10 Films That Ended The Careers Of Successful Actors

1. Elizabeth Berkley in Showgirls (1995)

Don’t recognise the name? You’ll remember her best as Jesse Spano, the frizzy haired feminist in Saved By The Bell. Unfortunately, her transition to the big screen didn’t go as well as her sitcom career, and Showgirls, in which she played Nomi Malone, flopped big time.


2. Hayley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense (1999)

Hayley Joel Osment was a household named after The Sixth Sense. He continued on and had a mildly successful career, with starring roles in Pay It Forwards and A.I. Artificial Intelligence, but nothing quite equalled the success he had with The Sixth Sense. As a grown up his career consists mainly of voicing characters in video games.


3. Chris Kattan in Corky Romano (2001)

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Some actors have made the transition from SNL to the movie screen with huge success, but it wasn’t to be with Chris Kattan. He had some success starring in Night At The Roxbury with Will Ferrell, but unluckily for him Corky Romano bombed. He now sticks to small parts in TV shows.

4. Mike Myers in The Love Guru (2008)

Mike Myers had come from SNL as well, and had massive success, first in Wayne’s World, then as Austin Powers and the voice of Shrek. But even his this wasn’t enough to protect him from the disaster that was The Love Guru. Even Mike’s co-stars Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake couldn’t save this one.


5. Jamie Kennedy in Son Of The Mask (2005)

If Jamie Kennedy expected Son Of The Mask to catapult his career, just like The Mask did to Jim Carrey’s, he was sadly mistaken. Like most of the actors that did career-endingly bad movies, Kennedy now sticks to smaller roles in shows and made-for-TV movies.


6. Lori Petty in Tank Girl (1995)

Tank Girl, a movie version of the successful comic strip by the same name, was expected to do great things for Lori Petty’s career. She was fresh off A League Of Their Own and Point Break, and, seemingly destined for stardom. Unexpectedly, Tank Girl tanked, and took Lori’s movie career with it. After Tank Girl she turned away from acting to focus on screenwriting and directing.

7. Klinton Spilsbury, in Legends Of The Lone Ranger (1981)

It’s reported that Spilsbury was having trouble with the role from the outset, asking to have the audition scene shortened because he was having trouble remembering the lines. He was cast, however, because he “looks great in a mask”. Klinton did no better than anyone expected him to, and he eventually won two Golden Raspberries for his efforts, one for Worst Actor, and one for Worst New Actor. That’s why you’ve never heard of Klinton Spilsbury.


8. Tom Green in Freddy Got Fingered (2001)

Tom Green was in a pretty good place in 2001. He had his own show, he was married to Drew Barrymore, and he’d survived testicular cancer. And let’s not forget, he was fresh off Road Trip, and who could for get the brilliance of that salmon song? Then came Freddy Got Fingered. Green wrote, directed and starred in the movie, which was widely heralded as one of the worst movies ever. Soon after, Drew left him, and he never quite got back to the good old, pre-Freddy days.


9. Scott Thompson, in Chairman Of The Board (1998)

Scott Thompson, better known as Carrot Top, was a massive hit in the 1990s. His standup comedy was everywhere. Unfortunately, that golden sense of humor didn’t translate to the silver screen. His movie Chairman Of The Board totally flunked, and he never did another movie.


10. Jake Lloyd in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (1999)

Jake Lloyd had all the makings of a massive child star: he was hand-picked by George Lucas, he was adorable, and he was in Star Wars! Unfortunately nothing really happened for Jake after he played Anakin Skywalker. He continued to play Anakin in the video games, but in 2012, Lloyd swore off acting all together.