The Hollywood Walk of Fame has been around for nearly a century, and is widely seen as the defining glory a movie star can aspire to. However, while most of the luminaries of the industry can be found there, there are still a few figures that you may be surprised to see are missing there. We’re going to have a look at a few of the biggest stars that are yet to get their own spot on the Walk of Fame.
Will Smith is one of the most successful actors of our time. From his humble beginnings as a rapper, he made the jump to television portraying Will on the Fresh Prince of Belle Air. From there, more and more roles started to show up, with one of his first big breaks in Bad Boys alongside Martin Lawrence. Independence Day cemented his role as an A list celebrity, and he has remained there ever since. While his most recent offerings, such as the Netflix film Bright, have left many disappointed, he’s still one of the biggest actors of our times. Yet Smith still doesn’t have his own star on the Walk.
There was a period, in the 90’s, when it seemed like just about every film featured Julia Roberts. Her most famous film, Pretty Woman, was a favourite of the era, and she had a string of other hits. Notting Hill, the inaccurate Richard Curtis romcom, was a smash success. And she went against type in Erin Brokovich, the tale of a woman turned lawyer taking on major business. But despite her string of successes, Roberts still does not have her own star.
He may have nosedived recently, but there was a time when Robert De Niro was one of the most exciting actors in the business. His early roles in Scorsese grit films such as Taxi Driver and Meanstreets eventually moved ahead to the director’s genre-defining gangster films such as Heat, Goodfellas and the Godfather films. Of late, De Niro seems happy to appear in any old rubbish, and can be relied on to show up in a few abysmal films every year. But despite his earlier successes, he still goes without his own star.
How Did These Great Stars Go Unnoticed?
Spike Lee’s early films defined an era of black cinema. His first major success, Do the Right Thing, saw Lee portraying Mook, an average Brooklyn youth, on the hottest day of the year. A searing portrayal of racial tensions and hypocrisy, the film deservedly became a major touchstone of black portrayals in art. He followed up with a number of other films which never quite hit the energy that Do the Right Thing had. However, as a veteran director, it’s surprising that he’s never managed to get his own star.
Leonardo DiCaprio is another of the most successful stars of our time. He’s gone from being teen heartthrob to playing a diverse range of roles, and working with some of the best directors around. His career is still enjoying its high point, but despite this, DiCaprio is still absent from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Carrie Fisher, rest in peace. Best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, Fisher had a number of lesser known roles under her belt. She was perhaps better known for her own character. A beloved wit and raconteur, and scathingly honest about the shortcomings of both herself and those around her, Fisher’s death in 2016 left many deeply sad.