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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, though. 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.

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

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    Drew Barrymore

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    b. 1975 - E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
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    Jodie Foster

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    b. 1962 - Tom Sawyer (1973), Freaky Friday (1976), Taxi Driver (1976)
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    Ron Howard

    1954 More
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    b. 1954 - "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-68), The Music Man (1962)
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    Natalie Portman

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    b. 1981 - The Professional (1994), Heat (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996),
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    Christina Ricci

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    b. 1980 - Mermaids (1990), The Addams Family (1991), Addams Family Values (1993), Casper ... more
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    b. 1972 - "Who's the Boss?" (1984-1992)
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    Leonardo DiCaprio

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    b. 1974 - "Growing Pains" (1991-92)
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    b. 1951 - "The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit" (1968), "The Computer Wore Tennis ... more
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    Reese Witherspoon

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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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    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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    Natalie Wood

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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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    Neil Patrick Harris

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    b. 1973 - "Doogie Howser, M.D." (1989-1993)
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    b. 1971 - "Married... with Children" (1987-97)
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    b. 1922 - Lassie Come Home (1943), The White Cliffs of Dover (1943), National Velvet (1944), ... more
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    Winona Ryder

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    b. 1971 - Lucas (1986), Beetlejuice (1988), Heathers (1989)
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    b. 1965 - Pretty Baby (1978), The Blue Lagoon (1980), Endless Love (1981)
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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. 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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    Jennifer Connelly

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    b. 1970 - Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Labyrinth (1986)
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    Fred Savage

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    b. 1976 - The Princess Bride (1987), "The Wonder Years" (1988-1993), Little Monsters ... 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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    Jeff Bridges

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    b. 1949 - "Sea Hunt" (1958-60), "The Lloyd Bridges Show" (1962-63), The ... more
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    b. 1981 - Camp Nowhere (1991), "Flipper" (1995-96)
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    Tiffani Thiessen

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    b. 1974 - Saved By The Bell (1989-1993)
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    Helen Hunt

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    b. 1963 - "Amy Prentiss" (1974-75), "The Swiss Family Robinson" (1975-76) ... more
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    Melissa Gilbert

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    Jessica Biel

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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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    Sean Astin

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    b. 1971 - The Goonies (1985), Like Father Like Son (1987)
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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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    Sarah Michelle Gellar

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    Molly Ringwald

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    b. 1983 - "That '70s Show" (1998)
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    Hayden Panettiere

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    b. 1989 - "One LIfe to Live" (1994-97), Guiding Light (1997-2000), Remember the ... more
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    Scarlett Johansson

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    b. 1984 - North (1994), Just Cause (1995), Manny & Lo (1996), Ghost World (2001)
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    b. 1975 - Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), Chaplin (1992), Dazed and Confused (1993)
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    b. 1974 - Russkies (1987), Parenthood (1989)
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    b. 1985 - "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" (1994-96), Harriet the Spy (1996), ... more
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    b. 1974 - "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003), American Pie (1999)
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    Josh Brolin

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    b. 1968 - The Goonies (1985)
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    Tatum O'Neal

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    Juliette Lewis

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    b. 1973 - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), Cape Fear (1991)
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    Valerie Bertinelli

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    Seth Green

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    b. 1974 - Can't Buy Me Love (1988), My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988), It (1990)
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    Ricky Schroder

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    b. 1980 - Lassie (1994), Species (1995), Killing Mr. Griffin (1997), "Dawson's Creek ... more
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    Soleil Moon Frye

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