Growing up is one of life's inevitabilities. But the truth is, it can be especially troublesome for one sector of the population more than others: child stars. While some of these moppets become more famous with time (see: Drew Barrymore), others are never heard from again past puberty. From 2000 to 2003, Christy Carlson Romano starred alongside Shia LaBeouf on Disney's "Even Stevens" as big sister Ren Stevens. She made history as the first actress to work on three Disney projects at the same time — on top of starring on "Even Stevens," Christy appeared opposite Hilary Duff in 2003's "Cadet Kelly" and voiced the titular teen on the channel's hit animated series "Kim Possible." In honor of her 37th birthday on March 20, 2021, Wonderwall.com is checking in to see where Christy and more child stars are today…
Since her time as a Disney star, Christy Carlson Romano has been outspoken about her struggles with her mental health. "Many of you know me as the girl from that TV show or movie you once saw on the Disney Channel," she wrote in a 2019 essay for Teen Vogue. "Maybe you saw me on Broadway or in a Lifetime Movie. I am an actress and if you were going to define my 'brand' you might say I was 'perfect' or 'pulled together.' I'm here to throw a wrench at that image." From 2018 to 2020, Christy voiced Trina on Disney's "Big Hero 6: The Series." In addition to hosting her own YouTube cooking series, "Christy's Kitchen Throwback," the former child star will next reprise her voice role as Kim Possible for a 2021 episode of "Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?" Christy currently resides in Orange County, California, with husband Brendan Rooney, whom she met in a college screenwriting class. They married in 2013 and share two daughters.
Macaulay Culkin is the quintessential American child star, rising to international fame as Kevin McCallister in "Home Alone" and sequel "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" in the '90s. He's also known for his roles in "Uncle Buck," "My Girl" and "Richie Rich." Around the time of "Home Alone," he also struck up a friendship with Michael Jackson, making an appearance in Michael's "Black or White" music video.
After 1994's "Richie Rich," Macaulay Culkin took a hiatus from Hollywood until 2003, when he appeared in the gritty indie "Party Monster." He married actress Rachel Miner in 1998, but they separated in 2000 and divorced in 2002. He went on to romance Mila Kunis for eight years until January 2011. He caught a few unwanted headlines the following year when he was spotted in New York looking scary skinny, but his rep denied that he was suffering from health or drug issues. The former child star continued to keep a low profile, only making occasional appearances at DJ gigs or shows with his band Pizza Underground, which disbanded in 2016. In 2015 and 2016, he appeared on three episodes of "The Jim Gaffigan Show" as a fictional version of himself. In 2019, he appeared in pal Seth Green's movie "Changeland" — he's been dating "Changeland" co-star Brenda Song since 2017. In 2021, Macaulay will hit TV screens on the 10th season of "American Horror Story."
Twins Cole and Dylan Sprouse played one character, Julian, in the 1999 film, which starred Adam Sandler. They went on to star on their own Disney Channel show, "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," and its spin-off, "The Suite Life on Deck," from 2005 to 2011.
Today, the Sprouse twins are doing quite well. After wrapping up "Suite Life on Deck," Cole and Dylan enrolled at New York University where they earned bachelor's degrees in humanities and video game design, respectively. In 2016, Cole landed the role of Jughead Jones on the CW series "Riverdale," which has become one of the most popular shows on the network. Cole also found love with co-star Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper, whom he dated until early 2020. In 2019, he starred in "Five Feet Apart," his second lead role in a theatrical film. Next up, Cole will star in the comedy flick "Undercover" opposite Zachary Levi. Dylan has kept a much lower profile since his "Big Daddy" days. He's starred in a string of indie films, such as "Carte Blanche" and "Dismissed," and opened his own Brooklyn brewery, All-Wise Meadery, in 2018. In 2020, Dylan — who's been dating model Barbara Palvin since 2018 — starred in "After We Collided," the sequel to "After." He'll next appear in the 2021 film "Tyger Tyger."
Haley Joel Osment became a household name after his breakout role in 1999's "The Sixth Sense." He had other notable roles in films including "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," "Pay It Forward" and "Forrest Gump."
