10 Actors Who Retired Way Too Early

It's better to burn out, than to fade away.


In sports, athletes retire all the time after years of service, sometimes due to injury, to much fanfare. Their careers are celebrated by those who enjoyed watching them perform at the highest level imaginable, bringing their careers to a fitting, some would even say a "story book", conclusion.

In Hollywood however, retirement is not always as black-and-white or cut and dry. Actors and actresses will often perform their entire lives, also at the highest level, or until they are so old it’s blatantly obvious they aren’t what they once were. Some performers will even stay in the game until their death, whether it be after a long life well lived, or one cut tragically short. The point is, when Hollywood performers do retire, it isn’t usually brought with as much pomp and circumstance. That is of course, if they retire earlier than expected.

With that being said, let’s take a look at the 10 actors and actresses who stepped away from the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown far too early. Thankfully as far as this writer is concerned, Dave Chappelle no longer qualifies.


Brandon Thornton has contributed 4 posts since joining in June 2019.