You may have watched them grow up, or grown up with them, while they were on-screen during the seventies. Or, you may be younger, finding these faces for the first time thanks to Netflix or other streaming.
There were plenty of young stars we saw and came to love, but what happened to them afterward? We’re about to find out.
You may have watched them grow up, or grown up with them, while they were on-screen during the seventies. Or, you may be younger, finding these faces for the first time thanks to Netflix or other streaming.
There were plenty of young stars we saw and came to love, but what happened to them afterward? We're about to find out.
Erin Murphy (Tabitha)
Murphy, and her fraternal twin sister Diane, played the part of Tabitha Stephens in the Bewitched TV series, which ran from 1964 to 1972. Erin took the role over full time when their personal looks began to become too different (fraternal twins are really just siblings, after all).
Murphy would eventually take time off from acting for a more normal childhood but has never left acting behind for good. She's become an acting teacher, a producer, a make-up artist, and even as a stunt double. She is also a business owner and works on commercials and reality TV.
How many albums has Donny Osmond recorded throughout his life? Try Sixty. This Osmond brother also found success among his family in The Osmonds, the band that brought stardom to them all. Later, Donny also had a variety show with his sister Marie. In the eighties, Donny released a solo pop album, and also made a turn as Gaston in a Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast.
The Osmonds still perform together, in Las Vegas, and Donny also appeared on the ninth season of Dancing With the Stars, which he won!
Alison "Nellie" Arngrim
Another Little House on the Prairie name, Alison Arngrim doesn't have as many good memories from her time on the show. Arngrim played the mean girl of the show, Nellie Olson. The character has been ranked as one of the most hated characters in television history, and Arngrim has described playing her “like having PMS for seven years.”
She's had a number of guest spots on several television shows. She's also authored a few books, and has even written and performed a stage performance based on one of them, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch.
Ricky Shroder first made waves alongside Jon Voight in the 1979 film The Champ. He later appeared in the show Silver Spoons, and his fame continued rising from there. Ricky has continued acting, mostly in television, such as in the show NYPD Blue.
Schroder met a girl named Andrea Bernard and converted to Mormonism for her prior to their marriage. Andrea later revealed that she had a dream bag, in which she had written that she hopes to marry Ricky one day, long before they ever met. The two had three children, but in 2016 they filed for divorce after twenty-four years of marriage.
While Helen Hunt doesn't have one single famous character attached to her, she started studying acting at eight years old with her father, director, and acting coach Gordon Hunt. She debuted at nine and has appeared in Amy Prentiss, The Bionic Woman, Swiss Family Robinson, The Facts of Life, and The Fitzpatricks.
She's won four Emmy Awards, a Blockbuster Award, four American Comedy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and an Oscar (Best Actress in As Good as it Gets). She's not going anywhere soon and is likely to continue her career for years to come.
Kim Richards appeared in a huge number of television shows throughout the seventies and is most notable as a child star for her role in Race to Witch Mountain. She's had a number of notable roles as an adult, including as Christina Ricci's mother in the film Black Snake Moan.
In 2010 she began appearing on the reality TV show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which became an immediate hit. Richards has had a number of run-ins with the law due to alcohol abuse, but attended rehab and has remained clean and sober for years. You go, girl.
Kim Richards and Sister Kyle
Kim isn't the only Richards daughter who has gained fame. Her sister Kyle Richards was also an actress at a young age, though her star never rose as far as Kim's. Kyle has joined Kim a number of times on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. But, there's one more sister: Kathy Hilton. Does that last name sound familiar?
That's right, Kim and Kyle are Paris Hilton's aunts. The reality show has struggled due to Kim's battle with alcoholism, with some even accusing Kyle of being an enabler, a title she has fought against, stating she just wants what's best for her sister.
Another child actor from The Waltons, Walmsley is also the famous voice of Christopher Robin for Disney's Winnie the Pooh. However, Walmsley is also a well-known musician and composer and has worked with a number of other recording artists, such as Richard Marx, Roger Daltrey, and John Mayall.
Walmsley has appeared on Waltons reunions but has also appeared on TV on a few occasions, including It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in 2006. He's been a composer and musician on various programs, like 8 Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter and Secret Life of an American Teenager.
Susan Swift's very first role, at the age of thirteen, was in the film Ivy Templeton, for which she received rave reviews. She continued acting throughout the 1980s and made her last film appearance in 1995's Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.
Susan went on to study law, and married attorney Alan Arnall in 1995 – the two have had seven children together, and she decided to become a full-time mother. However, she also has time to write about politics for conservative sites Politichicks and Breitbart and has also written a children's book about guns. Now we're talking.
