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Ellis Aponte Jr.
07-10-2008, 12:57 AM
Track the careers of most actors and you typically find after their glory years a long cooling-off period of TV movies, voice-over work, or sitcom cameos.

Which actors enjoyed notable success, were perhaps beloved or at least widely recognizable, still young, seemingly at the peak of their trajectory and then just suddenly stopped acting? For no obvious reason such as illness or legal trouble.

I have a couple of random ones:

Quentin Dean, a southern-accented actress, an attractive brunette, who appeared in In the Heat of the Night and the westerns Will Penny and Stay Away, Joe, plus some TV appearances, all in about a two-year span. And then nothing.

Joy Bang, whose name always stands out in credits. Cute, sort of a jailbait look (she was older than she seemed), a very authentic presence. She was memorable in many big movies of the early '70s such as Cisco Pike and Play It Again, Sam; lots of television roles. Then, after 1973, absolutely nothing.

What others?

Bricker
07-10-2008, 12:59 AM
Bridget Fonda. She said "I do" to Danny Elfman and that was it.

Sage Rat
07-10-2008, 01:28 AM
Bridget Fonda. She said "I do" to Danny Elfman and that was it.
Ditto Phoebe Cates (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoebe_Cates) upon marrying Kevin Kline.

I suspect that the rate will be higher with female actors in this thread. Partly through wanting to raise children, and partly due to the probably lower shelf life for an actress' career (e.g. only good till they've shown their tits a few times.)

Argent Towers
07-10-2008, 02:03 AM
Rand Kingsley (http://imdb.com/name/nm0455545/) nearly gave up acting completely after appearing in 3 Ninjas as the villain Hugo Snyder. Since his debut in 3 Ninjas, which earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor (!) he has appeared in only ONE movie, The Gardener, and that was ten fucking years ago. I don't know why he would abandon such a promising career, but there you have it. What caused his sudden downfall? Was it a debilitating drug addiction? A religious cult? Was he put in federal prison for tax fraud?

FriarTed
07-10-2008, 02:24 AM
Rick Moranis, retired. Apparently, the HONEY, I SHRUNK movies did VERY well for him.

Manduck
07-10-2008, 02:24 AM
The canonical examples are Greta Garbo and Grace Kelly.

Morbo
07-10-2008, 02:27 AM
Child acrors could fill this catagory - likr the dude frin Willy Wonka

audit1
07-10-2008, 04:33 AM
Doris Day

Illuminatiprimus
07-10-2008, 04:49 AM
Jaye Davidson who played Ra in the film Stargate and Dil in The Crying Game. Was nominated for an oscar for the latter role but after Stargate quit acting and went back to working in fashion.

Wendell Wagner
07-10-2008, 05:43 AM
According to various online sources, Joy Bang quit acting to become a nurse and now lives in Minnesota.

Cicero
07-10-2008, 05:57 AM
I think Randolph Scott- although not young would be one who quit on his terms. He just said- it is no longer part of my life.

Linty Fresh
07-10-2008, 06:01 AM
A lot of the SNL crowd. Chris Farley, John Belushi, Phil Hartman. What?

Seriously, the one I always think about is Sarah Holcomb from Animal House and Caddyshack. The drugs and partying caught up to her, and she developed mental problems. According to rumors she's been living quietly and has mostly gotten her act together, but her celebrity days are over.

Sigmagirl
07-10-2008, 07:57 AM
Robert Donat won a Best Actor Oscar in 1939 for Goodbye, Mr. Chips and largely was forced to retire after that because of asthma.

jayjay
07-10-2008, 08:52 AM
Doris Day

I was all ready to contradict you when I went to IMDB and saw you were right...Day hasn't had an acting role since 1973 when her variety show went off the air.

I think I was actually thinking of Debbie Reynolds, who does keep her hand in with TV and movie roles.

VunderBob
07-10-2008, 09:00 AM
Christine Cavanaugh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_Cavanaugh), a very talented voice (Chucky on Rugrats; Babe in Babe) quit doing voice work and is living in obscurity.

