It’s hard to imagine actors wanting to retire from their careers to get regular jobs like the rest of us, as acting seems like so much fun and way cooler than other jobs out there. We always imagine actors as those people who don’t have to go to work every day – they wake up at whatever hour their filming starts, they have long holidays, and they make so much more money than the rest of us. Therefore, for someone to retire from acting – which is really not an age thing, because in every production there is generally an elderly character – he or she had better have a very good reasons for it.
Most actors retire out of frustration that they hardly get any opportunities to take part in good productions, because quality roles are what help an actor’s career to grow. Other actors quit because they want to taste a different kind of life, especially those who started acting from a tender age and know nothing else in life but acting. However, other actors will just turn down roles for reasons best known to them and fade slowly from our memories, as the newbies take up their roles and become stars.
When our favorite actors don’t appear in a movie for a long time, we hardly ever imagine that they might have retired, and we always prepare ourselves for their return in a mind-blowing production. However, here are 15 actors you will not likely see on TV anytime soon, regardless of how much we loved them, because they are no longer in the game. Which of these would you love to see go back to acting, even if it was just for one more movie or episode in a series?
15. Ilan Mitchell-Smith
If you’ve watched the film Weird Science, then you are very familiar with Ilan Mitchell-Smith. The very entertaining film is about two nerds who create a woman because they just can’t get girlfriends, a film that made Ilan very famous. He got involved in several other movies such as Superboy and The Chocolate War and also did voice-over work for Heads Will Roll and Moon Warriors. These days, people recognize Ilan Mitchell-Smith as their lecturer or a colleague at the university, because he is an English professor at California State University, Long Beach. Ilan is no longer acting after his retirement in 1991 and doesn’t seem to have any desire to go back to the industry.
14. Lark Voorhies
Lark Voorhies is a retired American actress born in 1974. Voorhies started appearing on TV in 1988 in one of her most famous roles as Lisa Turtle in the Teen Sitcom Good Morning Miss Bliss, which later became Saved By the Bell. Voorhies went on to appear and star in many other TV productions, as well as in movies such as How High, Civil Brand, and The Next Hit and several others. Voorhies won the Young Artist Award two times, after being nominated six times between 1989 and 1993. Although Voorhies has yet to officially retire from acting, she has not been involved in a movie or any other acting gig since 2012. However, Voorhies is actively writing and publishing books, having written and published Reciprocity, Trek of the Cheshire and A True Light between 2010 and 2011.
13. Troy W. Slaten
During the 1980s and 1990s, Troy Slaten was acting on TV in several TV series, roles that earned him a name in Hollywood. Some of the TV series he appeared in include Cagney & Lacey, Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad, and his most memorable role as Jerry Steiner in Parker Lewis Can’t Lose. Troy hasn’t been in a TV series or a movie since 1999, and he quit his acting career to focus more on his academics. He earned a law degree from Pepperdine University’s School of Law and he is now a practising attorney. Troy works in criminal law and litigation as the managing attorney in Floyd, Skeren & Kelly LLP’s Calabasas headquarters.
12. Gene Hackman
Eugene Hackman was born in 1930 in San Bernardino, California. Hackman pursued his passion for acting fiercely, after being pushed too far by classmates who told him that he would never amount to anything. Hackman purposed to become the finest actor that he possibly could become – a dream that he achieved many years later. Throughout his career, Hackman has won two Academy Awards, two BAFTA awards, four Golden Globe awards, and one SAG award among other awards. Hackman is famous for his roles in Bonnie And Clyde, Superman: The Movie, Unforgiven, Enemy Of The State, and The Royal Tenenbaums, among other movies. These days Hackman is a novelist and has written three fiction novels to date.
11. Jason Zimbler
Most people remember Jason Zimbler as Ferguson W. Darling, one of the main characters in Nickelodeon’s Clarissa Explains It All. In the TV program, Jason’s role was that of a bratty small brother to the show’s star Clarissa, who managed to humor the audience all through the series, which ran from 1991 to 1994. Jason also appeared in other TV productions, such as The Edge of Night, and he participated in XYZ Affair’s music video called “All My Friends”. Jason might have retired from acting, but he is still in the TV business because he is currently a software engineer at HBO.
10. David Lascher
David Lascher was born in Scarsdale, New York in 1972, and was an actor between the years of 1989 to 2002, although he did also briefly go back to acting in 2014. Lascher is famous for acting the roles of Josh in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Vinnie Bonitardi in Blossom, Charlie in Melissa & Joey, and Ted McGriff in Hey Dude. David Lascher is married to Jill London, and the couple has two children. David unofficially retired from acting to become a producer and a director, roles which give him the time he needs to become more of a family man.
