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20 Once Major TV Stars Who Forgot They Are No Longer Famous

Here lies the toxicity of television fame, where at times celebrities forget they do not have the same stature anymore.

The beauty of television fame is the consistency, it’s the regular dose the fans are getting from their favorite shows they are following and the stars that are in them. Usually, they broadcast once a week, on networks like CBS, NBC, ABC, The CW, and Fox. Some great shows are viewed on cable TV networks such as SyFy, FX, and USA Network, even the movie channels have award-winning shows like HBO, Starz, and Showtime. These countless sources of TV shows are clearly not enough, apparently. Streaming media emerged from an alternative viewing option to one of the most common methods to watch shows today, leading names are Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Crackle.

This translates to hundreds of TV (or streaming) series and shows to choose from. As a viewer, the options are kind of limitless. This is why the stature of major TV stars is an achievement that is not as easy to attain as before. Fans tend to connect to their favorite characters on a regular basis in the comfort of their homes. These major TV stars become a close friend, a part of the family, someone that you adore, aspire or relate to in the hearts and minds of the fans. But when the program is cancelled, fans move on to other favorites.

Here lies the toxicity of television fame, where at times celebrities forget they do not have the same stature anymore. They enter the permanent stage of denial, and can’t believe what it has come to. This list will showcase a number of major TV actors who had the peak of their careers in a nationwide and globally famous TV show, but now are struggling to get back on top, or at least be known or be relevant again.

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20 Adrian Grenier

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Fame Meter: 7/10

Famous show: Entourage (HBO)

Last Project: Affairs Of State (film)

Inspired by actor Mark Wahlberg’s actual entourage, the series was not meant to last a long and successful eight seasons. The story was not actually inspired by Wahlberg’s buddies, but his real-life agent Ari Emanuel. A role embraced by actor Jeremy Piven, which won him three Emmys and a Golden Globe throughout the show’s run.

The entourage was Eric (Kevin Connolly) or simply E, Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), and Johnny or Drama (Kevin Dillon). At the center of them all is the movie star Vincent Chase, played by Adrian Grenier. The series revolves around the life of a young and promising actor who steps into the Hollywood scene and tries to make it big. It’s particularly entertaining due to countless cameo appearances, the ins and outs of a Hollywood actor’s life, and just plain man-boys having their fun.

This was Adrian Grenier’s golden ticket, because prior to Entourage he appeared in zero TV shows. He made around 13 films in supporting or non-existent roles, except for two where he was in the main cast, Drive Me Crazy (1999) with Melissa Joan Hart (an honorable mention in this list), and Harvard Man (2001) with Sarah Michelle Gellar who’s further down in this list.

Unfortunately though for Grenier, he could not seem to ride the wave of his Entourage fame as he only had one great film after starting Entourage, as Anne Hathaway’s boyfriend in the Meryl Streep film, The Devil Wears Prada. The rest were, of course, the Entourage movie and several flops and direct-to-video releases. He hasn’t had that much luck in television as well, doing only cameos and a voice-over recurring character in a Disney animated show.

19 Calista Flockhart

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Fame Meter: 8/10

Famous show: Ally McBeal (Fox)

Current Project: Supergirl (The CW)

Very few shows these days are themed as a legal drama, legal romance, and legal comedy, and widely accepted by the public. Ally McBeal may have been the only one, or at least the most successful. Ally McBeal ran for a total of five seasons, and gave us a fresh take on the staple legal dramas that we now often see on TV every week.

Calista Flockhart plays the title role, a newcomer in a Boston law firm. Romance immediately is established in the show as she is colleagues with her ex (played by Gil Bellows) and as they line up the rest of the cast we find that it’s also a comedy. Her new colleagues were played by Jane Krakowski, Peter MacNicol, and Greg Germann.

