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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    most listed & added by carlybobarly age 39 b. 1975 - E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

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    added by carlybobarly age 52 b. 1962 - Tom Sawyer (1973), Freaky Friday (1976), Taxi Driver (1976)

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    the people's #1 & added by carlybobarly age 60 b. 1954 - "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-68), The Music Man (1962)

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    often listed & added by carlybobarly Died at 43 (1938-1981) b. 1938 - Tomorrow Is Forever (1946), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Rebel Without a Cause ...

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    added by krazykids1011 Died at 86 (1928-2014)

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    often listed & added by carlybobarly age 49 b. 1965 - Pretty Baby (1978), The Blue Lagoon (1980), Endless Love (1981)

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    added by carlybobarly Died at 79 (1932-2011) b. 1922 - Lassie Come Home (1943), The White Cliffs of Dover (1943), National Velvet (1944), ...

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    ranked low on reranks & added by carlybobarly age 32 b. 1982 - "7th Heaven" (1996-2006), I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

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    added by carlybobarly age 44 b. 1970 - Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Labyrinth (1986)

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    ranked low on reranks & added by carlybobarly age 33 b. 1981 - Radio Flyer (1992), Forever Young (1992), Forever Young (1992), The Adventures of ...

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    added by carlybobarly age 40 b. 1974 - Russkies (1987), Parenthood (1989)

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    added by carlybobarly age 35 b. 1979 - "Kids Incorporated" (1989-91), Sister Act 2 (1993), "Party of ...

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    often listed & added by carlybobarly age 41 b. 1973 - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), Cape Fear (1991)

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    ranked low on reranks & added by carlybobarly age 39 b. 1975 - Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), Chaplin (1992), Dazed and Confused (1993)

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    added by carlybobarly age 40 b. 1974 - Can't Buy Me Love (1988), My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988), It (1990)

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