For any celebrity who has been buried under an overwhelming amount of success, it’s no surprise why some want to take a step back. If they don’t step away, it seems like they hang on for so long that they become bizarre, and that’s the end of their career.
These A-listers definitely fell off the map, but some comebacks were more surprising than others.
Jessica Alba Has Stepped Away From All Of Those Lists From Maxim And People Magazine
Alba gained attention for her good looks but didn’t star in groundbreaking roles. From 2001-2013, the actress was on numerous “hot” lists by Maxim and People.
These days, Alba is a successful businesswoman who went on to create The Honest Company, providing a safe and environmentally friendly house cleaning products.
Where Is Sam Worthington?
Worthington was a household name for a brief period. All of a sudden, the actor disappeared from the spotlight. Heck, even critics hailed him as one of the greatest actors of the 2000s.
Since his role in Avatar, Worthington has gone on to star in meaningless roles.
Brendan Fraser Wanted A Normal Life
The Canadian actor wanted to live a semi-normal life of mediocrity. The Mummy star was unable to pay alimony and child support debts that accumulated over $90,000.
Fraser would sell a majority of his possessions and packed up his things and moved to Bedford, New York.
Freddie Prinze Jr. Got Down With Adulting
His leading roles in I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scooby Doo were memorable, but following the sequel to Scooby Doo, Prinze tackled adulting. He wed Sarah Michelle Geller, and the pair has two children together.
Outside of being a dad, Prinze has done voice acting, and he wrote his own cookbook.
Unlike His Good Pal Leonardo DiCaprio, Toby Maguire Has Been Pretty Quiet
The original Spiderman has seen much less success than this god pal, Leonardo DiCaprio. Leo finally got his long-awaited Oscar, but Maguire has done minimal acting since his Spiderman days.
Instead of a potential comeback, Maguire is now opting to do voice acting instead.
Meg Ryan Took On A Different Role
The Sleepless in Seattle star was another icon who shied away from the spotlight. She has since stayed away from the type-cast role as the complicated love interest.
But, outside of her flops in her recent roles, Ryan made her directorial debut with the film Ithica in 2015.
Jason Alexander Bounced Back From The Seinfeld Curse
After receiving seven Emmy nominations for his iconic role, Alexander co-created and starred in Bob Patterson, which only lasted for five episodes. Following a few more canceled shows, Alexander had trouble finding his footing.
But these days, Alexander is back starring on ABC’s Hit the Road Again.
You Won’t See Mike Myers As Austin Powers Anytime Soon
It’s been weird seeing Austin Powers not make many appearances. In fact, it’s been a while since Myers inspired any laughs at all. The Canadian did have a small role in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds.
But, his recent most role saw him playing Ray Foster in Bohemian Rhapsody. Hopefully, those rumors of another Austin Powers move are true.
Geena Davis Is Committed To Gender Representation
The star of A League of Their Own has seen little of the silver screen. Davis has been committed to gender representation in cinema with the Geena Davis Institue on Gender in Media.
The institute is aimed at increasing a female presence in media aimed at children.
Tara Reid’s Career Slump On Her Reality Show Might Be The Icing On The Cake
The American Pie actress transitioned from acting to party-girl. There were some botched plastic surgeries along the way, but her career slump may have been on her reality show, Taradise.
Even if Reid has called it quits on her acting career, at least she was able to work with small business ventures to keep her afloat.
Mel Gibson Had A 10-Year Hiatus
From alcohol abuse to saying his anti-Semitic rant to a cop, Mel Gibson had to take a step back. His blacklisting led to a near-decade hiatus, and nothing else.
But, in 2016, Gibson returned with his film Hacksaw Ridge. That would be enough to garner two Academy Award nominations.
Kevin Jonas Has Transitioned From Music To Business
The oldest brother of the former boy band phenomenon, Kevin has been taking it easy these days. He’s taking it so easy that it seems like he fell into the Abyss for all eternity.
Since the Jonas Brothers packed it up in 2013, Kevin has founded Jonas Werner and became the co-CEO of the Blu Market Company.
Cuba Gooding Jr. Hasn’t Seen The Buzz Since The Jerry Maguire Days
The “Show Me The Money!” Academy-award winner moved on from the Jerry Maguire days. Gooding Jr. laid low a little bit following the film, but he has taken some roles.
Most notably, Gooding Jr. played O.J. Simpson on FX’s The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
Starring in the award-winning film Ghost helped Moore become the muse for several photo shoots. That turned her into an instant sex symbol, but she’s been rarely seen these days.
Since marrying Ashton Kutcher, Moore has appeared in small roles while raising her family.
Randy Quaid May Have Finally Cleaned Up His Act
Uncle Eddie was recognizable for his roles in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and A Streetcar Named Desire. However, Quaid and his wife, Evi, have gotten into trouble with the law.
With a few burglaries and attempts at leaving the United States, he and his wife have since settled in Vermont.
Kim Basinger Blames Agoraphobia For Leaving The Limelight
Basinger’s early success waned into a light of financial troubles. After purchasing land in Braselton Georgia, her plan to use it for tourism and film festivals never came about.
Since her role in 8 Mile, the actress claims that her agoraphobia has kept her out of the limelight.
This startlet inspired young girls everywhere to be their weird-funny selves. After The Amanda Show wrapped up, Bynes starred in roles in She’s The Man and Easy-A. But, the former child star’s problems go back to 2012.
With many drug arrests and her bizarre behavior, it’s safe to say no one will be hearing from her.
Sean Connery Is Living His Best Life Now
The most famous James Bond has gone missing since starring in 2003’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. While he still produces on the rare occasion, Connery announced his retirement in the summer of 2006.
Despite that, Connery seems happy in his new role of doing nothing.
Emilio Estevez Did Something No Other 16-Year-Old Has Done
Coach Bombay was famous for being apart of the brat pack and coaching the Mighty Ducks. His days of being a teen heartthrob are long over, but Estevez became something else.
The actor made his directorial debut in his 1986 film Wisdom. He would set the record for the youngest person to direct and star in a film at 16-years-old.
Liv Tyler Hasn’t Done Much In A While
The daughter to Steven Tyler hasn’t seen much success. Tyler got her big break in The Lord of the Rings, and went on to appear in The Hulk. After the blockbuster flop, she appeared on shows like Gunpowder and Harlots.
But, it’s her dad who’s still the famous and most relevant Tyler.