Child actors who grew up into stars

Published On: Jul 25 2011 01:42:08 AM CDT   Updated On: Feb 17 2015 01:00:00 AM CST

While the child stars whose careers fade seem to get most of the press, plenty of young actors have managed to stay successful into adulthood, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is celebrating his 34th birthday on Tuesday.

child stars - Ron Howard today
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Howard left "Happy Days" in 1980 to focus on directing and never looked back. Today, he's known as the director of such movies as "Splash," "Apollo 13," "A Beautiful Mind" and "Frost/Nixon."

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