It’s tough to define what makes someone a celebrity. From famous A-listers in Hollywood to your regular waitress at the local diner, there are many definitions. Being in the limelight for years in the past doesn’t guarantee that your celebrity status remains at the top of the industry.
Some people have a rough time coming to terms with their fading fame. After being such a big name, it’s not an easy transition back from A-lister life. So here’s a list of people who need to recognize they just aren’t as famous as they used to be.
By including Pratt’s name on our list, we’ve made sure that he’ll see it during his daily internet search of himself. Montag and Pratt got their start on “The Hills” and tried to stay in the public eye ever since.
They’ve bounced as a duo from one vapid reality show to the next, all of them failures. Both of them have appeared on “I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here” shows, which is testing the definition of who gets to call themselves a celebrity. One day, this couple’s “celebrity” status will finally fade.
Jaden Smith has a single claim to fame: his dad is Will Smith. He was adorable in “The Pursuit of Happyness,” did a fine job in the 2010 remake of “Karate Kid,” and his 2013 sci-fi film “After Earth” failed miserably. Other than those roles, he hasn’t really done anything.
His little sister’s song “Whip My Hair” made her the most famous Smith child. But, whether it’s illegal drugs, the church of Scientology conducting its dark business, or something else entirely, Smith hardly even reached celebrity status before returning to reality.
In the late ’90s, early 2000s, we fell in love with Reid due to her roles in “The Big Lebowski” and “American Pie,” but we really got to know her when she was on “Wild On!” It went on to be renamed “Taradise,” and that’s when things began to fall apart.
Her promising career took a nosedive after she partied way too much. Recently, she’s been in several smaller projects, but in appearances that don’t get press attention. She’s continuing to act, but it’s unlikely she’ll make a comeback to get her back on top.
This singer is most known for “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” her huge holiday hit. Nowadays, people hardly know her. People are already beginning to dread listening to her seasonal song – not because they hate the holiday, but because they dislike the song.
Her diva attitude was profitable during the 2000s but has become tacky. After a 2016 New Year’s Eve lip-sync, people are more likely than ever to insult her voice than listen. She criticized Nicki Minaj’s voice during “American Idol,” which didn’t help her case.
While pop stars have the potential to become international stars, they can encounter trouble crossing the pond, regardless of where they began. Rita Ora is a prime example. She was hugely successful in Europe but basically ended up as a one-hit-wonder.
Even her recording label dropped her as an artist. Her attempts at staying relevant have brought her to judging TV shows like “America’s Next Top Model” and “X Factor UK.” However, viewers question what qualifications she has to judge others. As a result, she’s barely staying in the spotlight.
He started as a rapper, but most of us recognize him as one of Kylie Jenner’s too-old-for-her ex-boyfriends, even though they assert they didn’t date. Nevertheless, his song “Rack City” brought him lots of attention, almost as much as when they found out he was seeing Kylie while she was under 18 years old.
Tyga is still making music, for what audience is anyone’s guess. It’s tough to consider the music he’s already released as a full-fledged career. He’s periodically seen with Kylie, a paparazzi queen, and we can only imagine that he assumes they’re there for him.
Somebody with loads of talent doesn’t always end up famous. Lea Michele can’t seem to let her fame go, even though “Glee” has been over for quite some time. She booked another project, “Scream Queens,” and began releasing her own music. But nothing she’s made has had a significant impact.
She’s still doing red carpets, desperately wanting to be photographed. Her big break was on Broadway, and she still has a stellar voice, but she may not realize nobody cares until she starts doing Broadway shows again. But at least leave the people wanting more.
50 Cent’s rapping career made him a 2000s star, hitting the top of the charts on a regular basis. But that fame went away when he ventured away from music. He tried to start several other businesses, but essentially all of them never took off.
He found considerable success by investing in Vitaminwater, but with a lack of new music and several failed acting gigs, he’s slowly but surely fading into the background. The music that he put out still bumps just as hard as it used to, but he’s not making any other moves.
It’s a rarity for an A-list actor to resign from Hollywood, but Cameron Diaz did it right under everyone’s noses. Granted, she hasn’t been in a new film since “Charlie’s Angel’s,” “In Her Shoes,” “There’s Something About Mary,” and one of the best holiday romantic comedies, “The Holiday.”
It appears that Cameron Diaz just got tired of her years of hard work onscreen and has since settled down with her husband Benji Madden, from Good Charlotte, and their daughter. In fact, she hasn’t appeared in a new project on our screens since 2014, drastically lowering her celebrity status.
