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25th Nov '16 8:26:17 PM DesertDragon
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* Much has been said about Skylar Deleon being a "former ''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Power Rangers]]'' star," but the truth is he had only appeared as an extra in one episode. Nonetheless, this convicted murderer did act a bit as a child and teenager, before getting involved in crime as an adult.

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* Much has been said about Skylar Deleon being a "former ''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Power Rangers]]'' star," star convicted of double-murder" but the truth is he had only appeared as an extra in one episode. Nonetheless, this convicted murderer he did act a bit as a child and teenager, before getting involved in crime as an adult.
18th Nov '16 8:29:17 AM RoseAndHeather
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* Bindi Irwin wasn't even 10 when Discovery Channel gave her her own edutainment series, ''Bindi the Jungle Girl'', priming her to follow in the footsteps of her late father [[Series/TheCrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]]. After the show ended she fell into obscurity for a while until she won ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' at 17, and as of this writing she has quite a career ahead of her.

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* Bindi Irwin wasn't even 10 when Discovery Channel gave her her own edutainment series, ''Bindi the Jungle Girl'', priming her to follow in the footsteps of her late father [[Series/TheCrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]]. After the show ended she fell into (relative) obscurity for a while while, concentrating on wildlife work at Australia Zoo, until she won ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' at 17, and as of this writing she has quite a career ahead of her.her. She is also by all accounts an extremely sane and well-adjusted young woman.
18th Nov '16 7:23:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* Pearl Bright of Jane Lindskold's ''Literature/BreakingTheWall'' trilogy is a contemporary of no less than Shirley Temple herself. However Pearl herself subverts the usual description of this trope by being moderately wealthy thanks to her mother's careful investing of her childhood earnings, maintaining connections throughout Hollywood, and being an octogenarian BadAss.

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* Pearl Bright of Jane Lindskold's ''Literature/BreakingTheWall'' trilogy is a contemporary of no less than Shirley Temple herself. However Pearl herself subverts the usual description of this trope by being moderately wealthy thanks to her mother's careful investing of her childhood earnings, maintaining connections throughout Hollywood, and being an octogenarian BadAss.badass.
30th Oct '16 5:47:38 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* The famous child acting duo Corey Feldman and Corey Haim both had meltdowns for adult lives. Eventually it claimed Corey Haim's life. Corey Feldman has survived fairly well, but unfortunately that's all we ever hear of him doing anymore.

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* The famous child acting duo Corey Feldman and Corey Haim Creator/CoreyHaim both had meltdowns for adult lives. Eventually it claimed Corey Haim's life. Corey Feldman has survived fairly well, but unfortunately that's all we ever hear of him doing anymore.



* Macaulay Culkin became a star after ''Film/HomeAlone''. Twenty years later, it still is his most important role. However, this is largely by ''choice'', as he had a [[StageMom Stage Dad]] who forced him into role after role without taking a break, wanting to maximize on his son's bankability and ultimately ruining it (because no one wanted to cast Macaulay if it meant having to deal with his dad). Culkin understandably got burned out on his desire to act after that, and he spends most of his time nowadays either playing music with his band, [[http://www.eonline.com/news/596321/macaulay-culkin-is-not-dead-responds-to-death-hoax-with-parody-of-80s-movie-see-the-pic making the best response ever]] to [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated a death hoax about him]], and generally going out of his way to live as normal a life as possible. It didn't stop him from AdamWesting for a [[http://digg.com/video/macaulay-culkin-dryvrs-home-alone little bit]] though.

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* Macaulay Culkin Creator/MacaulayCulkin became a star after ''Film/HomeAlone''. Twenty years later, it still is his most important role. However, this is largely by ''choice'', as he had a [[StageMom Stage Dad]] who forced him into role after role without taking a break, wanting to maximize on his son's bankability and ultimately ruining it (because no one wanted to cast Macaulay if it meant having to deal with his dad). Culkin understandably got burned out on his desire to act after that, and he spends most of his time nowadays either playing music with his band, [[http://www.eonline.com/news/596321/macaulay-culkin-is-not-dead-responds-to-death-hoax-with-parody-of-80s-movie-see-the-pic making the best response ever]] to [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated a death hoax about him]], and generally going out of his way to live as normal a life as possible. It didn't stop him from AdamWesting for a [[http://digg.com/video/macaulay-culkin-dryvrs-home-alone little bit]] though.



