Nikki Blonsky
Jade Small
Jade Small
March 12, 2024 ·  4 min read

20+ Celebrities Who Traded The Red Carpet For Normal Jobs

Many people have dreams of becoming rich and famous. However, not all who who reach the red carpet find their lives are destined to remain there. Many celebrities who were once loved on screen have left Hollywood to work a typical 9-5 job. Here is a list of actors that might send you down a trip down movie lane.

1. Erik Estrada

Do you remember CHiPs? Well, Erik played the role of officer Francis Llewellyn “Ponch” Poncherello. After that, he signed up for the police force in real life and began a career of fighting crime.

Erik Estrada became a real police officer after acting as one
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2. Vanilla Ice

“Ice Ice Baby” pop star, Vanilla Ice is otherwise known as Robert Van Winkle. He is now working in the real estate business.

Ice Ice Baby
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3. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah is ell known for her vampire slaying skills. these days, however, she is a culinary wiz! She started her own company, called Foodstir, along with two partners.

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4. Danny Lloyd

Danny played the little boy in The Shining. It seems the horror scared him off Hollywood because he is no a biology porfessor in Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Kentucky.

Little actor from the Shining is now a university professor
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5. Macaulay Culkin

Another child star who has moved on from fame. The Home Alone actor is now into Podcasts. He has a satirical character called Bunny Ears that he entertains his fans with.

Child actor to a Podcast entertainer
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6. Nikki Blonsky

The Hair Spray singer and actor is no longer searching for a role as an actress. She found an alternative career to one spent on stage or in front of cameras.

Nikki Blonsky
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7. Lauren Conrad

Lauren went from a world being followed around by camera for reality TV to running her own makeup business.

Lauren Conrad spraying perfume
image source: Facebook / Lauren Conrad

8. Angus T. Jones

Angus’s stint with “Two and a half Men” ended. He went on to get a degree, and is now the president of entertainment for an events company called Tonite.

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9. Mara Wilson

The sweet little girl with telepathic powers from Matilda is still doing amazing things with her creative writing skills.

Image Credit: Mara Wilson | Instagram

10. Dylan Sprouse

If you were ever a Disney Channel fan, you will remember Zach from Sweet Life of Zach and Cody. These days he is brewing mead with a few associates he met throughout his acting career.

Zach, from Sweet Life of Zach and Cody
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11. Karyn Parsons

Karyn is known for her role in “The Prince of Bel-Air”. But, now she puts her efforts in with the non-profit organization that she founded, called the Sweet Blackberry Foundation.

Image source: Twitter / @Karyn_Parsons

12. Kevin Jonas

Camp Rock actor went back to his roots as a musician.

Jason really wanted Shane to make him a birdhouse at camp
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13. Jennifer Stone

Another Disney actress started a career in nursing.

She played Harper from Wizards of Waverly Place
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14. Peter Ostrum

Was the little boy who played in the 1971Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. He is now a veterinary for dairy cows.

Peter Ostrum Became A Veterinarian

15. Phoebe Cates Kline

Phoebe went from playing Linda Barret in Fast Times at Ridgemont High to owning her own Boutique store called Blue Tree. It is located in Manhattan.

Phoebe owns a boutique store in Manhattan
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16. Rick Moranis

The comedic actor left Hollywood to raise his children. Now, they have grown up and he is trying to return to the screens.

Rick is now a fatherly man
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17. Frankie Muniz

Big Fat Liar or Agent Cody Banks would not be the same without Frankie! However, he is now selling Olives in his own store in Arizona.

Frankie now sells olives!
Image source: Facebook / Frankie Muniz

18. Jack Gleeson

Jack gave up his life of acting since his role was executed in Game of Thrones. He is now a man with a degree in theology and philosophy.

Jack Gleeson
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19. Ariana Richards

She now paints portraits for a living.

Ariana paints portraits!
Image source: Twitter: @WATNCelebrity

20. Lucas Babin

Lucas went from an character in the school of Rock known as Spider, to working as the district attorney for Tyler County, Texas.

He played guitar in the School of Rock
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21. Jeff Cohen

Jeff went from a funny actor who played the role of Chunk in The Goonies to becoming a lawyer – We bet this came as a surprise.

Child actor, now lawyer
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22. 8

The Amanda Show with Amanda Bynes was a great hit! Unfortunately, Amanda has hung up her acting career and is now studying at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

The Amanda show
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23 Angelina Pivarnick

After Leaving Jersey Shore after 2 seasons, Angelina sought a different career, one that was more stable. She became an EMT.

Angelina Pivarnick is now an EMT
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