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After all of the fame, many celebrities tend to have a hard time keeping up with money. A lot of them take up everyday jobs to keep the lights on while others leave Hollywood behind for a full-on career change. You’ll be amazed at what these 25 former stars are doing now!
Demon on wheels
Frankie Muniz was one of the most popular teen actors in the early 2000’s with his role inMalcolm in the Middle. The New Jersey native gave up acting to focus on car racing and playing drums for You Hang Up and Kingsfoil. He recently moved away from the drum kit to become a band manager.
Ice ice baby
Vanilla Ice went from touring around the world to building houses. The rapper got the house flipping bug back when he was coming up in the music world.
He currently hosts The Vanilla Ice Project, which has been on for seven seasons on The DIY Network. He also opened up a real estate advice website.
Winter is coming
While Jack Gleeson gained fame for portraying the snotty young king Joffrey Baratheon on HBO’s smash Game of Thrones, he quickly became tired of acting.
After leaving the acting world in 2014, he became the artistic director of Collapsing Horse Theatre Company. In 2016, his puppet show Bears in Space made its NYC debut.
With a little help from my friends
As a child actor, Josh Saviano’s most beloved role was Paul Joshua Pfeiffer in The Wonder Years. Since graduating from the Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2000, he has been a lawyer in NYC.
He returned to acting in 2014 to portray a lawyer on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Actor Chris Owen is best known as the raunchy Chuck Sherman in the American Pie franchise.
In 2014, the Santa Monica resident started working as a waiter at a local sushi restaurant to help pay bills while searching for more acting gigs.
Ferguson explains it all
In the early ’90s, Jason Zimbler rose to fame as Ferguson Darling on the Nickelodeon sitcom Clarissa Explains It All.
After the show ended in 1994, he retired from acting and started working full-time as a software designer for HBO.
Finding the cure
While filming 7th Heaven, Mackenzie Rosman became a major player for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Her late step-sister Katelyn Salmont appeared on two episodes of the show to bring awareness to the disorder.
Rosman has been the chairman for Curefinders, which helps raise money for cystic fibrosis research.
Who you gonna call?
After the death of his wife Ann Belsky in 1991, beloved actor Rick Moranis took a long break from acting to be a stay at home dad.
In 2005, he decided to return to making music with The Agoraphobic Cowboy. He also began writing editorials for The New York Times.
Tonite is the night
Being on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men left a bad taste in Angus T. Jones’s mouth.
The Austin, Texas native has moved on from acting to join Puff Daddy’s son Justin in the event production company Tonite.
Life is unfair
On Malcolm In The Middle, Erik Per Sullivan played younger brother Dewey. Since the show ended back in 2006, the Massachusetts native has had a rough time finding acting gigs.
He currently works as a waiter at his father’s restaurant.
Pen and paper
In 2004, Oscar-winning actor Gene Hackman announced his retirement from acting. He fully turned his attention to writing novels with Justice For None, which was released in the same year.
His last novel was the 2013 crime thriller Pursuit.
You can’t stop the beat
Nikki Blonsky gained praise for her portrayal of Tracy Turnblad in the 2007 movie Hairspray. After the film, the roles started getting harder to get.
Blonsky decided to obtain her cosmetology license and started working at a local hair salon to pay the bills.
Running just as fast as we can
Pop singer Tiffany ruled the ’80s with hits such as “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “I Saw Him Standing There.”
In 2012, she opened Tiffany’s Boutique in Nashville, Tennessee, and several fans have come over to greet the singer.
A better cause
After leaving Melrose Place, actor Andrew Shue decided to help make a difference in other people’s lives.
Along with his friend Michael Sanchez, he co-founded Do Something, which has aided millions of youth in the country, and Cafemom, which gives advice to mothers.
Dreams into reality
In the ’80s, boys across the country had a massive crush on actress Phoebe Cates. In 1994, the Gremlins star retired from acting to raise her children.
Nine years later, she made her dream come true by opening her own boutique in NYC called Blue Tree.
If I were a painting
With memorable appearances in Tremors and Jurassic Park, Ariana Richards was destined to be the next big thing in Hollywood. Unfortunately, she put acting to the side to gain a degree in Fine Art and Drama at Skidmore College.
As a professional painter, she has won a handful of awards, including the Art of the West‘s Award of Excellence in 2006.
A little magic goes a long way
Mara Wilson gained fame with appearances in Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street, and Matilda, which was her first leading role. The NYC resident quit acting for good in 2000 and focused more writing.
She released two books so far: 2013’s Sheeple and 2016’s Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame.
Everywhere you look
Best known for her work in Days of our Lives and Full House, Andrea Barber quit acting to earn degrees in Women’s Studies and English.
She has been working as an assistant at Whittier College’s Office of International Programs.
A little bit longer
As a member of the Jonas Brothers, Kevin Jonas spent years touring the world. When the group disbanded, he decided to dive into the ever-growing app world with Yood.
This app helps its user find the best restaurants in the area and orders food from select spots.
Redrum, redrum, redrum
Former child actor Danny Lloyd is ingrained in horror movie history with his portrayal of Danny Torrance in The Shining. He retired from acting immediately after the film and began pursuing a career in education.
Aside from teaching biology at a community college, he also owns a pig farm.
The suite life
Along with twin brother Cole, Dylan Sprouse was one of Disney’s highest-paid actors for The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.
Dylan was recently found working as a waiter in NYC, and he also worked as a commentator on several Super Smash Bros. tournaments online.
Show me that smile again
Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron stepped away from Hollywood to become a minister. In 2002, he co-founded the ministry The Way of the Master.
Along with his wife and Growing Pains co-star Chelsea Noble, Cameron founded The Firefly Foundation, which gives a free week of vacation to families of terminally ill children.
It’s tool time
After the hit ABC show Home Improvement ended in 1999, former child star Taran Noah Smith ditched acting to work on a farm.
In 2007, Smith and his ex-wife founded Playfood, which was a vegan farm/restaurant based in California.
Goonies never say die
With the role of Chunk in The Goonies, Jeff Cohen became an instant star. After some minor roles in Family Ties and She’s The Sheriff, the Los Angeles native retired from acting.
Since 2002, he has been an entertainment lawyer for his own firm Cohen & Gardner.
Cheer up, Charlie
Peter Ostrum is best known for his role of Charlie Bucket in the iconic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Unfortunately, that was also the end of his acting career.
With only that role under his belt, Ostrum decided to become a veterinarian. He still makes annual appearances to talk about his sole acting role.