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Top 10 Famous 90s Stars Who Dropped Off the Map

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Nathan Sharp

Script written by Nathan Sharp

Seriously, where did they go? From Christina Ricci to Joe Pesci, these huge stars of the 90s have almost completely disappeared from the spotlight. WatchMojo is counting down the biggest 90s stars who fell of the map.


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Script written by Nathan Sharp

Top 10 Famous 90s Stars Who Dropped Off the Map

Seriously, where did they go? Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Famous ‘90s Stars Who Dropped Off the Map.

For this list, we’ll be looking at famous stars from the 1990s who have done nothing or very little of note since their peak and/or in the early 21st century. We’ll be ranking our picks based on how popular they were in their heyday and their lack of significant work in recent years.

#10: Edward Furlong

Furlong began his acting career playing John Connor in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” This is often considered to be one of the greatest action movies of all time and grossed over $500 million at the box office in 1991. That’s a hard feat to top, and Edward Furlong… never did. He subsequently starred in a few independent movies before regaining national attention in 1998 alongside Edward Norton in “American History X.” And then he just sort of… disappeared. He mostly starred in a string of direct-to-video movies in the 2000s and suffered from legal issues and drug addictions. In 2011, he appeared as a meth producer in “The Green Hornet,” which was his first somewhat notable role since the late ‘90s.

#9: Fairuza Balk

Fairuza Balk had a respectable career in the mid-‘90s. One of her first major roles was as Nancy Downs in the cult classic “The Craft,” and she followed this up with a number of notable movies. She appeared alongside Marlon Brando in “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” the aforementioned Furlong and Norton in “American History X,” and Adam Sandler in “The Waterboy.” Her prosperous career looked to continue in the new decade, as she portrayed Sapphire in “Almost Famous,” but Balk’s star soon fizzled out. She starred in a number of unremarkable movies throughout the 2000s and 2010s, though she more recently resurfaced in several episodes of “Ray Donovan.”

#8: Leelee Sobieski

Leelee Sobieski was a major teen star in the late’ 90s. She appeared as Sarah Hotchner in the 1998 hit “Deep Impact,” and followed this up with roles in “Never Been Kissed” and “Eyes Wide Shut.” She was also cast in the titular role of the 1999 miniseries “Joan of Arc,” earning Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Up next was a whole lot of nothing before she retired from movies in the early 2010s to focus on her children. She currently paints abstract art under her married name, Leelee Kimmel.

#7: Andrew Keegan

Andrew Keegan appeared in a few movies throughout the 1990s, including “Camp Nowhere” and “10 Things I Hate About You,” but his main claim to fame was his work in television. He starred as Jack Kelly for seventeen episodes of “Thunder Alley,” Reed Isley for eight episodes of “Party of Five,” and Wilson West for 22 episodes in “7th Heaven.” He then starred in numerous direct-to-video and short films throughout the 2000s before creating a spiritual center in Venice Beach called Full Circle in 2014. While Keegan has described Full Circle as a “non-denominational spiritual community center,” others have called it a cult. However, Full Circle disbanded in June 2017.

#6: Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci was popular for a majority of the ‘90s. She became a child star by appearing as Wednesday Addams in “The Addams Family” franchise. She transitioned from child star to teen icon by appearing in numerous movies as a teenager, most notably 1995’s “Casper.” As a young adult, she found significant box office success with Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow” and critical acclaim with the romantic comedy “The Opposite of Sex,” which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. While she has been steadily working in film and television since the early 2000s, her popularity has significantly waned and she isn’t as much of a household name as she once was.

#5: Joe Pesci

Joe Pesci was everywhere in the ‘90s. He showed up in family movies like “Home Alone” and its sequel. He showed up in adult comedies like “My Cousin Vinny.” He appeared in hard-hitting dramas like Oliver Stone’s “JFK.” And we can’t forget action blockbusters like “Lethal Weapon 3.” He also frequently collaborated with Martin Scorsese, appearing as tough guys in “Goodfellas” and “Casino.” The guy did it all. And then he retired at the height of his fame. Since “Lethal Weapon 4” in 1998, Pesci has only been credited in three movies, with a fourth, Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” set for a 2019 release date.

#4: Wesley Snipes

And let this be a lesson to everyone: always pay your taxes. Snipes was one of the biggest blockbuster stars of the 90s, appearing in many notable movies like “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Passenger 57,” “Demolition Man,” and “Blade.” His star continued to rise throughout the early parts of the 2000s before he was charged with conspiring to defraud the country and attempting to attain false tax refunds. In 2008, Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison for failing to file income tax returns. He was released from prison in 2013, although he has so far failed to recapture his glory days of old.

#3: Bridget Fonda

Bridget Fonda is the granddaughter of Hollywood legend Henry Fonda and the daughter of Peter Fonda, and, like her family before her, she made quite a name for herself in the movies throughout the 1990s. She appeared in a number of notable films, including “The Godfather Part III,” “Single White Female,” and Quentin Tarantino’s often-overlooked “Jackie Brown.” She also found success on television, earning an Emmy nomination for her work in the HBO film “In the Gloaming.” However, despite a Golden Globe nod for 2001’s “No Ordinary Baby,” she has basically dropped off the face of the Earth, retiring after her most recent credit in the Hallmark movie, “Snow Queen,” which was released in 2002.

#2: Rachael Leigh Cook

Rachael Leigh Cook made a splash in the entertainment world at the very tail end of the 1990s. Her breakout role came in 1999 when she played Laney Boggs in the surprise hit “She’s All That.” She followed this up with a few appearances in the hit teen drama “Dawson’s Creek” before successfully entering the new millennium with a voice role in “Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker” and the lead role in “Josie and the Pussycats.” Since that time, she has appeared in countless direct-to-DVD movies, and while she has starred in a few television programs, she isn’t even close to the star that she was in the late 90s and early 2000s.

#1: Jonathan Taylor Thomas

JTT had the world in the palm of his hand. At 10, Thomas was cast as Randy Taylor on “Home Improvement.” This sitcom would make Thomas a household name, as he appeared in nearly 180 episodes of the show over seven years. After a few years on TV, Thomas made his film debut in 1994 by voicing young Simba in “The Lion King.” The kid had a huge career, but in 1998 he seemingly lost interest in showbiz and left “Home Improvement” to attend school. He all but disappeared around 2006 and wasn’t seen or heard from for almost a a decade, though he did appear in four episodes of Tim Allen’s 2013 sitcom “Last Man Standing.”

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