The biggest child star success stories

Leonardo DiCaprio -
Since the Hollywood heartthrob had his big break in the 1993 film 'What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,' his rise has been unstoppable.

Emma Watson -
Best known for playing Hermione Granger in the 'Harry Potter' films, it would have been easy for the English actress to bask in the royalties made from the franchise. 

Scarlett Johansson -
The ‘Lost in Translation’ actress had her first major film role as a 12-year-old in ‘Manny & Lo,’ and since then her rise has been unstoppable.

Drew Barrymore -
Despite a high-profile struggle with substance abuse, the child star of 'E.T.' has forged a very successful film career.

Peter Billingsley -
Having started on the screen at the tender age of two, the actor is best known for his pre-teen role as Ralphie Parker in ‘A Christmas Story.’

Justin Timberlake -
Now best-known for his career in pop music, JT, like many other child stars, had his start on 'The Mickey Mouse Club' when he was just 12 years old.

Fred Savage -
The lovable actor had his screen debut at the age of nine, and just three years later landed his career-defining role as Kevin Arnold in ‘The Wonder Years.’

Jenny Lewis -
Since semi-retiring from acting in the mid-1990s, Lewis has made a great success of her music career and has released five solo albums.

Ron Howard -
At just five years old, Ron Howard was cast in the role that would make him famous: Opie Taylor in ‘The Andy Griffin Show.’

Ariel Winter -
Now best known for playing Alex Dunphy in the hit TV comedy show ‘Modern Family,’ Winter had her on-screen debut in a Cool Whip commercial at just four years old.

Elijah Wood -
Young Elijah Wood appeared in a number of films during the '90s before he was cast in the career-defining role of Frodo Baggins in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy.

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