What Happened to These Iconic Actors Who Never Found Their Place in Hollywood


The competition among actors is incredibly high! Every day, Hollywood is bombarded with hundreds of young, talented people that hope to be movie stars. More and more new faces appear on the big screen and we don’t always notice when once-iconic actors become less and less popular. After all, it’s been quite some time since we last heard of Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Zooey Deschanel

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard anything about the charming Zooey Deschanel we remember from (500) Days of Summer and Yes Man. Her last big project was working on the show New Girl and she hasn’t appeared in a leading role for 10 years now.

As it turns out, the actress has 2 children and decided to focus on her family. But Zooey is still busy. She has recently started a project that aims to make farm foods more affordable and sometimes she stars in commercials.

Jennifer Love Hewitt

The star of Heartbreakers and I Know What You Did Last Summer doesn’t appear in public as often anymore. In 2012, she took a break to devote her life to her children and husband and she promised to be back with new, bright roles. Unfortunately, since then, she’s only been on the show 9-1-1.

Casper Van Dien

Thanks to his role in Starship Troopers, everyone knew who Casper was and he started to get big offers from directors. After that, he starred in Tarzan and the Lost City and Sleepy Hollow but these roles remain the best in his career to this today. Casper still stars in films but they’re mainly low-budget action flicks.

Daryl Hannah

Her role in the iconic Blade Runner was a happy ticket to the world of cinema for the young Daryl Hannah. She was invited to act in many different projects as the leading actress and day by day, she was becoming more and more famous. Her last big project was as the role of an elite killer in Kill Bill and its sequel in 2004. All her following projects were not as successful according to critics and viewers.

Charlie Sheen

We haven’t really seen Charlie Sheen on-screen since the show, Anger Management. The numerous scandals and health issues the actor experienced outside of the movie industry kept him from returning to the acting world. He still does some roles but they’re usually in lesser-known films or episodes of shows.

Alyson Hannigan

Alyson Hannigan didn’t even need a leading role to be liked by viewers. We loved her in American Pie and absolutely adored her in How I Met Your Mother. After the series ended, the actress continued to star in different projects but all of them were either really bad or just not popular at all.

Andie MacDowell

Many movies with Andie MacDowell became iconic, like Groundhog DayHudson HawkMichael, and Crush. But still, the star of the 1990s hasn’t had any big roles since 2005. Today, you’re more likely to see Andie at an event rather than on the movie screen.

Claire Forlani

This British actress proved that she could be good in any role, whether it be a comedy or drama. Unfortunately, talent didn’t help Claire Forlani find her place in Hollywood: she doesn’t ever get very popular roles. In the past, she was offered leading roles in films like Meet Joe BlackHooligans, and Mallrats, but now, she only appears in TV series and unsuccessful films.

Matthew Perry

Among all the actors from Friends, Matthew Perry had the biggest chance of becoming a Hollywood superstar. While the show was still on the air, he had roles in super-famous films with celebrities like Bruce Willis and Salma Hayek. But after the final season of the sitcom, Matthew only got work in 2009 in 17 Again and in 2012 in Go On which quickly ended.

Billy Zane

We remembered Billy Zane for his interesting appearance and talented acting in Titanic and later in Charmed. He was on the list of 50 most handsome men and was nominated for an MTV award for “The Best Villain of the Year”. Unfortunately, it’s been more than 20 years since then and he never appeared in good movies since — most of his work has an average rating of 4 out of 10 on IMDb.