Former Child Actors

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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Frankie Jonas
(Musician)

Frankie Jonas
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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.

 3 

Jake T. Austin
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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.

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Dean Stockwell
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Birthdate: March 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: November 7, 2021
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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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Rain Phoenix
(Actress)

Rain Phoenix
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Birthdate: November 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Crockett, Texas, U.S.
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Mary-Kate Olsen
(Actress, Fashion Designer)

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.

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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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Jesse Plemons
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Birthdate: April 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

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Sridevi
(Actress)

Sridevi
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Birthdate: August 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sivakasi, Madras State, India
Died: February 24, 2018

Sridevi was an Indian film actress who appeared in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam language films. Considered one of the most popular actresses of all time, Sridevi was dubbed the First Female Superstar in India. With several prestigious awards under her belt, she was also regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation.

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Shirley Henderson
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Birthdate: November 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kincardine, Fife, Scotland, UK

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Angela Cartwright
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Birthdate: September 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Altrincham, Cheshire, England, UK

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Peter Ostrum
(Veterinarian, Former Child Actor)

Peter Ostrum
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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.

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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.

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Tracey Gold
(Actress)

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.

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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

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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.
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Hansika Motwani
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Birthdate: August 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Jeff Cohen
(Attorney)

Jeff Cohen
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Birthdate: June 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

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Nicholas Hammond
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Birthdate: May 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

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Oona Laurence
(Actress)

Oona Laurence
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Birthdate: August 1, 2002
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

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Butch Patrick
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Birthdate: August 2, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, United States

 24 
Ann Jillian
(Actress)

Ann Jillian
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Birthdate: January 29, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

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Francis Capra
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Birthdate: April 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

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Sayeed Shahidi
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Birthdate: February 14, 2003
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

 27 
Barret Oliver
(Photographer)

Barret Oliver
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Birthdate: August 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

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Tim Considine
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Birthdate: December 31, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Tim Considine is an American actor, photographer, automotive historian, and writer. He is best known for his performance in films like The Shaggy Dog and Sunrise at Campobello. He is credited with writing many books, namely The Photographic Dictionary of Soccer, The Language of Sport, and American Grand Prix Racing: A Century of Drivers and Cars.

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Ramona Marquez
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Birthdate: February 24, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: England, UK

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Renee O'Connor
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Birthdate: February 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Katy, Texas Katy, Texas, U.S.

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Danielle Brisebois
(Best Known for Playing 'Stephanie Mills' on The Sitcom 'All in the Family')

Danielle Brisebois
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Birthdate: June 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

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Patty McCormack
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Birthdate: August 21, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Jared Rushton
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Birthdate: March 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Provo, Utah, USA

 34 

Liesel Matthews
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Birthdate: March 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 35 
Dan Byrd
(Actor)

Dan Byrd
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Birthdate: November 20, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marietta, Georgia, USA

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Tiffany Brissette
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Birthdate: December 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paradise, California, United States

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Brandon Call
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Birthdate: November 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States

 38 
Cam Clarke
(Voice actor)

Cam Clarke
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Birthdate: November 6, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

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Scott Schwartz
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Birthdate: May 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, USA

 40 
Mitch Vogel
(Former Child Actor)

Mitch Vogel
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Birthdate: January 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alhambra, California, United States

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Jack Scanlon
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Birthdate: August 6, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kent, England

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Austin O'Brien
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Birthdate: May 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon, U.S.

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Gary Wright
(Singer)

Gary Wright
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Birthdate: April 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Creskill, New Jersey, USA

Gary Wright is a  singer-songwriter, musician, and composer. He is credited to have helped establish the synthesizer as a leading instrument in rock and pop music. His 1975 hit album The Dream Weaver brought him international fame. He embraced world music and the new age genre in the 1980s. He has also composed music for films. 

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Beatrice Welles
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Birthdate: November 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

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Padmini Kolhapure
(Indian Actress Who Works Primarily in Hindi Films)

Padmini Kolhapure
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Birthdate: November 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maharashtra, India

Padmini Kolhapure was 15 when she won a Filmfare for Insaf Ka Tarazu. Born to a musician father, she had begun acting and singing in films since childhood and later soared to fame with films such as Prem Rog. She was dragged into a controversy for kissing Prince Charles on the cheeks.

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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

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Bruna Marquezine
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Birthdate: August 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Brandon Cruz
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Birthdate: May 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bakersfield, California, USA

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Ilary Blasi
(Showgirl)

Ilary Blasi
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Birthdate: April 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Italian model, showgirl and television personality Ilary Blasi began her career as a child artist, appearing in four films till the age of nine. On growing up, she reentered the showbiz as a model, taking up all kinds of assignment before joining Miss Italia as a contestant, shortly gaining recognition as a popular television host and a successful model.  

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Jocqui Smollett
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Birthdate: August 2, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Rosa, California