Yesterday often seems eternal in our minds when we think of the child stars we enjoyed watching for years on a favorite television show. But the reality of the situation is that these stars do not remain children forever. And many of our favorite childhood stars now all grown up. Fortunately, the memories, as well as, television replays of the following childhood stars are available to amuse you for the rest of your life.
The disbelief is likely to show clearly on your face if someone unexpectedly informs you that the historic portrayal of Jonathan Lipnicki in the hit movie Jerry McGuire took place more than two decades ago. You may also recognize Lipnicki from his role as George Little in Stuart Little films. Lipnicki is 30 years old now and is still enjoying an active career as an actor. Lipnicki is a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has tried his hand at a rap battle or two.
Dylan and Blake Tuomy-Wilhoit
Blake and Dylan are identical twins who joined the cast of “Full House” once the show was in its sixth season. It did not take long for the adorable duo to steal the hit show for themselves. The Tuomy-Wilhoit twins were cast in the roles of Alex and Nicky. The twins made life worth living for their on-show parents Aunt Becky and Uncle Jesse. They also made the show a must-watch weekly event for many television lovers. The duo is all grown up now and has moved on to other things but they can still be enjoyed as the Full House Twins on Netflix.
Jerry Mathers successfully charmed weekly audiences who tuned in to watch him play the title role of “Beaver” on the hit television show “Leave it to Beaver” from 1957 to 1963. Mathers’ character, Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver, was an adoring rascal of a pre-teen who brought laughter and joy to millions. Mathers joined the Air Force after his time as a child television star. He also appears on television from time to time. Jerry Mathers fills his time with his role as the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’s national spokesman.
Ron Howard hit paydirt twice as a child television star. He first experienced life as a major figure in American entertainment through his role as Opie Taylor on the “Andy Griffith Show.” But he is perhaps best known for his role as Richie Cunningham in the hit weekly series “Happy Days.” As an adult, Ron is counted among the most successful producers and directors in the industry. “Arrested Development” and “A Beautiful Mind” are just two of the award-winning projects that have earned Howard the respect and admiration of critics and audiences alike.
Maureen McCormick was another child star who experienced success on multiple television shows. “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Bewitched” were two of the weekly television shows that introduced McCormick to households all over America. However, McCormick is best known for her role as Marcia Brady on the family favorite, “The Brady Bunch.” McCormick is now a published author who penned a controversial autobiography in 2008. The autobiography, entitled “Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice,” dealt with the difficulties McCormick experienced while playing a major role as a child on one of America’s favorite television shows.
You would be hard-pressed to find a movie buff who does not remember Rufio, the most recognizable face among the Lost Boys in the movie Hook. Most fans chuckle as thoughts of the Rufio chant that was heard each time Dante Basco’s character entered a scene. The bright red hair Rufio sported is also something viewers will not soon forget. Dante Basco sports a much more conservative haircut now that he is an adult and continues to perform as an actor. Notable roles include the voice of Avatar’s Zuko and appearance on popular shows like Community and Entourage.
The hands-down, saddest comedy of all-time has to be the 1991 movie, My Girl. Anna Chlumsky played opposite McCauley Culkin as Vada Sultenfuss. Chlumsky played the same role three years later in the movie’s sequel. The now 39-year old Clumsky took a break from Hollywood from 1999 to 2005 but has more than regained her momentum since her return.
We can all remember a time where one of our favorite things to do was watching our favorite child star on television or the big screen. But as with all things, change is a constant and our favorite child stars of yesteryear are now fully grown adults. You will always find joy at spending a bit of time reminiscing about your favorite child star while taking a moment to see what they are up to now.