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The Greatest Child Stars Who Are Still Acting

Updated May 2, 2020 323.6k votes 19.3k voters 551.5k views191 items

List RulesActors 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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    carlybobarly added1975-02-22
    5,666
    1,368

    Age46

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, Culver City, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

  • 2
    carlybobarly added1974-11-11
    5,127
    1,258

    Age46

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    "Growing Pains" (1991-92)

  • 3
    carlybobarly added1976-03-22
    4,256
    1,202

    Age45

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    The Man in the Moon (1991)
    A Far Off Place (1993)
    Jack the Bear (1993)
    Return to Lonesome Dove (1993)

  • 4
    carlybobarly added1980-02-12
    3,933
    1,261

    Age41

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Mermaids (1990)
    The Addams Family (1991)
    Addams Family Values (1993)
    Casper (1995)
    Now and Then (1995)

  • 5
    carlybobarly added1994-02-23
    4,147
    1,288

    Age27

    BirthplaceConyers, Georgia, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    I Am Sam (2001)
    Uptown Girls (2003)
    Man on Fire (2004)
    War of the Worlds (2005)
    Charlotte's Web (2006)
    The Runaways (2010)

  • 6
    RandallIkeKing added1990-04-15
    3,187
    694

    Age31

    BirthplaceParis, France

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Harry Potter series (2001-11)

  • 7
    carlybobarly added1973-06-15
    3,756
    1,283

    Age48

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 8
    carlybobarly added1962-11-19
    4,028
    1,565

    Age58

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Tom Sawyer (1973)
    Freaky Friday (1976)
    Taxi Driver (1976)

  • 9
    carlybobarly added1981-02-17
    3,361
    1,288

    Age40

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 10
    carlybobarly added1951-03-17
    2,738
    1,187

    Age70

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit (1968)
    The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)

  • 11
    carlybobarly added1982-04-30
    3,008
    1,368

    Age39

    BirthplacePoint Pleasant, New Jersey, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America,Germany

    Little Women (1994)
    Interview with the Vampire (1994)
    Jumanji (1995)
    The Virgin Suicides (1999)

  • 12
    carlybobarly added1954-03-01
    3,390
    1,617

    Age67

    BirthplaceDuncan, Oklahoma, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-68)
    The Music Man (1962)

  • 13
    carlybobarly added1981-01-28
    2,558
    1,111

    Age40

    BirthplaceCedar Rapids, Iowa, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Radio Flyer (1992)
    Forever Young (1992)
    The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
    The Good Son (1993)
    North (1994)
    The War (1994)
    Flipper (1996)

  • 14
    carlybobarly added1971-10-29
    2,710
    1,253

    Age49

    BirthplaceMinnesota, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lucas (1986)
    Beetlejuice (1988)
    Heathers (1989)

  • 15
    carlybobarly added1981-06-09
    4,342
    2,284

    Age40

    BirthplaceJerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

    NationalityUnited States of America,Israel

    The Professional (1994)
    Heat (1995)
    Beautiful Girls (1996)

  • 16
    carlybobarly added1984-11-22
    2,384
    1,119

    Age36

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    North (1994)
    Just Cause (1995)
    Manny & Lo (1996)
    Ghost World (2001)

  • 17
    carlybobarly added1932-02-27
    2,289
    1,106

    AgeDec. at 79 (1932-2011)

    BirthplaceHampstead Garden Suburb, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, England

    Lassie Come Home (1943)
    The White Cliffs of Dover (1943)
    National Velvet (1944)
    Little Women (1949)

  • 18
    1,454
    489

    Age32

    BirthplaceFulham, London, England, UK

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

  • 19
    carlybobarly added1971-02-25
    1,937
    1,017

    Age50

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    The Goonies (1985)
    Like Father Like Son (1987)

  • 20
    carlybobarly added1983-08-14
    2,360
    1,120

    Age38

    BirthplaceChernivtsi, Ukraine

    NationalityUnited States of America

    "That '70s Show" (1998-2006)

  • 21
    carlybobarly added1971-11-25
    2,352
    1,406

    Age49

    BirthplaceHollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    "Married... with Children" (1987-97)

  • 22
    carlybobarly added1969-01-14
    1,879
    1,082

    Age52

    BirthplaceRye, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    "Little House on the Prairie" (1981-82)
    "Silver Spoons" (1982-84)

  • 23
    carlybobarly added1965-05-31
    1,930
    1,114

    Age56

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Pretty Baby (1978)
    The Blue Lagoon (1980)
    Endless Love (1981)

  • 24
    carlybobarly added1979-02-21
    1,834
    1,101

    Age42

    BirthplaceWaco, Texas, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 25
    carlybobarly added1989-08-21
    1,680
    917

    Age32

    BirthplacePalisades, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    "One Life to Live" (1994-97)
    Guiding Light (1997-2000)
    Remember the Titans (2000)
    "Ally McBeal" (2001-02)
    "Heroes" (2006-2010)