Category Archives: WTHH Actor

What the Hell Happened to Jeffrey Jones?


Jeffrey Jones

Jeffrey Jones

Jeffrey Jones is an actor most renowned for his roles playing the strange, generally unlikable comic foils to the audience’s hero. Jones is more than that, though. He is a purist who greatly values acting and takes the craft very seriously. He spent years honing his ability in acting schools, and many more in theater, including Broadway. When he imported that to the silver screen, it panned out well. Recently though, things haven’t been going so hot for Jones. Roles have dried up; he has been arrested on numerous occasions, the jailing centering around his status as a sex offender.

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What the Hell Happened to Edward Furlong?


Edward Furlong

Edward Furlong

Edward Furlong’s first movie was a critically acclaimed box office smash.  He was thirteen years old when he became famous overnight for playing a boy who was destined for greatness.  At the time, it seemed like great things might have been in Furlong’s future as well.  But almost immediately, Furlong went down a dark path of addiction, legal problems and charges of domestic abuse.  This once promising young actor is now considered to be a cautionary tale.

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What the Hell Happened to Tobey Maguire?


Tobey Maguire

Tobey Maguire

Tobey Maguire is best-known as the first movie Spider-man.  But before he donned the blue and red tights, Maguire was a promising actor who seemed destined for a long career.  During the 90’s, Maguire built a reputation as a talented actor in a string of independent movies.  After he crossed over into the mainstream, Maguire continued supplementing his super hero duties with high profile dramatic roles.  But after he hung up his Spidey-suit, Maguire practically disappeared from the big screen.

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What the Hell Happened to Tim Allen?


Tim Allen

Tim Allen

It may seem odd to ask “what the hell happened” about a guy who is currently starring on a network sitcom.  Tim Allen definitely didn’t disappear.  He’s still a decent-sized TV star.  But once upon a time, Allen was more than that.  At the peak of his career, Allen had the number one book, movie and TV show in the United States.  Since that time, his track record at the box office has been spotty.  He hasn’t starred in a mainstream movie in nearly a decade!

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What the Hell Happened to Freddie Prinze Jr?


Freddie Prinze Jr.

Freddie Prinze Jr.

For a brief time in the late 20th century, Freddie Prinze Jr. was a teen heartthrob.  He followed up a hit horror franchise with a sleeper romantic comedy and a science fiction movie that was expected to spawn a series of sequels.  After a string of you-oriented rom-coms, Prinze married one of his co-stars and seemingly rode off into the sunset.

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What the Hell Happened to Chris Tucker?


Chris Tucker

Chris Tucker

At one time, Chris Tucker was the highest paid actor in Hollywood.  He was able to command $25 million dollars for one movie.  And then, he disappeared.  Now sometimes, it feels like an actor has disappeared.  But in reality they are busily working on a bunch of movies most people have never heard of.  But not Tucker.  He really stopped working.  There’s not going to be a long line of direct-to-video thrillers this time around.  Tucker pulled a rare vanishing act at the top of his career.

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What the Hell Happened to Judd Nelson?


Judd Nelson

Judd Nelson

In 1985, Judd Nelson starred in two of the top-25 highest-grossing movies of the year.  He was 26 years old.  Nelson was one of the founding members of the Brat Pack, a group of young actors who helped define the decade.  But when the 80’s ended, the Brat Pack actors found themselves scrambling.  Just five years later when the Pack was entering their 30s, they were collectively dealing with irrelevance.  In 2014, Nelson had to deny rumors that he had died.

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What the Hell Happened to Emilio Estevez?


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Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez comes from Hollywood royalty.  His dad is actor Martin Sheen.  His brother is Charlie Sheen.  As a child, his best friends were the Penns (Sean and Chris) and the Lowes (Rob and Chad).  Estevez grew up immersed in show biz.  In the early 80’s Estevez became the de facto leader of the actors of his generation.  Collectively, they were known as the Brat Pack and for a short time, they reigned supreme.  As the decade ended, there was a backlash against the Pack.  Among his colleagues, Estevez held up better than others.  But these days, Estevez is rarely heard from.

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What the Hell Happened to Keanu Reeves?


Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves has worked with some of the greatest directors around.  He’s been directed by Ron Howard, Kathryn Bigelow, Lawrence Kasdan, Gus Van Sant, Francis Ford Coppola and Bernardo Bertolucci just to name a few.  His costars include Al Pacino, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Sandra Bullock and of course the legendary Alex Winter.  He’s done comedy, drama, action movies, period pieces and sci fi.  Speed made Reeves an action movie star and The Matrix made him an icon.  But post Matrix, Reeves’ career has slowed down.  His last unqualified hit was in 2003.

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What the Hell Happened to Damon Wayans?


Damon Wayans

Damon Wayans

Damon Wayans is part of a big family.  Several members of the Wayans family have had successful careers in entertainment.  After being fired from Saturday Night Live, Wayans co-created In Living Color with his brother, Keenen.  The upstart sketch show was a hit and Damon Wayans was the breakout star.  He left the show to pursue a movie career.  But his career on the big screen never gelled.  Eventually, Wayans retreated to TV in the form of a safe sitcom.  These days, Wayans is in danger of being eclipsed by his son, Damon Wayans Jr.

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What the Hell Happened to Billy Zane?


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Billy Zane

Billy Zane got his start in one of the most beloved science fiction movies of the 80’s.  He gained popularity on one of the quirkiest TV shows of the 90s.  And he played the least-loved character in what was at the time the highest-grossing movie ever.  His list of credits include several popular films.  But when the handsome actor tried to transition into leading man roles, something didn’t click.  Zane has worked steadily since 1985, but somehow he never became a household name.

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What the Hell Happened to Ralph Macchio?


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Ralph Macchio

In the 1980’s Ralph Macchio was a teen heartthrob.  He rose to prominence along with with other hot actors of his generation with roles in iconic movies that are still relevant today.  Macchio managed to avoid the Brat Pack label that doomed many of his contemporaries.  But he struggled with transitioning to adult roles.  In the early nineties, after a small role in one last memorable movie, Macchio faded into obscurity.

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What the Hell Happened to Michael Biehn?


Michael Biehn

Michael Biehn

Michael Biehn has starred in some classic science fiction/action movies.  Even if you don’t know his name (and odds are you don’t) you know his characters from James Cameron’s early hit movies.  If things had gone just a little bit differently, he would have been a household name.  Instead, he’s doing voice work for video games.

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