Making it big as a Hollywood star sounds like a dream come true, but for some celebs, fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. See who left Hollywood to lead a “normal” life away from the spotlight. Check out the lawyers, teachers, ministers and even farmers who once graced the big screen.
Tony Danza got his start as a professional boxer before starring in sitcoms such as Taxi, Who’s the Boss and The Tony Danza Show, as well as several films. He later went on to become an English teacher at Northeast High School in Philadelphia, eventually writing a book about his experiences: I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High.
Sean Connery defined his career as well as a legendary action hero when he played British secret agent 007, James Bond. He’s still considered by many to be the definitive Bond, while going on to a fruitful career earning every major acting award and even being knighted. With all these accomplishments under his belt, Connery decided to retire, describing the carefree lifestyle as “too much damn fun.”
As a teen, Amanda Bynes kept busy with her own Nickelodeon show and starring roles in films like What A Girl Wants, Hairspray and She’s the Man. Perhaps inspired by her movie costumes, she enrolled in California’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising to study fashion design.