There are a million articles out there making fun of former child stars whose lives have not gone so good. Well today we are doing that too… Only joking. Rather than looking at the negative we are looking at some of the child actors who have gone on to have wonderful careers as they become adults.
Neil Patrick Harris
He won the world over as Doogie Howser MD in 1989, but Neil Patrick Harris has just gone from strength to strength. While his work in the 90’s is best remembered for his role in the movie Starship Troopers, Neil Patrick Harris actually had a very steady career that saw him appear in many movies and TV shows during the 1990’s. These days his career has really blown up thanks to his incredibly role as Barney in How I Met Your Mother. As well as appearing in front of the camera, Neil Patrick Harris is also a very in demand voice actor.
Dakota Fanning played many amazing roles as a child War Of The Worlds, Man On Fire and Charlottes Webb are just a few example of this young ladies amazing work. She showed such great range as an actress from a very young age. That it’s easy to forget that Dakota Fanning is still just in her early 20’s and the sky really is the limit for her career. As a young adult she has appeared in movies like the Twilight Saga.
Cute as a button Jason Bateman started his acting career in the early 80’s playing the role of James Copper in Little House On The Prairie. He had steady work throughout the 80’s and the 90’s, but it’s really been the past decade that he has shined. The hit TV show Arrested Development really brought him to people’s attention. Movie roles such as Horrible Bosses, Paul, Couples Retreat and Identity Thief have showcased this man’s amazing comedic talents. He is an actor who has just got better and better with age.
These days thanks to her role as Black Widow in movies such as Avengers, Iron Man 2 and Captain America The Winter Solider, Scarlett Johansson is one of Hollywood’s most in demand actresses. She started out as a young actress playing roles in movies such as 8 Legged Freaks and Ghost World. It was her role though in Lost In Transition that made the world take real notice of her talents. And thanks to her performance in the movie The Island she was seen as an actress who could also be in an action movie as well.
Roles in Growing Pains and Parenthood made the incredibly cute kid Leonardo DiCaprio become a very in demand young actor. Through the 90’s he would become a heartthrob to girls all over the world thanks to roles in movies such as Romeo & Juliet and Titanic. But his good looks did actually take away from what an amazingly talented actor he is. These days thanks to his performances in movies such as Shutter Island, The Departed, Inception and The Wolf Of Wall Street, he is seen as one of the best leading men in Hollywood.
During her early days as an actress in the TV show Get Real and the Princess Diaries movies, as good as young Anne Hathaway was, no one could have predicted how she would have blown up to become one of the most popular actresses in the world. She has performed in all kinds of movies that really do showcase her talent as an actress. She is comfortable in a comedy/drama like The Devil Wears Prada, she can sing her heart out in a musical like Les Misérables and she can kick some serious butt as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises.