Child Stars: Where are They Now?

Hollywood’s biggest stars–success or mess?

Child stars can sometimes be the magic to the television show or film. The cuter they are, it seems the more viewers pay attention to the script. There were so many great child stars of the 60s, 70s and beyond. Where are they now?

Drew Barrymore

Barrymore’s family is rich in Hollywood-culture. Her great-grandparents were actors and Stephen Spielberg is her godfather. She first got her start in Hollywood as Gertie in E.T., The Extraterrestrial. She then became the youngest person to appear on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show.In 1995, Barrymore would establish her own production company. She would co-star with Adam Sandler in comical films such as The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates. In 1999, she earned the title of executive producer in Never Been Kissed. In recent years, she has worked as a Cover-girl model.

Kirk Cameron

Cameron is most commonly know for Growing Pains in the ’80s. He once appeared on Full House with his sister, Candance Cameron. Cameron currently has six children, four who are adopted. It was while on the set of Growing Pains in which Cameron became a born-again Christian. In 1985, he met his wife, Chelsea Noble, on the Growing Pains set. The duo are co-founders of Camp Firefly and Firefly Foundation which aid terminally-ill children. It allows them to take camping trips with their families. Cameron has recently released an autobiography of Growing Pains in 2008.


Thora Birch

Birch was enjoying the Hollywood scene by the time she was 9-years-old. She stared in such films as Hocus Pocus and Patriot Games. After she filmed Alaskain 1996, she decided to take a 3 year break from acting. When she returned, she first stared in a made-for-TV movie, Night Ride Home, in 1999. She would continue to act in films until 2001 when she filmed The Hole.Birch finished high school via a correspondence course.


Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Gosselaar came to Saved by the Bell after a career in commercials and films. Later on in the series, in Saved by the Bell: College Years, he would meet his future wife, Lisa Ann Russell. Since leaving his sitcom, he has appeared in such movies as Waiting to Exhile, Dead Man on Campus, Commander in Chief and She said no. Gosselaar resides outside of Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Jaleel White

Who can forget Steve Urkel? He was the TV nerd we all came home to watch after school. White has been acting in commercials as young as 3 years old. His first television was on The Jeffersons in 1985. He’s also starred in Silence in the heart, Kids don’t tell, and Leftovers. In 2001, White graduated UCLA film school. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and drawing cartoons. In fact, the television series Grown ups was based on a story White had written. Today White is a professional writer and still enjoys playing basketball. He used to play basketball on the set of Family Matters.

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5 Responses to “Child Stars: Where are They Now?”
  1. vaughanh says:

    Great article, now we know what they’re all up to as there’s only really Drew Barrymore who has remained on the radar out of them all.

  2. MartineP says:

    There are many child stars that were forgotten in time. Although many forget Jodie Foster here as well. Or Brooke Shields.

  3. giftarist says:

    Interesting, although I don’t know those you mention. he he

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