Comparing child performers of the past and present… Scroll down to see them…

We just can’t get enough of these young actors and actresses. They tend to steal the show from even the most well-known celebrities because they are endearing, intelligent, and adorable. Some of these child actors opt to continue their performing careers far into their adulthood, while others decide to go in a different direction.

Where are some of your most admired child actors and actresses over the last sixty years? This slideshow will take you back to the good old days of television, and it will also show you where some of the most famous children in the entertainment industry are today.

First, we have Jonathan Lipnicki

The lovable youngster who appeared in the Tom Cruise movie “Jerry Maguire” has matured into a guy who is passionate about fitness and martial arts and is continuing to make waves in the entertainment industry.

Second, there is Maureen McCormick.

Marcia Marcia Marcia! In “The Brady Bunch,” McCormick portrayed the role of the show’s eldest daughter, Carol Brady, who, according to middle sister Jan, was the one who appeared to snag all the guys and was the most popular. McCormick, who is now 61 years old, participated in the most recent season of “Dancing With the Stars,” and she continues to make sporadic appearances on television.

3. Peter Billingsley

Like Ralphie Parker, Billingsley became famous in the 1983 holiday classic “A Christmas Story.” The majority of his work these days is done behind the camera in the capacities of director and producer. On the other hand, he did make an uncredited cameo appearance in the Christmas comedy “Elf,” which was released in 2003.


4. Dante Basco

Do you remember Rufio, the self-proclaimed leader of the Lost Boys in the popular movie “Hook,” which was directed by Robin Williams and released in 1991? Basco, who is now 42 years old, has kept himself quite busy over the years with appearances in a variety of television programs. In addition, he has done a significant amount of voice-over work for animated series, including “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”

Number five, Jerry Mathers

Mathers’ depiction of the Beaver in the show “Leave It To Beaver” established him as a television legend and made him one of the first child stars of the 1950s. The former child star, who is now 69 years old, continues to make appearances in the media to discuss his time spent as “The Beav” and the influence that the role has had on his life.

6. Ron Howard

When he portrayed Opie Taylor on “The Andy Griffith Show” in 1960, when Ron Howard was just 5 years old, his acting career got off to a flying start. After that, he appeared in a variety of guest starring parts on other television shows until he was cast as Richie Cunningham in the famous sitcom from the 1970s, “Happy Days.” Imagine Entertainment has appointed the filmmaker and producer, who is now 64 years old, to the position of co-chairman.


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