America has literally watched Ron Howard grow up from a little kid on The Andy Griffith Show to a teenager and adult on "Happy Days". After so many years in front of the camera, Howard moved to the other side to work as a director with great success. He directed Cocoon, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code and won an Oscar for directing A Beautiful Mind. Howard was inducted to the Television Hall of Fame and has an Asteroid named after him. Howard has been married to his wife for more than 40 years and has four children.
The cute little blond haired and blue-eyed twins captured America's heart as infants on "Full House", a show that made them a lot of money and led to one of the most successful careers in pre-teens markets. In 2007 the Olsen twins were ranked 11th in Forbes richest women in entertainment list with a net worth of $100 million. As the twins matured they shifted from acting to fashion with the successful couture fashion label The Row. Mary-Kate and Ashley keep their distance from the media while working hard on selling their new fragrance under the name "Nirvana".
At 31, Lohan has been in show business for 30 years (!). Her first job was a modeling gig. The freckled ginger got her first role when she was just three years old and at 11 made her first Disney hit, "The Parent Trap". Having starred in a string of successful movies, Lohan became a teen idol sensation. Then came the paparazzies, the tabloids and the gossip websites and a lot of bad behavior that led to an arrest for driving while drinking and to endless arguments with film studios who decided not to work with her any more. Lohan admitted in 2008 to the use and possession and cocaine. A couple of unsuccessful attempts to revive her career failed miserably and it has been reported that she filed for bankruptcy.
Screech from "Saved by the Bell" was an awkward walking and talking disaster, apparently, the guy that plays him is not that different. Once the show was over, Diamond struggled to keep his career going. In 2014, he was arrested in Wisconsin for possession of a switchblade knife which he allegedly pulled in a bar fight. In 2015 Diamond was sentenced to four months in prison for carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct. He did enjoy a brief moment of some public acknowledgment when Robert Pattinson revealed in an interview that the two shared an apartment awhile back.
Nostalgia is never out fashion learned the kids of the 80's while watching "The Wonder Years" with Fred Savage in the leading role of sweet and innocent Kevin. Savage also played the kid that listens to his grandad's story in "The Enchanted Prince". At the age of 13, Savage became the youngest actor to ever win an Emmy. Unlike many other child stars, instead of getting into trouble, he got into directing and gradually became one of the busiest tv directors in the industry working for "Modern Family", "2 Broke Girls" and many other shows. His personal life also seems intact, as he is married to his childhood girlfriend and the mother of his 3 children.
By the time little nine years old Ricky cried "wake up champ" he had already appeared in 60 advertisements. The classic tearjerker The Champ made him famous all over the world and secured him a leading role in the comedy Silver Spoons. In an attempt to escape the same fate of other child actors and he took on only serious roles. When that did not help, Schroder started writing, producing and directing his own scripts. Schroder has been married for 24 years to the mother of his children and as a father of four is an advocate of protecting children from violence.
The youngest nominee ever for a SAG award, seven years old Dakota Fanning made a lasting impression in the drama film "I am Sam". A commercial for washing detergent made Fanning famous and got her a role on the tv drama ER, followed by guest roles on CSI and The Practice. From there she was snatched to leading roles in films. Through all this work, Fanning found time for some cheerleading and was voted home coming queen. Dakota is apparently attached to her hometown, as she was seeing in the streets of New York holding hands with a high school sweetheart.
Getting your first lead part in a popular show when you are only 15 could be confusing, but not for Mayim Bialik. Once "Blossom" was over, she enrolled at UCLA to study for a PhD in Neuroscience. During her academia years, Bialik made a couple of guest appearances on tv shows, until in 2010 she came back full time ask Sheldon's girlfriend in The Big Bang Theory. She explained that working in science research would not allow her time to be with her family. A mother of two boys, Bialik defines herself as a modern orthodox Jew, a vegan and a feminist who recently separated from her husband.
Having acted only in school plays before she was cast in Harry Potter movies, Emma Watson was a revelation for critics and the audience alike. She has also earned about $60 million before she turned 25, a nice outcome for a young woman that was ranked her 6th in Forbes list of "Most Valuable Young Stars". Apart from acting, Watson is a graduate of English literature from Brown University. The United Nations appointed her as a UN women good will ambassador and she has already been named "most inspiring woman" among female teenagers. What about her love life? The actress is very discrete and rarely talks about her boyfriend, William Mack.
It might be down to his Canadian nature, but Michael J Fox has had a successful career for more than 40 years, a rarity for a child actor. Smartly leveraging his boyish looks, Fox secured his first tv role, playing a 10 years old when he was 15. The move to the USA was a successful one with a hit comedy show and a string of successful movies. These days Fox is not taking a lot of acting jobs due to Parkinson disease. Ever since he was diagnosed, the married +4 actor has become an advocate and spokesman for raising money for Parkinson research
Born into a showbiz family, Miley became a teen idol thanks to "Hannah Montana" tv show that led to a studio album that sold more than 3 million records. Aged 17, Cyrus started maturing her image, leaving behind the sweet child we all have come to know and love. Her clothes took a sexy turn and a video clip showing her hanging naked on a big ball erased any memories of child Cyrus. A couple of years ago, Cyrus admitted that she is pansexual and identifies herself as gender fluid and encouraged her fans to smoke weed by lighting a rolled on at the 2013 MTV awards.