For most of us, the only chance of us being a famous celebrity would be in our dreams. Instead, we have to work our boring 9-5 jobs (yuck). Nevertheless, there are some former celebs who have done it the other way round and now work normal jobs…
Josh Saviano- Lawyer
Remember Paul Pfeiffer? Josh Saviano played the ultimate nerd in The Wonder Years but struggled after the show ended. So, he went to Law School and is now a practicing attorney. Oo-er.
Taran Noah Smith- Vegan Farmer
From child star to vegan farm owner, who’d have thought it? Taran Noah Smith’s claim to fame is that he appeared on the popular TV sitcom, Home Improvement (Tim Allen as your dad = the dream). Taran left the world of acting at the age of 17, but needed access to his trust fund – so married Heidi van Pelt, who is 16-years-older than him. The pair is still happily married, and have embraced the vegan lifestyle.
Peter Ostrum- Veterinarian
If you’re a fan of Charlie and the Chocolate factory (who isn’t?) you’ll probably remember Peter Ostrum from the original movie. Of course, Ostrum managed to bag himself the leading role – but wasn’t taken with the world of Hollywood. His appearance in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was his only acting role, as he decided on another career path. After finishing his studies, Ostrum went to veterinary school and is now a practicing vet in upstate New York.
Michael Maronna- Electrician
If you’re a true ‘90s baby, Nickelodeon was your after school go-to channel – and one of our favorite shows was The Adventures of Pete and Pete. Big Pete Wrigley was played by Michael Maronna, who soon realized that he was more comfortable behind the camera, rather than in front of it. So, after the show ended, Maronna trained as an electrician and now works behind-the-scenes on big Hollywood sets for the likes of Elementary, Notorious and Sex and the City.
Freddie Prinze Jr – Chef
If you grew up in the ‘90s and ‘00s, there’s no way you haven’t heard of Freddie Prinze Jnr. This acting legend starred in some of our favorite teen movies, including Scooby-Doo, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and She’s All That. After leaving the world of acting (with his brand new wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar, in tow), he released his own cookbook. With Sarah doing the baking and Freddie doing the cooking, we bet their house smells divine.
Kirk Cameron- Minister
We absolutely loved watching Growing Pains when we were younger, and Mike Seaver was definitely one of our first TV crushes (that smile, though). Towards the end of the show, Kirk Cameron found the way of God and entered a new life as a born-again Christian. He didn’t continue his acting career after the show was axed, but founded his own ministry instead, where he preaches evangelical teachings and stars on his own religious talk show.
Jeff Cohen- Attorney
Thanks to this guy, we’ve perfectly mastered the truffle shuffle – thanks, Jeff! Jeff Cohen starred as Chunk in the 1985 classic, The Goonies. The child star had a pretty successful run of it for a few years and landed his last professional gig in 1991. However, things soon slowed down when he reached puberty, and Cohen was forced into (very) early retirement. Instead, he focused on becoming an attorney and now owns his own law firm, Cohen & Gardner, LLP.
Mara Wilson- Writer
We all remember watching Matilda when we were younger and being jealous over the fact this little girl was able to move things with her mind (it’s just so cool). Mara Wilson was the star of the show and even appeared in other major movies of the ‘90s, including Mrs. Doubtfire. However, Mara really took something away from her role as Matilda and is now a fond lover of books – so much so that she is now a full-time writer.
Dylan Sprouse- Brewmaster
You probably recognize this adorable little guy as ½ of the twin acting duo, Cole and Dylan Sprouse. The twins made a name for themselves in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and Big Daddy – but took a step back from the limelight as they got older. The pair went off to college, and his brother Cole returned to the world of acting after he graduated. Dylan, however, decided he wanted to open his own brewery. As you do.
