It seems that the top headlines these days all revolve around celebrity scandals. It could be cheating spouses, botched surgeries, drugs and alcohol, or even crime sprees. Scandalous stars take over the media, we know who slept with who and who hit who. But, what about those celebrities who had one or two hits and disappeared? The ones who disappeared without a scandal, or spending all their hard-earned money?
Whatever happened to the sister from Fresh Prince of Bel Air? Or the little girl from Jurassic Park? What about the dad from Honey I Shrunk the Kids?
Those celebrities seem to slide through the cracks, and disappear from the public’s eye, as well as our minds a lot of the time. In this list, we will look at what happened to those forgotten stars, and see how they smoothly crept out of the spotlight and into a more normal life. This list contains the ones who care about family, school, and following less-publicized dreams, the ones who stayed away from jail, rehab, and negative tabloids.
10 Mara Wilson
9 Kevin Jonas
One third of teen heart-throbs The Jonas Brothers, Kevin, drove girls crazy for years. He made appearances in various movies in shows starring as himself, and acting roles. Jonas got married in 2009, and briefly starred in a reality show called Married to Jonas with his wife and two other brothers. The couple had a daughter in 2014. After the band split, Jonas pursued a calmer line of work and became a contractor, even making a cameo in his new job on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Jonas has hosted various events and even had a role on Celebrity Apprentice.
8 Jack Gleeson
7 Dave Chappelle
Best known for his comedy show The Chappelle Show, Dave Chappelle retired when he was at the peak of his career. He is also known for big screen roles in movies such as Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Con Air. He also had a starring role in Half Baked. He is listed as one of Comedy Central's “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.” Chappelle does occasional stand-up shows still and has had a couple of surprise shows over the past couple months, but mostly stays quiet living with his family. While rumors circulated that he left television because of drug problems, Chappelle told Oprah Winfrey he had had issues with how the entertainment industries portrayed black entertainers.
6 Ariana Richards
Ariana Richards, who is best known for playing Lex Murphy in Jurassic Park, held a couple other roles before disappearing from the Hollywood spotlight. She even appeared in a music video portraying a high school student. Richards, who won multiple awards for acting, left Hollywood to pursue an artistic route of a different sort. She is now an award-winning painter, specializing in impressionist paintings. She has won two awards as a painter, National Professional Oil Painting Competition and the Art of the West’s Award of Excellence. It is believed she currently lives in Oregon, where she is working as an apprentice with a professional painter.
5 Kel Mitchell
4 Gene Hackman
3 Sir Sean Connery
Best known for his role as the famous spy James Bond in seven different Bond films, Sean Connery won several awards during his career in Hollywood, including being chosen as People’s 'Sexiest Man Alive'. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. Connery retired from Hollywood in 2003 after The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, where he played Allan Quatermain. He has however done voice acting for different cartoons and games since his retirement, including returning as the voice of James Bond in the video game 007: From Russia with Love in 2005. He now has a villa in Greece.
2 Rick Moranis
1 Karyn Parsons
Karyn Parsons played Hilary Banks on Fresh Prince of Bel Air, finding fame alongside Will Smith in the 80s and 90s. She never played any other big name roles in television, but she did make a few appearances in movies such as Major Payne and The Ladies Man, and even dabbled in producing and writing a sitcom. Parsons now focuses on a different dream. She has a group called Sweet Blackberry that teaches children about black history and lesser known heroes. Sweet Blackberry creates animated shorts that focus on one unsung hero at a time. She is now married with two kids.