It can be said that acting is one of the hardest professions to break into. Some do it by getting an agent and jumping into the profession head first. Others spend years, practicing the craft of acting and even take it as a degree in College. Being an actor is bittersweet. Sweet in that people who usually get involved are people with a passion for it. Bitter in that should someone achieve super fame, things such as privacy become more of a luxury rather than a necessity. However, entertaining people is something most people love, and who doesn’t love a little bit of attention from adoring fans?
The actors on this list are a mixture of above. Some studied for years, some jumped right into the profession. Needless to say, all of them are good at their jobs, and have achieved great fame! Except all of these actors have something in common. They have been a bit forgotten by the public. While at one point they may have been a household name, in the past few years they’ve slipped a bit to the wayside, their shows have ended, or they have stepped out of the spotlight and are now a bit less well-known.
Who is this actress?
This actress got her start as a child actress in many children's shows. She then made herself even more well known by joining the cast of the popular comedy, The Trailer Park Boys. Her breakout role however, was as the main character in the popular teen movie Juno. She played pregnant teenager Juno who falls pregnant and must decide if she wants to choose adoption or not. She works alongside famous actors such as Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner. She went on to star in Inception alongside Leonardo Dicaprio and starred in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut Whip It. (IMDb)
She looks familiar. Whats her name?
This actress is probably most well-known for starring in the hit television drama 'Grey's Anatomy'. However, she got her start as a child model and her first television appearance was in a Cheerios commercial. She's acted in all genres from romantic comedies like 27 Dresses to horror films like Bride of Chucky. This actress is definitely more well known for her romantic movies, such as Wuthering Heights, The Ugly Truth and Jenny's Wedding. Her most recent role has been on the television drama, Suits.(IMDb) She plays lawyer Samantha Wheeler who will either be a great ally or enemy to the main characters. (USA Network)
What is the name of this actor?
This actor got his start as a cast member on the hit comedy show Saturday Night Live. His film career began in 1982 with the movie "48 Hrs" where he starred alongside actor Nick Nolte. He went on to star in hit films such as "Coming to America" and the "Beverly Hills Cop" series which was the series that really sky rocketed him to fame. As his career progressed, he turned away from the more adult humored films and moved in a more family-friendly direction. He's played famous characters such as 'Mushu' from "Mulan" and 'Donkey' from the "Shrek" films. (IMDb)
Who is this?
This actor started off on The West End stage in his role in "The Nerd". He then went on to star in the miniseries 'Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna'. This actor in this role caught Steven Spielberg's eye and he went on to cast this actor in "Empire of the Sun". He worked consistently through the 90s, before landing his famous role in The Machinist where he was famous for losing a drastic amount of weight for the role. He also went on to play Batman in the films "The Dark Knight" and "Batman Begins", receiving praise for The Dark Knight. (IMDb)
What is his name?
Speaking of Batman, this actor was famous for playing the role of "The Joker" in the 1989 film "Batman". This actor has been around for decades, his most notable roles being the mischievous McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, J.J. Gittes in Chinatown and Melvin Udall in As Good As It Gets (IMDb). This actor just entered his 80s and officially went into retirement in 2018 after pulling out of a role in the adaptation of the film "Toni Erdmann" (showbiz411). This actor has an incredible resume and hopefully might come out of retirement for one last film.
Who is this actor?
This actor got his first big break when he starred alongside Melissa Joan Hart in the film "Drive Me Crazy". His breakthrough role came in 2004 when he was cast as Vincent Chase in the show Entourage. The series followed his character and his group of friends as they navigated life in Hollywood. His last acting job was in 2015 for the movie adaptation of Entourage. He then moved to directing and charity work. He's partnered with charities for the promotion of healthy eating and lifestyles, charities for the environment and went on to become UN Environmental Goodwill Ambassador. (Wikipedia)
What is this actress' name?
This actress really rose to fame in the mid 90s to mid 2000s. One of her first roles was as the voice of Kiki in the English dub of Studio Ghibli's Kiki's Delivery Service. She went on to star in Jumanji, Interview with a Vampire and Little Women. In the 2000s she continued on to star in Marie Antoinette, Mona Lisa Smile and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. However, one of the roles she is most known for is her portrayal of Mary-Jane Watson in the Spiderman franchises. She is one of the most well known people to star in the role. (IMDb)
Who is this actor?
