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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    Danny Pintauro

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    Kami Cotler

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    b. Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), The Devil's Advocate (1997), 54 (1998)
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    Zachary Ty Bryan

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    Saved By The Bell (1989)-(1993)
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    Johnny Whitaker

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    Brian Bloom

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    b. 1984 - Contact (1997), Stepmom (1998), Donnie Darko (2001)
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