12 stars who were one movie wonders
12 celebrities who became quite famous for their one role and never seemed to appear again.
One hit wonders are quite a thing when it comes to the music industry but there are some actors, too, who have defined this term when it comes to movies.
While they may have starred in a few other movies as well but there is either only one role or one movie which made a certain mark and after that, it has all been downhill.
#1 Margaret Hamilton (The Wizard of Oz)
Margaret's role as 'The Wicked Witch of the West' was of such epic proportions that there is little else she is associated with. She left a legacy which made the witch one of the most well-played villain roles and even though she starred in '13 Ghosts' (1960) and 'As the World Turns' (1956), it was the witch which bewitched the viewers.
#2 Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee)
The movie 'Crocodile Dundee' came in 1986 in which he played Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee, which was the only role he would be remembered for. He even starred in 'The Paul Logan Show' in Australia but his claim to fame was the Crocodile Dundee series of movies and nothing else.
#3 Mark Hamill (Star Wars)
Only he could be Luke Skywalker and once he is that, he could be nothing else. Such was his role and his performance in the Star Wars series that despite his presence on other sets and his voiceovers in other shows, he could never regain what he had as Skywalker and would forever be remembered for the same.
#4 Carrie Henn (Aliens)
When Carrie played Newt in the Alien (1979) sequel, Aliens (1986), she barely knew acting but such was her natural performance that she could never reach that peak again. But the fact was that she voluntarily too off from movies and TV and never really sought a career in acting again.
#5 Danny Lloyd (The Shining)
Danny played the role of Danny Torrance in Stanley Kubrick's classic movie 'The Shining' and did a TV movie a couple of years later but that was his only stint in the entertainment business as he dropped off the scene and was never seen in front of a movie camera again.
#6 Rupert Grint (The Harry Potter Series)
Rupert Grint's portrayal of Ron Weasley was so phenomenal that there could never be another Ron Weasley. But the actor, however, dropped off the radar and none of his other works (very few) ever made any kind of headline. His career is not yet over and hence chances of his re-emergence are quite strong.
#7 Henry Thomas (E.T. The Extra Terrestrial)
Playing Elliott was the peak of Henry's career and the sci-fi movie brought him much acclaim. His later performances, however, did not carry much weight and he remains a forgotten figure in public conscience despite having roles in 'Gangs of New York', 'Dear John', 'I’m With Lucy', 'Ouija', and 'Ouija 2'.
#8 Peter Ostrum (Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory)
The loveable child who won the Golden Ticket was an instant fan favorite and the movie is a classic, remains his only claim to fame. After the movie's success, he fell off Hollywood's radar and went on to become a veterinarian and leads a regular life away from the spotlight.
#9 Alex Winter (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure)
Alex starred opposite Keanu Reeves as Bill S. Preston in the movie 'Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure' and had his fair share of the limelight. After this, however, his performances were quite forgettable and none of his roles (in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, FOX’s Bones, Freaked etc.) could revive his career.
#10 Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie)
Shannon's recurring role as Nadia in the run-away success American Pie (series) has been the only time one could remember her on-screen presence. Though she did some roles in That 70's Show and starred in the 2016 movie Swing Away, she has mostly been the one movie wonder we are talking about.
#11 Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous)
Patrick's role as William Miller in Kate Hudson starrer 'Almost Famous', may be the only one that got him any fame and acclaim and he has since, been struggling to make any mark on the industry. His presence in movies like 'The Amateurs' (2005) and 'The Good Life' (2007) have almost been forgotten.
#12 Macaulay Culkin (Home Alone)
Macaulay may be one of the most famous one movie wonder of all times. After he finished the Home Alone series, the child actor grew into a troubled teen and following his drug abuse days, he fell off the radar, rarely to star prominently again.
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