In 2006, Haley Joel Osment pleaded no contest to misdemeanor DUI and drug-possession charges after he hit a brick mailbox and flipped his car while driving near Los Angeles. In 2010, the former child star graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Though he keeps a low profile, Haley works regularly: He appeared in 2015's "Entourage" movie, 2016's "Me Him Her" and "Yoga Hosers," and 2017's "Izzy Gets the F— Across Town." He also appeared on multiple episodes of HBO's tech comedy "Silicon Valley" and has been a regular on the show "Future Man" since 2017. He also appeared on an episode of "The X-Files" in February 2018. He more recently starred alongside Lamorne Morris in 2020's "Death of a Telemarketer."
Before Jesse Eisenberg was one of Hollywood's biggest names, his little sister, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, was the most famous member of the family. She made it big at age 6 starring in a popular series of Pepsi commercials in which she channeled the voices of Joe Pesci, Aretha Franklin and more celebs. That success translated into film roles in the late '90s and early '00s in flicks including "Paulie," "Bicentennial Man" and "Beautiful." She even played Helen Keller in the TV version of "The Miracle Worker."
In 2010, 18-year-old Hallie Kate Eisenberg and big brother Jesse Eisenberg co-starred in "Holy Rollers." She made her Broadway debut in 2011 in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of "The Women." After that, she reportedly halted her acting career to get an education at American University in Washington. She transitioned to music a few years later with then-boyfriend Owen Danoff (who'd been on "The Voice") as the group We the Others, but they haven't been active on social media since December 2017. These days, the young star is very active on her own social media where she documents her life and travels including in this photo from China, where she ventured with big brother Jesse Eisenberg in 2019.
Danny Pintauro originated the role of Paul Ryan on "As the World Turns" in 1982. He played Tad Trenton in "Cujo" the following year. But we'll always love him most for his role as towheaded Jonathan Bower on "Who's the Boss?"
Danny Pintauro left Hollywood behind when "Who's the Boss?" came to an end in 1992. The former child star, who graduated from Stanford University, has worked as a Tupperware salesman and a restaurant manager since putting his acting days behind him. In April 2019, he took to Instagram to reveal that he'd become a vet and pharmacy technician at Austin Pets Alive in Texas. On April 3, 2014, Danny and Wil Tabares tied the knot. In September 2015, he revealed to Oprah Winfrey that he's HIV positive. "I don't want to be a hero. I don't want to be the role model," he told Us Weekly. "I want to be the example." In 2020, he dipped his toes back into acting on "The Quarantine Bunch," a web comedy series featuring former child stars.
Jonathan Lipnicki made his film debut at age 6 alongside Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger in 1996's "Jerry Maguire." (He had us at "Did you know the human head weighs 8 pounds?") Starring roles in "Stuart Little" and "Like Mike" soon followed.
Jonathan Lipnicki took an extended break from Hollywood but returned in 2012 in indie movies "Edge of Salvation" and "For the Love of Money." The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enthusiast made headlines in late 2011 when photos of his buff bod went viral. He continues to train in mixed martial arts and had roles in four films in 2016: "Limelight," "Arlo: The Burping Pig," "The Lake" and "Loserville." More recently, he starred in 2018's "Dembanger" and completed a film with Tara Reid and Vivica A. Fox, "A Second Chance." Jonathan will next appear in the drama "Pooling to Paradise."
Miami-born Alexa Vega had been acting for nearly a decade when she landed the lead role of Carmen Cortez in Robert Rodriguez's 2001 action film "Spy Kids."
Alexa PenaVega — who changed her name after she and singer-actor Carlos Pena Jr. tied the knot in 2014 — went on to appear in three more installments of the "Spy Kids" franchise. She worked with director Robert Rodriguez again in "Machete Kills" in 2013 and "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" in 2014. Alexa also appeared on TV's "The Tomorrow People" and "Nashville" and competed against her hubby on season 21 of "Dancing With the Stars" in 2015. More recently, she starred in two Hallmark mysteries, "Picture Perfect Mysteries: Dead Over Diamonds" and "Picture Perfect Mysteries: Exit Stage, Death." From 2019 to 2021, she voiced Carlota on "The Casagrandes." The actress shares son Ocean, born in 2016, and son Kingston, born in 2019, with husband Carlos. The couple are expecting their third child in the summer of 2021.
