12 Actors Who Randomly Left Hollywood

Cary Grant

Some of our younger readers may not recognize him, but Cary Grant was a huge Hollywood star back in the day, appearing in the popular Alfred Hitchcock movie North By Northwest. At the age of 62, he quit acting when his daughter was born. Sadly, he passed away in 1986 at the age of 82.

John Hughes

While he isn’t an actor, John Hughes is responsible for creating some of the most memorable 80s teen movies. You’ll have no doubt heard of (or possibly seen) The Breakfast Club or Home Alone. He quit directing some time after filming Curly Sue so he could lead a quiet life away from Hollywood. Some people cite the death of actor John Candy as being the reason behind his resignation. Hughes passed away in 2009 due to a heart attack.