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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    Drew Barrymore

    1975 More
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    b. 1975 - E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
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    1962 More
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    b. 1962 - Tom Sawyer (1973), Freaky Friday (1976), Taxi Driver (1976)
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    1981 More
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    b. 1981 - The Professional (1994), Heat (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996),
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    the people's #1
    Ron Howard

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    b. 1954 - "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-68), The Music Man (1962)
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    1974 More
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    b. 1974 - "Growing Pains" (1991-92)
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    1972 More
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    b. 1972 - "Who's the Boss?" (1984-1992)
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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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    1951 More
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    b. 1951 - "The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit" (1968), "The Computer Wore Tennis ... more
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    b. 1980 - Mermaids (1990), The Addams Family (1991), Addams Family Values (1993), Casper ... more
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    b. 1938 - Tomorrow Is Forever (1946), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Rebel Without a Cause ... 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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    1973 More
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    b. 1973 - "Doogie Howser, M.D." (1989-1993)
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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    1981 More
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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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    1965 More
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    b. 1965 - Pretty Baby (1978), The Blue Lagoon (1980), Endless Love (1981)
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    b. 1922 - Lassie Come Home (1943), The White Cliffs of Dover (1943), National Velvet (1944), ... more
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    1969 More
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    b. 1969 - "Little House on the Prairie" (1981-82), "Silver Spoons" ...
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    1971 More
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    b. 1971 - "Married... with Children" (1987-97)
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    1971 More
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    b. 1971 - Lucas (1986), Beetlejuice (1988), Heathers (1989)
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    b. 1949 - "Sea Hunt" (1958-60), "The Lloyd Bridges Show" (1962-63), The ... more
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    1970 More
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    b. 1970 - Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Labyrinth (1986)
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    Kirsten Dunst

    1982 More
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    b. 1982 - Little Women (1994), Interview with the Vampire (1994), Jumanji (1995) The Virgin ... more
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    1983 More
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    b. 1983 - "That '70s Show" (1998)
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    Elijah Wood

    1981 More
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    b. 1981 - Radio Flyer (1992), Forever Young (1992), Forever Young (1992), The Adventures of ... more
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    Claire Danes

    1979 More
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    b. 1979 - "My So-Called Life" (1994-95), Little Women (1994), Romeo + Juliet (1996) ... more
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    1979 More
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    b. 1979 - "Kids Incorporated" (1989-91), Sister Act 2 (1993), "Party of ...
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    1976 More
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    b. 1976 - The Princess Bride (1987), "The Wonder Years" (1988-1993), Little Monsters ... more
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    1974 More
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    b. 1974 - Saved By The Bell (1989-1993)
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    b. 1971 - The Goonies (1985), Like Father Like Son (1987)
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    Jessica Biel

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

    1980 More
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    b. 1980 - Uncle Buck (1989), Home Alone (1990), My Girl (1991), The Good Son (1993)
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    1982 More
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    b. 1982 - The Piano (1993), Fly Away Home (1996), Amistad (!997), She's All That (1999)
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    b. 1963 - "Amy Prentiss" (1974-75), "The Swiss Family Robinson" (1975-76) ... more
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    b. 1974 - Russkies (1987), Parenthood (1989)
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    b. 1975 - Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), Chaplin (1992), Dazed and Confused (1993)
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    b. 1981 - Camp Nowhere (1991), "Flipper" (1995-96)
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    b. 1977 - "All My Children" (1993-1995), "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" ...
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    Christian Bale

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    b. 1974 - Empire of the Sun (1987), Newsies (1992)
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    b. 1984 - North (1994), Just Cause (1995), Manny & Lo (1996), Ghost World (2001)
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    b. 1989 - "One LIfe to Live" (1994-97), Guiding Light (1997-2000), Remember the ... more
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    1968 More
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    b. 1968 - The Goonies (1985)
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    b. 1974 - Can't Buy Me Love (1988), My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988), It (1990)
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    Valerie Bertinelli

    1960 More
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    b. 1974 - "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003), American Pie (1999)
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    b. 1973 - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), Cape Fear (1991)
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    b. 1985 - "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" (1994-96), Harriet the Spy (1996), ... more
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