View Full Version : Great Hollywood comebacks (actors, directors, etc.)

12-14-2008, 04:01 AM
Someone mentioned John Travolta and Robert Downey Jr. in another thread.

Who are some of the greatest comebacks/career makeovers?

William Haskins
12-14-2008, 04:51 AM
joan crawford and dennis hopper staged impressive comebacks.

and although it's unlikely to result in a sustained comeback, mickey rourke's role in the wrestler could rival travolta's reemergence in pulp fiction.

12-14-2008, 06:42 AM
I'm very interested in the Wrestler -- saw a preview and thought Rourke was impressive.

Celia Cyanide
12-14-2008, 06:37 PM
I saw this trailer, and I'm intrigued:


He might make a comeback, you never know.

12-14-2008, 06:40 PM
Sly Stallone in Rocky Balboa? John Rambo/Rambo IV? No?

12-14-2008, 06:59 PM
Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulvard.

Bette Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and as a crusty old broad TV guest for the rest of her life.

Dick Powell from musical star of the 1930s to tough guy of the 1940s and TV producer.

12-14-2008, 07:33 PM
Charlie Sheen.

ETA: Kiefer Sutherland

dolores haze
12-14-2008, 07:40 PM
There's some good buzz about Jean-Claude Van Damme's new movie, in which he plays himself as the washed-up action star that he is.

Jean Claude Van Damme Kicks His Own Ass (http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1857303,00.html)

12-14-2008, 08:01 PM
Leslie Nielsen revived his career when he switched from B-movie drama to comedy by linking up with Jim Abrahams and the Zucker Brothers (Airplane, The Naked Gun series)

12-14-2008, 08:02 PM
Ingrid Bergman. She was forced into exile for marrying Rossellini. Then she had her triumphant Hollywood return in Anastasia.

She's so beloved now, it's hard to imagine how the American public turned on her back then.

12-14-2008, 08:27 PM
Roman Polanski.

12-14-2008, 08:37 PM
Frank Sinatra, after Winchell and Gerald LK Smith helped push his career into maybe seven years of decline and he rebounded in 1954 after his Oscar win for From Here to Eternity.

12-14-2008, 11:00 PM
Gloria Swanson, Sunset Blvd, also staring Von Stroheim after a career hiatus, grievously felt :-(