The image we have of Hollywood stars and other celebrities is that they live the dream – they’re rich, famous, travel the world and have awesome parties. That, however, isn’t always true.
The pressure to perform, the constant scrutiny and lack of privacy gets to many stars. The pressure sometimes gets so much that many celebrities leave the spotlight altogether.
And then there are those celebrities who also have regular jobs, besides their acting careers. Here is a list of celebrities who have either left the limelight behind, or have day jobs over and above their acting careers.
1. Hank Aaron – From Baseball to Car Dealerships and Restaurants
Hank Aaron is best known for breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record while he played with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves – under extremely stressful conditions of racial hatred and death threats.
After he retired from professional baseball, he didn’t sit idle. Today, Hank Aaron owns multiple car dealerships in Atlanta, including a BMW dealership called Hank Aaron BMW. It seems he gives out a personally autographed baseball to every customer who buys a car from his dealership. Besides car dealerships, this baseball legend also owns more than 30 restaurants spread across Georgia and is currently the senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves.
2. Tommy Rettig – Lassie’s Owner Turns to Software Engineering
Tommy Rettig is perhaps most well known as the boy actor who was the owner of Lassie. After his role in Lassie, Rettig also starred in a teenage drama called Never Too Young. However, like many child stars on this list, this young man left acting.
So, Rettig became a computer software engineer. The biggest challenge he faced was people recognizing him as the boy star of Lassie. He occasionally gave motivational speeches throughout his life, but mostly did what he loved best – software engineering. He passed away in 1996.
3. George Foreman – The Legendary Boxer Becomes a Legendary Griller
This professional boxing legend won an Olympic gold medal and the International Boxing Research Organization has named him the 8th greatest heavyweight boxer of all time.
Interestingly enough, he became a household name not because of his boxing achievements but because of his passion for grilling! Foreman was asked by the grill maker to endorse their appliance because he was known for his healthy eating habits. The George Foreman Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine is so popular that more than 100 million units have been sold. And Foreman is said to have made $200 million from his endorsement of this product.
4. Barbi Benton – From the Pages of Playboy to Decorating Homes
Barbi Benton, whose real name is Barbara Lynn Klein, was one of the darlings of show biz. She was a Playboy bunny extraordinaire and also made several appearances in TV shows such as Hee Haw, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and most famously in Playboy After Dark. Benton also worked in a number of movies before she finally retired from the spotlight.
Today, she is married to real estate developer George Gradow and is an interior decorator.
5. Tony Danza – From the Screen to the Classroom
Tony Danza started his career as a professional boxer and then became an actor. He is best known for his role in Who’s the Boss. He then took a year off from acting and joined the world of education. Although it was captured on a reality TV show called Teach, Danza wasn’t acting. He was actually teachinga 10th grade English class in Philadelphia.
After the episodes were filmed, Danza berated the public for the way they treated teachers and said the world owed teachers an apology. In his latest venture, Danza plays a good, but not very honorable cop in Netflix’s The Good Cop, which has received good reviews.
6. Al Franken – Comedian Turns to Politics
Al Franken worked as a writer as well as an actor on Saturday Night Live and numerous comedy movies in the 80s and 90s. In this time, he received a lot of critical acclaim. He also wrote a number of books on politics, several of which were very satirical in nature.
His leaning towards politics finally won and he ran for the US Senate in 2008 from his home state of Minnesota. He was victorious in 2009 and was even re-elected in 2014, but retired on January 2, 2018, after several allegations of sexual harassment were made against him.
7. Steven Seagal – Not Just an Action Star
Steven Seagal has many talents. He started out as a respected martial artist in Japan, being the first foreigner to run an aikido dojo there. He then moved to California and started to make appearances in major Hollywood action movies.
Seagal also released two music albums and performed the scores of many of his films. He is also an environmentalist and an activist for animal rights and worked in law enforcement as a reserve deputy sheriff in Louisiana. Several sexual assault allegations have also been made against Seagal since the beginning of 2018.
He was granted Russian citizenship in 2016, and is now serving as a Special Envoy of the US.
8. Roseanne Barr – Comedian Finds Herself in Politics
Roseanne Barr is an award-winning sitcom actor who played a hilarious, slightly coarse mother in the self-titled series Roseanne. She is also known for her strong political views and in 2012, she represented the Peace and Freedom Party for the Presidential elections.