Typically, celebrities are famous because they genuinely want to accomplish things with their lives. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the case for actress and model Tyra Banks. Despite being a successful, international supermodel, her most notable film was 2000’s “Life-Size.”
She was the main judge on “America’s Next Top Model.” Banks has recently become a host of “Dancing with the Stars,” which is suiting since the best that show can get to appear on air is D-list celebs (besides Green Bay Packer Super Bowl champion Donald Driver).
She was known as the down-to-earth blue-collar mom from her show “Roseanne,” along with a star-studded cast. But after a questionable ninth season where Dan Conner died, and the entire plot was a story written by the character of Roseanne, the show ended.
A sequel was released in 2018, but that same year Roseanne said controversial comments about the ethnicity of a government official. As a result, the second season of the sequel got canceled, and the show was reworked with Roseanne written out. Since then, we haven’t heard from her.
Lohan became a movie star with the 1998 remake of “The Parent Trap,” but she began on the soap opera “Another World.” She’d continue to star in films like “Freaky Friday” and “Mean Girls,” which made her a household name, but her reputation ruined it all for her.
Rumors about her on-set behavior, stealing, and her substance abuse issues saw her level of celebrity fall quickly. She became like a box-office curse, and producers avoided her. Finally, she attempted a comeback with “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club” but was canceled after one season.
Jennifer Aniston became famous because she played Rachel on the mega-hit show “Friends” and because of how she thought that role alone would be enough to make her a celebrity for the rest of her life. The show is one of the most popular selections on Netflix worldwide.
She tried other acting projects and dating famous people, but neither of those pursuits left her with much success. Her latest project, the TV show “The Morning Show,” is getting pretty good reviews, but viewers seem to be tuning in to see Aniston, not the show’s plot.
In the ’90s and early 2000s, everyone watched “The Amanda Show” to have Bynes make them laugh. Her show was a successful spin-off of “All That” and brought her even more attention, but it wasn’t long-lasting. Amanda faded from TV after the shows’ cancellations.
She jumped into film projects like “What a Girl Wants,” “She’s the Man,” “Hairspray,” and “Easy A,” her last movie. She had a public breakdown in 2013 and delayed a 2018 comeback. She’s been going through a lot of personal changes, including some facial tattoos.
Hulkamania was iconic – it was a driving force of pop culture in the ’80s. But after films that starred the wrestler, reality TV shows that showcased a sketchy family, and a shocking tape, this high-energy persona ran out of gas.
Hogan won a lawsuit against the tabloid that posted the tape, but that’s been the only update in the past decade. These days, the only Hulk that people think about is green and a part of the Avengers. So even though he sometimes does appearances at WWE events, Hogan’s time in the spotlight is long overdue.
Britney became an international sensation overnight when she released her single “…Baby One More Time.” She skyrocketed to stardom with her schoolgirl persona and scandalous music videos and kept things captivating with albums, one after another.
It came to a dramatic halt with a 55-hour marriage, public divorce, numerous public breakdowns, checking in and out of mental health facilities, hitting paparazzi with an umbrella, and accidentally setting two buildings on fire by knocking over candles. Combine it all, and we’re left with a tragic spiral.
Once the most prominent name – and physical body – in the NBA, Shaq retired from basketball in 2011 after a long and successful career. Known for his league domination alongside Kobe Bryant, his fans were sad worldwide, but this colossal star didn’t disappear.
He landed roles in a couple of films like “Kazaam” and “Steel,” which sadly flopped. These days, he’s working on a couple of small TV series. He is also an analyst for “Inside the NBA,” where he has a fun time talking about basketball with other former athletes.
Banks signed her initial contract at age seventeen. She reminded people of Missy Elliot, but she’s done little for the music industry and instead put her talents towards feuds. Her feuds include fights with Elon Musk, Iggy Azalea, Lady Gaga, Russell Crowe, and Zayn Malik!
Feuds are one thing, but how’s her music? She’s releasing plenty of songs, but good luck knowing any of them unless you follow her on social media. And even that’s not easy as Banks has been banned from using Twitter, arrested by the police, and lost almost all of her endorsements.
Most people will only remember her as Lizzie McGuire or Sam from “A Cinderella Story,” and that’s because she hasn’t been in that many projects. She also got married a few times and has cute children, so good for her, but that doesn’t add up to continued fame.
She makes scarce appearances at industry parties or red carpets, but she’s prioritizing being a mom, which is the most important job she’s had so far, according to her. And if Hilary has realized her peak has passed, that means she can move onto other things.
“Famous” might not be the most fitting word in this case. “Infamous” is a bit more of an accurate adjective for our girl Snooki. Snooki became a breakout star thanks to the often criticized and huge MTV hit show, “Jersey Shore.”
