It’s sad to know that Hollywood celebrities who rake in so much money to “pretend” for a living suddenly vanishes or decides to leave the glitz and glamour of the entertainment world for some tragic reason. Hard to believe? It can be for some. But it does happen more frequently than what many would think. Some would say “retirement,” others prefer seeing it as “taking a break.” But whatever issues these celebrities had to face publicly or behind closed doors, it catapulted them directly out of the limelight.
Here are 15 Hollywood celebrities who shocked the world by suddenly falling out the grid:
1. Randy Quaid
Randy believes there are people in Hollywood who want to end his acting career, which is one reason why he’s no longer getting offers from Tinseltown since 2009. But he did make headlines last year, when he uploaded a nasty video with his wife online.
2. Mara Wilson
Mara is one face people will never forget after she starred in films like Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire. To everyone’s surprise, she decided to retire from acting in 2000 (at 13 years of age), after starring in 2001’s Donnie Darko. She admitted acting is “no longer fun” for her.
3. Bridget Fonda
Bridget made a mark in Hollywood after starring in films like Jackie Brown and Single White Female. She decided to abandon her acting career after starring in the TV-film Snow Queen in 2002. The following year she got married and was never heard of again.
4. Jack Nicholson
Jack shot down rumors of quitting his acting career because of memory loss issues He later revealed to a British tabloid that he’ll never do any film involving “more bombs” and “more explosions.” His last film was in 2010 with How Do You Know.
5. Macaulay Culkin
Macaulay is a former child star who panned out miserably after starring in the Home Alone franchise in 1994. Since then, he’s had run-ins with the law, took part in small independent films, and even started a indie novelty band.
6. Renée Zellweger
Renée shocked the world in 2014 when she came to the red carpet sporting a completely different look. Many speculated she had plastic surgery done after her last film My Own Love Song in 2010. She’s rumored to be coming back this year with a couple films.
7. Gene Hackman
Gene is one Hollywood legend who may never see the big screen ever again. After confirming his retirement in 2008, he revealed to a magazine in 2011 that he’ll only entertain producers who can shoot at his residence without harming anything.
8. Amanda Bynes
Amanda is former child star who was frequently seen in big and small screen in the early half of 2000s. Since her movie debut with Big Fat Liar in 2002, her career took rapid downward spiral after battling an mental illness. Her last film was 2010’s Easy A.
9. Phoebe Cates
Phoebe’s sultry outfit from the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High in the 1980s was one of the many known images in Hollywood. She hung her acting shoes in 1994 to concentrate on her family before making an appearance in 2001’s The Anniversary Party in 2001.
10. Sean Connery
Sean announced retiring from the Hollywood scene in 2006, which means his role in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is his last action film. He did make a brief return to the screen by voicing out his animated character in the 2012’s Sir Billi.
11. Ariana Richards
A lot of people won’t know her name, but everyone will most likely recognize her face as the grand daughter of John Hammond’s character in the blockbuster hit Jurassic Park. Since then, little was heard from her. Currently, she works as portrait painter.
12. Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel is one of those actors who bagged way more Oscars than anyone else. After his role in 2012’s Lincoln, he made a decision to take some time off. It’s not the first he’s done this. He’s done before in 1997’s The Boxer before returning for 2002’s Gangs of New York.
13. Jared Leto
Jared decided to be part of a rock band for a few years after starring in 2009’s Mr. Nobody. He did return to act in Dalls Buyer’s Club in 2003 and won an Oscar for it. His next project will involve him playing The Joker in this year’s Suicide Squad.
14. Alison Lohman
Alison shot to stardom when she took part in 2003’s Big Fish. She even gained further headlines in 2009’s box office hit Drag Me to Hell. She decided to take a break from acting in 2010 to care for his newborn son. She played a small role in 2015’s The Vatican Tapes.
15. Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris is one name the whole world will never forget. So far, the martial artist and actor only has a few TV-movie credits the past decade. His last TV series was in the early 2000s with Texas Ranger. He’s last seen in 2012’s blockbuster hit The Expendables 2.
In world that is so mysterious and vast, it’s no surprise that the things we expect to stick around would suddenly disappear. We’ve seen great things in history that vanish without a trace: cities, works of art, monuments, inventions, and even people. For whatever reason, some of the most known Hollywood celebrities we wanted to see more of would disappear without a trace, leaving the whole world to cast wild theories and never ending speculations. Where did they go? Why did they decide to stay out of the limelight? Who or what influenced them? Only they hold the answers to our endless questions.