Shoeless
07-10-2008, 09:07 AM
I was going to say Melinda Dillon. I don't think I've seen her in anything other than "Close Encounters" and "A Christmas Story", but according to IMDB she's still plugging away in movies and TV, just stuff I haven't seen. So, um, never mind.

h.sapiens
07-10-2008, 09:26 AM
Deanna Durbin (http://imdb.com/name/nm0002052/), who was a huge star in the 30's and 40's, retired at age 28 and has lived a reclusive life ever since.

Diogenes the Cynic
07-10-2008, 09:40 AM
Bridget Fonda. She said "I do" to Danny Elfman and that was it.
I was going to say this one, but since you got there first, I'll say Debra Winger instead.

fusoya
07-10-2008, 09:44 AM
Chris Tucker is the first one that comes to mind for me. His resume for the last 10 years is Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2 and Rush Hour 3. He's stated that it isn't because he can't find work (on the contrary, he turns down work) but because he doesn't enjoy the career and prefers to do stand up comedy, and will only make an exception to work with Jackie Chan.

Max Torque
07-10-2008, 09:50 AM
There are two child actors I can think of: Peter Ostrum (http://imdb.com/name/nm0652578/), who played Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Apparently just decided making movies wasn't for him; now, apparently, he's a large animal vet in the state of New York.

And of course Carrie Henn (http://imdb.com/name/nm0001343/), who played Newt in Aliens. Quit acting after that one role. Today she's a schoolteacher.

Skywatcher
07-10-2008, 09:59 AM
Michelle Meyrink (Revenge of the Nerds, Real Genius, Nice Girls Don't Explode) reportedly felt Hollywood was too fast-paced and went on a three-month hiatus, which subsequently became permanent.

pravnik
07-10-2008, 09:59 AM
Chris Makepeace from Meatballs and My Bodyguard. A few roles in the 80's, four in the 90's, and a pilot in 2001.

Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
07-10-2008, 09:59 AM
Yvonne Lime (http://imdb.com/name/nm0510768/) married producer Don Fedderson ("The Millionaire," "My Three Sons," "Family Affair"), and stopped waiting for calls from her agent.

pepperlandgirl
07-10-2008, 10:05 AM
I think Randolph Scott- although not young would be one who quit on his terms. He just said- it is no longer part of my life.

By the same token, Cary Grant's acting career slowed down after 1960 and stopped completely in 1966--twenty years before his death.

Sublight
07-10-2008, 10:14 AM
Gabe Kaplan from Welcome Back, Kotter. From what I read on The Motley Fool, he invested wisely and didn't have any uncontrollable habits.

According to imdb, in 2007 he had his first film or tv appearance since 1984, so this may be a comeback of sorts.

ETA: My mistake, he's also a poker enthusiast, and so has been providing commentary at a number of celebrity poker tournaments.

jayjay
07-10-2008, 10:19 AM
ETA: My mistake, he's also a poker enthusiast, and so has been providing commentary at a number of celebrity poker tournaments.

"Did I ever tell you about my great-uncle Eugene, who lost his house playing poker with Al Capone?"

Elendil's Heir
07-10-2008, 11:56 AM
Jimmy Cagney didn't appear on screen from 1961 through 1981 (from One, Two, Three to his final appearance, in Ragtime). Acc. to Wiki, he had health problems, was learning to paint, and just liked puttering around on his farm in upstate New York.

KneadToKnow
07-10-2008, 12:18 PM
I was gonna say Claudia Wells (http://imdb.com/name/nm0920148/), but IMDb says she's in something new.

dropzone
07-10-2008, 12:35 PM
Yvonne Lime (http://imdb.com/name/nm0510768/) married producer Don Fedderson ("The Millionaire," "My Three Sons," "Family Affair"), and stopped waiting for calls from her agent.That's what you call a "good career move." I usually assume that actresses I haven't seen lately have at least partially retired because they have married well. Even a woman who is past her prime as far as the silver screen is concerned can make fine and impressive arm candy for some rich old goat to show off at the country club. That's a happier assumption than "she ODed in a gas station bathroom."

