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Actors with surprising second careers.

Bobby Sherman served as a paramedic and teaches first aid. Pamela Ferdin, a well known child star, went on to become a registered nurse. Which other actors veered off into real world jobs?

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by anonymousreply 12905/22/2014

Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," became a veterinarian.

Jeff Cohen, who played Chunk in "The Goonies" became an entertainment lawyer.

by anonymousreply 105/20/2014

[quote] Pamela Ferdin, a well known child star, went on to become a registered nurse.

It's Pamelyn Ferdin (not Pamela).

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by anonymousreply 205/20/2014

I thought it was PAMELYN FERDIN (not Pamela).

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Danielle Spencer, the bratty sister "Dee" on "What's Happening?", turned out to be both a beauty and a brain and has practiced veterinary medicine in Southern California for a couple of decades.

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Jake from 16 Candles lives in Pennsylvania and makes custom furniture.

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Tommy Retig of Lassie/Jeff's Collie became an influential computer programer.

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Van Williams is also a sherrif.

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Daniel Day Lewis left movies for a while to learn the art of shoemaking in Florence. I'm pretty sure this fact should put him on DL's "Is he closeted?" watchlist.

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Jimmy Stewart was an architect. He had a degree from Princeton. He only went into acting because he graduated during the depression and couldn't find work.

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David Charvet became a recording artist in Europe in his post Baywatch years.

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James Franco has taught at UCLA and NYU

Christopher Knight (Peter on THE BRADY BUNCH) is successful in computers

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Bonnie Franklin was voted best hostess at the IHOP in Big Bear Lake three years in a row (1997-1999).

by anonymousreply 1205/20/2014

R10, so did I!

by anonymousreply 1305/20/2014

He was only an architect if he actually worked as an architect and if he had proven architectural skills demonstrated at a job in that field.

Since he did not, he was not an architect.

A person graduating from a university with a degree in business is not automatically a businessman or businessperson. He is only a businessman if he works at a job in business commensurate with his education or nearly commensurate.

by anonymousreply 1405/20/2014

Jeremy Gelbwaks (the first Chris from The Partridge Family) lives outside New Orleans, works as a computer data analyst and doesn't talk about acting.

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Scary, R15.

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Martin Stephens of "Children of the Damned" and "The Innocents" became an architect. I've heard he doesn't like to do interviews and rarely talks about his acting career.

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Diana Serra Cary (Baby Peggy Montgomery), one of the first child actors, became a writer, film historian, and spokesperson for the advocacy group A Minor Consideration.

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What ever happened to Baby Jane Hudson?

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Phoebe Cates runs (ran?) a boutique.

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Susan Olsen from "The Brady Bunch" worked in graphics for a time, but now I think she's a full-time Internet radio host and right-wing crazy. Like Victoria Jackson without the religion.

Her Facebook page is filled with references to "Hitlery Clinton," Benghazi and praise for Michele Bachmann. Scroll down to see a pic of a collage of famous women holding up those #bringbackourgirls signs and Susan holding up one that says FUCK ISLAM.

Oh, Cindy.

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I think Cates is married to Kevin Kline.

Melissa Gold (daughter on Benson) got a Ph.D. in psychology and is a therapist.

Claudia Wells (Jennifer Parker, BTTF) opened up a clothing store in LA that is an outlet for set costumes ("Armani Wells")

Hall-of-fame pitcher Nolan Ryan sells wholesale beef.

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John Kerr (Joe Cable, South Pacific) became a Beverly Hills lawyer.

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R22, Nolan Ryan is, according to Wikipedia, also chief executive officer of the Texas Rangers and an executive adviser to the owner of the Houston Astros.

by anonymousreply 2405/20/2014

I think at least one or two actors had legal training. Clive Owen? Can't remember.

I think writing as well.

by anonymousreply 2505/20/2014

And one of the weirdest ones: Model Shelley Smith, who appeared in a lot of 1980s TV dramas and seemed to be on "Pyramid" every week (she was brilliant at the game), left the business while she was still very successful and got a masters in psychology.

She worked as a family therapist for a long time and has run an egg donor registry in California for 20 years.

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Shirley Temple (Black) was US Ambassador to Ghana and (former) Czechoslovakia.

by anonymousreply 2705/20/2014

R27, and then she died.

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Ronald Reagan - Governor of California and President of the US

by anonymousreply 2905/20/2014

Another person who left Hollywood while she was still successful: Meg Tilly. She's a novelist who's gotten good reviews.

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John Travolta often volunteers to clean the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport men's room.

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Hoofer George Murphy became a Senator from California.

by anonymousreply 3205/20/2014

Doesn't former senator Larry Craig do the same, R31?

