Category: Weird Articles
Published on Saturday, 07 September 2013 00:00
Fame is not for everyone. It’s either you got that factor to stay in the limelight or you don’t. For the people who have faded out of the spotlight whether by choice or not and seamlessly blended in with the rest of us normal people, their lives now are a stark contrast to the 15 minutes of fame they had.
1. William Hung
Remember this loser who completely massacred Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” in American Idol Season 3 (2004) and stated the obvious fact that he had “no professional training of singing”? He abruptly shot to fame after his audition video was screened on television for being the world’s favorite subject of ridicule at that time. Oblivious that he got famous for being the butt of everyone’s jokes, he released an album that would make anyone’s ears bleed. After awhile, everyone started acquiring a new target to mock and he was gradually forgotten. William Hung is now the technical crime analyst of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He is responsible for tracking criminal movements, finding crime patterns and calling the shots for detectives and officers. Very impressive stuff.
2. Ariana Richards
Ariana Richards starred as the girl in Jurassic Park (1993) whose role was to primarily shriek her head off when confronted by dinosaurs. The most famous scene being her trapped in the car with her brother while a vicious T-Rex tries to pry them out. She is now an accomplished artist.
3. Austin St. John
Though Austin St. John who played Jason Lee Scott, better known as the original Red Power Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) has retired from the big screen, he has not stopped saving the day. He is currently a noble firefighter and EMT in Washington D.C.
4. Rick Moranis
Rick Moranis starred in many of my favorite childhood movies; Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Honey I Shrunk the Kids (1989), and Ghostbusters. His last credit was in 2003 where he voiced Rutt the Moose in Brother Bear. Since then, he has gone on to produce Grammy-nominated music and comedy albums. Agoraphobic Cowboy is his music album which was released in 2005.
5. Peter Ostrum
Peter Ostrum was Charlie Bucket, winner of the Golden Ticket, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1971). While Peter Ostrum did not really inherit Willy Wonka’s wonderful factory and all his Oompa Loompas, he found satisfaction with healing our furry friends as a veterinarian.
6. Spencer Elden
Spencer Elden was the chosen baby to appear naked on Nirvana’s Nevermind album cover. He is now all grown up, wearing clothes and an artist.
We are glad that even though these one-time celebrities' fame have washed down the drain, they are still doing well for themselves.