I can fully understand why someone, especially someone who has invested wisely or married someone with money or a good job, would quit acting. It seems glamorous if you do not look at it too closely but close up it seems to be a really miserable job with long hours, long stretches away from ones family, seemingly endless repetion, and the constant threat of rejection, either at the box office/TV network or when trying out for a new role. I think of acting as long stretches of unemployment and unsuccessful job interviews punctuated by an occasional really boring job. It can even make trading on ones fame to sell more real estate or insurance sound attractive.

MovieMogul
07-10-2008, 12:46 PM
Rand Kingsley (http://imdb.com/name/nm0455545/) nearly gave up acting completely after appearing in 3 Ninjas as the villain Hugo Snyder. Since his debut in 3 Ninjas, which earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor (!) :dubious: I assume you're making some kind of Whoosh-joke here....

TV time
07-10-2008, 12:49 PM
I would have to go with Leonard Whiting (played Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in 1968). He won the Golden Globe for that and had a few very minor films but basically quit acting. I suppose that that film has been watched by more people than almost any other so I guess he was forever destined to compete with himself. But porbably more people have seen his bare butt than anyone else (with the possible exception of the Coppertone ad girl) in the world.

Ol'Gaffer
07-10-2008, 01:00 PM
Ilan Mitchell-Smith (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilan_Mitchell-Smith), best known for playing Wyatt to Michael Anthony Hall's Gary in Weird Science left acting in 1991, eventually earned a Ph.D from Texas A&M, and is now professor in Texas.

Phlosphr
07-10-2008, 01:05 PM
Whose the kid who played Ralphie in A Christmas Story? He did nothing for years then I just saw him in Break-up with Vince Vaughn and Jenn Anniston. When I saw him I said to my wife: Holy shit that's Ralphie!

Sigmagirl
07-10-2008, 01:12 PM
Good Career Move would be like Jennifer Jones, who won the Best Actress Oscar in 1944 for Song of Bernadette. She married David O. Selznick, and after he died she made only two more movies (she made only two dozen all told anyway).

jayjay
07-10-2008, 01:20 PM
Whose the kid who played Ralphie in A Christmas Story? He did nothing for years then I just saw him in Break-up with Vince Vaughn and Jenn Anniston. When I saw him I said to my wife: Holy shit that's Ralphie!

Peter Billingsley. And he (along with the aforementioned Anthony Michael Hall) sure did grow up nicely!

He was in The Breakup because he's fairly good friends with Vince Vaughn. He's been involved mostly on the other side of the camera, as a director and producer, although he HAS been acting occasionally, as well.

yellowval
07-10-2008, 01:29 PM
Child acrors could fill this catagory - likr the dude frin Willy Wonka
Peter Ostrum. I watched a show about child stars recently and learned that he is now a veterinarian.

SuperNelson
07-10-2008, 01:32 PM
"Star" may be a bit of a stretch, but I recently saw on CNN that Isaak Lidskey (http://imdb.com/name/nm0509240/), of "Saved by the Bell 2" is now clerking for Sandra Day O'Connor. (http://cnn.com/2008/US/06/20/blind.law.clerk/) Even more impressively, he's the first legally blind law clerk in Supreme Court history.

JThunder
07-10-2008, 02:11 PM
Except for a few predictable cartoon voiceover roles, Burt Ward pretty much stopped acting for years after the Batman TV series ended.

Of course, there was a reason for that.

Interrobang!?
07-10-2008, 02:20 PM
Jennifer Runyon -- probably most famous for her small part in Ghostbusters as the favored subject of one of Bill Murray's psychic experiments. Or for being on Charles in Charge 1.0. I had a huge crush on her in my early adolescence.

Per IMDB, she hasn't worked since '93 (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0001690/), when she did Carnosaur.

Agnostic Pagan
07-10-2008, 02:53 PM
Kaki Hunter who played Wendy in the Porkys trilogy. According to IMDB, she had a bit part in 1991, but essentially quit Hollywood after those movies and now lives in Utah building what look suspiciously like hobbit dwellings. Earthbag Buildings. (http://newsociety.com/bookid/3842) I gotta admit it looks like a pretty cool idea.