The series Roseanne was revived in 2018 and the new episodes got great ratings. However, the show was cancelled later in the year due to her posting a controversial tweet, which was labelled as racist. She later apologized for that tweet, calling it a “bad joke”. Today, she still works in politics.
9. Peter Ostrum – From the Chocolate Factory to a Veterinary Clinic
At the age of 12, Peter Ostrum played Charlie Bucket in the wildly popular Hollywood film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. After this movie, he was even offered a three year movie contract. However, Ostrum decided he did not want to be a full-time actor.
Instead, he became a veterinarian and received his veterinary degree from Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine. Today, he is a successful veterinarian, treating his horses and cattle.
10. Michael Schoeffling – A B-List Actor Chooses Carpentry Instead
Michael Schoeffling worked in Hollywood in the 1980s and 90s. He is best known for his work in films such as Vision Quest, Sixteen Candles and Mermaids. He never really made it to mega stardom and shifted careers in the 1990s.
Interestingly, he switched to carpentry, and has been extremely successful in that field. He has his own woodworking shop where he personally handcrafts wooden furniture.
11. Susan Boyle – A Cashier With a Killer Voice
Susan Boyle shot to instant fame when she stunned the nation on Britain’s Got Talent with her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” in 2009. Even the infamous Simon Cowell was floored by her performance.
In 2014, she made the headlines again when she reportedly applied for a cashier’s job. She later clarified that she had panicked under the pressure of so much fame that she wanted to try for some normalcy. However, she said, she still loved her job as a musician and to prove that, Boyle was confirmed as a contestant in September 2018 in America’s Got Talent: The Champions, premiering in January 2019.
12. Jim Carrey – A Man of Many Talents
Canadian-American actor Jim Carrey first came to fame for his role in the TV series In Living Color. Then he was given leading roles in Hollywood comedies such as Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Liar Liar, Dumb and Dumber, The Truman Show and Man on the Moon. He is perhaps most well-known for his portrayal of Stanley Ipkiss in The Mask.
However, Carrey recently stepped away from Hollywood to concentrate on his painting. He now has a solo exhibition of his paintings at a gallery in Las Vegas. He is still on the big screen though, with his latest show Kidding airing on Showtime.
13. Gary Dourdan – A Starring Role to an Occasional DJ
Gary Dourdan is most famous for his role as Warrick Brown in the popular TV series CSI. He was a part of the show for 8 years, but his character was killed off at the start of the ninth season, shocking audiences around the world.
CSI was not the only show that Dourdan has been on. He is also well known for his portrayal of Shazza Zulu in A Different World. Unfortunately, due to multiple run-ins with the law for assault, felony and drug related problems, he declared bankruptcy in 2012.
Today, Dourdan collects classic cars, works as an occasional DJ and does a few acting roles.
14. Vanilla Ice – A One-Hit Wonder Moves to the Real Estate Industry
Vanilla Ice rose to fame as a rapper in the 1980s and is most well-known for his hit single, Ice Ice Baby. Since then, he has continued to have an impact on pop culture but few know how much of an impact he has had on the real estate industry in America.
As a realtor, he buys houses, renovates them completely and then sells them at a profit. In fact, he has been so successful at his job that he has even started his own reality TV show called The Vanilla Ice Project. For the last 3 years, Vanilla Ice has been a headliner on the I Love the 90s Tour.
15. Lucy Liu – Chose a Discreet Career in Art
Lucy Liu is an acclaimed TV and Film actress who rose to fame with her portrayal of the character Ling Woo in the famous TV series Ally McBeal. She then went on to get key roles in Charlie’s Angels, Kill Bill and is currently starring in a drama series inspired by Sherlock Holmes called Elementary.
Despite her very lucrative acting career, Liu has another more secret career that she tries to keep from the public eye – visual art. She works under an alias, Yu Lang, and creates works of art ranging from paintings to collages.
Liu is also a single mother by choice, having had a son via a gestational surrogacy in 2015. His name is Rockwell Lloyd Liu.
16. Kirk Cameron – Found His Calling in the Church
This heartthrob of the 1980s was most famously known for his portrayal of Mike Seaver on the famous sitcom Growing Pains, for which he received 2 Golden Globe nominations. He was a prolific child actor, appearing in movies such as Like Father Like Son and Listen to Me.
However, he felt the call of God and left his acting career behind to become an evangelist. He founded a ministry called The Way of the Master in partnership with another evangelist, Ray Comfort. He also co-founded another ministry called The Firefly Foundation with his wife, Chelsea Noble. Cameron still makes occasional screen appearances till today, but his first love remains his ministry.