This actor got his start playing a thawed caveman in the movie Encino Man. He went on to star alongside big celebrities in movies like "School Ties" and "Airheads". He got his big break however when he starred in the Tarzan spoof "George of the Jungle". His success continued as he starred in the "Mummy" series, and even appeared in a theme park ride inspired by the series. Another one of his notable appearances is his role in the Academy Award winning film "Crash". He's had many television roles and currently stars on the FX anthology series called "Trust". (Wikipedia)
Who is this?
This actor originally went to college to major in Sports Management but decided it wasn't for him, and thank goodness! This actor has given movie-watchers some of the best comedies (some family-friendly) of the 2000s. He was the star of his own sitcom "The King of Queens" but he decided that the silver screen was the scene for him. He's starred alongside Adam Sandler in films such as "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" and the "Grown-Ups" series. One of his more notable movie series' is the "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" series where he plays the blundering but lovable mall cop. (IMDb)
What's this hobbit's real name?
This actor's face should jump right off the screen. He was the poster child for fantasy films of the 2000s, Roger Ebert even called him "The most talented actor in his age group in Hollywood history". He played Frodo Baggins in the film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's novels in his "Lord of the Rings" series. However, this series isn't his only claim to fame. He's also starred in FX's comedy series "Wilfred", "Happy Feet" the movie about a spunky penguin who loves to dance and has had some guest roles on television shows like "Robot Chicken". (IMDb)
Who is this One Tree Hill actor?
Milennials should recognize this actor's face. This 2000s heartthrob was on the cover of every J-14 and Quiz magazine, because he was the teen girl's dream man. This actor is most well known for playing the dreamy Lucas Scott on the CW drama "One Tree Hill". Not only was he big on the small screen, he graced the silver screen many times throughout the 2000s in teen classics such as the Lindsay Lohan remake of Freaky Friday and "A Cinderella Story" where he plays Hilary Duff's prince charming. (IMDb) He's currently married with two children, but still relives the glory days by attending conventions to meet fans. (Twitter)
Who is this actor?
This actor is another big star from the early 2000s. Families all over would gather around their tv sets to watch him as the titular character in "Malcolm in the Middle" which was a show that followed Malcolm and his funny but also a bit messy family. This segued the actor's career into starring in other family friendly shows such as "Lizzie McGuire", "MadTV" and "Sabrina: The Teenage Witch". His first big movie role was in the movie "My Dog Skip" which chronicled a boy's adventures with his Jack Russell Terrier. The actor also has a passion for race car driving and has even driven professionally. (Wikipedia)
What is this comedian's name?
This comedian is perhaps one of the most iconic comedic actors of the 90s. He rose to fame in 1990 when he joined the cast of "In Living Color" where he would do skits showcasing his impressive facial expressions and physical comedy. This actor took advantage of his physical comedy skill when he starred in the "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" series. It was towards the late 90s that he began to switch from being a comedic actor to more dramatic roles. In 1998 he starred in the film "The Truman Show" as one of his first dramatic roles and it was a hit. (IMDb)
Which actor is this?
This New Zealand actor got his start on a New Zealand drama called "Shortland Street" where he worked for a year before going off to university. Like Elijah Wood, he also acted in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy as the character Eomer. However, one of his most notable roles would have to be his role as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in the 2009 "Star Trek" movie. Other notable roles include Judge Dredd in the movie "Dredd" and William Cooper in RED. He's currently working on another Star Trek sequel and has a role in the show "The Boys". (IMDb)
Who is Goldie Hawn's daughter?
This actress is the daughter of the famous actress Goldie Hawn, however she's had quite the acting resume herself. One of her most notable performances was in the movie "Almost Famous" which won her a Golden Globe award. Her other films include "You, Me and Dupree", "How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days" and "Fools Gold" alongside Matthew McConaughey. This actress has also made a name for herself on the small screen, when she had a recurring guest appearance on the hit show Glee. She has also funded her own athletics line called "Fabletics" which is her primary focus as of 2018. (Wikipedia)
This actor is one of two and a half men.
