12 Actors Who Retired From Hollywood

For some actors, the Hollywood life just isn’t for them. They get in, enjoy the parties, gift bags, and fame for a few years, then get out with enough money to live on for the rest of their lives. Some stars go back to school, switch careers, or just retire to joyful and relaxing obscurity. Here’s a reminder of some faces that have been missing from Hollywood lately, and what they’re up to now.

Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan did a few big movies in the 1980s, but her biggest break came in 1989 when she starred in When Harry Met Sally. Her ecstatic, orgasmic deli scene quickly became one of the most referenced movie scenes of all time, and she walked away from that award season with a Golden Globe nomination. In the 1990s, she did tons of romantic comedies and lighter films like Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail, which were both critically and commercially successful. Unfortunately, she followed those up with some box office flops.

Lately, Ryan has been directing films. Her debut as a director was a film called Ithaca – which she also appeared in — that came out in 2015.

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Jack Nicholson

As the most nominated person in Academy Award history, it seems surprising that Jack Nicholson hasn’t been seen on screen much recently. He has so many award-winning films under his belt, mostly from a golden period between 1970 and 1990. Most people remember him as the tormented Jack Torrance from The Shining, or as Colonel Jessup in A Few Good Men.

His last big film was actually directed by Rob Reiner, who also directed A Few Good Men. Unfortunately, The Bucket List wasn’t the hit that everyone had hoped, and in the years since that came out, he has taken smaller roles in other films, and appeared as a presenter on an SNL 40th Anniversary Special.

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Vanessa Williams

Most people don’t realize that actress and singer Vanessa Williams first started out in the pageant world. She was first crowned Miss America in 1983, but when her nude photos were leaked to the press, she was asked to step down. Luckily for her, she went on to become one of the most famous Miss Americas ever, even though she was stripped of the crown.

After struggling at first to repair her tarnished image, she released two hit albums, and managed to land a few guest starring roles on sitcoms. Lately, Williams has been focusing on her stage career, appearing onstage in The Trip to Bountiful in 2013.

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