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24 Child Stars: Who They Were, Who They’ve Become

Ever wonder what some of the child stars from the past are up to nowadays? Who survived being a child star? Or at the very least, what they look like?

Peter Billingsley


Peter Billingsley starred in A Christmas Story as Ralphie; the kid who almost shot his eye out with the Red Ryder BB gun and had to wear the fluffy pink bunny suit. He’s continued to make film appearances (Elf, Iron Man), and has found success as a producer. He served as the Executive Producer for Iron Man, and for a musical version of A Christmas Story. “Just think about the idea of a leg-lamp kickline,” was one of his comments. Amazing.

Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes has done a lot for someone still so young. She started off with commercials and theater until she got a role on Nickelodeon’s All That, a comedy sketch show for kids and Figure It Out, a game show. She was given her own sketch comedy show, The Amanda Show when she was only 13. She then entered the film world at the age of sixteen, starring in Big Fat Liar, What A Girl Wants, Love Wrecked, She’s the Man, Hairspray, Sydney White, and most recently in Easy A released in 2010.

Since then, she’s announced that she’s retiring from acting twice and plans to launch a fashion career. She’s also kind of created a spectacle over her twitter posts and pictures, as well as her abrupt behavior and appearance changes. She’s pierced both cheeks, shaved half her head, bleached her hair, posted some obscene tweets and pictures of herself, and opened up about her plastic surgery on her nose. We hope she’s okay. Mentally, that is; her nose job looks fine, though there was nothing wrong with her appearance before.

Isaac, Taylor, & Zac Hanson

Isaac, Taylor, & Zac Hanson

Isaac, Taylor, & Zac Hanson

Hanson gained fame with their first major album Middle of Nowhere which featured their worldwide hit “MMMBop.” They had some problems with their record company, and now have their own label. They’ve continued making music all along, and just released their newest album, Anthem.



Raven-Symoné has had an impressive career. She started modeling with Ford Models when she was two for ad campaigns by major brands such as Jell-O, Ritz crackers, Cool Whip, and Fisher-Price. She got her big break when she was cast on The Cosby Show, and her film break when she starred in Dr. Dolittle and its sequel. She launched her singing career when she was only five, and had vocal lessons from Missy Elliot. Raven went on to star in her own Disney Channel show, That’s So Raven, and in the widely successful Cheetah Girls movies. She’s done a ton of voice acting and more recently, she debuted on Broadway in the lead role of Sister Act. She’s certainly the versatile talent, isn’t she?