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Celebrities who never "made it"

There are some celebrities whose names are known to some people, but who despite multiple tries at becoming "big names", never achieved it. Some examples I can think of:

Nicole Scherzinger. She may finally become a "big name" when the X-Factor starts, but she has been working on a solo album for four years now. Her first five singles flopped, domestically and internationally. One would think being part of the Pussycat Dolls would give her an edge over a new and unknown artist, but her solo music never found an audience.

Mark Cuban. He has been trying for years to be like Richard Branson or Steve Jobs, and most people respond with "Who?" when his name comes up.

Any others?

by Anonymousreply 26301/27/2015

Any of the American "idols"; Christina Applegate- she has yet another sitcom coming on this Fall that will fail; that guy from Napolean Dynamite, Jon Heder; Renee Zellwegger- quick, name 3 movies she was in?; Thandie Newton; Jada Pinkett Got Married; FionaAppleWhoIsAlwaysWorkingOnHerNextBigAlbum

by Anonymousreply 105/30/2011

Gale Harold.

by Anonymousreply 205/30/2011

Christina is arguably the most successful of her "Married" co-stars. She even has an Emmy.

by Anonymousreply 305/30/2011

DJ Qualls

Karl Urban

Tisha Campbell

Will Sasso

by Anonymousreply 405/30/2011

Gabe Kaplan - that Revolta kid stole my thunder

by Anonymousreply 505/30/2011

R3 needs to take a look at Ed O'Neill's and Katey Sagal's resumes, with their considerable work and his Emmy and her Golden Globe, and check out some of the guesses at the size of their wealth - they're both loaded.

So don't play "arguably" in that weak-weasel way. Just say Dave Faustino had a cute ass but is the odd man out.

by Anonymousreply 605/30/2011

Scherzinger has a pretty good part in MEN IN BLACK 3-that combined with THE X FACTOR could mean that by next summer a lot more people will know who she is.

by Anonymousreply 705/30/2011

Sean Bean, unless "Game of Thrones" has put him over the top.%0D %0D Maybe he'll get some good offers after this one.

by Anonymousreply 805/30/2011

Malcolm Gets

by Anonymousreply 905/30/2011

Kristen Bell. They just can't stop trying to force us to like her.

by Anonymousreply 1005/30/2011

I was sure Macy Gray would be the next Tina Turner.

by Anonymousreply 1105/30/2011

Poor Karl Urban.

by Anonymousreply 1205/30/2011

Julia Stiles

by Anonymousreply 1305/30/2011

Ever since I saw Kristen Bell on Deadwood where her and her brother played thieving little con men who get brutally murdered, I only see her as a nasty little bitch with daggers for eyes.

by Anonymousreply 1405/30/2011

Jessica Simpson. She never really had that many hits as an artist and her acting career never got off the ground. Just famous for being famous these days.

by Anonymousreply 1505/30/2011

Gretchen Mol owns this thread.

by Anonymousreply 1605/30/2011

[quote]Renee Zellwegger- quick, name 3 movies she was in?;%0D %0D %0D nah, like it or not she had a pretty good career there for a while%0D %0D %0D Bridget Jones, Chicago, Jerry McGuire, an Oscar and 2 other nominations....

by Anonymousreply 1705/30/2011

Just a couple of years ago I would have said Chris Evans but it now looks like CAPTAIN AMERICA will be the movie that finally puts him over the top.

by Anonymousreply 1805/30/2011

Anyone who makes a Lifetime movie.

by Anonymousreply 1905/30/2011

Alex Pettyfer is still waiting

Jean Smart has a mantle full of Emmys and another failed sitcom under her belt (Bleep My Dad Says)

There was a time that it seemed like Michelle Stafford was moving on to bigger and better things (feature films, primetime TV shows, cosmetic deals), but her days of slumming it on daytiime show no signs of ever ending

by Anonymousreply 2005/30/2011

"Michelle Stafford"


by Anonymousreply 2105/30/2011

Jean Smart was in "**** My Dad Says"? I never saw it, but she was featured in Hawaii 5-0 this year, so I didn't know she was in both. Jean works regularly and was never really a major star, maybe got part way there with "Designing Women" but that became much more known for Dixie and Delta. So I don't think she's expecting to headline films and TV at this stage.

I would mention pretty much the whole cast of "Party of Five" (Neve Campbell, Scott Wolf, Lacey Chabert) with possibly the exception of Matthew Fox who headlined Lost for a number of years.

by Anonymousreply 2205/30/2011

Adrian Paul was fantastic in the Highlander TV series (the movies, not so much), and I thought he had a real future. Now he's aging and his looks are fading, so it's probably never going to happen.

by Anonymousreply 2305/30/2011

Gretchen Mol and Thandie Newton OWN this thread.%0D %0D There is a real story there with Gretch.. I just HAVE to know what really happened. Maybe one day the story will come out.%0D %0D And with Thandie, I was just sure she was going to be the next Halle Berry, but that just never happened.%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 2405/30/2011

Neve Cambell was a star at one point... weht?

by Anonymousreply 2505/30/2011

Jill Zarin

by Anonymousreply 2605/30/2011

Selma Blair. At one point pushed as the new Ali MacGraw.

by Anonymousreply 2705/30/2011

Leelee Sobieski. I can't remember another young actress who was pushed down our throats who had such a singular lack of looks, talent and charm. Well, maybe Sophia Coppola, but there was an explanation in that instance.

by Anonymousreply 2805/30/2011

Neve Campbell was everywhere in the late 90s and then she seemed to disappear overnight. Also in the late 90s, Fiona Apple was being hailed as a musical genius and was supposed to be the next superstar and then she too was gone.%0D %0D It's weird how some of them can be the It Girl (or It Boy) and get huge amounts of press for a few years and then suddenly they're just G-O-N-E.

by Anonymousreply 2905/30/2011

Michael Pare was going to be huge.

by Anonymousreply 3005/30/2011

R15: The Jessica Simpson Collection is worth over one-billion dollars.

by Anonymousreply 3105/30/2011

[quote]Fiona Apple

Who's dis bitch?

by Anonymousreply 3205/30/2011

Klinton Spilsbury

by Anonymousreply 3305/31/2011

Skeet whatshisname

by Anonymousreply 3405/31/2011

"The Jessica Simpson Collection is worth over one-billion dollars."%0D %0D %0D Oh, please. %0D %0D %0D The only reason she became a "designer" is because her CDs don't sell and her acting career went nowhere. She wouldn't be designing ugly shoes (or hiring others to design ugly shoes for her) if her showbiz career was on fire.

by Anonymousreply 3505/31/2011

R27 made my day. "The new Ali McGraw" may be my single favorite phrase of the week.

by Anonymousreply 3605/31/2011

George Clooney

by Anonymousreply 3705/31/2011

Josh Lucas seemed like he was really going to go he appears to be in supporting roles now.

by Anonymousreply 3805/31/2011

Love this thread!

