Famous Actors Who Were Blacklisted from Hollywood
Actors and actresses are just like us, they get tired of working and can sometimes have a hard time even getting work. Although, it truly is a shame when one of your favorite celebrities doesn’t appear on screen anymore. Here are some of Hollywood’s biggest names who just don’t get cast anymore. Justin Bieber began his career in music. Shortly after getting a number of songs on the Top 40 lists, he moved to acting. Unfortunately, his erratic behavior kept him from landing any more roles.
Mo’nique made it big when she starred in Precious in 2009. After the movie, though, she seemed to have been blacklisted from working in Hollywood. Apparently, she was extremely difficult to work with.
There is no doubt that Mel Gibson is talented. However, after being pulled over for drunk driving and going on anti-Semitic rants, directors and producers refused to work with the troubled actor.
Charlie Sheen was best known for his role on Two and a Half Men. However, it was his abuse of drugs and alcohol that led to his downfall in the industry. He was even fired and killed off on the show.
Katherine Heigl held many important roles throughout her career. While she is extremely talented, she has a reputation for being very hard to work with. So, directors stopped giving her roles.
Dorothy Parker wrote incredible screenplays during the 1930’s and 40’s. Her most prominent work was with Alfred Hitchcock. After World War II, she was accused of being a Communist and was blacklisted from the film industry.
Vince Vaughn is known as Hollywood’s funny man, but that’s just about it. While he excels in comedies, that’s about all he can do. Nobody will hire him for anything but a comedic role.
Jim Caviezel’s most prominent and last role was Jesus in The Passion of the Christ. While the movie was powerful, he received a lot of backlash for acting in it and hasn’t been offered a role since.
Tippi Hedren has had a long and successful career as a model and actress. Her best known role was in The Birds. Unfortunately, working with Alfred Hitchcock caused many issues, especially when he froze her contract for years. This resulted in her quitting acting altogether.
Cee-Lo Green earned his fame with his hit song “F- You.” He had a role as a judge on The Voice and was in talks of having his own show. That all went down the drain when he was recorded going on a rant about homosexuality.
Kirk Cameron is best known for his role in Growing Pains. He hasn’t had an iconic role since, though, due to his strong Christian beliefs and preaching about all of the sinners in the world.
Roseanne Barr lost it all when she was fired from her reboot Roeseanne when she expressed just how racist she was on social media. She hasn’t been able to find a job ever since.
Thanks to his expressing homophobic ideas, Isaiah Washington hasn’t been able to land a role since his suspension from Grey’s Anatomy. He had called a costar a homophobic slur that hurt his career forever.
Thora Birch’s biggest role was in Hocus Pocus. She was never hired for another movie again due to her father assaulting a costar of hers on another movie she was filming.
Sondra Locke starred in multiple movies in the 1960’s. It was when she and Clint Eastwood broke up that her career went down hill. People believe that Eastwood’s prominence in Hollywood was the cause of it.
Stacey Dash earned her fame as an actress and talk show host. At first, she came off as a Democrat until President Obama came into office. She was fired from Fox News for being too racist and homophobic. Now she sticks to sharing her views on social media.
It takes a lot of courage to stand up to an abuser. Rose McGowan was one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. Unfortunately, Weinstein had McGowan blacklisted in Hollywood after her accusations.
Even Queen Bey has been blacklisted. However, it isn’t how you would think. Two of her songs are permanently banned by the Chinese government. Even Malaysia refused to let her come into the country because she didn’t respect the dress code for women.
The former Miss America winner was banned from Hollywood when nude photos of her were leaked. The organization stripped her of the prominent title. However, she was able to make a comeback when she released a song.
Martin Lawrence is problematic in many ways. However, it was when he interrupted SNL to preach about feminine hygiene that he was banned from the show forever. He will also make an occasional homophobic comment here and there.
During the Cold War and Red Scare, many prominent people were accused of being Communists. Actress Lena Horne was not immune to the accusations. Fortunately, she was able to find success again out of the public eye.
Dixie Chicks member Natalie Maines received a lot of backlash when she spoke out on national TV about President George W. Bush invading Iraq. Luckily the band itself wasn’t blacklisted, but she received a lot of hate and criticism.
Just like Lena Horne, Lloyd Bridges was blacklisted from working in Hollywood for being accused of having Communist ties. It took him a decade to finally clear his name.
Actress Josephine Baker was caught up in the anti-Communist movement in the US. It was her rumored ties that led to the downfall of her career. Thankfully she had French citizenship and lived there when she wasn’t allowed back into the US.
Snoop Dog has a reputation for smoking a ton of weed. He smokes so much of it that he has been banned from entering certain countries. For example, he is not allowed in Norway because he tried to bring weed into the country.
Orson Welles is responsible for the creation of one of the best movies known to Hollywood, Citizen Kane. However, many people had issues with the plot and the FBI even opened an investigation into Welles and his ties with the Communist party.
Katharine Hepburn may have never been blacklisted, but she was threatened and intimidated by the House Un-American Activities Committee. They had held her captive and tried their best to scare her from making any more movies.
Charlie Chaplin wasn’t allowed to come to America for quite a while when the FBI was investigating his support of charities. Later, they concluded that it was only a suspicion and he did nothing wrong.
Writer Arthur Miller was arrested after publishing The Crucible, a play based on the 1600’s witch hunt in Salem. However, he took inspiration from the Cold War and the Red Scare.
Even America’s favorite comedian was questioned during the Red Scare by the HUAC. Lucille Ball’s career could have ended quickly if her interviewer wasn’t such a fan of I Love Lucy.