Julie Dawn Cole
Julie Dawn Cole got her start as the extremely spoiled child Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, but also acted into the eighties, most famously on the British television series Angels. According to her, both she and Denise Nickerson (who played Violet Beauregarde) both had a crush on Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie.
Julie is the mom to two children and leans on her background as Veruca Salt to aid in parenting. Whenever her daughter, Holly, would do something bratty, Julie would say “Is there a problem, Veruca?” which always slowed the girl's roll.
Shields's career started at five days old when her mother proclaimed “she's the most beautiful child and I'm going to help her with her career.” She played the part of a child prostitute in 1978's Pretty Baby, and a dozen other films, including The Blue Lagoon, and Endless Love.
Shields seemed like she was on a path toward classic child-only stardom, but then she took a lead role in Suddenly Susan, a sitcom that ran between Seinfeld and ER. While the show itself never gained independent fame, Shields herself gained stardom. She's now a model, a mom, and a writer, having written the book Down Came the Rain, which detailed her personal struggle with postpartum depression.
Mike Lookinland (Bobby Brady)
Lookinland appeared as the dark-haired youngest brother alongside McCormick on the Brady Bunch. He tended to have smaller roles among his older co-stars, but he managed to have his moments despite that.
Lookinland also played parts in Little House on the Prairie, the numerous Brady Bunch specials, and movies (most famously Towering Inferno) before leaving show business. He's married, has two children, and owns a concrete business in Utah. It sounds like he's done the incredible – moved from child stardom to a simple, quiet life of family, work, and listening to the Grateful Dead.
Jackie Earle Haley
J.E.H. Was most famous as a child star for his role as “Kelly Leak” in the hit movie The Bad News Bears. Haley continued acting and has enjoyed even more success as an adult, earning an Oscar nom for his role in the film Little Children in 2006, where he played a...pedophile. Hm.
Other notable roles include Rorschach in Watchmen and playing the re-imagined version of famous horror icon Freddy Krueger. He's also appeared in the science-fiction film Alita: Battle Angel, which is based on a famous manga comic by Yukito Kishiro.
Cast by Michael Landon to play Anna on Little House on the Prairie in 1977, Katy Kurtzman went on to star in The New Adventures of Heidi as the titular role, which has garnered her the most fame. Kurtzman continued acting, appearing in the hit show Dynasty in the 1980s. Katy later moved into writing and directing, and wrote a short called the Pool Boy, which she directed back in 2001.
Her most recent acting role was in 2004 when she made a guest appearance on the TV show Grey's Anatomy.
Scott Baio (Chachi Arcola)
Another award-winning young star, you're likely to remember Baio from Happy Days, but was one of the title characters on the spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, and was also the lead character in Charles in Charge. He also had a key supporting role in Diagnosis Murder. Baio has also had plenty of movie credits, including Baby Talk, Perry Mason and the Case of the Fatal Fashion, and Very Mean Men.
Baio's daughter Bailey has been diagnosed with a rare metabolic disorder and a meningioma brain tumor, the first of which prompted Baio to found the Bailey Baio Angel Foundation.
Baio has done more than just acting and foundations. He reached big headlines in 2017, during the American presidential election. He appeared at the Republican National Convention, as a Donald Trump supporter.
Many on the other side of the aisle made fun of the fact that A-list celebrities by the dozens lined up to support Trump’s opponent Hilary Clinton, while Trump could only bag smaller names such as Baio. Yet, Hollywood proved to be out of touch with most of America when Trump defeated Clinton to become the next president.
Danny Bonaduce (Danny Partridge)
Bonaduce's bright red hair and winning smile made him a famous character on The Partridge Family, where he played the bass-playing middle child. Bonaduce seemed destined for life-long stardom, but life has a way of taking its own road. He's appeared in a number of films, including Corvette Summer, and also had guest appearances on CHiPs.
After a hiatus, he began to appear in episodes of Married... with Children, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, CSI: Crime Scene Investigations, and The Drew Carey Show. He also had his own reality show, Breaking Bonaduce. He's been a regular morning host at Seattle radio station KZOK-FM since 2011.
Ron Howard (Opie Taylor)
Howard first appeared on screen in the movie Frontier Woman, in (1956), at the tender age of eighteen months. He got one of the lead roles in The Andy Griffith Show, which made him a national name and also had a role as Richie Cunningham in Happy Days.
But Ron Howard has gone on to do much more. He's appeared in twenty-seven films, has directed twenty-eight films, and produced more than twenty others. Some of his most memorable turns behind the camera include A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Cocoon, and The Da Vinci Code. He's constantly doing new and different projects, and everything he does has a unique style.
Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls)
Melissa Gilbert first made her mark as the main character of Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls, also known as “Half-Pint.” But she's also been in other works such as The Miracle Worker and The Diary of Anne Frank. She also showed up on commercials and a few other shows before her breakout.
She's still going strong, though her name might not be on everyone's tongue. She got a spot on the reality TV show Dancing with the stars, has played her original character's mother (Caroline “Ma” Ingalls) in the touring production of Little House on the Prairie, the Musical, and has added her voice to Batman: The Animated Series.
While she made her start in commercials at a young age, McNichol appeared as a guest star on Starsky & Hutch, The Bionic Woman, Love American Style, and The Love Boat. She had a starring role as Patricia Apple in the show Apple's Way, and has earned two Emmys for “Best Supporting Actress” for her work in Family.
Her acting took side stage as she worked on her singing career, releasing Kristy & Jimmy McNichol for RCA records, which included the hit single “He's So Fine.”
McNichol's work has continued, and she made an appearance on The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, which starred Mark Hamill and Dennis Quaid. She won a “Best Supporting Actress” Golden Globe Award working on Only When I Laugh, and joined Empty Nest for a few seasons.
She's still part of the industry and has become a voice-acting expert, joining numerous other stars (including Mark Hamill) who have moved from behind the camera to behind the mic, appearing on animated shows like Extreme Ghostbusters and Invasion America.
David Cassidy (Keith Partridge)
Cassidy had already appeared on Ironside, Marcus Welby, M.D., Adam-12, and Bonanza when producers decided he had the look of a heartthrob, and hired him for the role of Keith Partridge, the lead singer on the 70's hit The Partridge Family. The “family” went on to produce ten albums, and Cassidy has released five solo albums.
All of the albums have been huge successes. Cassidy toured around the world, and his accolades and accomplishments are extensive, but not all is well: Cassidy filed for bankruptcy in 2015.
David’s Diagnosis And Death
In 2017, David Cassidy made appearances in shows, appearing disoriented, erratic, and confused. Many attributed the behavior to drunkenness until David announced he had been diagnosed with dementia. His mother died from the same condition, meaning Cassidy had expected the diagnosis and wasn't surprised.
But, surprisingly, Cassidy later admitted he didn't have dementia, admitting that, yes, it was the effects of alcohol at the root of his behavior. David Cassidy would later die of liver failure at the age of sixty-seven, on November 21, 2017.
Tatum O’Neal (Addie Loggins)
Tatum O'Neal won an Academy Award at the tender age of ten for her role of Addie Loggins in Paper Moon, and her early success continued with The Bad News Bears and Nickelodeon. But, after the seventies, she would only appear in five films over the next fifteen years.
She pushed back into acting with small guest roles on shows like 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and Sex and the City. She's also had a recurring role on the hit series Rescue Me.
Tatum’s Rocky Road
Tatum has never had an easy life, despite her success. She's the youngest person to ever win an academy award, and the substance abuse came next, beginning around the time of her famous role in Paper Moon.
Tatum would get sober, but relapsed and developed an addiction to heroin after her divorce from Tennis superstar John McEnroe. She sadly lost custody of her children due to her substance abuse issues. However, she has maintained her sobriety following an arrest in 2008.
Tatum’s Relationship With Her Father
Tatum's father, Ryan O'Neal, is an accomplished actor in his own right, but his physical and emotional abuse of Tatum is likely what triggered her substance abuse. Tatum has discussed her rough relationship with her father in two of her published books, going into detail in her autobiography called A Paper Life, which came out in 2005.
She would discuss the relationship again in her 2011 book called Found: A Daughter's Journey Home. Ryan struggled with his own substance abuse, meaning there's plenty to unpack.
Mindy Cohn (Natalie Green)
Cohn is best known for her portrayal of Natalie, the strong-willed student from the television series Facts of Life, which ran from 1979 to 1988. Her role was essential to the show's success, bringing humor and levity to any scene she was in, but the role ended up typecasting her, making it difficult for Cohn to branch out.
Her acting did continue, however. In addition, she picked up a degree in cultural anthropology and has helped found the weSPARK cancer support center. She's also provided the voice of Velma in the Scooby-Doo animated series, for which she won an Emmy.
Mindy Cohn Becomes An LGBTQ Icon
While Mindy Cohn has, for the most part, stayed out of the spotlight. She has never gotten married and chose to not have children. On the other hand, she regularly shows support for LGBTQ causes and acts as a positive figure within the community.
During an interview with The Advocate, Cohn said there were very few gay people on the set of the Facts of Life, yet she maintains a progressive family and has numerous gay family members and friends, which prompted her to announce her support of the community.
