Entertainment

The Greatest Former Child Stars  

carlybobarly
Originally by
401.4k votes 17.8k voters 530.2k views 227 items

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.

list ordered by
back to page 1
51
Katie Holmes is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
1978-12-18
52
Valerie Bertinelli is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
1960-04-23

"One Day at a Time" (1975-84)

53
Shia LaBeouf is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1986-06-11

"Even Stevens" (1999-2003)
The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003)

54
Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
raymond.jrsq added 1980-11-12
55
Mayim Bialik is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1975-12-12

Beaches (1988)
"Blossom" (1991-1995)

56
Danica McKellar is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
1975-01-03
57
Ricky Schroder is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1970-04-13
58
Selena Gomez is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
1992-07-22

"Barney & Friends" (2002-04)
Ramona and Beezus (2010)
"Wizards of Waverly Place" (2007-12)

59
Jennifer Morrison is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
funnymoon added
60
Molly Ringwald is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
1968-02-18

Sixteen Candles (1984)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Pretty in Pink (1986)

61
Emma Roberts is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
malmrphy added 1991-02-10
b. 1991 - Unfabulous (2004 - 2006), Nancy Drew (2006), Aquamarine (2006)
62
Kristen Stewart is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1990-04-09

Panic Room (2002)
Cold Creek Manor (2003)

63
Lindsay Lohan is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1986-07-02
b. 1986 - The Parent Trap (1998), Freaky Friday (2003), Mean Girls (2004)
64
Lea Thompson is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
1961-05-31
65
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
heloiseno6 added 1922-06-10
66
Haley Joel Osment is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
1988-04-10
67
Wil Wheaton is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1972-07-29
b. 1972 - Stand by Me (1986)
68
Katherine Heigl is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1978-11-24

My Father the Hero (1994)

69
Mark-Paul Gosselaar is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1974-03-01
Saved By The Bell (1989)-(1993)
70
Ethan Hawke is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1970-11-06
b. 1970 - Explorers (1985)
71
Jerry O'Connell is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1974-02-17
72
Mandy Moore is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
malmrphy added 1984-04-10

73
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
malmrphy added 1992-11-23
b. 1992 - Hannah Montana (2005-2010), The Last Song (2009), Bolt (2009). Award winning recording artist.
74
Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
1981-01-31
75
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added 1966-05-16
b. 1966 - "The Jacksons" (1976-77), "Good Times" (1977-78), "Diff'rent Strokes" (1980-84)