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The Greatest Former Child Stars  

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List Rules Actors 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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Milla Jovovich is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1975-12-17

Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)
Chaplin (1992)
Dazed and Confused (1993)

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Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1969-01-14

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

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Natalie Wood is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1938-07-20

Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

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Jennifer Love Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1979-02-21

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

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Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1974-10-28

Russkies (1987)
Parenthood (1989)

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Sarah Michelle Gellar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1977-04-14

"All My Children" (1993-1995)
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003)

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Hayden Panettiere is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1989-08-21

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

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Tiffani Thiessen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1974-01-23

Saved By The Bell (1989-1993)

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Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added

"Amy Prentiss" (1974-75)
"The Swiss Family Robinson" (1975-76)

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Macaulay Culkin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1980-08-26

Uncle Buck (1989)
Home Alone (1990)
My Girl (1991)
The Good Son (1993)

36
Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1979-04-12

"My So-Called Life" (1994-95)
Little Women (1994)
Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1983-08-14

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

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Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1965-01-22

A Little Romance (1979)
The Outsiders (1983)
Rumble Fish (1983)

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Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1980-09-09

Lassie (1994)
Species (1995)
Killing Mr. Griffin (1997)
"Dawson's Creek (1998-2003)

40
Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1982-07-24

The Piano (1993)
Fly Away Home (1996)
Amistad (1997)
She's All That (1999)

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Jessica Alba is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1981-04-28

Camp Nowhere (1991)
"Flipper" (1995-96)

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Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1949-12-04

"Sea Hunt" (1958-60)
"The Lloyd Bridges Show" (1962-63)
The Loner (1965)

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Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1974-02-08

Can't Buy Me Love (1988)
My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988)
It (1990)

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Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1965-05-31

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

45
Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
1969-08-18

The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)
"Ryan's Hope" (1985)

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Michelle Trachtenberg is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1985-10-11

"The Adventures of Pete & Pete" (1994-96)
Harriet the Spy (1996)
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (2000-2003)

47
Josh Brolin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1968-02-12

The Goonies (1985)

48
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
1989-07-23
49
Melissa Joan Hart is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
JenAnistonFriends added 1976-04-18
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Juliette Lewis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1973-06-21

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Cape Fear (1991)