She has since gotten rid of her iconic hair, and she signed on for other reality TV jobs, interviews, and the show “How Far is Tattoo Far?” which viewers watched with a gruesome fascination. So we’re just kind of waiting for her to get the memo and bow out gracefully.
He made it to the big times with international film hits like “Grease,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Saturday Night Fever,” but Travolta’s star has since fallen. An obvious beginning of his fall out of celebrity status started when he introduced “Adele Dazeem” instead of Idina Menzel (the famous singer and voice of Elsa in “Frozen”) at the 2014 Oscars.
He then photobombed several female actresses, such as Scarlett Johanssen, and though he’ll continue to get offers for roles, the world is no longer sick from Travolta fever. There’s always an up-and-coming actor or actress to bring the heat.
Iggy broke onto the scene with her hit song “Fancy” and peaked in the early 2010s with other catchy tunes and flashy music videos. However, while following a similar path as Nicki Minaj, her career quickly took a nosedive because there were too many oversexualized rap-pop stars, like Minaj.
Critics did not hold back with attacks about her below-average rapping skills, as well as being accused of cultural appropriation. She dropped off the face of the earth after her debut album in 2014. She released her second album, “In My Defense,” in 2019, but nobody paid much attention to it.
A professional publicist, Jonathan Cheban became known for being Kim Kardashian’s best friend. He was always with her, fly on every trip with her, and basically lived with her. His appearances on “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” got him into more paparazzi pictures than actual celebrities.
But Cheban isn’t a celebrity, so why does he continue to try and say he’s famous? He comes to red carpet events regularly, and it’s kind of strange to keep seeing him there. It seems pretty clear that he would not be considered famous without his connection to the Kardashian family.
He continues to act, but Nicholas Cage has cemented himself as a meme king. He’s starred in over 100 films since “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” his 1982 film debut. His classic movies like “National Treasure” and “Face/Off” helped define him as a skilled actor.
His past twenty years’ worth of projects has been unimpressive. It’s been plagued with bizarre and self-destructive behaviors. His films might not have as many viewers as they used to, but plenty of people still recognize who he is and his name, especially from his memes.
At nineteen years old, Milian signed a recording deal with Def Jam records. She put out a few popular songs with “Dip It Low” and “AM to PM.” Her success on the music charts led her to dip her toe into the world of movies like “Be Cool,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” and “Pulse.”
Shortly after that, her career slowed to a stop, and she chose the classic path celebrities take to attempt a comeback: reality television! Her show, “Christina Milian: Turned Up,” also starred her mom and siblings. As a result, her career got a slight jolt, but nothing long-lasting.
Paris Hilton is one of those names that everyone seems to know from a decade ago, but you put your finger on why. As a socialite and star of an adult movie, this beauty shot to “stardom” and was on “The Simple Life,” a reality TV show she did with Nicole Richie.
The Kardashian-Jenner family quickly overshadowed her pop culture relevance. She continues to grow her brand but has had a noticeably smaller presence in the industry. Instead, she’s an international DJ and released a documentary about her life off-camera and away from the persona she built.
Wilson has continued acting, and he has had some decent films in the past few years, but much of his work has gone overlooked. His earlier work like “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “Wedding Crashers” got him lots of attention, but chances are you haven’t watched a recent Wilson film.
Or you went to a movie without realizing it starred Wilson. He’s got talent but has trouble landing acting roles that let him shine in what he does best. Wilson seems like he’s taking a back seat with new actors always coming into the industry looking for their big break.
King is renowned for his fantasy and horror novels, and many of them still command readers’ attention. He “retired” in 2013 but continues to write books at around the same pace as his peak. However, some readers felt the issues with his writing were becoming more frequent.
It’s evident to his readers that he’s struggling to branch out from his established format. Many of his later works read more like parodies of his early books, and they haven’t received the same type of attention. Most people these days know him as an old grump on Twitter.
Heigl, a former “Grey’s Anatomy” star, was known for her diva attitude. She won Best Supporting Actress for Drama award in 2007 but turned down the nomination in 2008 because she felt her role wasn’t worthy. The “Grey’s Anatomy” crew, creators, and cast grew tired of her behavior, and she was written off the show.
There were several reports about her hostile conduct on set, which have made her an actress to avoid when trying to cast a new project. Unfortunately, this means that Heigl’s odds of returning to her previous level of fame are not looking good for the actress.