Bess Armstrong is a classic case. Charming and funny, great in THE FOUR SEASONS, she should have been a star. Always seemed to "just be about to make it" but fizzled projects like the TV series ON OUR OWN and unfortunate choices like JAWS 3D derailed her career into the "never quite" category.

by Anonymousreply 3905/31/2011

[quote]Jean Smart has a mantle full of Emmys and another failed sitcom under her belt (Bleep My Dad Says)

Designing Women was a hit. By that definition she "made it". Her career might be over now, but the question wasn't who made it to the top and stayed there. It's who made it period. EVERY star comes and goes, especially the tv stars.

Mel Gibson would fit your criteria. Award winner once, flop now. Yet by definition he made it.

Lori Laughlin never made it. Neither did Jason Patric.

by Anonymousreply 4005/31/2011

Jean Smart has worked regularly even after she left DESIGNING WOMEN and has won three Emmy awards. She may not be a superstar like Jen Aniston but I'd still argue that compared to most people who are in the business, she has been quite successful.

by Anonymousreply 4105/31/2011

I always adored Rachel Ward, but I guess that Aussie hunk Bryan Brown made her realise her true destiny as a Frau.

by Anonymousreply 4205/31/2011

I'm sure Jean Smart is crying all the way to the bank. Everybody on "Designing Women" is set for life. Well, except for Dixie Carter.

by Anonymousreply 4305/31/2011

[quote]I always adored Rachel Ward, but I guess that Aussie hunk Bryan Brown made her realise her true destiny as a Frau.

Not sure everyone was convinced of her actual talent. The woman who wrote The Thorn Birds came right out and said that she was terrible.

I thought Ward was perfectly fine in it.

by Anonymousreply 4405/31/2011

A lot of the hyped 90's stars didn't make it. Ethan Embry, Peter Facinelli, Wes Bentley, Skeet Ulrich, Sarah Polley, Scott Speedman. Sarah Michelle Gellar had a good run with Buffy but never had much success in the movies. Selma Blair, all the people from American Pie, as previously stated all the Party of Five kids, all the kids from Roswell. In fact, most of the kids from those WB/CW shows fell off the face of the earth.

by Anonymousreply 4505/31/2011

All the Dawson's Creek kids were supposed to go on to be big in movies - James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson got a TON of hype and once DC was over, so were their careers. Katie Holmes's career stalled so she married Miss Looney-Tunes and became a rich housewife.

by Anonymousreply 4605/31/2011

The cast of American Pie - people thought they would all become the "next big thing"%0D %0D %0D %0D Except for stories about Tara Reid being a fucked-up don't hear much about them anymore.

by Anonymousreply 4705/31/2011

Sarah Michelle Gellar is another one who fits into the "made it" category. She had a HIT series that ran for six seasons. She didn't MAINTAIN her stardom, but that's not what we're talking about.

You're missing the point of personalities who almost, but never quite, made it.

by Anonymousreply 4805/31/2011

Designing Women did NOT make it past its seventh season, beyond which the set-for-life money is made, and its syndication record was terrible. So, I'd say none was set for life.

by Anonymousreply 4905/31/2011

Oh God, the Whedonettes have arrived....

by Anonymousreply 5005/31/2011

Concurrence with R45 that there was a curse involved with American Pie. Mena Suvari was the only one who ever scored a more memorable role than in those movies (in American Beauty) and even she peaked after that.

by Anonymousreply 5105/31/2011

Devon Sawa was talked about A LOT one here years ago. Never came to much though.%0D %0D %0D %0D Jonathan Schaech looked like he was about to be a star, but then sort of fizzled.%0D %0D %0D I thought Brad Rowe would have a decent career...oops.%0D %0D %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 5205/31/2011

R35, we all should be such failures.

by Anonymousreply 5305/31/2011

R46: can you say Michelle Williams????

by Anonymousreply 5405/31/2011

"Sarah Michelle Gellar is another one who fits into the "made it" category. She had a HIT series that ran for six seasons."%0D %0D I have to disagree, only because she was supposed to be a movie star, and that stardom never materialized.%0D %0D Also--Ryan Phillipe.

by Anonymousreply 5505/31/2011

I wouldn't say Ryan Phillippe never "made it." We're talking about people who seemed to disappear after a brief hot streak. Ryan has been working steadily for many years and is still doing big-budget movies. Sure, he isn't an above-the-title leading man but he has a movie career most actors would kill for. He does alright.

by Anonymousreply 5605/31/2011

Gabrielle Anwar

Julia Stiles

by Anonymousreply 5705/31/2011

Aaron Carter.

by Anonymousreply 5805/31/2011

Jason Behr

by Anonymousreply 5905/31/2011

Jason Patric. Everyone said he was going to be the next superstar and he's now only known for once being Julia Roberts' boyfriend. No one even talks about his relationship to Jackie Gleason.

by Anonymousreply 6005/31/2011

In music, Kelly Rowland. Love her.

by Anonymousreply 6105/31/2011

R38, too many people have experienced the "real" Josh in, opens his mouth and a purse falls out. No doubt homophobia-wood has decided against trying to make him happen.

by Anonymousreply 6205/31/2011

Brian Bonsall

Todd Bridges

Andrew Dice Clay

Lane Garrison (Prison Break star who got drunk and killed people in a car crash ending his career)

Tracey Gold

Corey Haim

Margot Kidder

Ralph Macchio

Chris Makepeace

Brigitte Neilsen

Bronson Pinchot (did he make it?)

Tom Sizemore

Tina Yothers

Jaleel White (Erkel)

Lark Vorhees

Max Wright (the dad on ALF) National Enquirer posted an expose on Wright after acquiring homemade sex tapes showing Wright having smoking crack and having gay sex with a random homeless man he had literally just met.

Scott Schwartz (the kid from A Christmas Story, went on to do straight porn)

Jonathan Taylor Thomas (the younger kid on Home Improvement)

Zachery Ty Bryan (the older kid on Home Improvement)

by Anonymousreply 6305/31/2011

At least in the U.S., Robbie Williams.

by Anonymousreply 6405/31/2011

[quote]Devon Sawa was talked about A LOT one here years ago. Never came to much though.

