15 Great Film Careers That Ended With Flops

Talented actors whose final roles weren't quite up to snuff
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2009 7:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – One well-placed stinker can mar an otherwise sterling legacy in film. The Onion AV Club gathers some of the saddest swan songs:

      1.-2. Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin, Cannonball Run II (1984). The Rat Pack starred in some mediocre movies, but nothing holds a candle to this spectacular bomb, which turned Sinatra off acting for good (Martin’s passing denied him another, more worthy conclusion).

  1. Bela Lugosi, Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959). Lugosi’s fall from Dracula stardom was mainly due to a continued battle with opiates, but it’s still a shame that his final performance is in what many agree to be the worst movie ever made. 
  2. Groucho Marx, Skidoo (1968). It’s sad to see Groucho check out in Otto Preminger’s confused comment on 1960s counterculture—but at least, as legend has it, he was actually high on LSD while making it.
  3. Bruce Lee, Game Of Death (1978). Lee’s untimely death meant that this film, which he wrote and was to direct, was completed with scenes shot using a Bruce Lee stand-in—and footage from Lee’s actual funeral.
Click the link to see the Onion's complete list.