Being a film star is no joke, and many stars find that out too late. Once the pressures of fame mounts, there have been stars that simply needed to get out and find themselves again.
Some make triumphant returns, others merely skim the edges of their past glories. These actors and actresses all but vanished from the scene and you may well have forgotten all about them, until now that is!
A seasoned actor and stand-up comedian, Dave Chappelle has become one of the most respected comic of his age. He shared the silver screen with big name actors, including Meg Ryan, who is also on this list. His breakout role came from the 1998 film Half Baked, which he helped write. Soon Chappelle found himself with his own sketch comedy show, the Dave Chappelle show, which garnered him further critical and commercial acclaim.
The celebrity life was unfortunately too much for Chappelle who abruptly bailed on his own show two years later. He found his way to South Africa as production on a planned third season of the Chappelle Show started. He returned to stand-up publically in 2015, releasing an acclaimed stand up special series through Netflix, and today, Chappelle looks much happier, healthier and in control of his life once again.
Blessed not just with teen idol looks but also the acting chops to make him a star, Edward Furlong’s early career hinted at greatness. With starring roles on Terminator 2, American Heart, a home of our own and American History X, Furlong as soon a household name.
Unfortunately fame also brought substance abuse and pending court cases, which has side lined Furlong who hasn’t been in a noteworthy film since Detroit Rock City. That said, Furlong has been making a slow return to screen in a series of made for TV Sci Fi movies produced by the Scy Fy Channel.
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Another 90’s household name, Meg Ryan made her mark on the film industry in 1989’s When Harry Met Sally. Known for her girl next-door looks as much as her acting skills, Ryan starred in films like You’ve Got Mail, City of Angels, Sleepless in Seattle and When A Man Loves A Woman.
While Ryan did try her hand at directing in 2016’s Ithaca, the actress has now dedicated her life to raising her family in New York, and hopefully stopped having plastic surgery!
To simply limit Hughes’ titles to “Star of the Silver Screen” would be doing the man a huge disservice. He has been a businessman, philanthropist, director and much more. While is accomplishments are many, his eccentricities certainly outnumbered them.
It is suspected a combination of OCD; chronic pain from injuries sustained during his numerous plane crashes along with eventual increasing deafness made Hughes quite the character. The last years of his life were spent in total seclusion in a string of Las Vegas hotels where he would hole up with his entourage and aides. He is a star who simply shone bright then faded away but his legacy still lives on.