Where Are Famous Old Hollywood Child Stars Today?
People in Hollywood have always considered child stars a win-win because everyone loves a cute kid trying to act in front of the cameras. It all works out very simply and understandably: bad actors end their careers and good ones continue to make movies.
It’s always fun to watch our favorite actors grow up. Today, we offer a look at child actors from the 50s-70s and see how they live today.
1) Jay North (Dennis the Menace)
You may remember it as a popular 80s cartoon series, but long before that Dennis the Menace was an equally popular live-action sitcom. At the age of 8, Jay North started playing Dennis. These days, he is the head of a non-profit organization that counsels child stars. That’s how Jay North went from a small and naughty menace to a real hero!
2) Brooke Shields (Pretty Baby)
This may come as a surprise, but Brooke Shields’ movie career didn’t begin with her role in Pretty Baby at age 12. Her first screen appearance was in a soap commercial and at the time, little Brooke was 11 months old! Barely celebrating her 14th birthday, Brooke Shields had already appeared on the Vogue magazine’s cover. After a series of successful cameos in the 2000s, she got her solo “Lipstick Jungle” show which was limited to one season.
3) Ron Howard (The Andy Griffith Show)
“The Andy Griffith Show” became one of the icons of the 60s, with Howard playing Opie for 8 years. It was a great start to his career and after that, the boy starred in countless other projects, and then he even tried his hand at directing. Ron Howard gave his all to his work, for which he was awarded an Oscar for “A Beautiful Mind” in 2001.
4) Jon Provost (Lassie)
“Lassie” is a legendary dogploitation show that debuted in 1954 and delighted viewers for 19 seasons and 500+ episodes. Through this story, we learned about Jon Provost who played his role so perfectly. His contract lasted until 1964 and when it expired, the guy went on to do other things. In 2007, he took part in a Lassie reboot.
5) Melissa Gilbert (Little House on the Prairie)
Despite a successful start to her career in “House on the Prairie,” the actress’ life quickly became a mess. Growing up, one-night stands became her hobby, and it’s no secret that they often lead to dire consequences. Fortunately, Melissa worked things out, and when Timothy Busfield proposing to her, the actress said, “Yes.”
6) Angela Cartwright (The Danny Thomas Show)
In the 60s, this girl was in many projects, though her main role is little Linda on “The Danny Thomas Show.” Then she appeared in “The Sound of Music,” and eventually, the classic sci-fi series “Lost in Space.” Then Angela paused and began her passion for photography, which later became her new job.
7) Butch Patrick (The Munsters)
It was an amazing show and many of us still remember its theme song which is considered one of the best still. It also inspired the recent smash-hit “Agatha All Along” (WandaVision) from Marvel. Butch Patrick, who was 11 years old at the time, played the little werewolf. In 2010, there was news of him being in rehab. A year later, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
8) Keith Thibodeaux (I Love Lucy!)
In the popular 50s sitcom, Keith Thibodeaux was played by Richard Keith (aka Little Ricky). He is 62 years old and continues to lead the ballet group that belongs to his wife.
9) Erin Murphy (Bewitched)
Here’s another show that inspired the creators of WandaVision. The Bewitched series was released in 1964. At the age of 3, Erin Murphy played a cute little witch. It seems the magic and charms helped her because she got good TV and modelling contracts for a long time. Today she is building a successful career as a TV presenter.