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15 Stars Who Quit Acting After Hitting It Big

Best Life Logo By Lia Beck of Best Life | Slide 1 of 16: Film and TV actors live unpredictable lives with long hours on set, irregular schedules, and no way of knowing what their next gig will be. On the other hand, if they find success, they can have a lengthy career, big paychecks, and the fulfillment of doing what they love. Outsiders may think of that as the ultimate goal, but these 15 stars actually decided to quit acting after hitting it big. And they went on to do everything from writing and woodworking to painting and politicking.While it's pretty rare for big actors to retire officially and entirely, it does happen. Ever since the early days of Hollywood, there have been actors who joined the A-list only to take their lives in a completely different direction. Some of the actors were child stars who either weren't interested in acting careers as adults or had trouble making the transition. Others were in movies for years and finally needed to make a change, whether it was to raise a child, live a less stressful life, or become an actual princess. (I think you know who I'm talking about there.)Read on to find out more about 15 actors who left the business behind—either permanently or until they decide to change course yet again. And for some shocking transformations, check out 14 Actors Who Looked Unrecognizable in Major Movies.

15 Stars Who Quit Acting After Hitting It Big

Film and TV actors live unpredictable lives with long hours on set, irregular schedules, and no way of knowing what their next gig will be. On the other hand, if they find success, they can have a lengthy career, big paychecks, and the fulfillment of doing what they love. Outsiders may think of that as the ultimate goal, but these 15 stars actually decided to quit acting after hitting it big. And they went on to do everything from writing and woodworking to painting and politicking.

While it's pretty rare for big actors to retire officially and entirely, it does happen. Ever since the early days of Hollywood, there have been actors who joined the A-list only to take their lives in a completely different direction. Some of the actors were child stars who either weren't interested in acting careers as adults or had trouble making the transition. Others were in movies for years and finally needed to make a change, whether it was to raise a child, live a less stressful life, or become an actual princess. (I think you know who I'm talking about there.)

Read on to find out more about 15 actors who left the business behind—either permanently or until they decide to change course yet again. And for some shocking transformations, check out 14 Actors Who Looked Unrecognizable in Major Movies.

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