Frankie Muniz- Race Car Driver & Drummer
Frankie Muniz is the ultimate child star – and we loved nothing more than to come home from school and watch Malcolm in the Middle. However, like many child stars, Frankie’s stardom fizzled out after the late ‘90s and ‘00s, and he began to search for a new passion and career path…or track. Yep, Frankie Muniz is now a professional racecar driver. As if that wasn’t random enough, he also used to be a rock drummer.
Rita Wilson – Writer
Let’s be honest, even though Rita Wilson is no longer in the spotlight as an actress, she’s still not far away from the bright lights and the big city – considering she’s married to the one and only Tom Hanks. After leaving the acting world behind her, Rita Wilson found solace in the written word and is now a writer for some of the biggest names in the world of online publications, including Harper’s Bazaar and Huffington Post.
Steven Seagal- Deputy Sheriff
Does this even surprise you? Steven Seagal has always been one pretty epic son of a gun, and not the kind of guy you’d want to mess with – and there’s a reason for that. In the past, Seagal worked as a Deputy Sheriff in the Doña Ana County area in New Mexico in between acting jobs. He has previously specialized in border control and is even brought in to train the newbies now and then. How cool is that?
Gary Coleman- Security Guard
Gary Coleman may have been one of the smallest men in Hollywood, but you wouldn’t have wanted to get on his bad side. The actor made a name for himself on the TV show, Diff’rent Strokes and became a fan favorite. However, he soon realized the world of acting wasn’t for him, so took a job as a security guard. Unfortunately, he wasn’t the most popular security guard, considering he once punched a fan in the face…
Charlie Korsmo- Lawyer, Professor & Activist
The Hook is one of our favorite Robin Williams movies – and Charlie Korsmo was one of the cutest supporting stars in the business. However, working alongside an acting legend proved too much for the little child star, who left the world of Hollywood shortly after. Instead, Korsmo furthered his education at MIT and then graduated from Yale Law School. He now works as an Assistant Professor of Law, alongside his philanthropic work.
Michael Schoeffling- Carpenter
When it comes to cult classics, Sixteen Candles is definitely up there with some of the best. Michael Schoeffling provided some pretty nice eye-candy as Jake Ryan, but his role in this major movie didn’t guarantee him a successful career in the world of Hollywood. In fact, Michael struggled through six years of small roles and unsuccessful auditions before he finally retired from acting altogether. He now makes handmade bespoke furniture and owns his own woodworking shop and store.
Tiffany – Store owner
If you were lucky enough to grow up in the ‘80s (AKA the best era ever) you probably remember Tiffany. As one of the biggest singers in the business, Tiffany topped the charts and dominated the world of music with her dulcet tones. However, her time to shine soon came to an end, and Tiffany tried her hand at television presenting. Unfortunately, this didn’t work out, and Tiffany now owns her own boutique store in White House, Tennessee.
Mackenzie Rosman- Philanthropist
Mackenzie Rosman starred as the adorable Ruthie Camden in the popular TV show, 7th Heaven. Unfortunately for us, the show was sadly axed in 2007 (which we’re still upset about), and Rosman carried on her acting career for a short while before it slowly fizzled out. Nowadays, Rosman spends most of her time helping others and organizing philanthropic work. In fact, Mackenzie is the chairman of a charity that aims to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, called CureFinders.
Danica McKellar- Mathematician
You probably recognize Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years – because she was just the right amount of nerdy and cool. The Wonder Years character was played by child actress, Danica McKellar, who seems to have a lot more in common with her character than first thought. After leaving the world of acting as a teen, McKellar studied mathematics at UCLA and is now one of the most prolific mathematicians in the business. She even formed a brand new mathematical theorem!
Rebecca Ritter- Journalist & Producer
We’re not sure who was cuter, Hannah Martin (AKA Button) or her adorable little kitten. Of course, Button was a major character on the Aussie TV show, Neighbors, which was a hit with American fans. After her time on Neighbors, she attempted to find more work in the acting world. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen, so she studied Politics and International Relations to become a journalist. Now, she works as a TV producer for a German production company.
