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Jack Gleeson

After playing the loathsome Joffrey Baratheon on Game of Thrones, Jack Gleeson decided that he was ready to say goodbye to Hollywood. "I just stopped enjoying it as much as I used to," he told Entertainment Weekly back in 2014. ". . . When you make a living from something, it changes your relationship with it. It's not like I hate it, it's just not what I want to do." Following Joffrey's death in season four, Gleeson graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2015, where he majored in philosophy and theology. He also became part of the Dublin-based theater company, Collapsing Horse.

21 Celebrities Who Decided to Retire From Acting Way Too Soon

Hollywood is tough, guys. Though some actors have sustained careers over several generations, others have burned out after only a single role. Some actors have thrived, while others have ended up spending more time in the tabloids than in front of the camera. Not everyone leaves Tinseltown of their own volition, but whether they've been forced out or opted out, there are several young actors who decided to ditch Hollywood surprisingly early in their careers. We've rounded up some of the most unexpected retirements in Hollywood, and while some of these celebs have considered going back, others have decided they're done with acting for good.


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