Then And Now 13 Teen Idols Who Actually Made It  

Carly Kiel
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Ladies, you know these guys. The men on this list were plastered all over your bedroom wall(s) throughout your teen years. These hunky teen idols were the men of your dreams, but unlike many failed child actors, they actually made it. These are the teen idols who didn't flame out, but instead got even hotter, going on to become popular, talented, and even Oscar-winning stars.

You saw Titanic in theaters thirty-two times, just to memorize every detail of Leo's handsome face. You swooned over Dawson and didn't even mind Justin Timberlake's weird bleached blonde hair. But these days, you're pleasantly surprised that you can still enjoy the talents of your favorite teen idols (many of whom were the greatest teen stars of the 90s), all grown up, but still successful.

These teen idols actually made it, and the world of film, television, and music is the better for it. Take a trip down memory lane with these hotties, who went from teen stars, to bonafide adult celebrities, known for much more than just their breakout roles. Sit back and enjoy a few moments, celebrating the fact that despite the odds, these teen idols made it.
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Leonardo DiCaprio


Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 13 Teen Idols Who Actually Made It
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You Knew Him From: Growing Pains (1991-1992), Romeo + Juliet (1996), Titanic (1997)

More Recently: The Departed (2006), Inception (2010), The Great Gatsby (2013), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), just to name a few...

Also Ranked

#2 on The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

#30 on The Coolest Actors Ever

#22 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#74 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

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Mark Wahlberg


Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 13 Teen Idols Who Actually Made It
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You Knew Him From: Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch (1989-1993)

More Recently: The Departed (2006), The Fighter (2010), Ted (2012), Lone Survivor (2014)

Also Ranked

#40 on The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

#80 on The Coolest Actors Ever

#63 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

#21 on The Hottest Men Over 40

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Justin Timberlake


Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 13 Teen Idols Who Actually Made It
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You Knew Him From: 'N Sync (1995-2000)

More Recently: The Social Network (2010), Bad Teacher (2011), The 20/20 Experience (2013)

Also Ranked

#17 on The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

#34 on The Hottest Men Of 2018, Ranked

#55 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#82 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt


Joseph Gordon-Levitt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 13 Teen Idols Who Actually Made It
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You Knew Him From: 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996-2001), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

More Recently: (500) Days of Summer (2009), Inception (2010), 50/50 (2011), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Don Jon (2012)

Also Ranked

#59 on The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

#10 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

#62 on The Best Living American Actors

#12 on The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

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