Rumored to be Jonathan Taylor Thomas's ex-lover.

by Anonymousreply 6505/31/2011

[quote]Designing Women did NOT make it past its seventh season, beyond which the set-for-life money is made, and its syndication record was terrible. I thought 3 seasons was the magic number. Anyone in the business, can you comment?

by Anonymousreply 6605/31/2011

Mark Cuban should have made port, gay or straight, he would have been a "huge" star!

by Anonymousreply 6705/31/2011

Ironically, the Over 40 Crowd from American Beauty (Bening, Spacey, Chris Cooper) all became genuine long-term successes and either became repeat Oscar nominees, like Bening, or Oscar winners, like Cooper and Spacey. Cooper may never be a household name but he's never lacked for work.%0D %0D In contrast, the hot young talent, who seemed headed for major stardom, all fizzled: Wes Bentley, Thora Birch, Mena Suvari. Young, cute, and critically acclaimed, and with a surprise hit and Best Picture winner under their belts, yet they all stumbled. %0D %0D It shows the early bird doesn't always catch the worm. Bening didn't even have a movie career at all till she was over 30, and three of her four Oscar noms didn't happen till she was over 40, yet at this rate Bentley, Birch, and Suvari are never going to catch up to her despite landing a huge break at a mere 20 years of age or so.

by Anonymousreply 6805/31/2011

The mere fact any of these people are known is rare in itself.%0D %0D Becoming a successful "celebrity" is as rare as winning the lottery. So the fact they got any recognition is a feat in itself.

by Anonymousreply 6905/31/2011

(Sorry, I'm not R4, meant to write a post in another thread but deleted it.) %0D %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 7005/31/2011

MArgot Kidder made it! %0D %0D Shit, she was in two successful "Superman" movies as well as the original "Amityville Horror" which was the highest grossing movie of its year.%0D %0D She's also a renowned actress well known for her roles in "Sisters" and "Black x-mas" among many others. %0D %0D Don't hand me that horseshit that she didn't make it! Please.

by Anonymousreply 7105/31/2011

Sorry Margot.

by Anonymousreply 7205/31/2011

R67, even if Mark Cuban *had* bottled his own delicious dessert wine, I don't see how that would make him a celebrity.

by Anonymousreply 7305/31/2011

(R60) just wait till those naked pictures of Jason Patric and Jackie Gleason together hit the internet, people will talk then. Julia Roberts has been holding on to them until her kids turn 18, then the tabloids will sizzle ! That's the real reason Julia dumped Jason; he was a chubby chaser who couldn't keep his hands off Gleason.

by Anonymousreply 7405/31/2011

Eric Balfour

Jay Hernandez

LOTS of black celebrities with A-List potential that havent "made it"

Nia Long

David Alan Grier

Mekhi Phifer

Tracee Ellis Ross

by Anonymousreply 7505/31/2011

Joshua Jackson is on "Fringe" now.

Whether you like it or not, Jessica Simpson's fashion empire brings in a billion dollars a year, and she rakes in a tenth of that as a licensing fee. So it hardly makes a difference to her that she hasn't had long-term success in the entertainment business.

by Anonymousreply 7605/31/2011

Dawn Lyn!

by Anonymousreply 7705/31/2011

Leigh McCloskey.

by Anonymousreply 7805/31/2011

Kimberly Elise%0D %0D Vivica Fox%0D %0D Mandy Moore%0D %0D Luke Wilson%0D %0D Poppy Montgomery%0D

by Anonymousreply 7905/31/2011

Keri Russell%0D %0D Stacy Dash%0D %0D Rachel Blanchard%0D %0D Mark Valley%0D %0D Krista Allen%0D %0D Nick Kamen%0D %0D Malcolm Jamahl Warner%0D

by Anonymousreply 8005/31/2011

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Luke Perry yet. He was THE It Boy of the early 90s - the Taylor Lautner of his day.. This guy was hyped to hell and back as the second coming of James Dean and was given a huge PR push the be the next big movie star. After 90210 ended, he fell off the radar and is virtually forgotten now.

by Anonymousreply 8105/31/2011

R81, Good observation. All the 90291 cast were going to be huge stars and Luke was especially hyped in the media. I remember this also as I was always more attracted to Canadian Jason Priestly who is still hot as is blonde Ian Ziering.

by Anonymousreply 8205/31/2011

Jason Patric: Grandson of legendary actor Jackie Gleason.

by Anonymousreply 8305/31/2011

The comparison between Perry and Lautner is apt, as both are/were terrible actors.

by Anonymousreply 8405/31/2011

I actually think Pattinson may be a better comparison to Luke Perry. Both are supposed to be brooding and intense and both were/are stupidly compared to James Dean. Are yes, both are as animated as a block of wood.

Taylor Lautner=Jason Priestly. The so called responsible, good boy. Slightly less popular with fangirls.

Kristen Stewart is Shannon Doherty. Her nasty attitude, like Shannon, will get her nowhere quickly.

Orlando Bloom is another heartthrob who came off Lord of the Rings to do some middling movies. He's still around, but he hasn't really done much in years. Another actor who couldn't make it out of a massive franchise is Hayden Christensen.

Sienna Miller was supposed to be the IT girl around 2004-2005, now you don't hear much from her.

Christina Ricci is another indie darling. Now she's gone to TV because the movie roles just aren't happening.

Michael Vartan from Alias has done nothing in years.

by Anonymousreply 8505/31/2011

Michael Vartan is Hot! 1/2 french..

by Anonymousreply 8605/31/2011

Seann William Scott

by Anonymousreply 8705/31/2011

Heather Graham. She was supposed to be BIG and, no pun intended, should have blown up after BOOGIE NIGHTS.%0D %0D And how could anyone forget Julia Ormond? Hers and Gretchen Mol's build-ups by the press were painful to behold.

by Anonymousreply 8805/31/2011

Fairuza Balk and Robin Tunney from the Craft

Jordana Brewster

Josh Hartnett

Heather Matarazzo

by Anonymousreply 8905/31/2011

Everybody from the OC. They all thought they were going to be movie stars.

Megan Fox was supposed to be the hot girl, the next Angelina, but all her movies have bombed.

by Anonymousreply 9005/31/2011

In all fairness to Fairuza she's spoken about how being too ethnic has limited her being cast in different things.

Megan Fox, OTOH completely fucked up her face, poor thing.

by Anonymousreply 9105/31/2011

Rose McGowan

by Anonymousreply 9205/31/2011

Fairuza Balk and Robin Tunney steal scenese from anything they are cast in. Fairuza was downright chilling as Edward Norton's unyielding neo-Nazi girlfriend in "American History X" and Robin stole "Hollywoodland" from under Adrien Brody, Diane lane and Ben Affleck.

by Anonymousreply 9305/31/2011

Malcolm Gets has a substantial career in live theater.

by Anonymousreply 9405/31/2011

Casper Van Dien.

