These Former Actors Left Hollywood to Follow Entirely New Career Paths

Some famous people decide to take all that power and leave the spotlight in order to pursue other business interests after achieving global fame and frequently a massive multi-million dollar empire. These former famous Actors are now working much more “regular” day jobs in the private sector, regardless of whether their retirement from acting is temporary or permanent.

Doing a regular job has several advantages over switching to a glamorous lifestyle, including saying goodbye to Hollywood’s time-consuming, high-stress demands. Here are the previous celebrities with day occupations that are practically exactly like those of the rest of us, without further ado!

1. Erik Estrada

  • Formerly From: CHiPs
  • Currently: Reserve police deputy
  • Net Worth: $4 million*

East Harlem, New York City, is where Erik Estrada was born. Carmen, his mother, was a seamstress. Estrada always knew he wanted to be an actor, but it wasn’t until he had a part in The Cross and the Switchblade in 1970 that he was able to break into the business.

Erik Estrada

The adored series served as NBC’s signature program (owned by Comcast). The former activist and performer now serve as an Idaho police reserve deputy. In terms of acting, Estrada is most known for his portrayal as Officer Frank Poncherello (also known as “Ponch”) in the police procedural drama CHiPs.

2. Tiffany

  • Formerly From: “I Think We’re Alone Now” – 80s Pop Star Fame
  • Currently: The clothing store owner 
  • Net Worth: $4 million*

The song “I Believe We’re Alone Now” made Tiffany an adolescent singing legend of the 1980s. Tiffany also performed “I Saw Him Standing There,” a rendition of the Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There” with slightly different lyrics.


Tiffany’s hit, which peaked at number one on the Billboard charts, was prominently featured in an old Apple commercial. Tiffany has kept up her singing, although these days she focuses on being the owner and operator of a small business, a clothing shop. She performs at festivals and other small places as well, frequently using her reputation from the 1980s to advertise her clothesline.

3. Freddie Prinze Jr.

  • Formerly From: She’s All That
  • Currently: Chef
  • Net Worth: $19 million*

Freddie Prinze Jr. is well-known for his roles in films including I Know What You Did Last Summer when he first met Sarah Michelle Gellar, his future wife. Prinze Jr. has continued in show business, but this time he has chosen to work behind the scenes as a producer for WWE.

Freddie Prinze Jr

His first employment was with the WWE from 2008 to 2009. He would produce content for the WWE’s media sources and blog about his observations of the matches. Freddie eventually entered a whole new industry after that came to an end, founding the culinary company Foodstirs with his wife.

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