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Old 03-01-2010, 05:14 PM
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Well-known actors/actresses that have retired.

So I was thinking about Rick Moranis earlier today and realized that I hadn't seen him in a movie (on-screen) for awhile.
Turns out he retired from acting back in 1997 (save for doing some voice work).

And that got me thinking of other well-known (I'm defining "well-known" as: Most people would have heard of their names, if mentioned) actors and actresses who've retired.
Didn't Paul Newman, in his last years, say he wasn't going to make any more films?
And, of course, one of the most famous examples I'd list is that of Greta Garbo. Who made movies for a decade or two and then quit it cold turkey.

Any other instances of a celebrity retiring and actually doing it?
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Old 03-01-2010, 05:26 PM
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Sean Connery retired, more or less, after League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, released in 2003.
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Old 03-01-2010, 05:26 PM
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Old 03-01-2010, 05:35 PM
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I read that Gene Hackman has said he's retired from acting. According to IMDB his last movie was about 5-6 years ago.
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Old 03-01-2010, 05:39 PM
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Gene Hackman

Edit: Was beaten.

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Old 03-01-2010, 05:42 PM
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Old 03-01-2010, 05:55 PM
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Michelle Meyrink

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10 roles between 1983 and 1988, then just retired and hasn't looked back.
Last heard from living happily in British Columbia.

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Old 03-01-2010, 06:36 PM
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James Cagney retired in 1960, but returned to do Ragtime in 1980. It took a lot of persuasion for him to take the role; he was happy on his farm.

Grace Kelly retired after her marriage and never returned to films. Her husband must have been a real prince.
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Old 03-01-2010, 06:54 PM
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Deanna Durbin retired at age 27, after a very successful 13-year career. She is still living in France, and has only given one interview in the past 60-plus years.
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Old 03-01-2010, 06:56 PM
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According to her Wikipedia page, Meg Tilly retired from acting in 1995.
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:20 PM
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Cary Grant is one of the best examples. Hs last movie was in 1966, 20 years before he died in 1986.
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:24 PM
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Clint Eastwood said Gran Torino was his last acting role but he will still direct.
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:18 PM
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Raymond Griffith was one of the great stars of the silent days, a comedian who is often ranked just below the Big Four (Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, and Langdon). He retired as soon as sound came in because of his speaking voice (he had wrecked his vocal chords while performing on stage and could not speak above a whisper). He appeared in one sound film (All Quiet on the Western Front), where he was not required to speak above a whisper, then went into producing.
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:35 PM
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I read that Gene Hackman has said he's retired from acting. According to IMDB his last movie was about 5-6 years ago.
Though, he's still doing voiceover work for ads for Lowe's.
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:45 PM
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Sean Connery retired, more or less, after League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, released in 2003.
I don't blame him. He had turned down some major parts in big films and he finally accepted the next big thing he was offered....and it was that crapola.
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:52 PM
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Doris Day has led a life of leisure since the end of her series.
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:06 PM
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Dunno how I forgot Shirley Temple Black. Retired from movies decades ago.
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:42 PM
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Harry Morgan retired in 1999; I believe he's in a nursing home.

I thought Peter Falk had retired some year ago, but was in projects as recently as last year.
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:44 PM
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:04 AM
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I thought Peter Falk had retired some year ago, but was in projects as recently as last year.
That last movie must have been filmed in 2007 or 2008, but released in 2009. According to IMDB,

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Old 03-02-2010, 12:05 AM
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Victor Mature.

Ronald Reagan. From acting, anyway.

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Old 03-02-2010, 12:59 AM
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Hasn't Arnold Schwarzenegger effectively retired from acting? His last role before becoming governor of California was "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," and except for a small role in 2004's "Around the World in 80 Days" and a cameo appearance in "The Kid and I," he hasn't appeared in a film since. And he's rumored to be considering a run for the Senate when his term as governor is ended.

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Old 03-02-2010, 02:21 AM
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:16 AM
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:43 AM
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Sarah Holcomb - not exactly well known but she was in Animal House as the mayor's daughter and the Irish girl in Caddyshack. She quit acting because she got into drugs, she decided it was the best way to get clean.
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:13 AM
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:32 AM
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:42 AM
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:43 AM
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We've been here before...

Actors who suddenly stopped acting
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:45 AM
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Double Oscar winner Luise Rainer has had decades of not making films/TV appearances, punctuated by appearing on such high quality features as "The Love Boat". She has not worked since 1997 but since she turned 100 last January, maybe she'll make another appearance a decade from now.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:54 AM
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How about Meg Tilly? She was really big in the 80s, even got an Oscar nomination for Agnes of God. IN the 90s she had only a few roles, none memorable, and she seems to have stopped working entirely in 1995.

Her sister Jennifer has had more recent success.
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:09 AM
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Wil Wheaton, child star of Stand by Me and Star Trek: The Next Generation, is now a husband, father, and author -- and has an open, well-written blog (WWdn: In Exile).
He was alos on an episode of The Big Bang Theory. True, he was "playing himself", but still, it was acting.
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:13 AM
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The last three posts in this thread were originally posted in this older thread. Since they are on the same subject, I've moved them over here and locked the other discussion.
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:54 AM
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Hasn't Arnold Schwarzenegger effectively retired from acting? His last role before becoming governor of California was "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," and except for a small role in 2004's "Around the World in 80 Days" and a cameo appearance in "The Kid and I," he hasn't appeared in a film since. And he's rumored to be considering a run for the Senate when his term as governor is ended.
He'll be back.
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:57 AM
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Ruby Keeler retired at the height of her stardom after she divorced Al Jolsen. She did appear in a few things, but pretty much stayed away from acting for 30 years.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:07 PM
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Dunno how I forgot Shirley Temple Black. Retired from movies decades ago.
I think she probably saw the writing on the wall, especially after being eclipsed by Judy Garland and the like, and decided retiring gracefully was for the best. she was a dynamite child star, but it doesn't always translate to adult roles. I met her in Prague when she was Ambassador there, but was cautioned beforehand not to bring up her film career. She apparently considers her diplomatic career to be her crowning success.

As for many of the others listed (like Meg Tilly), "retirement" often means "nobody will hire me". Tilly pops up in the poker tournaments as a perennial loser.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:15 PM
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:15 PM
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...Tilly pops up in the poker tournaments as a perennial loser.
Which Tilly are you referring to here? Jennifer has won enough to not be considered a "perennial loser."
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:18 PM
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Hasn't Arnold Schwarzenegger effectively retired from acting? His last role before becoming governor of California was "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," and except for a small role in 2004's "Around the World in 80 Days" and a cameo appearance in "The Kid and I," he hasn't appeared in a film since. And he's rumored to be considering a run for the Senate when his term as governor is ended.
He'll also appear in a cameo in this summer's The Expendables.

Personally, I don't think he's done with acting completely and will do one last big action movie after he's no longer governor.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:23 PM
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Susan Dey has apparently stopped acting.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:37 PM
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I think she probably saw the writing on the wall, especially after being eclipsed by Judy Garland and the like, and decided retiring gracefully was for the best. she was a dynamite child star, but it doesn't always translate to adult roles. I met her in Prague when she was Ambassador there, but was cautioned beforehand not to bring up her film career. She apparently considers her diplomatic career to be her crowning success.

As for many of the others listed (like Meg Tilly), "retirement" often means "nobody will hire me". Tilly pops up in the poker tournaments as a perennial loser.
Wrong Tilly. Meg's sister Jennifer is the poker player, AFAIK. And she hasn't retired from acting.

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Old 03-02-2010, 12:51 PM
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Johnny Carson—not exactly an actor, but certainly a celebrity who retired from showbiz.
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Clint Eastwood said Gran Torino was his last acting role but he will still direct.
If you're including people who retired from acting to focus on directing, how about Ron Howard?
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:55 PM
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I thought that Maggie Cheung had retired, but I noticed that she had a cameo in a film from this year listed. Also, she was supposed to be in a small role in Inglorious Basterds but got cut.
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:02 PM
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Wrong Tilly. Meg's sister Jennifer is the poker player, AFAIK. And she hasn't retired from acting.
I remember when Jennifer Tilly did one of the Celebrity Poker tournaments, and the announcers spent most of the time talking about her breasts.

Can't say i can blame them...

Come to think of it, I think Lacey Chabert was at that same table...now there's a couple women I'd let roll me under the table any day!
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:07 PM
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I remember when Jennifer Tilly did one of the Celebrity Poker tournaments, and the announcers spent most of the time talking about her breasts.
Yeah. He said, "And Jennifer Tilly wins with a big pair!"
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:39 PM
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I remember when Jennifer Tilly did one of the Celebrity Poker tournaments, and the announcers spent most of the time talking about her breasts.

Can't say i can blame them...
Hell, I spend most of my time talking about her breasts.
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