Most people can think of nothing better than being a celebrity. With this status often comes fame and fortune, allowing actors, singers, and other public figures to live a life of luxury that the rest of the public can only dream of. Yet, despite the fact that being a celebrity is something that many aspire to, there are those who have turned their back on fame and quit show business to go back to living a normal life.
These aren't famous movie stars who were hounded out of Hollywood for their behavior or musicians who had breakdowns. Instead, these are promising talented people who quit well before their time. Whether they just couldn’t handle the fame that came with the job or had to leave it all behind because of personal tragedy, these are famous people who gave up their fame and now work normal jobs. These people who quit acting to lead regular lives remind us that celebrity is fleeting and not always desirable.
Most people remember Rick Moranis for his comedic roles in movies such as Ghostbusters, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and Little Shop of Horrors. Following the death of his wife in 1991 from breast cancer, the actor slowly began to scale back his work commitments as he took sole responsibility for bringing up his children as a single father. By 1997, he had quit acting completely.
"I'm a single parent, and I just found that it was too difficult to manage raising my kids and doing the traveling involved in making movies," he told USA Today. "So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn't miss it."
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The Malcolm in the Middle star was once considered one of the rising stars of Hollywood and appeared in a host of movies after his tenure on the hit TV show. However, he effectively quit acting in 2008. He wasn’t particularly sick of the business, as he has still appeared in some brief roles, but he wanted to concentrate on other interests.
Muniz has also taken part in motorsports and drummed in an alternative band. In 2017, he confirmed that he was managing a band.
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Phoebe Cates sprung to stardom as a child actress. Her standout moment came in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, when she instantly became a global sex symbol. She also had breakout roles in Gremlins and Drop Dead Fred before finally retiring from acting in 1994.
The primary reason behind this was so that she could settle down with her husband Kevin Kline and look after their children. Cates has since started her own business in New York, selling women’s clothing and jewelry.
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Charlie Korsmo had childhood roles in Hook and What About Bob? and is easily recognizable among '90s kid actors. Despite putting out six movies between 1990 and 1991, the North Dakota-born child actor quit making movies in 1998. Instead, he went to college and earned a degree in physics before going on to work for the Environmental Protection Agency.
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