Michael Jackson's Tough Relationship With His Father
Joe Jackson was famous for his tough relationship with his family, and none more so than with Michael. He conceded to beating his children in an interview with Oprah, and constantly made his children rehearse, especially in the early days of the Jackson 5. The boys of the Jackson 5 lost their childhood.
It's been thought this led to Michael Jackson's Peter Pan fascination, naming his home “Neverland”, and the idea of “Never Growing Up.” Others also assume that Michael's weird actions later in life resulted from the poor treatment he received from his father.
Michael Jackson's Kids
Michael had three children of his own. Two are now adults, and the relationship they had is markedly different, in a wonderful way, but there are still questions about the children's parentage. According to TMZ, eldest son Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. conceded it's possible he isn't even Michael Jackson's biological child, but the idea means nothing to him.
MJ Jr. has said that his father taught him how to be a man and hopes to take care of his own children the same way his father took care of him.
MJ's Other Kids
On the other hand, Paris Jackson believes she is Michael's biological child. She's been pursuing fame in her own right and has signed with a major modeling agency after a decade of tough time following her father's death. Paris has maintained a close relationship with her mother, Debbie Rowe.
Debbie has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. Her youngest son (and Michael Jackson's youngest son) Blanket is still a teenager, and has stayed out of the spotlight – he is currently in the custody of his grandmother Katherine Jackson.
Michael Jackson and Issues With Addiction
Jackson received accusations of inappropriate actions toward children in 1993, at which he entered rehab for dependency on prescription medication. One possible cause of this dependency was a severe scalp burn Jackson received while filming a Pepsi commercial. Should have gone with Coke, Mike.
More drug danger ahead: ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley has said that addiction and drug use was a big part of their lifestyle while they were together. When Michael passed, it was revealed he regularly used strong anesthetics to get to sleep. Other people connected to Michael have backed the stories up.
Coleman got famous and rich for his role in Diff'rent Strokes, but it was revealed his parents were mishandling his funds, and Gary sued them, winning over a million dollars in the settlement. Coleman has had multiple issues with the law over the years. Coleman would end up marrying a twenty-two-year-old extra, (he, at the time, was in his thirties), but the two divorced a year later.
Coleman died only a few years later, due to complications from health problems he had his entire life. His wife attempted to make a claim on the estate but was denied.
Barry Williams (Greg Brady)
Yet another Brady child makes the list. Barry Williams was fourteen when he joined the cast as the oldest child and teenage heartthrob Greg, and would go on to win a Young Artist Foundation Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989. He's appeared in Brady Bunch specials, as well as That 70's Show and Three's Company, among others.
His biography, Growing Up Brady...I Was a Teenage Greg came out in 1992, and was a best-seller for three months, and would become a made-for-TV movie on NBC. Williams was an executive producer on the movie.
Quinn Cummings (Lucy McFadden)
Cummings began in commercials, then became the memorable Lucy McFadden in The Goodbye Girl. For her stand-out performance, she earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Cummings went on to a recurring role on Family, as well as a part on Hail to the Chief. She's also a casting director, a business owner, and a blogger.
In fact, her writing may be the biggest part of her fandom nowadays. She's authored three books, about herself, homeschooling, and pets, and has also had her writing featured in The Wall Street Journal, Time, People, The Atlantic, Salon, Los Angeles Magazine, Huffington Post, and Good Housekeeping.
Another former Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, Themmen appeared as the television-obsessed child Mike TeeVee, but quit acting at the age of fourteen. He would later return to the screen, taking small roles in shows such as Star Trek: Voyager. He also appeared in The Big Lebowski.
He's appeared with other cast members for reunions as Mike TeeVee a number of times. He's dabbled in real estate, film production, Walt Disney Imagineering, retail, and a number of other business pursuits, and also directs casting sessions.
Johnny Whitaker (Jody Davis)
Johnny Whitaker began his career at the age of three in a TV commercial for a car dealership and then leaped straight to General Hospital. He's best known as the orphan Jody Davis in Family Affair, from 1966-71. He's also been in The Littlest Angel, Snowball Express, The Biscuit Eater, Napoleon and Samantha, and plenty more. He also had the lead role in the 1973 musical Tom Sawyer.
Whitaker has received Young Artist Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999, and while he has had drug issues, he's on the road to recovery and remains with us today.
Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady)
Before she appeared as the eldest Brady daughter, McCormick also appeared on My Three Sons, Bewitched, and Camp Runamuck, as well as commercials for Barbie and Kool-Aid. While McCormick continued TV roles, she also appeared in the movies Dogtown, Great Easter Adventure, and The Million Dollar Kid. She also won on the reality show VH1's Celebrity Fit Club.