17. Nick Offerman – An Actor and Carpenter
Nick Offerman came to fame when he played the part of Ron Swanson on the hit sitcom series Parks and Recreation. He even received a Television Critics Association Award for this role. He also acted as Karl Weathers in the TV series Fargo, for which he also won critical acclaim.
While he still occasionally acts, Offerman has built an alternate career for himself, one that mirrors his role in Parks and Recreation. He is a real-life carpenter! He owns his own carpentry shop called Offerman Woodshop in Los Angeles and is now famous for his beautiful craftsmanship.
18. Tiffany Darwish – The Former Singer Opens up Shop
Known simply as Tiffany, Darwish shot to fame with her hit single I Think We’re Alone Now in 1987. Both the single and the album Tiffany reached the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 music charts.
She released a number of albums in her heyday and even made a few appearances on TV shows. However, since then, she has moved on to start her own business. She owns and runs a vintage boutique in East Nashville.
In January 2018, Darwish joined the reality TV show I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here as a contestant.
19. Elizabeth Berkley – TV Star and Book Writer
Elizabeth Berkley was a household name in the 1990s thanks to her roles in Saved by the Bell and the movie Showgirls. She appeared in many TV shows, stage productions and films during her career. She even contested in the hit reality TV show, Dancing with the Stars.
Berkley is also a writer and released a book called Ask-Elizabeth in 2011. She is a passionate animal rights activist as well.
20. Jennie Garth – From Beverly Hills to E-Commerce
American actress Jennie Garth is most well-known for her performances as Kelly Taylor in Beverly Hills 90210 and as Valerie Tyler in What I Like About You. She even had her own reality TV show called Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country in 2012.
Later, she bowed out of Hollywood and started her own online business called MomGiftBox.com. The idea behind her business was to create an online subscription range of products that were focused on pampering mothers and every sale made would benefit a chosen charity.
21. Danny Lloyd – The Shining Star Chooses a Career in Teaching
Danny Lloyd was the child actor that was made famous by his role as Danny Torrance in the horror classic The Shining. He also played the part of “Young Liddy” in the TV film Will: G. Gordon Liddy. After that, he retired from acting. He said he did not wish to continue as an actor and went on to become a teacher.
Since 2007, he has been teaching Biology at a community college in Louisville in Kentucky.
22. Lark Voorhies – Retired From Hollywood to be a Writer
From 1989 to 1993, Lark Voorhies graced the TV screens as Lisa Turtle in the super hit series, Saved by the Bell. While she has appeared in a few roles since then, nothing reached the level of success she enjoyed in Saved by the Bell.
Dustin Diamond & Lark Voorhies during 1994 Kid’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Since she retired from Hollywood, Voorhies has dabbled in the music industry, where she appeared in a few music videos. She was also a part of a girl band called X-Girls. She went on to publish three books called Trek of the Cheshire, Reciprocity and A True Light.
23. Jeff Cohen – The Child Actor Turns to Law
Jeff Cohen was that adorable little kid who played Chunk in the 1985 movie The Goonies. And while he was acclaimed for his role, he did not like being the “fat-kid” actor.
Cohen never looked at acting as a long-term option and went to Berkeley and then law school at the UCLA School of Law. He went on to become a super successful lawyer, being profiled in Variety’s Dealmakers Impact Report and listed in The Hollywood Reporter as one of the Hollywood’s Top 35 Executives Under 35.
Today, besides practicing law, he also periodically writes for Huffington Post and CNBC.
24. Danica McKellar – A Beauty With Brains Advocates Mathematics
Danica McKellar was the lovely yet precocious Winnie Cooper in one of the most beloved TV series of all time, The Wonder Years. Since then, McKellar has been the voice of Miss Martian in the animated TV series Young Justice, was cast in the Netflix original series called Project MC2 and appears in Hallmark Channel TV movies.
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 13: Danica McKellar attends Build series to discuss ‘Ten Magic Butterflies’ at Build Studio on February 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)
However, this beauty has brains. She graduated from UCLA summa cum laude with a mathematics degree. She has written six non-fiction books dealing with mathematics, one of which (Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape) is focused on encouraging girls to not fear math.
