Rob Morrow - left “Northern Exposure” to become a big Hollywood movie star, but didn’t. He’s back on another quirky, culty TV series “Numb3rs.”
David Duchovny also ditched “the X-Files” for a movie career that never happened, and he, also, is back in a quirky, culty TV series “Californication.”
Going back a long way, Jeff Conaway left “Taxi” to become a movie star…and his career pretty much amounted to an embarrassing role in the movie “Grease” (in which he looked at least a decade too old to be playing a teenager, but at least he wasn’t the only one.)
And then there was Farrah. You remember her story? This little show called “Charlie’s Angels”, she leaving after only being on it for a year, a BAD movie called ‘Saturn 3’…long slump. But eventually, her career did turn around and she got accolades & respect as an actress, so her story DID have a happy ending.