Robot Arm
07-10-2008, 03:30 PM
Jennifer Runyon -- probably most famous for her small part in Ghostbusters as the favored subject of one of Bill Murray's psychic experiments. Or for being on Charles in Charge 1.0. I had a huge crush on her in my early adolescence.

Per IMDB, she hasn't worked since '93 (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0001690/), when she did Carnosaur.If your career trajectory went from Ghostbuster to Carnosaur (with a made-for-TV Brady Bunch reunion movie in between), you'd get out of the business, too. What's next, looping dialog for porn actresses who whistle on their S's? A straight-to-video Murder, She Wrote prequel? Dancing With the Stars? How low do you want this poor woman to sink?

Too bad, though, definite babe.

Interrobang!?
07-10-2008, 04:11 PM
Hey, now. Her trajectory started with Up the Creek. Ghostbusters is just the zenith.

RealityChuck
07-10-2008, 05:03 PM
Ruby Keeler was a major star in the 30s, but quit when she married her second husband.

Louise Brooks was a big silent film star who pretty much left films in the 30s (she wasn't getting good parts and didn't like Hollywood) to become a writer.

Inigo Montoya
07-10-2008, 05:06 PM
A lot of the SNL crowd. Chris Farley, John Belushi, Phil Hartman. What?I was going to do this with Natalie Wood but I see there I don't have a monopoly on testeless.

Illuminatiprimus
07-10-2008, 05:07 PM
The guy who played Oliver in the musical film version is now a chiropractor.

Ellis Aponte Jr.
07-10-2008, 05:09 PM
From the responses so far these strike me as the best examples:

Phoebe Cates
Doris Day- she quit at age 50, but probably would have quite five years earlier if
she hadn't have needed to do the TV show to clear some financial obligations
Deanna Durbin
Bridget Fonda
Greta Garbo
Grace Kelly
Jennifer Jones, although she was in The Towering Inferno in her 50s
Yvonne Lime
Michelle Meyrink
Rick Moranis, although apparently he still does voices
Leonard Whiting

James Cagney, Cary Grant, and Randolph Scott were already in their 60s when they quit (Cagney was in his 80s when he did Ragtime).

Clothahump
07-10-2008, 05:10 PM
Charmian Carr.

Played the incredibly beautiful Liesl in The Sound of Music, did two TV shows and that was it.

Ellis Aponte Jr.
07-10-2008, 05:13 PM
And Louise Brooks and Ruby Keeler, those are good ones.

Horatio Hellpop
07-10-2008, 05:13 PM
Arnold Schwarzenegger. Took a bit of a pay cut, I'm told.

Wayne Rogers

Lisa Gerritsen

Illuminatiprimus
07-10-2008, 05:18 PM
Arnold Schwarzenegger. Took a bit of a pay cut, I'm told. By the time Schwarzenegger left acting he already had enough money (and managed it intelligently enough) to not need movie pay cheques.

gaffa
07-10-2008, 05:36 PM
Michelle Meyrink (Revenge of the Nerds, Real Genius, Nice Girls Don't Explode) reportedly felt Hollywood was too fast-paced and went on a three-month hiatus, which subsequently became permanent.
It's amusing to think of the girl who played Jordan (based on a real person nicknamed Tigger) would find Hollywood "too fast-paced".

Also, Deborah Foreman (http://imdb.com/name/nm0286033/) hadn't done a film since 1991's "Lunatics: A Love Story" (which is actually a lot better than it sounds). She's spent her time making custom painted furnature and becoming a yoga instructor. But then she had a small part in a film (http://imdb.com/title/tt0756621) in 2008!

"Oh, 'cause I'm 19, I'm brilliant, I'm hyperkenetic...guys are a little afraid...possibly if I stopped to think about it, I'd be upset."

Valgard
07-10-2008, 05:38 PM
How about Shirley Black, aka Shirley Temple? Per IMDB she was born in 1928 and her last movie was 1949, although she did a little TV around 1960.

