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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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    most listed & added by carlybobarly 1975 b. 1975 - E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

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    added by carlybobarly 1962 b. 1962 - Tom Sawyer (1973), Freaky Friday (1976), Taxi Driver (1976)

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    the people's #1 & added by carlybobarly 1954 b. 1954 - "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-68), The Music Man (1962)

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    often listed & added by carlybobarly 1938 b. 1938 - Tomorrow Is Forever (1946), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Rebel Without a Cause ...

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    added by krazykids1011 1928

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    often listed & added by carlybobarly 1965 b. 1965 - Pretty Baby (1978), The Blue Lagoon (1980), Endless Love (1981)

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    added by carlybobarly 1932 b. 1922 - Lassie Come Home (1943), The White Cliffs of Dover (1943), National Velvet (1944), ...

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    often listed & added by carlybobarly 1971 b. 1971 - Lucas (1986), Beetlejuice (1988), Heathers (1989)

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    ranked low on reranks & added by carlybobarly 1971 b. 1971 - "Married... with Children" (1987-97)

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    added by carlybobarly 1969 b. 1969 - "Little House on the Prairie" (1981-82), "Silver Spoons" ...

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    ranked low on reranks & added by carlybobarly 1982 b. 1982 - "7th Heaven" (1996-2006), I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

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    added by carlybobarly 1949 b. 1949 - "Sea Hunt" (1958-60), "The Lloyd Bridges Show" (1962-63), The ...

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    added by carlybobarly 1970 b. 1970 - Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Labyrinth (1986)

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    added by carlybobarly 1977 b. 1977 - "All My Children" (1993-1995), "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" ...

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    ranked low on reranks & added by carlybobarly 1981 b. 1981 - Radio Flyer (1992), Forever Young (1992), Forever Young (1992), The Adventures of ...

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    added by carlybobarly 1974 b. 1974 - Russkies (1987), Parenthood (1989)

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    added by carlybobarly 1979 b. 1979 - "Kids Incorporated" (1989-91), Sister Act 2 (1993), "Party of ...

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

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    added by carlybobarly 1971 b. 1971 - The Goonies (1985), Like Father Like Son (1987)

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    often listed & added by carlybobarly 1980 b. 1980 - Uncle Buck (1989), Home Alone (1990), My Girl (1991), The Good Son (1993)

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    added by MikeHumphrey 1974 b. 1974 - Empire of the Sun (1987), Newsies (1992)

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