Child Star All Grown Up. See Where They Are Now!
Kids always need to look up to someone, whether it’s a friend, family member, or a character from their favorite movie or a television show. Now, let’s talk about some of the most famous heroes and heroines from the 80s to the 00s. What exactly made them so special back in the days?
Most of us know Alicia from the role of Cher Horowitz in Clueless. The actress did an amazing job in this classic teen film and earned a lot of loyal fans. Alicia Silverstone’s career started at the age of six years old when her father took some photos of Alicia. Later, she got noticed by several commercial companies and kickstarted her acting career. Alicia’s first role was in The Crush, which came out in 1993. In 1994, Alicia won the MTV Movie Award for the “Breakthrough Performance” and “Best Villain”. The actress was very dedicated to her career and later signed a deal with Columbia TriStar worth $10 million. The contract resulted in her receiving the role of Batgirl in the Batman Franchise. Isn’t it inspiring?
As of right now, Alicia is taking a big break from her acting career. She is currently a PETA spokesman and advocating for animal rights.
Danielle’s acting career began when she was only 10 years old. She started off as a guest star on the show Boy Meets World but ended up being a cast member soon after as everyone really liked her. She played a role of Cory Matthews’ girlfriend – Topanga Lawrence.
After becoming a regular cast member, Danielle created her own magazine column, website, poster, calendar, and in-line skating video “Grinders in Line”. The show brought a lot of fame to the young actress, and soon she was on the cover of “Seventeen” magazine. Fourteen years after her first role, she landed another role – Cory Matthews’ wife in the show Girl Meets World.
Dakota has been one of the most likable child actresses in the world. As a little girl, Dakota loved pretending to be an actress at home. She even did some performances at a local playhouse for other kids’ parents. People who were in charge of the playhouse noticed how talented and confident Dakota was and suggested her parents apply to an acting agency.
Dakota’s first real role was in a Tide commercial, where she was chosen among many other kids. In 2001, she received a role in I am Sam. Dakota did an excellent job leaving everyone else speechless. Since then, the actress started receiving plenty of offers. She appeared in Man on Fire, The Cat in The Hat, Sweet Home Alabama, Trapped, Hansel & Gretel, Uptown Girls, Nine Lives and many other movies. In War of The Worlds, Dakota even got the chance to play the daughter of Tom Cruise. At the moment the actress is focusing more on her education and research work at New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
At the age of 3 years, old Kirsten was already appearing in commercials and modeling. Her first big performance was in 1994, in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. She was working with some of the most well-known stars, such as Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Kirsten showed a magnificent performance and received a Golden Globe nomination, the MTV Award for The Best Breakthrough Performance and the Saturn Award for Best Young Actress.
The actress became especially well-known after she performed the role of Mary Jane Watson, in Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3. Not too long ago, the actress stated that she is in a process of creating her feature film directorial debut with an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s novel The Bell Jar. And guess what? Dakota Fanning will be in the lead role! Now, Kirsten is occupied raising her baby boy with her fiancée Jesse Plemons.
Amanda became very popular at a young age after her performance in The Amanda Show, Big fat Liar, What I Like About You, What a Girl Wants, and Lovewrecked. She had quickly become one of the most likable teen actresses.
Unfortunately, as of now, Amanda had retired from acting and has been showing a lot of reckless behavior as well as arrests.
The actress started acting at the age of 11 years old after joining the Rudolf Steiner School’s drama club. Jennifer became especially successful after her role in the show Friends, where she played Rachel. She is one of the most known actresses in Hollywood with the net worth of more than US$200 million.
Despite her acting talent, Jennifer also seems to be excelling at her love life, which often becomes the center of at attention. She seems to be doing fine after her recent divorce and even dating two different men at the moment.
Most of us know her as a cute country-pop singer with shiny blond hair who was the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy Award of Album of the Year.
However, Taylor is not limiting herself to just one talent, she is currently considered to be one of the most eligible bachelorettes and powerful females. Way to go, Taylor!
Melissa Joan Hart
Melissa took part in the play Beside Herself, which came out in 1989 and Imagining Brad in 1990. She was the youngest member of New York’s Circle Repertory Lab Company. Most know Melissa from the series Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Drive Me Crazy, Clarissa Explains It All, Melissa and Joey.
Melissa Joan Hart
Her acting career also began very early on at the age of 4 years old. Melissa took part in a commercial for a bathtub toy – Splashy. The actress proudly says Audrey Hepburn and Shirley temple were her acting inspirations. As of now, Melissa resides in Connecticut acting and attending New York University.