Every kid wanted a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas after Peter Billingsley starred in "A Christmas Story" in 1983. The child actor also performed in more than 120 commercials before he was cast as Ralphie.
Nowadays, Peter Billingsley spends more time behind the camera than in front of it. He executive produced "Four Christmases," "Iron Man" and "The Break-Up" (and gave himself bit parts in each one). He also directed "Couples Retreat" starring Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn. More recently, he served as an executive producer on the Netflix cartoon "F is for Family" from 2015 to 2018. Despite growing up in the public eye, he's managed to keep his personal life somewhat of a mystery.
A 6-year-old Michael Fishman made his acting debut playing Roseanne Barr's son on the sitcom "Roseanne" in 1988.
Michael Fishman turned his attention from acting to producing in the late '90s. He produced 58 episodes of "The Roseanne Show" between 1998 and 2000 and was nominated for a Sports Emmy for outstanding production design/art direction for his work on "Sports Science" in 2007. He returned to the acting world in 2018 when "Roseanne" came back to TV, then reprised the role on "The Conners," on which he plays a grown-up D.J. Conner. Michael wed Jennifer Briner, with whom he has two kids, in 1999. They amicably separated in 2017 and she formally filed for divorce in April 2019.
Her name means "sun" in French, but there's no denying that Soleil Moon Frye best translates to Punky Brewster, the title character of the NBC sitcom that made the young actress one of the best known child stars of the '80s.
Soleil Moon Frye joined fellow child star and longtime pal Melissa Joan Hart on "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" from 2000 to 2003. She continues to work as a voice actress but in recent years has focused predominantly on family and parenting projects, like her DIY crafting and mommy blog, MoonFrye.com. She also runs The Little Seed, an e-boutique that focuses on environmentally friendly family products, and has released a memoir and a party-planning book. She returned to TV in 2017 to appear on the show "Hollywood Darlings." In February 2021, Soleil played an all-grown-up Punky on Peacock's "Punky Brewster" reboot series. The same year, she released the well-reviewed Leonardo DiCaprio-produced Hulu documentary "Kid 90," which features a trove of personal camcorder footage, audio tapes, diary entries and more that Soleil had saved as a teenager. Next up, the actress — who split from her husband of two decades, producer Jason Goldberg, with whom she shares four children (daughters Poet and Jagger and sons Lyric and Story) — will star in "The Cleaner."
David Faustino was just 3 months old when he made his TV debut on "The Lily Tomlin Special." He scored his first full-time gig at age 12 when he landed the part of awkward Bud Bundy on the beloved sitcom "Married… With Children," which ran for 11 seasons.
David Faustino kept acting here and there after "Married… With Children" came to an end in 1997. More recently, he appeared as himself in the "Entourage" movie and voiced characters in "The Legend of Korra" and "DreamWorks Dragons." David also dipped his feet into the music business: In the '90s,he released a rap album and started a weekly hip-hop party called Balistyx at the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip, where acts like N.W.A., KRS-One and will.i.am performed. David, who raps under the name Lil' Gweed, has also hosted "Old Scratch Radio Hour" and "Skee 24/7" on DashRadio.com. He reprised his role as Howard Green on "The Young and the Restless" for a few episodes in July 2017 and voiced a character on "Dragons: Race to the Edge" from 2015 until 2018. He was married to Andrea Elmer from January 2004 to December 2007 and welcomed daughter Ava in November 2015 with girlfriend Lindsay Bronson.
Friday nights in the '90s were not complete without Jaleel White, who played nerdy, accident-prone Steve Urkel on "Family Matters." While the part was supposed to have been a one-episode, guest-starring role, Urkel was so beloved that 13-year-old Jaleel was given a full-time starring gig.