In the ’90s and early 2000s, the name Tony Hawk and skateboarding were essentially the same thing. Due to his engaging video games, the “Birdman” captivated audiences with his unbelievable tricks. However, these days, people only recognize him for having the same name as the skateboarding guy (via his Twitter account).
The stories are hilarious, but this athlete and skateboarding pioneer is comfortable letting younger skaters show themselves. There are not so many reasons to try and remain relevant if you’re Tony Hawk. You understand that you were once the greatest to skate.
Thanks to the “Twilight” phenomenon, Kristen Stewart became an A-lister. However, people were quick to criticize both the franchise and Stewart herself. She cheated on former costar and then-boyfriend Robert Pattinson with film director Rupert Sanders, which shattered people’s perceptions of her.
Since “Twilight,” Stewart has starred in several movies, including “Charlie’s Angels,” “Happiest Season,” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.” We won’t be that surprised if you haven’t seen any of these movies since they didn’t have much success. Her claim to fame is still playing Bella Swan.
For those who aren’t well versed in the behind-the-scenes drama that comes from-competitive figure skating, Tonya Harding became well-known because there was the assumption that she paid someone to break the leg of Nancy Kerrigan, another figure skater, shortly before the 1994 Winter Olympics.
The film “I, Tonya,” starring Margot Robbie, opened the doors for Harding to be hired for spots in insurance commercials, though the real question is who don’t they hire for those ads? Since it’s been over 20 years since the controversy, Harding has faded into the background.
She got famous for being Paris Hilton’s friend and for a leaked bedroom video. But Kim was able to take advantage of the attention and build an actual business empire. From her family’s reality TV show to building multiple businesses, Kim has led the way for many opportunities for her siblings.
Nowadays, she’s raising her children and becoming a lawyer in California, focusing on prison reform. While she still periodically shows up in tabloids, for the most part, she seems to be taking a step back from that lifestyle to focus on her career and family.
While most people knew her back in the days of winning Olympic gold medals, Caitlyn was brought back into the celebrity world. It seems like the Kardashians have the ability to put celebrity status on those close to them, whether it’s wanted or not.
Since coming out as trans and going through her transition, she put out “I Am Cait,” a failed reality TV show. Caitlyn also had a questionable statement that forever affected any future relevancy, saying that she wasn’t in support of gay marriage back in 2015 while on the Ellen Show.
As an actor, chef, reality TV personality, singer, and songwriter, Ray J can do many things, but none particularly well. People know his name because he was in the leaked X-rated tape with Kim K. He thought that the “fame” he got from that had merit to it.
He released a single inspired by the tape (“I Hit it First”), which might be the most disrespectful thing we’ve ever dug up. He appeared on many reality TV series, like “Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood,” and was still unable to expand his fanbase significantly.
A breakout star from DisneyChannel’s “Even Stevens” and the movie “Holes,” Shia LaBeouf will forever be remembered as the “Just Do It” guy. Unfortunately, after winning a Daytime Emmy Award in 2003, LaBeouf’s career has been one average movie after another, with occasional offscreen breakdowns.
He had a comeback with the “Transformers” franchise, but the special effects and Megan Fox overshadowed him. He continues to pop up every so often, and he can still deliver powerful performances, but his outbursts and offscreen controversies have affected his Hollywood standing.
When you think about it, was being on “Jersey Shore” enough for The Situation” to become famous? What did he do besides gym, tan, laundry? Everybody from “Jersey Shore” got their five minutes of fame, but most have gone on to slightly better ventures.
His famous trademark was showing off his impressive six-pack, but his other projects have failed. He tried being a stand-up comedian, but it didn’t work out. He was charged with tax evasion, and he’s playing himself on reality TV, but viewers are getting exhausted from the whole situation.
In the NBA, Perkins was the tough defender with massive physical presence and skills to scare opponents. At the same time, he was essentially a praised role player, with stats that didn’t really amount to anything. He just happened to be on a skilled Boston Celtics team playing for a championship.
Now he shares his opinions left and right. As a result, he’s facing off against others, negating himself, and backing ideas out of nowhere. He’s even begun to rub long-time fans from when he was playing in the NBA the wrong way.
Wow, remember this man? He faded so quickly. His hit song “Thrift Shop” filled his pockets with much more than $20, and his follow-up song “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ryan Lewis, added to his celebrity status, but his debut album was as high as he’d go.
His collaboration with Lewis ended in 2017, and so did Macklemore’s A-list label. He has fallen semi off the grid, and it will be tough to regain all of his former popularity. But the money he earned from his hit song should be plenty to survive on.
Aubrey O’Day was part of the group Danity Kane and appeared on TV’s “Making The Band.” Unfortunately, Danity Kane broke up after several hits, and O’Day ended up bopping around Hollywood before eventually fading out completely, but not before some last-ditch efforts.
