Child Actors Who Are Completely Unrecognizable Today
Getting into acting can be hard for anyone. Many families get their children into the profession at a young age, and many kids have to confront different hardships than what actors go through when they're older.
In Taliesin Jaffe's acting debut, he portrayed Kenny Butler in the hit 1983 film Mr. Mom. Four years later, he landed on the cast of She's the Sheriff, which was Suzanne Somers' first show since Three's Company. After the show's cancellation following season two, Jaffe focused more on school.
Soleil Moon Frye
Soleil Moon Frye competed against 3,000 young girls to land the title role of Punky Brewster. The show's popularity helped the actress land movie roles in The St. Tammany Miracle and You Ruined My Life. In 1986, Frye won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series.
At the age of five, Abigail Breslin starred in her first film, Signs. Five years later, she earned an Oscar nomination for her work in Little Miss Sunshine. With the nomination, she became the fourth-youngest actress to get nominated in the category.
Fans of all things 1980s will always remember Raven-Symoné as Olivia Kendall on the hit The Cosby Show. After the show's conclusion, the actress earned another sitcom stint on Hangin' With Mr. Cooper. Following two big series, Raven-Symoné landed her own sitcom — That's So Raven.
Before the global success of Twilight, Kristen Stewart gained buzz with her Young Artist Award-nominated work in 2002's Panic Room. After the movie, the Los Angeles native landed noticeable roles in Zathura: A Space Adventure, In the Land of Women, and Speak.
At 10 years old, Daniel Radcliffe made his acting debut playing a young David Copperfield in BBC One's David Copperfield. The following year, he landed the role of Harry Potter for 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The film's success turned the London native into an overnight celebrity.
Haley Joel Osment
In 1994, Haley Joel Osment grabbed audiences' attention in Forrest Gump as the title character's son. Five years later, things went from cute to chilling with his performance in The Sixth Sense. His work landed him Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
Jonathan Lipnicki couldn't have had a bigger film debut than 1996's Jerry Maguire. Following the movie, the actor gained recurring roles on The Jeff Foxworthy Show and Dawson's Creek. Lipnicki continued having film success with 1999's Stuart Little and its 2002 sequel.
At the age of four, Macaulay Culkin began acting in commercials and films. Following 1989's Uncle Buck, Culkin became a hero to kids around the world in Home Alone and then dominated the box office with performances in My Girl, The Pagemaster, and Richie Rich.
In 1960, Ron Howard got his foot in the door with his portrayal of Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show. Years after the show, he struck sitcom gold as a lead in Happy Days which, in 1978, earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy.
Mayim Bialik was a staple in the late '80s with recurring roles on MacGyver and Webster. In 1990, she landed the title role on the NBC sitcom Blossom. The show became a runaway hit for NBC and helped the network solidify its sitcom dominance.
Frankie Muniz delivered huge ratings for Fox with Malcolm in the Middle. The New Jersey native gained two Golden Globe nominations for his performance as the title character. Muniz's talent also earned him box office dollars with Agent Cody Banks and its 2004 sequel.
At age six, Thora Birch won the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Under Nine Years of Age for Purple People Eater. The Los Angeles native continued making moves with Patriot Games, Hocus Pocus, and Clear and Present Danger. On TV, Birch was on the cast of Day by Day and Parenthood.
Jason Bateman drew attention with his portrayal of Derek Taylor in Silver Spoons. His growing popularity resulted in his own sitcom titled It's Your Move. Towards the end of the 1980s, Bateman became a teen idol with appearances in The Hogan Family and Teen Wolf Too.
At the age of 11, Anna Chlumsky's entire world changed with My Girl. The film's success led to the Chicago native starring in My Girl 2, Trading Mom, and Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain. In 1999, she put her acting career on the side to attend the University of Chicago.
Christina Ricci brought Wednesday Addams to the big screen with 1991's The Addams Family and its 1993 sequel. The actress kept the ghoulish fun going with a role in 1995's Casper. Towards the end of the decade, Ricci gained fame for adult roles in The Ice Storm and Buffalo '66.
Tiffani Thiessen's modeling career helped land her the role of Kelly Kapowski on teen comedy Saved by the Bell. Since being on one teen series wasn't enough, the actress made her way to Beverly Hills, 90210 as Valerie Malone. Thiessen easily became one of the biggest teen idols of the decade.
Anna Paquin had little acting experience before starring in The Piano. Her portrayal of Flora McGrath earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. As the second-youngest Oscar winner ever, Paquin landed roles in Amistad and Hurlyburly before becoming Rogue in the X-Men film series.
Coming from a family of actors, Drew Barrymore had her career path written out for her. With 1982's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Barrymore became one of the most profitable child actors of all time. The '80s also found the actress starring in Babes in Toyland and Firestarter.
Danica McKellar had to face off against her sister Crystal for the role of Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years. When the show ended, McKellar gained minor roles on Babylon 5 and Walker, Texas Ranger.
