Beloved Child Stars: Where Are They Now?
1. Larisa Oleynik - Acting
Larisa is none other than the star of The Secret World of Alex Mack. Shortly after the series finale, the actress embraced her next big break as Bianca in 10 Things I Hate About You. After her '90s fame fizzled out, her most prominent TV roles were on 3rd Rock from the Sun and Hawaii Five-0, and her most recent role was on Mad Men as Ken Cosgrove's wife.
2. Danica Mckellar - Acting & Writing Mathematics
Best remembered as the precocious Winnie Cooper in the beloved series The Wonder Years, Danica Mckellar has now shifted from acting to mathematics. Actually, McKellar graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a degree in mathematics. She even published several math books, including Math Doesn't Suck and Hot Algebra Exposed!
3. Josh Saviano - Lawyer
Josh Saviano only had a few roles in Hollywood, but the few he had have kept him debt-free. The Wonder Years fans were impressed when Saviano escaped the limelight to attend Yale. However, he certainly couldn't get away from the gossip. Rumors spread that Saviano was actually rocker Marilyn Manson. Nowadays, Saviano is a partner in the law firm Morrison Cohen.
4. Erik Per Sullivan - Enjoy Peaceful Life
The cherub-esque actor Sullivan had a busy childhood, juggling roles in Unfaithful, Finding Nemo, and Joe Dirt. Finally, the Malcolm in The Middle actor took a rest from acting to enjoy his youth and attended the University of Southern California.
5. Erin Murphy - Writer and Businesswoman
Erin played the role of daughter Tabitha Stephens on the hit '60s sitcom Bewitched from 1966 to 1972 when she just turned eight. Over the years, Murphy has gradually turned to a fashion and has become a beauty writer as well as an outspoken advocate for autism awareness. She also has two business ventures - Erin Murphy Knits and Slim Chillers.
6. Keshia Knight - Acting Career
Keshia Knight Pulliam gained popularity for her role of Rudy Huxtable on the hit, The Cosby Show. She has successfully kept herself on the rails and avoided the pitfalls that affected some other child stars. Keshia recently turned heads when she portrayed an adult entertainment worker in Madea Goes to Jail.
7. Gary Coleman - Deceased
The Diff'rent Strokes' child star, Gary Coleman, rose into stardom in the '80s, and he continued to be famous through the '90s. However, he filed for bankruptcy in 1991 due to mismanagement of his $3.8 million trust fund. Sadly, the much-loved wisecracking Coleman died from brain hemorrhage caused by a serious fall in 2010.
8. Mindy Cohn - Still Acting
Fans of The Facts of Life will sure recognize Mindy Cohn because she's the little girl who played the role of Natalie. She continued to be cast in shows like Charles in Charge and 21 Jump Street. Mindy also earned a lot of money as a successful voiceover actress, notably as the voice of Velma in the Scooby-Doo franchise.
9. Charlie Korsmo - Law Professor
Korsmo played prominent roles in Dick Tracy, Hook, and Can't Hardly Wait. The wide-eyed child actor was a big deal in the early '90s. He is quite the brainiac in real-life, too. In 2006, he received a degree from Yale Law School and a physics degree from MIT in 2012. He's now a law professor at Case Western Reserve University.
10. Emil Minty - Jeweller
Emil Minty was best remembered as the feral kid in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, throughout which he had not a single line. Minty went on to land small roles in movies and TV shows in the '80s and early '90s, but he retired from acting when he finished school. He's now a jeweller and owns a fine jewelry store in Australia.
11. Mara Wilson - Writing And Philanthropy
This child actress was remembered for hit movies like Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Miracle on 34th Street. Though having a promising acting career, Wilson has since moved on to writing and philanthropy. She wrote a book called Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame, telling her child star experiences. Currently, she also works for a nonprofit called Publicolor, devoted to promoting the positive effects of color in schools.
12. Jonathan Lipnicki - Philanthropy & Acting
The big-brained Jonathan Lipnicki became popular for his role in 1996's movie Jerry Maguire. He then worked his way up the Hollywood ladder in pretty quick order. Unexpectedly, Lipnicki has changed his cute geeky look into a more chiseled frame, and has become a fixture in celebrity reality shows like Celebs Go Dating. What's more impressive is that he's also dedicated to Breast Cancer research.
13. Lindsay Lohan - Substance Abuse
Child star Lindsay Lohan made it big for her role in The Parent Trap. She continued her Hollywood career into her 20s, appearing in hit movies like Freaky Friday and Mean Girls. But nowadays, legal trouble stemming from alcohol and substance abuse arrests have cost her some of her fandom, and much of her bank balance. Luckily, She hasn't given up, and is slowly building herself back up.
