These Stars Work A 9-5 Job Since Leaving TV

Do you like your job? Many of us try to escape the 9-5 grind of life. For some, the idea of touring the world in stadiums or performing on sitcoms is a dream come true. It beats going to the same office each day and saving up your 12 days of vacation each year.


These celebrities have had the very life that most of us dream of – so what happened? We’ve collected a bunch of celebs who now enjoy working the normal 9-5 job. So, let’s take a look at their stories.

Angelina Pivarnick

You may recognize Pivarnick from the first season of Jersey Shore. She joined the rest of the gang as someone who abides by ‘GTL’ (Gym, Tan, Laundry). At least, she was there for the start: Pivarnick realized that she had a higher calling than reality TV.


Today, Angelina Pivarnick has swapped GTL for EMT and is now working full time in an ambulance. Each day, she travels around and saves the lives of citizens. Good for her! Can you imagine having her as your doctor?

Lisa Whelchel

When you appear on a show called The Facts of Life, it’s important to take the good and the bad from the experience! After marrying her husband, Steven Cauble, the actress decided to stay at home as a mom and author.

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Since leaving the acting gig, Whelchel has become somewhat of a prolific writer. She has written more than 10 books about motherhood, religion, and even an entire autobiography. Lisa Whelchel did return to TV one more time: as a contestant on Survivor: Philippines, coming in second place.

Erik Estrada

Erik Estrada is famous for his role as California Highway Patrol officer, Frank Poncherello, on the classic show CHiPs. Well, it must have left quite an impression on the actor. After the show, he got a job as the deputy sheriff for Bedford County, Virginia!


Today, he is a reserve police officer in St. Anthony, Idaho. Estrada had always dreamt of becoming an officer – he even got to practice as one on TV! How cool would it be to see this TV star protect your streets?

Al Green

There’s definitely a chance you heard Al Green’s classic ballad Let’s Stay Together from the 1970s. The legend rose to fame within Rock and Roll and Soul, becoming one of the most iconic voices of the 20th century. So, what happened?


Sadly, his relationship with former girlfriend Mary Woodson White can to a shocking end. Al Green decided to reconsider his life path and he became a pastor in Tennessee. Quite the change from a Rock ‘n’ Roll life!

Lauren Conrad

Laren Conrad attracted an audience through her appearance in Laguna Beach. Eventually, she was ‘promoted’ to the sequel series, The Hills. Through her position on reality TV, Conrad garnered an audience of millions each week. So where is she today?


Even though she was one of the best-paid members of the show, Conrad decided to stay away from the fickleness of fame and enter the world of business. Since leaving the show, Conrad has launched a successful clothing line and has written a book series.

Lisa and Louise Burns

You might not recognize these two right away, but they left an iconic mark on cinematic history. Lisa and Louise Burns played the twins in The Shining, and have been shocking audiences through their work since 1980.


So where are they today? Since growing into adults, Lisa and Louise both pursued careers away from the silver screen. Lisa is a successful lawyer and Louise is a published scientist. Quite the difference from their child star pasts!

Taran Noah Smith

Taran Noah Smith grew up right in front of our eyes as Mark Taylor on the wildly popular Home Improvement. Since the show came to its end, Smith has been collecting his annual residuals which allowed him to chase any dream he wanted.

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Well, he’s putting it to good use! Smith helped found Playfood – a company dedicated to making vegan cheese. It is estimated that the market will reach $4 billion by 2024. In his spare time, he also volunteers in his local community.

Geoffrey Owens

Geoffrey Owens was thrown into the national spotlight last year after the Daily Mail wrote an article shaming him for ‘only’ working as a supermarket cashier at Trader Joe’s. Owens was a regular on The Cosby Show and has lived a quiet life since the show came to an end.


According to Owens, he is still actively auditioning and acting in between his commitment to his 9-5 job. After the article about him went viral, he was invited to the SAG awards and was honored for his contribution to television.

Jeff Cohen

Steven Spielberg spotted a young Jeff Cohen and immediately knew he was right for The Goonies. Despite a successful run in cinema during his youth, Cohen knew it wasn’t right for him and he bowed out of cinema. But to do what?

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Today, Jeff Cohen is a successful attorney and works hard to protect and serve people in the eyes of the law. Today, he is an entertainment lawyer – good thing he knows enough about both of those industries!

