Most of us see fame as something desirable, an ideal form of living we all secretly wish we could attain, when in fact, the reality isn’t always as glamorous as the dream. For proof, you need only ask some of the child actors that quit in their youth, or the actors noted below who turned away from the spotlight at or near the peak of their star-power.
They may be gone from our screens, but we still remember the impact, large or small, each made on film history.
1. Rick Moranis
Canadian actor Rick Moranis is best known for his roles in veritable comedy classics like Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Moranis cut his career short not long before the new millennium started, and despite a few voice acting roles, he hasn’t appeared in a live-action film since 1997, explaining that, “I’m a single parent and I just found that it was too difficult to manage raising my kids and doing the traveling involved in making movies. So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn’t miss it.”
He refused a well-paying offer to appear in the new Ghostbusters reboot, but says that he isn’t officially retired from acting — just selective about his roles.