Fame and wealth are not everything. These actors were at the height of their careers when they left everything behind for a simpler life. And they are happier now.
Frankie Muniz – race car driver
Muniz has appeared in many films as a child actor. From My Dog Skip to Agent Cody Banks, the guy was about to go places. His obsession with race cars began in 2001. At the age of 16, he drove the race car for the Daytona 500. Muniz quit his acting career and became a full-time race car driver, winning numerous awards for his sportsmanship. He also runs an olive oil store in Arizona.
Gene Hackman – Author
The Mississippi Burning star made one of his last appearances in sweet comedy – Welcome To Mooseport. The movie was supposed to be a side gig for Hackman. He played alongside Ray Romano. The film was a critical success, but Hackman said he was done. He retreated to his passion for wiring books. His historical drama book – Escape from Andersonville, is also a hit. Talk about an overachiever!!
Kevin Jonas – Entrepreneur
The Jonas Brothers got back together in 2019. But they had all gone their separate ways, forging their own paths in recent years. Nick and Joe Jonas found success as solo musicians. Nick Jonas has become a serial entrepreneur. The Blu Market brings together social media influencers and businesses. JonasWerner builds custom homes and custom renovations. Yood is a phone application aimed at simplifying food ordering.
Nikki Blonsky – Cosmetologist
Nikki Blonsky turned heads with the 2007 hairspray. She then got another role on ABC’s Big, which was canceled after one season. Nikki went on to obtain a cosmetology license in Great Neck, New York. She then became part of Superstar Hairstylists. She occasionally takes acting gigs, but she’s determined to make a name for herself as a stylist.
Kal Penn – Government Employee
Kal Penn rose to fame after the Harold & Kumar films. He then got a job as an associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. There he worked to uplift underrepresented communities. He returned to acting after his two-year term ended, but plans to return to being a government official.
Willa Ford – Interior Designer
Willa Ford was a musical sensation in 2001. She was so bad it was good. Her music has helped other singers like Britney Spears push their limits. Ford quit his music career and joined the interior design industry. The reality show Flip It Like Disick hired Ford and its company W Ford Interiors as its in-house design team.
Audrey Hepburn – UNICEF Ambassador
The Breakfast At Tiffany star quit her acting career when it was in its prime. Many don’t know it, but Hepburn was a war refugee who survived only through the timely intervention of the United Nations. So to give back to society, she became an official UNICEF ambassador and carried out numerous missions in the field. No one is more perfect than Hepburn. ANYBODY!!!!
Mara Wilson – Writer
The Matilda child star was so disgusted with show business that she quit when she was 13. Now a full-time writer and storyteller, Mara Wilson is the author of the book Where Am I Now?: True Stories Of Girlhood And Accidental Fame.
Ariana Richards – Artist
Ariana Richards was one of the stars of Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. She soon left acting and moved to Arizona. His impressionist paintings have won numerous national awards.
Cameron Diaz – Self Help Novelist
Diaz lit up the screen every time she made an appearance in a movie. In 2014, Diaz announced his sudden retirement. The former actor has since become a full-time freelance author of two books. The Body Book and the Longevity Book teach how to keep your body healthy and help us live longer.
Amanda Bynes – Fashion Designer
Bynes had a public meltdown after achieving success in films like She’s The Man and All That. She earned an associate degree from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in 2018. Bynes apologized for her past behavior and decided to turn a new leaf in fashion design.
Dylan Sprouse – Craft Brewer
The Suite Life star followed a totally different path. His brother Cole Sprouse is a teenage sensation after starring in Riverdale. Dylan Sprouse owns a very successful mead brewery in Brooklyn. He also earned a degree in video game design from NYU.
Peter Ostrum – Veterinarian
Ostrum played Charlie in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. But he decided he was not cut out for a career in this field. He received his degree in veterinary science from Cornell University and now has a practice in New York.
Heather Donahue – Medical Marijuana Producer
Donahue was an actor and filmmaker for the cult classic horror film – The Blair Witch Project. After that, she found her calling in green medicine. She even wrote a memoir about her marijuana exploits called Growgirl.
Ricky Moranis – Writer
Ricky Moranis was a big comedy star of the 80s. But he left when his career was at its peak because his beloved wife died of cancer. The Honey I Shrunk The Kids star returns after a 2-decade long hiatus for Shrunk, a sequel film starring Josh Gad as his now grown son.