In the '80s, every boy wanted to be Fred Savage. From The Princess Bride to The Wizard, the Chicago actor was a hot commodity. Most people remember him for his portrayal of Kevin Arnold on the hit TV show The Wonder Years.
Melissa Joan Hart
Melissa Joan Hart was a trailblazer for the popular cable network Nickelodeon. Her work on the show Clarissa Explains It All paved the way for other popular series like The Amanda Show and The Secret World of Alex Mack. Before landing the role, Hart also auditioned for the role of Six on Blossom.
Andrea Barber will probably always be known as Kimmy Gibbler from Full House, but she got her start in the early '80s. From 1982 to 1986, she portrayed Carrie Brady on the hit soap opera Days of Our Lives. Her time on the show earned her two Soap Opera Digest Awards for Outstanding Youth Actress in a Daytime Soap Opera.
Jennette McCurdy had minor roles on Malcolm in the Middle and Judging Amy before appearing on Nickelodeon's iCarly. As Sam Puckett, McCurdy earned two Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite TV Sidekick. She reprised the role for the 2013 spinoff Sam & Cat.
Mara Wilson impressed everyone with her film debut in Mrs. Doubtfire. After 1994's Miracle on 34th Street, Wilson was given her biggest role as the title character in 1996's Matilda. While the film didn't make tons of money at the box office, it garnered a cult following.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt cut his teeth on TV shows such as The Powers That Be and Dark Shadows before 3rd Rock From the Sun. The popular NBC series earned Gordon-Levitt his fourth Young Artist Awards nomination. During the last season, Gordon-Levitt appeared in only a few episodes because of college.
Alisan Porter is best known by many as the title character of 1991's Curly Sue. Starring alongside Jim Belushi, Porter was loved by many on set. Before landing Curly Sue, Porter starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom Chicken Soup in 1989.
At eight years old, Dakota Fanning became the youngest SAG Award nominee ever with her work in I Am Sam. Her work in film continued with roles in Man on Fire and the Twilight series. While her work schedule was growing, school was just as important. In 2011, she graduated from Campbell Hall School.
In 2001, actress/singer Hilary Duff became an instant teen idol with Disney's Lizzie McGuire. Branded Lizzie McGuire merchandise accumulated over $100 million during the show’s run. Duff was able to bring the character to the big screen with 2003's The Lizzie McGuire Movie.
Spanish actress Ivana Baquero made waves in the international scene after landing the role of Ofelia in Guillermo Del Toro’s modern classic Pan’s Labyrinth. Despite being years older than the main character, the child star got the gig for her impressive audition, even winning the Goya Award for Best New Actress.
From 1993 to 1999, Madeline Zima portrayed the role of Grace Sheffield in the TV sitcom The Nanny. She then ventured into other regular roles on Californication and Heroes. That was while working on a slew of films in the decade.
Even before starring alongside his twin brother Dylan on The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, Cole Sprouse has secured notable roles as a child. He appeared in the comedy Big Daddy and the TV comedy Friends.
Hana Hatae broke out with her role as Molly O'Brien in the sci-fi series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Her credits also include a guest appearance in the comedy series Family Matters.
Michael Ray Bower
With a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Cable Series, Michael Ray Bower hit his peak at a young age. Also known as Donkeylips because of his role, he was part of the Nickelodeon comedy Salute Your Shorts.
After landing the role of Cynthia Sanders in the hit sitcom Malcolm in the Middle in 2001, Tania Raymonde established herself as a bankable child actress. In her teenage years, she remained on television as Alex Rousseau in the drama Lost.
Hey dude, do you remember David Lascher? He starred on the Nickelodeon show Hey Dude, but also landed roles in other series like Blossom, Clueless, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. The former child actor broke into the entertainment business after appearing on a Burger King commercial.
A promising young comedian, Kel Mitchell jumpstarted his fruitful career by teaming up with Kenan Thompson in the sitcom Kenan & Kel. He also graced other Nickelodeon classics such as All That and Game Shakers.
Lori Beth Denberg
Here's some vital information about Lori Beth Denberg— the former child actress was one of the original cast members of the Nickelodeon show All That. Not only that, she was the host of the Vital Information segment. Upon graduating from the show, Denberg moved on to the sitcom The Steve Harvey Show.
When he was 13 years old, Josh Peck made the right move to transplant himself in Los Angeles and pursue an entertainment career. Younger viewers grew up watching this former child actor in the hit Nickelodeon show Drake & Josh.
Best known for playing Brighton Sheffield in the hit sitcom The Nanny, Benjamin Salisbury proved he was truly bright after graduating from the American University. He took up Broadcast Journalism. Aside from acting and studying though, Salisbury had amazing dance moves too.
