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Top 10 Hollywood Actors Who Disappeared From The Limelight

Celebrities in Hollywood are synonymous with fame, success, glitz, and glamour. Actors and actresses always give their best to be in the scene and get selected for Hollywood roles. However, it is surprising to find some talented and popular actors once worshipped and celebrated for their work in Hollywood movies gone and not the same. The term ‘longevity’ is questioned about the career of such obscure actors and actors who disappeared from the screens. They may have fame, access to power, and money to do whatever they want, yet, they are missed and given respect. The silver screen of Hollywood is not merciful and taxing for actors under the public’s constant scrutiny. Many actors who abandoned the business have shifted their interests to some other field. This list of top 10 actors about to be revealed include names that will make you think twice.

1. Macaulay Culkin

The ‘Home Alone’ child has grown with his share of troubles. Through various interviews and staying away from the spotlight has given us enough reasons for his early retirement from Hollywood. Any 90’s kid associates Culkin with their childhood. But it went beyond a point where people on the streets were attacking him. He stated that he was benign treated like a child instead of an adult.

Along with personal life troubles, he decided to retire early and became probably the youngest actor who disappeared from the screens after receiving so much popularity. However, later he decided to come back to play a role in the 2003 biographical drama ‘Party Monster.’ This was a Role that ruined the career of Macauley Culkin further beyond repair. He played few roles later, yet, nothing has topped ‘Home Alone.’

2. Jack Gleeson

King Joffrey from Game of Thrones had received intense hatred and joy when (spoiler ahead). The Irish actor has voluntarily left his career to focus on finishing his education. Jack Gleeson professed his dislike for Hollywood’s business side and the pressure exerted on him and not because he played a Role that ruined the career. He intends acting to be a hobby and is not thinking of creating a career out of it.

3. Amanda Bynes

The Nickelodeon star opened up about quitting her profession after spending her growing years in the industry. She reveals that the fame and popularity guaranteed by Hollywood have its hefty prices. After being sober for four years, she became one of the actors who abandoned the business for her wellbeing. She tweeted her retirement statement and has ever since been a happy soul. She has studied fashion design at Irvine’s Institute of Design and Merchandising.

4. Jack Nicholson

The iconic ‘Jack’ from Kubrick’s famous ‘The Shining’ has ceased our hearts through his movies’ brilliant performances. We hold no right to question why he quit. His decision to step away from the spotlight has been an action that made several curious. He gave his all through the roles he played. Yet, we can find him being an honest man stating that he did not like ‘being out there.’ He may be one of the actors who abandoned the business, but he still talks about him playing a role soon!

5. Shelley Duvall

Another surprise, Shelley Duvall has been one of those obscure actors who faced a lot of criticism. She may have played the iconic role of Wendy Torrance in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining,’ but it was the rest of the movies and its role that ruined Duvall’s career once and for all. She mostly played eccentric and quirky characters, in movies like Popeye, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, etc. Thus, she became one of those actors who disappeared from the screens.

6. Freddie Prinze, Jr.

The cute guy from the live-action Scooby-Doo movie series stole many hearts with his role. He has been immensely popular for many years. However, after being a late 90’s and 00’s heartthrob, he appeared in movies were mostly about teenagers falling into trouble; he proceeded to star in the television series ’24.’ Prize later stated in an interview about his hatred towards the kind of work and pressure he went through while doing ’24’ as the people were not great to work with. Then he became one of those actors who abandoned the business and took off.

7. Geena Davis

The Mid-00s have been the last time that Geena Davis appeared in movies. She became one of those actors who disappeared from the screens and fought to look for the reason. She found out how the women to male ratio in Hollywood was. She explored and researched to make a project on gender in children’s entertainment. She has not been one of those actors who abandoned the business, rather worked hard to make it better.

8. Renée Zellweger

After her stint in the movie ‘Bridget Jone’s Diary,’ Zellweger achieved success and won her first Academy Award for her role in the movie ‘Cold Mountain.’ However, later in 2010, she fought herself in her dilemma and pushed through to decide that she wanted to take a break from the business. She craved for the anonymity. Thus, even though she became one of those actors who disappeared from the screens, she did it for her well-being, a decision to be well-respected.

9. Nick Stahl

The child actor who started and developed his career to star in a Terminator movie has not hidden the fact that he struggled to cope with fame. He was arrested and has been through rehabilitation. He has been in trouble and had into one of the obscure actors. His actions made him responsible for being one of those actors who disappeared from the screens.

10. Catherine Zeta-Jones

She had entered Hollywood with a boom, yet, made it to the list of actors who disappeared from the screens. She has been through highs and lows at extreme points like Bi-polar Disorder and her husband getting diagnosed with cancer.


Did you always wonder why actors who disappeared from the screens chose to do so? I hope this article has answered your questions and gave the clarification you deserved to get about your favorite actors’ decision.

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