14. Christian Bale - Producer & Actor
Christian Bale started acting at a very young age and at 13 he played the role of Jim 'Jamie' Graham in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun. Bale is considered one of the finest actors of his generation and has a huge list of prestigious films and blockbusters under his belt: from the Dark Knight Batman franchise to The Fighter and Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
15. Jaleel White - Acting
Jaleel White rose to national stardom for his performance in Family Matters as Steve Urkel, which was one of the most memorable TV characters throughout the 80s and 90s. After the nine-year show ended, Jaleel continued to star in many other TV series, but not to the same level. Most recently, Jaleel landed roles in movies The Preacher's Son and The Choir Director.
16. Melissa Sue Anderson - Acting Comeback
Melissa Sue Anderson started off as a child actress in The Brady Bunch and Bewitched, and rose to fame for her role as Mary Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie. After the show, she continued to act in movies and TV shows like The Equalizer. She also wrote an autobiography entitled The Way I See It - A Look Back at My Life on Little House. She now lives in Montreal with her husband Michael Sloan and two children.
17. Jonathan Taylor Thomas - Acting
JTT was one of the biggest child stars of the time. He's best known for his role of Randy Taylor in Home Improvement. He also played Simba in The Lion King. However, when he reached adulthood, he left acting to pursue a college education. Afterward, he returned to the screen and had roles on 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter and Last Man Standing.
18. Neil Patrick Harris - Married
Neil Patrick Harris rose to prominence for his leading role of the prodigy doctor in the 1990s TV series Doogie Howser M.D. Nowadays, he's best known for his starring role on the hit TV series How I Met Your Mother, which earned him four Emmy Award nominations and a net worth of $35 million. In 2011, he married his boyfriend David Burtka, and they are now parents of two children.
19. Jeff Cohen - Lawyer
This adorably chubby Chunk from the classic 80s film The Goonies doesn't have to do the Truffle Shuffle anymore. Disliking being the token fat-kid actor, Cohen eventually became a lawyer in Los Angeles. He is also a founding partner of his own law firm Cohen Gardner LLP in Beverly Hills.
20. Tina Majorino - Acting & Musician
Majorino started her career in the 1992 TV series Camp Wilder, and eventually moved over to movies like the big-budget blockbuster Waterworld, which made her one of the most popular child stars of the '90s. After 1999's TV movie Alice In Wonderland, Majorino took a break from showbiz until she returned as Deb in the 2004 cult classic Napoleon Dynamite. Nowadays, she continues to appear in various roles.
21. Peter Ostrum - Veterinarian
The kid dazzling audiences as Charlie Bucket in the 1971 hit movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory finally decided acting wasn't for him. With a real affinity for animals, Peter went on to receive a degree from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He's now a vet specializing in large animals, horses in particular, in New York.
22. Malcolm David Kelley - Music & Acting Career
In 2004, after a couple of films, Kelley starred in Lost. In 2010, after another couple of films, he landed a role in Gigantic. After the show, Kelley teamed again with Gigantic co-star and formed a pop duo, MKTO. Most recently, he appeared in 2017's movie Detroit, which should get some money rolling towards his savings account.
23. Kirsten Dunst - A-List Star
Kirsten Dunst, a former child fashion model, portrayed Lux in The Virgin Suicides. Her big breakthrough came in 1994's Interview With a Vampire, where she had her first kiss with Brad Pitt. Later, her role as Mary Jane in Spider-Man trilogy made her an international star. Recently, Dunst was the lead in the comedy Bachelorette.
24. Brandon Bug Hall - Focusing on a Peaceful Family Life
Brandon Bug Hall is probably one of the most recognized child actors because of his breakout role as Alfalfa in the 1994's kids' classic movie, The Little Rascals. He has since stayed active in the acting world until 2016, with credits including Honey We Shrunk Ourselves and Mortuary. In 2017, he got married and entered a new chapter in his life.
25. Haley Joel Osment - Acting Comeback
Haley Joel Osment first rose to prominence for his role in Forrest Gump. He then gained even more recognition for starring in The Sixth Sense. As he grew older, he somehow received fewer roles than he used to, so he took a break from acting. In 2006, he was involved in a DUI incident and he also had to go to drug rehab for his marijuana addiction. Nowadays, he seems to make an acting comeback.
26. Skye McCole Bartusiak - Deceased
Bartusiak was best known for her role as Susan Martin, the daughter of Benjamin Martin played by Mel Gibson in the 2000 hit film The Patriot. Afterwards, she appeared in a number of TV shows, including Lost, CSI and House MD. Sadly, in 2014, she was found dead in her home at age 21.
27. Frankie Muniz - Pursuing Racing
Frankie Muniz became an instant favorite in the '90s for his portrayal of the titular character on the show Malcolm in the Middle. Although he appeared in numerous films and shows over his acting career, Frankie has since shifted to life as a race car driver. In 2012, he even participated in the Atlantic Championship. However, it was revealed that an accident caused him to suffer severe memory loss in 2016.
28. Mark-Paul Gosselaar - Acting
Actor-model Mark-Paul started his acting career back in the mid-'80s by playing small roles in various TV shows and films. However, it was the role of Zack Morris in the TV sitcom, Saved by the Bell that catapulted him to real stardom and strengthened his acting portfolio. He's since kept a steady acting career until 2016 when he did a TV film and then a movie.