Adrian Dantley

Former NBA star Adrian Dantley played for 15 seasons – making him practically sporting royalty. The six-time All-star eventually retired after an impressive career on the court. So what job is he up to now?


Well, it turns out that Dantley still enjoys spending his days on his feet. Today, Adrian Dantley is a crossing guard in Silver Spring, Maryland. According to interviews, he’s happy to spend the day outside and have long summer breaks!

Angus T. Jones

Angus T. Jones is one of the most recent child stars on our list. Jones became famous around the world after he was cast as the ‘half’ on CBS’ Two and a Half Men. During his time on the show, we saw him grow up from a young child to fully flown adult.

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Jones used to be the highest paid TV star, but decided to walk away from it all during the show’s run. Today, he is working on Tonite, an event planning company. He has partnered with Justin Combs, P Diddy’s son.

Gene Hackman

Most of the actors on this list earned their fame early in life and settled into a calmer adult life – but not Gene Hackman! Hackman has enjoyed a long career as a television star, but you probably haven’t seen him on the big screen recently.


Today, Gene Hackman is enjoying a second career as an author of historical fiction. Leaving the business of Tinseltown behind, the Oscar winner has already written five novels – and shows no sign of slowing down!

Mara Wilson

In the 1990s, you couldn’t go far without seeing Mara Wilson in a family-friendly film. The young actress starred in classics like Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, before seemingly disappearing from the public eye. So, what happened and where is she now?

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Today, Mara Wilson focuses on writing as her main job. To date, she has written about her time as a child actor and is an active voice on Twitter as a commentator. She may not be appearing in films anymore, but Wilson is still a prominent voice within the writing community.

Ali McGraw

Ali McGraw became an acclaimed actress even though she only appeared in three films. In her role in Love Story, McGraw wowed audiences and left a lasting impression that continues today. So, why didn’t she stay in the acting game?


According to McGraw, the actress was turned off of acting after dipping her toes into yoga. Since exploring the zen of breathing and stretches, McGraw has enjoyed her later years as a yoga instructor and has stayed away from Hollywood.

Kevin Jonas

Out of all three Jonas brothers, it makes sense that at least one of them would want to stay out of the limelight and get a 9-5 job. While we all hear about Joe Jonas and DNCE, as well as Nick Jonas and his solo career, what happened to Kevin?


Well, the older Jonas brother realized fame wasn’t for him. He decided to become a contractor and now works out of his small town in New Jersey, USA. Jonas is also happily married with four young children.

Mike Vitar

Another child actor to gain our attention in his early years, Mike Vitar was the go-to guy for sports movies in the ‘90s. After appearing in The Mighty Ducks and The Sandlot, he seems to have vanished. Where did he go?


Well, Mike Vitar decided to serve his country in other ways and became a firefighter. Today, he risks his life every day to protect citizens. Ultimately, he will enjoy a long retirement from his ‘50s thanks to the firefighter pension and steady residuals. Quite the job!

Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice broke onto the music scene with his classic tune Ice Ice Baby. Decades have gone by since the anthem hit our radios, but what about the singer himself? It seems that he has disappeared without a trace.


Vanilla Ice has managed to enter a brand new career as a house flipper. He has developed a talent for buying, refurbishing, and reselling homes across the US. He is mainly located in Florida and enjoys a steady career.

Phoebe Cates

Cates gave us an unforgettable performance in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Ever since she hit our screens, she could have easily become Hollywood’s next big A-list actress. So, where did she go?

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Cates decided to settle down and be a stay-at-home mom to her beautiful children – at least for a while. The former actress also works in a New York-based boutique store, Blue Tree. Since she is married to actor Kevin Kline, we still see her on the red carpet every so often.

Nikki Blonsky

Nikki Blonsky starred in 2007’s Hairspray and was immediately catapulted to worldwide fame. After her initial success in the role, Blonsky struggled to get any more film opportunities. Despite a few guest roles in sitcoms, her career eventually slowed down before stopping.


Today, Nikki Blonsky has a job as a licensed cosmetologist and works as a hair and makeup stylist. She still auditions for acting parts but is dedicated to serving her clients in film and television roles. Would you like to see her back on the big screen?