Sampiro
07-10-2008, 05:39 PM
I can't believe that this is post 52 and nobody's mentioned Joe Pesci. Basically decided while still getting big paychecks and big roles "I'm rich, I don't wanna do this any more... so I won't." He made a short cameo as an aging mob boss/worry-wart grandpa in that Matt Damon/Martin Scorcese movie (whose name I can't recall and don't feel like googling), but otherwise that's it for about the past 8 or 9 years.

Sampiro
07-10-2008, 05:45 PM
Ali McGraw was still doing pretty well when she stopped. She even turned down the role of Natalie Jastrow in War and Remembrance (great part, big paycheck, and she'd originated the character) and yet took a part in a Gunsmoke movie (http://imdb.com/title/tt0107062/) in which she played a character called "Uncle Jane"). Having seen her recently on an interview I was stunned to see on imdb that she's 70 years old! (Doesn't look it.)

Roderick Femm
07-10-2008, 06:30 PM
I was going to do this with Natalie Wood but I see there I don't have a monopoly on testeless.(emphasis added)

I'm so sorry to hear it! :(


Roddy

Roderick Femm
07-10-2008, 06:35 PM
Robert Donat won a Best Actor Oscar in 1939 for Goodbye, Mr. Chips and largely was forced to retire after that because of asthma.Sorry to disagree, but although he had to turn down a lot of action pictures, he did do 10 more films after Chips right up until his death in 1958. He would only work in England*, though, so many of them weren't popular here.

*His last film was Inn of the Sixth Happiness, which might have been filmed at least partly outside of England.


Roddy

Sattua
07-10-2008, 07:06 PM
Peter Billingsley. And he (along with the aforementioned Anthony Michael Hall) sure did grow up nicely!

He was in The Breakup because he's fairly good friends with Vince Vaughn. He's been involved mostly on the other side of the camera, as a director and producer, although he HAS been acting occasionally, as well.

Most recently, Peter Billingsley co-produced and played a small part in Iron Man.

Really.

Sigmagirl
07-10-2008, 08:22 PM
Sorry to disagree, but although he had to turn down a lot of action pictures, he did do 10 more films after Chips right up until his death in 1958. He would only work in England*, though, so many of them weren't popular here.

*His last film was Inn of the Sixth Happiness, which might have been filmed at least partly outside of England.


Roddy
That was why I put "largely." An actor of his success and stature would have had a huge career if not for his illness. I should have said it curtailed his career, not that he retired. I'm sorry.

ETA: on the way home I was thinking about Dolores Hart, star of King Creole with Elvis and Where the Boys Are, who made about 10 movies and then ditched the business for the convent. She's now Rev. Mother Dolores Hart but retains her voting membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences!

RealityChuck
07-10-2008, 09:16 PM
Raymond Griffith. He was a top silent comedian -- just slightly below Agee's big four*, and some critics (e.g., Walter Kerr) put him at that level (it's hard to say, since many of his films have been lost). But he walked away from films as soon as sound came in. It wasn't really due to illnesss, but he had lost his voice many years before and could only speak in a whisper. He went into film production at age 36.

*Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, and Langdon.

Sampiro
07-10-2008, 09:26 PM
Maureen O'Hara. She did return to acting for a while, but from 1973 (when she was still very much in demand) to 1991 she made no movies, and it was by choice. Ironically, what brought her back was John Candy's doggedness in wanting her to play his mom in Only the Lonely and her meetings with him. She found him charming and thought "well, it's a good role- why not". She was devastated when he died a few years later.
Since Only the Lonely she's acted occasionally- once every few years, nothing in quite a while though. She's in her late 80s now (and very very wealthy) but last time I saw her she was still beautiful. (She also grew up in an "Irish only" home- English is her second language.)

