Where are They Today – Child Stars
The entertainment world always needs children’s actors, because the niche in which television and film heroes live would look very strange if none of them had children. Some of these final up as household names. They make a lot of money, and even sustaining their careers as adults. Meanwhile, other celeb children are moving into other occupations. Here are nine childhood stars from the ’80s and ’90s and what they are up to now.
1. Jeff Cohen
If you are a big fan of films of the 1980s, you have surely seen «Goonies». It is the story of teens who hunt for treasures. Cohen plays Chunk here, but it turns out that it is the only Hollywood movie he is ever been in. He had several roles in television films and occasionally appeared in sitcoms. For example, he was filmed in «The Facts of Life» plus «Family Ties», but on this, his acting career was ended. But don’t get upset about him. He is a popular entertainment lawyer today. And this guy is in pretty good shape.
2. Jonathan Lipnicki
Lipnicki is remembered to people as “Did you know the human head weighs 8 pounds.” The Tom Cruise guy hit Jerry Maguire! He was six at the time and went on to make several more films, but these days he focuses exclusively on indie-films. He also practices mixed martial arts, although Lipnicki has stated that he has no plans to participate in tournaments as he is too busy acting to devote himself to the amount of cardio workout needed to be champion in the sport.
3. Mayim Bialik
For young people, Mayim Bialik will be best remembered for playing neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler in “The Big Bang Theory,” but her start was as the titular role in “Blossom,” running from 1990 to 1995. Her breakthrough arrived when she starred as a young version of Bette Midler’s persona in the film “Beaches” in 1988. In addition to acting, Mayim holds a doctorate in neuroscience and co-authored a couple of books as well as writing two independently on topics related the science of the transition from teenage years into adulthood.
4. Alisan Porter
As a 5-year-old, she stepped into history by becoming the youngest singer to win Star Search, where Justin Timberlake, Usher, and Christina Aguilera also began their careers. Porter also appeared in 1989 on Parenthood as well as the TV show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, though it was not until her role as the lead character in Curly Sue in which she received widespread acclaim. However, Porter suspended filming from television and movies for the rest of her young years, choosing to live a normal teen life growing up in Connecticut. Though she is no longer performing today. Now Porter has a decent career as a singer. She has won The Voice 2016 and released as many as 3 music albums.
5. Gaby Hoffman
Hoffman began acting at 4 years old, having appeared in television commercials as a way to help support her family. Her first lead character role is the daughter of Kevin Cosner’s hero in Field of Dreams of 1989. Hoffman also starred in Uncle Buck along with Macaulay Culkin. In an interview at the age of 10, the girl said that she hated to work with this guy. Subsequently, she graduated from Bard College in 2004. And although her name isn’t as big anymore, Hoffman continues to work regularly in movies and TV shows these days. She has been nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards in 2015 as well as 2016 because of her performance in the sitcom Transparent.
6. Ross Bagley
Bagley began his career at age 5, playing Nicky Banks in The Fresh Prince of Belleair. As well, he would appear alongside Will Smith at the sci-fi bestseller “Independence Day” in 1996. Bagley dropped out of acting in 2004, but briefly. He returned in the little-known 2015 horror film “Gnome Alone,” starring the late, magnificent Vern Troyer. These days, his life is pretty low-key. He graduated from California State University at Northridge and Bagley now working as a real estate agent based in LA.
7. Hallie Eisenberg
Although her name may not have been a household name, millions of viewers immediately recognized it as «Pepsi Girl» thanks to a commercial by Pepsi, which debuted during the Super Bowl in the late 90s and early 2000s. Hallie appeared in several films made for television, as well as in the main roles in the films «Bicentennial Man» with Robin Williams plus «Beautiful» with Minnie Driver in the main role. Eisenberg gave up acting in 2010 and now enjoys a normal life together with her BF. Nowadays, her brother Jesse Eisenberg became a movie star.
8. Mara Wilson
The child played Natalie Hillard in the popular comedy “Mrs. Doubtfire”. Also, she was playing the role of Susan Walker in the 34th Street – a remake of Miracle. But her childhood acting career culminated as lead character Matilda in 1996. Natalie stopped acting after her mom’s death. Her mother died of breast cancer. Today she voices on cartoons. Wilson voiced the role of Jill Pill in the Netflix project Bojack Horseman.
9. Amanda Bynes
As a 10-year-old, Bynes was making big waves for her comedic skills on the Nickelodeon comedy show All That, w
hich eventually led to her sketch show, The Amanda Show. She was called “her generation’s Lucille Ball” which probably didn’t help. Sadly, Bynes began to make headlines for all the wrong causes, including a 2012 drunk driving and other bad reasons. Nowadays, she is sober and hopes to return to acting.