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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    age 29 b.1986 - "Even Stevens" (1999-2003), "The Battle of Shaker Heights" (2003)

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    age 41 b. 1974 - Can't Buy Me Love (1988), My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988), It (1990)

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    age 40 b. 1975 - Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), Chaplin (1992), Dazed and Confused (1993)

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    age 26 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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    age 34 b. 1981 - Camp Nowhere (1991), "Flipper" (1995-96)

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    age 35 b. 1980 - Uncle Buck (1989), Home Alone (1990), My Girl (1991), The Good Son (1993)

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    age 30 b. 1985 - "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" (1994-96), Harriet the Spy (1996), "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (2000-2003)

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    age 33 b. 1982 - The Piano (1993), Fly Away Home (1996), Amistad (!997), She's All That (1999)

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    age 36 b. 1979 - "My So-Called Life" (1994-95), Little Women (1994), Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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    age 45 b. 1970 - Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Labyrinth (1986)

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    age 31 b. 1984 - North (1994), Just Cause (1995), Manny & Lo (1996), Ghost World (2001)

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    age 32 b. 1983 - "That '70s Show" (1998)

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    age 44 b. 1971 - The Goonies (1985), Like Father Like Son (1987)

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    age 38 b. 1977 - "All My Children" (1993-1995), "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003)

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    age 41 b. 1974 - Empire of the Sun (1987), Newsies (1992)

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    age 41 b. 1974 - Saved By The Bell (1989-1993)

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    age 39 b. 1976 - The Princess Bride (1987), "The Wonder Years" (1988-1993), Little Monsters (1989)

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    age 41 b. 1974 - Russkies (1987), Parenthood (1989)

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    age 36 b. 1979 - "Kids Incorporated" (1989-91), Sister Act 2 (1993), "Party of Five" (1995-99), House Arrest (1996)

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    age 50 b. 1965 - Pretty Baby (1978), The Blue Lagoon (1980), Endless Love (1981)

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    age 44 b. 1971 - Lucas (1986), Beetlejuice (1988), Heathers (1989)

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    age 66 b. 1949 - "Sea Hunt" (1958-60), "The Lloyd Bridges Show" (1962-63), The Loner (1965)

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    age 46 b. 1969 - "Little House on the Prairie" (1981-82), "Silver Spoons" (1982-84)

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    Died at 79 (1932-2011) b. 1922 - Lassie Come Home (1943), The White Cliffs of Dover (1943), National Velvet (1944), Little Women (1949)

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    age 33 b. 1982 - Little Women (1994), Interview with the Vampire (1994), Jumanji (1995) The Virgin Suicides (1999)

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    age 34 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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    Died at 43 (1938-1981) b. 1938 - Tomorrow Is Forever (1946), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

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    age 44 b. 1971 - "Married... with Children" (1987-97)

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    age 33 b. 1982 - "7th Heaven" (1996-2006), I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

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    age 21 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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    age 64 b. 1951 - "The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit" (1968), "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" (1969)

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    age 34 b. 1981 - A River Runs Through It (1992), Angels in the Outfield (1994), "3rd Rock from the Sun" (1996-2001)

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    age 34 b. 1981 - The Professional (1994), Heat (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996),

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    age 43 b. 1972 - "Who's the Boss?" (1984-1992)

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    age 39 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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    age 41 b. 1974 - "Growing Pains" (1991-92)

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    age 61 b. 1954 - "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-68), The Music Man (1962)

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    age 53 b. 1962 - Tom Sawyer (1973), Freaky Friday (1976), Taxi Driver (1976)

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    age 40 b. 1975 - E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

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