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Bobby Sherman became an EMT/Captain for LAPD and San Bernadino PD

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Dolores Hart from "Where The Boys Are" and an Elvis movie became a nun and a Mother Superior and whatever is higher than a Mother Superior...(I think)

I mean the name says it all...NONE!!

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Janice Rule became a psychotherapist.

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Kelt R36

Bell Book and Candle, one of my favorite movies. Thanx for the reminder.

by anonymousreply 3705/20/2014

[all posts by tedious, racist idiot removed.]

by anonymousreply 3805/20/2014

Gerard Butler is the one with the legal training and also John Cleese who studied law at cambridge university.

by anonymousreply 3905/20/2014

Hugely popular silent and early talkie-era actress Colleen Moore was a successful investor. She quit acting at the top of her game on her own terms and turned her large earned fortune into a much larger one.

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Soap actress Catherine Hickland owns a line of beauty products and performs as a stage hypnotist.

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On a related note, The Running Man (1987) had two future governors in the main cast.

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Michael O'Leary sells real estate.

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Christina Crawford became a professional victim and a media whore.

by anonymousreply 4405/20/2014

"John Cleese who studied law at cambridge university."

And his partner and fellow Python member the late Graham Chapman was a doctor, an MD. They gave up medicine and the law for careers in showbiz, so they don't really belong on this thread.

by anonymousreply 4505/20/2014

Bobby Sherman was a real heartthrob for us 60's types.

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Matt Keeslar is going into medicine.

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Quinn Cummings (The Goodbye Girl, Family) invented one of those baby holder slings that goes over mothers' chests and made quite a bit of money. She also works in casting.

Former porn star Michael Branson is an associate justice for a US Circuit Court.

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And she looks about 1,000 years old and supremely unhappy in that photo, too, R21. Looks like a Faces Of Meth mugshot.

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Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell from Leave It To Beaver) LAPD vice squad.

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The woman who sang Day By Day in Godspell became some sort of prominent lawyer in Westchester Co. I think she might have even been a DA or something.

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Handsome (and homosexual) actor Tom Tryon wrote several novels including the minor classic horror/suspense tale The Other.

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Jan Handzlik, who played young Patrick in "Auntie Mame" is a lawyer.

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Ronald Reagan became president of the USA - sorry, he was still acting when that happened.

Nancy Davis(Reagan) was the first Drug Czar of the US, appointed by her hubby.

by anonymousreply 5405/21/2014

[quote]Matt Keeslar is going into medicine.

He's already had the second career because hasn't he been a nurse for a while?

by anonymousreply 5505/21/2014

IN the early 70s while still acting Bobby Sherman had a guest role on Emergency as a medical resident who had disdain for paramedics and their work and it wasn't until he spent a day with Johnny and Roy that he learned how hard and important their work really was. A lot of paramedics went into the field thanks to Emergency, but Sherman had to be the most directly inspired by Emergency paramedic in the show's history.

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Pamelyn Ferdin was also the voice of Lucy in Peanuts and also became a big activist, I think for PETA.. I could google it but I decided that I really don't give a shit.

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Does anyone know what happened to Bobby Sherman?

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[quote]Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell from Leave It To Beaver) LAPD vice squad.

Lumpy from Beaver wound up as a successful stockbroker, and handled investments for Ward, June, and the Beaver. In some interview June gushed about how much money Lumpy had made for her.

by anonymousreply 5905/21/2014

Justin Berfield, who played Reese in Malcolm in the Middle, is a film executive. He's VP or something for Virgin's film subsidiary (part of Richard Branson's media empire).

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r40, Coleen Moore was Patty Reagan's godmother.

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Wayne Rogers, who played BJ in the TV version of MASH (Alan Alda's sidekick), went on to become a very wealthy investor.

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Danica McKellar is a mathematician who has a theorem named for her and two other collaborators at UCLA. She's also written several books intended to get kids and teens interested in math.

Mayim Bialik is a neurobiologist with a PhD from UCLA.

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Marcia Cross is a psychotherapist - she got her Masters during the lull between Melrose and Housewives

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Sheila Kuehl, who played Zelda on the old "Dobie Gillis" sitcom also turned to politics after a show biz career.

From Wiki:

"She most recently served as a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing the 23rd district in Los Angeles County and parts of southern Ventura County. A former member of the California State Assembly, she was elected to the Senate in 2000 and served until December 2008. She is currently a candidate for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors 3rd District."

She is an out Lesbian.

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Yvonne Craig best remembered for playing Barbara Gordon/Batgirl on TV's BATMAN later became a very successful realtor as have quite a few former actors and actresses.

