Fame is not easy to maintain. There have been actors who experienced the height of it that are now totally forgotten about. Sometimes this is because they decided to quit after a particularly bad role. Other times it was simply actors who decided that Hollywood was just not for them. So which actors have you probably forgotten about, and where are they now?
1. Andrew Keegan
You might remember the handsome actor playing rude Joey in 10 Things I Hate About You. He was also in Independence Day and O. He wasn’t bad either, so why aren’t we seeing him as much today? Well, he started a religion.
According to Vice, Keegan started a spiritual movement called Full Circle. At the time of the interview it had eight members called the “inner circle” with Keegan as its leader. “Synchronicity,” explained Keegan, “Time. That’s what it’s all about. Whatever, the past, some other time. It’s a circle; in the center is now. That’s what it’s about.”
The actor hasn’t totally left acting. He did four projects in 2014 including a few episodes of Adam and Jamaero. He has one movie coming out this year called Living Among Us.
2. Mia Sara
You probably don’t know the actress by name. But once someone says “the leading lady from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” her beautiful face would definitely come to mind. The actress will forever be known for the John Hughes movie, but where is she now?
She did continue acting after the movie, but her last project was Dorothy and the Witches of Oz in 2012. According to Wet Paint she is married to Jim Henson’s son, Brian, and is focused on being a mom. Her kids however are still hearing about her past.
“There was this year that every one of my son’s friends saw [Ferris Bueller], and it was horrifying for him and now it’s happening with my daughter!” she told Yahoo. “They think it’s really embarrassing.”
3. Emilio Estevez
The brother of Charlie Sheen had a pretty good career of his own. He starred in The Breakfast Club, Bobby, and The Way. But his career took a weird turn and basically came to a halt after the ’90s, so what is he up to now? The handsome actor made a change to writing, directing, and producing. He is currently working on a TV show called The Public with Aubrey Plaza.
4. Phoebe Cates
The beauty was part of every straight boy’s fantasies after Fast Times at Ridgemont High and starred in Gremlins and Drop Dead Fred. But her acting career pretty much ended in the ’90s. Now she is the proud owner of Blue Tree, a women’s clothing and jewelry store in New York. She’s also married to actor Kevin Kline and has been busy home schooling their children, both of which have been dabbling in the acting and music industry.
5. Kirk Cameron
The cute teenage heartthrob was the star of Growing Pains and its follow up series, Kirk. But now you don’t hear his name as much anymore, and there’s a reason why. He became an Evangelical minister and runs the TV program, The Way of the Master. He also married his costar Chelsea Noble, and they have six kids together.
6. Molly Ringwald
The actress was pretty much everyone’s sweetheart and starred in Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink. After the ’80s fame she seemed to have disappeared, but the actress has actually kept working. She appears most recently in Raising Expectations as Paige Wayney. Before that she was also playing mother Anne Juergens in The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
7. Barret Oliver
The child actor was mostly known for The NeverEnding Story. Although the movie was a success, his career wasn’t able to make it pass the ’80s. So what did he go on to do? He reportedly was active in Scientology and was serving on the Sea Organization. He also wrote a book called A History of the Woodburytype and has had a career in photography.
8. Rick Moranis
The actor was known for funny comedies like Spaceballs, Ghostbusters, Strange Brew, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. So why isn’t he still making people laugh? The actor took an 18-month hiatus from acting after his wife, Ann died of breast cancer in 1997 to take care of his kids. That is the explanation usually given for his sudden disappearance.
But according to The Hollywood Reporter, he is open to new projects but they do have to be interesting. He turned down making an appearance in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot. He has been doing voice over work and writing in New York. His last movie was 2006’s Brother Bear 2. He also released a comedy album, “My Mother’s Brisket,” in 2013.
9. Michael Schoeffling
Another John Hughes actor has seemingly disappeared. The handsome man played Jake in Sixteen Candles, which was his first big movie. He did work afterwards, but his last movie was in 1991. So what did Michael Schoeffling do after acting less than a decade? He basically lived a regular life in Pennsylvania raising two kids with his wife. He also works as a carpenter and makes custom furniture.
10. Freddie Prinze Jr.
The actor was doing pretty well in the ’90s with She’s All That and I Know What You Did Last Summer. But chances are you haven’t seen or heard from him for a while. He hasn’t completely stopped acting. He had a self-titled show, Freddie in 2005, then pretty much continued with TV since. He is now voice acting in Star Wars Rebels as Kanan Jarrus.
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