In his signature bright-colored suspenders, Jaleel White brought laughter to American households as Steve Urkel in the 1989 sitcom Family Matters. White has become well-known for saying his catchphrase, "Did I do that?" for almost a decade.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen got their start as infants on the hit comedy Full House. The twin sisters learned a lot about the business from their seasoned co-stars. After the show ended, they embarked on a million-dollar franchise with their video series and fan club.
Josh Server began serving looks and talent in the '90s. He was the only original cast member of TV sketch comedy All That who had stayed until the last season. He has treated Nickelodeon as his second home, acting in other shows like Alex Mack, Figure It Out, and Drake & Josh.
As T.J. Henderson on the '90s hit comedy Smart Guy, Tahj Mowry showed he's got the looks and the smarts. The younger brother of identical twins Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry has had a stable acting career in Hollywood.
Miko Hughes was merely 2 years old when he dipped his toes into acting through a public service announcement. As a child, he starred in horror flicks such as Pet Sematary and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. His '90s career included appearances in TV shows such as Baywatch and Beverly Hills, 90210.
Sean O'Neal got his big break as Sam Anders in the Nickelodeon show Clarissa Explains It All in 1991. His role earned him two Young Artist Award nominations. O'Neal was slated to be a member of a boy band but turned down the offer and took a break from television.
At three years old, Scarlett Pomers already showed signs of being a successful young star by debuting in Michael Jackson's music video, "Heal the World." From acting as a young Naomi Wildman on Star Trek: Voyager, Pomers skyrocketed to fame as Kyra Hart on Reba.
Jeremy Miller appeared in several TV advertisements before he landed the coveted role of Ben Seaver in the sitcom Growing Pains. Due to his popular character, Miller was offered more projects such as an episode in Shalom Sesame and a McDonald's commercial.
Josh Saviano seemed to have taken his cue from his character as Paul Pfeiffer in the comedy-drama Wonder Years. After portraying a Harvard student, Saviano himself attended an Ivy League school. He got his bachelor's degree at Yale University.
Actor Shaun Weiss, best known for his role as Greg Goldberg in The Mighty Ducks films, saw quite a bit of fame in the '80s and '90s. His other credits include appearances in shows like The King of Queens, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Boy Meets World and The Tony Danza Show.
Lindsay Lohan doubled the fun on the big screen when she played the long-lost twins in the classic rom-com The Parent Trap. She was on a roll for the next few years, starring in Life-Size, Freaky Friday, and Mean Girls. The young actress was basically a teen queen in the early 2000s.
Erik Per Sullivan
Erik Per Sullivan had a busy youth not from playing outside with his friends but from juggling acting projects after another. The angelic actor was playing Malcolm's younger brother on the Fox series Malcolm in the Middle while working on various films like Joe Dirt, Unfaithful, and Finding Nemo.
Emma Watson introduced the brilliant Hermione Granger to Harry Potter fans at a very young age. As one of the lead characters of the film franchise, she skyrocketed to fame as she grew up in front of the big screen. Her hair transformation was just the tip of the iceberg as the child actress became a young woman.
After impressing Roseanne Barr with a joke during an early audition for her show, Roseanne, Michael Fishman was on track to becoming the next child star. The veteran actress personally vouched for him and he certainly delivered as D.J. Conner.
Another Saved by the Bell alum on this list, Lark Voorhies played resident rich kid Lisa Turtle in the popular series. As soon as she graduated from the teen sitcom, she tried her hand in soap operas such as Days of Our Lives and The Bold and the Beautiful.
Nate Richert played opposite Melissa Joan Hart on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. He was considered as the ultimate TV boyfriend, making hearts swoon as the title character's high school boyfriend, Harvey Kinkle. When his time on the show had ended, however, he was only able to take on a few more roles.
While Monica Keena played the sweetest and most innocent child star in her first-ever film While You Were Sleeping, she was able to find fame for being the opposite on Dawson's Creek. She portrayed the much-hated Abby Morgan, which meant that she gave the character justice.
Before landing a significant role as Eddie on That's So Raven, Orlando Brown started his career in recurring roles on sitcoms, including Family Matters, Two of a Kind, and The Jamie Foxx Show. He rose to fame as a Disney Channel star and showcased other talents such as voice acting on The Proud Family.
It has been a while since Amanda Bynes has appeared on our screens but her impressive career as a child was enough for her to make a lasting mark. She became a part of many kids' childhoods for starring on Nickelodeon shows such as All That and The Amanda Show. She also took part in beloved romcoms like She's The Man and What a Girl Wants.
Anthony Michael Hall
Anthony Michael Hall was at the height of his career during the mid-80s. He was a young actor who portrayed lovable characters in National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, and The Breakfast Club. Hall rightfully achieved teen idol status.
The Harry Potter movies also gave fans a chance to see a young Tom Felton transform into a fine gentleman. Though his character Draco Malfoy was a complicated one, his performance was outright spectacular to make a lasting impression. What some fans might not know is that this wasn't his first role.
