Even celebrities also have to pay the bills, and sometimes that means working as normal people. Check out these former celebrities, who left the spotlight and began working at an “average job”.
Josh Saviano Is A Lawyer
Kevin Arnold’s best friend, Paul Pfeiffer, was played by Josh Saviano. After The Wonder Years, Saviano did not see too much action in Hollywood. However, he had a backup plan. He studied political science at Yale and then went on to law school. He graduated in 2003. He is a practicing attorney, living with his wife (who is also a lawyer), and child, in New York.
Frankie Muniz Worked As A Racecar Driver And Rock Drummer
Frankie Muniz was a child star in the late 90s and early 2000s, landing lead roles in movies such as Big Fat Liar and My Dog Skip, and TV show, Malcolm in the Middle. However, in 2004, he began racing cars and signed a 2-year deal with Jensen Motorsport. He continues to race professionally today. Muniz also had a short stint as a drummer for Kingsfoil, a pop-rock group in Pennsylvania.
Jon Gosselin Worked As A Line Cook & DJ
The former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star now is a full-time DJ. He has a residency at the Building 24 nightclub in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. However, he has also taken up a part-time job, at TGI Friday’s, as a line cook. He said he works there 8 hours per week, and he does it because he enjoys doing the work. He also said he began working there to help out a friend.
Jon Gosselin, the Jon & Kate Plus 8 star (left). Jon Gosselin the full time DJ (left).
Taran Noah Smith Became A Vegan Farm Owner
Many people remember Taran Noah Smith from playing the younger son on Home Improvement. At 17 years old, he married Heidi Van Pelt. Heidi was 16 years Smith’s senior. However, he wanted to get control of his trust fund and was able to do so by marrying Heidi. Heidi was a long-time vegan, so she and Taran decided to open up a non-dairy cheese manufacturer and restaurant, Playfood, which specialized in vegan and organic foods.
The young Taran Noah – the younger son on “Home Improvement” (left). Taran Noah the small business owner (right).
Brittany Ashton Holmes Is A Barista
Brittany Ashton Holmes played the adorable Darla in The Little Rascals. However, she left Hollywood soon after that role and was raised as a normal kid. She is currently pursuing a political science degree. In order to subsidize her tuition, she is a barista at Starbucks. She is more than happy with her normal job, as she has said “I was [an] actress when I was little, and did this movie called Little Rascals. It’s like really embarrassing to watch, and I don’t want to act any more.”
The young Brittany Ashton who played Darla in The Little Rascals (left). The Brittany Ashton who works as a barista at Starbucks (right).
Chris Owen Serves Sushi
Chris Owen played The Sherminator, in the American Pie films. He still continues to act. However, he needed a job to supplement his acting pay. He reportedly became a waiter at a sushi restaurant. However, he still lives in California and has a few thousand followers on his social media accounts. Maybe The Sherminator will make a comeback.
Chris Owen “The Sherminator” in The American Pie movie (left). Chris Owen the waiter and low profile actor (right).
Vanilla Ice Was a Real Estate Investor
Vanilla Ice certainly had his glory days back in the 90s. However, when his records stopped selling he needed a way to make money. Therefore, he turned to the real estate market. Ice would buy, flip and sell houses. He once said “When ‘Ice, Ice Baby’ was selling a million records a day, I bought several properties… then, a few years later, I took a break from touring, saw that my properties had cobwebs, so I sold them, and to my surprise, I made a huge profit.”
Vanilla Ice during the “Ice Ice Baby” days with his Elvis Presley hairstyle and baggy clothing (left). Vanilla Ice the real-estate contractor in Miami (right).
Peter Ostrum Is A Veterinarian
Peter Ostrum can be best remembered for his role as Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.Unfortunately, even after the success of this film, Ostrum was never seen in Hollywood again. However, he has managed to make a pretty good life for himself. He decided to go to veterinary school and moved to upstate New York. He is still a practicing veterinarian.
The young Peter Ostrum who played the role of Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (left). Peter Ostrum the veterinarian (right).