Anna received millions of true fans after her role as Vada in My Girl and My Girl 2. In 1995, She took a 6-year break from acting and focused on majoring in international studies at the University of Chicago.
The actress appeared in a few of the university’s theatre productions, such as “Nine”, Words, Words, Words”, “Into The Woods”, and “Orestes”. Currently, Anna is continuing her acting career in New York.
Michelle did an outstanding job at playing a bad girl Georgina Sparks in “Gossip Girl”. Although she also played a cute innocent role in the Nickelodeon movie “Harriet the Spy” as a curious detective.
Her television appearances started when she was only 10 years old but she especially gained popularity and tons of loyal fans after her role as Dawn in the season five of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”.
Mila’s acting career hit off when she became the youngest cast member in “That 70s Show” where she met and married her co-star, Ashton Kutcher. Some of her most successful gigs were ‘Black Swan”, “The Book of Eli” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”.
Of course, many of us know Mila as Jamie from “Friends with Benefits” which released in 2011. As of now, Mila has 2 children and is very much in love with her husband Ashton.
Christina is an American actress, songwriter, singer, and television personality. She is most known for her angelic voice in pop songs including “Genie In a Bottle”, “Beautiful”, ‘Hurt”, “Candyman”, and many others.
Besides being a wonderful pop singer, Aguilera is also one of the judges on the show “The Voice”.
Emma first gained popularity after her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series based on J.K Rowling’s series. After her performance in the series, the actress received five awards for her astonishing acting. She won the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film.
The Harry Potter series made Emma one of the most well-known young actresses worldwide. Now Emma is a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and is participating in the launching of HeForShe campaign.
Boonie also played in the Harry Potter series as Ginny Weasley, Harry’s love interest. Unlike other celebrities, Bonnie rather works on small projects, modeling, producing and directing her own work. In 2007, Wright was the guest voice in Replacements, the Disney TV series as Vanessa.
In 2012, Bonnie directed a short film Separate We Come, Separate We Go and Fade of Gold in 2014. Despite her low key profile, Bonnie Wright did show in After The Dark in 2013, along with Freddie Stroma, James D’Arcy, and Daryl Sabara.
Alyssa’s acting career began when she appeared in the sitcom “Who’s The Boss?” along with “Charmed”.
Milano also made an appearance in the popular Netflix show Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.
Tiffani Amber Thiessen
Thiessen got her first big break after playing Kelly Kapowski in the series Saved by the Bell.
Tiffani Amber Thiessen
Some of Tiffani’s most recent work is Dinner at Tiffani’s on the Cooking Chanel and White Colar, which is her own show.
Abigail is known as The Oscar-nominated star of Little Miss Sunshine who got famous at a very young age due to her unique and fascinating talents.
Recently, Breslin made an appearance in the horror-comedy series Scream-Queens season one together with Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, and Lea Michelle. In Addition, Abigail also starred in Dirty Dancing.
Whoever watched the Spy kids will easily recognize the actress for her role of Carmen Cortez.
Unfortunately, Alexa has not been gathering any role since, although she did make an appearance at the Dancing with the Starts in 2015 with her husband.
Kristen became known for her role as the daughter of Jodie Foster in Panic Room. However, it were the Twilight Saga films that made Kristen Stewart especially popular.
The actress played the main character-Bella Swan, who was torn between the two love interests, Edward Cullen and Jacob Black. As of right now, Kristen is keeping herself occupied by working on her directional debut with Come Swim.
This actress made her first big screen appearance in the Barbie workout video, followed by scoring a role in the horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer and the show Party of Five.
Jennifer played the main character Riley in the love drama series The Client List. The actress is also known for her role in Criminal Minds and Ghost Whisperer.
Ron Howard won an Academy Award for the best filmmaker and considered to be one of the best film directors in this generation. Howard produced some of the most popular films in Hollywood, including Splash, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, and Parenthood.
His career in the film industry started off as playing in The Journey and The Music Man as a child. In 2015, Ron directed the second season of Breakthrough, Mars, and Inferno in 2016 as well as the first episode of Genius in 2017.
Feldman’s film career began when he was only 3 years old at Clio Award-winning Mcdonald’s commercial. Since then, Corey has been working hard on his acting career and appeared in more than 80 films in 35 years.
In 1976, Corey made an appearance in Alice, Eight Is Enough in 1977, and Mork & Mindy in 1978. Feldman also played in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, which resulted in him receiving the Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award. Besides being a great actor, Corey is an outspoken animal rights activist.
