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At the height of their careers, these celebrities left their breakout gigs to explore other opportunities, finish school or move on professionally. With many of these celebrities starring in their breakout roles, they decided to part ways and to not continue riding the wave of a solo-role stardom.

In the case Dave Chappelle, we’re seeing a comeback, with the comedian back on the stand-up tour and doing media interviews like this one in The New York Times. Here are nine celebrities who left the fame of their major roles at the height of their success and may not make the same move.

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