Whoa, mama! Yes, that's Jaleel White, non-Urkelized. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in film and television in 2001. Since then, he's kept busy with guest-starring spots on TV and small movie parts including roles in "Dreamgirls" and "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer." In 2012, he competed on season 14 of "Dancing With the Stars," where he earned the nickname "Jerkel." He appeared on an episode of "Atlanta" in 2016 starring as — who else? — himself. He nabbed a role on the CBS show "Me, Myself and I" from 2017 until 2018 and more recently appeared on the 2020 TV show "The Big Show Show." From 2020 to 2021, Jaleel, who will next appear in the film "The Inheritance," voiced Gene the Genie on Disney's "DuckTales" reboot. Jaleel and girlfriend Bridget Hardy welcomed a daughter, Samaya, in 2009. But they split and Bridget later accused her ex of domestic violence.
Christina Ricci scored her first big role in 1990 playing Cher's daughter in "Mermaids." She went on to star in "The Addams Family," "Casper" and "Now and Then."
In 1999, Christina Ricci earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in "The Opposite of Sex." Her illustrious career also includes starring roles in "Monster" opposite Charlize Theron and "Sleepy Hollow" opposite Johnny Depp as well as the lead on the short-lived series "Pan Am," which co-starred Margot Robbie. That's where she connected with dolly grip James Heerdegen, whom she wed in October 2013. They welcomed son Freddie in 2014 and split in 2020 amid domestic violence allegations. In 2015, Christina starred as the titular murderer on "The Lizzie Borden Chronicles" and in 2017 played Zelda Fitzgerald on Amazon's "Z: The Beginning of Everything." More recently, she appeared in the 2020 film "10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up." She'll next appear on the Showtime series "Yellowjackets," which is slated for a 2021 debut, and has two films in the works: "Monstrous" and "Can't Stop the Dawn."
A 10-year-old Jenny Lewis portrayed Lucille Ball's granddaughter on the short-lived sitcom "Life With Lucy." She went on to appear in "Troop Beverly Hills," "The Wizard," "Big Girls Don't Cry… They Get Even," "Foxfire" and more.
Jenny Lewis hasn't appeared onscreen since 2001, though she voiced a small role in "Bolt" in 2008. (She also wrote a song for the soundtrack.) The former child star, who once romanced Jake Gyllenhaal and David Faustino, has been focusing on her music career since the '90s. She sang lead vocals for indie rock group Rilo Kiley, which she formed with then-boyfriend Blake Sennett in 1998. The group took a hiatus when the couple called it quits and then disbanded for good in 2011. In 2010, Jenny teamed up with new boyfriend Johnathan Rice to form musical duo Jenny and Johnny. She's also released three solo albums including 2014's "The Voyager." In 2016, she teamed up with Erika Forster and Tennessee Thomas to form the trio Nice As F—, which toured that year. Jenny's latest solo album, "On the Line," was released in March 2019. In November 2019 it was announced she'd be opening for Harry Styles on his upcoming "Love On Tour" world tour.
Alisan Porter first gained notoriety in 1987 on Ed McMahon's "Star Search" when she became the youngest contestant to win the competition. Of course Hollywood came knocking, and she was cast in the title role in John Hughes' 1991 film "Curly Sue," in which she went toe-to-toe with James Belushi.
Though Alisan Porter has appeared onscreen just a handful of times since she starred as "Curly Sue" in 1991, she's enjoyed some success as a stage actress: She originated the role of Miriam in "The Ten Commandments: The Musical" alongside Val Kilmer and Adam Lambert in Los Angeles in 2004 and appeared in the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line" in 2006. Alisan, who in 2014 opened up about her struggle with alcoholism, has also released several albums over the years including the 2014 solo effort "Who We Are." In 2016, she competed on NBC's "The Voice," earning a spot on Christina Aguilera's team and eventually winning Season 10. She later headlined the Las Vegas show "The Voice: Neon Dreams" with other "The Voice" stars. In 2012, she married Brian Autenrieth, with whom she shares son Mason Blaise and daughter Aria. The two announced their split in December 2017.
Keshia Knight Pulliam started acting professionally at age 3 on "Sesame Street." By 4, she was starring alongside Bill Cosby as Rudy, the youngest Huxtable, on "The Cosby Show." At age 6, she became the youngest actress to earn an Emmy nomination for best supporting actress.
