For some celebs, it takes a long time and a lot of hard work before they achieve any kind of success, while others are lucky to be an overnight success. Many celebs become the talk of the town and are on top of Hollywood. Most celebs are only major stars for a short period of time and, in some cases, only get their 15 minutes of fame. There have been many famous celebs that faded away from the spotlight. In many cases, these celebs either vanished from the face of the earth or struggled to reclaim their glory.
Then, there are the celebs that many assumed were done in showbiz. It appeared as though their days as stars were over and would simply be a distant memory. However, they surprised everyone by making a major comeback. They gained a newfound respect from their colleagues, fans, and the media. They might have fallen from the top of Hollywood but clawed their way back up. Of course, this can’t be said for every celeb that was once a Hollywood star. Here is a look at 8 Celebs That Will Never Make A Comeback and 7 That Surprisingly Did.
15 Dustin Diamond (Never Coming Back)
In the 90’s, Dustin Diamond became one of the most famous child stars on TV. He was best known for his role as Screech Powers on the popular teen sitcom Saved By The Bell. However, he has since faded away and is one of many forgotten child stars of the 90’s. He has attempted to make several comebacks but has failed at every attempt. The most infamous attempt was when he starred in an adult video, Screeched – Saved By The Smell. Although, he later claimed that he used a stunt double. He also appeared in Celebrity Fit Club, Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling, and Celebrity Big Brother. Additionally, he wrote the controversial book Behind The Bell, in which he made wild allegations against his Saved By The Bell co-stars and claimed he slept with over 2,000 women.
14 Natasha Lyonne (Comeback)
Natasha Lyonne started her career as a child actor and had appeared in several films. As a teenager, her breakout role was in the film Everyone Says I Love You. She is best known for her role in the American Pie franchise. She struggled with addiction and underwent treatment for methadone. She was arrested on several occasions for driving under the influence. In 2006, she missed a court appearance and a warrant was issued. She later entered rehab to deal with her addiction. Her career appeared to be over but she has been able to mount a successful comeback. In 2013, she began to portray Nicky Nichols on the critically-acclaimed Netflix series Orange is the New Black. She has been universally praised for her role and was nominated for a Prime-Time Emmy award.
13 Amanda Bynes (Never Coming Back)
At one time, Amanda Bynes was rising to the top of Hollywood and was positioned to be a dominant force for years to come. She started her career as a child star appearing in the popular series The Amanda Show. She quickly blew up and starred in the WB series What I Like About You. She also starred in several films, including What A Girl Wants and Hairspray. However, over the years, she suffered from several career setbacks and was plagued with personal demons. She had numerous run-ins with the law for driving under the influence. She struggled with mental health issues and was eventually hospitalized. In July of 2010, she announced her plans to take an indefinite hiatus from acting. It appeared that she’d never return, but in June of 2017, she indicated that she had plans to return to television.
12 Rob Lowe (Comeback)
There was a time when Rob Lowe could do no wrong. That didn’t last forever, and then it seemed like he couldn’t do anything right. In the 80’s, he became a teen idol with his roles in The Outsiders and St. Elmo’s Fire. However, his career took a major hit after a scandal broke. In 1988, he was videotaped engaging in physical activity with a 16-year-old in Atlanta. At the time, the age of consent in Atlanta was 14, so legally, he did nothing wrong. Later, a portion of the "tape" was leaked. His career suffered, as did his public image. Later, a former nanny made several allegations against him. However, he managed to bounce back and has since starred in The West Wing, Parks and Recreation, and Code Black.
11 Tara Reid (Never Coming Back)
Tara Reid was briefly the “it” girl of the moment but she struggled to maintain that level of fame. She showed a great deal of potential and was slated to be a huge breakout star. She is best known for her role in the American Pie franchise. Since then, she suffered a few career setbacks. She had several botched cosmetic surgeries that resulted in some deformities. She had a drastic change in her appearance and almost looked like an entirely different person. She began to struggle in her career and has been unable to land a major film role. In 2013, she began to make a bit of a comeback, although calling it a comeback might be too strong of a word. Between 2013 and 2017, she has started in all 5 films in the Sharknado franchise.
10 Mickey Rourke (Comeback)
In the 80’s, Mickey Rourke was known for his smoldering good looks and irresistible charm. He was one of the top leading men in Hollywood and was best known for his roles in Diner, Rumble Fish, and 9 ½ Weeks. In the early 90’s, he decided to embark on a career as a boxer. He’d been a successful amateur earlier but turning pro was an entirely different animal. He suffered several severe facial injuries that required reconstructive surgeries. However, the surgeries were botched, and he looked unrecognizable. His once-promising career appeared to be all but over. However, he made a big comeback with the universally-praised Darren Aronofsky film The Wrestler in 2007. Rourke was praised for his critically-acclaimed performance and was nominated for an Academy Award that year.
9 Lindsay Lohan (Never Coming Back)
At one point, Lindsay Lohan was on the verge of a breakthrough that could have taken her to the next level of Hollywood stardom. She first gained wide recognition for her roles in Disney’s The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday. Her big breakout role was in the critically and commercially-acclaimed film Mean Girls. She quickly became one of the most in-demand Hollywood stars. However, her intense wild partying lifestyle started to take a toll on her. She had several run-ins with the law and stints in rehab. She began to develop a bad reputation for showing up late to set and being difficult to work with. She lost several film roles, and eventually, the offers stopped rolling in. Perhaps, one day Lohan will make a comeback. But for now, it seems unlikely.