Another child actress who grew up in front of TV viewers is Mackenzie Rosman. For 11 seasons, she portrayed the adorable Ruthie Camden on 7th Heaven. By the time the hit drama series went off the air, Rosman was already a teenager.
Malcolm David Kelley
Malcolm David Kelley already had acting experiences when he was cast to play Walt in the TV show Lost. Though strange things have happened on the Island, growth spurts were not among those. Kelley decided to move on to other projects.
At a very young age, Freddie Highmore was already exposed to the world of acting. His golden ticket to fame was landing the lead role in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He played the same brave characters in Arthur and the Invisibles and The Spiderwick Chronicles.
Jason David Frank
Though it took Jason David Frank a second try to finally get a nod from the executives of Power Rangers, it certainly proved to be worth it. He became a fan-favorite in the superhero children's TV series and played every color Ranger. As a result, he was elected to the World Karate Union Hall of Fame.
Jenna von Oy
Playing Six LeMeure in the '90s sitcom Blossom wasn't Jenna von Oy's first rodeo as a young actress. At the time, she had already appeared in a few television movies and shows. After playing her most famous role for half a decade, von Oy stepped back to study at the University of Southern California.
Edward Furlong scored his very first role in the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day. His epic performance as a young John Connor led to having more projects during the decade such as Pet Sematary II and American History X.
There was a time when Taylor Momsen was not yet the frontwoman of the rock band The Pretty Reckless. She was this little girl portraying Cindy Lou Who opposite Jim Carey in the live-action adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
As the younger brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, Aaron did not have a hard time coming into the entertainment scene. His career dates back to the late '90s when he appeared in the Nickelodeon show Figure It Out and released plenty of pop hits.
Steven Anthony Lawrence
Before playing the annoying but lovable neighbor on Even Stevens, Steven Anthony Lawrence had minor roles in The Amanda Show and Frasier. As he embarked on a career as a Disney star, he landed roles in movies including Cheaper By The Dozen and Kicking and Screaming.
Jeremy Jackson had little experience when he joined the cast of Baywatch as Hobie Buchannon. Still, that did not stop him from having his own shining moments on the lifeguard-centric series. In real life though, he could have used a lifesaver of his own.
Like her Charlie and the Chocolate Factory co-star Freddie Highmore, AnnaSophia Robb had a childhood far from normal. She arrived at the scene at a young age and went on to star in other major films like Bridge to Terabithia and Race to Witch Mountain.
Austin St. John
Austin St. John's career in show business began in the early 1990s when he was cast as the original Red Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. His tenure on the show did not last long after a contract dispute but since then, he had occasionally returned to the franchise.
Alexa PenaVega came to prominence as the fearless Carmen Cortez from the Spy Kids franchise. A decade before that though, she was already adding experiences to her resume through comedy films like Little Giants and Nine Months.
Danny Tamberelli's shot to fame was through his role in Nickelodeon's The Adventures of Pete and Pete. From there, he easily made his into other projects like All That and The Mighty Ducks. His voice also helped him further his career as he lent it to Arnold in The Magic School Bus.
At merely 10 years old, Ross Hull got himself a part stateside in the thriller Nowhere to Hide. He then appeared in a few television shows before snagged the role of Chris Sheppard in Student Bodies. Even though the roles kept coming, Hull realized that his heart was in a different place in the industry.
Matthew Lewis was only 11 years old when he made his debut on the silver screen as Neville Longbottom. The comical and chubby character was one of the most beloved in the Harry Potter film series. Fans got to see him transform from an awkward teenager to a confident young man.
Daveigh Chase sent chills down the spine of many moviegoers when she portrayed her iconic role as the sinister young girl in The Ring in 2002. Her performance was as epic as her previous role in Donnie Darko. Since then, the former child star has become hardly recognizable.
Angus T. Jones
As a child, Angus T. Jones gained popularity for his role as Jake Harper on the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men. He was a familiar face to many because of appearing in other famous shows as well. He was once on Hannah Montana, CSI, as well as ER.
Best known for portraying lab assistant Phoebe in the children's series Beakman's World, Senta Moses has actually been in show business since she was six months old! The veteran actress started her career in a diaper commercial. It was just the first of a hundred more national commercials.
If you think you’re familiar with that curly hair and sweet smile, that’s because Daryl Sabara played the role of Juni Cortez in the Spy Kids film franchise.
Of course, we're all still familiar, and basically in love with Zac Efron. Ever since we first saw him in the Disney original film High School Musical, we just couldn't get enough of him. Although he was already adorable, to begin with, he only became hotter and more attractive as he succeeded in his acting career.
Although we often associate Elle Fanning with her older sister, Dakota Fanning, you’ve got to admit that this young actress managed to achieve groundbreaking success from pure talent alone. We first witnessed her skill in acting in the J.J. Abrams film Super 8.
It’s obvious that Scarlett Johansson is one of the most famous and sought-after actresses in Hollywood. With stunning performances in films such as The Avengers, The Other Boleyn Girl, and Lost in Translation, it’s hard to recall that this star, like many others, had humble beginnings.