She's detailed her Brady Bunch experiences in her book Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice, which came out in 2008. And she's not the only Brady child on this list!
Dana Plato is a classic child star cautionary tale. She was most famous for her role in the hit show Diff'rent Strokes, lasting through the eighties. However, Dana became addicted to prescription pills, and while she claimed to have been sober for over ten years, Dana passed away at the young age of thirty-four, in 1999.
Incredibly, only a day before her death, she appeared on the Howard Stern radio program and directly discussed her addiction. Her death was ruled a suicide, though we'll never know if it was accidental or intentional.
Dana Plato’s Son Tyler
The sad Story continues. Dana Plato's son, Tyler Lambert, never had an easy life with a famous mom, and after she died in 1999, his life began its own downward spiral.
Tyler's grandmother Joni Richardson relates that Tyler was never able to get over his mom's death, and inherited her demons. Dana died when Tyler was only fourteen, and only eleven years later Tyler would follow his mother into an early grave.
Tyler’s Yearning For Mom
Grandmother Joni reportedly found a note left after his death that elaborated on his substance abuse: “The only moments of happiness for me are when I'm real high and don't think about the past or I'm real drunk and not able to.”
Tyler longed to feel close to his mother, even after her death. Most notably, he used tattoos. He had his mother's name on his hand, his arm, and across his finger, and apparently put her ashes in the ink. Joni said “he could feel that he had part of her with him.”
Throw a dart at a big sheet of movies from the seventies, and you're likely to hit Robby Benson. Let's see, he's been in Jory, Jeremy, Ode to Billy Joe, Wait Until Dark, The Rothschilds, Death Be Not Proud, Lucky Lady, One on One, The Death of Richie, The End, Ice Castles, Die Laughing, Tribute, and The Chosen. He was also in Search for Tomorrow, a show running 71-72.
You almost certainly know Benson for the voice-work he did for Disney's Beauty and the Beast. What character was he? Why the Beast himself! He's also written a bestselling novel, Who Stole the Funny?: A Novel of Hollywood, which came out in 2007.
While the single Osmond sister was never part of the band, Marie found fame of her own just by relation. She would gain her own true success when she began to release country-pop songs and had a huge hit with “Paper Roses.” She was also known for her aforementioned popular variety show with brother Donny.
Marie still performs music and appears on television. She's been very candid about her struggle with postpartum depression and has also written a book about it. Marie has seven children, so we imagine she has plenty to say about it. Her oldest daughter is a lesbian, and Marie publicly supports LGBTQ rights.
The Tragedy of Marie Osmond
Like many stars that have come out of her era, Marie Osmond has seen tragedy. Her adopted son Michael has struggled mightily with depression and substance abuse and was checked into a rehab center in 2007. Unfortunately, the rehab center proved not enough.
In 2010, at only eighteen years old, Michael took his own life when he jumped from a building. He left a note, detailing his struggle with depression. The Osmond family was deeply affected, and Marie stayed out of the public eye for some time.
Did Marie Osmond Have Plastic Surgery?
I'm sorry, I thought this was about child stars, not tabloid chatter. Well, whatever. A bunch of people think that Marie Osmond has gotten plastic surgery, like a facelift, botox, lip fillers, and “various other facial fillers.”
She, of course, has never spoken about it, and her brother Donny maintains his good looks with ease, which leads some people to surmise it's just good genetics, whatever that means. The lady just wants to look pretty, people. Nothing wrong with that.
The little brother to actor and director Ron Howard, Clint also got his start as a child star and even starred in five episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. He's continued acting into his adult years, and is well-known as a character actor.
Clint is also an avid gamer, and loves the MMORPG World of Warcraft. He plays under the name “Extras” in the guild “Thrust” on the Dark Iron realm. While he is married, he and his wife have no children, but enjoys his role as uncle to his brother Ron's children.
While Noah got his start as the character “Boxey” in the 1970s sci-fi show Battlestar Galactica, the role you'll remember him for is the iconic Atreyu in The Neverending Story, which came out in 1984. Noah was famous for doing his own stunts in the film, as the director requested, which led to a number of injuries. Noah has appeared at fan expos and conventions.
In 2016, he reprised his role for a Spotify commercial, of all things. Surprisingly, he has no relation to Anne Hathaway.
Noah Hathaway Fan Conventions
Noah makes most of his living appearing at various fan conventions across the country, and he certainly isn't the only actor to do so. Another famous actor who did most of his work interacting with fans was former Power Ranger actor Ricardo Medina, who played the Red Ranger on Power Ranger Force and Power Rangers Samurai.
Noah, however, has not been arrested for manslaughter, so he at least has one leg up on Ricardo.