Tom Selleck- Avocado Farmer
No, you didn’t read that wrong. Yep, Tom Selleck really does own an avocado farm. Tom Selleck was a huuuuuuge Hollywood and TV actor, starring in the likes of Magnum P.I, Friends and Three Men and a Baby. Alongside his passion for acting, Selleck also has a passion for avocados (as you do), which he made a reality. Now, he lives and works on a 60-acre avocado farm in California. This has made our day.
Karyn Parsons – Philanthropist and activist
Let’s be honest, we all love The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and we can all still rap the theme tune (go on, you know you can do it). One of our favorite characters on the show was Hilary – played by Karyn Parsons. Although she’s now left the world of Hollywood behind her, she’s still making an impact as a philanthropist and activist. In fact, after obtaining her law degree, Parsons has formed her own non-profit organization.
Andrea Barber- University Officer
Full House was one of the best sitcoms of the ‘90s – so much so that Netflix have rebooted the whole thing! However, there is one person missing from the reboot. Kimmy Gibler, who was D.J’s annoying best friend, did not return to Fuller House. Wanna know why? Well, Andrea Barber quit the world of acting soon after she wrapped up filming for Full House, and pursued further education. She now works at Whittier College as a university officer.
Maria Brewton- Lawyer
Maria Brewton was a hugely successful child star back in the day and landed herself roles in the likes of Parker Lewis Can’t Lose and Adventures in Babysitting. Unfortunately, she soon realized that a life in the limelight wasn’t how she wanted to grow up, so retreated out of Hollywood to live a normal life. Although she studied theater and performing arts at Yale, she followed up her further education with a law degree and is now an attorney.
Omri Katz – Hairdresser
If you’re just as obsessed with Halloween as we are, you’re probably equally as obsessed with Hocus Pocus (AKA the best film ever). Omri Katz made his acting debut in this movie and later went on to star in the likes of Matinee and Adventures in Dinosaur City. However, his career soon fizzled out, and he was thrown into the pile of unemployed actors. Nowadays, you can find Omri working in a high-class hairdressers in Los Angeles.
Jason Zimbler- Software Designer
You may not remember Jason Zimbler, as he was kind of overshadowed by Melissa Joan Hart throughout Clarissa Explains It All. Nevertheless, her on-screen brother can be remembered by his adorable red hair and freckles. After his stint on the show, Jason Zimbler retreated away from the spotlight, furthered his studies at the University of Notre Dame, and took a step behind the camera instead. He is now a prolific software designer for the major production company, HBO.
Hank Aaron- Owns Car Dealership
It’s not all about the actors and actresses, y’know. Hank Aaron dominated the sports circuit from the ‘50 to the late ‘70s and is one of the most famous MLB players in the business. After retiring from the world of professional baseball, Hank Aaron continued to teach a new generation of sports stars, but also looked for other money-making avenues. So, Aaron opened up his own car dealership in Georgia and gives out a signed baseball with each purchase.
Jessica Sierra – Waitress
If you’re a fan of American Idol (which is everyone, right?), you’ll probably remember Jessica Sierra, from season four. Although she managed to get to the live finals of the singing talent competition, she soon realized that her future did not lie in the world of music. Nowadays, she can be found waiting tables at one of the best restaurants in the world – Hooters. We wonder if she serenades her customers when she takes the chicken wings to the table?
Dylan & Blake Tuomy-Wilhoit- Sound Technician & Firefighter
The world of Hollywood has been full of twin duos – there’s been Mary-Kate & Ashley, Cole & Dylan, and there was Dylan & Blake.The Tuomy-Wilhoit twins made their TV debut when they were just toddlers on the popular ‘90s sitcom, Full House. As they grew up, they realized that they simply wanted to be normal kids, so the two went their separate ways. Dylan currently works as a sound technician on movie sets, and Blake is a full-time firefighter.
