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What Ever Happened To All The Kids From The Sandlot?

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The life of a child actor isn't easy. Even if they achieve fame as a kid, they often struggle to transition to more mature roles once they hit puberty. That seems to be true of the careers of the kids from The Sandlot; many of them more or less faded from the spotlight after the movie. Still, a couple of former Sandlot actors made it through their rough patches and are still working in the industry today.

Where are the kids from The Sandlot now? You've likely seen some of them on your screen. Tom Guiry (Scotty Smalls) gets regular work, and Chauncey Leopardi (Squints) had a recurring role on Gilmore Girls. But others were out of the biz by the turn of the century, and it seems some adjusted better to that reality than others. You may be surprised by how many of them have had charges brought against them - or maybe you won't be.

Chances are, you'll be a little depressed after finding out what happened to the kids from The Sandlot. Hopefully, their stories won't tarnish your youthful memories of the movie that made them famous.

  • Hamilton 'Ham' Porter

    Hamilton Porter was the token chubster of the group. He was also the least merciful in chastising Smalls for his folly in bringing a Babe Ruth-signed ball to the sandlot. 

    Patrick Renna was imminently recognizable for his densely freckled visage and curly red hair. Maybe that's why he played basically the same character in future movies, like The Big Green.

  • Photo: The X-Files / Fox

    Patrick Renna went on to have a steady acting career, although he didn't appear in as many big name movies. Most of his work has been in television, where he's appeared on popular shows like Home Improvement, Boy Meets World, ER, and The X-Files. As for The Sandlot, Renna has fond memories of the film. In 2015, he even told MTV News that he would be open to a Sandlot reunion project.

    Outside of acting, Renna is a Scientologist. He helped the church's Los Feliz mission find a new home in 2013 saying the building would "help the individual change conditions and live a better life."

  • Michael 'Squints' Palledorous

    Oh, Squints, you will forever be fondly remembered as the perv from The Sandlot. Michael's most memorable scene is the one where he pretends to drown at the pool, giving him a chance to kiss lifeguard Wendy Peffercorn. Though she's older and grossed out at the time, she goes on to marry him, an ending that sends a questionable message to young boys.

    Chauncey Leopardi had early success, appearing in Casper, The Big Green, and Boy Meets World. Some of those projects overlapped with his freckly costar, Patrick Renna.

  • Chauncey Leopardi continued to act into the mid-2000s with moderate success, but ultimately, his star power seemed to fade. He had a recurring role on Gilmore Girls that ended in 2005 and then a long gap before his last credited project, a 2013 film called Coldwater.

    In terms of his personal life, Leopardi tends to keep pretty quiet. He divorced his wife, Stefani, in 2013, with whom he has a daughter. Fans can find him on Twitter where he frequently retweets notable Squints costumes.