What Happened to 31 Child Stars You Forgot About

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Ariana Richards, 'Jurassic Park' (1993)
Ariana Richards, 'Jurassic Park' (1993)
Universal Pictuers; Ariana.org
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. {Image Credit: Universal Pictuers; Ariana.org}
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Joseph Mazzello, 'Jurassic Park' (1993)
Joseph Mazzello, 'Jurassic Park' (1993)
Universal Pictures; FayesVision/Wenn
Audiences loved the actor in Steven Spielberg's classic, but viewers also "liked" him in The Social Network nearly 20 years later. And after keeping a low profile following his Jurassic Park fame — Mazzello attended USC for cinema and TV production — the actor continues to be poised for a breakout with roles in G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Justified. {Image Credit: Universal Pictures; FayesVision/Wenn}
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Devin Ratray, 'Home Alone' (1990)
Devin Ratray, 'Home Alone' (1990)
20th Century Fox; Apega/Wenn
The kid also known as Buzz McCallister parlayed his success as a perennial bully in films like Little Monsters into a fascinating career as an adult. Landing several guest star gigs in series like Law & Order and Supernatural, Ratray also once climbed into a Cash Cab and filmed a documentary chronicling his affection for Condoleeza Rice. Next up, the high-profile R.I.P.D.. {Image Credit: 20th Century Fox; Apega/Wenn}
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Bradley Pierce, 'Jumanji' (1995)
Bradley Pierce, 'Jumanji' (1995)
TriStar Pictures; Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images
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. {Image Credit: TriStar Pictures; Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images}
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Jake Lloyd, 'The Phantom Menace' (1999)
Jake Lloyd, 'The Phantom Menace' (1999)
Lucasfilms; Joseph Marzullo/Wenn
If there's anything more embarrassing than Jar Jar Binks, it's appearing in a movie alongside Jar Jar Binks. And Lloyd, the actor also known as young Anakin Skywalker, felt the sting of starring in the reviled Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, opting to leave Hollywood after fielding bullying at school. And, just like you, Star Wars fans, Lloyd refuses to watch the prequel. So maybe Ani isn't so bad after all. {Image Credit: Lucasfilms; Joseph Marzullo/Wenn}
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Barret Oliver, 'The NeverEnding Story' (1984)
Barret Oliver, 'The NeverEnding Story' (1984)
Warner Bros; no credit
The NeverEnding Story actor's career came to an abrupt end in 1989 when he joined the Sea Org, an organization made up of the most devout members of Scientology. After marrying — and later divorcing — at 19, Oliver once again put his nose inside a book, this time to study printing. Very little else is known about Oliver, the author of 2007's A History of the Woodburytype, except his exceptional hair growth. {Image Credit: Warner Bros; no credit}
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Noah Hathaway, 'The NeverEnding Story' (1984)
Noah Hathaway, 'The NeverEnding Story' (1984)
Warner Bros. Pictures; Nikki Nelson/Wenn
Since his days as a child actor, the man who portrayed Atreyu has swapped his horse for a motorcycle. Though Hathaway — who still occasionally acts with roles in films like Sushi Girl — dabbled in both dance and martial arts, the actor discovered a love for racing and designing motorcycles in California. Hopefully he stays far away from mud. {Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures; Nikki Nelson/Wenn}
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Amy O'Neill, 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids' (1989)
Amy O'Neill, 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids' (1989)
Walt Disney Pictures; Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic/Getty Images
O'Neill experienced early success in Hollywood on The Young and the Restless and the kid's classic Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, but left the industry in 1994 when she began to be courted by less-than-G-rated projects that asked for nudity. After finding fame for shrinking small, she began to have taller goals — literally. In the early 2000s, she joined circus act "Girls On Stilts." {Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures; Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic/Getty Images}
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Carrie Henn, 'Aliens' (1986)
Carrie Henn, 'Aliens' (1986)
20th Century Fox; Katy Winn/Getty Images
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. {Image Credit: 20th Century Fox; Katy Winn/Getty Images}
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Amber Scott, 'Hook' (1991)
Amber Scott, 'Hook' (1991)
Tristar Pictures; Facebook
Scott hooked us in from the second she appeared on the big screen as Robin Williams' daughter in Hook and on the small screen, where she sang the film's "When You're Alone" during the 64th Academy Awards. Since appearing in the film, however, Scott has become as difficult to find as a Lost Boy — little more is known about the former actress than her alma mater, Trinity College. {Image Credit: Tristar Pictures; Facebook}
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Charlie Korsmo, 'Dick Tracy' (1990)
Charlie Korsmo, 'Dick Tracy' (1990)
Buena Vista Pictures; no credit
The actor that made us say "aww" as the Kid returned briefly in the late '90s to make us say "eww" as we watched him guzzle bear in Can't Hardly Wait. The MIT grad since found success in politics working for the Republican Party. His conservative views, however, didn't offend President Obama, who nominated him for the board of trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship in 2011. Korsmo is currently a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. {Image Credit: Buena Vista
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Danny Cooksey, 'Terminator 2' (1991)
Danny Cooksey, 'Terminator 2' (1991)
Nickelodeon; Joey Foley/Getty Images
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. {Image Credit: Nickelodeon; Joey Foley/Getty Images}
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Jeff Cohen, 'The Goonies' (1985)
Jeff Cohen, 'The Goonies' (1985)
Warner Bros. Pictures; no credit
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.