Kevin Jonas- App Entrepreneur
Anyone who grew up in the ‘00s will remember the Jonas Brothers. This quirky, preppy pop band had a short stint as a successful act, and even made appearances in TV shows and movies. However, the brothers disbanded in 2013 and have now gone their separate ways. Kevin has left the world of music behind him and is now focusing on app development, and promoting his successful restaurant locator app called Yood. He also dabbles in construction.
Carrie Henn – Teacher
If you don’t really recognize who this little actress was, try and envision her standing next to Sigourney Weaver. You got it? Yep, Carrie Henn starred alongside Weaver in Aliens – but this was the only movie she starred in. As soon as she wrapped up on set, she set about having a normal life and a normal childhood. She later obtained a degree in liberal studies and is now a teacher in an elementary school. Let’s hope she doesn’t show the kids Aliens…
Jack Gleeson- Student
Ahhhh, King Joffrey – is there anyone who actually liked him? Thankfully, the Game of Thrones character is nothing like the actor, Jack Gleeson. After his on-screen murder (which was pretty brutal) Jack Gleeson took the chance to take a step back from acting and focus on himself and his studies. He currently attends the Trinity College in Dublin and spends his time studying for his degree in philosophy and theology and running his own theater company. Wow.
Danny Lloyd- Biology Teacher
Danny Lloyd was the kind of child star that made us feel pretty weird. On the one hand, he was pretty adorable. On the other hand, he starred in all of the horror films that scared us senseless. His most notable role was in Stanley Kubrick’s psychological thriller, The Shining *shivers*. However, he soon left the world of acting to pursue his true passion – biology. He is now a biology teacher at his local community college.
George Foreman – Business owner and grill extraordinaire
Although he’s no longer taking the Gold Medal in the boxing ring, George Foreman is still just as famous with a normal job as he was when he was a two-time heavyweight champion (which is pretty darn impressive). After hanging up his gloves, Foreman became the sole endorser for the famous fat-reducing grill that all of us have in our kitchens. In fact, the company has sold over 100 million grills across the world!
Leanna Creel- Production Company CEO
Leanna Creel was a huge hit in the ‘80s, and made a name for herself alongside her identical twin sisters! The trio was hugely successful after they appeared in The Parent Trap movies and some of the most popular TV shows of the time. Leanna managed to break free from her siblings in the late ‘80s after she managed to bag herself a leading role in Saved By The Bell. Now, she owns her own production company.
Brittany Ashton Holmes- Barista
You probably remember this little cutie from the epic 1994 movie, The Little Rascals. Brittany starred as the adorable Darla but left the world of Hollywood after she finished shooting for the role. For the next part of her life, Brittany Ashton Holmes was raised as an ordinary kid (you know, like us) and is now studying political science at college. But of course, college isn’t cheap, so Brittany is working at Starbucks as a barista part-time.
Jonathan Bennett- Spin Class Trainer
Remember when Aaron Samuels asked Cady Heron what day it was? Yep, it was October 3rd. Well, the actor who played Aaron Samuels left the limelight after starring alongside Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls and took a very different path. Nowadays, Jonathan Bennett spends most of his time teaching spin classes in Los Angeles. He’s still acting on the side, though, and has got himself a pretty yummy hosting job on the popular baking show, Cake Wars.
Ariana Richards- Painter
Let’s be honest, Jurassic Park is one of our favorite movie franchises EVER and features some of cinemas most iconic characters – including Lex Murphy. Ariana Richards starred in Jurassic Park and the epic sequel, The Lost World. However, the Hollywood life just wasn’t for her, and Richards retired from the world of acting in 2001. Nevertheless, she hasn’t left the world of art and is using a degree in Fine Arts and Drama to help her career as a painter.