25. Freddie Prinze Jr. – From the Screen to the Kitchen
The only offspring of child actor and comedian Freddy Prinze, Freddy Prinze Jr. has enjoyed a prolific acting career. He started young in the business, appearing in teen movies like I Know What You Did Last Summer, She’s All That and the Scooby Doo movies. He also appeared on some of the most critically acclaimed TV series like Friends and Boston Legal.
While he still is very active in Hollywood and has a number of upcoming projects lined up, Freddy Prinze Jr. also found a new love – cooking. He has now published his own cookbook, featuring 70 of his own recipes.
26. Andrea Barber – Yet Another Actor Chooses Education
Andrea Barber is best known for her portrayal of the lovable but irritating Kimmy Gibbler in the famous 90s sitcom Full House. She even replayed that character in Netflix’s Fuller House. She also played the character of Carrie Brady in the soap opera Day of Our Lives.
But, like many others, acting did not remain her mainstay. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Whittier College in California and then went to the College of York in the UK and got a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies. She returned to Whittier to become the director of the international study program.
27. Josh Saviano – Went From TV to a Career in Law
Unlike many of the other celebrities in this list, Josh Saviano retired from Hollywood permanently. He was the child actor who played Paul Joshua (Kevin Arnold’s best friend) in the well-loved TV series The Wonder Years.
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After his stint with acting, Saviano went to Yale University and graduated with a degree in Political Science. He then worked as a paralegal for a bit and then went on to get his Law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. An extremely successful lawyer, he left a coveted position at Morrison Cohen LLP and now pursues an independent career in law.
28. Jon Gosselin – Famous Father of Eight Has Real World Jobs
Jon Gosselin shot to fame when he and his wife Kate became the stars of their own reality TV show called Jon & Kate Plus 8, which chronicled their lives with their twins and sextuplets. He even co-wrote a book about his children called Multiple Blessings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets, which made the New York Times Best Seller list.
Unfortunately, the constant glare of the limelight took a toll on his relationship with his wife, Kate, and they went through an ugly divorce and an even uglier battle for custody of their 8 children that continues until this day.
Since Jon & Kate Plus 8, Gosselin has worked various jobs, as a solar panelist, then as a waiter, and now as a DJ. He also works as a prep cook at TGI Friday’s in Lancaster in Pennsylvania.
29. Sarah Michelle Geller – A Love for Acting and Food
A child actor who started her career at the age of six, she made her debut in the movie An Invasion of Privacy. However, the real breakthrough in her acting career came 10 years later in 1993, playing the role of Kendall Hart on the daytime soap All My Children. She won her first Emmy award for that role. She became truly famous as Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for which she received numerous awards. She went on to do numerous well-received Hollywood movies.
But acting isn’t all she’s good at. Geller, along with her partners, founded Foodstirs, an e-commerce start up and food crafting company and, in 2017, released her cookbook called Stirring up Fun with Food.
30. Maia Brewton – A Successful Star Becomes a Successful Lawyer
Maia Brewton was the darling of the box office in the 80s and 90s, with the movie Adventures in Babysitting. She also spent three seasons acting in the sitcom Parker Lewis Can’t Lose. She had roles in many films and TV series in her career as an actor.
Despite the fact that Brewton was a very successful young actor, she turned to other pursuits in life. She went on to study at Yale University and graduated with a degree in drama. In 1998, Brewton became an attorney and continues to practice law to this day.
31. Michael Maronna – Still on Sets, But as an Electrician
Many people will recognize Michael Maronna from the hit Nickelodeon TV series The Adventures of Pete and Pete. He was Big Pete. Maronna also played the part of Jeff McAllister in the 90s hit franchise Home Alone.
Although Maronna worked in various roles on a number of movies, he chose a different path. He switched careers in 1996, and now Maronna works as an electrician and has assisted on sets of many movies such as Sex in the City, Nurse Jackie and Notorious.
32. Jason Zimbler – Found His Calling in Software Design
You will know Jason Zimbler as that bratty little brother of Clarissa Darling, Ferguson W. Darling in the Nickelodeon sitcom Clarissa Explains it All. He also played a part in The Edge of Night. However, unlike his on-screen big sister, Zimbler did not rise to stardom in the film industry. But that doesn’t mean he faded into oblivion.
He completed his studies at the University of Notre Dame with not one but twodegrees – a bachelor’s degree in business as well as master’s degree in theater directing. And while he did do a lot in the theater world, he found his true calling as a software designer.