The show ran from 1997 to 2002 and had its share of nationwide popularity, evidenced by multiple awards received by the show. Seven Emmys including Best Comedy Series (1999) and Best Supporting Actor (MacNicol). Four Golden Globes including Best Actress for Calista (1997), Best Series (1997 and 1998). Two SAGs including Best Cast (1998).

After Ally McBeal, Calista went on a kind of break, doing few TV appearances and only two films. She had the second best TV show of her career in 2006, a star-driven show called Brothers & Sisters. Here she worked alongside Sally Field, Rob Lowe, Ron Rifkin, and Rachel Griffiths, and their show ran for five seasons. Now she is just chilling as a recurring character in the superhero series, Supergirl.

18 David Schwimmer

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Fame Meter: 10/10

Famous show: Friends (NBC)

Last Project: American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (miniseries)

David Schwimmer had to work on five TV shows from 1991 before he landed the role that set him up for life, the NBC show, Friends. Hailed as one of the greatest TV shows of all time, Friends bragged an ensemble cast led primarily by David Schwimmer, as he was then, the one with the most experience in the group. Practically nobodies, David was joined by co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, and Matt LeBlanc. By the second season, the six were everywhere in America. Every ad, every poster, and every product any company could think of plastering their faces on. The fame was overwhelming, Schwimmer admitted in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

The show would end its monumental run in the 10th season, but not before breaking records in the world of television. They were the ones who started the $1 million per episode contracts, that’s how much they got paid in the last season.

During and after the success of Friends, all six appeared in hundreds of movies, with David contributing 15 of his own, including the Madagascar animated film series. He would later try hard to replicate the success of Friends, but only had one good show, Feed The Beast (2016) with Jim Sturgess, that got cancelled after just one season. His last TV work was in a miniseries as O.J. Simpson’s defense lawyer, Robert Kardashian.

17 Hilary Duff

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Fame Meter: 9/10

Famous show: Lizzie McGuire (Disney Channel)

Current Project: Younger (TV Land)

Hillary, in the height of her popularity, was the idol of every girl south of 18-years old. She’s an actress and a singer, which is a powerful combination for teenagers looking for a role model, an inspiration, and a talented artist they can aspire to. In 2001, she catapulted to fame as Disney’s Lizzie McGuire in the series of the same title.

She didn’t have a series of her own after that but made her mark in Hollywood as a blockbuster teenage actress. She was the lead in many of the movies following her Lizzie McGuire breakout such as, Agent Cody Banks (2003) with Frankie Muniz, Cheaper By The Dozen (2003) and Cheaper By The Dozen 2 (2005) with Steve Martin, A Cinderella Story and Raise Your Voice both released in 2004, and The Perfect Man (2005) with Heather Locklear.

In the wake of her personal problems and continued decline in popularity, she got married and had a kid. Hilary Duff had a good run at being a major TV star and also a box-office princess. Currently, she is in a show called Younger airing on TV Land. The show is doing really well and is now in its fifth season. She stars with Sutton Foster and Debi Mazar.

16 Katherine Heigl

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Fame Meter: 9/10

Famous show: Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

Current Project: Suits (USA Network)

Katherine Heigl has been in the industry for a long time, she started at a young age and is still trying to make it big in Hollywood today. She could have been the next Natalie Portman or Drew Barrymore. Her first film was in 1992 and she was only 14 at the time. She was recognized on TV in the show Roswell, short-lived, but her character was an interesting one, and she was a young beautiful actress then, a fresh new face per se. She was nominated for Saturn and Teen Choice awards.

Her best role on TV was in Grey’s Anatomy, as a young doctor named Izzie Stevens. She gave a performance worthy of the Best Supporting Actress in Primetime Emmy. She received the award in the third season and finished her journey with the show after the fourth season. Grey’s Anatomy is still airing and is now on its fifteenth season.

Heigl took advantage of the recognition she got from Grey’s Anatomy and made blockbuster movies during the years 2007 to 2011. That was six movies in seven years, all blockbusters. Her streak ended with the film One for the Money (2012) and has not had a good comeback film to date.