Mila Kunis wouldn’t be the famous actress that she is today if not for her wit and craftiness. At the age of 14, Kunis officially started her acting career when she was cast as Jackie Burkhart on the television series That '70s Show.
Most of the stars on our list are hit hard by puberty, but none of them would be able to compete with Alyson Stoner. To say that she aged like fine wine is an understatement. This young dancer, who we first saw busting sick moves in Missy Elliott’s music video, grew up to be quite an attractive adult.
Who knew that the cute little girl we all knew from the novel-turned-movie Narnia would grow up to be such a lovely young lady and an even better actress at that. We first witnessed Georgie Henley’s acting chops in the blockbuster fantasy film series, The Chronicles of Narnia.
If you were an avid fan of the hit American television series Modern Family, then you might recall the dark-haired little girl on the show that simply caught everyone’s attention. That happens to be Ariel Winter, who, by the way, is now a blooming young woman.
You’d think that his appearance in the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory would be the start of his budding career, but in reality, this was Peter Ostrum’s only film appearance. Declining a three-film contract offer, Ostrum said he wanted "the freedom to choose what he played, and in what picture."
While many of us know Ariana Grande as an award-winning singer, she actually started out as a teen actress. Most noted for starring in the Nickelodeon show, Victorious, Grande has truly come a long way ever since her acting days.
As a child actor, Jerry O'Connell starred in the '80s coming of age film Stand By Me. He didn’t receive his first big break until a decade after when he was cast as Joe in the comedy film Joe’s Apartment.
Neil Patrick Harris
His role in the hit television series How I Met Your Mother is no doubt the reason Neil Patrick Harris is considered one of the most famous stars today. But before he even took on the role of the famous Barney Stinson, the actor started out playing the role of a child doctor on the hit television program Doogie Howser, M.D.
As kids, we were mesmerized by the tunes belted out by the Brady Bunch. This family, comprised of musically talented members, were each adorable and loved by the audience in their own way. None of them is as popular as Marcia Brady though. The blonde teenager, who is famous for brushing her hair 100 times, has captivated the viewers with her natural charm and appeal.
While some child stars continue their acting careers until they’re adults, there are others who decides to walk down a different path. One of them is Peter Billingsley who rose to fame as Ralphie Parker in the 1983 holiday classic A Christmas Story.
Dante Basco’s performance as Rufio, the self-proclaimed leader of the Lost Boys in the 1991 Robin Williams hit movie Hook earned him many praises. His talent in acting earned him a few more roles in other films and shows such as breakdancer Ramos in the 2006 film Take the Lead.
During the 1950s, Jerry Mathers was considered by many as one fo the biggest child stars of the time. His role as Beaver in the TV show Leave It To Beaver gave rise to his career as an actor.
Ron Howard is one of the few stars in Hollywood who made it big, not as an actor, but as something even bigger: a director. He is recognized as one of the most brilliant minds in the film industry, creating various praiseworthy films and shows such as Apollo 13, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, Angels & Demons, and many more.
His hilarious lines and funny comebacks on the hit television show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is probably what most people would remember for many years to come when they think of Alfornso Ribeiro. However, not a lot of them are aware that comedy isn’t the only field he excels in.
Jamie Lynn Spears
While there's no doubt that her big sister, Britney Spears, is considered one of the most legendary stars of all time, Jamie Lynn Spears wasn't far from following suit. As a young girl, she received many opportunities to become a celebrity like her sister, and obviously, she grabbed those chances handed to her.
Another goody good child celebrity who broke out of their shell to become the star they're meant to be is Miley Cyrus. Like other Disney stars, Cyrus' career went nowhere but up after she got her own television show, Hannah Montana.
The 1970s was considered by many as the Golden Years of television due in part to the variety of television shows that people can tune in to. One of those shows is the American musical sitcom The Partridge Family. The show gave rise to the careers of the actors who starred in it, mainly Danny Bonaduce, who played the role of Danny Partridge, the mischievous middle child of the bunch.
When Ricky Schroder was a young boy, he appeared in many catalogs, and by age six, he had appeared in 60 advertisements. Eventually, his parents decided to take things up a notch and they tried to see how well their son would do as an actor. The young boy made his film debut as the son of Jon Voight's character in The Champ in 1979.
If '90s kids grew up listening to The Backstreet Boys, '80s kids grew up listening to New Kids On The Block. One of the band's biggest members is the brother of famous Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg. Naturally, being a Wahlberg entails that Donnie would have a promising career as a celebrity.
Honey Boo Boo
Born Alana Frances Thompson, Honey Boo Boo rose to fame got her claim to fame on the TLC television show Toddlers & Tiaras that gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the world of pageantry. Before becoming a TV personality, Honey Boo Boo used to compete at beauty pageants as a little girl.
