One Hit Wonders – It’s Not What You Think

When it comes to one hit wonders, we all tend to think of the music industry. Macarena, Mambo Number 5, Vanilla Ice, Rick Astley. You can probably reel off a list as long as your arm. But what about one hit wonders in other fields? What other stars burnt brightly before sizzling out?

  • Alexey Pajitnov. Who? Exactly. He is the guy who created Tetris. Although he has created other games since, I doubt you would have heard any of them. Just to add to his story, he also got screwed out of royalties to the Tetris franchise until 1996.
  • Buster Douglas. During the 80’s Mike Tyson had an air of invincibility about him. He destroyed all who stood in his way. Seriously, check out the highlights video below. Tyson was an absolute monster. However, that all changed in 1990 when Buster Douglas somehow managed to defy the odds and beat him and become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. A title he lost the very next fight, losing in the third round against Evander Holyfield.

Mike Tyson Highlights

  • Dr Henry Heimlich. Recognise the name, right? Well known for creating the Heimlich maneuver and saving countless lives. However, he also tried to create other maneuvers, all of which were down right dangerous and not at all helpful.
  • DeLorean Motor Co. Strictly speaking, it never even had one hit. I mean, we all remember the car from the Back to the Future movies but by the time the first movie was released, DeLorean had already gone out of business. Without those movies, the company would be hardly a blip in history.
  • George Lazenby. Landed the role of James Bond in 1969, right after Sean Connery. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was a success, but he chose not to continue with the role. Partly for fears of typecasting and partly because he thought he would be the next “big thing” in Hollywood. His acting career never really took off. Although it should be pointed out that with a net worth of $100 million, he probably doesn’t care too much.
  • Harper Lee. Wrote the classic To Kill A Mockingbird and then promptly did nothing else.
  • James K. Polk. Was President of the USA for one term between 1845 – 1849. He campaigned on getting everything he needed to accomplish done in one term, promising that he cared about the country, not the power of the role. And he delivered on it. We could do with more like him.
  • Josh Trank. He was an up and coming director who landed his first hollywood blockbuster. Unfortunately, that movie was Fantastic Four (2015). Due to that and his reported bad behaviour on set, he lost a spot directing a stand alone Star Wars movie.
  • Timmy Smith. Picked by the Washington Redskins in the 1987 NFL draft. That year, he went on to win the Super Bowl and set a record for 204 rushing yards in one game. Unfortunately for him, this was a high point. Less than 3 years later he would be cut from the Dallas Cowboys and never play in the NFL again. In 2005 he was arrested for trying to sell cocaine to an undercover police officer in Denver.
  • Peter Ostrum. Played the original Charlie in the 1971 movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. And then promptly never acted again after deciding he wanted to be a veterinarian.
  • Tom Anderson. You might remember him as just Tom, your friend from MySpace. Founded the company in 2003, sold it to News Corp for $580 million in 2005 and now enjoys spending his time as a photographer and delivering burns on Twitter:

One Hit Wonders - MySpace Tom Anderson

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