The Greatest Former Child Stars People
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The Greatest Former Child Stars

List Criteria: Actors who became stars before they were 18 and remain successful and famous as adults

List of Hollywood kids: actors who grew up on the big screen and child stars you recognize working today. While there are many child stars, it takes someone special to make it from kid to adult in the entertainment industry. There are lots of pitfalls a former child star can succumb to, like drug use, gambling, and other addictions. It's also hard to overcome the fact that, in many cases, you simply cannot just 'get by' on your cute kid looks.

Who are the most successful former child stars? Some young actors actually do make the crossover into adulthood. These former child stars are some of the few that have made it over the hurdle of adolescence and into adulthood in tact - people like Jason Bateman, Natalie Portman, Neil Patrick Harris and even Ron Howard. They not only made it out of the former child star pit unscathed, but have florished as adult working actors, writers and directors.
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    Drew Barrymore

    1975 More
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    b. 1975 - E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
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    1981 More
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    b. 1981 - The Professional (1994), Heat (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996),
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    1962 More
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    b. 1962 - Tom Sawyer (1973), Freaky Friday (1976), Taxi Driver (1976)
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    Ron Howard

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    b. 1954 - "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-68), The Music Man (1962)
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    1974 More
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    b. 1974 - "Growing Pains" (1991-92)
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    b. 1972 - "Who's the Boss?" (1984-1992)
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    b. 1976 - The Man in the Moon (1991), A Far Off Place (1993), Jack the Bear (1993), Return to ... more
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    b. 1951 - "The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit" (1968), "The Computer Wore Tennis ... more
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    b. 1980 - Mermaids (1990), The Addams Family (1991), Addams Family Values (1993), Casper ... more
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    Dakota Fanning

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    b. 1994 - I Am Sam (2001), Uptown Girls (2003), Man on Fire (2004), War of the Worlds (2005), ... more
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    b. 1938 - Tomorrow Is Forever (1946), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Rebel Without a Cause ... more
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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    b. 1981 - A River Runs Through It (1992), Angels in the Outfield (1994), "3rd Rock from ... more
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    1965 More
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    b. 1965 - Pretty Baby (1978), The Blue Lagoon (1980), Endless Love (1981)
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    b. 1973 - "Doogie Howser, M.D." (1989-1993)
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    Jason Bateman

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    b. 1969 - "Little House on the Prairie" (1981-82), "Silver Spoons" ...
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    b. 1971 - "Married... with Children" (1987-97)
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    Winona Ryder

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    b. 1971 - Lucas (1986), Beetlejuice (1988), Heathers (1989)
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    Elizabeth Taylor

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    b. 1922 - Lassie Come Home (1943), The White Cliffs of Dover (1943), National Velvet (1944), ... more
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    b. 1970 - Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Labyrinth (1986)
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    b. 1983 - "That '70s Show" (1998)
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    b. 1949 - "Sea Hunt" (1958-60), "The Lloyd Bridges Show" (1962-63), The ... more
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    Kirsten Dunst

    1982 More
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    b. 1982 - Little Women (1994), Interview with the Vampire (1994), Jumanji (1995) The Virgin ... more
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    Claire Danes

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    b. 1979 - "My So-Called Life" (1994-95), Little Women (1994), Romeo + Juliet (1996) ... more
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    1979 More
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    b. 1979 - "Kids Incorporated" (1989-91), Sister Act 2 (1993), "Party of ...
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    Elijah Wood

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    b. 1981 - Radio Flyer (1992), Forever Young (1992), Forever Young (1992), The Adventures of ... more
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    1976 More
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    b. 1976 - The Princess Bride (1987), "The Wonder Years" (1988-1993), Little Monsters ... more
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    b. 1974 - Saved By The Bell (1989-1993)
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    b. 1971 - The Goonies (1985), Like Father Like Son (1987)
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    Jessica Biel

    1982 More
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    b. 1982 - "7th Heaven" (1996-2006), I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)
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    Macaulay Culkin

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    b. 1980 - Uncle Buck (1989), Home Alone (1990), My Girl (1991), The Good Son (1993)
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    Anna Paquin

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    b. 1982 - The Piano (1993), Fly Away Home (1996), Amistad (!997), She's All That (1999)
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    b. 1963 - "Amy Prentiss" (1974-75), "The Swiss Family Robinson" (1975-76) ... more
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    b. 1974 - Russkies (1987), Parenthood (1989)
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    b. 1975 - Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), Chaplin (1992), Dazed and Confused (1993)
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    b. 1977 - "All My Children" (1993-1995), "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" ...
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    b. 1981 - Camp Nowhere (1991), "Flipper" (1995-96)
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    b. 1984 - North (1994), Just Cause (1995), Manny & Lo (1996), Ghost World (2001)
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    b. 1989 - "One LIfe to Live" (1994-97), Guiding Light (1997-2000), Remember the ... more
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    b. 1974 - Empire of the Sun (1987), Newsies (1992)
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    1968 More
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    b. 1968 - The Goonies (1985)
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    b. 1974 - Can't Buy Me Love (1988), My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988), It (1990)
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    b. 1974 - "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003), American Pie (1999)
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    Valerie Bertinelli

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    b. 1985 - "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" (1994-96), Harriet the Spy (1996), ... more
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    b. 1973 - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), Cape Fear (1991)
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