Sad. He has one of the best asses in film history.

by Anonymousreply 9505/31/2011

Lucie Arnaz

Rosyln Kind

Lorna Luft

Minnie Driver

Parker Posey

Kathy Baker

lots of child actors, and adults with supporting roles, went from Top Ten tv series to 0.

by Anonymousreply 9605/31/2011

Kathy Baker has worked steadily for decades, and has an Oscar. She's still doing fine a character actress, while most of her contemporaries are stalking plastic surgeons and dreaming of one last chance at a comeback.%0D %0D She's done just fine.

by Anonymousreply 9705/31/2011

[quote]Kathy Baker has worked steadily for decades, and has an Oscar

Do you mean Kathy Bates? Kathy Baker has several Emmys for Picket Fences and is a wonderful actress.

by Anonymousreply 9805/31/2011

I think you're thinking of Kathy Bates. Kathy Baker doesn't have an Oscar, does she?

by Anonymousreply 9905/31/2011

Yes, I was thinking of Kathy Bates, who doesn't belong on this thread.

by Anonymousreply 10005/31/2011

Kathy Baker *should* have gotten an Oscar nom for "Edward Scissorhands". She was a despicable wolf-crying slut in it.

by Anonymousreply 10105/31/2011

[quote] I thought Brad Rowe would have a decent career...oops.

That was my first thought, too. I saw him this weekend on an rerun of Criminal Minds and he was looking rough, especially around the chin(s) area.

[quote] Michael Vartan from Alias has done nothing in years.

He's a regular on Mrs. Will Smith's TNT show.

by Anonymousreply 10205/31/2011

I don't like Jessica Simpson but apparently her fashion line does very well.

by Anonymousreply 10305/31/2011

Parker Posey never hit the A-List but she definitely made her mark and left behind a strong body of work that will stand the test of time.

by Anonymousreply 10405/31/2011

"So it hardly makes a difference to her that she hasn't had long-term success in the entertainment business."%0D %0D %0D Please, she'd sell her soul to get back in the spotlight. She's over. %0D %0D %0D I think the people who keep defending her are all her family members - Papa Joe, is that you? Who else would slobber over that has-been bimbo?%0D %0D I doubt her "fashion" makes a billion dollars a year, either - that is probably an exaggerated figure.

by Anonymousreply 10505/31/2011

Matt Keeslar was my fantasy boyfriend in the late 90s and he got a promising start in indie films and a couple high-profile TV movies, but unfortunately his career never took off. A shame, because he really could act and he was so hot.%0D %0D This is a fun thread.

by Anonymousreply 10605/31/2011

I think most of the original cast of MadTV deserve better careers. Debra Wilson was funny as hell.

by Anonymousreply 10705/31/2011

Richard Greico certainly expected to have at least 1/10th of Johnny Depp's career. Never happened.

by Anonymousreply 10805/31/2011

And I'm sure it pissed him the fuck off, R108, considering he and Depp were rumored to have not gotten along during their stint on 21 JUMP STREET (Depp was reportedly a nice guy and Grieco was said to have been a major asshole).

by Anonymousreply 10905/31/2011

Grieco was just in one of those awful Syfy movies. I only know this because they were making fun of it on The Soup.

by Anonymousreply 11005/31/2011

Gillian Anderson

Sarah Brown

Amy Jo Johnson

Alexis Beledel

Jonathan Jackson

Navi Rawat

by Anonymousreply 11105/31/2011

Nicole Scherzinger. She may finally become a "big name" when the X-Factor starts, but she has been working on a solo album for four years now. Her first five singles flopped.%0D %0D Yeah its called Karma shes a bitch & got that guy fired from x factor.%0D %0D She'll never be a star . Shes has no it factor unless shes a package deal.%0D %0D She'll never make it solo.

by Anonymousreply 11205/31/2011

Tea Leoni. In the mid 90s she had a sitcom designed around her to promote her as the next Lucille Ball, only sexy. Leoni's had a decent career, but the comedy angle never panned out.

by Anonymousreply 11305/31/2011

When "Star Search" first came on, it was the "American Idol" of its day, and the first big star to come out of it was a young queen named Sam Harris. Since the show was all about last week's winner taking on a new challenger each week, Harris was on there for months and gained a following for his version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (Mary!).

He was a very familiar name for a few months, and people expected a great, long career. Today it's Sam Who?

by Anonymousreply 11405/31/2011

Theresa Russell

by Anonymousreply 11505/31/2011

R107, I agree with you. It is criminal that Debra Wilson is not a bigger star. Such a talented artist! Even Stephanie Weir and Nicole Parker are hilarious, and yet we continue to be subjected to the likes of Chelsea Handler and the horribly unfunny and stupid Whitney Cummings.

by Anonymousreply 11605/31/2011

Michael Biehn.

by Anonymousreply 11705/31/2011

The patron saint of Datalounge, Patricia "I loves me some gays" Heaton

by Anonymousreply 11805/31/2011

They weren't celebrities but a bunch of female singers that appeared regularly on "The Tonight Show" were relegated to concert/cabaret fame. Jane Olivor, Kelly Garrett (not the Charlie's Angel), Helen Schneider, Donna Theodore, Julie Budd.

by Anonymousreply 11905/31/2011

we slept in the same bed but we never "made" it

by Anonymousreply 12005/31/2011

[quote]Yeah its called Karma shes a bitch & got that guy fired from x factor.

Really? Since you know what you're talking about, which guy did Nicole get fired from X Factor?

by Anonymousreply 12106/01/2011

It wasn't a guy, it was Cheryl Cole aka Cheryl Curl.

by Anonymousreply 12206/01/2011

It was Corbin Bleu who was supposed to be a co-host with Nicole Scherzinger on "X Factor" but she alledgedly walked off the set upon seeing him mumbling something like "what are you, 15???" SHe was not slated to be a judge - Nicole was supposed to merely co-host the show.

by Anonymousreply 12306/01/2011

Michael Parks was supposed to be the next James Dean. Good call on Theresa Russell [R15]. %0D %0D %0D %0D %0D %0D %0D %0D %0D %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 12406/01/2011

Kate Nelligan%0D %0D Paula Prentiss%0D %0D Diana Canova (no, I am not the Diana Canova troll)%0D %0D %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 12506/01/2011

Mimi Rogers aka the 1st Mrs. Tammy Cruise

by Anonymousreply 12606/01/2011

Jai Rodriguez!

by Anonymousreply 12706/01/2011

Whatsername. The green one.

by Anonymousreply 12806/01/2011

Luke Perry was almost the next big, brooding Hollywood bad boy (8 Seconds, anyone?)--and then "Thelma & Louise" was released and Brad Pitt happened.

Steve Zahn was thisclose to having the career now enjoyed by Jack Black and Zach Galifanakis.

The gorgeous Vincent Spano had a string of high-profile roles from the mid-80s to about the early-90s, but never quite took off (I often confused him with Nicholas Cage--that might have been the problem).

The 1988 indie film "Spike of Bensonhurst" was supposed to make Sasha Mitchell a star--never happened.

