We all think of stardom as something that anyone would want. Bright lights, a big city and tons of cash are the things people who don’t have any of those things think anyone who gets them would never choose to leave them behind. The fact of the matter is that there are a ton of men and women who rose to the peak of the celebrity mountain and decided the air up there was simply too thin. These days, these people have either faded into obscurity or left Hollywood behind because they simply didn’t enjoy the spotlight anymore. Sadly, sometimes leaving Hollywood doesn’t get them out of that harsh glare.

Gene Hackman

After spending decades as one of the biggest names in Hollywood, Hackman retired in 2004 and really hasn’t looked back. Like Connery, he hasn’t even made any guest appearances or cameos.

Dave Chappelle

The Chappelle show was one of the most popular shows in the early 2000’s but when Dave Chappelle got into a contract dispute with Comedy Central, he decided to leave acting all together and hasn’t really looked back.


Geena Davis

Geena Davis was one of the “it” actresses of her generation. Suddenly, she had faded into obscurity and now has left acting all together. These days she focuses her attention on gender equality issues.

Shirley Temple

The huge child star didn’t see her stardom follow her into adulthood. Once she started to grow up, she was barely heard from.

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