Inigo Montoya
07-10-2008, 09:26 PM
(emphasis added)

I'm so sorry to hear it! :(


Roddy
:smack: :smack: :smack: :smack:

TWDuke
07-10-2008, 09:38 PM
Maria Falconetti's performance in The Passion of Joan of Arc (http://imdb.com/title/tt0019254/) moved noted critic Pauline Kael to say it "may be the finest performance ever recorded on film." Falconetti never made another film.

Ellis Aponte Jr.
07-11-2008, 12:43 AM
This must have happened with many a silent film star. Theda Bara was retired at age 41 and Clara Bow at 28, although with Clara Bow there was both illness and legal trouble.

Quercus
07-11-2008, 08:27 AM
Did Carrie Fisher have too many tiny appearances/cameos to count?

Cicero
07-15-2008, 06:39 AM
Jo Ann Pflug would also qualify (original MASH movie)

bauble
07-15-2008, 11:02 AM
What about Jan Smithers? I can't remember the last time I saw her in anything.

And, now that I think on it, I haven't seen Harry Anderson in anything in a while, either.

gaffa
07-15-2008, 11:17 AM
And, now that I think on it, I haven't seen Harry Anderson in anything in a while, either.
He and his wife settled in New Orleans and opened a shop and a bar, although they moved to N. Carolina after Katrina. If he got residuals from "Night Court", he's pretty much set for life. Acting can be a stressful career, constantly worrying about when your next job is going to happen. I'd imagine that if you've had a success that ensured that you'd never have to worry about money again (assuming you managed things reasonably well), why bother?

Otto
07-15-2008, 11:26 AM
Louise Brooks was a big silent film star who pretty much left films in the 30s (she wasn't getting good parts and didn't like Hollywood) to become a writer.
A writer?! Sure, she wrote later, but that wasn't quite what she was doing shortly after exiting films.

Michael Schoeffling: played Jake Ryan in 16 Candles, hasn't worked since 1991.

Frank Jasper: played Brian Shute in Vision Quest. Hasn't worked since 1993. He's some sort of New Age-y practitioner in California.

wolfman
07-15-2008, 11:30 AM
By the time Schwarzenegger left acting he already had enough money (and managed it intelligently enough) to not need movie pay cheques.

I heard he married into a bit of money too.

bauble
07-15-2008, 11:38 AM
He and his wife settled in New Orleans and opened a shop and a bar, although they moved to N. Carolina after Katrina. If he got residuals from "Night Court", he's pretty much set for life. Acting can be a stressful career, constantly worrying about when your next job is going to happen. I'd imagine that if you've had a success that ensured that you'd never have to worry about money again (assuming you managed things reasonably well), why bother?


I'd heard he'd hung around after Katrina and tried to help the city get back on its feet, but the crime and local government's corruption finally got to be too much.

Moriarty
07-15-2008, 12:01 PM
"Star" may be a bit of a stretch, but I recently saw on CNN that Isaak Lidskey (http://imdb.com/name/nm0509240/), of "Saved by the Bell 2" is now clerking for Sandra Day O'Connor. (http://cnn.com/2008/US/06/20/blind.law.clerk/) Even more impressively, he's the first legally blind law clerk in Supreme Court history.

I went to middle school with Isaak!

Misnomer
07-15-2008, 12:08 PM
Wil Wheaton, child star of Stand by Me and Star Trek: The Next Generation, is now a husband, father, and author -- and has an open, well-written blog (WWdn: In Exile (http://wilwheaton.typepad.com/wwdnbackup/)).

diggleblop
07-15-2008, 12:50 PM
Gene Hackman

pepperlandgirl
07-15-2008, 01:31 PM
Wil Wheaton, child star of Stand by Me and Star Trek: The Next Generation, is now a husband, father, and author -- and has an open, well-written blog (WWdn: In Exile (http://wilwheaton.typepad.com/wwdnbackup/)).

He still acts, though. He was on Numb3rs last season, and while he seems to be more sanguine over whether or not he gets a part, he does still go to auditions and readings.

Sampiro
07-15-2008, 01:48 PM
Michael St. Gerard (http://imdb.com/name/nm0820544/) was a very hot young actor who was famous for two things: playing Link Larkin in the original John Waters Hairspray movie and for playing Elvis in a dozen other projects (Great Balls of Fire, Elvis: the Series, Quantum Leap, others- in short, he looked a lot like a young Elvis.

