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21 '90s Stars Who Quit Acting  

Logan Rapp
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What are your favorite '90s child actors up to today? There's always that moment, usually right before you're about to fall asleep, when the thought hits you out of nowhere: "Whatever happened to that actor? I loved them." Invariably you're thinking of a star you really liked while growing up in the '90s. Whether you wonder about that sitcom fan favorite who dropped off the face of the earth, or the film princess who seemed to have a great career ahead of her but gave it all up, this list as all the info on what these '90s stars who quit acting have been doing to fill their days. 

Josh Saviano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 21 '90s Stars Who Quit Acting
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Best known for playing Paul Joshua Pfeiffer on the classic comedy-drama The Wonder Years, Josh Saviano left the set to earn a degree in political science at Yale University, and ultimately became a lawyer, handling mergers dealing with intellectual property.

Age: 42

Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

Profession: Actor, Lawyer

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Jonathan Taylor Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 21 '90s Stars Who Quit Acting
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He was the teen heartthrob of Home Improvement fame, but Jonathan Taylor Thomas quit acting after the '90s and threw himself into academics, eventually getting into Harvard, then studying abroad in Scotland, and basically kept his head in the books for over 10 years. He hasn't made a big return, but has quietly made a few very brief appearances with his former TV dad Tim Allen on Last Man Standing. These days, he's more focused on writing and directing.

Age: 37

Birthplace: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Actor, Voice acting

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Crystal McKellar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 21 '90s Stars Who Quit Acting
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Crystal McKellar played Becky Slater on The Wonder Years. For a time, she and her sister, Danica McKellar, competed for acting roles, but eventually, Crystal decided to become an attorney, going to Yale University and graduating from Harvard Law School.

Age: 42

Birthplace: La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States of America

Profession: Actor, Lawyer

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Troy Slaten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 21 '90s Stars Who Quit Acting
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In what seems to be a theme among a lot of these child actors, Troy Slaten, who played Jerry in Parker Lewis Can't Lose, left acting young, graduated from UCLA, and went to law school at Pepperdine University. He now practices criminal law and litigation in southern California.

Age: 44

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Lawyer

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