These are the top 10 child stars who quit Hollywood. Nobody should be forced to stick with a career they started in childhood. For this list, we’re looking at young actors who quit Hollywood to follow different paths. Including actors like Ariana Richards, Mara Wilson, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Danny Lloyd, these child stars who quit Hollywood still managed to shine bright into adulthood! Which former child star makes you the most nostalgic? Let us know in the comments below!

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39 thoughts on “Top 10 Child Stars Who Quit Hollywood

  1. I don’t think being in one film counts.. many actors only appear in a single film..for varies reasons.

  2. Sad fact of being a child star is that, you may have tons of money in the future but you cannot bought back the kind of childhood that you have once missed.

  3. 20 bucks says the people who are defending Jake Lloyd grew up with that terrible garbage movie called Episode I. Gen X'ers like myself see it for what it was. The prequels are still a steaming turd that is much more egregous than anything Disney's Star Wars franchise has ever put out. (The original trilogy is still the best but that doesnt even need to be said.)

    I feel bad for the kid, but Lloyd in the movie just based on his acting? Terrible.

  4. RIP Heather O'Rourke aka Carol Anne Poltergeist III just 12
    and Macaulay Culkin good to see you are better now

  5. This feels like one of those moments like when the credits tell you what certain characters went on to become. That's nice

  6. I think of Maia Brewton who played the little sister in Adventures in Babysitting and Parker Lewis Can't Lose and was great in both projects. Then poof! I don't know if she quit but…

  7. What about honorable mention ?!?!?!
    My mom should of been
    on that
    "honorable mention"
    (That's not her real name,
    My grandma had the Great idea to use a
    Stage name)
    Y'all was
    Rude and did not even
    Mention her name

    She was on the
    Mickey Mouse club
    and y'all didn't even
    Bother to give. Her
    and damn nod !!!!!!!!!!

  8. I think the little girl who played Newt in Aliens should be in the top 10 too. Aliens was the only movie she ever starred in

  9. Whoever thought that playing a young chosen one from a beloved franchised would ruin his life…the Force was cruel to him.

  10. No mention of Peter Ostrum from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, or even the kid from Sinbad's First Kid who is now a bitcoin billionaire?

  11. I went to high school with Jake. He helped teach me how to roll film in our photography class. He was a nice guy. Never saw anyone giving him a hard time but it was a big school (Carmel, IN)

  12. Peter Ostrum should’ve been an honorable mention. He did a brilliant job portraying little Charlie Bucket in the 1971 Movie. Now he is a efficacious veterinary.

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