Ali Macgraw Is A Yoga Instructor
Ali Macgraw is an American actress, model, and animal rights activist. Her first role in the 1969 film Goodbye Colombus gained her worldwide recognition. Due to her incredible performance, she was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress and eventually won the Golden Globe Award. Several years ago, Macgraw decided to take on a new challenge in life and become a yoga instructor. According to Ali, yoga has always been something she was passionate about and decided that acting was no longer for her.
Ali Macgraw the academy award nominee, model and animal rights activist (left). Ali Macgraw the Yoga Instructor (right).
Kimora Lee Simmons Is A Youth Advocacy Board Member
Kimora Lee Simmons is best known for her work in the fashion industry. After getting her start at 14 as a model, she has since worked her way up to fashion label founder and President. However, she believes it is important to give back. Therefore, she sits on the board of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF). According to their website, RPAF “is dedicated to providing inner-city youth across New York City with significant exposure to the arts, as well as to supporting emerging artists with exhibition opportunities.”
Kimora Lee Simmons looking fashionable as ever. She’s now giving back to society through her philanthropic efforts after rising in the fashion industry.
Michael Maronna Is An Electrician
If you’re a 90s baby, you may recognize this guy from one of your favorite Nickelodeon shows – The Adventures of Pete and Pete. Michael Maronna played Big Pete Wrigley. Maronna decided to take a step out from in front of the camera and jumped to behind the scenes work. He is now an electrician in Hollywood. He has worked on the productions of Sex and the City, Notorious, Nurse Jackie and Elementary.
The young Michael Maronna played Big Pete Wrigley in Nickelodeon’s Adventures of Pete and Pete (left). The Michael Maronna who works as an electrician in Hollywood (right).
Kirk Cameron Preaches As A Minister
Kirk Cameron is most known for his role as Mike Seaver on the ABC sitcom Growing Pains. During his time on Growing Pains, Cameron became a born-again Christian. This led him to a new life once the show was canceled. Cameron is now a minister and trains Christians in evangelism. With his partner, Ray Comfort, the two founded the ministry of The Way of the Master. The Ministry also has a weekly TV show which Cameron hosts.
The young Kirk Cameron who played as Mike Seaver on the ABC sitcom’s Growing Pain (left). Kirk Cameron the minister and evangelical leader (right).
Nikki Blonsky Works With Hairspray
Nikki Blonsky became a household name after landing the lead role of Tracy Turnblad in the movie adaptation of Hairspray. She continued to land small roles. However, she needed a side job in between acting auditions. Therefore, she decided to get her cosmetology license. She now works part-time as a hairstylist and make-up artist, in her hometown of Great Neck, New York.
The young Nikki Blonsky who played the role of Tracy Turnblad in the movie adaptation of Hairspray (left). Nikki Blonsky the hairstylist and makeup artist (right).
Jeff Cohen Is An Attorney
No one could make the truffle shuffle look so good – except Jeff Cohen. Cohen played Chunk in the 1985 hit movie, The Goonies. His last acting gig was in 1991. As he puts it “puberty hit and forced Cohen into early retirement.” However, acting was not the only career path he had in mind. Cohen decided to go to law school. After graduating, he founded Cohen & Gardner, LLP.
The young Jeff Cohen who played the role of Chunk in the 1985 hit move “The Goonies” (left). Jeff Cohen the lawyer (right).
Jonathan Bennett Teaches Spin Classes
Who could forget the gorgeous Aaron Samuels from Mean Girls? Lindsay Lohan’s character would worship every word he said and hated Regina when she was dating him. Nonetheless, Jonathan Bennett has moved on from his Mean Girls days and is now a spin class instructor. He was instructing at Flywheels is Los Angeles.
Mean Girls’ Aaron Samuels played by Jonathan Bennett (left). Jonathan Bennet the spin class instructor (right).
Steven Seagal Served As Deputy Sheriff
This job should actually come as no surprise. Steven Seagal once served as Deputy Sheriff. He was sworn in, in rural Doña Ana County in southern New Mexico. The country’s department’s coverage area includes the U.S.-Mexico border. Seagal has a special interest in border issues, and he also offered to train the new officers.
Steven Seagal the action star (left). Steven Seagal the deputy sheriff (right).