Even if you’re not a celebrity, you know that Hollywood can be a very fickle place to work. One day, a celebrity can be on the cover of virtually every magazine and tour the country for interviews, and the next day, that same celebrity can become a forgotten memory in the minds of the public, and have a hard time getting jobs.
Some celebrities who were once on the Hollywood A List end up living the glamorous life for a while when they’re unable to get gigs. Some start their own businesses or endorse products until they are able to get acting work again. Other celebrities fall off the radar for years and the public barely remembers them until they happen to make the news for something negative.
Fortunately, there are some actors who are lucky enough to make a comeback. Maybe it’s not “luck” entirely. Some of these actors have kept their professional connections over the years, and an opportunity finally came up for them to show their talent again. Others revamped their image to be more appealing. Either way, we’re sure these creative professionals are sure to be back in the spotlight again. Here are 10 of the greatest acting career comebacks.
10 Robert Downey, Jr.
9 Neil Patrick Harris
8 Jason Bateman
7 Betty White
6 Drew Barrymore
5 Joaquin Phoenix
4 John Travolta
3 Rob Lowe
Like Robert Downey, Jr., Rob Lowe was part of the adorable group of young actors in the 1980s known as the Brat Pack. Low appeared in projects such as St. Elmo’s Fire, Youngblood and The Outsiders, but lost popularity after a while. Then in 1988, the public noticed him again, but not in the way he’d hoped. He was videotaped having sex with two women the night before the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, GA. One of the “women” was 16 at the time, which is the age of consent in Georgia (lucky for Lowe). A short time later, he was taped having sex with a model in Paris. Rob Lowe decided to make fun of his escapades during his appearance on Saturday Night Live, and eventually got roles on Brothers and Sisters and Parks and Recreation.
2 Kiefer Sutherland
1 Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin is the oldest of the Baldwin brothers. All of the Baldwin siblings have tried their hand at acting, but Alec definitely stood out, especially when he starred in movies like The Hunt for Red October. He married fellow A-list actor Kim Basinger, but the two went through a nasty divorce and lengthy custody battle in 2002. He also got a lot of criticism for the unsavory voicemail he left for his young daughter Ireland, while he and Basinger were going through their divorce. As a result, Baldwin’s career dwindled away slowly, and he took supporting roles whenever he could. That all changed when he got the role of Jack Donaghy in the sitcom 30 Rock. This transformed his image, and reminded people that he could be funny, as well as charming in a leading role.