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Daveigh Chase, 'The Ring' (2002)
Daveigh Chase, 'The Ring' (2002)
Dreamworks; Todd Williamson/WireImage
Her face might be recognized as the menacing Samara of The Ring, but you'll recognize her voice from her starring role as Lilo in Disney's 2002 film, Lilo & Stitch. Following roles in Donnie Darko and Big Love, Chase continues to chase her acting dream, with two colorful films, Yellow and Little Red Wagon, in post-production. {Image Credit: Dreamworks; Todd Williamson/WireImage}
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Brian Bonsall, 'Blank Check' (1994)
Brian Bonsall, 'Blank Check' (1994)
Walt Disney Pictures; Myspace
You might also know Bonsall as Andy from Family Ties or Alexander from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Or you might know him from police reports — after Bonsall left Hollywood in 1995, the actor-turned-punk musician found himself in police custody for a DUI, assault, and possession of marijuana, among other charges. Most recently, Bonsall was serving two years' probation for a third-degree assault charge. {Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures; Myspace}
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Liesel Matthews, 'Air Force One' (1997)
Liesel Matthews, 'Air Force One' (1997)
Columbia Pictures; Wenn
The actress' Hollywood career was short-lived, starring in just Air Force One and The Little Princess, but she didn't need the box office cash. Born Liesel Pritzker, the actress is the heiress to the Hyatt fortune, and collected even more money following a $2 billion lawsuit against her family for misappropriated funds. Matthews does give back, though — she's the founder of microfinance support group. {Image Credit: Columbia Pictures; Wenn}
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Freddie Highmore, 'Finding Neverland' (2004)
Freddie Highmore, 'Finding Neverland' (2004)
Miramax; Lia Toby/Wenn
It might have been tough to find the Finding Neverland star after his early childhood success starring alongside Johnny Depp. After all, Highmore focused his work in voice acting for several years following 2008's Spiderwick Chronicles. But almost 10 years after his first hit, Highmore nabbed the very un-childlike role of Norman Bates in A&E's Bates Motel. Your mother might not think he's so cute now. {Image Credit: Miramax; Lia Toby/Wenn}
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Joey Gaydos Jr., 'School of Rock' (2003)
Joey Gaydos Jr., 'School of Rock' (2003)
Paramount Pictures; Elayne Gross Photo
The musician impressed audiences with his shredding skills as the young and talented Zack in School of Rock, but, following his appearance in the film, Gaydos was hardly teacher's pet. While the guitarist formed the Joey Gaydos Group in 2005, he also was busted for a DUI in 2009 after driving away from a Taco Bell while intoxicated. That's one way to live a rock and roll lifestyle. {Image Credit: Paramount Pictures; Elayne Gross Photo}
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Giorgio Cantarini, 'Life Is Beautiful' (1997)
Giorgio Cantarini, 'Life Is Beautiful' (1997)
Miramax; no credit
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.
