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  • Marcus Dixon
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    Winning an Emmy is oftentimes the biggest moment in a star’s career. But sometimes, it also strangely signals the END of their career.

    Dennis Franz is a strange example of the latter. After winning four times as Best Drama Actor for “NYPD Blue,” he completely disappeared off the face of the planet. Is he doing plays now? Did he retire? Where are you, Andy Sipowicz?!

    Who else went nowhere after winning Emmys?

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    BTN
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    #365855

    He was a veteran actor who retired. I thought this was about Roxana zal.

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    BamaEd
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    #365856

    Roxana Zal is a GREAT example. Blanche Baker didn’t have a huge career after her Emmy either. Melanie Mayron disappeared from acting but has done some directing.

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    #365857

    I would add John Lithgow to this list. He won four emmys combined for 3rd rock from the sun and Dexter but what movies or plays is he doing now?? 

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    #365858

    Lithgow was in Love Is Strange and Interstellar last year.

    Whatever happened to Loretta Swit? 

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    BenitoDelicias
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    #365859

    I think a lot of us know about Valerie Mahaffey because of Desperate Housewives (Alma, Orson’s wife). She’s gotten much more recognizable work after that performance than after her Northern Exposure win, which I think was a very weird win to begin with. I think she would’ve qualified for this thread had it not been for DH. 

    Thanks to her performance and Emmy win, you would think Tammy Blanchard would be far more popular. She never really took off. 

    Kristen Johnston just wrapped about three seasons of The Exes, but she was gone for way too long. Waaaay too long.  

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    BenitoDelicias
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    I went through a list on Wikipedia and found:

    Michael Goorjian, who won for playing Kirstie Alley’s son on David’s Mother. I can’t even picture him, I have no idea who he is and he hasn’t done much.  

    Tom Hulce also won an Emmy, he qualifies for this thread and an Oscar nominees thread, the only other role besides Amadeus I can think of is some father or teacher role on a movie (I had to go to IMDB to remember it was Jumper, and that was 2008). I can’t think of anything else he’s done on screen.

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    Yes to Michael Goorjian. So great in David’s Mother and I think he was on Party of Five but then…

    Tom Hulce on Wiki it said retired to produce & direct for the stage. Shame he never took off more after Amadeus. I guess he wasn’t interested in the Hollywood game?

    I almost mentioned Tammy Blanchard earlier as well. I still remember her first from Guiding Light. 

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    Tom Hulce also won an Emmy, he qualifies for this thread and an Oscar nominees thread, the only other role besides Amadeus I can think of is some father or teacher role on a movie (I had to go to IMDB to remember it was Jumper, and that was 2008). I can’t think of anything else he’s done on screen.

    He played Steve Martin’s brother in Parenthood.

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    The Emmys are just a cut above the Tonys in terms of career advancement–which isn’t saying much–so there are many “Whatever happened to…?” cases, even among multiple winners. Another factor for their fading presence is that film actors increasingly started branching out into television in the 2000s, keeping the Emmy favorites of years past out of work or limiting them to secondary or even tertiary roles–Sharon Gless spoke about this in her Archive of American Television interview.

    Barbara Bosson (Hill Street Blues, Murder One; retired)
    Susan Dey (L.A. Law; retired)
    Michael Learned (The Waltons, Nurse)
    Daniel J. Travanti (after Hill Street Blues, a slew of unmemorable series–mostly guest work–until re-emergence on Boss)

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    ^Susan Dey never won an Emmy.

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    John Lithgow was also the main antagonist in Shrek around the time 3rd Rock was ending, and (since Dexter) had a large supporting part in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and has done a fair amount of Broadway work over the last several years (getting a Tony nom for The Columnist in 2012). I’d say he’s been fairly active.

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    Chad Lowe would be inclined to be here too if not for his Mr. Hilary Swank phase.

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    I thought of another one, Larry Drake from LA Law. I think his unconventional looks hurt him, and some people probably thought he was the character he played. After LA Law, he was relegated to the horror film Dr. Giggles and SyFy movies.

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    Christine Lahti! I mean yes she does a lot of episodice TV, but I would think she should have her own series by now!  She was pretty much the best part of Chicago Hope, along with Hector Elizondo.   

    Sela Ward really deserved a better post-Once & Again career.

    hmmm who else?

    Merrit Wever? is it too soon to include her?

     

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