You Won't Believe What Happens to These Child Stars
Have you ever wondered about our favorite child stars? Things like where they are now, and what they look like as grown-ups. At least We do.
So we decided to take a trip down memory lane and look into where some of those kids from your favorite movies growing up are now!
1. Macaulay Culkin, “Home Alone” (1990), “Home Alone 2”(1992)
We all fell for Macaulay Culkin’s boyish charms and genius booby-traps as he portrayed Kevin McCallister in “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2.” But as he got older, he’s roles just got weirder. In the past few years there have been many rumors about his reported drug abuse.
And last weekend, Culkin made headlines because of his death which fortunately turned out to be a death hoax.
2.Bradley Pierce, “Jumanji” (1995)
Even if you haven't seen Pierce in anything other than Jumanji, there's a good chance that you've heard him: The actor voiced the roles of Chip in Beauty and the Beast and the original Tails in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Since appearances in films like 2000's Down to You, Pierce dedicated his life to raising his two children, bartending, and working with several charities.
3.Lindsey Lohan, “The Parent Trap”(1998)
The little red-headed girl who played twins in the remake of the popular movie “The Parent Trap” grew up to be a TMZ’s dream come true when it comes to celebrity gossip. Known nowadays for her problems with the law (from theft to DUIs), Lindsey Lohan’s most recent acting gig was as Elizabeth Taylor in the made-for-TV movie “Liz & Dick.”
4. Amanda Bynes, “What I Like About You” (2000)
Best known for her role as Holly in the TV series “What I Like About You,” which co-starred Jennie Garth, Amanda Bynes was an up-and-coming actress with lots of personality and a girl-next-door look. She also starred as Daphne in the movie “What a Girl Wants” with Colin Firth and Kelly Preston. Nowadays, Amanda is known for getting in trouble with the law and not her acting career.
5. Neil Patrick Harris, “Doogie Howser M.D”(1989)
In the early 1990s, Neil Patrick Harris was a teen heartthrob as the prodigy doctor in “Doogie Howser M.D.” Nowadays we all know him for his stage acting and his starring role on the hit TV series “How I Met Your Mother.”He even hosted the Emmy Awards in 2009 and he also will host the Oscars in 2015.
7.The Olsen Twins, “Full House”
The ultimate child stars, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are still reaping the benefits of sharing the role of Michelle Tanner in “Full House.” The girls turned their popularity into an empire making hundreds of movies and launching their own line of, well, everything! From hair products to backpacks, these girls sold everything and are estimated to be worth $300 million!
6. Giorgio Cantarini, “Life Is Beautiful” (1997)
Life certainly was beautiful for young Giorgio, who starred in the Academy-Award winning Italian film and the Academy Award-winning Gladiator. But life has since turned quiet for the actor, who only tapped into his fame to appear in a couple Italian movies and the country's version of Dancing With the Stars. Still, he's bellissimo.
7.Danny Cooksey, “Terminator 2” (1991)
No matter how often you blinked in the '90s, it was impossible to miss Cooksey. Though his most high-profile project was Terminator 2, in which he played John Connor's young friend, the actor also became famous for roles in Salute Your Shorts, Diff'rent Strokes, and more. These days, though you might not see Cooksey, you do hear him: Cooksey works as a voice actor for projects like The Lorax.
8.Jeff Cohen, “The Goonies” (1985)
Young Chunk seems to have attended the Jerry O'Connell School of Aging. The actor best known for the Truffle Shuffle in the beloved classic lost weight after shuffling onto the football field in high school, then continued to transform himself by taking up a post as a successful lawyer following a tenure at University of California, Berkeley and UCLA. Cohen currently runs his own practice, Cohen & Gardner, in Los Angeles.
9. Ross Malinger, 'Sleepless in Seattle' (1993)
Following Malinger's Sleepless success, it's hard to believe he found any time to sleep: The actor booked roles in films like Sudden Death and TV series like Seinfeld, Good Advice, and Party of Five. But after his last TV appearance in 2006, Malinger disappeared and reportedly worked in a car dealership in Malibu. But after that resume, do we blame him for reducing his speed?
10. Lark Voorhies, “Saved by the Bell”
Know for her role as shopaholic Lisa Turtle on “Saved by the Bell,” Lark Voorhies hasn’t had much luck as an actress after the show ended. Fun fact: she’s the niece of Jermaine Jackson. Most recently, she’s been on the news disputing rumors that she is bipolar.
11.Ariana Richards, “Jurassic Park” (1993)
After appearing in Tremors, Boy Meets World, and Ben Folds Five's music video, "Brick," the girl chased by raptors became enraptured by the arts, choosing a career as an award-winning impressionist painter. Richards seemingly never lost her love for acting, however — the actress is set to appear in 2013's Wards Island.
12. Carrie Henn, “Aliens” (1986)
Henn was recruited for the now-famous role of Newt by being one of the only children auditioning not accustomed to smiling during line reading. But she certainly smiled after seeing Aliens' success, which won her a Saturn Award. But Newt would prove to be Henn's only role — the former actress decided to stop acting when her father was transferred to an Air Force base outside of L.A. Now, Henn works as a teacher.