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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    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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    b. 1974 - "Growing Pains" (1991-92)

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

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

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

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    b. 1980 - Mermaids (1990), The Addams Family (1991), Addams Family Values (1993), Casper (1995), Now and Then (1995)

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    b. 1973 - "Doogie Howser, M.D." (1989-1993)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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), Little Women (1949)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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. 1974 - "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003), American Pie (1999)

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

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    b. 1963 - "Amy Prentiss" (1974-75), "The Swiss Family Robinson" (1975-76)

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

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

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    b. 1973 - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), Cape Fear (1991)

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    b. 1968 - The Goonies (1985)

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