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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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3,381 723
Drew Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Drew Barrymore b. 1975 - E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

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2
2,616 729
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Jodie Foster b. 1962 - Tom Sawyer (1973), Freaky Friday (1976), Taxi Driver (1976)

3
2,619 820
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Leonardo DiCaprio b. 1974 - "Growing Pains" (1991-92)

4
2,338 772
Ron Howard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Ron Howard b. 1954 - "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-68), The Music Man (1962)

5
2,204 704
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Reese Witherspoon b. 1976 - The Man in the Moon (1991), A Far Off Place (1993), Jack the Bear (1993), Return to Lonesome Dove (1993)

6
3,257 794
Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Jessica Biel b. 1982 - "7th Heaven" (1996-2006), I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

7
2,182 681
Christina Ricci is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Christina Ricci b. 1980 - Mermaids (1990), The Addams Family (1991), Addams Family Values (1993), Casper (1995), Now and Then (1995)

8
2,139 749
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Neil Patrick Harris b. 1973 - "Doogie Howser, M.D." (1989-1993)

9
1,751 645
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Kurt Russell b. 1951 - "The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit" (1968), "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" (1969)

10
2,307 749
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Joseph Gordon-Levitt b. 1981 - A River Runs Through It (1992), Angels in the Outfield (1994), "3rd Rock from the Sun" (1996-2001)

11
3,184 2,554
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Natalie Portman b. 1981 - The Professional (1994), Heat (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996),

12
1,598 744
Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Kirsten Dunst b. 1982 - Little Women (1994), Interview with the Vampire (1994), Jumanji (1995) The Virgin Suicides (1999)

13
2,828 1,080
Dakota Fanning is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Dakota Fanning b. 1994 - I Am Sam (2001), Uptown Girls (2003), Man on Fire (2004), War of the Worlds (2005), Charlotte's Web (2006), The Runaways (2010)

14
1,599 717
Christina Applegate is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Christina Applegate b. 1971 - "Married... with Children" (1987-97)

15
1,455 624
Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Elijah Wood b. 1981 - Radio Flyer (1992), Forever Young (1992), Forever Young (1992), The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993), The Good Son (1993), North (1994), The War (1994), Flipper (1996)

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16
1,173 730
Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Jennifer Connelly b. 1970 - Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Labyrinth (1986)

17
1,462 831
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Winona Ryder b. 1971 - Lucas (1986), Beetlejuice (1988), Heathers (1989)

18
1,945 1,453
Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Alyssa Milano b. 1972 - "Who's the Boss?" (1984-1992)

19
1,438 878
Natalie Wood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Natalie Wood b. 1938 - Tomorrow Is Forever (1946), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

20
854 496
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
MikeHumphrey added Christian Bale b. 1974 - Empire of the Sun (1987), Newsies (1992)

21
841 462
Hilary Duff is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
moosiclvr added Hilary Duff

22
1,624 837
Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Elizabeth Taylor b. 1922 - Lassie Come Home (1943), The White Cliffs of Dover (1943), National Velvet (1944), Little Women (1949)

23
956 742
Tiffani Thiessen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Tiffani Thiessen b. 1974 - Saved By The Bell (1989-1993)

24
1,042 689
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Jeff Bridges b. 1949 - "Sea Hunt" (1958-60), "The Lloyd Bridges Show" (1962-63), The Loner (1965)

25
1,295 765
Jennifer Love Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Jennifer Love Hewitt b. 1979 - "Kids Incorporated" (1989-91), Sister Act 2 (1993), "Party of Five" (1995-99), House Arrest (1996)

26
991 604
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Sean Astin b. 1971 - The Goonies (1985), Like Father Like Son (1987)

27
1,111 665
Fred Savage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Fred Savage b. 1976 - The Princess Bride (1987), "The Wonder Years" (1988-1993), Little Monsters (1989)

28
1,079 636
Sarah Michelle Gellar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Sarah Michelle Gellar b. 1977 - "All My Children" (1993-1995), "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003)

29
1,010 589
Milla Jovovich is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Milla Jovovich b. 1975 - Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), Chaplin (1992), Dazed and Confused (1993)

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30
953 655
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Joaquin Phoenix b. 1974 - Russkies (1987), Parenthood (1989)

31
1,451 845
Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Brooke Shields b. 1965 - Pretty Baby (1978), The Blue Lagoon (1980), Endless Love (1981)

32
605 236
Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
RandallIkeKing added Emma Watson

33
1,270 840
Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Jason Bateman b. 1969 - "Little House on the Prairie" (1981-82), "Silver Spoons" (1982-84)

34
1,365 889
Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Scarlett Johansson b. 1984 - North (1994), Just Cause (1995), Manny & Lo (1996), Ghost World (2001)

35
997 767
Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Claire Danes b. 1979 - "My So-Called Life" (1994-95), Little Women (1994), Romeo + Juliet (1996)

36
833 652
Michelle Trachtenberg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Michelle Trachtenberg b. 1985 - "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" (1994-96), Harriet the Spy (1996), "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (2000-2003)

37
830 547
Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Seth Green b. 1974 - Can't Buy Me Love (1988), My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988), It (1990)

38
1,421 1,099
Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Mila Kunis b. 1983 - "That '70s Show" (1998)

39
924 680
Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Anna Paquin b. 1982 - The Piano (1993), Fly Away Home (1996), Amistad (!997), She's All That (1999)

40
1,258 900
Jessica Alba is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Jessica Alba b. 1981 - Camp Nowhere (1991), "Flipper" (1995-96)

41
1,084 685
Hayden Panettiere is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Hayden Panettiere b. 1989 - "One LIfe to Live" (1994-97), Guiding Light (1997-2000), Remember the Titans (2000), "Ally McBeal" (2001-02), "Heroes" (2006-2010)

42
1,012 560
Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Helen Hunt b. 1963 - "Amy Prentiss" (1974-75), "The Swiss Family Robinson" (1975-76)

43
917 845
Macaulay Culkin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Macaulay Culkin b. 1980 - Uncle Buck (1989), Home Alone (1990), My Girl (1991), The Good Son (1993)

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44
659 552
Juliette Lewis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Juliette Lewis b. 1973 - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), Cape Fear (1991)

45
628 421
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Diane Lane b. 1965 - A Little Romance (1979), The Outsiders (1983), Rumble Fish (1983)

46
647 283
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars

47
682 619
Josh Brolin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Josh Brolin b. 1968 - The Goonies (1985)

48
705 546
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars

49
463 348
Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars

50
564 517
Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Former Child Stars
carlybobarly added Michelle Williams b. 1980 - Lassie (1994), Species (1995), Killing Mr. Griffin (1997), "Dawson's Creek (1998-2003)