Jennie Garth – Business owner
Although we all know her name is Jennie Garth, we can’t help but call this actress Kelly Taylor – because she will always be one of our favorite Beverly Hills 90210 characters (we love you, Kelly). A few years ago, Jennie appeared in the modern take on the show before leaving her acting days behind her for a more business-centered career. In 2017, she launched her own project called MomGiftBox.com where she makes and sells pamper boxes for hard-working moms.
Vanilla Ice- Real Estate Agent
If you were lucky enough to live through the days of the Vanilla Ice heyday, you probably still know all of the lyrics to ‘Ice Ice Baby’ (go on, you can admit it). It’s fair to say that Vanilla Ice was a bit of a one-hit wonder – but that one hit made him millions. After hitting the jackpot with his iconic song, Vanilla Ice used the money to invest in property, and flip houses to make a profit.
Chris Owen- Waiter
There are numerous reasons why we love the American Pie films, and The Sherminator is one of them. Sure, he wasn’t the coolest of kids in the world – but he was bloomin’ hilarious. Owens is still acting in small roles today, but these jobs aren’t enough to pay the bills. So, when he’s not attending auditions or putting even more gel in his hair, he’s serving customers at a sushi restaurant. We kinda miss him. Come back, Sherminator.
MC Hammer – App entrepreneur
STOP, HAMMER TIME (cue MC Hammer dancing). Of course, we all know MC Hammer and his hammer pants, and he is still one of the most famous names in the business. However, he’s no longer singing and dancing but has found himself a normal job – well, as normal as it can be for an internationally recognized rapper. Nowadays, Hammer works as a new media app entrepreneur and sells his products in Ivy League colleges. Not bad, ey?
Kevin Kennedy- Business Man
You probably remember Kevin Kennedy as Curly Watts from the long-running British television series, Coronation Street. Since the show went off the air in 2003, Kennedy has made a few TV appearances in various shows, but he has turned his career focus to his wife’s organization, Kennedy St Recovery Services. The company offers different types of detox programs and phone counseling, as well as professional business advice and coaching.
Tommy Rettig- Computer Engineer
Although he is no longer with us, after passing away in 1993 from a heart attack, Tommy Rettig was a household names in the 50s, most famously known as Jeff in Lassie. It was difficult for Tommy (who preferred to be called Tom, as he got older) to transition from child actor to adult actor. For the last 15 years of his life, he decided to leave the acting world and learn computer programming. He worked with computers until the day he died.
Erin Moran- Failed Author
Erin Moran’s story started out promising, but ended up thoroughly depressing. After her role as Joanie Cunningham on the hit series Happy Days came to an end, Erin found it difficult to find other acting roles. Eventually, after losing a lawsuit concerning unreceived royalties from that show, Erin had to move into her mother’s railer home. She attempted to write a few books, but none were successful. She died young, at the age of 56, of throat cancer.
Lark Voorhies- Author
Lark Voorhies is most known for her role as Lisa Turtle on Saved By The Bell, which ran from 1989 to 1993. After the show went off the air, Voorhies continued to pursue her acting career, featuring in various television shows up until 2008. She discovered that her true passion was in writing, as has been an author ever since.
Nikki Blonsky- Hairstylist
Nikki Blonsky became one of the leading ladies in Hollywood after her awesome performance as Tracy Turnblad in the popular movie-musical, Hairspray. However, it seems a leading role doesn’t always open doors for you, as Blonsky struggled to bag herself any roles after the film. So, to pay her bills, she works as a makeup artist and hairstylist (there is definitely some kinda dramatic irony in that career choice) in a salon in Great Neck, New York.
Jon Gosselin- DJ & Line Cook
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to raise eight kids? No, neither have we – but we still watched Jon & Kate Plus 8 in the late ‘00s. The man who fathered the twins and sextuplets was Jon Gosselin, who enjoyed a short stint of fame from the show. Nowadays, Jon is feeding his eight kids through his full-time job as a DJ, and an extra part-time job as a line cook at a popular chain restaurant.