She shot a reality show about her career, which was, by all accounts, unsuccessful. O’Day and ex-Danity Kane member Shannon Bex have since gone on to create a duo. They have released several singles that were met with little support from their small number of fans.
Once referred to as the Goddess of Pop, Cher is a music icon. Since the’60s, this woman has been releasing music, at the beginning with her then-husband, Sonny Bono. But since the ’90s, when people realized only having one name wasn’t a personality trait, she’s become less well-known.
Most recently, she appeared for a scene in “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!” but beyond that, her slight odd presence on social media has made her less of an A-list celebrity and more of a commodity. As a result, her relevancy among celebrities these days is fading steadily.
Born Brian Gerard Kaelin, Kato came from BruceLee’scharacter’s name from the TV show “The Green Hornet.” His rise to fame occurred when he was a witness in the infamous OJ Simpson case. At one point, 75% of Americans could recognize Kato while only 25% recognized Al Gore, the Vice President at the time.
His films were average at best if they were remembered in the first place, and his countless pursuits of TV fame have gone nowhere. He’s had several chances on reality television, but every single one of them comes to a quick end and without much interest.
Madonna was known as The Queen of Pop because she really ruled over the music industry in her heyday. Every song she released captivated audiences, and you can still hear them on the radio in semi-regular rotation. But after the whole 2015 Grammy Awards incident, she’s taken a large backslide.
During her performance, it was clear she was trying to appeal to a younger audience. Unfortunately, it didn’t work in her favor and only hurt her efforts to remain at the forefront of pop culture. People will always know her music but only as throwbacks, no longer as relevant.
The Juice was once best-known for his college and professional football careers, but the trial overshadowed that. The murder trial had everyone’s attention, even after he was acquitted. However, he was no longer allowed to live in California due to other convictions, so he now lives in Las Vegas.
There’s a Kardashian connection here, too, as Rob Kardashian (the family’s patriarch) was one of Simpson’s lawyers for the big trial. But besides the trial and any movies/TV series that talk about it, Simpson is hardly ever talked about these days.
Few songs came onto the charts the way that Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart” did in the’90s. Then, he starred alongside his daughter, Miley Cyrus, on the Disney show “Hannah Montana,” which shot her to stardom and introduced him to a younger generation.
While Miley was swinging on a wrecking ball or doing whatever she could to separate herself from her Hannah Montana image, Billy Ray shifted from his own star power to Miley’s dad. He was featured on Lil NasX’s “Old Town Road” in 2019, but that residual fame didn’t last.
Linsanity was a basketball movement everyone was talking about while Lin played in the NBA. He gave 110% in every game he played with every team he played on. He was one of the uplifting stories to follow while he was playing, and fans everywhere tuned in to support him.
He inspired Asians and Asian-Americans to play basketball, but he went away just as quickly. He now plays in the CBA, the Continental Basketball League, and he’s been complaining about his lack of chances, alleging that the NBA dropped him from the league.
Sheen was the sassy star of the sitcom “Two and a Half Men” after starring in many movies in the’80s and’90s. Then came his romantic relationship with a porn star, his viral interview when he said he was full of tiger blood, or his use of degrading language towards his boss.
After that, he lost his role on the show and much of his fanbase. He hasn’t been part of many successful projects since. Minus when he shared that he is living with HIV. An unfortunate return to the limelight, though many still haven’t heard the news.
Perry’s films brought Black filmmaking to a new level of widespread success, primarily due to the “Madea” movies. While disliked by critics, they are beloved by the fans who are loyal to the characters. However, numerous spin-offs and failed films have proven to be overwhelming for this director.
In 2019, Perry announced that he was retiring the Madea character. He suggested that she may return one day, but presently, this director is beginning to fade into the background of the public consciousness, and he doesn’t want to bring her down with him.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen became celebrities very early, appearing in the sitcom “Full House,” both playing Michelle Tanner. They were so popular they created their own production group that produced dozens of movies that they starred in.
As time went on, they lost interest in acting, and they made moves to leave the industry. They also refused to appear in the revival show “Fuller House,” disappointing fans of the original. They have since become largely irrelevant, but their little sister Elizabeth represents the family in the spotlight now.
Jim Carrey still has celebrity standing, though he’s a whisper of his former status when analyzed against his “Dumb and Dumber” days. Something that has taken his celebrity status down a peg or two is his affinity for political cartoons on Twitter. His agent warned him that he’d be jeopardizing half of his fanbase.
