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15 Once-Famous Stars Who Now Have Surprisingly Normal Jobs

Acting is hard. Not only does it take a lot of determination, talent and luck to land any roles, but it takes a whole lot more than that to stay relevant and stay working. It's also a stressful indust

Acting is hard. Not only does it take a lot of determination, talent and luck to land any roles, but it takes a whole lot more than that to stay relevant and stay working. It's also a stressful industry. Nothing is guaranteed and you're constantly in the public eye. As actors age and change, they are forced to reinvent themselves. Roles that actors were once able to get easily are suddenly out of reach. Personal lives are mixed with professional lives and the pressure of staying current can get overwhelming. Certain actors get typecast or too associated with one specific character, making it difficult to break free from it, while Hollywood is always searching for the new big thing, the one who will replace the old big thing. For all of these reasons and many more, Hollywood has a lot of turnover.

So what do actors do when they finish acting? Sure, some will keep a foot in the door, picking up a small gig here or there, putting their voice on some animation or even working behind the scenes, but not everyone can do that either. Where do actors go when their careers are over? Certainly not to the places we live. We've never seen Sean Connery at the grocery store or at the gas station.

Well, it turns out that some of these ex-stars just get regular old jobs, at least, the ones on this list do. Maybe their showbiz money wasn't able to sustain them for the rest of their lives or maybe they're just bored and looking to fill out the hours in the day. When you're not living the high life in Tinseltown, you get a harsh reminder that time can also move slowly. Let's look at some of the most famous actors who now have steady jobs. Here are 15 once-famous stars who now have pretty normal jobs.

15 Dylan Sprouse – Brewmaster

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14 Lark Voorhies – Writer

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13 Frankie Muniz – Race Car Driver & Drummer

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12 Kirk Cameron – Evangelist

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11 Tony Danza – Song & Medley Show Host

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10 Taran Noah Smith – Artist

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9 Nikki Blonsky – Hairstylist and Makeup Artist

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8 Karyn Parsons – Educational Film Producer

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7 Charlie Korsmo - Lawyer

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6 Johnathan Taylor Thomas – Writer

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5 Amanda Bynes – Student/Fashion Designer

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4 Jack Gleeson – Puppeteer

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3 Freddie Prinze Jr. – Writer

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2 Hayden Christensen – Farmer/Owner of Clothing Line/Producer

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1 Gene Hackman – Novelist

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Gene Hackman was long considered one of the best actors in Hollywood, so it was an expected reaction when, in 2004 he announced he was retiring, people were a bit taken aback. Since then, Hackman hasn't appeared in any roles, but he has been busy. Leading up to his retirement, Hackman had shown an interest in being a novelist, having co-written a book in 1999. He then released two more that he co-wrote in 2004 and 2008. Since those books, Hackman has taken the reins himself and has written two more novels, Payback at Morning Peak, released in 2011, and Pursuit, released in 2013. Hackman has assured people that he will not be returning to film, so if you need your Hackman fix, you better get down to the bookstore soon.

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