifically as a businessman. After graduating from NYU’s Gallatin School with a degree in video game design, he has since gone on to found his own business, All-Wise Meadery.
Lisa Jakub – Writer
Lisa Jakub is best known for her role as Lydia Hilliard in the 1993 classic film Mrs. Doubtfire, starring alongside Sally Field and Robin Williams. She had roles in a few more films but eventually stopped acting in 2001.
She left Hollywood behind and now works as a writer. She graduated in 2010 with a sociology degree from the University of Virginia. She is the author of two books, You Look Like That Girl and Not Just Me.
Travis Tedford – Marketing Specialist
Travis Tedford is best known for his role as the adorable child Spanky in the film The Little Rascals in 1994. In the same year, he became Welch’s first “advertisement spokeskid.”
He played small roles as a child actor while being able to graduate in high school and college. Since growing up, he only had one role in the horror movie The Final. He now lives in Texas and works for Texas Trust Credit Union as a specialist for inbound marketing.
Jeffrey “Skunk” Allen Baxter – Defense Consultant
Jeffrey “Skunk” Allen Baxter was a guitarist, songwriter, and recording engineer. Baxter is best known for his work with the rock band Steely Dan in the 1970s. He’s played with some great stars, such as Dolly Parton, Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, and more doing session work.
However, he left the music industry behind and now works as a security consultant. He is currently the CEO of Baxter Security Consulting in Los Angeles, California. In recent years he has taken up a job as a defense consultant for the US Department of Defense. He got this job after becoming an in-demand expert on military software and hardware.
Frankie Muniz – Shop Owner
Frankie Muniz is best known for his role as Malcolm Wilkerson on the television show Malcolm in the Middle. His life had its tragedies when he suffered terrible memory loss after two mini strokes in one year. According to reports, the former child actor barely remembers being the star of Malcolm in the Middle.
Eventually, he pursued different paths becoming a racecar driver and a drummer. It didn’t last long and he bought a specialty shop called Outrageous Olive Oils and Vinegars in Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona. He still has token appearances on TV, but mostly he focuses on running his own shop with his partner.
Ali MacGraw – Yoga Instructor
Ali MacGraw is best known for her role in the film Love Story in the 1970. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for that role. For over 20 years, she has not had any movie acting credit.
She left Hollywood behind and now works as a yoga instructor. She is currently the owner of a yoga studio called OmniYoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She also uses her time to support charitable organizations such as PETA. Ali MacGraw is recognized as one of the most influential figures in popularizing yoga in the United States.
Rick Moranis – Father
Rick Moranis is best known for his role as Dark Helmet in the film Spaceballs. He also stars in movies such as Honey I Shrunk the Kids. He is married to Ann Moranis and has two children.
However, his wife passed away in 1997 due to cancer. He left Hollywood behind and now focuses on his family. Although, he also has a passion for music and even made some albums in the past years.
Blake McIver Ewing – Go-Go Dancer
Blake McIver Ewing is best known for his role as Derek Halsall on the television show Full House. He made a name for himself in the acting industry for playing a role as Waldo Aloysius Johnston III in 1994’s The Little Rascals.
However, he left Hollywood behind and is said to have worked as a go-go dancer in Los Angeles in 2013. He himself said that he raised a lot of money from that job.
Lauren Bosworth – Businesswoman
Lauren Bosworth is best known for her role as LC on the popular television show The Hills. She also starred in the reality TV show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.
However, she left the world of entertainment and shifted her career path to the world of business. In 2016, Bo became the founder and CEO of Love Wellness – her very own female-first total body care company. Her own health issues inspired her to create the successful company.
Jason Zimbler – Software Designer
Jason Zimbler is best known for his role as Ferguson Darling on the television show Clarissa Explains It All. He starred alongside Melissa Joan Hart in the 90s sitcom. His career as a child actor was as successful in the world of theater.
However, he left Hollywood behind and now works as a web designer. After his acting career, Zimbler pursued his studies at the University of Notre Dame. Since 2011, he has been working as a software designer for HBO, staying in the same field of entertainment.
Kevin Kennedy – Tour Guide
Kevin Kennedy is not much popular in the American TV and film scene, but British fans will immediately recognize him as he starred in the popular soap opera Coronation Street. He played the role of the popular character Curly.
After leaving his acting career, he chose a more humble job. He works as a tour guide and actually gives tours of the actual set of the show he has previously worked on.