* Speaking of John Connor... There's also the so-called [[http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/18/the-john-connor-curse-nick-stahl-edward-furlong-and-christian-bale.html "John Connor Curse."]] Creator/EdwardFurlong, Creator/NickStahl, Creator/ThomasDekker, and Creator/ChristianBale all seemed to have personal and career problems after playing the role, and all were former child stars. More specifically, Furlong had trouble with drug abuse; Stahl was missing for several days and dropped off the acting radar due to his drug use; Dekker was arrested for DUI after running over a cyclist; Bale went ballistic and his rant on the of ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' became a MemeticMutation, as well as his domestic assault charge around the same time (he bounced back, though, with his later films).

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* Speaking of John Connor... There's also the so-called [[http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/18/the-john-connor-curse-nick-stahl-edward-furlong-and-christian-bale.html "John Connor Curse."]] Creator/EdwardFurlong, Creator/NickStahl, Creator/ThomasDekker, and Creator/ChristianBale all seemed to have personal and career problems after playing the role, and all were former child stars. More specifically, Furlong had trouble with drug abuse; Stahl was missing for several days and dropped off the acting radar due to his drug use; Dekker was arrested for DUI after running over a cyclist; Bale went ballistic and his rant on the set of ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' became a MemeticMutation, as well as his domestic assault charge around the same time (he bounced back, though, with his later films).



* Brad Renfro was 12 when he made his film debut in the critically-acclaimed film ''The Client'', co-starring with Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. He won ''The Hollywood Reporter'''s Young Star Award in 1995 went on to appear in the 1998 film ''Apt Pupil'' and ''ComicBook/GhostWorld''. Sadly, he spiraled into drug and alcohol abuse and died from a heroin overdose at the age of 25.

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* Brad Renfro was 12 when he made his film debut in the critically-acclaimed film ''The Client'', ''Film/TheClient'', co-starring with Susan Sarandon Creator/SusanSarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. Creator/TommyLeeJones. He won ''The Hollywood Reporter'''s Young Star Award in 1995 went on to appear in the 1998 film ''Apt Pupil'' ''Film/AptPupil'' and ''ComicBook/GhostWorld''. Sadly, he spiraled into drug and alcohol abuse and died from a heroin overdose at the age of 25.



* Bobby Driscoll, who was Disney's golden boy during the 1940s, is a very sad case. He was in several Disney movies, and particularly famous for his roles in ''Song Of The South'' and ''Disney/PeterPan'', but was abruptly let go in the middle of the 1950s (allegedly at least partly because he developed terrible acne as he entered puberty, requiring heavy makeup to hide it). He was ridiculed in school for being a child star and lapsed into obscurity through drugs. He was found dead and the body wasn't identified until a year later.

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* Bobby Driscoll, who was Disney's golden boy during the 1940s, is a very sad case. He was in several Disney movies, and particularly famous for his roles in ''Song Of The South'' ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'' and ''Disney/PeterPan'', but was abruptly let go in the middle of the 1950s (allegedly at least partly because he developed terrible acne as he entered puberty, requiring heavy makeup to hide it). He was ridiculed in school for being a child star and lapsed into obscurity through drugs. He was found dead and the body wasn't identified until a year later.



* Sean Astin transitioned fairly well from [[Film/TheGoonies child actor]] to [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings adult actor]].

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* Sean Astin Creator/SeanAstin transitioned fairly well from [[Film/TheGoonies child actor]] to [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings adult actor]].



