Some retirements are permanent, and some are just a hiatus. People have always faced so many difficulties and changes in their life that they sometimes want to escape from them. Celebrities are no exception. Many celebrities have gone through the most difficult times. Some actors unluckily have an illness, make some mistakes, or get bored of being famous. All of them are reasons for celebs to leave the spotlight.
Surprisingly, some of these celebrities put their career on hold and achieved unexpected results when coming back to the screen, or the performing stage after a long time. We are so lucky to watch them perform at their best once again. It’s undeniable that if our celebs come back to the screen with their passion and dedication, they will be warmly welcomed by the audience.
Today, we have compiled a list of 9 celebrities who returned to our screen after a long time. Initially, they nailed it. Let’s check them out!
#1 Robert Downey Jr.
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Robert Downey Jr.’s career began in 1970. Thanks to the success of the 1992 Charlie Chaplin, he won an Oscar the following year. After that, everything changed when the actor was arrested multiple times and spent time in rehab or even in prison.
Luckily, he reached out for help and managed to get clean in 2003. Finally, his career went up since he appeared in Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man, and now we can enjoy many great movies with him in these leading roles. And he now keeps maintaining his successful career.
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After five long years of becoming a face of the #MeToo movement and having a legal battle with her producer, Kesha finally released her new album in 2017 followed by the Rainbow Tour and one more album in 2020.
Kesha became a face of the #MeToo and had a legal battle with her producer 5 years later. She finally released her new album in 2017 led to the successful Rainbow Tour and another album in 2020.
“I’ve taken ownership of myself,” said the singer. “I’m taking control of my life, and my name and the music it’s attached to.” And it’s good that she’s touring, performing, and making music again.
#3 Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder is known for her roles in Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, and Dracula. Unfortunately, she disappeared from the screen for almost a decade. Ryder faced many difficulties at that time.
However, she appeared in Black Swain remarked her comeback in 2010. She portrayed an aging ballerina who struggled to stay relevant before taking part in the great team of Stranger Things. “A lot of actors have ups and downs,” the actress revealed. “But I learned, and I appreciated the time away.”
#4 Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix started his career when he was a child. He soon found that he wasn’t getting any appealing offers and decided to quit acting and even leave the country for a short time. Surprisingly, his brother River Phoenix encouraged him to come back to acting again. But he didn’t restart his career because of River’s death which made him move to Costa Rica to escape the media.
Phoenix returned to acting in 1996, playing in the black comedy To Die For. It became a financial and critical success after its premiere at Canners Film Festival. After that, Gladiator and Joker were his following success. Undoubtedly, he became the few actors who were more successful in their late careers.
#5 Matthew McConaughey
McConaughey had many opportunities to portray romantic comedies all his career. Somehow, he decided to break the circle and seek a new challenge. McConaughey chose some dramatic work in different movies. So he put his career on hold and considered his choice of roles.
And he suddenly became “a new good idea for some good directors, and won an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club by starring in The Wolf of Wall Street and many other outstanding movies.
The famous rapper retired several times. He was known for his retirement in 2004, right after The Black Album, when he was just 33. But he came back a few years later with a new album, saying, “It was the worst retirement, maybe, in history.”
#7 Stanley Kubrick
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Sometimes it takes an excellent director several years to wow us with a new, impressive picture. But after all, it proves that it’s well worth waiting, no matter how controversial the reception was at that time. It’s about Stanley Kubrick’s story.
After The Shining (1980), he made his successful comeback in 1987 with Full Metal Jacket. But it took him 12 years to release another triumphant movie, Eyes Wide Shut, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
#8 Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz’s last time we saw the actress on screen was in 2014 when she starred in Annie. After that, Diaz took a long break and returned in 2022 for the Netflix action-comedy Back in Action.
Diaz and Foxx might reunite in the new movie project. Before that, they worked together in Annie and much earlier in 1999 in Any Given Sunday. And that sounds great! On her Instagram Story, she shared a video posted by Foxx and added: “Jamie Foxx, only you could get me back in action!”
#9 Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle began performing when he was only 14. He’s well-known for making people laugh for more than 30 years. But there was a difficult time when he left Chappelle’s Show in 2005 and even moved to South Africa to escape.
He kept working but stayed low. Therefore, not many people knew or heard anything about him for a long time . Finally, he returned with his role in Chi-Raqaft after almost ten years. After that, he started hosting Saturday Night Live as well as some special releases on Netflix. Last but not least, he also starred with Bradley Cooper, and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born.