celebrity facts 25 Celebrities Who Quit Being Famous

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Celebrities Who Quit Being Famous, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. It seems like everyone wants to be famous these days, but believe it or not, some very popular celebrities have decided to step out of the spotlight. Some famous people quit because they don't want to deal with the pressure of being a celebrity, while others quit so that they can raise a family.

Who is the most famous person who quit being famous? Elizabeth Hurley tops our list. In 2002, the Austin Powers actress stopped acting so that she could raise her son. "I just can't really make movies as well as be a mum and live in England," she told New York Magazine. "Something had to give, and I decided it wasn't going to be my relationship with my son. I decided I wanted to take him to school every day, which I do." Other famous actresses who quit being famous include Phoebe Cates, Meg Ryan, and Greta Garbo.

Dave Chappelle stunned fans and Hollywood insiders when he left the super successful "Chappelle's Show" at the height of its popularity in 2005. Chappelle took a trip to South Africa to regroup. He spoke about the decision, stating, "coming here I don't have the distractions of fame. It quiets the ego down. I'm interested in the kind of person I've got to become. I want to be well rounded and the industry is a place of extremes. I want to be well balanced."

Why do you think these famous people decided to step out of the spotlight? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Elizabeth Hurley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 25 Celebrities Who Quit Being Famous
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In 2002, Austin Powers actress Elizabeth Hurley stopped acting so that she could raise her son.

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Age: 51

Birthplace: Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor

Credits: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Bedazzled, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Serving Sara

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#45 on The Best Living English Actresses

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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 25 Celebrities Who Quit Being Famous
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In 2003, Sean Connery retired from Hollywood after his box office flop The League of Extraordinary Gentleman was released.

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Age: 85

Birthplace: Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Rock

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#56 on The Best Actors Working Today

#32 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 25 Celebrities Who Quit Being Famous
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In 1965, Cary Grant retired from acting to focus on being a father.  He was 62 at the time.

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Age: Died at 82 (1904-1986)

Birthplace: Horfield, United Kingdom

Profession: Actor

Credits: His Girl Friday, Notorious, North by Northwest, Charade

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#14 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#12 on The Best English Actors of All Time

#20 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

#27 on The Best Actors in Film History

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Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 25 Celebrities Who Quit Being Famous
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Dave Chappelle stunned fans and Hollywood insiders when he left the super successful "Chappelle's Show" at the height of its popularity in 2005. Chappelle took a trip to South Africa to regroup. He spoke about the decision, stating, "Coming here, I don't have the distractions of fame. It quiets the ego down. I'm interested in the kind of person I've got to become. I want to be well rounded and the industry is a place of extremes. I want to be well balanced."

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Age: 43

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Actor, + more

Credits: Block Party, Half Baked, Chappelle's Show, Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth

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#27 on The Funniest People of All Time

#75 on Celebrities Who Should Run for President

#6 on The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

#36 on Who Should Replace Jon Stewart as Host of The Daily Show?

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Shirley Temple is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 25 Celebrities Who Quit Being Famous
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In 1967, 39-year-old Shirley Temple turned her back on Hollywood. She went on to become an ambassador to the United Nations.

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Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Profession: Politician, Diplomat, Actor, Singer Dancer

Credits: The Little Princess, Fort Apache, Heidi, Shirley Temple's Storybook

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#69 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#6 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

#28 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

#89 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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Phoebe Cates is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 25 Celebrities Who Quit Being Famous
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High actress Phoebe Cates retired from acting in 1994 to raise her children and to spend time with her husband, Kevin Kline.

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Age: 53

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Entrepreneur, Model, Actor

Credits: Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Gremlins, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Drop Dead Fred

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#29 on The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

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Meg Ryan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 25 Celebrities Who Quit Being Famous
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Actress Meg Ryan stepped out of the Hollywood spotlight after she divorced her husband, Dennis Quaid, in 2001.

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Age: 55

Birthplace: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Sleepless in Seattle, Anastasia, When Harry Met Sally..., You've Got Mail

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#50 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#16 on The Best Actors to Start Their Careers on Soaps

#34 on The Best Living American Actresses

#64 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 25 Celebrities Who Quit Being Famous
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Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson withdrew from the spotlight from the late '70s until the 2000s due to drug addiction and mental illness.

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Age: 74

Birthplace: Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Bassist, Arranger, Record producer, Pianist Musician, + more

Credits: Forrest Gump, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, Apocalypse Now

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#87 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#12 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

#56 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

#20 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

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