There are many celebrities that we have come to know throughout the years as their careers unfolded before our eyes and some have become national icons. From actors to pop stars, these celebrities were able to entertain the masses while enjoying their fame, fortune and notoriety. However, there are some celebrities who just could not hack it in Hollywood and some who pretty much lost almost everything.
There are certain reasons why these celebs are no longer in the public eye, including challenges in Hollywood, no longer being able to get booked for work, divorce, or legal troubles. Not only do these celebrities no longer work in Hollywood, they have also gone back to working regular jobs—some better than others. These jobs include teaching, farm owner, electrician, and even waiting tables. A few of the celebrities who are no longer in their prime in the entertainment industry include Frankie Muniz, Tony Danza and Taran Noah Smith, to name a few. As many people would wonder, let’s explore 12 celebrities who worked regular jobs after losing their riches and what type of jobs they’re doing.
12 Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle)
Frankie Muniz was known for his starring role on the hit sitcom Malcolm in the Middle from 2000 to 2006. He played the character of Malcolm who was an 8-year-old with the high IQ of 165. He also starred in projects roles including My Dog Skip, which portrayed a loving relationship between a child and his dog. In the year 2000, Muniz played the role of a teen confined to a wheelchair in Miracle in Lane 2 which was on the Disney Channel. In spite of his success as an actor, he did not remain in Hollywood and started working a regular job as a rock drummer and race car driver.
11 Tony Danza (Who’s the Boss?)
Tony Danza first appeared on TV in the sitcom Taxi, back in 1978. However, he was well-known for his role on the hit show Who’s the Boss? which successfully remained on TV for eight seasons. Since then, Danza starred in a number of Broadway plays and multiple films. Some of his roles include The Practice which landed him an Emmy nomination and the popular TV show Family Law, which came to a close in 2003. The following year, Danza landed his own talk show called The Tony Danza Show for a period of two years. It didn’t stop there; Danza continued by creating his own reality show which documented his attempt to become a teacher. Eventually, he started a new career as a high school teacher at Northeast High.
10 George Foreman (Heavyweight boxer)
George Foreman had a successful career as a boxer who has won boxing’s heavyweight championship. Eventually, he retired, and became a well-known pitchman. Throughout his career, he has been quite an intimidating presence to his rivals with his intense power. Prior to becoming heavyweight champion, he won 37 fights. However, in 1974, he lost his first fight to Muhammad Ali. Foreman made an attempt to redeem himself in 1977, but was unsuccessful with yet another loss to Jimmy Young. After an alleged transformation into religion, Foreman decided to retire and go on to become a Christian minister. By 1999, Foreman had joined forces with a grill manufacturer, launched a clothing line, and had written multiple books.
9 Taran Noah Smith (Home Improvement)
Taran Noah Smith was an actor best known for his role on the 90s sitcom Home Improvement. He also appeared in Ebbie and Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home. His career went spiraling downhill when he was arrested in 2012 and convicted of DUI and drug possession. The arrest happened after police discovered Smith parked in front of a fire hydrant. After police became suspicious that he had been smoking marijuana, they found a huge amount of the drug in his car. Eventually, Smith left Hollywood and began a career as a non-dairy cheese producer and vegan/restaurant farm owner.
8 Mike Maronna (The Adventures of Pete & Pete)
While still in the 7th grade, Mike Maronna landed a starring role in the hit Nickelodeon show, The Adventures of Pete and Pete. He also starred in Home Alone and Home Alone 2 as the mean, older brother of Kevin McCallister. After the third season of The Adventures of Pete and Pete ended, Maronna began an electric job on the film Six Ways to Sunday and also pursued his college education at SUNY-Purchase for Theater Arts. He now works as an electrician for TV and films.
7 Jon Gosselin (Jon & Kate Plus 8)
Jon Gosselin gained his notoriety when he began starring in the reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8, which lasted from 2007 to 2009. Jon married Kate back in 1999, and due to fertility treatments, Kate birthed twin girls. After using fertility treatments once again, Kate birthed sextuplets which led the family to being featured on their own reality show. In 2009, things went downhill after Jon was accused of adultery which created an enormous amount of tension with the couple. Eventually, Jon left the show after failing to cooperate and also divorced Kate. Since Jon’s divorce from Kate, he admitted that he lost everything. He said, “I just took a moral stance versus a business stance. I lost everything. I lost all my money. I lost everything.” He now works as a waiter at the Black Dog Café in Pennsylvania.
6 Steven Seagal
Steven Seagal’s first movie role was in Above the Law and since then, he has starred in popular movies including Hard to Kill, On Deadly Ground, and Under Siege which was his most popular film. Throughout his career, there have been questions about him possibly being involved with the CIA and the Tibetan Freedom Fighters. He is now working as a police officer in Louisiana.
5 Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray)
After working at an ice cream shop, Nikki Blonsky’s life took a turn when she landed a starring role in the musical Hairspray in 2007, along with John Travolta. While it seems that she was just thrown into the entertainment industry, Blonsky was dancing and singing throughout her childhood years and gained experience doing musicals while in high school. Since her role ended on Hairspray she started working at a salon in New York out of necessity to pay her bills. Blonsky explained why she was held back after her musical role. It was apparently because of her weight. She said, “I had so many meetings with people telling me, "Well, you’re so beautiful and you have such a gorgeous face, but maybe if you just lost a little weight.”
4 Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls)
Within six months of being signed to an agent, he appeared on the popular daytime soap opera All My Children. After his soap opera role, he landed other comedic gigs including Lovewrecked, Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and Van Wilder: Freshman Year. One of his most popular roles was in the hit movie Mean Girls, where he played the character of Aaron Samuels. However, his career in the entertainment industry came to a halt and he is now working as a spin-class instructor at Flywheel.
3 Kevin Jonas
Kevin Jonas is well-known for being a singer, reality TV star, and a member of the Jonas Brothers. As a member of the band, they were signed to Disney’s Hollywood Records in 2007. Their success led to other roles such as guest-starring on the hit Disney show Hannah Montana. That same year, the Jonas Brothers released their self-titled album which landed in the number 5 spot on the Billboard charts and their hit single “S.O.S.” was number 1 on iTunes. In 2013, the group decided to go their separate ways which was upsetting to most fans. Since ending his entertainment career, Jonas now works as a contractor.
2 Vanilla Ice
He is known as a reality star, rapper, and gained his fame with his hit 90s song “Ice Ice Baby.” The popular song hit the airwaves on a Georgia radio station which led to a deal with SBK Records. He topped the charts and began touring with M.C. Hammer. In 1991, his second single “Play that Funky Music” was also successful and was number 4 on the pop charts. In spite of Vanilla Ice’s fame, his career started to decline after he was involved in a controversy which destroyed his credibility. He tried to re-energize his career, but it was too late, as critics and fans gave his music a slew of negative reviews which led him to a suicide attempt. He is now working as a house flipper and also has a real estate training course.
1 Dan Lloyd (The Shining)
Lloyd starred in the horror movie The Shining as Jack Nicholson’s son. Since he was such a young age at the time of filming, he did not realize that he was acting in a horror film. After the release of the film, he decided to further his acting career, but ultimately achieved little success and eventually left the business. After getting declined for numerous acting roles, Lloyd has worked multiple regular jobs including a pig farm and Walmart. He is now a biology teacher at a community college.