* Mickey Rooney began acting appearing in films at the ripe young age of 17 months and even as a teenager continued his career as the "hyperactive, girl-crazy" Film/AndyHardy, often together with Creator/JudyGarland. Rooney's enlistment in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII saw his career decline, making a few TV and film appearances after that (most notably in ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld''), but eventually making a Broadway comeback in 1979 at 59 years old with ''Sugar Babies'', to rave reviews. After that, he worked regularly on both screen and stage until shortly before his death in April 2014 at the age of 93.

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* Mickey Rooney Creator/MickeyRooney began acting appearing in films at the ripe young age of 17 months and even as a teenager continued his career as the "hyperactive, girl-crazy" Film/AndyHardy, often together with Creator/JudyGarland. Rooney's enlistment in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII saw his career decline, making a few TV and film appearances after that (most notably in ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld''), but eventually making a Broadway comeback in 1979 at 59 years old with ''Sugar Babies'', to rave reviews. After that, he worked regularly on both screen and stage until shortly before his death in April 2014 at the age of 93.
12th Oct '16 2:12:19 PM fearlessnikki
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* Series/WhosTheBoss: While Creator/AlyssaMilano has done all right in her transition from child to adult roles, Danny Pintauro disappeared for the limelight for a long time. He has since revealed a history of meth addiction and is now HIV-positive.

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* Series/WhosTheBoss: ''Series/WhosTheBoss'': While Creator/AlyssaMilano has done all right in her transition from child to adult roles, Danny Pintauro disappeared for the limelight for a long time. He has since revealed a history of meth addiction and is now HIV-positive.



* James Madio began his career as a child actor, notably in ''{{Film/Hook}}'' and ''Film/TheBasketballDiaries'' - but enjoyed most of his success in adulthood, notably in ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' and ''Queens Supreme''.
* Ross [=McCall=] started off as the little kid playing Music/FreddieMercury in the Music/{{Queen}} video for "Miracle" and did numerous productions as a child actor. But he's far more recognizable for his adult roles such as Matthew Keller in ''Series/WhiteCollar'', Liebgott in ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' or Ron Clarke in ''24: Live Another Day''. He alluded to this trope in an interview, saying that he thankfully got any rebellion out of his system at a young age.

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* James Madio Creator/JamesMadio began his career as a child actor, notably as a Lost Boy in ''{{Film/Hook}}'' and ''Film/TheBasketballDiaries'' - but ''{{Film/Hook}}''. He enjoyed most of his more success in adulthood, notably in ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' adulthood with ''Series/BandOfBrothers'', the sitcom ''USA High'' and ''Queens Supreme''.
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* Ross [=McCall=] Creator/RossMcCall started off as the little kid playing Music/FreddieMercury in the Music/{{Queen}} video for "Miracle" and did numerous productions as a child actor. But he's far more recognizable for his adult roles such as Matthew Keller in ''Series/WhiteCollar'', Liebgott in ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' or Ron Clarke in ''24: Live Another Day''. He alluded to this trope in an interview, saying that he thankfully got any rebellion out of his system at a young age.




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* Felicity Jones has come a long way from Ethel Hallow on ''Literature/TheWorstWitch'' to becoming the respected actress she is as an adult. She earned an Oscar nomination for her work in ''Film/TheTheoryOfEverything'' and headlines the ''Franchise/StarWars'' spin-off ''Film/RogueOne''.



* Creator/JosephGordonLevitt took a breather from acting after playing Tommy on ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''. Since he resumed his career, he's won raves in just about every project he's done.

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* Creator/JosephGordonLevitt took a breather from acting after playing Tommy on ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''. Since he resumed He struggled with IAmNotSpock for several years, disliking his career, he's teen heartthrob status. So he turned to independent films and won raves critical acclaim for his work in just about every project he's done.''{{Film/Brick}}'', ''Film/StopLoss'' and ''The Lookout''. ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer'' proved a CareerResurrection that helped establish him as one of the finest actors working today.




