Some people would give their right arm to find fame, but some Hollywood stars chose to walk away from the limelight. Some celebrities found the pressure of fame too much, while others just decided to focus on raising their family.
Dave Chappelle completely shocked fans when he decided to leave his successful comedy show, “Chapelle Show”, in 2005. The comedian appeared to believe his popular show was ruining his stand-up career. He actually walked away from a $50 million contract and headed to Africa.
Chapelle later admitted he really just needed to regroup and get away from the spotlight. There was speculation that Chappelle was either suffering from a mental illness or was on drugs. He was away from show business for several years and finally began doing stand-up again.
Dave performed in 2014, doing a residency at Radio City Music Hall. Fans were definitely glad he is back!
Gene Wilder, whose given name is Jerome Silberman, is best known for starring in the cult film “Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” Many of us also grew up watching him star with Richard Pryor in the movies “Silver Streak”, “Stir Crazy”, “See No Evil, Hear No Evil”, and “Another You.”
Wilder has not worked as an actor regularly since the early 90s. He only appeared on screen for two guest spots on “Will & Grace” in 2002 and 2003.
Wilder now is a novelist and has written a memoir “Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art”, “What Is This Thing Called Love?”, and novels “My French Whore,” “The Woman Who Wouldn’t” and “Something to Remember You By.”
Former Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes, whose rose to fame on the television shows “All That” and “The Amanda Show”, also worked into a career on the big screen. Bynes starred in “What a Girl Wants” in 2003, “She’s The Man” in 2006, “Hairspray” in 2007, and “Easy A” in 2010.
Bynes suddenly announced she was retiring from acting in 2012. That same year she was hit with a DUI and had several hit-and-run accidents. Things only got worse in 2013. On May 23, 2013, Bynes was arrested in Manhattan for criminal possession of marijuana, attempted tampering with evidence, and reckless endangerment. Amanda reportedly threw a bong out of her 36th floor apartment. On July 22, 2013, Bynes was arrested after she started a fire in the driveway of a strangers home. She was hospitalized on a mental-health evaluation hold.
Bynes was arrested on September 28, 2014, for a second DUI and was placed on a temporary psychiatric hold after accusing her father of molesting her on Twitter. Shortly afterwards, she took the claims back. She then insisted a microchip implanted in her brain made her make the accusation.
Amanda’s parents were made her conservators and Bynes enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.
Sean Connery, who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards, and three Golden Globes, is best known for starring as James Bond in seven movies. Connery walked away from the spotlight in 2003, following the box office flop, “The League of Extraordinary Gentleman.”
Phoebe Cates is best known for her sexy role in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” in 1982, where she stripped off her bikini to get in the pool. Phoebe later starred in two “Gremlins” movies, as well as the comedy “Drop Dead Fred” in 1991. Cates left Hollywood in 1994 to focus on raising her children with husband Kevin Kline.