In 2001, Keshia Knight Pulliam graduated with honors from Spelman College. She quickly made her return to Hollywood, appearing in films "Beauty Shop" and "Madea Goes to Jail." Keshia, who lives in Atlanta and runs a production company, also starred on "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" from 2007 to 2012 (and reprised her role in 2020) and competed on reality shows "Splash" in 2013 and "The Apprentice" in 2015. That same year, she got engaged to former NFL player Ed Hartwell, only to marry him a day later on Jan. 1, 2016. But their love story didn't have a happy ending. The two split in July 2016 while she was pregnant with daughter Ella Grace, who arrived in January 2017. Keshia spent much of her pregnancy in the news due to Ed's insistence that he was not the girl's father. But paternity test results proved that he indeed is. Their divorce was finalized in 2018. Later that year, she appeared on the first season of an American "Celebrity Big Brother," but she was the second person evicted from the house. In 2021, she appeared in the film "Redeemed." In recent years, Keshia, who's promoted herself as a chef, launched her own spice line, Keshia's Kitchen. In late 2020, she announced her engagement to actor Brad James.
Miko Hughes started acting at age 2 in movies like "Pet Sematary," "Kindergarten Cop" and "Jack the Bear." He also played Michelle's bratty friend Aaron Bailey on "Full House."
Miko Hughes largely left the spotlight behind after his child stardom days. After a role on "Full House" and a re-emergence as a teen on the WB show "Roswell," he appeared in a handful of films and television shows when he got older. He did a film called "Steve Niles' Remains" in 2011 and appeared on an episode of "The New Adventures of Pinkgirl and The Scone" in 2014. More recently, he appeared in the 2019 film "The Untold Story." Next up, Miko will appear in the 2021 film "Floaty."
Tina Majorino was one of the most sought-after young actresses of the mid-'90s. She got her first big role at 7 playing Sophie Wilder on the short-lived sitcom "Camp Wilder." Things picked up from there, with film roles in "When a Man Loves a Woman," "Corrina, Corrina," "Andre" and "Waterworld." A number of TV movies followed, including "Before Women Had Wings" with Oprah Winfrey.
Tina Majorino took a five-year hiatus from Hollywood before starring as Deb in "Napoleon Dynamite" in 2004. She went on to find success as a television actress with recurring roles on "Veronica Mars," "Big Love," "True Blood," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Legends." Tina also starred in the music video for Pink's "F—in' Perfect." She appeared in the 2014 "Veronica Mars" movie and starred on the TNT show "Legends" that same year. More recently, she appeared on the television show "Scorpion" as Florence from 2017 to 2018, and popped up on an episode of Hulu's "Into the Dark" in 2020.
Charlie Korsmo had a whirlwind career in Hollywood, starring in six movies in 1990 and 1991 including "What About Bob?" and "Hook" (pictured). Pretty impressive for a pre-teen, huh?
Charlie Korsmo returned to the big screen just once — in "Can't Hardly Wait" in 1998 — before leaving Hollywood for good. He graduated from MIT with a degree in physics and earned a law degree from Yale. Charlie went on to work for the Environmental Protection Agency and for the U.S House of Representatives as a staff member for the House Policy and Homeland Security committees. The most recent news on Charlie reveals that he's serving as an associate professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland.
It's hard to steal the spotlight from the Olsen twins, but Jurnee Smollett did it with ease as Michelle's sassy best friend Denise Frazer on "Full House." Jurnee got her chance to shine on her own when she was 11, playing the title character in 1997's "Eve's Bayou" (pictured) alongside Samuel L. Jackson.
In 2007, Jurnee Smollett starred in "The Great Debaters," for which she won an NAACP Image Award for best actress. She returned to the small screen with roles on "Friday Night Lights," "The Defenders," "Parenthood" and "True Blood." She acted on the WGN period drama "Underground" from 2016 to 2017 and then appeared in 2017's"One Last Thing." She's also lent her voice to the Disney cartoon "Sofia the First." 2020 was a major year for the actress — whose brother is actor Jussie Smollett — as she appeared in the movie "Birds of Prey" and starred on HBO's critically acclaimed series "Lovecraft Country." She'll next star in the sci-fi film "Escape From Spiderhead" alongside Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller. In October 2010, she married musician Josiah Bell. The pair welcomed their first child, son Hunter, in October 2016, and announced their split in March 2020.
