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When you think about the career trajectory of child actors, odds are you're thinking of the horror stories.
The stories of too much too soon. The stories of drugs and alcohol abuse, and parents stealing money.
While those stories are real, there are some child actors that get out relatively unscathed.
1. Mara Wilson: Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street
Mara Wilson was one of the most popular child actors of the '90s but by the year 2000 she says the work was gone.
Now a successful writer, Wilson details what it was like to be a star and age out in her 2016 book, .
Eating your childhood pic.twitter.com/mkjGgxG6x0
— Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson)
2. Josh Saviano: The Wonder Years
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— Josh Saviano (@joshsaviano)
After playing Kevin's (Fred Savage's) best friend and neighbor Paul on The Wonder Years, Josh Saviano left Hollywood.
Though there was the odd rumor that he grew up to be Marilyn Manson, Saviano is now a lawyer specializing in celebrity brand consultancy.
3. Ariana Richards: Jurassic Park
After hiding in the kitchen from velociraptors in Jurassic Park, Ariana Richards took a step back from Hollywood.
With the exception of a cameo in Jurassic Park: The Lost World and an episode of Boy Meets World, Richards has spent most of her time focusing on her painting.
4. Danny Lloyd: The Shining
When Danny Lloyd was just six years old, he played Danny Torrence in Stanly Kubrick's The Shining. It makes sense he wouldn't do much acting after that.
Lloyd left the industry after one more role in the TV movie Will: G. Gordon Lidd and became a pig farmer. He now teaches biology at a Kentucky community college.
Dan Lloyd, who played Danny Torrance in The Shining, is now on Twitter. Join me in welcoming him! pic.twitter.com/ceOXyiJakn
— Lee Unkrich (@leeunkrich)
5. Carrie Henn: Aliens
Like Danny Lloyd, Carrie Henn's terrifying first big movie seems to have put her off acting. After playing Newt in Aliens, Henn left the business.
— Carrie Henn (@RealCarrieHenn)
6. Jeff Cohen: The Goonies
A few years after delighting audiences with his "Truffle Shuffle" as Chunk in The Goonies, Jeff Cohen said goodbye to Hollywood. He now works as a lawyer and a writer.
Kudos to the good folks at on a great Nominees Brunch Event today! 😄 pic.twitter.com/rkdzRm0K1Y
— Jeff B. Cohen (@Jeff_B_Cohen)
7. Barret Oliver: The Neverending Story
Incidentally-- this is actor who played Bastian - Barret Oliver is now s photographer in the USA pic.twitter.com/6CJnIj0ZWC
— Waterstones Wire (@WaterstonesWire)
After The Neverending Story, Barret Oliver was in the films D.A.R.Y.L. (Note: I loved this movie as a kid), Cocoon, Cocoon: The Return. But by 1989 he was done acting.
Since then Oliver has worked as a photographer and printer.
8. Charlie Korsmo: Dick Tracy, What About Bob, Hook, Can't Hardly Wait
Then & Now: Charlie Korsmo, : pic.twitter.com/TlseRrfhQb
— Stars...Then & Now. (@StarsThenNow)
As a kid, Charlie Korsmo played Kid in Dick Tracy, Siggy in What About Bob and Jack in Hook. He then took a seven-year break, coming back to the screen to play William in Can't Hardly Wait.
Korsmo then left Hollywood and got a physics degree from MIT, a law degree from Yale, became a practicing lawyer and now teaches law at Case Western University.
9. Omri Katz: Hocus Pocus
then and now apparently he retired from acting. pic.twitter.com/rUDMjX0gMh
— Eli Loomas (@eliloomas)
Omri Katz was a teen dream with his '90s floppy hair in Hocus Pocus and the TV show Eerie, Indiana. But since retiring from acting, Katz now works on the hair of others. Specifically, as a hairdresser in Los Angeles.
10. Jason Zimbler: Clarissa Explains It All
Ever wonder what happened to (Jason Zimbler)? He's a software developer for ! pic.twitter.com/ojKGkjpI2P
— Classic TV Revisited (@RetroTVGuy)
For three seasons, Jason Zimbler played Clarissa's annoying brother Ferguson on Nickelodeon's Clarissa Explains It All. After the show ended Zimbler went to college and worked in theater; and he now works as a software engineer for HBO.
11. Leanna Creel: Saved by the Bell
As Tori Scott on Saved by the Bell, Leanna Creel made leather jackets a dream item for every kid in the U.S.