Former Child Actors

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Over the course of history, several child actors have played iconic roles that made them a household name. Despite the fame and popularity, many of these child actors decided to leave the spotlight and pursue careers outside of the entertainment industry. We have listed several former child actors here for you to have a look.
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Annette O'Toole
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Birthdate: April 1, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States U.S.
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Jake T. Austin
(American Actor Known for His Role as ‘Max Russo’ on the Disney Channel Series ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’)
Jake T. Austin
5
Birthdate: December 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Jake T. Austin is an American actor who started his career as a child actor. He achieved popularity for his portrayal of Max Russo in the popular fantasy teen sitcom Wizards of Waverly Place, for which he received nominations for Young Artist Awards and Teen Choice Awards. Apart from acting, he also devotes his time to charitable causes.

 3 
Dean Stockwell
3
Birthdate: March 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: November 7, 2021
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 4 
Frankie Jonas
(American Actor, Musician and Youngest Sibling of the 'Jonas Brothers')
Frankie Jonas
5
Birthdate: September 8, 2000
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ridgewood, New Jersey, United States

Frankie Jonas is an American actor best known for his work as a voice actor in the 2008 Japanese animated fantasy movie Ponyo where he voiced Sōsuke. He is also known for his appearance in the TV series Jonas, for which he won the Choice TV Breakout Star Male award at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards.

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 5 
Rain Phoenix
(Actress)
Rain Phoenix
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Birthdate: November 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Crockett, Texas, U.S.
 6 
Jussie Smollett
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Birthdate: June 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santa Rosa, California, United States

American actor, Jussie Smollett is known for his work in television series, Empire, and science fiction film Alien: Covenant. He debuted as a child artist and worked in commercials, television shows like On Our Own and films like The Mighty Ducks before taking a break. He returned after years and proved his talent as an actor and also a singer.

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 7 
Mary-Kate Olsen
(American Former Child Actress and Fashion Designer Known for Her Role in the Sitcom 'Full House')
Mary-Kate Olsen
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Birthdate: June 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States

Mary-Kate Olsen began her career when she was 9 months old, starring in Full House with her twin, Ashley. Since then, the Olsen twins have starred in several Dualstar productions, launched a fashion brand, and written a book. Mary-Kate is also a competitive equestrian and has struggled with anorexia nervosa.

 8 
Jurnee Smollett
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Birthdate: October 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
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 9 
Shirley Henderson
5
Birthdate: November 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kincardine, Fife, Scotland, UK
 10 
Peter Ostrum
(Veterinarian, Former Child Actor)
Peter Ostrum
5
Birthdate: November 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Peter Ostrum bagged the role of Charlie Bucket in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, when he was just 12. However, he refused to sign a 3-film deal with the makers of Willy Wonka. He is now a qualified veterinarian who primarily works with horses and cows.
 11 
Angela Cartwright
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Birthdate: September 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Altrincham, Cheshire, England, UK
 12 
Vinessa Shaw
(Actress and Model Known for Her Films: ‘Hocus Pocus’, ’Ladybugs’ and ‘L.A. Without a Map’)
Vinessa Shaw
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Birthdate: July 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

American actress and model, Vinessa Shaw, is credited with popularizing Buddhism to an extent in the United States. Raised a Buddhist, Vinessa Shaw embraced Nichiren Buddhist philosophy, which she claims helped her find the true meaning of life. As part of her practice, she chants daimoku daily and is a supporter of the Soka Gakkai International, a Nichiren Buddhist movement.

 13 
Philip McKeon
(Child Actor and Radio Personality Best Known for His Role as ‘Tommy Hyatt’ in the TV Sitcom ‘Alice’)
Philip McKeon
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Birthdate: November 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Westbury, New York, United States
Died: December 10, 2019

Former child actor and teen idol Philip McKeon is best known as Tommy Hyatt from the long-running sitcom Alice. He has also appeared in film such as Ghoulies 4 and in series such as The Love Boat. He is the older brother of actor Nancy McKeon.

 14 
Tracey Gold
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Carol Seaver’ in the TV Series ‘Growing Pains’)
Tracey Gold
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Birthdate: May 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Former child actor Tracey Gold is best known as Carol Seaver from the sitcom Growing Pains. She has gone through a publicized battle with anorexia and has also starred in the TV film For the Love of Nancy, which narrates the true story of an anorexic woman.
 15 
Bonnie Langford
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Birthdate: July 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hampton Court, Surrey, England, UK
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Mark Lester
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Birthdate: July 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oxford, England
 17 
Jimmy Workman
(American Retired Child Actor)
Jimmy Workman
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Birthdate: October 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Jimmy Workman, older brother of actor Ariel Winter, began as a child actor and is best known as Pugsley Addams from The Addams Family franchise. He also appeared in movies such as As Good as It Gets. He was also involved in a legal battle for the custody of Ariel.
 18 
Hansika Motwani
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Birthdate: August 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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 19 
Butch Patrick
4
Birthdate: August 2, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, United States
 20 
Jeff Cohen
(Attorney)
Jeff Cohen
4
Birthdate: June 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
 21 
Nicholas Hammond
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Birthdate: May 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
 22 
Oona Laurence
(Actress)
Oona Laurence
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Birthdate: August 1, 2002
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
 23 
Ann Jillian
(Actress)
Ann Jillian
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Birthdate: January 29, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
 24 
Barret Oliver
(Photographer)
Barret Oliver
4
Birthdate: August 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
 25 
Francis Capra
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Birthdate: April 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
 26 
Sayeed Shahidi
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Birthdate: February 14, 2003
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
 27 
Renee O'Connor
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Birthdate: February 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Katy, Texas Katy, Texas, U.S.
 28 
Ramona Marquez
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Birthdate: February 24, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: England, UK
 29 
Danielle Brisebois
(Best Known for Playing 'Stephanie Mills' on The Sitcom 'All in the Family')
Danielle Brisebois
3
Birthdate: June 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
 30 
Patty McCormack
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Birthdate: August 21, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
 31 
Liesel Matthews
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Birthdate: March 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 32 
Dan Byrd
(Actor)
Dan Byrd
3
Birthdate: November 20, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marietta, Georgia, USA
 33 
Jared Rushton
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Birthdate: March 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Provo, Utah, USA
 34 
Tiffany Brissette
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Birthdate: December 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paradise, California, United States
 35 
Brandon Call
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Birthdate: November 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States
 36 
Cam Clarke
(Voice actor)
Cam Clarke
3
Birthdate: November 6, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
 37 
Scott Schwartz
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Birthdate: May 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, USA
 38 
Jack Scanlon
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Birthdate: August 6, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kent, England
 39 
Mitch Vogel
(Former Child Actor)
Mitch Vogel
3
Birthdate: January 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alhambra, California, United States
 40 
Austin O'Brien
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Birthdate: May 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
 41 
Beatrice Welles
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Birthdate: November 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
 42 
Josh Saviano
(Lawyer, Former Child Actor)
Josh Saviano
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Birthdate: March 31, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States
 43 
Bruna Marquezine
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Birthdate: August 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 44 
Brandon Cruz
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Birthdate: May 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bakersfield, California, USA
 45 
Jocqui Smollett
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Birthdate: August 2, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Rosa, California
 46 
Joshua Coleman
(Actor)
Joshua Coleman
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Birthdate: March 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: California, United States