nostalgia 13 Teen Idols Who Actually Made It

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Ladies, you know these guys. The men on this list were plastered all over your bedroom wall(s) throughout your teen years. These hunky teen idols were the men of your dreams, but unlike many failed child actors, they actually made it. These are the teen idols who didn't flame out, but instead got even hotter, going on to become popular, talented, and even Oscar-winning stars.

You saw Titanic in theaters thirty-two times, just to memorize every detail of Leo's handsome face. You swooned over Dawson and didn't even mind Justin Timberlake's weird bleached blonde hair. But these days, you're pleasantly surprised that you can still enjoy the talents of your favorite teen idols (many of whom were the greatest teen stars of the 90s), all grown up, but still successful.

These teen idols actually made it, and the world of film, television, and music is the better for it. Take a trip down memory lane with these hotties, who went from teen stars, to bonafide adult celebrities, known for much more than just their breakout roles. Sit back and enjoy a few moments, celebrating the fact that despite the odds, these teen idols made it.
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Leonardo DiCaprio


Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 13 Teen Idols Who Actually Made It
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You Knew Him From: Growing Pains (1991-1992), Romeo + Juliet (1996), Titanic (1997)

More Recently: The Departed (2006), Inception (2010), The Great Gatsby (2013), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), just to name a few...

Also Ranked

#4 on The Best Actors Working Today

#4 on The Best Actors to Start Their Careers on Soaps

#23 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#22 on The Best Living American Actors

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Justin Timberlake


Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 13 Teen Idols Who Actually Made It
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You Knew Him From: 'N Sync (1995-2000)

More Recently: The Social Network (2010), Bad Teacher (2011), The 20/20 Experience (2013)

Also Ranked

#55 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#58 on The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#26 on The Best Solo Artists Who Used to Front a Band

#31 on The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt


Joseph Gordon-Levitt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 13 Teen Idols Who Actually Made It
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You Knew Him From: 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996-2001), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

More Recently: (500) Days of Summer (2009), Inception (2010), 50/50 (2011), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Don Jon (2012)

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#61 on The Best Actors Working Today

#63 on The Best Living American Actors

#98 on The Coolest Actors Ever

#6 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

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5 people just voted on Mark Wahlberg


Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 13 Teen Idols Who Actually Made It
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You Knew Him From: Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch (1989-1993)

More Recently: The Departed (2006), The Fighter (2010), Ted (2012), Lone Survivor (2014)

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#41 on The Best Actors Working Today

#59 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

#86 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#31 on Celebrities Who Should Run for President

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Christian Bale


Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 13 Teen Idols Who Actually Made It
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You Knew Him From: Empire of the Sun (1989), Newsies (1992) - and later, Little Women (1994)

More Recently: American Psycho (2000), The Dark Knight trilogy (2005-2012), The Fighter (2010), American Hustle (2013)

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#5 on The Best Actors Working Today

#41 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#14 on The Best English Actors of All Time

#2 on The Best Living English Actors

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Josh Charles


Josh Charles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 13 Teen Idols Who Actually Made It
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You Knew Him From: The Mighty Ducks movies (1992-1996), Dawson's Creek (1998-2003), Urban Legend (1998), Cruel Intentions (1999)

More Recently: Fringe (2008-2013), The Affair (2014-)

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#51 on The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

#33 on The Coolest Celebrities Who Play Fantasy Football

#18 on America's Worst Ex Boyfriends

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar


Mark-Paul Gosselaar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 13 Teen Idols Who Actually Made It
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You Knew Him From: Saved by the Bell (1988-1994)

More Recently: NYPD Blue (2001-2005), Commander in Chief (2005-2006), Raising the Bar (2008-2009), Franklin & Bash (2011-)

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#85 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

#11 on The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

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Mario López


Mario López is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 13 Teen Idols Who Actually Made It
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You Knew Him From: Saved by the Bell (1989-2004)

More Recently: Nip/Tuck (2006-2010), America's Best Dance Crew (2008-2012), The X-Factor (2012-2013), Extra (2008-)

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#80 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

#80 on The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

#32 on The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

#67 on Your Favorite Hispanic Celebrities

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