As an adult, Jodie Foster is considered one of the best actresses in Hollywood, but as a child, things were pretty much the same for her. Foster was a very busy little girl, constantly receiving acting projects left and right. Before she ventured into acting, she first began modeling at the age of three years old.
Every person who has watched the movie Little Rascals would agree that all the child actors who starred in the film were all simply adorable. Who could forget the cute smile and the witty lines of the character Buckwheat, played by the actor Ross Bagley?
One of the most successful child stars in the history of Hollywood is Kirsten Dunst. She first got the attention of many people when she was cast as the young vampire Claudia in the movie Interview with the Vampire, acting alongside Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.
Being a Disney star is a surefire way for an aspiring celebrity to secure their career. One of the Disney stars we grew to know is Alyson Michalka, who is best known for her starring role as Keely Teslow in the Disney Channel sitcom Phil of the Future. Aside from acting, many of her fans are well aware that Michalka is also passionate with singing.
Before he played the role of Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Elijah Wood’s career as a child actor was already very promising. He was initially given a small part in the blockbuster film Back to the Future Part II.
Who knew that Christina Applegate would still be such a bombshell years after she first appeared in the Fox sitcom Married... with Children? At the age of 49, Applegate is still very much active in the film industry and often lands big roles in the movies she stars in.
Candace Cameron Bure
Like her brother, Kirk Bure, Candace Cameron Bure was also a successful young actress. The two of them starred alongside each other in the television show, Growing Pains, a show which launched their careers. In 1987, she was given the role of D.J. Tanner in Full House.
This American actor was well known during his teenage years as he starred in blockbuster films such as Gremlins, The Goonies, and Stand by Me. Before he became an ‘80s hearthrob though, Feldman first appeared in over 100 television commercials, with the earliest being a McDonald’s commercial at the age of three years old.
If there’s any period in time which a lot of people miss the most, it would have to be the ‘90s. This was a decade that gave way to new fashion styles and introduced us to some of the most unforgettable stars in history. One of them is Danielle Fishel. She rose to prominence when she appeared in the television show, Boy Meets World.
Most of us remember Sesame Street as a show starring puppets, but it actually included some human actors as well. One of them was Tatyana Ali. After appearing on the children’s show, she then showed more of her talent in acting on the series, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alongside Will Smith.
As an adult actor, Joshua Jackson is best known for his role as Pacey Witter in the teen drama series Dawson's Creek, but as a young boy, he was best known for playing the role of Charlie Conway, the unofficial team leader of the Ducks in Disney film, The Mighty Ducks.
Julie Dawn Cole
While Julie Dawn Cole played the role of spoiled brat Veruca Salt in the classic 1971 blockbuster film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, she is far from being a spoiled brat in real life. Still, her acting was so convincing that she ended up landing "bad girl" roles throughout her acting career.
Having that thick blonde hair and sassy personality, Lisa Whelchel was cast as the spoiled rich girl Blair Warner in the series The Facts of Life. Many people refuse to admit it, but no matter how annoying her character was in the show, there was just something so charming about her.
Back when he was still a kid, Jeff Cohen was better known by his stage name, Jeff McMahon. He is best remembered for appearing as the silly young boy Chunk in the 1985 Steven Spielberg production The Goonies and was famous for coming up with the line “Truffle Shuffle.”
We all know Piper Perabo as the eldest sibling from the film Cheaper by the Dozen. Many would also recognize her as one of the attractive stars in the movie Coyote Ugly.
It seems like only yesterday that Kylie Jenner was doing something mischievous with her sisters on the reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Now, she’s one of the most famous and richest women in the country.
The original Star Wars trilogy really made a mark on many people all over the world. Lucky for Jake Lloyd, he got to be part of the cast of a movie that will go down through history. Playing the role of young Anakin Skywalker, Lloyd was able to give us a glimpse of what life was like when Darth Vader was still a child.
Lukas Haas has been in the film industry since he was a little kid, first making an on-screen appearance in the 1983 nuclear holocaust drama Testament when he was only six years old. While his career in Hollywood isn’t as big as the other actors, his name is still ever so popular.
Although he’s not an A-list Hollywood actor, Greyson Chance stands a huge chance to become a future music icon due to his mad skills in singing. Discovered on YouTube by Ellen DeGeneres, Chance eventually ended up on the show like all the other prodigies that the host/comedian has come across on social media.
One of the biggest stars in Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio has had a long and thriving career in the film industry, starting with the film Critters 3. But what really launched his career and reputation as one of the most sought after stars in Tinseltown is his performance in the coming of age film Romeo and Juliet.
Who knew that in 1991, we would be introduced to a great actress such as Reese Witherspoon? The blonde beauty, who is famous for starring as Elle Woods in the romantic comedy film Legally Blonde, seems to haven’t aged at all.