This actor is probably most well known for his role as Alan Harper in the sitcom "Two and a Half Men" where he acted alongside Charlie Sheen. However, this actor got his big break in the 80s in the "brat pack" John Hughes film "Pretty in Pink" as the plucky best friend Duckie. He may be a bit unrecognizable in this photo as he isn't normally seen with a shaved head, but he shaved it for good reason. This actor shaved his head so he could play the role of Lex Luthor in the CW series "Supergirl". He first appeared in the fourth season. (Wikipedia)
Who is this?
This actor is one of those actors who's been in a little bit of everything. He's a very versatile comedian known his stand-up humor. One of his biggest roles was as Tobias Funke in the hilarious show "Arrested Development". He's had a very successful stand up career, he's had his own stand-up specials, his own comedy albums and he's even written books. This actor has had supporting roles in many famous movies such as "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", "Futurama: Beast with a Million Backs" and the "Kung Fu Panda" series. He is married to fellow actress Amber Tamblyn. (Wikipedia)
What is this 'Mean Girls' name?
This actress got her start in 1991 when she was a finalist on the talent competition show "Star Search". This lead her to work on broadway as a Young Cosette in "Les Miserables". This actress then transitioned from stage to television when she was cast in the role of Claudia Salinger in Party of Five. She had some voice acting roles in cartoons like "The Wild Thornberries" and "Hey Arnold!". She also voiced Young Vitani in "The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride". However, her mot notable role is definitely as Gretchen Wieners in the popular teen movie "Mean Girls". (IMDb)
Which actor is this?
This actor has been all over the movie and television scene for years. The role that skyrocketed him to fame was his role as Michael Kelso in the show "That 70s Show" which aired from 1996 all the way until 2006. For the milennials out there, he also hosted the famous MTV show "Punk'd" in which he would team up with other celebrities to go out and prank celebrity friends. Some of his more recent work is from "Two and a Half Men", his character was brought in to replace Charlie Sheen. He also played Apple founder Steve Jobs in the movie "Jobs". (Wikipedia)
Who is this actress?
This Australian actress got her start when she was discovered at her job at a clothing store. Even without an audition, she was cast in the film "2:37" which was featured in the Cannes Film Festival. She then continued working back to back, even starring alongside Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame, in the film "December Boys". She went on to star in a few film adaptations of teen novels, having supporting roles in both "I Am Number Four" and "Warm Bodies". Some of her newest credits include the films "Lights Out", "Message from the King" and "Berlin Syndrome" (IMDb)
Who is this Riverdale star?
This face will be familiar to all the Riverdale fans out there. This actor plays FP Jones, the leader of the Southside Serpents and father to Jughead Jones. This actor does have quite the resume from before Riverdale though. This actor got his movie break in the film "Boys" where he played Winona Ryder's boyfriend. That same year he went on to star in "The Craft" and his most famous role as Billy Loomis in the film "Scream". His role in Scream really boosted his profile. He went on to have roles in the show "Jericho" and a recurring role on "Law & Order" (Wikipedia).
Which member of the Sheen family is this?
This actor, born Carlos Irwin Estevez is a member of the Sheen family acting dynasty. His father and brothers are all successful movie stars and this actor is no exception to that. He started acting when he was in his teens when he starred in films such as "Platoon", "Wall Street" and "Major League". This actor worked very consistently through the 80s and 90s. His more notable television roles is as Charlie on "Two and a Half Men". He started this role in 2003 and continued all the way up until 2011, when he parted ways and was replaced by Ashton Kutcher. (IMDb)
What is the name of this 90's star?
This actress' professional life began on the pageant stage. At the age of thirteen, she won the Miss Junior America pageant. She then decided to transition to acting, where she had her breakout role as Kelly Kapowski in the hit sitcom "Saved by the Bell". She reprised the role for the follow up series "Saved by the Bell: The College Years". She went on to have a role in the show "Beverly Hills 90210". She stuck mostly to television roles throughout her time acting, her most recent roles being on the show "White Collar" and the childrens show "Alexa and Katie" (IMDb)
Who is this funny man?
