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10 Famous Actors Who Left Hollywood For Normal Jobs

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The lifestyles of the rich and famous may seem appealing to many of us that watch from the sidelines, but many of those who had the chance at an insider experience tell a different story.

While the Hollywood dream has translated into reality for many stars, not everyone is cut out for being a celebrity and believe it or not, some very famous stars have called it quits.

It's true that some decided to step out of the spotlight because they couldn't book jobs, but many left because the pressure wasn't worth it.

Here are 10 celebrities who quit being famous to pursue other careers:

1. Peter Ostrum - Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

Despite his memorable performance as one of the five kids who won a “golden ticket” in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, the role of Charlie Bucket is the only acting credit Peter Ostrum has under his belt. Ostrum realized soon after the release of his first and only movie that acting wasn’t for him so he decided to stick to school instead.

Ostrum now runs a veterinarian practice in Lowville, New York and has no regrets about his decision to quit acting.

"People always ask me why I didn't continue in film-making, and why I became a veterinarian." Ostrum says. "I worked with horses when I was a youngster and felt that was my calling. Acting wasn't something I saw doing as a career," said the former child star.

He did however make a return to the silver screen in a guest spot on a chocolate factory-themed episode of Top Chefs: Just Desserts, alongside his Willy Wonka costars.

2. Nikki Blonsky - Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray

The sweet-voiced Nikki Blonsky stole America’s heart when she played the lead role in the 2007 remake of the musical Hairspray. Blonsky starred alongside celebrated Hollywood stars Michelle Pfeiffer, John Travolta, James Marsden, Zac Efron and Christopher Walken, but it seems like that wasn’t enough to salvage her acting career.

The actress appeared in a few movie and TV shows since her 2007 big screen debut, but none of them turned her into a household name. In 2011, she received a cosmetology license which fueled speculation about her most recent job. She sent out a tweet to address the rumors:

"Its true I'm workin@ Superstar Salon as a makeup artist & more, I'm proud 2 b workin & helpin pay bills BUT I'll NEVER loose sight of my dreams."

Blonsky is reportedly still auditioning for roles so there’s still hope that she might return to the big or small screen someday.

3. Mara Wilson - Matilda

Mara Wilson is best known for playing the ever so charming Matilda in the film adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel of the same name. She appeared in a handful of movies and TV shows including Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street and Melrose Place before finding another calling.

The former child actress attended New York's coveted Tisch School of Arts and is pursuing a career in writing. As of 2013, she also works with Publicolor, a NYC-based nonprofit organization that provides disadvantaged and high-risk youth with design-based programs that "mentor them for success in college, career, and life."

Click on the next page for more celebrities who are no longer interested in a Hollywood career including Freddie Prinze Jr.

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