Kim Fields was famous for her character “Tootie” on the show The Facts of Life. When the show ended, she put out a few pieces of music, and then made the decision to leave show business and attend Pepperdine University. She's since come back to the screen with small roles in Fresh Princes of Bel-Air and Kenan and Kel.
Fields has directed episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne, as well as a few other things. She's married to Broadway actor Christopher Morgan, and the two have a pair of sons. She's appeared in The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and Dancing With the Stars in 2016.
Kim Fields As A Housewife
Fields only lasted one season on The Real Housewives of Atlanta before she left, having famously feuded with fellow cast member and show mainstay Kenya Moore, who apparently criticized Fields's success.
It's possible all of that tension was just scripted drama, however, as Kim did it “for the experience.” Fields probably won't miss the drama, real or fake, of the show, having plenty on her plate with directing, though creator Andy Cohen may miss having such a big name.
Robert Downey Jr.
You're probably quite familiar with RDJ thanks to his superstar-making role as Tony Stark in the Marvel movies, but he began as a child in his father's film Pound, playing “Puppy.” He enjoyed steady acting gigs until he began a difficult struggle with addiction, and even landed in prison.
He managed a second chance at fame after getting – and remaining – clean, getting more success than ever before. RDJ is married with three children, including son Indio, who is gaining steam as a musician.
RDJ’s Eldest Son
Robert Downey Jr.'s eldest son, Indio Downey (from his previous relationship with Deborah Falconer), is already an adult, and the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Indio inherited his father's addictive personality, and has struggled with a drug problem of his own.
However, with help from his famous father, Indio made his own way back to sobriety, a remarkable feat for someone so young. In 2016, Robert Downey Jr. announced that Indio had remained committed to recovery, at only twenty-two years of age.
Eric Scott is mostly known for his character of Ben Walton, on the television show The Waltons. He's been in three marriages, most recently to Cynthia Wolfen, with which he has two children. His second marriage, from which he has a daughter, ended after the death of his wife from cancer.
Scott has revived his famous character a number of times, for reunions or specials. On the other hand, Scott has mostly moved away from acting, and now owns a parcel delivery service, Chase Messengers, in California.
Bertinelli's TV debut, on One Day at a Time, earned her a Golden Globe in 1981. She starred in Sydney and Café Americain, neither of which earned much notice, before joining the short-lived if memorable Touched by an Angel. Bertinelli has gone on to appear as a popular spokeswoman for the weight loss products of Jenny Craig after she shared her struggles with body image and weight loss.
She's recently gone on to join television grand dame Betty White, as well as Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves on Hot in Cleveland, from 2010 to 2015.
What if I told you Laurence Fishburne started acting at the tender age of seven? He appeared on the soap opera One Life to Live. Ten years later he appeared in the famous film Apocalypse Now, in which he played a young soldier in the Vietnam war, but wasn't even as old as his character!
He's most well-known for his role as Morpheus in The Matrix and its sequels, but has done plenty of other acting recently, such as starring in the TV series Black-ish, and has been in a television miniseries about Nelson Mandela called Madiba, in which he is playing Nelson Mandela himself.
Laurence Fishburne's Drama With His Daughter
Fishburne's daughter Montana, at only eighteen years of age, back in 2010 decided to star in an adult, pornographic film. Laurence recruited a number of friends and attempted to purchase every single copy of the tapes for the film, but they were unsuccessful.
Montana didn't stay in the adult movie industry for long, and when she left she encouraged other young women to do the same, speaking about abusive practices within the industry. Montana was on the upswing, but she has been recently arrested for driving under the influence.
Michael Bollner is originally from Germany, and when he acted as Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, he barely spoke any English. Allegedly, some of the crew aided him in learning English in order for him to get his lines right.
He later appeared in a number of other German films, but ultimately abandoned acting, which is what his father wanted in the first place, even since Wonka. He owns an accounting firm in his home country of Germany, though he does appear in reunions with his former cast members.
Lisa Whelchel began her career as a child star on The Facts of Life, and continued acting on and off, including the 2013 movie A Madea Christmas. Lisa is very active in her Christian faith and spends most of her time speaking at various churches and Christian conferences. She's also written several best-selling books on a number of topics, including homeschooling and parenting.
However, at one point she revealed she uses hot sauce as a discipline for her children, which landed her in hot water. It honestly doesn't even seem like a punishment to me.
Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket)
You'll know Ostrum for only one role: Charlie, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring alongside Gene Wilder. Peter could have gone anywhere, but he instead decided to give up acting, and stayed away from the spotlight, though beginning in 1990, Peter began speaking at the local elementary school about his famous role.
