There is nothing we at theTVaddict.com despise more than ungrateful actors. Which is why, in response to GOSSIP GUY Penn Badgley’s inexplicable insistence on dissing his day job — you know, the one that pays him ridiculous sums of money for what we’re fairly certain 99.999% of the country would kill for the opportunity to do — we wanted to take this opportunity to send him a message. A message that goes a little something like this: (a) STFU YOU UNGRATEFUL ACTOR! And (b) the grass is not always greener. As evidence by Today’s TV Addict Top 5.
Best known for: Bring sideburns back as BEVERLY HILLS 90210’s original bad boy Dylan McKay.
Career trajectory: In an attempt to find more mature roles, Perry exited the series in 1994. What he found was a string of forgettable characters in equally forgettable made-for-television movies such as INVASION and THE TRIANGLE as well as short-lived dramas like JEREMIAH, WINDFALL and JOHN FROM CINCINNATI.
Where are they now: Perry can next be seen this Saturday January 29 in the Hallmark Movie Channel Original Premiere of GOODNIGHT FOR JUSTICE, directed by fellow 90210 star Jason Priestley.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Best known for: Popularizing the “three name” moniker in the late 90’s as HOME IMPROVEMENT’s breakout star Randy Taylor.
Career trajectory: After asking to be let out of his HOME IMPROVEMENT contract to focus on his “studies,” the young man responsible for single-handedly keeping the teen magazine industry afloat during the late 90’s parlayed his post-IMPROVEMENT fame into plethora of of box office duds that eventually relegated him to guest star status on the likes of 8 SIMPLE RULES FOR DATING MY TEENAGER DAUGHTER [RIP] and VERONICA MARS [Double RIP!].
Where are they now: Although rumored to have given up acting entirely in leu of attending Columbia University, Thomas’ whereabouts is currently unknown.
Best known for: Forgoing millions upon millions — and yes, we can’t emphasize this enough — MILLIONS of dollars by walking away from AMERICAN IDOL after its first season in an effort to pursue an acting career.
Career trajectory: Career? What Career! Save for the occasional small screen guest spot on the likes of MISS MATCH, GHOST WHISPERER and LAS VEGAS, Dunkleman, his children, and his children’s children will forever have to live down what may in fact be the worst career move in the history of Hollywood.
Where are they now: More than likely contemplating suicide?
Best known for: Making out with Olivia WIlde on THE OC.
Career trajectory: Despite conflicting reports as to why exactly Barton left the show that turned her into a household name, her post OC resume would indicate it was to kick her movie career into high gear. Unfortunately what followed was a bunch of little-seen indie films, a guest appearance on LAW & ORDER: SVU and a failed comeback on the CW’s not-so BEAUTIFUL LIFE.
Where are they now: Making tabloid headlines.
Chad Michael Murray
Best known for: His penchant for quoting famous authors in 130 episodes of ONE TREE HILL in a not so believable attempt to give his cardboard cutout of a character a little depth.
Career trajectory: After exiting ONE TREE HILL (alongside co-star Hilarie Burton) over what reportedly boiled down to a very public salary dispute, Murray’s career has been stuck in neutral save for the recent ABC Family not-quite-holiday classic CHRISTMAS CUPID.
Where are they now: Collecting unemployment.