We don’t know about you, but we think Kurt Russell is one of the hottest men in Hollywood as of today. But what most of us didn’t know is that this actor was already a hottie back then. Starting his acting career at the age of 12, Russell made his big screen debut in the film It Happened at the World's Fair.
Best known for the quirky roles she played in films back in the day, Winona Ryder has won the hearts of many people all over the world. Because of her talent in acting, she bagged several awards throughout her career, including a Golden Globe Award.
There are some Hollywood stars who are given the opportunity to star in one blockbuster film after another, just like Natalie Portman. A lot of people would easily associate her with Star Wars since she starred as Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace back in 1999. However, Portman is much more than just a Hollywood actress.
Many of us are familiar with the story of Anne of Green Gables which was written by Lucy Maud Montgomery. As kids, this story was introduced to us, but the person who gave life to the famous character is none other than Megan Follows.
From uncomplicated roles in television series to heavier roles in films, no one else can take the word “versatile” to the next level other than Ralph Macchio. This child star first gained popularity in 1983 when he starred alongside Lane in Francis Ford Coppola's coming-of-age drama The Outsiders.
We bet no one realized that the guy who played Winona Ryder’s on-screen lover, Bob Newby, in the Netflix show Stranger Things was also the same guy who played Mikey Walsh in the 1985 film The Goonies. We’re talking about former child star Sean Astin.
Brooke Shields' career as an actress spans more than 40 years, making her a Hollywood celebrity with one of the longest careers in the film industry. While other celebrities would start working as early as three years old, Shields started earlier as a model for Ivory Soap when she was just 11 months old in 1966.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Another celebrity who proves that being part of Disney can take you places is Jennifer Love Hewitt. In 1989, she officially joined the cast of the Disney Channel series Kids Incorporated. By 1992, she had her first starring role in Little Miss Millions, as a wealthy nine-year-old girl who runs away from her stepmother to find her real mother.
"Save the cheerleader, save the world" is one line that we all associate with Hayden Panettiere. Starring as superhero/cheerleader Claire Bennet in the 2006 television series Heroes truly made Panettiere an even bigger star than she already was.
Like many actresses during her time, Natalie Wood first began her career in showbusiness as a child. She made her on-screen debut at the age of 4 and was given a co-starring role at age 8 in the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street.
Helen Hunt became one of the most famous actresses of her time thanks to her portrayal of Jamie Buchman in the sitcom Mad About You. Her performance in the show earned her three Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy and four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Former teen icon Molly Ringwald is still considered as one of the best actresses today. She rose to fame for her performances in several iconic ‘80s films including Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar is widely recognized for her role as Buffy Summers on the WB drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer from 1997 to 2003. Her performance on the show earned her five Teen Choice Awards, a Saturn Award, and a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Of course, we all know Christian Bale as Batman, but before he was cast in the titular role, he played a variety of other characters in several films, some of which earned him awards. During the '80s and early '90s, Bale mostly starred in supporting roles.
Alyssa Milano is one of the biggest names in the industry. She is known for her long list of projects and portrayals of different characters including Samantha Micelli in Who's the Boss?, Jennifer Mancini in Melrose Place, Phoebe Halliwell in Charmed, Billie Cunningham in My Name Is Earl, Savannah "Savi" Davis in Mistresses, Renata Murphy in Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later, and Coralee Armstrong in Insatiable.
People back in the '60s would surely be familiar with Hayley Mills' performance in the Disney film, The Parent Trap. Pulling off the role of two characters is certainly difficult, which is why Mills was largely credit and praised for her performance.
There's no doubt that Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal of Joker in the film of the same name was truly on a whole other level. But before that, he has already been recognized as one of Hollywood's greatest actors. As a child, Phoenix started acting in television with his brother River and sister Summer.
American actress Jennifer Connelly started her career as a child model before she became an actress. She made her film acting debut in 1984 in the crime film Once Upon a Time in America. In 2002, Connelly won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Alicia Nash in Ron Howard's biopic A Beautiful Mind.
Named after the legendary singer Selena Quintanilla, Selena Gomez surely acquired more than just the star's name. As a singer of her own right, Selena Gomez could very well rival the talent and the beauty of the late Tejano star. Still, we all know that Gomez is a one of a kind singer and actress, but we cannot deny that she's got it all.
If there's any celebrity who has bagged a lot of awards and nominations throughout their career, it would have to be Claire Danes. Starring as Angela Chase in the 1994 teen drama series My So-Called Life, Danes won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
The roles Emma Roberts played in multiple seasons of the FX anthology horror series American Horror Story is a stark contrast to the roles she used to play in movies when she was still a little girl, such as Nancy Drew.
Other celebrities become famous after starring in big screen films, but Michelle Trachtenberg became famous after starring in the hit television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Dawn Summers. At the age of three, Trachtenberg made her first television appearance in a commercial for Wisk detergent.
Although he is mostly involved in a lot of controversy as a grown-up, Shia LaBeouf had a thriving career as a young boy. LaBeouf stood out among the rest as he was cast as Louis Stevens in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens, a role which earned him a Young Artist Award nomination in 2001 and won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2003.
