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10 Child Stars Who Actually Turned Out Okay

5) Sean Astin

As the son of Patty Duke and John Astin, he was no stranger to show business. After making a name for himself in the ’80s cult classic, Goonies, Astin went on to play Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings films and Bob Newby the Netflix series, Stranger Things.

Having parents for actors instilled in Astin the things to avoid in the cutthroat world of acting. Despite having a long list of acting credits by the time he was an adolescent, Astin earned a degree in English and history.

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4) Keith Thibodeaux

The tiny drummer who became known as little Ricky on I Love Lucy, Thibodeaux only had positive things to say about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The TV couple often treated him like part of the family, celebrating his birthday and other holidays with gifts given right alongside their own children.

If the name Thibodeaux doesn’t ring a bell that’s perhaps because he was credited on the show as Richard Keith. While the child actor says he did lose of his childhood to acting, he also got to meet Superman, George Reeves! Thibodeaux went on to become the co-director of a ballet company with his wife, Kathy.

3) Angela Cartwright

Cartwright got her start on the 1950s TV show Make Room for Daddy before joining the cast of the Danny Thomas Show . Cartwright went on to play 10-year-old Brigitta Von Trapp in the The Sound of Music (she was 13 at the time). Cartwright further made a name for herself in the show Lost in Space. