30 Celebrities Who Now Live Ordinary Lives & Have Regular Jobs

11. Al Franken

30 Celebrities Who Now Live Ordinary Lives & Have Regular Jobs

Al Franken was a regular fixture on Saturday Night Live for over twenty years before he set his sights on something totally different. Despite making a great living in the entertainment world Franken wanted to enter politics, and he made significant inroads following his election as a senator for Minnesota in the 2008 election.

The former star survived two subsequent elections and continued to hold the seat.

12. Jeff Cohen

30 Celebrities Who Now Live Ordinary Lives & Have Regular Jobs

For the older readers, you’ll know Jeff Cohen as Chunk from The Goonies, a child actor from an 80s film who could have quickly gone onto even more success had he stuck with Hollywood.

But Cohen decided to turn his back on acting and pursue a career in law. As well as gaining the necessary qualifications to practice, Cohen became the founding partner at Cohen Gardner LLP, his very own law firm.

13. Jon Gosselin

30 Celebrities Who Now Live Ordinary Lives & Have Regular Jobs

While many male actors would jump at the chance at being a star on the show Jon & Kate Plus 8, Jon decided it wasn’t for him in the end so walked away from showbiz.

Today, Gosseling works as a cook and waiter in a chain of restaurants in the Pennsylvania area.

14. Peter Ostrum

30 Celebrities Who Now Live Ordinary Lives & Have Regular Jobs

Peter Ostrum is a shadow of the child star who won that golden ticket in the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. One of the great childhood films, Ostrum’s iconic role could have elevated him to the big leagues but decided to honor his passion for animals and is now a respected veterinarian working in New York.

If that isn’t a cool story to tell your grandchildren, we don’t know what is!

15. Mc Hammer

30 Celebrities Who Now Live Ordinary Lives & Have Regular Jobs

A short-lived career in the rap game would soon have MC Hammer winding up bankrupt after his song about big butts became an unexpected hit. But rather than becoming a washed-up novelty act Mc Hammer reinvented himself in ways you wouldn’t have imagined.

Starting with the lofty hopes of creating a search engine that could rival Google’s, the former star eventually found work in the industry as an investor and consultant.

16. Josh Saviano

30 Celebrities Who Now Live Ordinary Lives & Have Regular Jobs

Many may remember Josh from The Wonder Years  TV show where he played Paul from 1988 to 1993. When the show ended, Josh enrolled in Law school and is now the Senior Counsel in Morrison Cohen in New York.

Saying of his decision to step out of the limelight,  “I wanted to live a ‘normal’ life for a little bit and see where that led me.”

17. Danica McKellar

30 Celebrities Who Now Live Ordinary Lives & Have Regular Jobs

Another actor from The Wonder Years, Danica was perhaps better known as Winnie Cooper and went on to study Math at college after the show ended. Releasing the best-selling, children’s Math books Kiss my Math, Hot X: Algebra Exposed, and Math Doesn’t Suck, Danica has also done a few individual acting gigs like appearing in How I Met Your Mother and The West Wing as well as the occasional photo shoot.

She also appeared on the reality show, Dancing With The Stars.

18. Mara Wilson

30 Celebrities Who Now Live Ordinary Lives & Have Regular Jobs

Mara was a big star in the 90s, appearing in  Mrs. Doubtfire, Mathilda, and Miracle on 34th Street. When her mother died during the post-production of Matilda, Mara decided to take a step back from Hollywood. Later in life, she became a bit of an internet phenomenon amongst millennials who felt her pithy remarks on growing up, via Twitter, were accurate and hilarious observations on modern life.

Mara has written several young adult novels as well as an autobiography.

19. Jonathan Taylor Thomas

30 Celebrities Who Now Live Ordinary Lives & Have Regular Jobs

Best known for his role as Randy in Home Improvement, Jonathan Taylor Thomas (JJT) also landed some film roles as Simba’s voice in The Lion King and also Tom and Huck and Wild America. However, when the 90s ended JTT decided to go to college and study Philosophy at Colombia and later History at Harvard.

He’s had a few guest roles crop up since on shows such as Veronica Mars and Smallville but, for the most part, keeps a low profile.

20. Olivia D’abo

30 Celebrities Who Now Live Ordinary Lives & Have Regular Jobs

Although never quite reaching the heights of being in The Wonder Years, Olivia D’abo did continue her acting career and has worked steadily since.

Appearing in Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Wayne’s World 2, Olivia has also had a reasonable voice acting career and continues to work.

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