Growing up watching Nickelodeon, you must certainly be familiar with the mischievous duo that makes up Drake & Josh, Drake Bell and Josh Peck. While Josh went on to become a vlogger, while sometimes accepting acting roles, Drake continued his career as a full-time actor.
It's hard to look at Lea Thompson and not think about Marty McFly's mom, Lorraine, in the Back to the Future trilogy. Born in Rochester, Minnesota, she studied ballet as a girl and danced professionally by the age of 14.
Not many people are aware of it, but Juliette Lewis actually started out as a child actress. During the 1990s, she was considered by many as in "it girl" of American cinema and landed roles in various award-winning films.
It's no secret that Mandy Moore is not just a talented singer but also a highly talented actress. She became truly famous when she played the role of Jamie Elizabeth Sullivan-Carter in the film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks book, A Walk to Remember.
Fans of Grey's Anatomy would know just how heartbreaking Dr. Izzie Stevens's story is in the show. The actress who gave life to the character, Katherine Heigl, definitely did a great job in portraying the role of the character.
As a teen, Matt Dillon was considered as one of the most handsome faces in showbusiness, which is why he had no difficulty landing huge roles that would, later on, help him become a successful actor. As a famous teen idol during the ‘80s, Dillon first starred in Over the Edge, a movie that would propel him into popularity.
Not only is she the younger sister of the King of Pop, the late Michael Jackson, but Janet Jackson is also a whole lot of other things. Like her brother though, Janet is also well-known singer, which is natural considering that as kids, their parents trained them to perform in front of a crowd and improve on their singing.
With his captivating smile and cute dimples, as well as his obvious fit body, it's no surprise that Mario Lopez easily became a hit with the ladies. Known for his portrayal of A.C. Slater on Saved by the Bell, Lopez has appeared in other projects.
Once you sign up with Disney as one of their stars, you can guarantee that you'll be instantly famous in a short span of time. Like other celebrities who started out in Disney, Demi Lovato is enjoying a successful career both in acting and in singing.
For many women, Jake Gyllenhaal is the man of their dreams. We can't blame them though since the actor has starred in various films throughout his career, and he looked so good in all of them. Most of the roles he landed were leading roles, so it's no surprise why he's one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood today.
Of course, the Harry Potter cast wouldn't be complete without Ron Weasley in it. We just couldn't imagine anyone else portraying the role of Harry Potter's best friend other than Rupert Grint. Like his other co-stars in the Harry Potter film series, Grint went on to have a successful career in showbusiness both while filming the movie and after it ended.
As a young boy, Josh Hutcherson already displayed a praiseworthy talent in acting, which explains why he went on to star in a whole lot of other movies while he was growing up.
Being cast as Kevin McCallister's mean and older brother Buzz in Home Alone, everyone expected to hate the actor behind the role, Devin Ratray. Surprisingly, the exact opposite happened and people ended up loving him instead.
No one would have guessed that the Haunting of Hill House and Haunting of Bly Manor star Henry Thomas was also the same actor who starred as Elliott in the blockbuster sci-fi film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (even though he obviously looks like an older version of his younger self.)
Once Emily Osment was cast as Hannah Montana's best friend Lilly Truscott in the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana, many people seem to have forgotten that the child actress once played the role of Gerti Giggles in the Spy Kids film franchise.
Nowadays, people would easily recognize Taylor Lautner as the hot, short-tempered, often romantic, and mostly shirtless friend/admirer of Bella Swan in the film adaptation of the Twilight book series.
His role as Dean Thomas in the film adaptation of the Harry Potter book series may have been small, but it became the gateway for Alfred Enoch to have a successful career as an actor. Although he hardly spoke a line in the Harry Potter film series, Enoch's performance in the hit television series, How To Get Away With Murder as Wes Gibbins showed everyone just how much of an exceptional actor he truly is.
Who wouldn't be familiar with the actress who played Martha Kent, the mother of Superman, in the DC film Man of Steel? Of course, Diane Lane's performance in the film was exceptional, just like her performance in other movies in the past.
Many people would agree that Saoirse Ronan did an exceptional job at portraying the role of Susie Salmon in the film adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel The Lovely Bones. Her performance in the film crushed everyone's heart, which explains why she grew up to become such a talented actress.
As a child, Thomas Sangster portrayed roles of outspoken and intelligent young boys, which is what thrust him into the spotlight. Many would recognize him as Sam, the stepson of Liam Neeson's character in the romantic Christmas film Love Actually.
Many of you would recognize Heather Matarazzo as the witty and sassy best friend of Anne Hathaway's character, Mia Thermopolis, in the Disney film The Princess Diaries. A lot of the people who saw this classic film instantly fell in love with Lilly Moscovitz thanks to her no holds barred lines and loyalty to Princess Mia.