Noah Hathaway – Tattoo Artist
Noah Hathaway is best known for his role as Atreyu in the classic 80s film The NeverEnding Story. After that role, he focused on different fields of career and left the acting industry.
The former child actor once became a dance instructor, competed in supersport motorcycle racing, and eventually became a tattoo artist.
Cameron Diaz – Health and Wellness Writer
Cameron Diaz is best known for her role as Mary in the film There’s Something About Mary. However, she left Hollywood behind and now works as a philanthropist.
She also found a passion for writing about health and wellness. She is currently the co-founder of The Body Book campaign which promotes positive body image and self-acceptance.
Zach Galligan – Student
Zach Galligan is best known for his role as Billy Peltzer in the hit film Gremlins back in the 80s. After that role, he has not been cast in any films and he pursued his studies at Columbia University.
The former actor is now in his mid-50s and has worked with British prog-rock band Gandalf’s Fist on the album The Clockwork Fable.
Dustin Diamond – Musician
Dustin Diamond is best known for his role as Screech Powers on the television show Saved by the Bell. He is remembered for this role, but his personal life had its own ups and downs in recent years that overshadowed his acting credentials before.
He had his own legal battles, but eventually became a musician and formed an alternative metal band called Salty the Pocketknife. He is the band’s bassist and even wrote most of their music.
Nikki Blonsky – Hairstylist
Nikki Blonsky is best known for her role as Tracy Turnblad in the film Hairspray. Ironically, she now works as a hairstylist in her hometown but still goes on for acting auditions.
She had other roles after the hit film, but her fame was short-lived, so she decided to pursue another career outside of the acting industry.
Willa Ford – Interior Designer
Willa Ford was once a successful pop star back in her days as a musician. In 2001, the singer’s single “I Wanna Be Bad” reached No. 22 in the Billboard Hot 100. She released her second single after that, but it never gained the same success as the first one.
She stepped away from the music industry and worked full-time as an interior designer. She is now a founder of her own company WFord Interiors which is based in Los Angeles and she is also the head designer.
Mackenzie Rosman – Philanthropist
Mackenzie Rosman is the sweet child actress best known for her role as Ruthie Camden on the television show 7th Heaven. She was well-liked for that role and has always been remembered for it.
After her acting stint in the show, she has since not been casted into anything. These days she has been a philanthropist and uses her time to do good for the world. She also serves as the chairman of CureFinders, which raises money for cystic fibrosis research.
Leanna Creel – Businesswoman
Leanna Creel is best known for her role as Tori Scott on the television show Saved by the Bell. She also starred in the show Beverly Hills, 90210, and that was all of her acting credits. She stepped away from acting and now works as a businesswoman.
She is one of the co-founders of Creel Studio, a company that specializes in travel, food, and lifestyle. She also has developed a passion for photography over the years.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen – Fashion Designers
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are best known for their role as Michelle Tanner on the television show Full House. The twins’ little sister Elizabeth Olsen is currently a big star in the industry, while Mary-Kate and Ashley chose a different path in their careers.
They left Hollywood behind over a decade ago and now work as fashion designers. They are currently the owners of a clothing line called The Row.
Portia de Rossi – Philanthropist
Portia de Rossi is best known for her role as Nelle Porter on the television show Ally McBeal. She also starred in the series Arrested development. She had a successful acting career over the years and also tied the knot with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
However, she stepped away from her acting career and now works as a philanthropist. De Rossi has embarked on many charitable endeavors, having supported organizations such as Locks of Love and FXB International.
Jessica Sierra – Barmaid
Jessica Sierra is best remembered for being a contestant on the television show American Idol. After competing in the popular singing contest, Sierra has not continued on with her singing career.
Over the years, the former singer had a lot of problems being involved in several legal issues. She now works at a bar to make ends meet.
David Caruso – Businessman
David Caruso is best known for his role as Lieutenant Horatio Caine on the television show CSI: Miami, which has been influential in the world of crime dramas for a few decades.
After the show’s cancellation, he now works as a businessman. Since then, he has founded DavidCarusoTelevision.tv and LexiconDigital.tv. He is even the co-owner of South Miami clothing store Steam on Sunset.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas – Student/Writer
Jonathan Taylor Thomas had a successful acting career in the 90s and is best known for his role as Randy on the television show Home Improvement. He also lent his voice for the role of Simba in the popular film The Lion King.
He left being a child actor and pursued being a student and writer. He enrolled in Harvard University and studied philosophy and history. He also studied General Studies at Columbia University.