Famous Celebrities Who Now Work Normal Jobs

 The lure of Hollywood’s limelight might seem irresistible to most of us. After all, there’s the fame, the fortune and everything that goes with being a celebrity. However, many performers decided to leave Tinseltown to go back to a normal, everyday life.

These celebrities said goodbye to Hollywood and hello to a normal job.

Peter Ostrum

What he’s known for: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”

His job after fame: Veterinarian

He was the boy who found the last golden ticket in the classic 1971 movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” with Gene Wilder. The then-12-year-old Ostrum played Charlie Bucket in the beloved musical movie, which was his first — and last — film! He decided to leave his acting career behind became a large-animal veterinarian.

 Jeff Cohen

What he’s known for: “The Goonies”

His job after fame: Lawyer

Remember Chunk from the 1985 classic “The Goonies?” Well, he left the acting business to take on another job in the entertainment industry: a lawyer! Cohen is a founding partner of the law firm Cohen Gardner LLP.

 Sarah Michelle Geller

What she’s known for: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

Her job after fame: Entrepreneur

Geller was one of the hottest stars on TV during her stint as Buffy. After playing many roles across TV and film, she changed course and co-founded FoodStirs, a cooking- and baking-kit company that deals in organic and non-GMO ingredients.

 Angus T. Jones

What he’s known for: “Two and a Half Men”

His job after fame: Event Planning

Jones starred alongside Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer in the CBS series “Two and a Half Men” as Jake Harper.  Although he’s not acting anymore, he still has his hand in the entertainment business. He recently teamed up with Justin Combs (son of Sean “Diddy” Combs) to create Tonite, a “multimedia and event company.”

 Gene Hackman

What he’s known for: Oscar-Winning Acting Career

His job after fame: Writer

Hackman’s illustrious acting career spanned decades, with starring roles in “Unforgiven” (for which he won an Oscar), “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Superman,” just to name a few. The now 88-year-old former actor devotes his time to writing historical novels at his home in New Mexico.

 Mara Wilson

What she’s known for: “Mrs. Doubtfire”

Her job after fame: Writer

Mara Wilson was featured in ’90s films such as “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Matilda” during her time as a child star. As the years passed, she decided to pursue different interests. Today, she focuses on her new profession as a writer.

 Phoebe Cates

What she’s known for: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”

Her job after fame: Shopkeeper

Cates was one of the biggest teen stars in the 1980s with roles in hit movies including “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Gremlins.” Since those days, she’s devoted her life to raising her children with her husband, actor Kevin Kline, as well as operating her own boutique store in New York City.

 Danielle Fishel

What she’s known for: “Boy Meets World”

Her job after fame: Journalist

Best known for her role as Topanga in the ABC series “Boy Meets World” and the Disney Channel reboot “Girl Meets World,” Fishel also works as a reporter for the website PopSugar and its YouTube channel.

 Ali McGraw

What she’s known for: “Love Story”

Her job after fame: Yoga Instructor

The actress, best known for her Academy Award-nominated role in 1970’s “Love Story,” ultimately decided that the celebrity lifestyle was just not for her. She took on causes such as animal rights and eventually became a yoga instructor, releasing a number of exercise DVDs.

 Karyn Parsons

What she’s known for: “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”

Her job after fame: Philanthropist

She may have played the snotty and spoiled Hilary Banks on NBC’s “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” but today Parsons’ mission is to help promote the work of unsung black heroes to children through her nonprofit, Sweet Blackberry.

 Kevin Jonas

What he’s known for: The Jonas Brothers

His job after fame: Contractor

There was a time that Kevin Jonas couldn’t go anywhere because crowds of screaming girls couldn’t get enough of him and his brothers, who made up the Jonas Brothers band in the mid 2000s. However, after the band stopped recording in 2013, Jonas became a home builder and contractor. He made an appearance on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” in his new role in 2014.

 Kevin Jonas

What he’s known for: The Jonas Brothers

His job after fame: Contractor

There was a time that Kevin Jonas couldn’t go anywhere because crowds of screaming girls couldn’t get enough of him and his brothers, who made up the Jonas Brothers band in the mid 2000s. However, after the band stopped recording in 2013, Jonas became a home builder and contractor. He made an appearance on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” in his new role in 2014.

 Vanilla Ice

What he’s known for: “Ice Ice Baby”

His job after fame: House Flipper

Vanilla Ice was best known for his ’90s hit “Ice Ice Baby,” which got a lot of play on the radio, along with a lawsuit for the song’s use of Queen’s “Under Pressure.” After his music career, Vanilla Ice built turned to a new source of income: flipping houses.

 Nikki Blonsky

What she’s known for: “Hairspray”

Her job after fame: Hair Stylist

Nikki Blonsky sang her heart out as Tracy Turnblad on the 2007 movie version of “Hairspray.” But, after her starring performance, Blonsky seemed to have a hard time finding other roles. So, she kept busy working in a high-end New York City shoe store and in a beauty salon.

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