Carrey, not one to follow the rules, continued anyway. At the peak of his fame, Carrey moved away from comedic roles and towards more dramatic projects like “The Truman Show.” Most of his fans would have preferred he stuck with the zany shenanigans instead.
LeAnn Rimes used to be the most famous country artist. Getting her start at 16, her fame took off with her first album “Blue.” She became so popular that Hollywood hired her. She recorded songs for two blockbuster movies. But a risky career move threatened her fame.
She appeared in a Lifetime movie and became enamored with the lead actor. Unfortunately, they were both already married to other people. She spent many years facing the public’s opinions on social media.LeAnn’s still releasing music, but not as many people are listening to it.
Arsenio Hall was a prominent Hollywood star for years. His late-night talk show was a huge success. He was such an A-lister that SinéadO’Conner suggested that he kept his friend Prince high on drugs. She extended an apology after Arsenio sued her for $5 million.
After a while, he fell off the radar. Today he is trying to crawl his way back, all these years later, starring again as EddieMurphy’s right-hand man in the follow-up to “Coming to America,” cleverly named “Coming 2 America.”
Justine Bateman shot to super fame while playing Mallory Keaton on “Family Ties.” She was the sister of Michael J.Fox’s character Alex, also a life-changing role for him. They starred in that’80s show which helped to define the decade.
NowadaysBateman’s a mother and UCLA graduate with a pilot license, which is great to hear since she alleged that Paramountwouldn’t let her study at college as a teen actor. She’s still in the industry, but we don’t hear much about her these days.
Jason Bateman, JustineBateman’s brother, was a Hollywood dreamboat as a teen. The siblings were notable Hollywood celebs. Jason appeared in “The Hogan Family” and “Silver Spoons,” two top-rated series, playing the anti-authority “bad boy” character.
He won a lot of young hearts that way. Now, with the end of “Arrested Development,” we don’t hear much from Bateman. He appeared in a string of rom-coms, but none that compared to the success of his earlier work. Like several teen stars, he dealt with substance abuse.
Vanilla Ice released his rap song “Ice Ice Baby” in 1983 when he was still a teenager. The sound was very intoxicating and annoyingly catchy. The one-hit-wonder really went out with a bang. It was the first hip-hop song to get to the No. 1 spot on the pop charts.
The song’s central riff was easily recognizable as the chord progressions from Queen and DavidBowie’s hit song from the ’80s, “Under Pressure.” Freddie Mercury laughed when he heard it for the first time, thinking it was initially his song.
Cute child actors always start off strong and tend to drift away from the business. However, this young blonde actor built a fanbase from his role in “The Champ” (1979). The success of that role landed him his own popular TV series, “Silver Spoons,” playing Ricky Stratton.
After that, Schroeder essentially vanished, having struggled to try to break out of the cute child actor persona after “Silver Spoons” ended. Then, in 2020, Schroeder resurfaced only because he helped raise money for a 17-year-old who murdered two people at a Wisconsin protest.
Jennifer Love Hewitt is still working these days. She starred in “Party of Five” and “Ghost Whisperer.” Most recently, she had a recurring role on “Criminal Minds,” but no project within the last ten years has even begun to compare with the success of her earlier work.
Her big rise to fame was when Love Hewitt starred in one of the era’s classic high school rom-com movies, “Can’t Hardly Wait.” Back in the day, the actress dated Carson Daly and Enrique Iglesias. But since then, she hasn’t really been heard from.
Leader of the Brat Pack, Molly Ringwald, was the epitome of fame during the’80s, only comparable to another star like Bruce Willis. If only she had stayed as relevant a celebrity as the star of “Die Hard” did! Ringwald consciously chose to step away from the spotlight.
The ’80s film star experienced a degrading incident during an audition, which resulted in firing her agent. After years of stagnancy, she resurfaced in projects like “Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “Riverdale,” and a Netflix movie series; however, now she was hired to play the mom rather than the leading role.
Tom Cruise was last considered the “Sexiest Man Alive” back in 1990. After his “Risky Business” role, he rose to the top, brought on by his popularity in’80s films like “The Outsiders,” but his celebrity standing has taken a harsh step back these days.
After several failed marriages, that chaotic Oprah interview, and his love of Scientology, he has never returned to that A-list status he once held. Yes, he was the face of the uber-popular “Mission Impossible” franchise, but then again, that simmered out in 2018.
Even before his long run as Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp was an acting force. The classic film “Edward Scissorhands” followed his’80s success in “21 Jump Street,” the TV series that made him a teen star. Depp was the definition of unattainably cool in Hollywood.