Macauley’s role in Home Alone and Richie Rich made him the most famous child actor. The movie Home Alone 2: Lost in New York earned more than $172 million.
My Girl was another big gig for Culkin, where he played Thomas J. Sennett. Currently, Culkin’s net worth is estimated to be around $15 million dollars, meaning he could easily never work again if he wanted to.
As a kid, Jaleel played Steve Urkel in Family Matters. White also appeared in Sinic The Hedgehog and Big Fat Liar.
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Now, Jaleel White plays in the series Me, Myself, and I.
This Canadian decided he wanted to be an actor when he was 11 years old. After attending his first audition, Joshua got a role in a commercial for Keebler’s potato chips.
These days Joshua Jackson is playing in The Affair. After which he got nominated Favorite Premium Series Actor.
Elden is known for his role as Fulton Reed on The Mighty Ducks. Although not many know that he was a baby model and entered the business when he was only 2 years old. When Elden was 6, he was already playing in many commercials and on his way to becoming a successful actor.
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Elden starred in She’s All That, Idle Hands, The Mighty, and A Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story. Some of the most recent work of Elden includes playing Foggy Nelson in the Netflix’s series Daredevil.
Tom’s role as Charlie Baker in Cheaper by the Dozen and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 definitely brought many fans to this handsome man.
Tom Welling starred in the horror movie The Fog and Lost, where he worked together with Maggie Grace. Later, Tom made an appearance in Smallville as Clark Kent.
Most of us know Jeff Cohen as a Truffle Shuffle kid from The Goonies.
Unlike the others, Jeff did not pursue his acting career further and instead in 2010 he became an entertainment lawyer.
Michael was born in Munich Germany and received his first role in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Bollner did not actually speak English back then and had to learn the lines with the help of other crew members. Learning a new language during the shooting was quite challenging for the young actor, however, it did not stop him from doing an outstanding job.
After playing in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Michael wanted to continue pursuing his acting career but his father told him to finish his studies instead. Bollner listened to his father’s advice and now runs a successful accounting business back home.
Omri made an appearance in the TV shows Eerie, Indiana and Dallas.
Besides playing in the TV shows, Omri had also made a guest appearance in a lot of Tv shows. Now Omri is on a break from acting and resides in Israel.
Thomas Ian Nicholas
Thomas’s first role as Tony Danza in Who’s the Boss? significantly encouraged the young actor to pursue a career in the film industry. In 1993, Thomas played in Rookie of the Year and A Kid in Kung Arthur’s Court in 1995. Later, Thomas Ian Nicholas played as Kevin Myers in American Pie, which especially made Nicholas known in the acting industry. Thomas showed his true acting talent and dedication to his career through this very successful franchise.
Thomas Ian Nicholas
Recently, Thomas slightly changed his original plans and is now mastering music production. He already has multiple albums and had toured all over the United States.
It is most certainly not easy to play a mean bully, but Devin Ratray absolutely nailed it in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Ratray made frequent appearances in films and television prior to the famous Christmas classic as well.
Devin took a break from acting for some time and dedicated himself to film at NYU and the School of Visual Arts. He believed the deeper knowledge of the film industry would help his acting career. Some of Devin’s less known work are roles in Surrogates and Side Effects.
Bradley, who started his acting career at a very young age first starred as Pete Lender in The Borrowers along with John Goodman. Bradley mostly voiced animated characters, such as the known Chip in Beauty and the Beast.
Pierce is involved in many charities including “The Red Cross” and “Los Angeles Children’s Hospital”. In addition, Bradley is a counselor at “The Y” and a cancer research advocate.
We all probably know Freddie as Charlie Bucket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In fact, Highmore also played in A Good Year, Arthur and the Invisibles, and the series Bates Motel.
His excellent performance resulted in receiving several Critics’ Choice Television and Saturn Awards. For the past few years, Freddie Highmore has been working and living in Vancouver, Canada.
Mara W Wilson
Wilson started off as appearing in numerous commercials as well as Mrs. Doubtfire, which came out in 1993. Moreover, she played the lead role in Matilda, the film adaption of Road Dahl’s book. Despite losing her mother to cancer during filming, Matilda did not give up and instead completed her role perfectly.
Mara W Wilson
These days Mara W Wilson is keeping herself busy by writing blogs and acting in Web series. Mara had recently published her own book called “Where Am I Now?” in which she explains to her readers why and where she disappeared to.
