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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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    b. 1962 - Tom Sawyer (1973), Freaky Friday (1976), Taxi Driver (1976)
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    Natalie Portman

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    b. 1981 - The Professional (1994), Heat (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996),
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    Ron Howard

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    b. 1954 - "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-68), The Music Man (1962)
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    b. 1974 - "Growing Pains" (1991-92)
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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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    b. 1951 - "The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit" (1968), "The Computer Wore Tennis ... more
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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. 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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    b. 1973 - "Doogie Howser, M.D." (1989-1993)
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    b. 1965 - Pretty Baby (1978), The Blue Lagoon (1980), Endless Love (1981)
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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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    b. 1971 - Lucas (1986), Beetlejuice (1988), Heathers (1989)
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    b. 1970 - Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Labyrinth (1986)
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    b. 1982 - Little Women (1994), Interview with the Vampire (1994), Jumanji (1995) The Virgin ... more
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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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    b. 1981 - Radio Flyer (1992), Forever Young (1992), Forever Young (1992), The Adventures of ... more
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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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    b. 1963 - "Amy Prentiss" (1974-75), "The Swiss Family Robinson" (1975-76) ... more
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    b. 1982 - "7th Heaven" (1996-2006), I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)
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    b. 1971 - The Goonies (1985), Like Father Like Son (1987)
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    Joaquin Phoenix

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    b. 1974 - Russkies (1987), Parenthood (1989)
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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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    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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    Molly Ringwald

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