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The Top 10 Acting One-Hit Wonders

by dsussman   March 10, 2010 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 9,577


5. Jeff Cohen

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Oh, Chunk. Who can forget the Truffle Shuffle? I sure as s**t can’t.

As far as The Goonies cast went, Jeff Cohen’s portrayal of the loveable Chunk totally stole the show throughout the 1985 epic. This is quite ironic because he was one of the few actors in the film that didn’t go on to bigger and better things. Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, and even Corey Feldman all went on to have their very own solo successes. Even though Jonathan Ke Quan (Data) didn’t really do much after Goonies, he still had Temple of Doom on his resume.

How can a kid as talented and awesome as Cohen only go on to do roles on ABC Afterschool Specials and Family Ties episodes? He was in one of the biggest movies of the ‘80s and has one of the most memorable roles!

Cohen eventually went on to study at Berkeley and later became an entertainment lawyer after studying at UCLA’s School of Law in 2002. Variety even named Cohen to The Hollywood Reporter's Next Generation: Hollywood's Top 35 Executives 35.

 

4. Linda Blair

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Few can argue this one. As Regan in 1973’s The Exorcist, 13-year old Linda Blair played the role of a lifetime as a young girl possessed by the devil himself. Blair received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, as well as Golden Globe and People's Choice Award wins. Blair also received a Golden Globe nomination for the Most Promising Female Star category.

Although, for Blair, things never seemed to get any bigger than they did with The Exorcist. She went on to do the not-so-great 1977 sequel Exorcist II: The Heretic and eventually became a B-movie pin-up girl. Blair starred in raunchy cult classics like Chained Heat, posed semi-nude for the Playboy spin-off magazine Oui, and even dated Rick James for a while. It’s sad to say that Linda didn’t live up to the hype that her performance in The Exorcist created. Mama is still rad, though.

 

3. Paul Hogan

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Sure he’s freakin’ huge in Australia, but here in the States, Paul Hogan is only known for playing the lovable Aussie Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee.

In the ‘80s, Paul Hogan became a household name with the mind-boggling success of Dundee and even won a Golden Globe for his efforts. For a film that grossed more than 360 million dollars worldwide, you would think Hogan would have went on to do something a little bit more substantial than Almost an Angel and f***ing Flipper. It is true the sequel to Dundee was hated by every single critic around, but the fact that it made $230 million cannot be denied. I know the dude is a foreign actor, but how in the hell does such a big star fall off the map so hard? Hogan has admitted that he declined roles in the films Ghost and Three Men and a Baby. Sounds like this dude’s agent kinda blew the big one.

 

2. Jaye Davidson

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Even though he did play Ra in the box office behemoth Stargate, Davidson is really only known for his role as the transsexual Dil in the notorious flick The Crying Game. Davidson was even nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 1993 Academy Awards for his groundbreaking work. Although after doing Stargate in 1994, Davidson totally quit the biz and apparently took back the job he had before The Crying Game, working as a fashion assistant in London. IMDb shows Jaye doing one acting gig since 1994, but I doubt his role as a Nazi photographer in the film The Borghilde Project is really all that appealing 16 years after the fact.

 

1. Mark Hamill

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Yes, Mark Hamill. The man was in three of the biggest films ever made and somehow went from an international superstar to a straight up B-movie actor.

Now there is no doubt that the man is extremely talented as a performer, but is still blows my mind that after being the most famous Jedi on the planet he went on to voice an animated Joker and star in odd low budget sci-fi flicks like Guyver. I am totally aware that he still works constantly and is an extremely gifted voiceover actor, but I'm a little surprised that Lucas or Steven Spielberg never hooked Hamill up with some awesome role in one of their over-the-top big budget movies. A small role in Amazing Stories was the best someone like Spielberg could do? What a burn. I know the guy got his face mashed up in a gnarly car accident, but that doesn’t mean the man doesn't still have the acting chops to still bring the magic onscreen.

 

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