Often, we think of child actors as being part of a cautionary tale from the dark side of Hollywood, where young kids attained high levels of fame and money only to grow up and lose it all. But, thankfully, that’s not always the case - there are plenty of child stars who actually went on to became famous adult actors. We already know of celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Jodie Foster, who are among the many actors who started young, but this list instead looks at more under the radar television and movie stars who were once child actors in big movies and shows.
Television programs like Kids Incorporated and The Mickey Mouse Club were breeding grounds for young talent. Sure, we may remember that stars like Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears got their start as Mouseketeers; however, you may be surprised to learn which current Academy Award nominated actor and which small screen Russian spy also started out on those programs. And did you know that Christian Bale and Seth Green once starred in big movies as children? You may be amazed to learn just how many actors got their start on daytime soap operas.
Read about all the young stars who somehow avoided most of Hollywood's pitfalls to make it in show business as adults. Some of these early roles performed by famous actors will totally surprise you, while others will make perfect sense.