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Handsome UNIVERSAL contract player John Gavin later became the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.

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Gary Conway (BURKE'S LAW, LAND OF THE GIANTS) later opened and still maintains his own vineyards & wine producing property along with his wife a former Miss America.

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R8 Urban myth

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Most folks know this one but Billy Haines who was pushed out of his studio after he homosexuality became known & he refused to dump his lover later became a well known interior designer.

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Harrison Ford - carpenter. Though I'm not sure if he became a carpenter because he wasn't having much luck as an actor earlier on or was he carpenter before he went into acting.

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Similarly, Thomas Beck a handsome matinee idol in the 1930s left Hollywood over contract disputes, and 'personal problems' (his sexuality) moved to south Florida and made a killing in real estate.

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R9 Stewart also had a successful military career as a pilot during WWII, and afterwards he stayed in the Air Force Reserve and reached the rank of Brigadier General.

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Roger Moore had studied to be an artist and is allegedly (an) expert. Poor guy, his exceptional looks ended up putting his artistic endeavors on hold for all of the fame & fortune of film.

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Florence Henderson married the leader of Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI) and became a certified hypnotherapist herself. They do lots of TV-quality videos on YouTube and train students in hypnotherapy.

Cooter from the Dukes of Hazzard got elected to Congress.

After he made it big, Andy Kaufman kept his job as a busboy in a Los Angeles restaurant. When people said he looked like Andy Kaufman, his reply was "I get that all the time..."

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The guy who played Skull in Power Rangers (Bulk's slimmer, dimwitted sidekick) is now a university professor (he teaches an acting or film-related subject)

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Natalie Wood who knew how fickle the public and entertainment industry can be, became so adept at professional make-up by the time she was a young adult at Warner Brothers that everyone told her she could fall back on it and become a make up artist at the studio should her star wane.

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Jean Parker, actress in the 1930s & 40s was an expert dressmaker and made clothes for many of her Hollywood friends.

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[quote]Pamelyn Ferdin was also the voice of Lucy in Peanuts and also became a big activist, I think for PETA..

No, the Animal Defense League. She's even been arrested! She's constantly having legal drama over her activism.

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Glenda Jackson became a respected Labour MP (and still is one)

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And the beauteous Matt Keeslar, when the jobs stopped coming, got a loan from his in-laws to go to nursing school, according to what I read on Datalounge. Anyone know whether that panned out? Surprised there were not enough gay men in the world to keep him in pictures.

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Edson Stroll, who was in several episodes of THE TWILLIGHT ZONE, and is best remembered for playing 'Virgil' one of McHale's NAVY later got into real estate and after some schooling became qualified as a marine surveyor, often appearing as witness in marine court cases.

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Judy Lewis who was the illegitimate daughter of Clark Gable & Loretta Young and had a minor career in film & tv, that is compared to her parents later became a therapist.

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Jamie Walters who was on Beverly Hills 90210 and the short lived The Heights, became an EMT and later a firefighter in L.A.

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Dan Aykroyd is now a winemaker and vodka maker. Does that count as a real world career?

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[quote] And the beauteous Matt Keeslar, when the jobs stopped coming, got a loan from his in-laws to go to nursing school, according to what I read on Datalounge. Anyone know whether that panned out? Surprised there were not enough gay men in the world to keep him in pictures.

It did pan out. DLers found an essay he wrote for the college he attended.

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Character actor Edgar Buchanan (Uncle Joe from Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, etc.) and his wife were both dentists. He would help out in her office when acting work was slow.

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Jake Gyllenhaal left acting due to a lack of audience interest and now is a successful roadie with the truly atrocious britshit band Mumford and Sons.

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Lauren Tewes, who played Julie on The Love Boat, now works as a caterer and cheese steward at a Seattle grocery store.

by anonymousreply 8905/21/2014

I hope Ryan Reynolds has a second career in mind after his disasterous showing at Cannes. Think small, Ryan.

by anonymousreply 9005/21/2014

R47 Bobby was also a pretty decent fuck.

by anonymousreply 9105/21/2014

R93, that's Your Catering Director and Cheese Steward.

by anonymousreply 9205/21/2014

Fuck...I OWN this thread

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Bruce Boxleitner and Jonathan Frakes write sci-fi fiction novels.

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I'm 43, and reasonably well versed in pop culture, yet I've not heard of 75% of these people you are talking about.

Carry on...

by anonymousreply 9505/21/2014

Edson Stroll R84, appeared shirtless in most of the episodes when he was in "McHale's Navy."

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Joyce DeWitt

Oh, wait . . .

by anonymousreply 9705/21/2014

Sharon Tate

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Adrienne Barbeau has co-authored a couple of vampire novels.

