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.
|by Anonymous||reply 263||01/27/2015|
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
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Christina is arguably the most successful of her "Married" co-stars. She even has an Emmy.
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Gabe Kaplan - that Revolta kid stole my thunder
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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 Anonymous||reply 6||05/30/2011|
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.
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Sean Bean, unless "Game of Thrones" has put him over the top.%0D %0D Maybe he'll get some good offers after this one.
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Kristen Bell. They just can't stop trying to force us to like her.
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I was sure Macy Gray would be the next Tina Turner.
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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.
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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.
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Gretchen Mol owns this thread.
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[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....
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Anyone who makes a Lifetime movie.
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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 Anonymous||reply 20||05/30/2011|
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.
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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.
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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
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Neve Cambell was a star at one point... weht?
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Selma Blair. At one point pushed as the new Ali MacGraw.
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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.
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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 Anonymous||reply 29||05/31/2011|
Michael Pare was going to be huge.
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R15: The Jessica Simpson Collection is worth over one-billion dollars.
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"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.
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R27 made my day. "The new Ali McGraw" may be my single favorite phrase of the week.
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Josh Lucas seemed like he was really going to go places....now he appears to be in supporting roles now.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 39||05/31/2011|
[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 Anonymous||reply 40||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 41||05/31/2011|
I always adored Rachel Ward, but I guess that Aussie hunk Bryan Brown made her realise her true destiny as a Frau.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 43||05/31/2011|
[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 Anonymous||reply 44||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 45||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 46||05/31/2011|
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 mess...you don't hear much about them anymore.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 48||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 49||05/31/2011|
Oh God, the Whedonettes have arrived....
|by Anonymous||reply 50||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 51||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 52||05/31/2011|
R35, we all should be such failures.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||05/31/2011|
R46: can you say Michelle Williams????
|by Anonymous||reply 54||05/31/2011|
"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 Anonymous||reply 55||05/31/2011|
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.
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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.
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In music, Kelly Rowland. Love her.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||05/31/2011|
R38, too many people have experienced the "real" Josh Lucas....as in, opens his mouth and a purse falls out. No doubt homophobia-wood has decided against trying to make him happen.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||05/31/2011|
Andrew Dice Clay
Lane Garrison (Prison Break star who got drunk and killed people in a car crash ending his career)
Bronson Pinchot (did he make it?)
Jaleel White (Erkel)
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)
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At least in the U.S., Robbie Williams.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||05/31/2011|
[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 Anonymous||reply 65||05/31/2011|
[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 Anonymous||reply 66||05/31/2011|
Mark Cuban should have made port, gay or straight, he would have been a "huge" star!
|by Anonymous||reply 67||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 68||05/31/2011|
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.
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(Sorry, I'm not R4, meant to write a post in another thread but deleted it.) %0D %0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 70||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 71||05/31/2011|
R67, even if Mark Cuban *had* bottled his own delicious dessert wine, I don't see how that would make him a celebrity.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||05/31/2011|
(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 Anonymous||reply 74||05/31/2011|
LOTS of black celebrities with A-List potential that havent "made it"
David Alan Grier
Tracee Ellis Ross
|by Anonymous||reply 75||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 76||05/31/2011|
Kimberly Elise%0D %0D Vivica Fox%0D %0D Mandy Moore%0D %0D Luke Wilson%0D %0D Poppy Montgomery%0D
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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 Anonymous||reply 80||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 81||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 82||05/31/2011|
Jason Patric: Grandson of legendary actor Jackie Gleason.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||05/31/2011|
The comparison between Perry and Lautner is apt, as both are/were terrible actors.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||05/31/2011|
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.
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Michael Vartan is Hot! 1/2 french..
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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 Anonymous||reply 88||05/31/2011|
Fairuza Balk and Robin Tunney from the Craft
|by Anonymous||reply 89||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 90||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 91||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 93||05/31/2011|
Malcolm Gets has a substantial career in live theater.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||05/31/2011|
Casper Van Dien.