These days, he’s been in the “Alice in Wonderland” remakes, but they didn’t hold a candle to the success he found in his early work. Most of the time, we hear about him in the tabloids for the back-and-forth drama between him and his ex-wife’s court cases.
Similar to Molly Ringwald’s reign over the’80s, Winona Ryder was the ’90s go-to actress. She appeared in numerous box office successes like “Edward Scissorhands,” “Beetlejuice,” “Reality Bites,” and BramStoker’s “Dracula.” Many of her most successful projects came from her partnership with Tim Burton.
With the start of the 21st-century cameWinona’s fall from the A-list. She just didn’t seem to book popular projects like she used to. As a result, many hadn’t heard from her in years before she reemerged in one of Netflix’s most successful original series, “Stranger Things,” as Will’s mom.
Sigourney Weaver starred in some well-known movie franchises like “Alien” and “Ghostbusters.” The popularity of “Ghostbusters” in the’80s was extreme. There was enormous hype surrounding the film across the globe, and movie merch was sold just about everywhere.
Weaver’s past roles made her a cultural icon, but that doesn’t mean she remained as relevant as she once was. She starred in Disney’s “Holes,” but younger audiences might only recognize her from her iconic older roles. So she’s set to return to her roots and reprise her infamous roles in remakes like “Ghostbusters Afterlife.”
Eddie Murphy was at the top of his game in the’80s, cementing himself as one of the most iconic comedians of that era. His weekly SNL sketches were the hilarious parts of the show. In addition, he did films like “Coming to America” and “Trading Places,” which became comedy classics.
In the early 2000s, he was knocked down a peg or two due to poor movie performances. However, he did find great success by voicing Donkey in the “Shrek” franchise. That’s the role that younger generations know him for unless they check out his latest sequel, “Coming 2 America.”
Ellen DeGeneres was the face of compassion and bringing adorable children on TV. Or she used to be. But, after a scandal claiming that her show was a toxic work environment came to light in summer 2020, her world was turned upside down, and everything changed.
She tried to laugh the controversy off, suggesting not to go with a brand as daunting as the “be kind” lady. Instead, her employees began speaking out about harmful work culture, and even accusations of inappropriate office behavior indicated a drop in A-list celebrity guests, ratings, and sponsorships.
If you want to begin to understand the span of Michael Jordan’s fame, “The Last Dance,” a 2020 docuseries about his invincible days with the Chicago Bulls, is a must-watch. There’s no doubt that he changed the sports world forever, but he’s become more of a legend in the last decade rather than a relevant A-lister.
Jordan is the richest athlete on Earth and, arguably, the all-time best basketball player. These days he makes over $140 million annually through his various business ventures, almost double what he earned when he was on the Bulls.
“Can’t touch this!” What was that? If you don’t read this line in MC Hammer’s rap voice, you definitely weren’t around at the end of the ’80s. “U Can’t Touch This” was the first rap song to win in the categories Best R&B Song and Best Rap Solo Performance in 1991.
The former rap artist is still around, but his infamous baggy “Hammer pants” have since been permanently retired. He quit rapping and became a preacher in his church. He’s popular on Twitter, but he’s already seen in public, and few would be able to identify him in public.
Sean Penn’s first iconic role came from the cult classic “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” He obtained a bad boy image that he maintained off-camera when he once punched a fan and got jail time for it. But these days, his bizarre behaviors, including interviewing El Chapo, barely made the news.
The Oscar-winning actor has gone on talk shows looking entirely out of it, opening him up to harsh public criticism. He founded and runs the nonprofit CORE, which distributes aid worldwide. Penn angrily tweeted about his CORE employees who protested to “The New York Times” about working conditions.
After appearing in “The Breakfast Club” as the bad boy, one would assume Judd Nelson’s career to have blown up as some of his costars had in the ’80s stars. These films were basically soundtracks of a generation. And Nelson did go on to be a part of “St. Elmo’s Fire,” another coming-of-age movie.
John Hughes nearly fired Nelson for bothering Molly Ringwald with his wild methods of acting. Ringwald held a sweet spot with the film’s director. Nowadays, you’ll only see his name on his four books, available on Kindle, or affiliated with a Hallmark movie.
Late-night host David Letterman is no longer a legend. He was nominated for 35 Emmys during the thirty-year run of “Late Show with David Letterman.” His atypical interviewing style gave him a competitive edge over Johnny Carson while both men hosted their respective shows.
In 2014, Letterman stepped away from TV to work on himself and spend time with his family after scandals came out. His recent reemergence has him partnered with Netflix on “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman,” where he intimately interviews relevant celebrities.
