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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.

The Greatest Former Child Stars People
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Scream, Donnie Darko b. 1975 - E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

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    The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, Contact b. 1962 - Tom Sawyer (1973), Freaky Friday (1976), Taxi Driver (1976)

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    Titanic, Inception, The Departed b. 1974 - "Growing Pains" (1991-92)

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    The Simpsons, Arrested Development, Apollo 13 b. 1954 - "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-68), The Music Man (1962)

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    American Psycho, Legally Blonde, Election b. 1976 - The Man in the Moon (1991), A Far Off Place (1993), Jack the Bear (1993), Return to Lonesome Dove (1993)

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    Thor, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: ... b. 1981 - The Professional (1994), Heat (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996),

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    The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, 10 Things I Hate About You b. 1981 - A River Runs Through It (1992), Angels in the Outfield (1994), "3rd Rock from the Sun" (1996-2001)

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    Fort Apache, Heidi, The Little Colonel

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    The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - ... b. 1994 - I Am Sam (2001), Uptown Girls (2003), Man on Fire (2004), War of the Worlds (2005), Charlotte's Web (2006), The Runaways (2010)

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    How I Met Your Mother, Starship Troopers, The Smurfs b. 1973 - "Doogie Howser, M.D." (1989-1993)

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    Charmed, Commando, Fear b. 1972 - "Who's the Boss?" (1984-1992)

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    Sleepy Hollow, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Addams Family b. 1980 - Mermaids (1990), The Addams Family (1991), Addams Family Values (1993), Casper (1995), Now and Then (1995)

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    Blade: Trinity, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Illusionist b. 1982 - "7th Heaven" (1996-2006), I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

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    Forrest Gump, The Thing, The Fox and the Hound b. 1951 - "The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit" (1968), "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" (1969)

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The ... b. 1981 - Radio Flyer (1992), Forever Young (1992), Forever Young (1992), The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993), The Good Son (1993), North (1994), The War (1994), Flipper (1996)

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    Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3 b. 1982 - Little Women (1994), Interview with the Vampire (1994), Jumanji (1995) The Virgin Suicides (1999)

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    Star Trek, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice b. 1971 - Lucas (1986), Beetlejuice (1988), Heathers (1989)

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    West Side Story, The Searchers, Rebel Without a Cause b. 1938 - Tomorrow Is Forever (1946), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

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    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Mars Attacks!, Married... with ... b. 1971 - "Married... with Children" (1987-97)

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    Cleopatra, National Velvet, The Flintstones b. 1922 - Lassie Come Home (1943), The White Cliffs of Dover (1943), National Velvet (1944), Little Women (1949)

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    Criminal Minds, Tropic Thunder, I Know What You Did Last Summer b. 1979 - "Kids Incorporated" (1989-91), Sister Act 2 (1993), "Party of Five" (1995-99), House Arrest (1996)

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    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins b. 1974 - Empire of the Sun (1987), Newsies (1992)

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    The Other Guys, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Blue Lagoon b. 1965 - Pretty Baby (1978), The Blue Lagoon (1980), Endless Love (1981)

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scream 2, I Know What You Did Last Summer b. 1977 - "All My Children" (1993-1995), "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003)

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    Arrested Development, Juno, Tropic Thunder b. 1969 - "Little House on the Prairie" (1981-82), "Silver Spoons" (1982-84)

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    The Avengers, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier b. 1984 - North (1994), Just Cause (1995), Manny & Lo (1996), Ghost World (2001)

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    Gladiator, Signs, Hotel Rwanda b. 1974 - Russkies (1987), Parenthood (1989)

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    Iron Man, The Big Lebowski, Tron b. 1949 - "Sea Hunt" (1958-60), "The Lloyd Bridges Show" (1962-63), The Loner (1965)

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    Saved by the Bell, White Collar, Beverly Hills b. 1974 - Saved By The Bell (1989-1993)

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The ... b. 1971 - The Goonies (1985), Like Father Like Son (1987)

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    The Princess Bride, Modern Family, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia b. 1976 - The Princess Bride (1987), "The Wonder Years" (1988-1993), Little Monsters (1989)

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    Sin City, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four b. 1981 - Camp Nowhere (1991), "Flipper" (1995-96)

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    Family Guy, Black Swan, Oz the Great and Powerful b. 1983 - "That '70s Show" (1998)

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    A Cinderella Story, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Lizzie McGuire

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gossip Girl, EuroTrip b. 1985 - "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" (1994-96), Harriet the Spy (1996), "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (2000-2003)

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    Homeland, Princess Mononoke, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines b. 1979 - "My So-Called Life" (1994-95), Little Women (1994), Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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    Remember the Titans, A Bug's Life, Heroes b. 1989 - "One LIfe to Live" (1994-97), Guiding Light (1997-2000), Remember the Titans (2000), "Ally McBeal" (2001-02), "Heroes" (2006-2010)

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    Dazed and Confused, The Fifth Element, Married... with Children b. 1975 - Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), Chaplin (1992), Dazed and Confused (1993)

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    Requiem for a Dream, A Beautiful Mind, Labyrinth b. 1970 - Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Labyrinth (1986)

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    Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Jacob's Ladder b. 1980 - Uncle Buck (1989), Home Alone (1990), My Girl (1991), The Good Son (1993)

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    As Good as It Gets, Cast Away, Twister b. 1963 - "Amy Prentiss" (1974-75), "The Swiss Family Robinson" (1975-76)

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    True Blood, X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand b. 1982 - The Piano (1993), Fly Away Home (1996), Amistad (!997), She's All That (1999)

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I Met Your Mother, American Pie b. 1974 - "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003), American Pie (1999)

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    Family Guy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Austin Powers: International Man of ... b. 1974 - Can't Buy Me Love (1988), My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988), It (1990)

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    From Dusk till Dawn, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Natural Born ... b. 1973 - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), Cape Fear (1991)

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    No Country for Old Men, The Goonies, Guardians of the Galaxy b. 1968 - The Goonies (1985)

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    Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of ... b.1986 - "Even Stevens" (1999-2003), "The Battle of Shaker Heights" (2003)

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    Little House on the Prairie, The Soul Collector, The Miracle Worker

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    The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink

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