Sad. He has one of the best asses in film history.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||05/31/2011|
lots of child actors, and adults with supporting roles, went from Top Ten tv series to 0.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 97||05/31/2011|
[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 Anonymous||reply 98||05/31/2011|
I think you're thinking of Kathy Bates. Kathy Baker doesn't have an Oscar, does she?
|by Anonymous||reply 99||05/31/2011|
Yes, I was thinking of Kathy Bates, who doesn't belong on this thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||05/31/2011|
Kathy Baker *should* have gotten an Oscar nom for "Edward Scissorhands". She was a despicable wolf-crying slut in it.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||05/31/2011|
[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 Anonymous||reply 102||05/31/2011|
I don't like Jessica Simpson but apparently her fashion line does very well.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 104||05/31/2011|
"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 Anonymous||reply 105||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 106||05/31/2011|
I think most of the original cast of MadTV deserve better careers. Debra Wilson was funny as hell.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||05/31/2011|
Richard Greico certainly expected to have at least 1/10th of Johnny Depp's career. Never happened.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 109||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 110||05/31/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 112||06/01/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 114||06/01/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 116||06/01/2011|
The patron saint of Datalounge, Patricia "I loves me some gays" Heaton
|by Anonymous||reply 118||06/01/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 119||06/01/2011|
we slept in the same bed but we never "made" it
|by Anonymous||reply 120||06/01/2011|
[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 Anonymous||reply 121||06/01/2011|
It wasn't a guy, it was Cheryl Cole aka Cheryl Curl.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||06/01/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 123||06/01/2011|
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
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Kate Nelligan%0D %0D Paula Prentiss%0D %0D Diana Canova (no, I am not the Diana Canova troll)%0D %0D %0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 125||06/01/2011|
Mimi Rogers aka the 1st Mrs. Tammy Cruise
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Whatsername. The green one.
|by Anonymous||reply 128||06/01/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 129||06/01/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 130||06/01/2011|
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
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Today is Diana Canova's birthday R125t%0D %0D She is doing well and is on Facebook. %0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 134||06/01/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 135||06/01/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 136||06/01/2011|
Cast of "The Blair Witch Project".
|by Anonymous||reply 137||06/01/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 138||06/01/2011|
[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 Anonymous||reply 139||06/01/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 140||06/01/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 141||06/01/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 142||06/02/2011|
Robin Tunney was in Hollywoodland? I've seen it twice and don't even recall her in it.
|by Anonymous||reply 143||06/02/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 145||06/02/2011|
Dana Ashbrook is old looking now.
|by Anonymous||reply 146||06/02/2011|
Three from TV--%0D %0D Heidi Bohay%0D %0D Sian Barbara Allen, or whatever her name is.%0D %0D Kathleen Beller
|by Anonymous||reply 147||06/02/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 148||06/02/2011|
Jonathan Schaech would never have 'made it.' Although sexy, he came across as sour and really unlikable.
|by Anonymous||reply 149||06/02/2011|
OP, trying to be like Branson or Jobs???? Those guys are originals. No wonder no one knows who this guy is.
|by Anonymous||reply 150||06/02/2011|
Matt Keeslar is fat now, apparently. Which is tragic.%0D %0D Steve Zahn still looks good. He should find a TV series.
|by Anonymous||reply 151||06/02/2011|
[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 Anonymous||reply 152||06/02/2011|
I think Mark Hamill's car crash happened in between Star Wars and the filming of "Empire Strikes Back."
He looks different...
|by Anonymous||reply 154||06/02/2011|
Keeslar was cute but always seemed detached and removed-he would never have been able to make a true connection with the audience.
|by Anonymous||reply 155||06/02/2011|
[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 Anonymous||reply 156||06/02/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 157||06/02/2011|
Steve Zahn was hysterical as the redneck prison escapee, along with Jeremy Northam, in Happy, TX.
|by Anonymous||reply 158||06/02/2011|
There's that, R157, and the fact that she was full of pretension and a shitty actress. That poem was about 9/11.
|by Anonymous||reply 159||06/02/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 160||06/02/2011|
Kit McDonough should have been a big star!
|by Anonymous||reply 161||06/02/2011|
Don't forget me,fellas..%0D %0D Barbara Anderson...%0D %0D %0D who?%0D %0D exactly!
|by Anonymous||reply 162||06/02/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 163||06/02/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 164||06/02/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 165||06/02/2011|
Martin Hewitt %0D %0D Marthe Keller%0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 166||06/02/2011|
Marilyn Hassett %0D %0D Francoise Hardy%0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 167||06/02/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 168||06/02/2011|
R141, nothing that ScarJo has done or will do can ever compare to Thora's memorable role as Dany in "Hocus Pocus". Seriously.
|by Anonymous||reply 169||06/02/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 170||06/02/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 171||06/02/2011|
Gillian has the career she wants. She'll get X-Files residuals for the rest of her life.
|by Anonymous||reply 172||06/02/2011|
I'll say Robin Wright if no one else has. If someone has, well then I second (third, whatever) it.