This actor is one of the most iconic comedic actors of the 90s. Not only has he starred in a majority of the best comedies of the 90s, he's also wrote and produced them. Like most comedians, he got his start on Saturday Night Live. He went on to star in hilarious films such as "Happy Gilmore", "Billy Madison" and "Big Daddy" which he all helped with writing. He's also starred in great comedies like "The Wedding Singer" and "The Water Boy". His production company Happy Madison Productions has continued to produce comedies, most having this actor in a starring or supporting role. (IMDb)
Who is this?
This actress started off as a model but quickly made her transition to acting in 1981 for the teen drama "Choices". Her biggest role came in 1985 when she starred in the drama "St. Elmo's Fire" which was a huge box office success. She became famous internationally in 1990 for the film "Ghost" that ended up being the highest-grossing film of that year and got her a Golden Globe Nomination. She went on to star in many more movies, however none were quite as successful as "Ghost". Her more recent film credits include: "Bobby" "Margin Call" and "Rough Night" (IMDb)
Which actor is this?
This actor is another heartthrob from the 80s. His first big screen debut was as Billie Jean's brother Binx in "The Adventures of Billie Jean". His biggest role was in 1989 when he was cast as the bad boy boyfriend Jason Dean in the teen movie "Heathers". He went on to star in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" alongside Morgan Freeman, Alan Rickman and Kevin Costner. This actor is a huge "Star Trek" fan so he accepted a role to play a minor character in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country". His most recent role is in the hit television show "Mr. Robot" for which he won a Golden Globe. (Wikipedia)
Who is this actress?
This actress was considered to be the it-girl of the 1990s. She was spotted by a fashion editor while she was visiting New York City and was praised for her street style. She started in modelling, but soon moved to acting with her role in Harmony Korine's film "Kids". She continued in a few more indie films before moving more mainstream and playing Lana Tisdel in the film "Boys Don't Cry" which earned her an Oscar nomination. Since then she's moved more towards television roles, taking roles in "The Mindy Project", "Portlandia" and one of her more famous roles, Nikki Grant in "Big Love" (IMDb)
What is the name of this awkward icon?
This actor is well known for playing the dorky, awkward character in comedies. He got his start playing the dorky awkward son George-Michael Bluth on the show Arrested Development. When the show ended up cancelled, he moved to movies which is where he really got his type-casted roles. He played the awkward boyfriend in "Juno", the awkward but friendly dork in "Superbad" and he played the awkward titular character in "Scott Pilgrim Vs The World". Netflix ended up reviving the show "Arrested Development" and this actor returned to his role as George Michael and the show is now thriving! (IMDb)
What is this actor's name?
This actor will look very familiar to sitcom fans. He started his career playing small roles on stage and having a few guest roles on smaller television shows, but he got his biggest break when he was cast in the role of J.D in the sitcom "Scrubs". His role in Scrubs earned him Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. He made his directorial debut in 2004 with his film "Garden State" which he directed, wrote and starred in. In 2013, he crowdfunded his film "Wish You Were Here" and his goal of $2 Million was astoundingly reached in 3 days. (Wikipedia)
What is the name of this 'Scary Movie' actress?
This actress started off on stage as a child actress. It wasn't long before she transitioned from theatre to television commercials to movies. Her first big role was as the main character Cindy in the "Scary Movie" film series, a comedy series parodying various scary movies. She went on to star in the first 4 installments of the series. This actress has gone on to star in movies such as "Lost in Translation", "The House Bunny" and "Whats Your Number?". This actress is also well known for having been married to actor Chris Pratt. The pair have since parted ways but remain friends. (Wikipedia)
Who is this 90s actress?
This actress was discovered at the age of four and appeared in a few small films up until her teens. Audiences came to recognize her for the movies "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and "Scream 2". However, she became a household name in 1996 when she played the titular character in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". "Buffy" carried on until 2003. In the 2000s she went on to star in films like "The Grudge", "Harvard Man" and she played the popular redhead Daphne Blake in the live-action "Scooby Doo" films. She reprised the role for the second film "Scooby Doo: Monsters Unleashed" (IMDb)
Whats the name of this 'Skins' actor?