9. Austin St. John
Austin St. John was born in 1974 in Roswell, New Mexico, and is popularly known for his acting days when he played the role of Jason Lee Scott in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. St. John was the original red Power Ranger, as well as the first leader of the Power Rangers group, but he left the series halfway through its second season. St. John returned to Power Rangers in Power Rangers: Zeo as the gold ranger, and reappeared a couple more times in the franchise after that. Since 2002, however, St. John has not had an active acting career and has been building his career as an Emergency Medical Technician.
8. Lisa Jakub
Lisa Jakub is one of the great actors who quit acting after a few years of being in the limelight. Lisa was born in Canada and is a Canadian-American, born to a Slovak father and a Scottish-Welsh mother. She first appeared on the big screen in 1985 acting in a film called Eleni and then later played huge roles in movies such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Matinee, A Pig’s Tale, Independence Day, and many other big films. She talks about what life after acting is all about on her website and seems to be enjoying her life all the same. Lisa is now a writer, although she also travels a lot and is a devoted wife.
7. Charlie Korsmo
Charlie Korsmo had a nine-year long acting career that spanned from 1989 to 1998, throughout most of which he was a child actor. During his acting years, he got to take part in at least seven films, with his latest one being the one that most people remember him from, when he played the role of William Lichter in the movie Can’t Hardly Wait. Some of Charlie’s other notable movies include Hook, The Doctor, What About Bob, Kid, and Heat Wave. After retiring from acting, Charlie Korsmo chose a career in law and is now a law professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
6. Leanna Creel
Leanna Creel was one of the characters in Saved By The Bell, and we all remember her from that role which she played many years ago. Leanna is one among identical triplets and, together with her sisters, they started acting simply because it was fun and they enjoyed it. The triplets appeared together in The Parent Trap III and The Parent Trap IV movies, but did not get to act together in many other productions. Leanna is most famous for appearing in Saved By The Bell and various episodes on TV in programs such as 90210. Today, Leanna is a wedding photographer, although she used to be a film producer and director.
5. Brandon Call
Brandon Call was one of those actors audiences knew were most likely to succeed in showbiz. He was a main character in the sitcom Step by Step, a sitcom that audiences all over America and the world loved to watch every week. His TV name was J.T Lambert, a character he played for seven seasons from 1991 to 1998. Although he had numerous other roles in movies and TV, Brandon Call ended his acting career with the end of his role in the sitcom in 1998. Brandon Call got into a bizarre traffic dispute in which both of his arms were shot, but there was no threat to his life. Brandon retired from acting to work at his parent’s gas station.
4. Karyn Parsons
Karyn Parsons is an American actress born in 1996. Karyn is most famous for her character in NBC’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Hilary Banks, who was Will Smith’s cousin on the show. Karyn was part of the main cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air which ran from 1990 to 1996 and appeared in all 146 episodes. Karyn also starred in other television productions such as Lush Life, The Job, Melrose Place, and as the voice of Static Shaq in Static Shock. Karyn also took part in a few movies such as Major Payne, The Ladies Man, and 13 Moons, but since 2002 her acting career seems to have taken a break. Karyn is currently an author and the founder of Sweet Blackberry, a nonprofit organization with the mission of spreading the achievements of lesser-known African-Americans to kids.
3. Amanda Bynes
Amanda Bynes was born in 1986 and had a successful acting career throughout the 90s and early 2000s. Bynes appeared in commercials, in plays, movies, and TV series during her acting days, with one of her most famous acting roles being on Nickelodeon’s All That, The Amanda Show and her role in What I Like About You. The movies Bynes was involved in include What a Girl Wants, She’s the Man, Hairspray, Sydney White, and Easy A. Amanda Bynes announced her retirement from acting in 2012, and lived up to it to follow a career in fashion design. Amanda Bynes is now more famous for her legal issues and trips to rehab than she is for her career in fashion.
2. Erik Per Sullivan
Erik Per Sullivan is famous for playing the role of Dewey, the little brother to Malcolm in the hit comedy series Malcolm in the Middle. The show in question ran for seven seasons, with its first season attracting well over 15 million viewers. Erik Per Sullivan did not do much acting after Malcolm in the Middle, except for two movies MO and Twelve. Sullivan is not active on social media and has not been seen acting since 2010. Sullivan attended the University of Southern Carolina in 2009 and 2010, and it seems as though he has decided to focus on his education rather than his acting career.
1. Jack Gleeson
The very sight of Jack Gleeson brings back the memory of one of the most hated characters in the Game of Thrones series, the former king who sat on the iron throne named Joffrey Baratheon. In person, Jack Gleeson is a very nice Irish fellow, very different from the character he portrayed in Game of Thrones. Gleeson has appeared in several films such as Reign of Fire, Batman Begins, Shrooms, A shine of Rainbows, and All Good Children. Today, Jack Gleeson is not acting and is actually pursuing an academic career. Gleeson mentioned his intentions of retiring from acting in 2012, and confirmed them in 2014 after his character, Joffrey, met his demise.