Most child stars tend to burn out after they charmed everyone with their cuteness and youth. For instance, where's the little kid from Jerry Maguire, Jonathan Lipnicki? Or Tahj Mowry, of Smart Guy? A select few—Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore, and the Olsen twins, just to name some of the most recognizable—are able to escape the cluthces of child stardom and go on to act in great TV shows and movies.
In between these two groups, there are those actors and actresses who have never capitalized on their former lives as child stars. Like Don Draper, their past, captured in cereal commercials and sitcom guest-spots, is hidden. Here are 25 celebrities you didn’t know were child actors.
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