Since the rise of television and Hollywood, the phenomenon of the child star grew in popular culture. Family sitcoms like The Brady Bunch put child actors in front of millions of adoring fans every week. With the spotlight on them, many child actors rose too fast and quickly crashed and burned. Too often Hollywood would replace them with a new child actor, leaving the old one in the dust. Others found it difficult to get out of the shadow of their popular character. We all have our favorites. But, with so many child stars growing up, where have they gone since their rise to fame? Here are 25 Child Stars: Where Are They Now.
Malcolm David Kelley
We all know him and love him as “Walt” on the popular ABC television show Lost. Even during the show, he grew up fast. However, now he’s made a big career change from child actor to full grown rapper. He signed to Columbia Records and released a debut album in 2014.
Melissa Joan Hart
She explained it all in her Nickelodeon show Clarissa Explains It All and captured our hearts with her elusive magic in the show Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and according to her memoir, Melissa Joan Hart partied it up back in the 90’s. Now, however, she lives a normal life as a mom raising three boys.
Jamie Lynn Spears
Jamie Lynn Spears got her start as a child actor on Nickelodeon, starring in All That and Zoey 101. She’s since transitioned to becoming a full-time country music singer.
In her childhood days, Mandy Moore was known in the 90’s as a pop singer and actress in movies like A Walk to Remember. Today, she’s continued her acting career and has a starring role in the NBC show, This Is Us.
The 90’s wouldn’t be complete without Steve Urkel’s classic phrase, “Did I do that?” For much of his career, however, Jaleel White struggled to get out Urkel’s shadow. Today, he’s hopping into a new role in the upcoming CBS comedy Me, Myself & I.
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