Peter Ostrum

You might not recognize his name, but you’ll certainly know him from the big screen. In fact, he left quite an impression on fans after appearing in only ONE film. Ostrum played Charlie in the 1971 film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

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To date, it remains his only acting credit. Ostrum decided to leave Hollywood and focused on his primary interest: horses. He is a seasoned vet and helps animals all around the country. Do you think should make a comeback?

Dylan Sprouse

Dylan Sprouse came to our screens in the 1990s as he and twin Cole would often partner up to play children. In their youth, you would recognize them as playing Ben in Friends or Julian in 1999’s Big Daddy opposite Adam Sandler.

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Dylan Sprouse decided to take a break from acting and pursue other opportunities. He attended NYU and even started up a brewery business in Brooklyn, New York. He says, “I think that if you are an actor…and you don’t invest money in something that is more stable than the commission job that is acting, then you are a fool.”

Jamie Walters

Jamie Walters first appeared on Beverly Hills 90210 after Tori Spelling got him written into the show. Walters played a musician boyfriend who had hopes to make it big in the music industry. Well, did Jamie Walters share those dreams?

It turns out that Walters realized that life wasn’t for him. Even though he still lives in Los Angeles, he decided to pursue a more meaningful job. Today, he is a full-time firefighter in the LA Fire Department – saving more lives than if he were an actor.

MC Hammer

It’s safe to say that MC Hammer DID, in fact, touch the music industry. Having produced some of the biggest R&B hits ever, the Hammer decided to back it all in and walk away from a life of music. What did he do instead?

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It turns out that MC Hammer became an ordained minister in the Church of God and Christ. He formally goes by ‘Man of Christ’ now – quite the change in MC! He is said to be happier away from the limelight.


Pop sensation Tiffany was absolutely everywhere in the 1980s with hits like I Think We’re Alone Now. Well, after her massive success as a star, it turns out that the young girl wanted a more stable life and returned home to Nashville, Tennessee.

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Today, she runs a small boutique store and enjoys a quiet life away from all the glitz and glam of Hollywood. Thanks to a bunch of royalties, she doesn’t need to worry too much about many and can have fun along the way.

Jon Gosselin

Gosselin used to spend each and every day in front of the camera when he was the star of the reality TV show, Jon & Kate Plus 8. The show followed Jon and his wife with their twins and sextuplets. It was about just as crazy as you could imagine!

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Well, after a few years, they realised that they wanted a quieter life away from the cameras. Today, Gosselin is a part-time chef and sometimes DJs at his local club where he lives.

Shirley Temple

She may have been a child darling in her early years, but as Shirley Temple grew up she failed to find her place in Hollywood. After a successful start in left, Temple decided to retire from acting in 1950. So, what happened next?


Well, Shirley Temple entered politics and eventually accomplished great things as the US Ambassador to Ghana. This is one example of stars turning to politics for a second job and achieving great things once leaving Hollywood. After death, Temple has two lasting legacies.

Rick Moranis

For a time, Rick Moranis was everywhere. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Moranis appeared in films like Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, and Honey I Shrunk The Kids. In fact, as the years went on it was almost impossible to avoid him! So what happened?

Sadly, Rick Moranis lost his wife to cancer at the end of the 1990s, and he decided to be a full-time stay-at-home dad to his young children. Thankfully, he could afford to retire early and be the father his children needed.

Susan Boyle

British readers might remember Susan Boyle as the star of 2009’s Britain’s Got Talent. As soon as she appeared on screen to sing I Dreamed A Dream, he life was changed forever after she toured the world to be a massive success.

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It was all looking good for Susan Boyle, but after a few years, she found her new job too overwhelming. She decided to return to normalcy for a few years but seems to be making a brief comeback in 2019. Will you be keeping an ear out for her?

George Foreman

Who didn’t have a Lean Mean, Fat Reducing, Grilling Machine? Well, for Foreman, it was so good he put his name on it. But before that, Foreman was a two-time Heavyweight world boxing champion!

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Although he has retired from the boxing ring, Foreman has enjoyed a new job as the machine’s spokesman. To date, it has sold roughly 100 million units! We can’t wait to see what other products he comes up with next.

Freddie Prinze Jr.

Those who watched teen films in the 1990s know that you couldn’t go far without spotting Freddie Prinze Jr. on the television. The heartthrob starred in films like I Know What You Did Last Summer and She’s All That.