Jonathan Ke Quan
Unlike the others, Jonathan does not have a long experience in acting and is most recognizable from his role in The Goonies and Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom.
Jonathan Ke Quan
He is currently still working in the film industry but as a stunt coordinator training taekwondo, which he actually acquired while playing in Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom. In addition, Jonathan worked as the assistant of Corey Yuen in The-One and as a stunt choreographer in X-Men.
Thomas starred in The Last Legion, Colin Firth: Love Actually, and Nanny McPhee. He has done an amazing job in all three movies and later earned himself a role as Jorjen Reed in Season 3 of Game of Thrones, where he appeared in several episodes.
This dedicated actor even learned how to play the guitar left-handed for his role in Nowhere Boy!
Since a very young age, Ross was already starring in some of the most popular films and Tv shows of the ’90s. Bagley was barely 4 years old when he received the opportunity to work with Will Smith himself in the well-known sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air as well as in Independence Day.
For now, Ross is on a break from acting but we hope he will come back very soon.
Saviano is known for his roles in Camp Cucamonga, The Wonder Years, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Saviano is no longer in the film industry, instead, he became a prominent corporate lawyer. Although rumor has it that Josh is the boy who became Marylin Manson.
We admit it is sort of impossible to forget about Billingsley. Peter starred in the film Christmas Story, which continues to appear on Tv every year. Not only is Peter a successful actor, but he is also a film producer!
Some of his work as a co-producer and an executive producer includes Dinner For Five, The Break-Up, Iron Man, Made, and Zathura: A Space Adventure.
Angus T. Jones
Angus played in The Rookie, Bringing Down the House, and Two and a Half Men. Jones was 6 years old when he received his first leading role in the film See Spot Run.
Angus T. Jones
Angus was doing an amazing job leaving others speechless, he stated that Jack Black and Chris Farley were his role models. The actor appeared in many CBS TV Shows and is now working for Tonite. Good job, Jones!
Shia first starred in the film adaption of Holes produced by Louis Sachar. The young actor showed great potential and was granted a role as Louis Stevens in the Disney series Even Stevens. Shia’s most known role is as Sam Witwicky in the first three installments of Transformers.
After the role in Transformers, Shia has been very busy with his acting projects. His most recent work is playing Capture the Flag along with 4chan.
Samm became well-known after his role as a geek boy in Freaks and Geeks, which came out in 1999. Who did not love that geeky boy?
Levine did not stop there and the following year he joined the producer of Freaks and Geeks for another popular teen series Undeclared. Samm had also appeared in Wet Hot American Summer and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.
Haley Joel Osment
Haley is well recognized for his role as Cole Sear who could see dead people in the horror movie The Sixth Sense. Later, Haley received an Oscar when he was 12 years old for the amazing performance.
Haley Joel Osment
The actor then took a break from his acting career and attended NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts. Now Haley is playing in Drunk History and Alpha House.
Remember Spanky from The Little Rascals? Yes, Travis definitely nailed that one! Though, what many might not be aware of is the fact Travis actually hated being known as Spanky because it made difficult for him to get new roles after.
The actor played in The Thirteenth Floor and Slappy and the Stinkers as well. After, Travis decided to change his career path and became a marketing specialist in the Texas Trust Credit Union.
Whoever watched Married With Children will definitely remember the actor and writer David Faustino. He started his acting career at the age of 5 years old. Since then, he has been acting in many reality Tv shows, B-movies, and guest shows. The actor received a lot of attention while playing an exaggerated version of himself in Star-ving, which released in 2009.
Besides being an actor, David also has his own business: a nightclub and a restaurant located in LA. in 2011, Faustino became F.N.B Entertainment’s founding partner.
Olsen played in one of the most classic shows The Brady Bunch as Cindy. The actress kept herself occupied with a career in marketing and graphic design as well as her career in film. In 2009, she launched her own coffee book called “Love to Love You Bradys: the bizarre story of The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.”
Olsen recently brought a lot of attention to herself after attacking a guest on Facebook. Susan’s crazy behavior got her fired from the radio hosting gig.
We probably all recognize Lisa from The Addams Family. The actress played a sweet and terrifying at the same time Wednesday Addams. Loring also played in Way Down in Chinatown and Death Feud.
Lisa had gone through a rough time struggling with alcohol addiction, however, now she is feeling much better and works in the hotel industry in Public Relations.