29. Lark Voorhies - Writer
Lark Voorhies was best known as shopaholic Lisa Turtle in 2014's movie Saved by the Bell. Lark started her acting career when she was only 14 years old and earned a good amount of money through acting. Later, she ventured into writing to refinance herself. Lark has had 3 books out that were well received. Sadly, she's been diagnosed with a bipolar disorder.
30. Angus T. Jones - Biting The Fingers That Fed Him
Angus T. Jones became a notable face and name for his role as Jon Cryer, the spicy, wise-cracking son of the single father, in the popular comedy, Two and a Half Men. He also made a good fortune from the sitcom with $300,000 per episode. Surprisingly, Jones criticized the show as "filth" and discouraged people from watching it.
31. Taruni Sachdev - Deceased
This famous 'Rasna' girl played the role of Auro, Amitabh Bachchan's friend, in National Award winning film Paa (2009). She featured in more than 50 commercials and acted in a handful of films down south. Sachdev also appeared on Shah Rukh Khan's reality quiz show Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain. Sadly, the child artiste died at 14 in the Nepal plane crash in 2012.
32. Macaulay Culkin - From Acting To Music & Back
We all loved Macaulay Culkin's boyish charms and talented booby-traps as he played Kevin McCallister in Home Alone and Home Alone 2. However, as he grew up, his roles just got weirder. In the past few years, many rumors about his drug abuse resurfaced. In 2013, Macaulay turned to music, which only did him minimal good, and in 2017, his band split. Currently, he seems to have returned to his first love - acting. Hope he succeeds.
33. Zac Efron - Made The Forbes Celebrity 100 List
Zac Efron's ticket to fame was undoubtedly his leading role in the hit High School Musical franchise, which has made him one of Hollywood's most versatile talents. He also upstaged a number of other Hollywood relics and leading men despite being only 30 years old. It is no surprise that he has made it to the reputable Forbes celebrity 100 lists.
34. Anna Chlumsky - Back On The Movie Scene
Anna Chlumsky landed her first major role in the 1991 film My Girl as Vada, and she reprised the role in My Girl 2 a few years later. From 1999 to 2005, she left acting and achieved a college degree. After spending some time working in publishing, she returned to acting and landed roles on Veep, Army Wives, and Hannibal.
35. Corey Feldman - Actor & Musician
Corey Feldman started his career at only 3 years old. At that time, it's hard to tell that he would morph into a successful actor and musician. At 15, perhaps over an earnings dispute, he sought emancipation from his parents and got the help of a lawyer. However, while things in the homefront deteriorated, his career blossomed. Feldman, now 47, is still enjoying the dividends of his popularity.
36. Heather O'rourke - Deceased
The 1982 Poltergeist star delivered one of the most iconic lines in horror movie history when she warned her parents "they're here!" Her sweet but unnerving smile and glassy eyes led to roles in the film's 1986 and 1988 sequels. She also made sporadic TV appearances on hit shows such as CHiPs. Sadly, Heather died untimely at 13 in 1988 due to a medical incident.
37. Drew Barrymore - Substance Abuse
Drew Barrymore captured our hearts for her role in the iconic movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. But she played a different ballgame altogether in real life. Although her bank account allowed her the freedom to do whatever she wanted, Drew had been known to preoccupy herself with substance abuse. A lot has been reported about her inpatient drug rehab, but she has managed to come out of her condition in the end.
38. Nick Jonas - Solo Music Career
Very few people imagined the Jonas brothers would each pursue their solo interests given the commercial success of their boy-band. But even the fear of losing millions of dollars in earnings is not a sufficient cause to remain a band. And with his brothers pursuing their individual concerns, Nick Jonas is working as a solo act. If that fails, well...he always has an acting career to try his hand at.
39. Melissa Gilbert - A Star From The Start
Melissa Gilbert starred as Laura Ingalls for a decade in the iconic NBC series Little House on the Prairie. During that time, she also featured in many TV films such as The Diary of Anne Frank and The Miracle Worker. However, her personal life has always seemed to be a mess. It was revealed in her 2009 autobiography that she took the wrong path and had to resort to drug and alcohol rehab to overcome her addictions.
40. Margaret O'Brien - Acting
This child star was best known for her roles in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Little Women (1949), and The Secret Garden (1949). O'Brien received a Juvenile Academy Award in 1944, but she's also one of the first generations to have a difficult time transitioning to grown-up roles. Her most recent role was in a new adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
41. Robert Arthur Knox - Deceased
Robert Arthur Knox portrayed the character of Marcus Belby in the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Knox began acting aged 11, gaining small roles in British TV shows like The Bill, After You've Gone and Trust Me, I'm a Teenager. His first cinematic appearance was as an extra in King Arthur (2004). Sadly, Knox died after being stabbed outside a bar in May 2008 when he intervened in a fight to protect his brother.