But where has he been for the last few years? Well, aside from the occasional guest spot on television shows, Prinze Jr. is more comfortable away from the cameras these days. In fact, today he’s tried his luck at cooking. In 2016, he published his own cookbook full of original recipes.

Charlie Korsmo

Today, Charlie Korsmo is just your average law professor at Cal Western Reserve University. But we all have pasts, and Charlie’s is a bit more exciting than ours! Back when he was a child, he appeared in films like Dick Tracy, Men Don’t Leave, What About Bob?, and Hook.

Today, he’s a lot more dedicated to a life of academia than of Hollywood, although it doesn’t stop him from appearing in the occasional movie. In 2018, he had a small role in Chained for Life.

Danielle Fishel

Anyone who watched TV in the 1990s probably saw Danielle Fishel star as Topanga Lawrence in Boy Meets World. Despite a brief revival for its spin-off, Fishel hasn’t dedicated a career to acting in the same way her co-stars did.

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Instead, Fishel dedicated her career to writing and journalism. Eager fans might be able to spot her writing for sites like PopSugar, where she’s interviewing the new up-and-coming child stars! Would you like to see her back on the big screen?

Geena Davis

Geena Davis spent the earlier part of her life appearing in films such as Thelma and Louise and Stuart Little. However, after many years of facing public spotlight, she decided to try her hand at something else entirely: activism.

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Davis realized that women only appeared in 17 percent of crowd scenes in cinema – a shocking figure. She founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2006 and is determined to set the gender equilibrium back into place.

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Similar to her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr., Gellar has had a quiet couple of years since her time as Buffy in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Once upon a time, she was one of the biggest teen idols in the world. So what happened?

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Today she has a job at her own company called Foodstirs. It was founded by herself and her two parents. Together, the three of them work towards inspiring children to cook. With child-friendly recipes and kits, more children can cook now than ever before.

Karyn Parsons

If you grew up in the 1990s, you definitely saw Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Well, when the show came to an end in 1996, Parsons decided to retire from the screen and work behind the scenes. In television? No…


Karyn Parsons founded the Sweet Blackberry Foundation, which is a company that teaches children about Black History in the US. Occasionally, she will return to TV and recently appeared in The Job.

Josh Saviano (left)

Here’s another alum from a popular 1990s show: Josh Saviano from The Wonder Years. Eager fans will spot him as Paul Pfeiffer. When the show came to an end in 1993, Saviano was approaching the top of Hollywood – but where is he now?

It may have looked like he was keeping quiet for a few years – in fact, he was just keeping busy! Saviano earned a degree at Yale and ultimately became a lawyer. After working in a law firm until 2015, he is now an entrepreneur.

Jennie Garth

You’ll recognize Jennie Garth from classic American dramas like 90210 or Beverly Hills. Audiences loved watching her play Kelly Taylor on the small screen and then appear as herself on shows like Dancing With The Stars. So where is she now?

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Over time, Garth realized her passion for business and entered many different ventures. One particular project was a subscription box company called TheGiftBox which gifted working mothers with jewelry, face masks, candles, and more.

Lark Voorhies

Lark Voorhies is most known for her role on NBC’s Saved By The Bell. Outside of her work on the popular sitcom, the actress also appeared in In The House, Star Trek, and Robot Chicken. Her last acting job was in 2012, so where did she go?

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For the last few years, Voorhies has been taking a break from acting to write a book and become an author. While some of her reviews have been mixed, there seems to be a bright future for the celeb.

Jonathan Taylor Thomas

This former child star and teenage heartthrob is best known for his role on Home Improvement. The popular sitcom ran from 1991-1999, but Thomas departed from the show halfway through. But why?


It turns out that Jonathan Taylor Thomas was as dedicated to education as much as he was to television. Aside from a few small roles in films, the former actor dedicated his time to schooling in Harvard and St. Andrews. Today, he works more as a screenwriter and sometimes directs.

Steven Anthony Lawrence

Steven Anthony Lawrence is best known as the Disney child star of Even Stevens. After continuing his stint as an actor for a few years, he eventually bowed out of the limelight completely and retired from acting.


Instead of living like an A-lister in Hollywood, Steven Anthony Lawrence is now has a job as an acting teacher. Each day, he helps inspire the next generation of Disney stars. Would you like to see an Even Steven revival? We would love it!

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