I always just assumed the career of an actor just went on until death, or a complete lack of demand. Crazy as it seems, they do retire every once in a while, often while their careers are still intact. It can’t be easy leaving the spotlight you craved since a very young age, unless of course you despised the attention, which would make retiring a very easy decision. However, I do still think there is something noble about making an appropriate timely exit, and these following people did just that.
Rick retired from acting in 1997, a few years after his wife passed away. He decided to focus on raising his two children rather than worry about his career (selfish, eh?). Regardless, he’s missed more than those wonderful stubby beer bottles showcased in Strange Brew.
Connery’s last role was in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a movie so bad, it brought about an outright rejection of the film industry from both Alan Moore and Sean Connery. Sean retired claiming that idiots now make films in Hollywood. If that’s true, Mr. Connery, then how did we get Spy Kids 1-15?
Not since Welcome to Mooseport in 2004 has Gene been on the big screen. Hackman had no interest in playing grandfathers and similar boring roles, so he has informally retired from acting. Not long ago, Gene starred in the much loved The Royal Tenenbaums and it’s a shame he won’t be filling similar roles.
Gran Torino appears to be Clint’s last film, as he claims he is done acting FOREVER. He’s getting old people, so it makes a lot of sense. Westerns are making a small comeback, so it’s unfortunate we won’t see one of the all-time Western greats ride a horse and shoot some baddies.
I may be in the minority here, but I actually enjoyed The Amanda Bynes Show, and her in general at the time. Sure, I’ll never sit through any of her somewhat recent films, but there was always hope she’d get back into something more fun and goofy. RIP Amanda Bynes’ film career. We hardly knew thee*.
*BUT WAIT, yes we do! Amanda Bynes came out of retirement, announcing it on Twitter (where she had originally announced her retirement in the first place). Y’know, cause everything on Twitter is official.
She recently claimed she wanted to get back into film, but her IMDB listing is bone dry. Goldie hasn’t done a film since The Banger Sisters in 2002. Has death become her career? Was that a terrible use of a movie title? Nobody knows for certain.
Joe retired in 1999… but is coming back! At least a bit! Joe returned in 2006′s The Good Sheppard and has a couple more films on the docket. If I may speak for everyone in the world right now, we need way more Pesci than we are currently receiving. Him and food for Somalia.
She’s more than just the hot girl in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Phoebe Cates is retired too. Additionally, she’s the lead role in my favourite kids movie of all time, Drop Dead Fred, and so it’s sad to see Phoebe end her career after The Anniversary Party in 2001.
That concludes the list. Are you surprised? Or did you know all of this information previously? You did! Screw off then.