Banner Image: Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com
In today’s Hollywood you can find tons of ‘90s celebrities that are still going strong (if not stronger) in 2020. But for every Jennifer Aniston or Brad Pitt, there are many other actors, singers and athletes that faded into obscurity along with the decade.
Let’s take a look and see how well you remember these somewhat tarnished stars. Here are 15 celebrities from the ‘90s you may have forgotten about.
Her career couldn’t be resuscitated. Yasmine Bleeth bounced to fame as she ran down the beach in the oh-so-90s series, Baywatch. In 1995, she was named one of the world’s most beautiful people in People Magazine.
Unfortunately, she partied like it was 1999 and did her first stint in rehab in 2000. Since then, it’s been a rocky road for the actress. But she’ll always be remembered for her role as the lifeguard every boy wanted to get mouth to mouth from.
Was he ever really funny? Pauly Shore was an MTV VJ in the early ‘90s that hosted their Spring Break parties and even had his own show, Totally Pauly.
His 1992 comedy Encino Man was a mild hit but after that, the laughs kind of stopped coming. His movies Son In Law, In the Army Now, Jury Duty and Bio-Dome were lambasted by the critics and also failed at the box office.
After that, Shore was pretty much washed up.
This yodeler from Alaska lived out of her car for a time while she traveled around the country doing small gigs. Then in 1995, she hit the top of the charts with her breakout album, Pieces of You.
Her hit singles “You Were Meant for Me”, “Who Will Save Your Soul” and “Foolish Games” were all over the radio. But somewhere along the line she went from cool to kitsch. And although Jewel continues to record and perform, her star has definitely dimmed.
Remember this heartthrob? He starred in movies like Camp Nowhere and 10 Things I Hate About You as the good looking jerk. And he did a lot of small roles in ‘90s TV hits like 7th Heaven, Party of Five and Step By Step.
Bizarrely, he stepped back from acting to found a church called Full Circle.
He called it a new religion. Other people claimed it was a cult. Whatever the case, the church closed in 2017, and his career has gone to hell. Maybe he should have been a Scientologist.
Along with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, Hulk Hogan (Terry Gene Bollea) formed a part of the wrestling trio, the New World Order. These bad boys of wrestling were often showered with garbage and kept audiences riveted in the mid-‘90s.
He also starred in family movies like Suburban Commando, Mr. Nanny and Santa with Muscles.
And while the Hulk hasn’t officially thrown in the towel yet, he’s no longer the biggest star of the ring. Guess all wrestlers have to take a dive sometime.
Hootie and the Blowfish
Their album Cracked Rear View was the best selling album of 1995. It was also the pinnacle of their career. Still, most of us can remember singing along to their hit “Only Wanna Be With You.”
Frontman Darius Rucker (Hootie), eventually went off to start a solo country career in which he’s had a fair amount of success. As far as country fans are concerned, Hootie doesn’t blow.
He’ll be forever immortalized as Jerry Seinfeld’s quirky neighbor, Cosmo Kramer. But after a failed comeback series and a racist rant at a 2006 comedy show, Michael Richards fell into disgrace and then obscurity.
Despite clumsy attempts and apologies over the years, nobody seems to want to see this guy around anymore. Guess some things you just don’t recover from.
Brandy was a huge crossover star in the ‘90s with a successful singing career and her own sitcom on UPN, Moesha. Unfortunately, she’s kept a low-profile since a car accident in 2006. Since then she’s appeared in a few guest star roles and performed on Dancing with the Stars.
But the ‘90s were definitely her hey-day.
Though she played a good girl on the hit series Beverly Hills 90210, it appears her behavior behind the scenes was less than commendable. She was removed from the show by angry producers and also booted off of her other series Charmed.
Like most TV stars with a tarnished reputation, she eventually made her way to reality TV and Dancing with the Stars. But as far as major fame goes, it’s 9021-over for this ‘90s actress.
David Arquette was famous in the ‘90s for his role in Scream and for being married to Courtney Cox, who he met on the set of the movie. Other films you might remember him in are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Never Been Kissed and Airheads.
Ever wonder where he went to when he seemed to fall off the radar? Wrestling!!
He was actually a WCW World Heavyweight Champion at one point. WCW? I mean, WTF? Most people leap from wrestling to acting. Not the other way around.
PS: He almost died from a slash on the neck in a 2018 match. And he thought acting was cutthroat.
Calista Flockhart burst onto the Hollywood scene with the quirky law show Ally McBeal. And though she did later have a run on the hit show Brothers and Sisters, she was never as popular as she was back in the’90s.
In 2002 she met Harrison Ford. The two were eventually married and still are today. So she may not be an A-lister. But she is a Mrs. A-lister.
Christian Slater was definitely a big-time movie star in the ‘90s. He starred in Heathers, True Romance, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles and Broken Arrow to name a few.
But his career slowed down when his reputation for being a Hollywood bad boy crossed over into real life. He was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend while under the influence, and after that the show was pretty much over.
These days he mostly does voice work.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
This child actor and Tiger Beat pinup co-starred in Home Improvement and was also the voice of Simba in 1994’s The Lion King.
But he pretty much dropped out of the public eye when he went to pursue his education at Harvard and Columbia. Good for you, JTT!
At least that’s one child actor that didn’t go down the road to ruin (and rehab).
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.
Sarah was everywhere in the ‘90s. When she wasn’t kicking butt on the popular TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she was starring in films like I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream 2 and Cruel Intentions.
These days her leading role is as mother and wife to another 90s star, Freddie Prinze Jr. He got famous as a heartthrob in She’s All That and I Know What You Did Last Summer. After that, his star slowly faded.
But he did release a cookbook. Something to do once your career has fizzled, I suppose.
You might also be interested in: 17 Images From the ‘90s That Will Definitely Take You Back