It is not easy being a child star or having huge success and popularity at a young age. Just look at the current Justin Bieber public melt down for an ongoing example of how easy it is for young stars to spin out of control. Many child stars do not look the same after they grow up. While it is unfair to call them all totally ugly, it is certainly easy to see many are not as cute as they once were.
Here is a top ten list of stars that changed dramatically, mostly for the worse, as they grew older.
10. Dustin Diamond
He played Screech in the television show “Saved by the Bell.” He is not ugly, but what he had as a young actor with goofy charm did not translate into adulthood with the same charm.
9. Danny Bonaduce
He starred as the cute young kid in “The Partridge Family,” but heavy drug and alcohol abuse shows now in his weathered looks. He got his act together and tries to help others avoid the troubles he experienced.
8. Todd Bridges
He played Willis on the television show “Different Strokes.” At that time, he had a big afro and looked great. Now he is bald and his big egg-shaped head misses having that wonderful hair to cover it up.
7. Lindsay Lohan
At one time Lindsay Lohan was adorable. In 1998, when she was only 11-years old she starred in the Disney remake of the film “The Parent Trap” and in 2003, “Freaky Friday,” followed by a great performance in the 2004 film “Mean Girls.” Since then, she has been in and out of rehab so many times, she probably has a bed reserved in her name by now. She looks run down and worn out.
6. Mark Hamill
An unfortunate car accident affected Mark Hamill’s looks after the making of Star Wars in 1977. He attempted to cross four lanes of traffic to get to his off ramp. (Let that be a lesson to you–travel to the next ramp and backtrack rather than making this dangerous maneuver.) Doctors had success rebuilding his face resulting in only subtle differences from before. Since, he has not lacked for work, even making use of his scars for his character in The Empire Strikes Back. His current looks lend themselves to his, now, primary line of work—voice acting.
5. Angus T. Jones
Best known for his role of Jake Harper in the television show “Two and a Half Men,” Angus T. Jones went from cute kid to now sporting a beard that looks like a cross between being Amish, homeless, and Robinson Crusoe.
4. Haley Joel Osment
Who can forget the deeply moving 1999 film “The Sixth Sense” with Haley Joel Osment co-starring with Bruce Willis and the catchphrase “I see dead people.” Haley Joel Osment was not only adorable, he was sensitive and his acting in that film was superb. He was only 11-years old when he played the role in the film that brought big success to director M. Night Shyamalan. He is still acting, but he got very fat and is now more rotund than cute. He plays a Nazi in the upcoming movie, “Yoga Hosers.”
3. Edward Furlong
In 1991, when he starred in Terminator 2: Judgment Day he was a handsome young actor. Now after spending time in jail, he looks like a car crash waiting to happen. His looks have seriously deteriorated and so has his psyche.
2. Brian Bonall
This guy went from being adorably cute when he had the role of Andrew Keaton, on the television show Family Ties to now being downright scary-looking with a full neck tattoo and two lip rings. Lots of drug use and being arrested for assault is his current state of affairs.
And the winner for the most deterioration has to be …
1. Macaulay Culkin
In the hilarious movie Home Alone, released in 1990, Macaulay Culkin co-starred with Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. The film was a huge box office success turning into a franchise thereafter. Fast forward to present time and Macaulay Culkin looks like Skeletor. He was even reported as dead, which later turned out to be a hoax. He looks like the walking dead. Maybe he should leave the drugs alone now.
There we have the sad state of affairs of some of our most favorite child and young actors. We can only hope the next generation of child stars has a better time growing up.