After landing the part of Hans Solo, Harrison Ford was unstoppable. He headlined several movie franchises, including “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” and “Blade Runner.” And then there was the Jack Ryan character which Ford played in “Clear and Present Danger and The Fugitive.”
These franchises were so iconic that they’ve been swept up in the trend of remakes and additional sequels. He appeared in the latest installments of all of his famous franchises, most recently in 2019’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” In recent years he hasn’t been able to break out from the roles he played decades ago.
Kirk Cameron was a child actor who became an overnight sensation for his role on “Growing Pains.” He played Mike Seaver on the ABC sitcom, for which he received two Golden Globe Award nominations. He went on to marry his costar, Chelsea Noble.
In the ’90s, he made a big shift to Evangelical Christianity that affected the future projects he signed up for and led him to Evangelical broadcasting. He has most recently appeared in a 2019 episode of “Fuller House,” but besides that, most of his projects have gone under the radar.
Demi Moore appeared in “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “Ghost,” the latter being the most successful movie of 1990 and also starring Patrick Swayze. She was married to Bruce Willis from 1987-2000, and they had three daughters. Many pictured Moore as a forever A-lister.
But then came the disaster that was “GI Jane.” It was her third successive film failure. It was a big-budget project that was intended to be her comeback to the top that didn’t work out. Her latest project was the release of her memoir, “Inside Out,” chronicling her struggles with addiction.
After growing his brand in the ’80s and ’90s, Donald Trump lived a lavish lifestyle. His brand was strong, and that has all gone away. Trump was at his peak when Wall Street and the me-generation were peak popularity, and his show “Celebrity Apprentice” was on TV everywhere.
When he became President of the United States with no prior political experience, was impeached twice, and lost reelection, his brand was severely damaged. He was banned from Twitter because of his controversial statements, and people just want to move on from his four years in office.
“Seinfeld” to television was comparable to what The Beatles were to music. Everybody knew it, everyone enjoyed watching it, no matter where they were from, and Jerry was in the middle of it all. Ratings were so high they reached “ER” levels.
The show came to an end, and Seinfeld was almost too recognizable to book any other projects. These days, Seinfeld hosts a show where he drives around with friends, who are also comedians while drinking coffee and discussing various topics. He’s released a Netflix stand-up special, but nothing that rivals his ’90s fame.
The Spice Girls were more than spicy! Baby, Ginger, Posh, Scary, and Sporty Spice were red hot! The group’s first album sold 23 million copies globally. Their success led to a film, “Spice World,” which made $100 million.
Posh, Victoria Beckham, married soccer legend David Beckham. In 2007, the rest of the girl group attempted a comeback. It was met with great success, but ultimately the superstardom of the Spice Girls was not to be expanded on but stuck to sing along to their smash hit, “Wannabe.”
“ER” was the number one rated TV show during the ’90s, tied with “Seinfeld,” but did you know that fans watched to see a handsome, young George Clooney? After his time on the primetime soap opera, he delved into the dramatic actor we know, earning him two Oscars win.
Now he rakes in earning over $200 million annually due to numerous entrepreneurial endeavors. One of those endeavors is running his own tequila company. His last big headline was when he finally got married to an international law and human rights lawyer.
Lately, Janet Jackson’s 1989 album “Rhythm Nation” was marked for preservation at the Library of Congress. It serves as a reminder of her legacy in pop music. In fact, when that album was first released, her level of fame rivaled that of her brother, Michael Jackson.
The entire Jackson family was well-known due to the “Jackson Five,” but no one comes close to Michael or Janet Jackson. After a wardrobe malfunction during her 2004 Super Bowl Halftime Show performance with Justin Timberlake, she was essentially blocked from the industry.
John Stamos started out in the entertainment industry as an actor on the daytime soap opera “General Hospital.” Moving to “ER” and playing a doctor took him to the next level. Then, landing the role of Uncle Jesse on “Full House” made him a serious superstar.
In 2009, he was given a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. “Full House” came to an end in 1995 after eight seasons. A continuation series called “Fuller House” was on Netflix for five seasons before ending its run in 2020. Now, Stamos stars in “Big Shot” as a basketball coach on Disney+.
You may not know this, but Bill Clinton was an incredibly popular guy. He showed off his saxophone skills on the “Tonight Show” and hosted numerous celebrities at the White House as no other president had before him.
And like many other famous people, a public cheating scandal flipped his popularity on its head. He survived his impeachment and was still considered to be one of the more favorable presidents, but he never fully managed to bounce back. He resurfaced when his wife Hillary ran for president in 2016, but we haven’t heard much about him since then.