Being famous can be an wonderful thing. There’s the fame, the money, the access to anything and everything. It’s no wonder that so many people dream of being on the big screen or playing in arenas full of people. At the same time though, life in the public eye can be taxing.

Hollywood has crushed plenty of dreams and fame has derailed more than its fair share of careers. That’s why some people walk away. Here are 30 stars who made it big… but then they made the difficult choice to give it all up.

1. Known for his role as the reviled King Joffrey on Game of Thrones, actor Jack Gleeson grew to dislike the business side of acting and left to finish his education.