There are many children’s stars that have disappeared from movie screens.
This week one of the best-known child actors of the 90s turned 40. Macaulay Culkin through his twitter played with his fans communicating his birthday.
Hey guys, wanna feel old?— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) August 26, 2020
The news shocked fans, who still have Culkin’s image as little Kevin McCallister, 8, in Home Alone (1990).
“Every Christmas we are still 8 years old.” One of his followers said that they will not always accept the passage of time.
But it wasn’t just Culkin who disappeared from the screen after starring in movies as a child.
We prepared a list with several other child actors who disappeared after participating in films or series.
See if you still remember some of them.
Erin Murphy spent six seasons on the show TV’s “Bewitched”, which aired from 1964 to 1972. In 2002, it made the list of “TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time”.
When the show ended in 1972, child star Erin Murphy did some commercials and modeling gigs. But she also turned down a lot of offers, and when her family moved from Los Angeles to Orange County she got the chance to be a normal kid, becoming a cheerleader and even homecoming queen. Today takes care of 2 businesses: Erin Murphy Knits and Slim Chillers, where she sells frozen vodka martini ice pops.
Peter Ostrum found success as a child actor by playing Charlie in the 1971 version of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Interestingly, this was his first and last acting credit, since he chose not to continue acting after the fact.
Although Ostrum enjoyed filming the film, he decided it was not for him and even refused a contract for several films after the fact. He ended up becoming a veterinarian and now works mainly with cattle.
Michael Bollner it was another child star in ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’ who gave up her career. As Bollner spoke only German, he had to learn English words while filming. Augustus Gloop is a greedy, gluttonous boy who is the first child to find a Golden Ticket.
Bollner wanted to pursue an acting career, but his father made him quit, so he could focus on his education. Today, Bollner lives in Munich, Germany, works as a tax accountant owns his own accounting firm.
Ariana Richards portrayed the lead role of Lex in the original Jurassic Park. Richards has a few other acting credits after the fact, but she essentially left the Hollywood altogether shortly after finding fame.
Ariana decided to become a musician and a painter. While her music career was cut short, she succeeded as a painter. She even won first place in an oil painting competition and has been apprenticing under some major professional painters.
Jake Lloyd is best known for his role as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Lloyd was on his way to becoming a regular actor in Hollywood, but after he reached fame in Star Wars, the actor gave up.
He decided to retire and leave the business before he even became a teenager. In 2015, Lloyd dealt with some problems with the law, including resistance to arrest after being stopped for reckless driving. He was then diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were the main children’s stars in the late ’80s and early to mid-’90s. Both appearing as baby Michelle Tanner on Full House before moving on to more starring roles in their own films.
The Olsen twins taken a step out of the TV and film spotlight, they are now two of the most successful designers in the fashion industry. Their couture label The Row and contemporary collection Elizabeth & James have gained huge followings amongst fashion’s elite, as well as everyday women.
You might remember Mara Wilson as charming little girl in the movie ‘Matilda’ (1996). Mara retired from acting in 2000 to become a writer.
She has a published book titled “Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame”. Returned to the screen in 2012, starring in the comedy-drama film Billie Bob Joe and in a Mrs. Doubtfire-inspired episode of Broad City.
Gary Coleman started his career on the series ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ when he was 10 years old. The actor failed to score other outstanding works as an actor. He was involved in several controversies, getting to be arrested a few times throughout his life. He also tried to launch himself as a candidate for governor of California in 2003. His last job was the film ‘Midgets vs. Mascots’, which brought disputes between people of small stature and others dressed as sports mascots.
Gary Coleman died on May 28, 2010, at the age of 42. He suffered from a kidney disease that was diagnosed since he was two years old, having two kidney transplants. Because of it, its growth was compromised.
The story of actor Frankie Muniz is perhaps the saddest. Frankie was responsible for starring in the series Malcom in the Middle (2000-2006), he does not remember having participated in the production.
He faced a serious neurological disease, which ended up affecting his memory. Today, at the age of 34, he has suffered from several seizures that have caused him to completely forget many moments of his life, including the recordings of the series.
“I almost died, there were moments of dread and I had to fight hard to overcome the neurological problem,” he said in an interview with TMZ in March 2018.
Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joel Osment was marked mainly by his role in the 1999 film ‘The Sixth Sense’, which earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor at the age of 11. Years earlier, in 1994, it had already appeared in ‘Forrest Gump’, and, some time later, in 2001, it drew attention in ‘Artificial Intelligence’.
After his main works, Haley Joel Osment no longer found major roles in the world of movie.
Donna Butterworth was a child actress who acted alongside stars like Jerry Lewis (The Family Jewels, 1965) and Elvis Presley (Paradise, Hawaiian Style, 1966). In 1966, she joined a television series called Summer Fun, but it was canceled after the seventh episode. But in 1971, at the age of 16, she abandoned her artistic life. In 2007, the former child actress released a biography entitled Girl in the Picture, which was accompanied by a CD with Hawaiian songs of her own.
Donna Butterworth passed away on March 6, 2018, at the age of 62, after being briefly admitted to the Hilo Medical Center.
Jacob Haines is baby Mikey in “Look Who’s Talking”. It was his only role in cinema. He never participated in any production again.
He now works as an artist at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and appears on theme park promotions.
Jonathan Ke Quan
Jonathan Ke Quan has been in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. But, he is best known for his role as Data in The Goonies.
Jonathan ended up abandoning everything around 1997, except for a film role in 2002.
He was also a stunt coordinator for a brief amount, having worked on X-Men in 2000 and a short film in 2009.
Danny Lloyd starred alongside Jack Nicholson in “The Shining” (1980), and had everything he needed to become a big child star. However, he has only one acting credit and ended up leaving Hollywood in 1982, before he even turned ten.
Lloyd followed the academic route and concentrated on the school. Ten years ago, he was a biology professor in Kentucky.
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