10 Actors Who Quit While They Were On Top

10 Actors Who Quit While They Were On Top

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For many, fame is seen as something desirable. It’s an ideal form of living we all wish to attain but in reality it isn’t always as fantastic as the dream. If you feel we are joking ask the Child actors that quit in their youth or actors who left during the peak of their career.

They may have left but the impact they made, whether large or small cannot be forgotten.

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Rick Moranis


Best known for the comedy classic Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I shrunk the Kids. He cut his career short before the new millennium started but got some few voice acting roles. He left because he had to take care of his kid, being a single parent he found it difficult travelling and making movies.

So he took a short break which later turned out to be a big break.

Dave Chappelle


Chappelle began his career in Mel Brook’s Robin Hood: Men in Tights but we truly got to see what he is made up of in Comedy Central sketch series Chappelle’s Show.

The show was so huge that fans would shout catch phrases from the show at the comedian during stand up shows and in public. Chappelle saw this in bad light and believed that the show was ruining his life and disrupting his stand-up.

This led to him having a very bad third season which was dubbed “lost episodes”, he later left his collaborators and a $50 million contract.
He recently made a comeback with his 2017 Netflix comedy series.

Cary Grant

One of Hollywood’s great leading men; Grant is a debonair hunk with a wry sense of humor and a Translantic accent. He starred in classic films like North by Northwest, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, and The Philadelphia Story.

He was still acting in high-profile roles in the 60s but he decided to retire at the age of 62 after the birth of his daughter. For later part of his life, he turned down high-profile roles but remained in public eye. He died at the age of 82.

Jack Gleeson

All Game of Thrones fans will always want to kick Gleeson because of his villainous role as a wicked monarch, Joffrey Lannister. The handsome actor played small roles in small films before landing the big job as chief antagonists in the HBO fantasy series.

After leaving the show, he decided he was retiring from acting for good. It was quite unbelievable as most people thought he will build on the success from the show and launch himself into Hollywood big time.

Joe Pesci


Joe Pesci is the kind of actor that keeps landing roles in high-profile movies because of his tiny and nasal-voice. He reached the peak of his career in the 90’s when he appeared in successful movies like Home Alone, Goodfellas and Casino.

He announced his retirement from film in 1999 to follow his other dreams which also includes Music. He has since remained out of the public eye but he will make an appearance in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.

Elizabeth Hurley


She is best known for her roles in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and Bedazzled. During her hey days she was a top model, actress and spokeswoman.

We have no clear reason why her film career came to a halt but we suspect it was due to the birth of her son. She still continues to appear in advertisements and also a spokesperson for Estee Lauder’s breast cancer awareness program.

Gene Hackman


The intelligent actor has been around for almost five decades now. He is best known for his role in The Conversation, The French Connection, The Royal Tenenbaums and Unforgiven.

When speaking to Larry King in 2004, he confirmed that he has no film roles lined up and would retire by 2008. He continues to be a novelist.

Jonathan Taylor Thomas


Known for voicing young Simba in the Lion King he also did brilliantly well in non-animated projects. He was on Home Improvement for eight years and starred in many Disney Movies. It sure did look like his career was definitely going to be a hit beyond his childhood years, but he decided to walk away from it.

He took a break from acting and proceeded to Harvard to study philosophy and history.

Phoebe Cates


Remembered for her steamy scenes in Fast Times at Ridgemonth High, Gremlins and Drop Dead Fred. She definitely had more time to grow as an actress but instead she choose to be a mum. She retired soon after getting married to Kevin Kline in 1989. She tried to make a comeback few years down the line but she ended up switching careers, and opened a boutique in 2005.

Michael Schoeffling


Probably known for his role in Sixteen Candles, playing Jack. He appeared in Nine movies after that film before disappearing. Well the fine boy choose to go into handcrafted furniture in Pennsylvania and later on became a father.

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