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The Greatest Child Stars Who Are Still Acting

Updated May 2, 2020 323k votes 19.3k voters 551.4k 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
    5,658
    1,367

    Age46

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

    E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

  • 2
    carlybobarly added1974-11-11
    5,119
    1,255

    Age46

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    "Growing Pains" (1991-92)

  • 3
    carlybobarly added1976-03-22
    4,250
    1,199

    Age45

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    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
    3,928
    1,260

    Age41

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, USA

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

  • 5
    carlybobarly added1994-02-23
    4,141
    1,287

    Age27

    BirthplaceConyers, Georgia, USA

    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
    3,177
    692

    Age31

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Harry Potter series (2001-11)

  • 7
    carlybobarly added1973-06-15
    3,752
    1,281

    Age48

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

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

  • 8
    carlybobarly added1962-11-19
    4,019
    1,565

    Age58

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

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

  • 9
    carlybobarly added1981-02-17
    3,359
    1,284

    Age40

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United 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
    2,730
    1,187

    Age70

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

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

  • 11
    carlybobarly added1982-04-30
    2,999
    1,368

    Age39

    BirthplacePoint Pleasant, New Jersey, USA

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

  • 12
    carlybobarly added1954-03-01
    3,385
    1,617

    Age67

    BirthplaceDuncan, Oklahoma, United States of America

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

  • 13
    carlybobarly added1981-01-28
    2,556
    1,108

    Age40

    BirthplaceCedar Rapids, Iowa, United 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
    2,703
    1,253

    Age49

    BirthplaceWinona, Minnesota, USA

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

  • 15
    carlybobarly added1981-06-09
    4,337
    2,283

    Age40

    BirthplaceJerusalem, Israel

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

  • 16
    carlybobarly added1984-11-22
    2,378
    1,118

    Age36

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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

  • 17
    carlybobarly added1932-02-27
    2,284
    1,106

    AgeDec. at 79 (1932-2011)

    BirthplaceHampstead, London, England, UK

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

  • 18
    1,450
    486

    Age32

    BirthplaceFulham, London, England

  • 19
    carlybobarly added1971-02-25
    1,933
    1,015

    Age50

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

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

  • 20
    carlybobarly added1983-08-14
    2,356
    1,119

    Age38

    BirthplaceKiev, Ukraine, Soviet Union

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

  • 21
    carlybobarly added1971-11-25
    2,349
    1,403

    Age49

    BirthplaceHollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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

  • 22
    carlybobarly added1969-01-14
    1,876
    1,079

    Age52

    BirthplaceRye, New York, United States of America

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

  • 23
    carlybobarly added1965-05-31
    1,924
    1,113

    Age56

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

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

  • 24
    carlybobarly added1979-02-21
    1,831
    1,098

    Age42

    BirthplaceWaco, Texas, USA

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

  • 25
    carlybobarly added1989-08-21
    1,677
    914

    Age32

    BirthplacePalisades, New York, USA

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