Lisa Jakub – Writer
Lisa Jakub appeared in one of the greatest movies of all time, and appeared alongside one of the greatest actors of all time – yep, we’re talking about Mrs. Doubtfire. This young actress played Sally Field, and later bagged herself small roles in various movies. However, she has since retired from the world of acting and embarked on a normal life. She has since become a writer, and published her first book called ‘You Look Like That Girl.’
Tony Danza- English Teacher
Tony Danza was one of the biggest names of the ‘90s. He starred in popular shows such as Who’s The Boss? Taxi, and The Tony Danza Show (naturally). He took a break from the world of acting between 2009 and 2010 to embark on a new TV project – where he became an English Teacher. Yep, the actor took part in a TV show called Teach: Tony Danza, which followed the lives of teachers at the Northeast Philadelphia High School.
Gene Hackman- Author
Although he was deep into acting from the early 1960’s, by 2004, Gene Hackman decided he’d had enough with the world of Hollywood. You may recognize the big time ex-actor from hit films such as Crimson Tide and Welcome To Mooseport (where he starred opposite Ray Romano). Gene found that acting wasn’t his only passion, and he now spends most of his time writing historical fiction novels.
Erik Per Sullivan- Student
It seems that Malcolm in the Middle might have had a negative effect on actors wanting to continue in Hollywood. As we’ve seen with Frankie Muniz, his on-screen younger brother also decided that the limelight was not for him. Erik keeps his private life very…private. It was last known that he graduated from University of Southern California in 2010. Nowadays, he is most likely doing something so “normal” that no one even notices he used to be a celebrity.
Geena Davis- Activist
You probably know Geena Davis from hit films and television shows like Beetlejuice, Stuart Little, and Grey’s Anatomy. Although she’s been acting up until 2017, Davis is a brand new addition to this list, as she decided this year that she was going to officially leave Hollywood to start her own foundation called The Geena Davis Institute. The foundation’s primary focus is to promote gender equality in the media.
Peter Billingsley- Producer
Peter Billingsley is definitely most famous for his role as Ralphie in A Christmas Story (which plays on repeat for all of Christmas Day in the US, so you’re bound to have seen his face at least once or twice). Billingsley had a number of other roles in movies and televsion shows, as well as some commercials. He is still making an appearance here and there in Hollywood, but discovered that he likes the production aspect of show business. He most recently took part in the production of Iron Man.
Barret Oliver- Photography Teacher
Barret Oliver had a promising career ahead of him as a child actor, his biggest, most notable role being that of Bastian in A Neverending Story. However in 1989, Barret decided he’d had enough and left the acting scene for good. Since leaving Hollywood, Barret has lived in LA working as a photography teacher. Most recently, he has written a few books on specialization on photography tricks.
Sarah Michelle Gellar- Entrepreneur
We all wanted to be Sarah Michelle Gellar when we were kids. She got to hang out with vampires and werewolves, and she was always kicking butt. Although Gellar got her first acting gig in 1993, she truly rose to fame for her role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She left the limelight soon after but is still an inspiration. In recent years, Sarah Michelle Gellar has founded a startup that produces and sells baking kits for children.
Andrea Elson – Yoga teacher
Andrea Elson was the ultimate child star back in the day – but she wasn’t just a talented actress, she was also a model (as if we couldn’t be any more jealous). Throughout the course of her short career, she made a name for herself in the likes of Whiz Kids and ALF. Nowadays, she has left her acting days behind her and is now working as a yoga teacher and blogger. So basically, she’s still insanely cool.
Lucy Liu- Visual Artist
Lucy Liu began her acting career in the early 90s, her defining role being on the television series: Ally McBeal. She also had major roles in Kill Bill, Charlie’s Angels, and even voiced a chaacter in the cartoon, Kung Fu Panda. Nowadays, Lucy Liu has left the acting game to pursue her true passion, visual art. She uses a pseudonym, Yu Ling, to sign her artwork, and donates a lot of the pieces to charity.