Same with Loren Dean and "Billy Bathgate".

by Anonymousreply 12906/01/2011

Good examples, R129. But while they were incredibly attractive, Sasha Mitchell and Loren Dean were terrible actors. Spano, Zahn (who is a gifted comedian), and even Perry had more ability.

by Anonymousreply 13006/01/2011

Skeet Ulrich

by Anonymousreply 13106/01/2011

Ethan Hawke.

by Anonymousreply 13206/01/2011

Lolita Davidovich%0D %0D Mamie Van Doren%0D %0D Christopher Atkins%0D %0D Mark Hamill (should have been an A-lister, chose a theater career as a replacement for stars instead)%0D %0D Genevieve Bujold%0D %0D Gina Lollobrigida%0D %0D Zsa Zsa Gabor%0D %0D Lorenzo Lamas%0D %0D Didi Cohn%0D %0D ... and Sharon Stone%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 13306/01/2011

Today is Diana Canova's birthday R125t%0D %0D She is doing well and is on Facebook. %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 13406/01/2011

I think I'm the only person who still remembers Dana Ashbrook. He was "the cute one" on Twin Peaks and got a fair amount of PR during that show's run and then he disappeared as soon as it was over.

by Anonymousreply 13506/01/2011

Tom Everett Scott. Still hot when he did a few guest spots on L&O as the governor. He should have shown more skin in his earlier movies.

Dana Ashbrook still looks good. He was on the Psych episode with all the Twin Peaks people. Agree that he kinda disappeared and should have been bigger.

by Anonymousreply 13606/01/2011

Cast of "The Blair Witch Project".

by Anonymousreply 13706/01/2011

Come to think of it, everybody on Twin Peaks didn't really "make it" except for David Duchovny, and even he was over after the enormous success of the X-Files.%0D %0D The entire cast was all over the media for a couple of years because the show was such a phenomenon and while some of them like Kyle Maclachlan and Lara Flynn Boyle got more work after it was over, none of them lived up to the hype they got.

by Anonymousreply 13806/01/2011

[quote]Mark Hamill (should have been an A-lister, chose a theater career as a replacement for stars instead)%0D %0D I remember hearing it was a car crash that derailed Hamill's shot at stardom. He was supposedly cast as the oldest brother in Eight is Enough (not that that sounds so great) but had to bow out due to the damage to his face. Really - he has a theater career?%0D %0D Another one: Dennis Christopher, star of the critical and popular hit Breaking Away. Had a starring role in the creepy Fade to Black after that but nothing much else really. His co-star Dennis Quaid meanwhile really made it. Anyway sometime in the last decade D.C. appeared full frontal in a low budget film and damn, the guy is hung like a horse.%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 13906/01/2011

Nicole Scherzinger already has it made - her boyfriend is the Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton. She'll be set for life if she drags him to the altar.

by Anonymousreply 14006/01/2011

Whatever did happen to Thora Birch? I just watched "Ghost World" and it's funny that her co-star Scarlett Johanssen is now A-list and Thora has completely disappeared.

by Anonymousreply 14106/01/2011

Gillian Anderson moved to the UK to be a 'serious' actress, and has a pretty successful career as a respected British stage and screen actress. Not everyone wants the kind of fame Hollywood offers.

by Anonymousreply 14206/02/2011

Robin Tunney was in Hollywoodland? I've seen it twice and don't even recall her in it.

by Anonymousreply 14306/02/2011

Emmy Rossum

by Anonymousreply 14406/02/2011

Ethan Hawke has two Oscar nominations. He's made it.

and Mark Hamill was never gonna be an A Lister. Not good looking. Can't act.

by Anonymousreply 14506/02/2011

Dana Ashbrook is old looking now.

by Anonymousreply 14606/02/2011

Three from TV--%0D %0D Heidi Bohay%0D %0D Sian Barbara Allen, or whatever her name is.%0D %0D Kathleen Beller

by Anonymousreply 14706/02/2011

Matt Keeslar and Steve Zahn are two of the biggest mysteries on all of these posts.%0D %0D What more do you want, Hollywood???%0D %0D And thank you to whoever posted that glorious photo of Matt!

by Anonymousreply 14806/02/2011

Jonathan Schaech would never have 'made it.' Although sexy, he came across as sour and really unlikable.

by Anonymousreply 14906/02/2011

OP, trying to be like Branson or Jobs???? Those guys are originals. No wonder no one knows who this guy is.

by Anonymousreply 15006/02/2011

Matt Keeslar is fat now, apparently. Which is tragic.%0D %0D Steve Zahn still looks good. He should find a TV series.

by Anonymousreply 15106/02/2011

[quote]Steve Zahn still looks good. He should find a TV series.

Definitely, R151. I'd watch it. He was hilarious and very sweet as Monk's half-brother.

by Anonymousreply 15206/02/2011

Isn't Zahn in "Treme"?

by Anonymousreply 15306/02/2011

I think Mark Hamill's car crash happened in between Star Wars and the filming of "Empire Strikes Back."

He looks different...

by Anonymousreply 15406/02/2011

Keeslar was cute but always seemed detached and removed-he would never have been able to make a true connection with the audience.

by Anonymousreply 15506/02/2011

[quote]Matt Keeslar is fat now, apparently. Which is tragic%0D %0D He's not fat, just a little chubby. His last best role was in "Last Days Of Disco".

by Anonymousreply 15606/02/2011

Leelee Sobieski! I think what killed any career she had was going on the Tonight Show (or something similar) and reciting one of her "poems". OMFG! Howard Stern plays it to this day, it's cringe-inducing and thus absolutely hilarious!!

by Anonymousreply 15706/02/2011

Steve Zahn was hysterical as the redneck prison escapee, along with Jeremy Northam, in Happy, TX.

by Anonymousreply 15806/02/2011

There's that, R157, and the fact that she was full of pretension and a shitty actress. That poem was about 9/11.

by Anonymousreply 15906/02/2011

Perhaps she'll recite it yet again in the new CBS series THE 2-2, R157. She's playing a cop. Seriously. DeNiro is producing it.

by Anonymousreply 16006/02/2011

Kit McDonough should have been a big star!

by Anonymousreply 16106/02/2011

Don't forget me,fellas..%0D %0D Barbara Anderson...%0D %0D %0D who?%0D %0D exactly!

by Anonymousreply 16206/02/2011

I think Mark Hamil had his bad car crash in between New Hope and Empire. During that time, CBS produced the very regrettable Star Wars Christmas Special. This video quality isn't great but you can tell there is something wrong with Mark Hamil's face. I think he's covered with make up to the point where he looks almost feminine.

Some of you guys have seen this abomination posted here on DL before. For those of you who haven't, it's fascinating. The special stars Diane Carol, Art Carney, Harvey Corman (doing drag), and DL fav...Bea Arthur! Yes, it's as bad as early 80's made-for-TV can be!

