As of 2015, some formerly famous actors include Gene Hackman, Ron Howard, Haley Joel Osment and Lindsay Lohan. Once-famous actors sometimes gain fame in other professions, such as producing and directing films. Other formerly famous actors either retire or continue acting in less noticeable roles.
Some formerly famous actors have simply retired or moved on to other professions. Gene Hackman, one of the most famous film stars of the 1970s and 1980s, retired in 2004 following the release of "Welcome to Mooseport." Some former actors achieve fame in other creative pursuits. Ron Howard, famous as an actor for his roles on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Happy Days," established a successful career as a director with films such as "A Beautiful Mind," "Apollo 13" and "Frost/Nixon."
Many actors who gain fame as children have difficulty maintaining that fame once they become adults. Actors such as Haley Joel Osment and Lindsay Lohan continue acting, but they do so in smaller roles with far less fame than they achieved during their youth. Osment has appeared in films such as "Sex Ed" and "Tusk," and Lohan starred in the controversial film "The Canyons." Additionally, some child actors die at a young age, such as River Phoenix, who passed away at the age of 23, and Corey Haim, who died at the age of 39. Both actors succumbed to drug overdoses.