We had a ton of popular actors in the ‘90s. Some of them found success overnight! However, as quickly as they found fame, they also lost it. There are lots of twists and turns working in the film industry. You can be the most popular star on television one day and barely thought of the next. Then one day as luck would have it, you can find yourself in the spotlight once again. Here are 12 stars from the ‘90s who made a big comeback!
Anna Paquin was a hit in the 90s for her roles in Fly Away Home, The Piano, and Jane Eyre. She even won the award for Best Supporting Actress when she was only 11 years old. After that she disappeared from the big screen. Years later she made a comeback with her role as Rogue in the X-Men film and as the lead in the TV show, True Blood. What will we see from her next?
David Duchovny is best known for his role as Agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files. When the show ended in 2002 it was very hard for him to find another major role. It was only in 2007 that he landed the lead in the hit TV series Californication. Now X-Files is back again so we’ll continue to see more of him.
One of the biggest shows in the ‘90s was The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It had several awesome actors in it, one of them was the young and pretty Tatyana Ali who played Ashley Banks. When the series ended she disappeared from the public. Later on she starred in a sitcom called Love That Girl and had a role in The Young and the Restless. She spent her time off in between dedicating herself to music.
Jared Leto stared in the TV series My So Called Life back in the wary ‘90s. He was popular during that time but shortly vanished from the screen. For 6 years he spent his time focusing on music. He found success with 30 Seconds To Mars! He’s recently made a huge comeback and will even be portraying the Joker for the upcoming film Suicide Squad.
Matthew McConaughey was first recognized as a serious actor from his roles in A Time To Kill, The Newton Boys, and Amistad. After that he dropped down to a B-list actor because of his roles in romantic comedies like How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days. He has recently found his way back to A-list for his major roles in Dallas Buyer’s Club, Interstellar, and the hit TV series True Detective.
Remember that crazy exchange student, Fez, from That ‘70s Show? He was played by actor Wilmer Valderrama. He was great at portraying this cute and weird character, but afterwards no one could take him seriously. He has finally had a chance to show off his talent in his new role as Detective Will Blake in Minority Report.
Robert Downey Jr.
Thanks to Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes, and Tropic Thunder, we all know who Robert Downey Jr. is, but back in the ‘90s he was a popular child star who vanished. Most of his disappearance was because of drug issues, but after spending some time in rehab he got himself back on track.
Thanks to The Hogan Family and Silver Spoons, teenage Jason Bateman found fame. Perhaps it was too overwhelming for him as he flushed it all down the drain because of alcohol and drug addiction. He spent years recovering and in 2003 he reappeared on the TV show Arrested Development. From here on his career has picked up more and more with starring roles in Horrible Bosses and Up in the Air.
We remember Joseph Gordon-Levitt from the ‘90s hit comedy 3rd Rock from the Sun. We all predicted great success for this young actor but he had no such luck. It wasn’t until he made a comeback years later in the films Inception and 500 Days of Summer. Now, he’s back definitely back on the path of success!
We all remember Ed O’Neill as Al Bundy from Married with Children. That show was easily one of the best sitcoms of the ‘90s, but once it ended, so did Neill’s career. It wasn’t until 2009 that he made his comeback with the very popular TV series Modern Family. Since then he’s been making a steady climb.
Neil Patrick Harris
Remember the young doctor from Doogie Howser M.D.? Well that was Neil Patrick Harris. He was a star for his role in this series that ran from 1989 to 1993. However, his career shut down after the show ended. He reappeared almost 10 years later in the movie Harold and Kumar, then went on to star in the hit series How I Met Your Mother. His name has been growing more ever since.
Who could forget Mayim Bialik as the lovable star of the ‘90s sitcom Blossom? She did a little bit of voiceover work after that but now she’s back on screen as Amy from the one of the most popular TV series on today, The Big Bang Theory.