There are those actors and actresses that just seem to embody a time period. Many stars found fame during the 1990s and while some are still relevant today, many of them peaked during that decade. Hollywood can be a fickle place. One moment, a celebrity is on top and the next, they’ve fallen from grace.
Yet, there are those celebs who managed to stay in the spotlight over the years. Many of these people saw huge success in the '90s and are still enjoying a lucrative career. They’ve maintained their fame and some of them are even more popular now than they were back then.
Please enjoy this list of 10 celebs who peaked in the '90s, plus 10 who are at their best now.
20 Totally Peaked: Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt was a '90s darling when she came on the scene in the 1997 film I Know What You Did Last Summer. She went on to play Sarah Reeves in the series Party of Five.
She’s still working but hasn’t been nearly as popular after becoming a mom.
19 At Their Best: Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris won our hearts when he played the role of Doogie Howser, MD. His career only blossomed from there when he took on the character of Barney Stinson on the beloved show How I Met Your Mother.
He’s since shown the world his singing abilities in Broadway productions.
18 Totally Peaked: Macaulay Culkin
Who could forget how adorable Macaulay Culkin was when he played Kevin on the '90s hit film Home Alone? He was one of the most famous child actors of his time.
He seems to have taken a step back from the spotlight as he has only been seen in cameos on obscure television shows.
17 At Their Best: Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston has some serious staying power. We all fell in love with her when she starred as Rachel Green on the hit show Friends. It really doesn’t get more '90s than that.
Although, she’s managed to remain relevant by marrying and divorcing Brad Pitt. The tabloids seem to worship her.
16 Totally Peaked: Amanda Bynes
Amanda Bynes had some serious comedic chops in the '90s that kept fans laughing in films like She’s The Man. She fell from grace after having a public meltdown on social media and left Hollywood for many years.
The former actress recently received an Associates of Arts degree from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.
15 At Their Best: Mario Lopez
Mario Lopez ruled the school as A.C. Slater in the popular '90s series Saved By the Bell. He’s managed to stay in the spotlight over the years, such as by starring in various television shows, movies, and on Broadway.
We mostly recognize him from his hosting duties on the daily show Extra.
14 Totally Peaked: Sarah Michelle Gellar
Fans of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer adored Sarah Michelle Gellar. She embodied female empowerment for teenage girls in the '90s as Buffy Summers.
These days she’s given up on acting and started her own organic bakery products. Although, she’ll always be the vampire slayer in our hearts.
13 At Their Best: Mel B
Mel B exploded onto the scene as Scary Spice of the Spice Girls in the '90s. The band introduced the world to girl power but have since broken up.
Mel B has continued to make a name for herself as a judge on a popular variety show, America's Got Talent. She shows no signs of slowing down.
12 Totally Peaked: Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan was one adorable little girl that won fans over when she starred in the film The Parent Trap. Her career seemed to be on track when she later played Cady Heron on the blockbuster hit, Mean Girls.
Things took a nosedive for her when she began hanging out with socialites and partying.
11 At Their Best: Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock was a '90s screen queen when she played alongside Keanu Reeves in the blockbuster film Speed. She’s remained in the spotlight over the decades and won an Academy Award for her role in the acclaimed movie The Blind Side.
Her latest stint as Malorie in Netflix’s Birdbox was a smashing success.
10 Totally Peaked: Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan totally peaked in the '90s. She was everybody’s sweetheart in films like Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail but has since ditched Hollywood.
We can’t help but wonder if the fact that she's had so many beauty treatments has anything to do with her disappearance. She’s hardly recognizable these days.
9 At Their Best: Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio was one of the biggest male stars in the 1990s, thanks to his role as Jack in Titanic. He’s managed to stay in the spotlight and scored several Oscar nominations over the years.
He finally won an Academy Award in 2016 for his performance in The Revenant.
8 Totally Peaked: Joey Lawrence
Joey Lawrence was the king of the small screen in the '90s when he starred in the popular television show Blossom.
He later featured the sitcom Melissa & Joey but has since fallen on hard times. People reported that he even sold some of his household items on eBay to make ends meet.
7 At Their Best: Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. is one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors and he’s been on the scene for a long time.
He’s managed to stay relevant from his early years of acting in the 1980s, well into today. His time as Tony Stark in the Iron Man films has cemented his fame.
6 Totally Peaked: Brendan Fraser
Brendan Fraser was a heavy-hitter in the 1990s and starred in a slew of successful films during that era. From the action-packed film The Mummy to funnier roles like Encino Man, he was a staple on the big screen.
He left acting due to personal reasons but we’re all hoping that he’ll make a comeback.
5 At Their Best: Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder was the ultimate '90s princess when she starred in the Gen X film, Reality Bites. She faced a personal drama and it seemed like she might be done with acting for good.
Luckily for her, she was tapped to star in Netflix’s smash hit Stranger Things and is back on top.
4 Totally Peaked: Melissa Joan Hart
Any child from the '90s will remember Melissa Joan Hart from her time on the television series Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She came back into the limelight when she starred alongside Joey Lawrence in the show Melissa & Joey.
Sadly, her star will never shine brighter than it did in the year 1996.
3 At Their Best: Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate first found fame as Kelly Bundy in the television show Married with Children. Who knew that she had so much staying power?
She’s totally made a name for herself on the big screen and has been cast in many comedies over the years. This funny lady has what it takes to stay on top.
2 Totally Peaked: Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen is another actor who seems like he’s been around forever. We all know him from his various film roles but perhaps he is most remembered for his time on the television show Two and a Half Men.
He pretty much had a public breakdown and is no longer “winning.”
1 At Their Best: Will Smith
Will Smith started out in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the '90s. He slowly transformed into one of Hollywood’s most respected actors.
He’s still a major player on the Hollywood scene and most recently starred in Disney’s film Aladdin. We feel like nothing is going to stop this guy.
References: People, IMDb