25 Celebrities Who Ditched Hollywood for Regular Jobs

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6. Michael Schoeffling

Biography

Schoeffling might have spent only seven years in Hollywood in 1980s, but his role as Jake Ryan in Sixteen Candles captured the hearts of many teenagers at the time. After his breakthrough movie, Schoeffling appeared on other few movies before walking away from the limelight to lead a normal life back in his native Pennsylvania.

Even though his charisma on the screens is still appreciated to this day, Schoeffling ditched acting in 1991 to spend more time with his family where he’s said to have become an accomplished carpenter. No wonder he could mend Sam Baker’s heart when her family forgot about her sixteenth birthday in the hit movie, Sixteen Candles.

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