Most child stars are just that: Children who got famous before they turned 18 and then disappeared forever, never to be heard from again (i.e. Jonathan Lipnicki or the little boy from "The Shining") Or the child stars get an ego by the time they turn 11 and completely turn into adult sh-t shows (i.e. Danny Bonaduce, Corey Feldman).
But some child actors have actually made a comeback. These former child stars are actual, normal, real life actors now. It's almost like they were never child actors!
Neil Patrick Harris: NPH had the potential to become such a forgotten child star. He was so popular playing the child doctor on "Doogie Howser M.D." that his crash and burn could have been epic. However, somehow he overcame the pitfalls of starring on a show about a teenage doctor and the campiness of that show actually made his popularity as an adult even better. When he first appeared as Barney Stinson on "How I Met Your Mother," he became even more popular because everyone was like, "Hey, it's that guy from Doogie Howser!"
Sarah Jessica Parker: This one is a surprise to me. SJP was once a child star, starring in a Broadway run of "Annie" and the short-lived CBS sitcom "Square Pegs" where she played a gasp, nerd? Now SJP probably has a wardrobe the size of Manhattan, a very long run on "Sex and the City" and a now a successful movie career.
Nick Cannon: Did you know that when Nick Cannon was a teen he was on the Nickelodeon show "All That," okay, so that makes him a teen star, but he transitioned into adult stardom very nicely. He snagged himself an older woman and a hosting gig on "America's Got Talent," which is the highest form of success any celebrity can achieve. Hosting singing competitions is right next to winning an Oscar. Can you sense all my sarcasm?
Raven symone: Raven Symone started as a child star on "The Cosby Show" and "That's So Raven," which I will still consider her "child star" phase. She then disappeared for a minute, resurfaced looking a lot like Nicole Ritchie, and now has her own ABC family sow called "State of Georgia" which is probably just the same script as "That's So Raven" minus the psychic tendencies.
Anna Paquin: Before Anna Paquin was hooking up with vampires and werewolves on "True Blood," a very long time ago when she was 11 she won an Oscar for her role in the movie, "The Piano." She was the go-to young actress during the 90's for movies like "Jane Eyre" and "Fly Away Home." Now she's married to HBO's hottest vampire and is the go-to girl for fanboys everywhere.
Ron Howard: Ron Howard is a child star turned director. He stared on the "Andy Griffith Show" for many years before he even turned 10, he then had another long stint starring on "Happy Days" as a teen. Because the transition from child actor to adult actor is so hard, Howard basically said "screw it" and became an adult director instead. (By adult director, I mean a grown up who directs films, not a director of "adult films," whew close call). Howard has directed such films as "Apollo 13" "The Da Vinci Code" and "Frost/Nixon."
Christian Bale: Before Christian Bale was "The Dark Knight" and many many many years ago (ok not that many "manys," he's not that old) he was a child actor. And a successful one too. He starred in Steven Spielbergs "Empire of The Sun" when he was 13. He also starred in "Newsies" and "Swing Kids" and some other TV movies. Now he's one of those "Oscar Winning" celebrity-types. Successful transition from child to adult actor, I'd say so.
Drew Barrymore: Drew also got her showbiz start in a Steven Speilberg film. Obviously, I'm referring to ET. She continued to act during her youth, and was a bonafide Hollywood bad girl at like age 11. She could have traveled the path of other Hollywood Wild-children like Lindsay Lohan, but somehow she got her act together and is now one of our biggest celebs.
Molly Ringwald: Molly Ringwald was the it-girl in the John Hughes directed films of the 80's like "Breakfast Club" "Pretty in Pink" and "Sixteen Candles." While she wasn't totally a "child star," think of her as the Emma Stone of the 80's. She was the most popular girl ever! Then she dissapeared for like two decades, and we thought she was one of those teen stars that just floated away forever, and then allovasudden she's starring in an ABC Family Show. Ringwald plays the mom on the show, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." Ok, so it's not a "comeback" but she's working on it.