He gave up acting in his early 30s to concentrate on the ministry. Though white he's now a youth minister at a black church in Harlem.

KneadToKnow
07-15-2008, 01:51 PM
Though white
He still sounds black, though, right?

:)

Interrobang!?
07-15-2008, 02:10 PM
Oh, another one: Liesel Matthews. Played the lead role in The Little Princess, Harrison Ford's daughter in Air Force One, appeared a few years later in some movie I've never heard of, then poof! No more movies.

Of course, she's filthy stinking rich, so it's not like she needs the gigs. And she's in her early 20s, so she's got time to resume her career.

MovieMogul
07-15-2008, 02:15 PM
I can't believe that this is post 52 and nobody's mentioned Joe Pesci. Basically decided while still getting big paychecks and big roles "I'm rich, I don't wanna do this any more... so I won't." He made a short cameo as an aging mob boss/worry-wart grandpa in that Matt Damon/Martin Scorcese movie (whose name I can't recall and don't feel like googling), but otherwise that's it for about the past 8 or 9 years.Damon has only made one movie with Scorsese (The Departed), which Pesci wasn't in. You may be thinking of The Good Shepherd, directed by Scorsese-regular Robert DeNiro but which Marty himself had nothing to do with.

Duckster
07-15-2008, 02:40 PM
Gene Hackman
On July 7, 2004, Hackman gave a rare interview to Larry King, in which he announced that he had no future film projects lined up, and believes his acting career is over. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Hackman

Misnomer
07-15-2008, 03:18 PM
He still acts, though. He was on Numb3rs last season, and while he seems to be more sanguine over whether or not he gets a part, he does still go to auditions and readings.My bad! I'm only a casual reader of his blog, and I wasn't aware that he's still taking parts. :)

Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
07-15-2008, 03:27 PM
Jack Lord. During the last season of "Hawaii Five-O," he produced a pilot for a series that was not picked up ("M Station: Hawaii"). When Five-O ended, he called it a career, and retired.

He was set for life, not just for 12 years of a hit series, but he owned a piece of the show. Interestingly, I read somewhere that he was one of the people up for the role of "Captain Kirk," and wanted a piece of "Star Trek," if he got the job. According to that same article, Roddenberry didn't think too much of that.

SmackFu
07-15-2008, 03:30 PM
Gene Hackman is 78. That's plenty old enough to just plain retire.

Sampiro
07-15-2008, 03:32 PM
Damon has only made one movie with Scorsese (The Departed), which Pesci wasn't in. You may be thinking of The Good Shepherd, directed by Scorsese-regular Robert DeNiro but which Marty himself had nothing to do with.

[Ed McMahon]You are correct sir![/Ed McMahon]

Sorry about that. Anyway, he did it strictly as a favor to DeNiro. Like Rick Moranis, he decided to concentrate on his singing (though nobody else seems to have concentrated on it). Vincent Laguardia Gambini Sings Just for You (http://amazon.com/Vincent-Laguardia-Gambini-Sings-Just/dp/B00000DCHN/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1216153842&sr=8-1)

Sampiro
07-15-2008, 03:43 PM
Most of the cast of Head of the Class seems to have stopped acting (or it quit them, one or the other). Tony O'Dell- the cute snobby one- is now a massage therapist according to one source, while Dennis (the fat sloppy computer nerd) moved behind the camera and produces/directs some hit shows for the Disney channel. The redhead, Khrystine Haje (even I had a crush on her) still turns up occasionally (probably as a hobby since she never was that great as an actress and [according to a "where are they now?" article some years ago] she's independently wealthy from really good high-tech investments with her HotC paychecks).

wring
07-15-2008, 04:00 PM
What about Jan Smithers? I can't remember the last time I saw her in anything.


She was my nomination.

Sigmagirl
07-15-2008, 04:59 PM
That's Hackman's voice on Home Depot commercials, isn't it?

