Most actors need years of training to deliver their roles in a credible way. But sometimes child actors turn up who just seem to have it in their blood – their play just as well as every other actor, but with hardly any training. These naturally gifted kids always amaze the audience, and they will usually be remembered. Some child stars continue their acting career, like Natalie Portman or Leonardo DiCaprio; but what of those that don’t? Hardly anyone would recognize them today. Here is your chance to find out what became of your favorite child stars from the old days!
#1 Butch Patrick from The Munsters
He continued playing smaller roles different shows. Today, he can usually be found on different fan conventions.
#2 Keith Thibodeaux from I Love Lucy
Back then, he was known as Richard Keith; now he and his wife Kathy, a former ballet dancer, run a ballet company in Mississippi. He also plays the drums in “David and the Giants”.
#3 Erin Murphy from Bewitched
Erin shared the role of Tabitha with her twin sister Diane in the beginning, but eventually played her alone. She continued working in reality television and today has a company named Erin Murphy Knits, selling eco-friendly knitwear.
#4 Jerry Mathers from Leave It To Beaver
There were rumors that he died in the Vietnam War, but he was actually stationed stateside in the US Air Force Reserve. After the war, he continued acting in small roles, and participated in the Broadway play Hairspray. In 1996, he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and has been an advocate for the condition since.
#5 Erin Moran from Happy Days
The spin-off with her co-star Scott Baio, Joanie Loves Chachi, failed to become successful. After returning for the last season of Happy Days, she only occasionally returned to film and TV over the years.
#6 Susan Olsen from The Brady Bunch
After playing the youngest of the Brady kids, she switched to radio, where she worked as a host. She’s also a successful graphic designer, being best known for her glow-in-the-dark Converse sneakers, which appeared in the late ’90s.
#7 Peter Ostrum from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Peter completely rejected being an actor after his child career. A three-picture deal was offered to him, which he declined; he now works as a veterinarian for horses and cows in upstate New York.
#8 Richard Thomas from The Waltons
He continued to make small appearances in TV shows and movies over the years. Currently, he stars in the Cold War drama The Americans.
#9 Alison Arngrim from Little House On The Prairie
She has written a book about her time on the show, called Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated. It was released in 2011. After her former onscreen husband Steve Tracy died from AIDS complications, she also became an advocate for research on the disease.
#10 Jeff Cohen from The Goonies
He took small roles in TV shows in the following years, but quit acting when he entered the University of California. He succeeded in earning a law degree and now sometimes writes legal and political texts for media outlets.
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