But on TV she might be getting that break, after the cancellation of her last show, Doubt (ABC), she is now lined up to be the new character in the legal drama, Suits (USA Network). She will try to fill the hole Meghan Markle and Patrick J. Adams left, here’s to hoping she blends well with the rest of the main characters in Suits.

15 Kelly Osbourne

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Fame Meter: 8/10

Famous show: The Osbournes (MTV)

Current Project: Project: Runway Junior (Lifetime)

When your father casts a long shadow, it’s a lot of a pressure to get out of it in your own way. If your dear dad’s nickname is The Prince of Darkness, forget about it. Ozzy Osbourne was the vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He is a living legend in music and in rock and roll.

He has two children, and one of them is Kelly Osbourne. Kelly’s road to fame came with the help of her dad. Their family and lives were the subjects of a reality show that aired in 2002 via MTV called The Osbournes. It was a no secrets, no shame, and no censorship (it seemed) kind of reality show. Everyone in the family was cursing, it was crazy! The shocking thing about this show is the heartwarming ending on almost all episodes, despite the chaotic turn of events and all the dirty words, they still managed to touch our hearts at the end.

Kelly Osbourne’s fame probably has reached its peak and she’s just going downhill now. She’s had fewer and fewer projects, but at least what she is doing on TV now means something more to her than just a show. She is one of the judges on Project: Runway Junior, being a designer herself, this show is right in her backyard. Forget about her dad and the shadow, she is strutting her own stuff and making a name for herself, it’s just not as loud and effective as before.

14 Kristin Kreuk

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Fame Meter: 7/10

Famous show: Smallville (The CW)

Current Project: Burden of Truth (Canada)

In a business where looks are everything, we often see a star that has that unique features. The unforgettable face, the one of a kind features. Kristin Kreuk looks Asian, South American, and Hawaiian all at the same time, with a little sprinkle of European maybe. She is actually Canadian, but her parents have Dutch and Chinese blood in them. That’s how she got to be uniquely beautiful. She was recognized in her Canadian TV series Edgemont, then travelled south to make young men drool over and dream of her every time they see her in Smallville.

Before Lois Lane, there was Lana Lang in the coming of age story of Clark Kent. Kreuk played Lana Lang for seven seasons and hit the height of her fame during those years. She got the iconic role every Chinese or Asian-looking actress was longing for, she played Chun-Li in the motion picture version of the famous video game, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. Wow, Lana Lang and Chun-Li, double drool for Kristin Kreuk!

She then starred in the series Beauty and the Beast that run for four seasons. It had a good first two seasons but the last two ran out of steam and was later cancelled. The shine of her star faded away, too. Kreuk is now back in Canada with her show Burden of Truth, going on its second season.

13 Lea Michele

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Fame Meter: 9/10

Famous show: Glee (Fox)

Last Project: The Mayor (ABC)

Do you remember when Glee was all the rage? At the back of their minds, everyone would try to go about their everyday lives and hope that it turns into a musical number. C’mon, admit it. Doing laundry then breaking out in a solo in the middle of the laundromat, no? Okay, must just be me, then. The most memorable character in Glee was, of course, Sue Sylvester. Jane Lynch’s career took a catapult and a somersault, and she’s still somersaulting now. But, what happened to the other cast members, those singing and dancing young actors and actresses?

The lead in Glee was Lea Michele, a talented Broadway actress, going on stage night after night at a young age of 9-years old and has in her resume four productions including Fiddler on the Roof and Les Miserables. But she broke the Hollywood scene in her role as Rachel Berry in Glee. At the same time, she also etched her name in the music business and appeared in Billboard Top 100 lists more than once. After Glee, she seemed to have lost her luck, as she had two consecutive shows that got cancelled. Scream Queens (Fox) lasted for two seasons before getting canned, and The Mayor (ABC) only had one season.

12 Marcia Cross

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Fame Meter: 10/10

Famous show: Desperate Housewives (ABC)

Current Project: Quantico (ABC)

Marcia Cross is no stranger to television, she’s been in shows since 1984. That’s 20 years before she got her best and most award-winning role of her career. She was Bree Van de Kamp in the ABC hit show Desperate Housewives that ran for eight seasons. A powerhouse cast including Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, and Felicity Huffman. Cross received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and won two SAG awards for Best Ensemble in 2005 and 2006.

Bree Van de Kamp starts the pilot episode immediately establishing herself as the uptight perfectionist in the group of friendly neighbor-wives. She was borderline obsessive-compulsive, think Monica Geller in Friends. Cross’s character was the most interesting, and she always had the roller-coaster emotional storyline almost every time. Cross matched the character with her expert, experienced and superb acting, only a 20-year veteran can deliver without effort.

Today, Cross’s project is a recurring role in the ABC action-thriller, Quantico. What better role to play than POTUS. In this show, her character is mysterious and cannot be confirmed as one of the good guys yet, though she is the President of the United States. Good one, right? But a recurring role does not come close to the major superstardom she achieved in Desperate Housewives.

11 Matthew Fox

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Fame Meter: 10/10

Famous show: Lost (ABC)

Last Project: Bone Tomahawk (film)

Out of everyone in this list, it was Matthew Fox who officially declared that he will not be going back to doing television shows. In a TV Guide interview back in 2010, before the notorious and some say the botched ending of the show, Fox clearly stated he’s stepping down from the TV scene for good.

He made good on that promise and never made a TV show again after Lost. It’s not like he’s been doing this for 25 years, no, he’s just been doing it for 18. It’s not like he’s been part of two very successful and popular TV shows that he may have felt that he needs a new challenge, yes, that could be true. It’s not like he wants to focus on his family more and appearing in films where the schedule is less demanding compared to TV, yes, that’s exactly what he said.

Matthew Fox was Charlie Salinger and Jack Shephard. Party of Five (Fox) and Lost (ABC) both ran for six seasons, and Fox was part of the main cast and appeared on all episodes, that’s a total of 255 episodes. He was a very famous TV celebrity, but it looked like he wanted to shift his talents elsewhere. He did well in the film, but not good enough. He made only a handful of films, the best of which were Speed Racer, Alex Cross, Vantage Point, and We Are Marshall. He’s literally doing nothing right now, his last film was in 2015. Maybe he should go back to TV and regain his stature as a major TV star, third time’s a charm.

10 Michael C. Hall

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Fame Meter: 8/10

Famous show: Dexter (Showtime)

Current Project: Safe (Netflix)

Who wouldn’t watch a show about a serial killer of serial killers? It’s kind of a brilliant idea if you think about it, a good one that anyone could think of, that’s why it’s brilliant. James Manos, Jr. developed this show, however, it was actually adapted from the series of novels called Dexter, eight books are written from 2004 to 2015, by Jeff Lindsay. The TV version aired on Showtime from 2006 to 2013, and gathered countless nominations in its 8-season run.

Michael C. Hall plays the title role Dexter Morgan and the show is set in Miami. However, what is most surprising is that our dear protagonist is actually a member of the police force, which we must say is quite the unlikely role given his part-time job! He is joined by co-stars Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, James Remar, and Julie Benz. This show collected a total of 21 awards from the following award-giving bodies: TCA and SAG (one each), Saturn and Satellite (six and seven awards respectively), Golden Globe (two awards), and Emmy (four awards). The biggest ones were Golden Globe Best Actor and Supporting Actor for Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow in 2010 and SAG Best Actor for Hall (2010).

With such accolades one would think Michael C. Hall would have quite the career after Dexter, ala George Clooney from E.R., but no. He went on to make guest appearances in some shows and supporting roles in films like Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) and Game Night (2018). We guess Hall is no Clooney, apparently. Now he has a show airing in France titled Safe, season 1 is available for streaming on Netflix.

9 Michael Emerson

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Fame Meter: 8/10

Famous show: Lost (ABC)

Current Project: The Name of the Rose (Sundance TV)

Michael Emerson is a character favorite in TV shows because of the extremes he plays. He was the extremely cunning and extremely manipulative villain Henry Gale in Lost, check out this interview with Post-Gazette. He was also the extremely reclusive, extremely wealthy, and extremely intelligent Harold Finch, a billionaire vigilante in Person of Interest (CBS). In his 28-year career, Michael had these two shows as his best so far. But no one will forget Henry Gale (Ben Linus, really), this was a character that was supposed to only be a guest. But with Michael’s amazing portrayal, they gave him main cast credits up to the end of the show.

Michael, solely for Lost, received the following awards. Three Saturn nominations and a win for Best Supporting Actor (2008), one Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor nomination in 2010, and three Emmy nominations and one Best Supporting Actor award in 2009. In Person of Interest, he starred with Jim Caviezel and Taraji P. Henson.

Currently, his project is The Name of the Rose (Sundance TV), an Italian TV series based on the novel by Italian author Umberto Eco. Although Michael Emerson’s Lost popularity will never be duplicated, he could try, but he might not get the same star treatment.

8 Paris Hilton

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Fame Meter: 10/10

Famous show: The Simple Life (Fox)

Last Project: The World According to Paris (Oxygen)

Paris was once the princess of reality TV, she prefers princess rather than queen, ‘cause that’s hotter!’ A personality famous for being just famous, Paris Hilton strapped a pink bejewelled rocket on her back and got her meteoric rise to TV prominence with the reality show, The Simple Life. Aired by Fox, the series started in 2003 and would renew for two more seasons. The show finished its fourth and fifth seasons with E! Paris co-stars with real-world best friend, Nicole Richie. Nicole might as well be on this list as well, as she had some guest appearances and in 2017 was a main cast member in a Tina Fey created show Great News (NBC) that was unfortunately cancelled after two seasons.

The Simple Life is a show with a very simple theme, put two socialites in situations they would never in a million years be in. Paris and Nicole dirtied their hands on manual and low-income jobs, like motel housekeeping and waitressing. But why stop there, let’s put them on a farm and see what happens. That they did, easy TV. Just point the camera at them and watch the magic unfold.

It’s really an out-of-the-box idea, but it would have never happened without the carefree, confident, and assertive attitude of Paris Hilton. She was brave enough to subject herself to such asinine atrocities, only a billionaire daughter without insecurities can do so. But Paris has not been hot lately, her last project was back in 2011. She must be busy mashing up tracks in a high-end club.

7 Paul Wesley

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Fame Meter: 7/10

Famous show: The Vampire Diaries (The CW)

Current Project: Fabled (in production)

Paweł Tomasz Wasilewski is a Polish actor. Paul Wesley is an American actor and director. He was born in New Jersey to 100 percent Polish parents. Look at him, that’s how handsome Polish men can get. He looks like how Justin Bieber would look like at 30-years old and lived a normal, healthy, and stress-free adolescence. He is one hot guy, proven by his Teen Choice Male Breakout Star and Young Hollywood Cast to Watch awards in 2010.

Getting by as an actor since 1999, jumping from one role to another, show after show with the tiniest bit of TV exposure, Paul toughed it out for 10 years until he landed the role that would launch his career and make him the heartthrob that he truly is. The Vampire Diaries ran for eight seasons on The CW. Paul had for his co-stars, equally handsome and beautiful Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev, respectively or vice versa (it works both ways, that’s how pretty Ian is). It’s a show created by Kevin Williamson, he also was the mind behind Dawson’s Creek, so you know right from the get-go that this was going to be a hit and pop-culture sensation.

The Vampire Diaries ended a year ago and Paul has been stagnant since then, his hotness going lukewarm with no film projects and no TV show immediately following. But just fresh off the press, he will be part of a new fantasy series called Fabled. Let’s hope this one gets the success Stefan Salvatore had.

6 Sarah Michelle Gellar

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Fame Meter: 9/10

Famous show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB)

Last Project: Cruel Intentions (no network yet)

Sarah Michelle Gellar had her moment in Hollywood. She was a major celebrity in the years 1997 to 2004. In eight years, she made nine films and most of them were a success at the box office. Her most famous were Cruel Intentions (1999), I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), Scooby Doo (2002), and The Grudge (2004). She also starred in sequels for the last two films. But before all of that, she was first Buffy Summers in the fantasy series Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

The series was shown on The WB and ran for seven seasons. At the time, Sarah was the whole package. She had the fighting skills, the looks and the body, and decent acting. She was recognized for her performance in nominations from Saturn (where she also won Best Actress), Emmy, and the Golden Globes.

Unfortunately though, Sarah could not quite make it after her rise to fame in Buffy, she only had shows that lasted just one a season, if not cancelled in the middle of, or right away. Her current project is a TV version of her most popular film, Cruel Intentions (same title) and not owned by any network as of the last update. It follows the movie’s story, but fast forward seventeen years later, and the show will star the child of the main characters in the film, now grown and almost an adult. Sarah keeps her same role from the film, the show sounds promising, but her star power is not enough now to convince network execs to pick up the show.

5 Shannen Doherty

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Fame Meter: 9/10

Famous show: Beverly Hills, 90210 (Fox)

Current Project: Heathers (no network yet)

In 1990, a TV show was aired by Fox, and it was the best show at the time. You cannot say or hear the name without humming or thinking about its theme song afterwards. Beverly Hills, 90210 was the show that made Shannen Doherty a famous celebrity any TV personality could ever aspire to. But it was not just her, she had co-stars who rode the waves created by the success of their classic show. Jason Priestley, Luke Perry, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, and Brian Austin Green. It was a veritable list of who’s who, has-beens, and where-are-they-nows. It was a coming of age show about teens and their journey through their young lives. The show ran for 10 seasons but Shannen was only in it for four.

There must be something about Shannen, because she also left her second most famous TV show, Charmed. Charmed aired on Fox for eight seasons and she played sister-witch Prue Halliwell for the first three seasons only. The other sister-witches were played by Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano. Currently, Shannen is waiting on a network to take the bait and sign on the TV version of her classic film, Heathers. To be pop culture phenoms and household names is to be the most famous you can be in the world of television entertainment. Shannen definitely misses that.

4 Zach Braff

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Fame Meter: 8/10

Famous show: Scrubs (NBC) 9 seasons

Last Project: Alex, Inc. (ABC) canceled after 1 season

Scrubs was a show about doctor best friends, but was not like the usual hospital drama shows you watch with all the hectic scenes and chaotic emergency rooms. On the surface, it seemed like a straight-up sitcom, but it was surprisingly also a heartwarming drama at the same time. NBC aired the show for nine seasons, during which it earned two Emmy Awards.

The show’s lead character is Dr. John Michael Dorian, or J.D., played by Zach Braff. He co-stars with Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, and John C. McGinley. Braff earned three Golden Globe Best Actor nominations for his performance as J.D., recognizing him as one of the biggest TV stars of the 2000s. This was Zach Braff’s crowning achievement for TV, as he never had a more successful show before it and never had one yet after the end in 2010.

But speaking of achievements, Braff wrote and directed a film that was critically acclaimed and had a cult following for a movie called Garden State. Being a New Jersey local in his early years, he went back to his roots to film this gem of a movie and earned accolades and recognition in almost all award-giving bodies.

Zach Braff seems to have lost all the sparkle from his Scrubs days, as he has yet to get a steady show running, with his last work being on the ABC show called, Alex, Inc., which was cancelled after just one season.

3 Jason Lee

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Fame Meter: 8/10

Famous show: My Name Is Earl (NBC)

Current Project: We Bare Bears (Cartoon Network)

The kids might remember him as the guardian/father figure of Alvin, Simon, and Theodore. He played David Seville in the film Alvin and The Chipmunks. Older audiences remember him as Earl, Earl Hickey, that’s his name. Airing for four seasons, My Name Is Earl is the show that made Jason Lee a famous celebrity.

It’s a show about a guy who made a list to start making amends in an attempt to re-calibrate his karma. He co-stars with Ethan Suplee, Earl’s not-so-smart brother, and Jaime Pressly, Earl’s ex-wife. Fans who follow the show knew that Season four was not supposed to be the ending, but the show was cancelled and no other network picked it up afterwards.

Jason Lee made some good movies, his best was Almost Famous (2000) and of course, the Kevin Smith collaborations. He was supposed to be working on a TV series sequel to Mallrats, together with the original cast and director Kevin Smith, but nobody knows what happened to that one.

Currently, he is a character voice in the kids show We Bare Bears. He’s always been good at this, especially with movies like The Incredibles and Underdog. He may get a good role now and then, maybe even be part of a nice sitcom in the future, but his good old Earl days are all in the past now.

2 Jerry Seinfeld

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Fame Meter: 10/10

Famous show: Seinfeld (NBC)

Current Project: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Crackle)

NBC seems to have found the secret recipe for all-time great TV shows, Friends was an NBC show, and so was Seinfeld. A sitcom that ran for nine seasons, Seinfeld was a TV adaptation of the life of comedian Jerry Seinfeld. The greatest comedic minds in Hollywood worked together on this show: creator and lead role Jerry Seinfeld, co-creator Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), and cast member Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep).

Completing the cast are Jason Alexander and Michael Richards. The show’s brilliant writing and acting collected SAGs, Emmys, and Golden Globe Awards. Six SAG Awards, 20 Emmy Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards all from 1994 (Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best TV Series).

Jerry Seinfeld is a true-blooded stand-up comedian through and through. After Seinfeld, he appeared in shows mostly as himself. He didn’t really delve into film that much, making only a total of six in his career. Four were cameo appearances, one was a documentary, and the only true film he made was as a voice in an animated film by DreamWorks Animation, Bee Movie (2007).

His current show is like reality TV, called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. It originally streamed on Crackle but is now in Netflix. The series is on its tenth season. The show reflects Seinfeld’s passion for comedy, cars, and hot beverages.

1 Josh Radnor

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Fame Meter: 8/10

Famous show: How I Met Your Mother (CBS)

Last Project: Rise (NBC)

The show How I Met Your Mother was all the rave at its peak, mainly because of the wacky and philandering, wait for it, Barney Stinson. It is a story of five best friends, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), Robin (Cobie Smulders), Marshall (Jason Segel), Lily (Alyson Hannigan), and Ted (Josh Radnor). The pilot starts with Ted Mosby telling a story to his kids about how he met their mother.

The story would go on for nine seasons, and we’re just glad Ted’s kids stuck it out with him in this epic and “legendary” story. It was an amazing story because Ted will not reveal the identity of their mother until the last season. This kept the viewers invested and made them want to see it through to the end, or at least until they saw who the mother was. Well, Barney was hilarious too!

Josh has not had much luck in film, unlike his fellow newcomer Cobie Smulders who snagged films with Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher 2) and was part of the Avengers franchise. He had a few shows after HIMYM. Unfortunately, one of these shows was Rise, the NBC show in which Josh headlined in March 2018, which was sadly cancelled after just one season. It was a musical set in a high school, sounds kind of familiar.

He also had another series cancelled the year before, a period piece where he played a doctor. Josh needs to shake things up, because he didn’t really do that in his famous show, Barney did that for him. He just is not relevant anymore.

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