Illuminatiprimus
07-15-2008, 05:10 PM
I was about to say Cary Elwes (http://imdb.com/name/nm0000144/) who played Wesley in the Princess Bride, but then I looked at his IMDB entry and realised he's been in a shit load of films and TV shows, including ones I've seen. I never realised he was the same guy who played Jerry in Liar Liar.

jimmmy
07-15-2008, 06:34 PM
Ken Wahl (http://imdb.com/name/nm0906261/) walked away due to illness, then addiciton.

PastAllReason
07-15-2008, 07:56 PM
Most of the cast of Head of the Class seems to have stopped acting (or it quit them, one or the other). Tony O'Dell- the cute snobby one- is now a massage therapist according to one source, while Dennis (the fat sloppy computer nerd) moved behind the camera and produces/directs some hit shows for the Disney channel. The redhead, Khrystine Haje (even I had a crush on her) still turns up occasionally (probably as a hobby since she never was that great as an actress and [according to a "where are they now?" article some years ago] she's independently wealthy from really good high-tech investments with her HotC paychecks).
The one who has done really well behind the camera is Brian Robbins, who played Eric. According to IMDb (http://imdb.com/name/nm0005367/) the shows that he has produced or exec produced include One Tree Hill and Smallville, in addition to some movies like Wild Hogs.

diggleblop
07-15-2008, 11:10 PM
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Hackman

that explains it, cuz I was wondering where the hell he went. I know he does Lowes voice overs though...

TWDuke
07-16-2008, 02:15 AM
I can't believe that this is post 52 and nobody's mentioned Joe Pesci.He didn't stop, he paused.

TWDuke
07-16-2008, 02:33 AM
Oops, left something out of that last post. Pesci's new movie. (http://imdb.com/title/tt1125929/)

Arnold Schwarzenegger. Took a bit of a pay cut, I'm told.

Wayne Rogers

Lisa GerritsenTaking a break for a few years is not really the same as giving up acting. Schwarzenegger had a leading role in 2003 (Terminator 3), a minor role as recently as 2004 (Around the World in 80 Days), and will be able to devote a lot more time to his film career soon if he so chooses. He might never star in another blockbuster, but he'll probably be in demand for celebrity cameos for the rest of his life, and he seems to enjoy it.

Wayne Rogers appears not to have gone more than two years between movies from 1959 to 2003, when he turned 70. That includes periods when he was a regular on TV series.

Cub Mistress
07-16-2008, 08:32 AM
Dolores Hart (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolores_Hart) who left show business to become a nun after starring with Elvis.

dropzone
07-16-2008, 09:15 AM
Wayne Rogers appears not to have gone more than two years between movies from 1959 to 2003, when he turned 70. That includes periods when he was a regular on TV series.And may do more with the market going down: http://tipstraders.com/tipster.php?tp=567

myskepticsight
07-16-2008, 09:29 AM
He still acts, though. He was on Numb3rs last season, and while he seems to be more sanguine over whether or not he gets a part, he does still go to auditions and readings.

And I've seen him on those VH1 shows before where celebs, comedians, and media personalities talk about 70s/80s/90s/00s, other celebs, etc.

Misnomer
07-16-2008, 11:16 AM
And I've seen him on those VH1 shows before where celebs, comedians, and media personalities talk about 70s/80s/90s/00s, other celebs, etc.But to be fair (to me ;)), that's not really acting.

bonzer
07-16-2008, 04:22 PM
He would only work in England*, though, so many of them weren't popular here.

*His last film was Inn of the Sixth Happiness, which might have been filmed at least partly outside of England.

Though The Inn of the Sixth Happiness notoriously used Wales as a substitute for China (http://imdb.com/title/tt0051776/locations). Not England, but not abroad either.

Cat Whisperer
07-16-2008, 05:56 PM
I was going to say McLean Stevenson, but looking at his IMDB page he was working last in 1993, and died in 1996, so I guess he has a good reason for not doing anything more recently. (He's another guy whose IMDB list is surprisingly long!)

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