1. Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joes Osment appeared in a series of television and film roles during the 1990s, including a small part inForrest Gump playing Forrest Gump’s son. However, he rose to fame for his performance as a young unwilling medium in the filmThe Sixth Sense, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Osment’s most recent roles includeSex Ed andThe Spoils of Babylon.
2. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen
The Olsen twins made their acting debut as infants playing Michelle Tanneron the television seriesFull House and they continued acting into their teenage years.
However, they are both now well-known American fashion designers.
3. Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick is widely known for his role in the filmFerris Bueller’s Day Off(1986) in which he earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.
He has since won two Tony Awards, one for Best Featured Actor in Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983), and one for Best Actor in How to Succeed in Business Without Trying (1995).
4. Macaulay Culkin
Macaulay Culkin became famous as a child actor for his role as Kevin McCallister in the family comedyHome Alone(1990) and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York(1992). He is also known for his roles in Uncle Buck,My Girl, and The Good Son.At the height of his fame, he was regarded as the most successful child actor since Shirley Temple.
In 2013, Culkindebuted his New York-based, pizza-themed comedy rock band the Pizza Underground. However, the band cancelled its tour in 2014 and split in 2016.
5. Robin Wright
Robin Wright first gained attention for her role in theNBC soap operaSanta Barbara, as Kelly Capwell in the 1980’s. She then transitioned to film, starring as Buttercup in the romantic comedyThe Princess Bride (1987).
She has since had a successful career in the film industry, starring in various films, including the epic comedy-dramaForrest Gump. She now stars as Claire Underwood in the Netflix political series, House of Cards.
6. Peter Billingsley
Peter Billingsley is known for his role as Ralphie in the 1983 movieA Christmas Story and as “Messy Marvin” in the Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup commercials during the 1970s. While his career slowed in the late 1980’s he still made guest appearances on television sitcoms and series, such as:Who’s The Boss? Punky Brewster, The Wonder Years, and Highway To Heaven.
However, the most rewarding of his later film acting assignments wasArcade (1993), in which he starred as a teenaged virtual reality addict.
7. Ron Howard
Ron Howard first came to prominence playing young Opie Taylor in the sitcomThe Andy Griffith Showfor eight years and later playing teenager Richie Cunninghamin the sitcomHappy Days for seven years. He then left acting to focus more on directing.
He hasdirected several TV movies includingNight Shift, featuring Michael Keaton, Shelley Long, and Henry Winkler. Howard also directed other films includingSplash, Parenthood, Backdraft, Apollo 13, Cocoon, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Beautiful Mind.
8. Zack Ward
Zack Ward launched his career as the bully ScutFarkus in the 1983 film A Christmas Story.
He has since made appearances on popular television series such as NCIS, Lost, and Crossing Jordan. He is also well known for his character Dave Scovil on the FOX showTitus.
9. Noelle and Cali Sheldon
Noelle and Cali Sheldon are the identical twins that played Ross and Rachel’s daughter, Emma on the NBC hit show Friends.
Noelle has since appeared in Rougarouand Life. Cali has also played Hope Logan on the soap opera The Bold and Beautiful.
10. Maureen McCormick
Maureen McCormick is best known for her portrayal of Marcia Brady on the 1970’s ABC television sitcomThe Brady Bunch. She has since starred in several Brady Bunch spin offs and films. She dabbled with stage acting in the 1980’s and appeared in a variety of production such as Peter Pan and Grease.
McCormick has struggled with addiction since her early career. However, she has appeared on several reality shows including VH 1’s Celebrity Fit Club and CMT’s Gone Country.
11. Jeremy Miller
Jeremy Miller is best known for his role as Ben Seaver in the 1980’s television sitcom Growing Pains.
He has since appeared in the film Milk and Fashion, in various commercials for McDonald’s, and was the star of the 1990 Hanukah episode of Shalom Sesame (an Israeli version of Sesame Street).
12. Henry Thomas
Henry Thomas made his huge breakthrough in Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.After E.T., he returned to Texas to star in Cloak & Dagger andattended school.
Thomas revisited film in the 1980’s and early 1990’s playing in adult roles, including Psycho IV: The Beginning. He also starred in Legends of the Fall, the Gangs of New York, and the Last Ride.
13. Kevin Schmidt
Kevin Schmidt is best known for his role as Henry in Cheaper by the Dozen and its sequel as well as his role as Noah Newman in The Young and the Restless.
Schmidt starred on Cartoon Network’s television series, Unnatural History and also appeared in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squekquel.
14. Dakota Fanning
Dakota Fanning rose to prominence at the age of seven for her role as Lucy in the film I am Sam (2001), for which she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, making her the youngest nominee in history. She then made appearances in Uptown Girls, The Cat in the Hat, Man on Fire, Dreamer, and Charlotte’s Webb.
Later transitioning into adult roles, Fanning appeared in Hounddog, TheSecret Life of Bees, The Runaways, and The Twilight Saga. She has also worked as a model and made the cover of various magazines, including Elle,Vanity Fair, and Cosmopolitan.
15. Drew Barrymore, E.T.
Drew Barrymore had her big Hollywood ‘breakout’ moment in the hit movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Barrymore experienced a difficult childhood of drug and alcohol abuse.
Yet, in her adult years, she has appeared in a number of successful movies, including Poison Ivy, Little Girl Lost, Scream, Ever After, The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates, Never Been Kisses, and Charlie’s Angels. She also won a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe for her role as Little Edie in Grey Gardens. She currently stars in the Netflix comedy series Santa Clarita diet.