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[quote]Dolores Hart from "Where The Boys Are" and an Elvis movie became a nun and a Mother Superior and whatever is higher than a Mother Superior...(I think)

The only thing higher than Mother Superior is MARY!

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Lara Jill Miller who played one of the daughters on Gimme A Break graduated from law school and worked as a prosecutor for awhile. She still does voice work for cartoons.

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[quote]I'm 43, and reasonably well versed in pop culture, yet I've not heard of 75% of these people you are talking about.

That's certainly to be expected. Not really making it as an actor is almost mandatory (Princess Grace being an exception) to have wandered off and started a second career.

by anonymousreply 10205/21/2014

Re: Dolores Hart - The Celeste Holm, Loretta Young film "Come to the Stable" tells about the founding of the abbey where she's the Mother Superior. The opening scene of that old b&w film features Elsa Lanchester as an eccentric artist. It's really funny. Watch for it on TV during the Christmas season.

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Dolores Hart is TCM's guest programmer on May 27. She has chosen "Lisa," "Laura," "The Song of Bernadette" and "The Rose Tattoo." See link for a picture of her in her habit.

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Peter Weller, the original Robo-Cop and under rated dramatic actor, has degrees in art history and lectures.

He's also a director and still does occasional acting gigs.

He was hot as hell back in the day--a classier, saner, clean-skinned James Woods.

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R63, Wayne Rogers played Trapper John in the M*A*S*H tv series. The character of B.J. Hunnicutt, played by Mike Farrell, was introduced after Wayne Rogers left the show.

Lyle Waggoner started the company Star Waggons which provides film set trailers for on location use.

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Brian May of Queen finished his PhD in Astrophysics and has lectured on the topic I believe.

Wendy Kilbourne was was an actress in the 80s (she was in North and South) became an attorney in LA.

by anonymousreply 10705/21/2014

Bobby Sherman had perky little tits

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[quote] And the beauteous Matt Keeslar, when the jobs stopped coming, got a loan from his in-laws to go to nursing school, according to what I read on Datalounge. Anyone know whether that panned out?

Someone posted on another thread he transferred to a liberal arts college (Pomona?) and graduated this month a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

by anonymousreply 10905/21/2014

The comic classical pianist Victor Borge was one of the first breeders and commercial importers to the USA of Cornish game hens.

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TV's Davy Crockett, Fess Parker became a commercial wine-maker.

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i thought he died at the Alamo.

by anonymousreply 11205/21/2014

Fess Parker died in 2010 in Santa Ynez, Calif., not the Alamo.

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Lauren Chapin, who played the youngest girl on "Father Knows Best", became a $5 coke whore.

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[quote]Lauren Chapin, who played the youngest girl on "Father Knows Best", became a $5 coke whore.

So sad. Is she still alive?

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Aspiring actor Robert Osborne gave up acting and being an actor to talk about actors and acting on TCM.

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Matt Keeslar graduated from Reed College according to the other thread. Reed being super-selective and obscenely expensive, he must've gotten great grades and financial aid -- supposedly he had to start out at community college because he couldn't even afford Portland State.

by anonymousreply 11705/21/2014

I know there still remains anxiety over the topic but, when it comes to the daytime soaps, those who left the acting business should very much be included in this thread. Some left before they were 50. And the cancellation of numerous long-running series, in recent years, and what happened with some of these shows' cast members (ones who aren't currently seen on other series), enhances the interest in this topic.

by anonymousreply 11805/21/2014

R116 didn't get it.

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Krista Errickson from Little Darlings and Hello Larry became a journalist in Italy and helped negotiate the release of a hostage from the Taliban.

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Stephen Shortridge, who replaced John Travolta on "Welcome Back Kotter" and did a ton of guest work on 70s and 80s TV, left acting to work on his art full time.

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Muffy Mooseknuckle from "Special Kiddds" and "Fekn Dumb Tit Special Kiddds", now hobnobs with the social elite in Beverly Hills.

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Fred Grandy, Gopher from "Love Boat," was elected to Congress.

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I've read that Haviland Morris, who was terrifically funny in 16 Candles and Gremlins 2, left the business to work in real estate in NYC. However, she has lots of recent credits on imdb, so maybe it was a temporary move.

by anonymousreply 12405/22/2014

R118 Lauren Chapin is still alive and she got her act together years ago and later had two kids. E! True Hollywood Story profiled her in the late 90s or early 2000s.

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[quote]Lyle Waggoner started the company Star Waggons which provides film set trailers for on location use.

What's the story with that? Did he have something on a studio head or something? He has a lock on it, and it seems like a very profitable business, one that in a normal situation would have 100 competitors.

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