Ostrum would eventually start a veterinary practice in New York, and start a family. When the Chocolate Factory story was remade in 2005, Peter had to eventually request no more interviews, as his private life was quickly becoming too public for his taste.
Chaz Bono, born Chastity Bono, was only famous because of his parents, Sonny and Cher, and their television show, The Sonny and Cher Show. Chaz was born female, but began to publicly transition to male in 2008, after years of identifying as a lesbian. He is an active LGBTQ activist, and even made a documentary film titled Becoming Chaz, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
He's also made an appearance on the popular TV reality show Dancing With the Stars, notable for being the first time a transgender man has appeared on a network television program without anything to do with his gender identity.
Actress Diane Lane got her start at the age of fourteen in a film called A Little Romance. She continued acting and continued to accumulate success when she reached adulthood. Some of her well-known roles include acting in Under the Tuscan Sun and Unfaithful.
Diane was once married to actor Josh Brolin, but the two have already divorced. The couple made headlines at one point when it was suspected Josh had attacked her, and police came to the couple's home. However, Diane has stated it was a misunderstanding, and there was no abuse.
Just as in Marie's case, the Jackson daughter was never part of her brothers' singing group. Don't count Janet out, though, because she's achieved her own dose of stardom, first appearing in her family's variety show The Jacksons in 1976. She's had a number of notable TV roles, including on Good Times and Diff'rent Strokes, and achieved much more as an adult, including a number of multi-platinum albums, and a super bowl half-time show you may remember.
In 2012 she married a Qatari business magnate and gave birth to their first child, a son named Eissa, in January of 2017.
Another son of actor Martin Sheen, Emilio also first appeared alongside his brother and father in Badlands. Emilio went on to have massive success as a member of the Brat Pack, seen as the “leader” of the group of actors which included Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Anthony Michael Hall, Andrew McCarthy, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy.
This group appeared in several blockbuster films together, such as The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire, and you also probably know him from the Mighty Ducks films. Emilio is still active in the industry, acting as well as directing.
Jasper Jacob began his acting career playing legendary monarch Prince Arthur in the early 1970s. Jasper has continued to act throughout his life, appearing in films like RocknRolla and The Iron Lady. He's also active in theater, and when not acting teaches at the “Go For It” school in Middlesex England.
Recognize Jacob from Star Wars? He was Captain Yorr in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. Jasper is married to actress Cheryl Kennedy. The two have two children, Augustus and Clarissa.
We'll run out of Brady kids eventually. Christopher Knight acted as Peter, the second oldest brother, and continued acting for some time before pursuing a career in computers during the 1980s. In the 2000s he appeared on the Vh1 show The Surreal Life, where he met fellow cast member (and America's Next Top Model winner) Adrienne Curry.
The two entered a relationship and married, quickly starting their own reality series called My Fair Brady, which documented their relationship, all the way through their marriage. However, the two divorced in 2012.
Mackenzie Phillips got her big break on the television series One Day At A Time in the 70s and 80s, and also had a role in the film American Graffiti. Mackenzie is from the famous Phillips family, which includes John Phillips, a singer from The Mamas and The Papas. Mackenzie has famously struggled with alcohol and drug issues since her teenage years, suffering multiple overdoses.
In 2010 she appeared on the Vh1 show Celebrity Rehab where she strived for and discussed her sobriety. Mackenzie continues to act, such as in the new Netflix show which revived One Day At A Time. She's also a drug addiction counselor.
Phillips' Family Scandals
In 2009, Mackenzie Phillips released a memoir that contained shocking and stupefying fact: according to her at the time, Mackenzie had been in a long-running romantic relationship with her father. On The Oprah Winfrey Show Mackenzie said, while it didn't start that way initially, it became a consensual relationship that lasted ten years.
She compared the relationship to Stockholm Syndrome, and after speaking with other survivors, she began to see things a different way, and acknowledge that her father abused her.
The response of The Phillips Family
Response after Mackenzie's revelation has been mixed. John's former wife didn't believe the allegations. John's second wife Michelle Phillips also did not believe her former stepdaughter. Both of Mackenzie's half-sisters, Chynna and Bijou, believed Mackenzie when she first mentioned the relationship.
However, Bijou no longer believes her sister. Jessica Doherty, daughter of The Mamas and The Papas member Denny Doherty, said her father knew the truth and was horrified. Mackenzie has said her relationship with her family has become strained and says those who have not accepted her reality are “devaluing the victim.”
Justin Henry (Billy Kramer)
Justin Henry's big break was as the young boy caught between parents in the legal movie Kramer Vs Kramer. He got a “Best Supporting Actor” Oscar nomination for the role but doesn't remember much about the Oscars. He's also appeared on the shows Fantasy Island, Danger Bay, My Own Worst Enemy, and Brothers & Sisters.
