10 Celebrities Who Quit The Business And Never Looked Back.

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What do celebrities do when they don't want to be famous anymore? From time to time celebrities will leave the spotlight to take a break and focus on their family, but some make that change permanent. Read below to find out more about the red carpet celebs who turned in their big credits for joe jobs.




2. Sean Connery

Though he has continued to provide his voice for short films and video games, Sean Connery officially retired from the business when he accepted his American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 at the age of 75. The decision seems to stem from him being offered the role of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings movies and declining because he didn't understand the script, saying that "idiots are now making films in Hollywood."

3. Mara Wilson

Beloved child actor Mara Wilson lost passion for acting after her mother died during the filming of Matilda. Though she went on to star in three more movies, including A Simple Wish, she quit acting in 2000 to focus on school and a writing career.

4. Rick Moranis

Canadian comedian and actor Rick Moranis took a break from acting in 1991 after the death of his wife, Ann, to raise his two children as a single parent. The "break" basically never ended, though he did appear (via voice-acting) in the Brother Bear movies and has released two comedy albums.

5. Peter Ostrum

Like many child actors Peter Ostrum only ever appeared in one film, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The studio offered him a 3-film contract after the success of the Roald Dahl adaptation, but he opted to pursue a stage acting career. After few successes in theatre he became a veterinarian and currently works out of a clinic in New York.

6. John Hughes

Shaken by the sudden death of his close friend John Candy in 1994, Ferris Bueller's Day Off director John Hughes retired from the film industry that same year. Vince Vaughan has said that if Candy had not died he would have continued making movies.

7. Greta Garbo

Unless you're a fan of the Golden Age of Hollywood you may not have heard of Greta Garbo. The American Film Institute has ranks her as one of the greatest film actresses in American film history. Though she received three Academy Award nominations for films like Camille and Romance, she quit the business at age 35 when her 1941 film Two-Faced Woman was deemed a critical failure.

8. Bridget Fonda

Niece of two-time Academy Award winner Jane Fonda, Bridget was born into Hollywood royalty. After appearing in dozens of films in her late teens and early 20s, she acted in her last movie in 2002. The next year she was in a car crash and became engaged to composer Danny Elfman. She's spent the subsequent years raising their son Oliver.

9. Gene Hackman

You may remember Gene from as Lex Luthor in the 70s Superman movies or as Buck Barrow in Bonnie & Clyde. The critically acclaimed actor was nominated for five Academy Awards before retiring in 2004 to pursue a career as a novelist.

10. Joe Pesci

Tough guy Joe Pesci has appeared in countless famous films over the years: Home Alone, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. However his career began as a musician, playing guitar for several bands in the 60s. He retired from acting in 1999 to renew his music career and enjoy a quieter life out of the public spotlight.

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