|by Anonymous||reply 173||06/02/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 174||06/02/2011|
Is Joanna Going still in show biz?
|by Anonymous||reply 175||06/02/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 177||06/02/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 178||06/02/2011|
Jenna Elfman was so fucking annoying.
|by Anonymous||reply 179||06/02/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 180||06/03/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 181||06/04/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 182||06/04/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 183||06/04/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 184||06/04/2011|
Lola Albright%0D Liz phair%0D Yahoo Serious
|by Anonymous||reply 185||06/04/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 187||06/04/2011|
[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 Anonymous||reply 188||06/04/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 190||06/04/2011|
R187, when did Christina Applegate and Brad Pitt date?
|by Anonymous||reply 191||06/04/2011|
Can You Believe They Dated?
|by Anonymous||reply 192||06/04/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 193||06/04/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 194||06/04/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 196||06/04/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 198||06/04/2011|
R187, who is the "other guy" they attended the after party for? I guess Brad Pitt should blame him for their breakup.
|by Anonymous||reply 199||06/04/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 200||06/04/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 201||06/04/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 202||06/04/2011|
Craig Sheffer comes to mind
|by Anonymous||reply 203||06/04/2011|
Thanks for the info, R192 and 200. I never knew all of those details about Christina Applegate.
|by Anonymous||reply 204||06/05/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 205||06/05/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 206||06/05/2011|
-The Olsen Twins. Sure they were famous when they were kids, but you really don't hear much about them now.
Haley Joel Osment. What has he done since the Sixth Sense?
|by Anonymous||reply 207||06/05/2011|
[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 Anonymous||reply 208||06/05/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 209||06/05/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 212||06/05/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 213||06/05/2011|
[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 Anonymous||reply 214||06/05/2011|
[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 Anonymous||reply 215||06/05/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 216||06/05/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 217||06/05/2011|
I actually like that idea, R216.
|by Anonymous||reply 218||06/05/2011|
[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 Anonymous||reply 219||06/05/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 221||06/05/2011|
Isn't Raven Symone super rich? I'm not saying that matter is this thread, just wondering.
|by Anonymous||reply 222||06/05/2011|
Yes, R222, Raven Symone's personal worth is over $50 million. Her business ventures are in the hundreds of millions.
|by Anonymous||reply 223||06/05/2011|
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|by Anonymous||reply 227||06/01/2013|
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.
As much as it pains me to say it, Sam Rockwell and Ben Foster- both really talented guys who were on the cusp.
|by Anonymous||reply 229||06/02/2013|
If no one's mentioned her, Sharon Stone.
Benjamin Bratt John Gavin Andrew Shue Vincent Van Patten Winger Jennifer O'Neill
|by Anonymous||reply 230||06/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 231||06/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 232||06/02/2013|
Katie Holmes- let's face it, she's just lingering now...
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 Anonymous||reply 233||07/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 234||11/06/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 236||11/06/2013|
R88 and R89 nailed: Julia Ormond and Josh Hartnett own this thread
|by Anonymous||reply 237||11/06/2013|
Julia Ormond is in that Charmed rip-off and is Don Draper's mother in law on Mad Men.
|by Anonymous||reply 238||11/07/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 239||11/07/2013|
Dermot Mulroney - a gorgeous man and a fine actor. I often wondered why he did not reach superstar status. He deserved it.
|by Anonymous||reply 240||11/07/2013|
Well, John Gavin was Ambassador to Mexico, wasn't he. I mean that's not exactly working the overnight shift at Dunkin Donuts.
|by Anonymous||reply 241||11/07/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 242||11/07/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 243||11/07/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 245||11/07/2013|
Diane Varsi , Carrie Snodgress, Diane Mc Bain ,Sharon Farrell, Pamela Tiffin, Edy Williams, Erica Gavin ,Elizabeth Hartman
|by Anonymous||reply 248||01/26/2015|
Sam Worthington owns this thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 249||01/26/2015|
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 Anonymous||reply 254||01/26/2015|
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 Anonymous||reply 255||01/26/2015|
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 Anonymous||reply 256||01/26/2015|
Could be, R256, but "failed Pfeiffer" certainly is fun to say.
|by Anonymous||reply 257||01/26/2015|
Someone probably mentioned her but I think Ryan Reynolds deserves a place here.
|by Anonymous||reply 259||01/26/2015|
Malin Akerman deserves a place at this table, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 260||01/27/2015|
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 Anonymous||reply 261||01/27/2015|
I think the jury is still out on Akerman no?
|by Anonymous||reply 263||01/27/2015|