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The acting role that killed their careers

I know that here at DL St. Joan of Crawford is our patron saint. And we all know that Faye Dunaway's portrayal of Joan was an express ticket to career ruin for her.

So with that template in mind, I'm curious if anyone else has good examples of a role, or a few roles, that led to career suicide?

(Primarily film roles, but TV or theater could work, too.)

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 5301/26/2013

There's an argument to be made for Patrick Swayze and/or Wesley Snipes in "To Wong Foo" though I personally loved Patrick/Veda.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 101/21/2013

John Travolta - Battlefield Earth

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 201/21/2013

Oh, let me be the first to post "Vic Morrow, Twilight Zone". Or Brandon Lee, "The Crow".

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 301/21/2013

Catwoman, Halle Berry

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 401/21/2013

Louise Fletcher won the Academy Award for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest but couldn't be seen as anything else but Nurse Ratched afterward.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 601/21/2013

Hard to say Costner's career is over when he just picked up an Emmy too weekends ago.

I'll give you that Waterworld greatly hurt his career, but we're a forgiving nation and few people in the entertainment/sports world are immune to forgiveness.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 701/21/2013

Listen to me you fey bitches...

"Mommie Dearest" did not kill my career. I made DUNSTON FUCKING CHECKS IN!!!!

And don't you fucking forget it.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 801/21/2013

You made That Fabulous Movie With Marlon Brando, Faye!

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 901/21/2013

Madonna... all her movies.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 1001/21/2013

Faye Dunaway's career would have derailed even without Mommie Dearest. She was 40 years old at the time, and was a notorious nightmare to work with. Her career would have gone downhill no matter what she did.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 1101/21/2013

The great gay Laird Cregar - HANGOVER SQUARE, Crash-dieted himself into a heart attack to be seen as a romantic male lead.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 1201/21/2013

Lucille Ball in MAME.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 1301/21/2013

R9 - that wasn't Brando in DUNSTON CHECKS IN?

Then who jumped from the chandelier and pushed me into the cake?

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 1401/21/2013

Who cares, without Mommie Dearest, we would have nothing! Thanks Faye, even if it cost your career, it gave us a lifetime of fodder.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 1501/21/2013

Anything Cuba Gooding, Jr. did after Jerry Maguire. He simply could not make the right choices after such a good role.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 1601/21/2013

Cher, infomercial.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 1701/21/2013

Beyonce, DREAMGIRLS.

(We can only hope.)

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 1801/21/2013

Judy Garland, Trog.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 1901/21/2013

I think you mean Joan Crawford, R19.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 2001/21/2013

Fine! Judy Garland, Behind The Green Door.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 2101/21/2013

I think BATMAN AND ROBIN was supposed to catapult Chris O'Donnell to stardom but it was so bad it launched him right back to the bottom of the heap.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 2201/21/2013

"Hard to say Costner's career is over when he just picked up an Emmy too weekends ago."

He moved to tv because his movie career was over.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 2301/21/2013

It was only an unscripted walk-on but Our American Cousin effectively ended John Wilkes Booth's career.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 2401/21/2013

Mr. Whipple, "Please Don't Squeeze The Charmin."

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 2501/21/2013

Chris O'Donnell was rather dull anyway, so it's not likely he would have gone far. He's better on TV.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 2601/21/2013

Madonna in THE NEXT BEST THING.

She really could have pulled a one eighty after the critical acclaim she got in EVITA and shown everyone that she could truly act, but took this dreadful "Comedy" instead.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 2701/21/2013

[quote]Louise Fletcher won the Academy Award for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest but couldn't be seen as anything else but Nurse Ratched afterward.

Fletcher was just getting back into acting when she took Cukoo's nest. She spent the previous 10+ years raising a family and taking care of a sick husband. Prior to her semi retirement, her acting career was mostly episodic TV. "Cukoo's Nest" didn't make her into a huge star, but she has worked constantly for the last 40 years.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 2801/21/2013

[quote] She really could have pulled a one eighty after the critical acclaim she got in EVITA and shown everyone that she could truly act

She's a musician, not a miracle worker!

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 2901/21/2013

What has Dawson done of note since the 50 Load Weekend film?

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 3001/21/2013

Zac Efron, "High School Musical"

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 3101/21/2013

Patty Duke. Valley of the Dolls. And don't you forget it.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 3201/21/2013

[quote] Judy Garland, Trog.

LOL! I can see Judy in it. "W-w-why, Mister Trog!"

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 3301/21/2013

Do I even have to say it?

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 3401/21/2013

Ooh, r34. Good one.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 3501/21/2013

I think it might have been that last Battle Of The Network Stars that ruined Helen Lawson's career.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 3601/22/2013

Did Mommy Dearest really kill Dunaway's career or was it that few really wanted to work with her anymore because it was too stressful?

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 3701/22/2013

Diana Ross in The Wiz.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 3801/22/2013

R22 beat me to it and R38 is a perfect example.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 3901/22/2013

What big career was Elizabeth Berkely maintaining before Showgirls? Saved by the Bell had been off for two years by then. It was more like a comeback attempt that fizzled.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 4001/22/2013

Judy Garland, The Swarm

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 4101/22/2013

[quote]What big career was Elizabeth Berkely maintaining before Showgirls? Saved by the Bell had been off for two years by then. It was more like a comeback attempt that fizzled.

There were no specifications on whether or not the actor whose career was killed was a bigtime movie star or not. Elizabeth Berkely was still acting before Showgirls, but the film was supposed to catapult her into the stratosphere, while her former SBTB castmates were still in TVland. It didn't.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 4201/22/2013

It took years and years, but Chris O'Donnell, did finally rebound as a TV action star on NCIS: Los Angeles. He makes $140,000 an episode, well over 3 mill a year. Not movie star money, but enough to support his family nicely.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 4301/22/2013

Constance McCashin....this thread is calling your name!

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 4401/22/2013

[quote]I know that here at DL St. Joan of Crawford is our patron saint.

I don't think that's correct at all. Not many of us who like old movies here like Joan's acting that much.

I would say Bette Davis and Barbara Stanwyck are much closer to Saints here than Joan Crawford is.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 4501/22/2013

"THE WARRIORS opened every door in Hollywood for me, and XANADU closed them all again."

--Michael Beck

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 4601/22/2013

The [bold]gorgeous[/bold] Brandon Routh - Superman

For a brief instant, he shone with the intensity of a billion suns.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 4701/24/2013

"Twilight Zone: The Movie" sure killed Vic Morrow's career. I've never seen him in anything since.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 4801/25/2013

"Patrick Swayze... in "To Wong Foo"

That wa actually a sort of comeback for him.

I would say it was "Point Break" for Swayze. Nobody understood it at the time.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 4901/26/2013

R48, let me introduce you to R3...

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 5001/26/2013

The role of cousin Oliver clearly destroyed the brilliant career of Robbie Rist.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 5101/26/2013

Essentially, "Dracula" for Bela Lugosi.

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 5201/26/2013

I am Invincible!

by Christina Christopher Dammit reply 5301/26/2013
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