Danica began her acting career together with her little sister at her mother’s dance studio. A few years later, McKellar made an appearance at her first commercial. She was a guest in The Twilight Zone following by a play in The Wonder Years, after which Danica gained many fans who cherished McKellar for her simplicity and grace.
The actress completed a few small roles including her appearance in Dancing with the Stars. Though, mostly she has been dedicating herself to publishing a variety of mathematics study books to help teens understand the subject on a deeper level.
Michael J. Fox
The Shadow Box was definitely the point when Michael realized how much he really loves acting. As soon as the actor turned 18, he decided to move to Los Angles to continue his acting career. Michael was very determined and excited for this life-changing event and was offered a few television-series roles. Later, for some reason, the offers stopped coming which left Fox quite broke.
Michael J. Fox
Luckily, later Michael received good news from his agent – the role as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties. Fox also starred in Teen Wolf, Back to the Future, Poison Ivy, and High School U.S.A. Unfortunately, in 2000 Michael J. Fox had to retire from acting as he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Duston first appeared as Samuel “Screech” Powers in Good Morning, Miss Bliss. The television series then progressed into Saved By The Bell. Unfortunately, Dustin got later arrested and put in Jail for a bar fight in Wisconsin.
During one of the recent interviews, Dustin announced that he would really like move on and put this incident behind him.
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris first appeared on the screen in the leading role when he was 16 years old. The actor played the main character in the television series Doogie Howser, M.D. Go big or go home, right?
Neil Patrick Harris
After his successful performance, Neil got landed another lead role in How I Met Your Mother, which came out in 2005. The actor also did voice-overs for popular characters in Spider-Man, The Flash, and Nightwing. Once Neil even hosted Tony Awards!
Despite not having any previous experience in acting, Carrie perfectly performed her role in Aliens. She was known as a young actress who always kept a serious face. But, hey, she was the perfect fit for Aliens! In 1987, Henn received the 1987 Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actress for her role as Rebecca in Aliens.
She retired from acting when her father was sent to an Air Force base outside of Los Angeles. Carrie now lives close to Stanislaus County, California and works as a teacher.
Can you believe that Beaver from Leave it to Beaver is now 68 years old? Time flies!
Besides his role in Leave it to Beaver, Jerry is also known for his role in The Trouble with Harry and The Love Boat. As a young adorable actor, Mathers had a lot of fans who loved him for his cuteness and amazing acting. In addition to acting, Jerry also completed his BA in Philosophy and worked in real estate and banking in the 1970s. Jerry is now a spokesman for National Psoriasis Foundation.
Christina is known for her role as the goth chick from Addams Family Values. Moreover, her first appearance on the screen was at the age of 6 when she played in Mermaids. The Ice Storm was another big gig for Ricci.
In 1999, the actress got the opportunity to work with Casper Van Dien, Johnny Depp, and Tim Burton in Sleepy Hollow. Since then, Ricci appeared in a lot of popular films such as Prozac Nation, Monster to Now and Then, and other. Now Ricci is not actively working in the film industry anymore.
Do you remember Anakin Skywalker? What most people do not know is the fact the young actor actually quit due to constant bullying in school. Since quitting in the film industry, Jake planned to direct a documentary about Tibetan refugees in India. Lloyd also attended Columbia College Chicago and majored in Film.
Cooksey is known as the Terminator 2 kid. The actor did an outstanding job at playing John Connor’s friend and showed hard work despite such a young age. The actor decided to work even harder and later starred in Different Strokes, Salute Your Shorts, and other films.
Right now Danny Cooksey is working on various projects as a voice actor, including The Lorax.
Madison De La Garza
Whoever watched Desperate Housewives will certainly remember Eva Longoria’s daughter. Madison did an amazing job at playing the spoiled child in the successful drama series.
Madison De La Garza
Since then, Madison played some small roles in many TV shows and films. The actress also started a YouTube channel and has more than 33,000 subscribers!
Who does not remember the cute Ruthie Camden from 7th Heaven? Rosman gained popularity after her successful play in the show and continued working on her acting career afterward.
The actress starred in the episodes “Goodbye Amy Juergens” and “Till It’s Gone” on the show ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager”. She also appeared in the film The Tomb as Loreli. In 2013, Mackenzie posed for Maxim magazine.
If you watched the series 7th Heaven, then you will certainly recognize Beverly in the role of Lucy Camden-Kinkirk.
Some of Mitchell’s recent acting roles include the school counselor in The Secret Life of the American Teenager in 2010. Now, Beverly is a country singer.