This UK child actor got his start as playing Marcus Brewer in the film "About a Boy", starring alongside Hugh Grant. His first state-side acting role was playing Nicolas Cage's son in the film "The Weather Man". When he was 17, he was cast in the BAFTA-Award winning television show "Skins" as the star of the first two series' Tony Stonem. Then in late 2010, he continued on the big screen in the role of Beast in "X-Men: First Class". He also starred in the film "Warm Bodies" alongside fellow lister Teresa Palmer. He also had a large role in "Mad Max: Fury Road" (IMDb)
Name this sitcom star.
This actor got his start as a comedian, working on "Comedy Central" and even appearing on "Star Search" doing stand-up comedy. He did a bit of stand up on "The Late Show with David Letterman" before landing his own sitcom which he's most well-known for, "Everybody Loves Raymond". He played a parodied version of his life, his cast family being based off of his real family members. He is also known for voicing Manny the Mammoth in the "Ice Age" films. His most recent popular appearance on screen was as Hank Rizzoli on the hit NBC television show "Parenthood". (Wikipedia)
Who is this?
This actor started off by building up his dance skills, training extensively at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. At the age of 14, he got his first big role in the film "Catch That Kid" where he starred alongside Max Thieriot and Kristen Stewart. His biggest role came in 2006 when he got cast in the role of Chad Danforth, a basketball player who tries to get his friend to quit singing, in the film "High School Musical". The Disney film series, skyrocketed him to fame among young people. The role really opened the door for him to continue acting. (Wikipedia)
What is the name of this actress?
This actress, like many others on this list got her start as a stand-up comedian. She rose to fame through the talent search show "Star Search". She then went on to host a self-titled talk show for 6 years, which won her multiple Emmys. In 2006, she joined the cast of "The View", a talk show where women would talk about news and various events going on. After leaving "The View", she returned to day time television after signing on with Oprah, for another self-titled talk show. However, this show was later on cancelled due to poor views and ratings. (Wikipedia)
Who is this actor?
This actor was born into the famous Coppola family, but went on to change his name so that he would be able to build his own reputation for himself. He dropped out of high school at 17 and went on to have a small role in the film "Fast Times at Ridgemont High". He continued to have roles in the film "Rumble Fish" and "Valley Girl". Some of his more notable roles are in the "Ghost Rider" series, the "National Treasure" series, and his role as Castor Troy in the film "Face/Off" which had him starring alongside John Travolta. (IMDb)
Name this 'Home Alone' star.
This actor looks quite different from the days that he was young Kevin McCallister, fending off the men trying to come in his house. His next big role was in the film "My Girl" where he played the young "Thomas J" starring alongside Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Aykroyd. He went on to reprise his role for "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York". Other roles this child star has had were in "Getting Even with Dad" and "Richie Rich", neither were very successful but the actor was still one of the highest paid child actors in that he received $8 Million for "Richie Rich". (IMDb)
Who is this 'Ghost Whisperer'?
This actress also started off as a child actress. She had a few small television roles before hitting it big and landing the role as Sarah Reeves Merrin in the show "Party of Five". She transitioned to film with the movie "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and it skyrocketed her to fame. She reprised the role for the second film "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer". She then went on to star in "The Audrey Hepburn" story which was great for her career. His most recent notable role was as the main character in the show "The Client List." (Wikipedia)
Who is this?
This actor got his start as a radio DJ in high school. In 1976 he joined the hit comedy show "SCTV" which won him an Emmy for his writing and different character portrayals. (IMDb) This actor has had one of the most iconic comedy catalogues of the 80s. One of his break out film roles was in the iconic film "Ghostbusters". He also went on to appear in other iconic films such as "Little Shop of Horrors", "Spaceballs", "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids", "Parenthood" and "The Flintstones". We have to thank this actor for some of the greatest roles in comedy history! (Wikipedia)
Which actress is this?
This actress got her start training the the New York Theatre. She trained with many esteemed directors like James Lapine, Tony Kushner and Naomi Wallace. As a child actress she had roles in great films like "Notting Hill" and "The Sixth Sense". However the role that really skyrocketed her to fame was in "O.C." as the character Marisa. She was named the "It Girl" by Entertainment Weekly. The actress began to move towards fashion. She's been awarded Style Icon awards and has even gone on to have her own handbag line that was launched in 2008. She is also well known for her philanthropy work. (IMDb)