The best part is you get to see Carrie Fisher literally stumbling drunk/high.

by Anonymousreply 16306/02/2011

Steve Zahn also gave a very effective & moving dramatic performance in Rescue Dawn, opposite Christian Bale. he does have real dramatic chops, but unfortunately nobody saw the movie.%0D %0D so often it's just down to luck and timing. if Hollywood had chosen to push Rescue Dawn as Bale's big Oscar movie, rather than The Fighter a couple years later, Zahn could have ridden the hype train to his own Oscar nod.

by Anonymousreply 16406/02/2011

Rescue Dawn came before the Dark Knight. The Fighter came after. If you've already got a reputation as a serious actor it helps you win an Oscar if you have some huge blockbuster. Also The Fighter did a lot better at the box office than Rescue Dawn.

by Anonymousreply 16506/02/2011

Martin Hewitt %0D %0D Marthe Keller%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 16606/02/2011

Marilyn Hassett %0D %0D Francoise Hardy%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 16706/02/2011

R85 and R89 are right on the money. I mean, Josh Hartnett was supposed to be the next Tom Cruise.

But alas, Gretchen Mol (she did VOGUE!) owns this thread and all of it's offspring. What a major disappointment she turned out to be.

Anna Wintour could not make her a star, and now she's aggressively pushing Blake Lively in the same manner.

by Anonymousreply 16806/02/2011

R141, nothing that ScarJo has done or will do can ever compare to Thora's memorable role as Dany in "Hocus Pocus". Seriously.

by Anonymousreply 16906/02/2011

I thought Jeff Fahey was going to be the next big sexy leading man. He is a busy actor, but I haven't seen much of anything he's done in years.

by Anonymousreply 17006/02/2011

Guy Pearce%0D %0D Goran Vi%C5%A1nji%C4%87%0D %0D Olga Kurylenko%0D %0D Eric Bana%0D %0D Maria Bello%0D %0D Jennifer Esposito%0D %0D Joanna Going%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 17106/02/2011

[quote]Gillian Anderson

Gillian has the career she wants. She'll get X-Files residuals for the rest of her life.

by Anonymousreply 17206/02/2011

I'll say Robin Wright if no one else has. If someone has, well then I second (third, whatever) it.

by Anonymousreply 17306/02/2011

r29, it's not weird at all. Fame does a lot to a person's psyche. Some people don't thrive on it as much as others... I'd have to say Linda Darnell never made to the big leagues, which is sad because she was great.

by Anonymousreply 17406/02/2011

Is Joanna Going still in show biz?

by Anonymousreply 17506/02/2011

Colton Haynes.

by Anonymousreply 17606/02/2011

Robin Wright turned a lot of A list roles. She never was interested in being a big star. Instead she did a lot of smaller movies. Robin Wright is now 45 and have a lot of roles (The Conspirator is in theathers, she'll be in Moneyball &Rampart &Dragon Tattoo and The Congress) I think she doesn't belong to this list

by Anonymousreply 17706/02/2011

Jenna Elfman. Yes, she had a few years on "Dharma and Greg", but that was to be her springboard to being the next "zany comedienne" a la Lucy or Carole Burnett.

Aaaand, WHET Jenna"

by Anonymousreply 17806/02/2011

Jenna Elfman was so fucking annoying.

by Anonymousreply 17906/02/2011

Talking about Heathers in another thread, I thought Christian Slater would do something after the hits he had in the 80's/early 90's, but he was replaced by the likes of Brad Pitt/Johnny Depp and other early 90's heartthrobs.

by Anonymousreply 18006/03/2011

Okay I'm not sure this guy qualifies as a "celebrity" but my vote goes to John Paragon. I guess he's best known for playing the Genie on Pee-wee's Playhouse. But he had some memorable bit parts in 80's movies - especially the sex show owner in Eating Raoul. I also saw him perform at the Groundlings in the very early 80's and he was absolutely brilliant - I'm talking "this guy is going to be huge" brilliant. More talented in my opinion than Phil Hartman and Paul Reubens - and I saw them perform on the same stage.

by Anonymousreply 18106/03/2011

I've seen Gabrielle Anwar and Robin Tunney in this thread and I'd have to disagree. Both of them are on top rated shows (Burn Notice and The Mentalist respectively).

by Anonymousreply 18206/03/2011

Funny you said that, R181. I've never personally seen John Paragon perform, but two friends of mine did years and years ago and they both said he was hugely talented and should have been a big star.

by Anonymousreply 18306/03/2011

There was an article several years ago in the LA Times (I think) that talked about the Groundlings and there's was so much praise for Paragon - Julia Sweeney said something like "If success were measured by talent, John Paragon should be Jim Carey"and Kathy Griffin called him the quickest, most charismatic performer she'd ever seen. Here's a link to his great scene from Eating Raoul:

by Anonymousreply 18406/03/2011

Lola Albright%0D Liz phair%0D Yahoo Serious

by Anonymousreply 18506/03/2011


by Anonymousreply 18606/03/2011

speaking of Christina Applegate...%0D %0D She used to date Brad Pitt and She ditched him when they attended the mtv awards after-party for another guy.

by Anonymousreply 18706/04/2011

[quote]Neve Campbell was everywhere in the late 90s and then she seemed to disappear overnight.

So, she "made it" in the 90s. OP asked for celebs who never made it.

by Anonymousreply 18806/04/2011

Jasmine Guy

Lisa Bonet

by Anonymousreply 18906/04/2011

John Paragon was the subject of his own thread here a couple of years ago. I think he and Paul Reubens were a couple at some point. Most of his HBO comedy/variety special is on YT now.

Paragon of Comedy

by Anonymousreply 19006/04/2011

R187, when did Christina Applegate and Brad Pitt date?

by Anonymousreply 19106/04/2011

Can You Believe They Dated?

by Anonymousreply 19206/04/2011

I'm the last person in the world who thought they'd be defending Jessica Simpson, but New York magazine did a cover story on her fashion empire, and yes, it is a billion dollar business.

