10 Award Winners Who Have Fallen Out of the Limelight
Winning a coveted Oscar is the highlight of an actor’s career. After winning an award, many move on to play other great roles in blockbuster hits — but that’s not guaranteed. Unfortunately, there are many actors whose careers have gone downhill after winning an Academy Award. These 10 actors are Academy Award winners who have dropped off the Hollywood radar over the years. Some have continued to work steadily in movie and TV roles, but none of these actors have come close to re-achieving the same level of fame they once had.
1. Joe Pesci
Pesci won an Oscar in 1991 for best supporting actor for his role in Goodfellas. Pesci played Tommy DeVito in the film, which was about a couple of gangsters who begin to climb up through the hierarchy of the mob. After that blockbuster hit, Pesci was in multiple movies, including Home Alone and Home Alone 2, Lethal Weapon 2, 3, and 4, and Casino, but never received any awards or nominations for his roles.
In 1999, UpRoxx writes that Pesci announced he was retiring from acting. For the most part, he’s stuck to his word. Since his announcement, Pesci has been in two films, The Good Shepherd and Love Ranch. Pesci’s last role was in 2010, when he played Charlie Bontempo in Love Ranch. According to IMDb, he hasn’t been nominated for anything since his ’91 Oscar win.