Ben Savage got his start in Hollywood at age 8 playing his real-life big brother's onscreen sibling in "Little Monsters." But he's best known for portraying Cory Matthews on "Boy Meets World" from 1993 to 2000.
In 2003 during his studies at Stanford University, from which he graduated in 2004, Ben Savage interned for U.S. Senator Arlen Specter. He made his big acting comeback in 2014 reprising his role as Cory Matthews on the "Boy Meets World" spin-off "Girl Meets World," which wrapped up in January 2017. More recently, he appeared on an episode of "Homeland" in 2020.
Anna Chlumsky starred as whip-smart Vada Sultenfuss in "My Girl" in 1991. She also acted alongside fellow child star Christina Ricci in 1995's "Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain."
Anna Chlumsky left Hollywood in 1998 to attend the University of Chicago, where she majored in international studies. After graduating in 2002, she worked as a fact checker for Zagat Survey. Anna made her return to Hollywood in 2007 and in recent years has starred on "Veep," earning six Emmy nominations for her work. She and husband Shaun So have two daughters, Clara and Penelope. Next up for the star? She'll star as Vivian on Shonda Rhimes's "Inventing Anna," the tale of fake socialite Anna Delvey.
A 6-year-old Ashley Johnson starred on two seasons of "Growing Pains" as Chrissy Seaver. In 1995, she scored the title role in "Annie: A Royal Adventure" and co-starred with Hugh Grant and Julianne Moore in "Nine Months." By the time she played Mel Gibson's teen daughter in "What Women Want" in 2000, there was no question that this moppet was all grown up.
Ashley Johnson is still acting — though she said goodbye to her trademark curly hair long ago. Most notably, she portrayed Mary Beth Caldwell in "The Help" and Amber Ahmed on AMC's crime-drama "The Killing." Ashley appeared on the Geek & Sundry series "Critical Role" and most recently played a forensic specialist on NBC's "Blindspot."
Henry Thomas's ability to cry on cue helped him score the part of Elliott in "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination for new male star of the year. He went on to star in movies like "Cloak & Dagger," "The Quest" and "Murder One."
Henry Thomas might not be as famous as his "E.T." on-screen sibling Drew Barrymore, but he's still amassed quite the impressive resume over the years. His biggest hits include "Legends of the Fall," "All the Pretty Horses," "Gangs of New York" and "Dear John." More recently, he's had stints on shows like "Better Things" and "Grip and Electric." He appeared on the hit Netflix series "The Haunting of Hill House" in 2018 and had a role in the 2020 Disney+ film "Stargirl." In 2021, he'll appear on the horror series "Midnight Mass." Henry also has two films in the works: "Riptide" and "Barely Afloat." He and actress Marie Zielcke, with whom he shares daughter Hazel, tied the knot in 2004. According to reports, they've since separated.
Danielle Fishel shot to fame portraying Topanga Lawrence on "Boy Meets World" from 1993 to 2000.
Danielle Fishel starred in "National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze" in 2003 and its straight-to-video sequel in 2006. In 2007, she became a NutriSystem spokesperson and lost 28 pounds, though she eventually gained back some of the weight. From 2008 to 2011, she hosted the Style Network series "The Dish." Danielle last starred on the "Boy Meets World" spin-off "Girl Meets World," which wrapped up in January 2017. She graduated from college at age 31 in December 2012 and married Tim Belusko the following year, though they split in 2015. She married second husband Jensen Karp, a writer, in November 2018. They couple welcomed son Adler in June 2019.
Maia Brewton is best known for her turn as Thor-loving Sara Anderson in the classic comedy "Adventures in Babysitting" (pictured). Prior to the 1987 film, she also played Sally Baines in "Back to the Future."