Somebody listed Genevieve Bujold. Really, you don't think she made it? Ridiculous. She had tons of high-profile roles from the '60s through the '80s. Just because she got old doesn't mean she didn't have a successful career.

by Anonymousreply 19306/04/2011

Every young actor on every TV series right now thinks they'll end up winning an Oscar. Most will never be heard from again once the show ends.

by Anonymousreply 19406/04/2011

Julia Roberts.

by Anonymousreply 19506/04/2011

Thandie is still working hard and being signed to decent projets. I think she has done some oscar worthy roles. She's underated but, has made it. %0D %0D Heather Graham-was way big in the ninetys. Seems around the time of the ending with her relationship with Heath Ledger. Her career feel off. I wouldn't say she didn't make it.%0D %0D %0D Sarah Polley-Never wanted A-list another Rachel McAdams. Very strong body of work and can still get plenty of work. %0D %0D Natasha Gregson Wagner%0D %0D Natasha Lyonne%0D %0D Tara Reid %0D %0D Dominque Swain%0D %0D Rachel True%0D %0D Bijou Phillips%0D %0D Michsel Pitt%0D %0D Nick Stahl%0D %0D Sienna Miller- Never understood the hype%0D %0D Gretchen Mol- Who? Don't even recognize her.%0D %0D The blonde that played in along came a spider- Remember they were calling her the next Sandy Bullock?%0D %0D Sean William Scott%0D %0D Half or most of the cast from American Pie. %0D %0D Chris Klein who??%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 19606/04/2011

Forgot Josh Hartnett.

by Anonymousreply 19706/04/2011

Christopher Jones ("Wild In the Streets") was supposed to be Dean, Clift, and Brando all rolled up into one; even David Lean bought the hype and just HAD to cast him in "Ryan's Daughter", where he annoyed the hell out of his costar Sarah Miles (he took his "brooding rebel" image seriously, and Sarah got sick of his whining) It was only recently revealed that Jones was so bad that Lean had the entire performance dubbed over. He gave a rare interview for Movieline about 15 years ago, and seemed very bitter and angry. He's refused several offers to work with Quentin Tarantino.

by Anonymousreply 19806/04/2011

R187, who is the "other guy" they attended the after party for? I guess Brad Pitt should blame him for their breakup.

by Anonymousreply 19906/04/2011

Christina Applegate is proof positive that a whore can find redemption in her later years. She gleefully fucked anything with two legs and she was a major druggie. Now she's all reformed and shit. I still don't understand how come she and Gwyneth Paltrow are such good friends (when they shared Brad Pitt) and her and Winona Ryder hate each other (when they shared Jonny Depp).

by Anonymousreply 20006/04/2011

two comments: thought Sobeilski (sp?) was a dominatrix in NYC; and Jean Smart was terrific as Aileen Wuornos, the serial killer that Charlize Theron played and for which she won an oscar. I think Jean Smart's portrayal was the better one - it's chilling. Less "ugly" makeup and more acting. If you get a chance to see it, do. Sobeelski? whatever ..... dominatrix.

by Anonymousreply 20106/04/2011

The blonde is Monica Potter R196. You're spot on. She was touted as the next Julia Roberts and then just did not happen. She's popped up again on TV.

by Anonymousreply 20206/04/2011

Craig Sheffer comes to mind

by Anonymousreply 20306/04/2011

Thanks for the info, R192 and 200. I never knew all of those details about Christina Applegate.

by Anonymousreply 20406/05/2011

what can we conclude, then? it doesn't pay to hype and market your client to death as "the next... fill in the blank." %0D %0D Monica Potter: "the next Julia Roberts!"%0D %0D Christopher Jones: "the next James Dean!"%0D %0D Brad Rowe: "the next Brad Pitt!"%0D %0D Don't sell them as the latest model of a superstar, it doesnt work.

by Anonymousreply 20506/05/2011

It seems that Winona Ryder is hated by all of her peers in the industry. You always hear shit about how nobody can stand her.

by Anonymousreply 20606/05/2011

-The Olsen Twins. Sure they were famous when they were kids, but you really don't hear much about them now.

-Hilary Duff

-Frankie Muniz

Haley Joel Osment. What has he done since the Sixth Sense?

by Anonymousreply 20706/05/2011

[quote]They weren't celebrities but a bunch of female singers that appeared regularly on "The Tonight Show" were relegated to concert/cabaret fame. Jane Olivor, Kelly Garrett (not the Charlie's Angel), Helen Schneider, Donna Theodore, Julie Budd.

*Clears throat loudly*

by Anonymousreply 20806/05/2011

Raven Symone, definitely. Disney channel, a career that spans many years, and she still quite never made it. Her music career was a huge flop.

by Anonymousreply 20906/05/2011

Emily Lloyd

Michael Sarazin

Brad Renfro

Rodney Harvey

Brooke Adams

by Anonymousreply 21006/05/2011

Phoebe Cates

by Anonymousreply 21106/05/2011

I think that some of you are missing the point of this thread.%0D %0D Persons like Hilary Duff, Frankie Muniz,Raven Symone MADE it! They were very successful and recognizable.%0D %0D Their careers may have gone down, but it does not take away from their prior successes.

by Anonymousreply 21206/05/2011

It's true that Michael Sarrazin didn't stay high profile as long as he deserved (in my opinion, anyway), but he had a really good run for 10 or 12 years and was a working actor pretty much up to his death. That's more than can be said for a lot of people on this list. I miss him.

by Anonymousreply 21306/05/2011

[quote]Persons like Hilary Duff, Frankie Muniz,Raven Symone MADE it! They were very successful and recognizable.

True. But Raven and Hillary "made it" as child stars but havent "made it" as adult stars yet, like so many of their peers.

by Anonymousreply 21406/05/2011

[quote]Haley Joel Osment. What has he done since the Sixth Sense?%0D %0D Recieved an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor%0D %0D Starred in Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence%0D %0D Appeared on Broadway in the play American Buffalo%0D %0D How can you say he never "made it"?

by Anonymousreply 21506/05/2011

If I was Raven Symone's management, I would tell her to cool it with the Disney/ABC Family projects and try to get her an audition to join the cast of SNL.

It'd probably require a pay cut, but it's probably the only way the likes of her will be able to transition into a grownup career. Plus Keenan could finally stop playing all black women.

by Anonymousreply 21606/05/2011

r216 I think Raven is even too talented for that sinking ship SNL. She could definitely carry a network sitcom with a great cast around her, it'll probably happen for her soon.

by Anonymousreply 21706/05/2011

I actually like that idea, R216.

by Anonymousreply 21806/05/2011

[quote] Monica Potter: "the next Julia Roberts!"

I think that was her problem. She looked and sounded exactly like Julia Roberts. She was like a $10 Gucci bag you'd buy in Times Square.

by Anonymousreply 21906/05/2011

-Juliette Lewis

-Rene Russo

by Anonymousreply 22006/05/2011

Rene Russo was one of the first supermodels before she went into acting. Even at her later age, she did better than most models at a second career.

by Anonymousreply 22106/05/2011

Isn't Raven Symone super rich? I'm not saying that matter is this thread, just wondering.

by Anonymousreply 22206/05/2011

Yes, R222, Raven Symone's personal worth is over $50 million. Her business ventures are in the hundreds of millions.

by Anonymousreply 22306/05/2011

-Jaleel White

-Tara Reid

- Chris Klein

by Anonymousreply 22406/05/2011

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by Anonymousreply 22506/01/2013

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by Anonymousreply 22606/01/2013

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by Anonymousreply 22706/01/2013

Jessica: belting.

by Anonymousreply 22806/01/2013

Both Keri Russell and the Olsen Twins decided to walk away from Hollywood after their series ended. Keri's back in "The Americans", and the Olsen Twins have so much money, they never need to work again.

