They Deserved Better: 15 Actors And Their Final Performances In Bad Movies

Queen of the Damned PF WENN


You never know when your life’s ticket is going to get punched, so make everything you do something that matters. This adage can be applied to everyone, even Hollywood’s most rich and famous actors. For proof, see these 15 stars who climaxed their acting careers not with a bang, but with a whimper. Here are 15 final performances that happened in bad, forgettable movies.

Bernie Mac

Bernie Mac PF WENN


Bernie Mac wasn’t known for starring in particularly stellar films, but he made everything he appeared in substantially better. Yet some films were seemingly beyond even Mac’s golden touch. His last film before his untimely death was the John Travolta flop Old Dogs. Watch him putter around the background in the trailer below.


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  1. says:

    Sean Connery is not dead

    • says:

      one does not have to be dead to have made this list. for the loeg was so bad that it made sean decide he was done with acting for good. he did not want to be part of holly wood any more.

    • says:

      And it says so, right in the story, that while he is not dead, he is no longer acting.

      Learn to read.

  2. says:

    ^ Ur an idiot.

  3. says:

    Bernie Mac’s last movie was “Soul Men,” also a considerable flop.

  4. says:

    am I insane for loving street fighter

  5. says:

    I wonder what Lloyd Bridges would think if he knew he were being described as a “matriarch.”

  6. says:

    Transformers: The Movie is great. Sure, it’s a little childish, but who cares? It doesn’t really deserve to be on this list, regardless of Wells’ opinion of the material.

  7. says:

    Yeah Transformers: The Animated Movie is largely considered one of the best animated movies of all time. So Orson Wells shouldn’t even be on this list.

    • says:

      I’m a TF fan but be realistic. It’s a cult classic, not a good movie. It’s a bunch of fight scenes wrapped in a commercial. Or a bunch of commercials wrapped in a fight scene.

      • says:

        I completely agree with spackle. Yes, it holds a special place in the hearts of millions who saw it as a child (myself included), but it is not a good movie. It has a plot that could have been covered in a single episode of the show (a two-parter at most) and in the middle it goes off on tangents that are never really resolved. You could argue that they were setting up elements for the next season of the show, but a good movie stands on its own, and TFTM definitely does not.

    • says:

      It was his ‘biggest’ role of his career.

  8. says:

    omg… i love that whoever wrote this doesnt know what a matriarch is. Lloyd Bridges did not give birth to Jeff and Beau Bridges, he was the father, therefore PATRIARCH. Patriarch is the father, matriarch the mother…

    … idiot

  9. says:

    Maybe this movie doesn’t count as bad enough, but I still think Lawrence Olivier deserves a special place on lists like this for being turned into a digital zombie in “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” as the villian Dr. Totenkopf (whose name turns out to be both a spoiler and a bizarre inside joke).

  10. says:

    Lloyd Bridges is not a MATRIARCH – he’s a man. Who writes this stuff?

  11. says:

    No mention of Heath Ledger?!? His last movie ”The Imaginarium of Doctor something” was horrible.

    • says:

      I think people just ignore it pretend TDK was his last film, since only – approximately – 2 people not related to the cast and crew saw his last actual film. I’m not sure if that number has actually been confirmed and the total may be half what I have listed here.

  12. says:

    Wagons East is awesome

  13. says:

    Plan 9 from Outer Space is so bad, it’s good.

  14. says:

    Sean Connery still does some voice work. So he shouldn’t be on this list.

  15. says:

    No mention of poor Tom Arnold getting destroyed by The Stupids?

  16. says:

    The only good thing about “Trog” is that inspired John Landis’ spoof, “Schlock”.

  17. says:

    Wot – no love for “Cuban Rebel Girls”, Errol Flynn’s last film?

  18. says:

    It’s really too bad about “Queen of the Damned”. That was one of Rice’s best novels. The producers bought the rights and then sat on them until the last minute, when the rights were to revert back to Rice since they hadn’t ever done anything with them. So they hurriedly threw together a really badly done adaptation. I’d love to see a remake by another studio, done right this time. The story is intricate and quite engaging.

  19. says:

    The Man With The Snake on His Face was the Cats Arse. RIP you funny funny kind man

  20. says:

    Sean Connery is not dead. Wow…

  21. says:

    Sean Connery is not dead. Wow…

  22. says:

    I liked Wagons East. I’m going to go feel my forehead now.

  23. says:

    Was with ya till the last 2. There hasn’t been a better transformer since the 1987 animated classic. League of Extraordinary Men was a good movie too.

  24. says:

    The sad thing about Peter Sellers is that Fu Manchu came out not long after Being There, which Sellers was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. More than one critic (including Siskel and Ebert) noted that this was one of the saddest things they could remember in a brilliant career.

  25. says:

    hey this website is the most god-awful ad filled poorly written piece of sh!t I have ever seen. it even tried to install spyware.

  26. says:

    I didn’t think ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ was bad at all; I actually enjoyed it.

    • says:

      I agree with you, and why you say? Because I actually watched the movie.
      And, now I’m going to go spend this week’s spare money on a Blu-ray
      box-set with HD original included just to piss some haters off at the
      check-out counter.

  27. says:

    Come on, Raul Julia’s performance as Bison is legendary. The an KNEW he was dying and was fully aware how campy and ridiculous the movie was. He mostly made it because his kids loved Street Fighter.
    The brilliance of it is that Julia is bascally the only actor who DOESN’T try to take the movie seriously and said “If I’m going to act in something this ludicrous let’s go all the way” and it is EPIC.

  28. says:

    No mention of Edward G. Robinson in Soylent Green? That movie was awful. It looked more like a bad TV movie than a huge Hollywood production.

  29. says:

    Citizen Kane can be an instructional tool on how to make a soap opera – as far as movies go it fits the norm of what critics consider great the most of us who watch it will fall asleep during a snoozfest – too much self centered talking.

    while the people involved are talented they are not as good as they think they are or they they wouldn’t think we want to listen to them yammering on and on for the entire show

  30. says:

    Your adds keep changing size, forcing the article up and down the screen and making the whole page unreadable.

  31. says:

    Transformers 1986 is not all to bad.

  32. says:

    The Trial of the Pink Panther was not the last of Peter Seller’s movies, I remember him in “Being There” , a much better flick! Bravo Peter Sellers!

  33. says:

    I liked Sean Connery in “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” and every other performance he gave, me thinks thou doth protest to much!!!

  34. says:

    Trog was a good arcade game.

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