8 Paris Hilton (Comeback)
It seemed that Paris Hilton was one of many reality stars that only got 15 minutes of fame. She first gained attention for her role in the reality series The Simple Life. A private video had been leaked just days before the series debuted. The combination turned her into an overnight sensation. However, her subsequent reality series failed and her music career didn’t take off like she’d hoped. Additionally, the reigning queen of reality TV and former BFF Kim Kardashian, surpassed Hilton’s popularity. It seemed all over for Hilton. However, she’s managed to make quite the comeback. In 2012, she began her career as a DJ and now tours the world appearing at major events. Additionally, she has several successful businesses, including Paris Hilton apartments, fragrance lines, and Paris Hilton stores.
7 Sharon Stone (Never Coming Back)
In the 90’s, Sharon Stone was regarded as one of the hottest and most beautiful stars in Hollywood. She made audiences all over the world melt with her sensual performances in Basic Instinct, Sliver, and Casino. In fact, her performance in Basic Instinct was her breakout role and featured one of the steamiest moments in cinema history. However, over the years, Stone has slipped from the top of Hollywood and is becoming nothing more than a shell of her former self. She attempted a comeback in 2006 with Basic Instinct 2, which ended up being a box office bomb and dashed any hopes of a significant comeback. She continues to land supporting roles and guest appearances in film and television. Regardless, she’s hardly the major Hollywood star she once was in the 90’s.
6 Drew Barrymore (Comeback)
Drew Barrymore is known for making one of the greatest Hollywood comebacks. At one point, it seemed like she was just another child star tragedy. Barrymore had her big breakthrough at the age of 7 in the beloved film E.T. – the Extra-Terrestrial. At such a young age, she became a major star. However, she soon started to enjoy the wild lifestyle of a celebrity. As a young girl, she regularly attended the notorious Studio 54. By the age of 11, she was drinking alcohol and, by 13, was doing drugs. By 14, she was in rehab and had a few more stints before cleaning herself up. Her career was going downhill fast but she’s managed to make a surprising comeback. She is now regarded as one of Hollywood’s top starlets.
5 Charlie Sheen (Never Coming Back)
Charlie Sheen has always surprised fans and proved his critics wrong. However, his luck in proving everyone wrong is quickly starting to run out. In the 80’s, Charlie Sheen established himself as a Hollywood star. He starred in several memorable films but was also known for his wild partying lifestyle. Later, he became the highest-paid actor on TV with his role in the sitcom Two and a Half Men. However, his personal life always garnered a great deal of attention. He had a very public meltdown and falling out with former boss Chuck Lorre. His ex-wives accused him of being emotionally and physically abusive. He abused drugs and alcohol for most of his life. In 2015, Sheen revealed that he was diagnosed with HIV. In 2016, the LAPD began investigating Sheen for threatening his ex-fiancée.
4 Robert Downey Jr. (Comeback)
There was a time when Robert Downey Jr. was considered a statistic in Hollywood. He was one of many extraordinarily talented actors that destroyed their careers with drugs, alcohol, and intense partying. Downey was a major movie star but fell from the top of Hollywood. He was arrested several times for drug-related offences and was later sentenced to three years in prison but was released after a year. In 2001, he was arrested again. But this time, it cost him several important acting jobs. It seemed all over for Downey but he proved everyone wrong. He cleaned himself up and would go on to become one of the biggest box office draws in Hollywood. He made an incredible comeback with his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And since then, fans couldn’t imagine anyone else playing the superhero than him.
3 Kevin Spacey (Never Coming Back)
Up until recently, Kevin Spacey was a highly-regarded actor known for giving stellar performances. However, shocking revelations have completely changed his career trajectory. Spacey is best known for his role as Verbal Kint in the memorable film The Usual Suspects. In 2013, he began portraying Frank Underwood in the popular Netflix series House of Cards. In October of 2017, actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making unwanted advances towards him in 1986. At the time, Rapp was only 14 years old. Soon, several more men came forward and accused Spacey of similar allegations. Netflix immediately cut all ties with the actor. They decided not to release Spacey’s upcoming film, Gore, and stopped production on House of Cards. Later, Netflix fired him from the series and announced that House of Cards will continue without him.
2 Britney Spears (Comeback)
Britney Spears was the one celeb that nobody ever expected to make a major comeback. In the late 90’s, Spears blew up and became the biggest pop sensation in the world. She became one of the best-selling artists and was dubbed as “The Princess of Pop.” However, she soon found herself at the center of controversy. She was also in several high-profile and tumultuous relationships. The stress and pressure from the media and her life was soon too much for her. She looked unrecognizable, and her career appeared to be over. However, she’s made an impressive comeback and is on her way to reclaim her past glory. She has been praised for her performances in Las Vegas and for the amount of work she put into her health and physical fitness.
1 Bill Cosby (Never Coming Back)
Bill Cosby would have gone down in history as one of the greatest and most influential stand-up comedians. However, the damaging revelations over the last few years brought the comedian down, and he went from famous to infamous. He is best known for starring in the groundbreaking sitcom The Cosby Show in the 80’s. Starting in 2014, roughly 60 women came forward accusing Cosby of drugging them and making unwanted advances while they were unconscious. The allegations date back several decades, but it took a very long time for the women to be believed. Cosby denied the allegations but it seems unlikely that he will be able to bounce back from this. His reputation and legacy have been greatly tarnished. More importantly, nobody will ever forget the allegations made against him.