10 Stars Who Quit Hollywood

What Hollywood Wants...
What Hollywood Wants...
…is for What a Girl Wants star Amanda Bynes to return to acting following her last role in 2010's Easy A. Still, the promising young actress announced she would be retiring to focus on fashion. Unfortunately, the only thing she's focused on since leaving Hollywood is a police flashbulb — in 2012, Bynes was arrested for driving under the influence, and has been involved with multiple driving scuffles since. {Image Credit: Screen Gems}
Screen Gems
Cary Carries On
Cary Carries On
Though his career never went south, North By Northwest actor Cary Grant decided to leave Hollywood in 1966 in order to raise his daughter, Jennifer Grant. But he still managed to channel his creativity into a career — Grant sat on the board of directors for Fabergé after his acting days were over. And, strangely enough, following his efforts to provide his daughter with a non-Hollywood upbringing, she eventually chose a career… as an actress. {Image Credit: MGM}
MGM
Welcome to Retirement
Welcome to Retirement
It was a royal bummer when The Royal Tenenbaums star Gene Hackman decided to retire after filming 2004's Welcome to Mooseport. But we still get to enjoy Hackman's work — the actor has parlayed his talents into a career as an author, penning historical fiction novels like Escape from Andersonville and Payback at Morning Peak. First Oscar, then Pulitzer? {Image Credit: 20th Century Fox}
20th Century Fox
Gone Garbo Gone
Gone Garbo Gone
Early Hollywood matinee idol Greta Garbo mastered films both silent and talkie, scoring three Oscar nominations and the status as an industry legend. Still, Garbo wasn't immune to bad reviews, and criticism of her starring role in Two-Faced Woman was enough to lead the 36-year-old into retirement. She spent the rest of her life avoiding the industry as much as the press — Garbo did not even attend the Academy Awards to pick up her honorary Oscar in 1955. {Image Credit: MGM}
MGM
Education Improvement
Education Improvement
The face that launched a million teenage fantasies in the 1990s disappeared in 2005 after Jonathan Taylor Thomas appeared on an episode of Veronica Mars. But it wouldn't take a skilled detective to track him down — though the Home Improvement actor left Hollywood to pursue degrees at Harvard and Columbia, Thomas will be making a rare return to show business to guest star in an upcoming episode of Tim Allen's Last Man Standing. {Image Credit: ABC}
ABC
A 'Fast' Exit
A 'Fast' Exit
The bikini that launched a million teenage fantasies in the 1980s became just a distant memory in 1994, when Fast Times at Ridgemont High star Phoebe Cates decided to stop acting in order to raise her children with husband Kevin Kline. She briefly returned to the scene in 2001 for friend Jennifer Jason Leigh's The Anniversary Party, but disappeared as quickly as a bikini top soon after. {Image Credit: Universal Pictures}
Universal Pictures
Jake Ryan's Good With His Hands
Jake Ryan's Good With His Hands
No matter how many birthday wishes you've dedicated to Sixteen Candles' Michael Schoeffling, the actor formerly known as Jake Ryan will never return to Hollywood. After his initial success starring alongside Molly Ringwald in the 1984 hit, Schoeffling locked in a few more forgettable roles before leaving Hollywood to play dad to two children. Now, Schoeffling makes furniture for a living. Time to redecorate! {Image Credit: Universal Pictures}
Universal Pictures
Honey, He Shrunk His Career
Honey, He Shrunk His Career
Sorry, Ghostbusters fans. You're more likely to see the Stay Puft man than Rick Moranis in any follow-up. Moranis — who starred in hit films like Little Shop of Horrors and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids — left show business in 1997 in order to raise his children following his wife's death in 1997. And though he returned shortly in 2005 to record a comedy album, Moranis still insists a Ghostbusters 3 is not in his future. {Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures}
Walt Disney Pictures
Bond's Gone
Bond's Gone
Had original James Bond Sean Connery accepted the role of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy (he declined, citing the fact that he "didn't understand the script"), we could still be seeing the actor on our movie screens. Unfortunately, after an extraordinary career, Sean Connery announced he would leave Hollywood following his role in 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentleman. Not-so-great finish, Scot. {Image Credit: 20th Century Fox}
20th Century Fox
Poor Little Rich Woman
Poor Little Rich Woman
After cementing her place as Hollywood's biggest — and youngest — star in the 1930s, Shirley Temple never managed to achieve the fame she did as a dimpled curly top. Following a few unsuccessful attempts (like her last film, A Kiss for Corliss), Temple decided to retire. The actress attempted a run on television — with Shirley Temple's Storybook — but ended up finding the most positive press when the 84-year-old joined Twitter in 2013. {Image Credit: United Artists}
United Artists
Kate Ward is the current Executive Editor for Hollywood.com, a former editor and writer for Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, and a forever fan of pop culture. A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Ward — whose work has also appeared in Glamour magazine — loves talking about nutgrafs and hates exclamation points, despite using them on a regular basis. Specializing in reality TV, ’90s nostalgia, and bad movies, Ward is likely the oldest person to attend "American Idols LIVE!" every year with her mom.

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