33. Charlie Korsmo – From Hollywood to the World of Law
Charlie Korsmo is yet another Hollywood actor who found his calling away from the big screen. In his time as an actor, Korsmo took up roles such as the Kid/Dick Tracy in Dick Tracy, Siggie in What About Boo? and Jack Banning in the movie Hook. The last role he played before he exited the big screen was as William Lichter in Can’t Hardly Wait.
He then went on to get a Physics degree from MIT and then a law degree from Yale. After a successful career as a lawyer, Korsmo is currently a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
34. Ariana Richards – A True Artist
This talented child star racked up quite a few awards for performances in movies such as Tremors, Prancer and most famously, Jurassic Park. However, at the end of the day, despite a prolific career, acting was not her first love.
Richards’ first love was a different art form – painting. And in 2001, she graduated from Skidmore College with a Fine Arts and Drama degree. She continued on with her education at Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design. And while she makes occasional appearances as an actress, her artistry is expressed most in her paintings.
35. Sharona Alperin – My Sharona’s Muse is an LA Realtor
More than 30 years ago, the pop group called The Knack shot to the limelight with a massive hit single called My Sharona. The topic of that song – Sharona – also rose to fame thanks to that song. Sharona Alperin was the love of the lead singer, Doug Fieger’s life, and the band’s greatest hit had been dedicated to her.
Today, Sharona Alperin is a very successful Los Angeles realtor who specializes in helping people in the entertainment industry find homes.
36. Chris Owen – Not Surprising, an Actor/Waiter
Chris Owen played the part of Chuck Sherman – the Sherminator – in the American Pie franchise. He appeared in every one of the franchise’s films and is also the only actor from the original movies to have appeared in the direct-to-video spin-off movies called American Pie Presents.
While he continues to act on and off, he has even worked as a waiter at a top end sushi restaurant for a while.
37. Lyle Preslar – This Time, Singer Turns to Law
Yet another celebrity-turned-lawyer, Lyle Preslar is different from the others on this list in that he was a famous musician before he turned to the law. He played guitar for the 80s punk rock band Minor Threat and also wrote many of their songs. He is lauded as one of the guitar greats in the industry.
In the end, punk rock didn’t keep him going and he found another calling – law. He got his degree in law from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ and now practices law in New York.
38. Danielle Fishel – From the TV Screen to the Youtube Screen
Danielle Fishel is best known for her portrayal of Topanga Lawrence-Matthews in the 90s sitcom Boy Meets World. She also acted in its sequel, released in 2014, Girl Meets World.
Fishel portrayed a girl who was confident and could do anything she wanted in the sitcom. And she proved it in real life. She changed courses and went on to become the host of The Dish, the popular satirical news show. She also now is a reporter for PopSugar and manages their YouTube channel PopSugar Girls Guide.
39. Jonathan Bennett – From the Movie Studio to the Spin Studio
Jonathan Bennett is perhaps best remembered for the part he played in the 2004 hit movie Mean Girls. As the dreamy Aaron Samuels, Bennett won many a heart in that movie. He also played Bud McNulty in the 2005 production Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and Van Wilder in the 2009 direct-to-DVD movie Van Wilder: Freshman Year. He also had recurring roles in several TV shows.
Besides TV and movies, this gorgeous actor and TV show host also teaches spin class at Flywheels, a fitness studio in LA.
40. Taran Noah Smith – Home Improvement’s Child Star Becomes a Volunteer and Captain
Taran Noah Smith is most recognizable as Marcus “Mark” Jason Taylor, the youngest son in the hit 90s sitcom, Home Improvement. He played the role of Mark throughout the show, which was the longest running and most widely viewed sitcom of the 90s. When he started the show, he was just seven and he continued in the role until he was 16, when the show ended.
By that time, he was done with acting and was looking for a new career option. Just a year later, when he was 17, Smith met and married Heidi van Pelt, a 33-year-old woman. She was a vegan and converted him to veganism too. They established Playfood, a brand of vegan cheese products. However, they went through an ugly divorce and the last that was reported about Taran Noah Smith was that he was a volunteer with an art organization and was working as a captain on chartered boats.
41. Rebecca Ritters – Chose a Career in Journalism
Rebecca Ritters is an Australian actress of Neighbours fame. Her role as the lovable Hannah “Button” Martin in this classic Australian day-time soap is what shot her to fame. She started on the show when she was just eight years old and stayed on for seven years. She did a couple of roles in other Australian soaps before moving on to other ventures.