He's been in movies such as Tiger Town, Sixteen Candles, Sweet Hearts Dance, Andersonville, and Chasing Home. After college, Henry moved to LA and began Slamdunk, an independent distribution company. It would go on to partner with Microsoft and help small filmmakers get bigger distributions.
How did Stephens get the role of Damien in the religious horror film The Omen? The director asked Stephens to attack him, and make it look convincing, and Stephens obliged. Harvey chose not to pursue an acting career, though he did appear in The Omen's 2006 remake as a journalist.
He also appeared in a television series based on The Omen, but only in old footage from the original film. In 2017, Harvey had a road rage incident and had to appear in a British court.
You certainly know about Sheen, but he got his start in the 1973 film by Terrence Malick, Badlands, which starred his famous father Martin Sheen. Charlie is well-known for outlandish public behavior, causing him to be dropped from his long-running sitcom, Two and A Half Men.
His rants include “facts” such as he had Adonis DNA. He has also revealed he is HIV-positive. Charlie made no secret of his free-wheeling exploits, frequently cavorting with porn stars, so his diagnosis came as no surprise to him. But, does the man truly have tiger blood in his veins?
Was There a Charlie Sheen Breakdown?
At one point, Charlie Sheen had tiger blood in his veins, Adonis DNA in his genetics, and spent quite a lot of time around his “goddesses.” At the same time, Sheen was, according to him, having a mental breakdown. He's publicly dealt with a number of divorces, has had multiple children, and was going through a feud with the creator of Two and A Half Men, Chuck Lorre, as well as his co-star, Jon Cryer.
Charlie would reappear on another show, Anger Management. As Charlie said: “I don't know what happened. I think I cracked.”
Charlie Sheen Diagnosis
Sheen announced he was HIV-positive in 2015, but the world wasn't taken totally by surprise since rumors had been swirling that a big, A-list celebrity was about to announce a diagnosis. It turned out to be Sheen, who made the announcement with Matt Lauer, on the Today Show. Charlie Sheen has become very outspoken in his support of HIV activism.
Thanks to various experimental medication, the illness is now virtually undetectable in Sheen, mainly because of a virus-suppressing injection called PRO-140. Hopefully Sheen will use his star power to continue raising funds for HIV/AIDS research.
Dominic Guard got his start as the voice of Pippen, one of the hobbits in the animated version of the Lord of the Rings in the late 1970s. When he was fourteen, he played the lead in the film The Go-Between, and was nominated for a BAFTA for his work.
He appeared in Absolution alongside Richard Burton, which was one of Burton's last films before his death due to alcoholism. While shooting Absolution, Dominic met Susan Duce, whom he would later marry. The couple have two children, and Dominic works as a child psychotherapist.
Sarah Jessica Parker
SJP is famous for her role as Carrie Bradshaw in the TV series Sex In The City and the spin-off movies but has also stared in plenty of other noteworthy films like Hocus Pocus and Footloose. But Parker got her start all the way back in 1974, appearing in a TV movie called The Little Match Girl.
Parker was involved with Robert Downey Jr. during his legal and drug problems but was unable to “save” him. She ended him in a marriage with Matthew Broderick, and the two have three children together.
Sarah Jessica Mastering Parenting
Parker has made recent headlines thanks to discussing her relationship with Downey, and how the relationship made her a better parent. The couple was together for seven years during the 80s and 90s, but RDJ was already deep in drug addiction and headed even lower.
Parker tried to care for Downey but came to realize the type of affection wasn't appropriate in a romantic relationship. However, she's said she learned how to parent more affectionately. Sarah very much wanted to help Downey, but he was unable to get sober until jail and rehab
Feldman is famous for his roles in the eighties, but he actually got his start in the 70s. His first role was at the age of three in a McDonald’s commercial and had a role in the 1979 film Time After Time. He and Corey Haim became good friends, and both struggled with addictions.
Corey also had a close friendship with Michael Jackson. In 2016, Corey appeared on the Today Show to promote his album Angelic 2 The Core, though the performance was widely mocked as bizarre and strange. A few people, on the other hand, enjoyed the non-conformist outlook.
Corey Feldman's Performance on The Today Show
Feldman performed a new single called “Go 4 It” on The Today Show, performing it with a band made up of women, whom, in the music video, he also lived with, a la Hugh Hefner. The mocking came hard and fast, with many saying the performance, particularly Feldman's dance moves, were too strange to enjoy.
Corey returned to the show, later on, to discuss the criticism, saying it hurt him deeply. Following the performance, Corey married one of the band members, Courtney Anne Mitchell. We wish them nothing but happiness.