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Alisan Porter, 'Curly Sue' (1991)
Alisan Porter, 'Curly Sue' (1991)
Warner Bros. Pictures; Clarence Elie-Rivera/Getty Images
Porter, who was the youngest contestant to ever win Star Search at just five years old, has returned to her roots since launching her early 1990s acting career with Parenthood and Curly Sue. Now living in Los Angeles — where she's formed the band The Alison Porter Project — the singer-actress also performs in stage productions like The Ten Commandments: The Musical. {Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures; Clarence Elie-Rivera/Getty Images}
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Daniel Tay, 'Elf' (2003)
Daniel Tay, 'Elf' (2003)
New Line Cinema; Kevin Kane/Getty Images for Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
As an 8-year-old, Tay helped spread Christmas cheer alongside Will Ferrell in the new holiday classic, Elf. Since then, Tay has found joy working in smaller projects, like 2007's Brooklyn Rules, and doing voice work for video games like Grand Theft Auto IV. Still, nothing steals our hearts like Buddy's younger brother. {Image Credit: New Line Cinema; Kevin Kane/Getty Images for Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation}
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Mara Wilson, 'Matilda' (1996)
Mara Wilson, 'Matilda' (1996)
Tristar Pictures; Facebook
One of the more promising child stars of the '90s, Wilson picked up two Saturn Awards for her work in Matilda and A Simple Wish. But the actress fell out of love with film, and instead spends her post-NYU days acting in Web series and writing on her blog, where she's addressed her movie absence: "Anything I can do, Anna Kendrick or Ellen Page or Jennifer Lawrence ... can do better." {Image Credit: Tristar Pictures; Facebook}
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Jonathan Ke Quan, 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' (1984)
Jonathan Ke Quan, 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' (1984)
Paramount Pictures; Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage
The Vietnam-born actor, who received political asylum from the U.S. as a child, might have have a short acting resume — appearing in only four films, including Temple of Doom and The Goonies — but Quan still continues to work in the industry as a stunt coordinator for films like X-Men. Most recently, he told Access Hollywood that he's hard at work on an action project. {Image Credit: Paramount Pictures; Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage}
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Keith Coogan, 'Adventures in Babysitting' (1987)
Keith Coogan, 'Adventures in Babysitting' (1987)
Touchstone Pictures; Facebook
Jackie Coogan's grandson continues his family's acting legacy via roles in small films like Cats Dancing on Jupiter. Coogan also began an ambitious blogging project in 2011 when he vowed to learn one monologue a day. Unfortunately, it seems the actor was less dedicated than inspiration Julie Powell, abandoning the effort after just two months. His final monologue? Rebecca Black's "Friday." {Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures; Facebook}
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Maia Brewton, 'Adventures in Babysitting' (1987)
Maia Brewton, 'Adventures in Babysitting' (1987)
Touchstone Pictures; Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images
The Thor-loving adventurer in Adventures in Babysitting left the industry after roles in Back to the Future and Parker Lewis Can't Lose for a much more golden life: Brewton attended Yale in the late '90s, currently works as an attorney, and has twin sons with her wife, Lara Spotts. {Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures; Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images}
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Ross Bagley, 'Independence Day' (1996)
Ross Bagley, 'Independence Day' (1996)
20th Century Fox; Twitter
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith brought little Nicky along for Independence Day, but dropped him off there. Since starring in the 1996 hit, Bagley has largely disappeared from Hollywood, returning only to provide voice work for The Wild Thornberrys and to star in a 2004 episode of Judging Amy. But we could see a comeback — Bagley is currently studying film at California State University, Northridge. {Image Credit: 20th Century Fox; Twitter}
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Michael Oliver, 'Problem Child' (1990)
Michael Oliver, 'Problem Child' (1990)
Universal Pictures; Bradford Rogne Photography
The Problem Child did in fact become a problem for Universal — the studio sued Oliver's mother after Problem Child 2 wrapped, claiming she withheld her son from the production until he received an exorbitant pay raise. Following the legal brouhaha, Oliver made just one more film, Dillinger and Capone, then left acting to reportedly become a roadie for The Samples and Nural. {Image Credit: Universal Pictures; Bradford Rogne Photography}
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Olivia Olson, 'Love Actually' (2003)
Olivia Olson, 'Love Actually' (2003)
Universal Pictures; Facebook
No surprise, Olson's voice has earned her success in Hollywood. After impressing audiences as a 10-year-old with her Love Actually performance of "All I Want For Christmas Is You," Olson nabbed voice acting roles in Adventure Time and Phineas and Ferb, alongside Love Actually love interest Thomas Brodie-Sangster. And speaking of...{Image Credit: Universal Pictures; Facebook}
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Thomas Brodie-Sangster, 'Love Actually' (2003)
Thomas Brodie-Sangster, 'Love Actually' (2003)
Universal Pictures; Wenn
Like Olson, Brodie-Sangster found success in voice acting, but also as a mainstream actor in Britain. The actor, who boasts Hugh Grant as a cousin, won praise for roles in Doctor Who and Nowhere Boy, but will once again find fame in the U.S. with a role as Jorjen Reed in Season 3 of Game of Thrones. Watch out, U.S.: Thomas is coming! {Image Credit: Universal Pictures; Wenn}
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Olivia Hack, 'The Brady Bunch Movie' (1995)
Olivia Hack, 'The Brady Bunch Movie' (1995)
Paramount Pictures; Facebook
The new and improved Cindy Brady has dropped the pigtails, but continues to work in Hollywood as a TV and voice actress. With credits ranging from Gilmore Girls to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Hack's face and voice continues to be seen and heard on the small screen. Sans the lisp, of course. {Image Credit: Paramount Pictures; Facebook}
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Ross Malinger, 'Sleepless in Seattle' (1993)
Ross Malinger, 'Sleepless in Seattle' (1993)
TriStar Pictures; CBS
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? {Image Credit: TriStar Pictures; CBS}

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