10 “Next Big Thing” Actors Who Fizzled Out

Fame can be fleeting for an actor, especially a fledgling actor. One breakthrough role and Hollywood is set abuzz with talk of the next Brando, Olivier, Denzel Washington, or James Dean. Sadly, that buzz can be short-lived.

The first year is fire, but the second year could find the actor scrambling for minor movie roles and tv spots.

Recently someone asked, “Which actors began their careers as the ‘next big thing' but ended up fizzling out?” Here are the top-voted responses.

“Will Smith tried to buy his son Jaden into fame. Fortunately, I think they got the message after the third high-profile role nobody bothered to see,” one user suggested.

Jaden Smith

“To me, this is the best answer,” said one person, “Hollywood kept trying to make him famous. But the box office doesn't lie.” He's a good actor. He just had terrible luck choosing films. He was good playing that cult leader from Waco,” another argued.

Taylor Kitsch

“John Heder (Napoleon Dynamite),” shared one user, “He had the indy hit and then Blades of Glory with Will Ferrell. But School for Scoundrels bombed (deservedly), and I haven't heard from him since, but I may be missing something.”

John Heder

“His current career isn't scrambling for minor roles, but he got more chances than most actors before settling into the sidekick role,” stated one user. Another added, “Yeah, they tried to get him to carry Bourne and Mission Impossible, kinda weird.”

Jeremy Renner

“Cuba Gooding Jr? He peaked in Jerry Maguire, then sorta disappeared in a bunch of terrible movies,” one person suggested. Many people agreed, but another said, “Very true but his performance as OJ in American Crime Story was pretty solid.”

Cuba Gooding Jr.

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