Maia Brewton starred on "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" from 1990 to 1993 before leaving the spotlight to focus on her education. She earned an undergraduate degree from Yale before earning her law degree from the Southwestern University School of Law. She's worked for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, Change.org, served as a writing fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice and currently works as a senior writer in the New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice. In 2008, she wed Lara Spotts and changed her name to Maia Spotts. The New York-based duo share twin sons Rizzo and Calder.
Jenna von Oÿ made her feature-film debut in 1989 alongside Tom Cruise in "Born on the Fourth of July." But she's best known for her role as Six LeMeure, the fast-talking best friend of Mayim Bialik's titular teen, on "Blossom" (pictured).
Jenna von Oÿ briefly put her acting career on hold to attend film school at the University of Southern California after "Blossom" came to an end. She eventually returned to acting, portraying Stevie van Lowe on UPN's "The Parkers" from 1999 to 2004. In September 2007, Jenna released her debut album, "Breathing Room." In 2010, she married computer data consultant Brad Bratcher, with whom she shares daughters Gray and Marlowe, though the two appear to have split according to her social media. In 2017, she released the book "Situation Momedy: A Very Special Episode in Toddlerdom." That same year, she competed on "Battle of the Network Stars" as a member of the TV sitcom team, which took on actors on cop shows. More recently, she appeared in the 2019 family comedy "Cecil."
Kristy McNichol landed her first series-regular role — Patricia Apple on "Apple's Way" — at age 12 in 1974. She went on to play Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence on "Family" and earned two Emmys for her work on the TV drama. Kristy also scored a Golden Globe nomination in 1982 for her performance in "Only When I Laugh" before she retired from acting in 1998.
In 1992, Kristy McNichol left the cast of "Empty Nest" after she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She returned for the sitcom's final episode but has not appeared on camera that often since. She lent her voice to "Invasion America" in 1998 and in 2012 appeared in the short film "Call to Action to Mayor Bloomberg: Sodas & Soap Operas." In January 2012, the former child star revealed that she's a lesbian and had been living with her partner, Martie Allen, for the past two decades.
Nick Stahl found fame at 13 in Mel Gibson's 1993 directorial debut, "The Man Without a Face."
Nick Stahl worked steadily throughout the '90s and seemingly made the difficult transition from child star to adult actor. He established his indie cred with roles in "The Thin Red Line," "In the Bedroom" and "Bully" before headlining "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," "Sin City" and HBO's "Carnivàle." In 2009, Nick married aspiring singer Rose Murphy, with whom he shares daughter Marlo. In May 2012, he mysteriously went missing — and his struggles with addiction went public. He checked into rehab but went missing for a second time the following month. Then in December 2012, he was arrested for lewd conduct at an adult theater. In June 2013, he was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold and arrested for crystal meth possession in two separate incidents. Most recently, the star acted alongside Mena Suvari in 2019's "The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson" as he forges ahead with his career. Nick has four films on the way: "James the Second," "What Josiah Saw," "Night Blooms" and "Grace and Grit."
Jaimee Foxworth snagged her first acting job — Judy Winslow on "Family Matters" — at age 10. But her success on the show was short-lived: After the fourth season, her character was written off and never acknowledged again.
After her stint on "Family Matters," Jaimee Foxworth and her two sisters formed the short-lived girl group S.H.E. In 2000, the former child star launched her career as an adult film actress under the stage name Crave. In 2008, Jaimee faced her addiction issues on "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew." She welcomed son Michael Douglas Shaw Jr. in May 2009. Today, she's active on social media and does paid shoutouts for fans on the website Cameo.
Robert MacNaughton (right) had to audition eight times before he won the role of older brother Michael in "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." In 1983, he starred as Adam Farmer in "I Am the Cheese" then quietly left Hollywood behind.
In 2015, Robert MacNaughton appeared on-camera for the first time in 28 years in a pair of indie films, "Frankenstein vs. The Mummy" and "Laugh Killer Laugh." The former child star, who enjoyed some success as a stage actor, reportedly served as a mail handler in Phoenix, Arizona, and Jersey City, New Jersey, during his time away from Hollywood. He and his wife, actress Bianca Hunter, have four sons between them, including Robert's son from a previous relationship, Noah.