Martin Henderson.

As much as it pains me to say it, Sam Rockwell and Ben Foster- both really talented guys who were on the cusp.

by Anonymousreply 22906/02/2013

If no one's mentioned her, Sharon Stone.

Benjamin Bratt John Gavin Andrew Shue Vincent Van Patten Winger Jennifer O'Neill

by Anonymousreply 23006/02/2013

Oh, Sharon Stone made it all right. She just had it for a few years and then the work dried up because she was over the hill and had limited talents. But everyone in the US who was alive then knows who she is.

by Anonymousreply 23106/02/2013

I agree the cast of Twin peaks was filled with young stars who should have made it, but none of them did: besides Dana Ashbrook, there was also the incredibly gorgeous James Marshall, Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee, the hunky Eric DaRe, Madchen Amick... Lara Flynn Boyle sort of made it for a while, but then disappeared because of mental illness and letting her publicity take front seat over her actual career

by Anonymousreply 23206/02/2013

Meg Foster

Annabeth Gish

Katie Holmes- let's face it, she's just lingering now...

Jessica Harper

Joey Lawrence

Luke Perry was roommates with Rocky Carroll in the 1980s in New York, They are both incredibly nice and super funny guys. I wish Luke had a better run of it, as I think he's a decent actor.

by Anonymousreply 23307/02/2013

Tammy Lauren. If you look at her credits, she started at age 10 and steadily worked all the way to 2010. My favorite is when she guest starred as a teen prostitute who tried to recruit Tootie on Facts of Life. There was no big money for her at any point.

Cary Elwes has all the fame from the Princess Bride, but the big money follow up never happened for him. He could have been king of romantic comedies. Instead he didn't get another lead role until 1993 with The Crush and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

by Anonymousreply 23411/06/2013

Melissa Joan Hart

by Anonymousreply 23511/06/2013

[quote]Rene Russo was one of the first supermodels before she went into acting. Even at her later age, she did better than most models at a second career.

She's very good in "The Thomas Crown Affair" and "Tin Cup."

by Anonymousreply 23611/06/2013

R88 and R89 nailed: Julia Ormond and Josh Hartnett own this thread

by Anonymousreply 23711/06/2013

Julia Ormond is in that Charmed rip-off and is Don Draper's mother in law on Mad Men.

by Anonymousreply 23811/06/2013

I thought Ben Foster would finally break out after "3:10 to Yuma" but he just continued acting in small films that made no impact at the box office. I thought he was poised to be the next Sean Penn.

by Anonymousreply 23911/06/2013

Dermot Mulroney - a gorgeous man and a fine actor. I often wondered why he did not reach superstar status. He deserved it.

by Anonymousreply 24011/06/2013

Well, John Gavin was Ambassador to Mexico, wasn't he. I mean that's not exactly working the overnight shift at Dunkin Donuts.

by Anonymousreply 24111/06/2013

The 2 actors with the first name Jesse

Jesse Metcalfe Jesse Bradford

Metcalfe was in the spotlight as the gardener on Desperate Housewives and then his career fizzled

Bradford had the bit part in those cheerleader movies (Bring it on) but has not been in anything of note since.

by Anonymousreply 24211/06/2013

R235 Melissa Joan Hart never made it as a film actress, but she definitely made it financially. She's been the lead of three TV series! I never watched any of them, but she gets my respect for growing up in show biz and making it look easy.

by Anonymousreply 24311/06/2013

Bijou phillips.

by Anonymousreply 24411/06/2013

I'd add Brad Johnson. Beefcake-y Rock Hudson-type in "Always," then "Flight of the Intruder," a couple of TV series and YV movies, then schlock like "The Birds 2: Land's End" and other missteps.

Last credit on IMDb is 2008. Retired?

by Anonymousreply 24511/06/2013

"YV movies" = TV Movies

by Anonymousreply 24611/06/2013

Patrick Wilson

by Anonymousreply 24711/06/2013

Diane Varsi , Carrie Snodgress, Diane Mc Bain ,Sharon Farrell, Pamela Tiffin, Edy Williams, Erica Gavin ,Elizabeth Hartman

by Anonymousreply 24801/26/2015

Sam Worthington owns this thread.

by Anonymousreply 24901/26/2015

Angel Tompkins

by Anonymousreply 25001/26/2015

Taylor kitsch,

by Anonymousreply 25101/26/2015

Ali McGraw.

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by Anonymousreply 25301/26/2015

Rene Russo got more opportunities than she deserved. She was shoved down our throats for several years. And when I saw she was co-starring in Nightcrawler, it was like "They're pulling this shit again?"

by Anonymousreply 25401/26/2015

R254 I agree, and could have written the same thing about Alex O'Loughlin. I'm glad Hawaii 5-0 has kept him busy enough these last few years for his people to stop trying to make him happen.

by Anonymousreply 25501/26/2015

Do you guys think Kim Cattrall belongs in this category? She started off as a promising ingenue in the late '70s. During that time she appeared in some quality television series (Columbo, Charlie's Angels) and movies (Tribute, with Jack Lemmon). When the '80s came, however, she found herself slumming in forgettable fluff (Porky's, Police Academy), indie movies, and flops (Bonfire of the Vanities). In the '90s, before Sex and the City, she mostly landed one-off TV appearances and corny TV movies. Now, after Sex and the City, she has yet to achieve any major success. Was SATC a fluke, and can we count her among the almost-but-never-made-its?

Cattrall herself even commented on her place in Hollywood (see linked interview at 8:30). She says that, after Porky's, she began losing roles to Michelle Pfeiffer, another actress of her physical type. Is she basically a failed Pfeiffer?

by Anonymousreply 25601/26/2015

Could be, R256, but "failed Pfeiffer" certainly is fun to say.

by Anonymousreply 25701/26/2015

My friend Julie

by Anonymousreply 25801/26/2015

Someone probably mentioned her but I think Ryan Reynolds deserves a place here.

by Anonymousreply 25901/26/2015

Malin Akerman deserves a place at this table, too.

by Anonymousreply 26001/27/2015

R8 He's done better for himself than most of the names in this thread (a lot of them are child star/teen movie refugees). He may not be on the Hollywood A-list but the Sharpe TV series made him a household name in Britain in the 90s (not that he hasn't done plenty of things)

by Anonymousreply 26101/27/2015

R206 Do we?

by Anonymousreply 26201/27/2015

I think the jury is still out on Akerman no?

by Anonymousreply 26301/27/2015
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