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* Creator/AlyssaMilano began her career as a child star on ''Series/WhosTheBoss'' and had a brief stint as an IdolSinger in Japan. Roles dried up as she grew up, and she looked as if she was disappearing from entertainment altogether. CareerResurrection came in the form of ''Series/MelrosePlace'' and ''{{Series/Charmed}}'', making her more famous than she ever was as a child actress.
9th Oct '16 10:22:04 AM nombretomado
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* Bill Mumy of ''Series/LostInSpace''. His parents took care that he grew up properly during his career as a child, and carefully invested his pay so he'd remain financially secure as an adult. He became a successful musician (his comedy pop band Barnes & Barnes is responsible for that "Fish Heads" song) and continued acting in TV and film, even getting another juicy sci-fi TV role as Lennier in ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]''. His daughter Liliana is also making it well as a cartoon voice actress (most notably as the voice of Panini in ''{{Chowder}}''), and even played alongside her dad in the sequel to "It's a Good Life", "It's Still a Good Life", on the second revival of ''Series/TheTwilightZone''.

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* Bill Mumy of ''Series/LostInSpace''. His parents took care that he grew up properly during his career as a child, and carefully invested his pay so he'd remain financially secure as an adult. He became a successful musician (his comedy pop band Barnes & Barnes is responsible for that "Fish Heads" song) and continued acting in TV and film, even getting another juicy sci-fi TV role as Lennier in ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]''. ''Series/BabylonFive''. His daughter Liliana is also making it well as a cartoon voice actress (most notably as the voice of Panini in ''{{Chowder}}''), ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}''), and even played alongside her dad in the sequel to "It's a Good Life", "It's Still a Good Life", on the second revival of ''Series/TheTwilightZone''.
27th Sep '16 3:24:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* MaraWilson had a pretty peaceful life despite going out of the spotlight. Nowadays she works as a stage actress, writes a humorous blog, [[Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale guest stars on a weird podcast]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnkKmpgl0uk calls out]] [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic internet reviewers]]. And is a good enough sport to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i_IBUNAphM costar in a review]] of ''Film/{{Matilda}}'' with WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick. And later on, [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-child-stars-go-crazy-an-insiders-perspective/ wrote an article about why real life examples of this trope occur.]]

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* MaraWilson Creator/MaraWilson had a pretty peaceful life despite going out of the spotlight. Nowadays she works as a stage actress, writes a humorous blog, [[Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale guest stars on a weird podcast]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnkKmpgl0uk calls out]] [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic internet reviewers]]. And is a good enough sport to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i_IBUNAphM costar in a review]] of ''Film/{{Matilda}}'' with WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick. And later on, [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-child-stars-go-crazy-an-insiders-perspective/ wrote an article about why real life examples of this trope occur.]]
19th Sep '16 12:58:21 PM twilicorn
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* Bindi Irwin wasn't even 10 when Discovery Channel gave her her own edutainment series, ''Bindi the Jungle Girl'', priming her to follow in the footsteps of her late father [[Series/TheCrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]]. After the show ended she fell into obscurity for a while until she won ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' at 17, and as of this writing she has quite a career ahead of her.
10th Sep '16 5:57:51 AM twilicorn
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** Averted with the actors who played the other two children on the show: Joelle Clarke, the oldest, moved to England and became a stage actress, and Bradley Hitler-Smith, the middle child, went on to own a hardware store.




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* Jack Garratt started performing as a kid (he participated in the UK's 2005 preselection for Junior Eurovision), and successfully avoided the trappings most former child stars face as he won BBC's "Sound of 2016" poll and found himself performing many music festivals in adulthood.
6th Sep '16 9:31:48 PM jamespolk
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* Creator/ElizabethTaylor, going from a child star in movies like ''LassieComeHome'' to one of the most famous film actresses '''ever'''. Her private life, however, was notably less successful: she was notorious for her large number of weddings and divorces (eight, including two to Creator/RichardBurton), and was treated for alcoholism and prescription drug addiction.

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* Creator/ElizabethTaylor, going from a child star in movies like ''LassieComeHome'' ''Film/LassieComeHome'' to one of the most famous film actresses '''ever'''. Her private life, however, was notably less successful: she was notorious for her large number of weddings and divorces (eight, including two to Creator/RichardBurton), and was treated for alcoholism and prescription drug addiction.
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