The Greatest Former Child Stars

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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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    Donnie Darko, Charlie's Angels, Scream b. 1975 - E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

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    Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic b. 1974 - "Growing Pains" (1991-92)

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    The Silence of the Lambs, Elysium, Panic Room b. 1962 - Tom Sawyer (1973), Freaky Friday (1976), Taxi Driver (1976)

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    The Andy Griffith Show, Happy Days, American Graffiti b. 1954 - "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-68), The Music Man (1962)

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    Walk the Line, Wild, Legally Blonde 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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    Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, (500) Days of Summer b. 1981 - A River Runs Through It (1992), Angels in the Outfield (1994), "3rd Rock from the Sun" (1996-2001)

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    V for Vendetta, Black Swan, Léon: The Professional b. 1981 - The Professional (1994), Heat (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996),

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    + 1,744
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    How I Met Your Mother, Starship Troopers, The Smurfs b. 1973 - "Doogie Howser, M.D." (1989-1993)

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    Sleepy Hollow, Monster, The Opposite of Sex b. 1980 - Mermaids (1990), The Addams Family (1991), Addams Family Values (1993), Casper (1995), Now and Then (1995)

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    The Little Princess, Fort Apache, Heidi

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    Coraline, War of the Worlds, Man on Fire 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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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Green Street Hooligans, The Lord of ... 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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    Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3 b. 1982 - Little Women (1994), Interview with the Vampire (1994), Jumanji (1995) The Virgin Suicides (1999)

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    The Thing, Stargate, Death Proof b. 1951 - "The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit" (1968), "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" (1969)

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    Charmed, Who's the Boss?, Commando b. 1972 - "Who's the Boss?" (1984-1992)

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    The Illusionist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 7th Heaven b. 1982 - "7th Heaven" (1996-2006), I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

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    Edward Scissorhands, Black Swan, Girl b. 1971 - Lucas (1986), Beetlejuice (1988), Heathers (1989)

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    Rebel Without a Cause, The Searchers, West Side Story b. 1938 - Tomorrow Is Forever (1946), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

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    The Dark Knight, The Prestige, American Psycho b. 1974 - Empire of the Sun (1987), Newsies (1992)

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    Married with Children, Up All Night, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy ... b. 1971 - "Married... with Children" (1987-97)

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    Ghost Whisperer, I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Still Know What You ... b. 1979 - "Kids Incorporated" (1989-91), Sister Act 2 (1993), "Party of Five" (1995-99), House Arrest (1996)

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    Giant, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof b. 1922 - Lassie Come Home (1943), The White Cliffs of Dover (1943), National Velvet (1944), Little Women (1949)

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    Lost in Translation, The Avengers, The Prestige b. 1984 - North (1994), Just Cause (1995), Manny & Lo (1996), Ghost World (2001)

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    Suddenly Susan, The Blue Lagoon, The Midnight Meat Train b. 1965 - Pretty Baby (1978), The Blue Lagoon (1980), Endless Love (1981)

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cruel Intentions, The Grudge b. 1977 - "All My Children" (1993-1995), "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003)

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    Horrible Bosses, Arrested Development, Juno b. 1969 - "Little House on the Prairie" (1981-82), "Silver Spoons" (1982-84)

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    Black Swan, That '70s Show, Ted b. 1983 - "That '70s Show" (1998)

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    Gladiator, Walk the Line, The Master b. 1974 - Russkies (1987), Parenthood (1989)

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    The Big Lebowski, Iron Man, True Grit b. 1949 - "Sea Hunt" (1958-60), "The Lloyd Bridges Show" (1962-63), The Loner (1965)

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The ... b. 1971 - The Goonies (1985), Like Father Like Son (1987)

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    The Wonder Years, The Princess Bride, Austin Powers in Goldmember b. 1976 - The Princess Bride (1987), "The Wonder Years" (1988-1993), Little Monsters (1989)

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    Sin City, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer b. 1981 - Camp Nowhere (1991), "Flipper" (1995-96)

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    Requiem for a Dream, A Beautiful Mind, Blood Diamond b. 1970 - Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Labyrinth (1986)

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

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    Racing Stripes, Heroes, A Bug's Life 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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    Saved by the Bell, Beverly Hills, 90210 b. 1974 - Saved By The Bell (1989-1993)

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

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Harry Potter and the ...

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    A Cinderella Story, Lizzie McGuire, The Lizzie McGuire Movie

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    The Piano, Jane Eyre, True Blood 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)

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    The Fifth Element, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction ... b. 1975 - Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), Chaplin (1992), Dazed and Confused (1993)

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    Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Ri¢hie Ri¢h b. 1980 - Uncle Buck (1989), Home Alone (1990), My Girl (1991), The Good Son (1993)

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    How I Met Your Mother, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, American Pie b. 1974 - "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003), American Pie (1999)

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    The Italian Job, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Austin Powers: The Spy Who ... b. 1974 - Can't Buy Me Love (1988), My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988), It (1990)

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    Natural Born Killers, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, From Dusk Till Dawn b. 1973 - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), Cape Fear (1991)

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    W., Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, No Country for Old Men b. 1968 - The Goonies (1985)

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    Little House on the Prairie, Zoya, Sweet Justice

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    Transformers, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Transformers: Revenge of the ... b.1986 - "Even Stevens" (1999-2003), "The Battle of Shaker Heights" (2003)

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