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 retired from acting 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." Other actors who quit working in Hollywood include Sean Connery and Cary Grant.
Why do you think these famous people decided to step out of the spotlight? What do you think about an actor who quits from show business? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
In 2002, Austin Powers actress Elizabeth Hurley stopped acting so that she could raise her son.
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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In 2003, Sean Connery retired from Hollywood after his box office flop The League of Extraordinary Gentleman was released.
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
#8 on The Coolest Actors Eversee more on Sean Connery
In 1965, Cary Grant retired from acting to focus on being a father. He was 62 at the time.
Age: Died at 82 (1904-1986)
Birthplace: Horfield, United Kingdom
Credits: His Girl Friday, Notorious, North by Northwest, Charade
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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."
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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In 1967, 39-year-old Shirley Temple turned her back on Hollywood. She went on to become an ambassador to the United Nations.
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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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.
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
#29 on The Greatest '80s Teen Starssee more on Phoebe Cates
Actress Meg Ryan stepped out of the Hollywood spotlight after she divorced her husband, Dennis Quaid, in 2001.
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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Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson withdrew from the spotlight from the late '70s until the 2000s due to drug addiction and mental illness.
Birthplace: Los Angeles, Inglewood, 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
#87 on The Best Rock Vocalists
#57 on The Best Frontmen in Rocksee more on Brian Wilson