Ritterse traveled extensively and appeared in several plays staged by the British Shakespeare Company. But it was when she finally graduated from Melbourne University with a degree in International Relations and Political Science that her career really took off. She joined ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) as a journalist. Currently, she is continuing her career as a journalist at Deutsche Welle in Berlin.
42. Mercedes Lander – Real Estate is a Chosen Path for Many, Including HeavyMetal Band Members
Mercedes Lander is the drummer and a vocalist for the Canadian heavy metal band Kittie. The band was formed in 1996 and released their first album Spit, which went gold and sold more than 600,000 copies in the US. The band continued to release albums over the years, achieving moderate success in their chosen field. And in 2017, they launched a documentary about their story for their 20th anniversary.
The band has been put on hold for the time being so that members could pursue other avenues. Lander hasn’t let that time go to waste. She got her real estate license and has become quite a skilled real estate investor.
43. Frankie Muniz – Changed Lanes to Car Racing
Frankie Muniz is most famous for his characterization of Malcolm in the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. This role won him an Emmy as well as two Golden Globe Nominations.
Acting is not the only career Muniz has invested in. He is a skilled race car driver. In fact, he took a break from acting for some time so that he could hone his skills as a driver. He also competed in the Atlantic Championship. Recently, however, he revealed that a car racing accident had caused him to suffer severe memory loss.
44. Mara Wilson
The lovely little girl who played the lead roles in Matilda, Miracle on 334th Street and even Mrs. Doubtfire is none other than Mara Wilson. Despite the fact that she had a very promising future in film, Wilson decided to move to other interests.
Those other interests for Wilson have been writing as well as philanthropy. In fact, she has written an autobiography about her experiences as a child star which was published in 2016. It is called Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame.
Currently, this lovely lady works for a non-profit organization based out of New York called Publicolor, which is dedicated to highlighting the positives effect of color in students and schools.
45. Nikki Blonsky – Once a Movie Star, Now a Cosmetologist
Nikki Blonsky rose to the spotlight with her role in the blockbuster hit Hairspray in 2007, where she played the part of Tracy Turnblad, a happy teenager who loved dancing. She also played Maggie Baker in Queen Sized and Willamena “Will” Rader in the TV drama Huge.
However, Blonsky knew that her career in acting would not afford her a steady income, so she looked at alternative careers – and found cosmetology. And she turned out to be a natural at makeup and hairdressing. Today, she is a part-time cosmetologist in Great Neck, New York, her hometown.
46. Mackenzie Rosman – TV Teen With New Mission to Help Others
Another child star who had enough of acting is Mackenzie Rosman. She got the part of Ruthie Camden on 7th Heaven, WB Television Network’s long-running TV show when she was just seven years old. She won the Young Artist Award for her role in the show in 2004, though she had been nominated for it almost every year since she joined. Rosman acted in several films and two other television series, but then found other avenues to express herself too.
HOLLYWOOD, CA – MAY 13: Actress Mackenzie Rosman attends the 3rd annual Reality TV Awards at Avalon on May 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
Rosman has become a passionate philanthropist and is the national honorary Chairman of the fundraising program Curefinders that supports children who are living with cystic fibrosis. She was even named by the magazine Teen People as one of the “20 Teens Who Will Change the World”.
47. Brittany Ashton Holmes – Little Rascal Now a Student and Barista
If you remember cheeky little Darla from the movie adaptation of The Little Rascals which was released in 1994, then you remember Brittany Ashton Holmes. Holmes also appeared in the 1996 production Inhumanoid as Amy Carter. She was all of seven when she made her second film and then retired.
Today, Holmes lives the quiet life of a student, hoping to earn her degree in political science. She also works as a barista and is happy living her life.
48. Dylan Sprouse – From TV to the Brewery
Dylan Sprouse and his identical twin Cole Sprouse started their careers in television in 1993, where they shared the role of Patrick Kelly in the series Grace Under Fire until 1998. The twins also starred in Adam Sandler’s family comedy Big Daddy and then starred in the original Disney series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, as well the series’ spin-off The Suite Life on Deck.
At the end of The Suite Life on Deck in 2011, the twins went back to school and graduated from New York University. Dylan earned a degree in video game design. While his twin brother Cole has returned to the world of acting, Dylan has opted out and has found his calling as a premier brewmaster. He opened his own brewery called the All-Wise Meadery in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, featuring his personally concocted signature mead-based drink which he says was inspired by Game of Thrones.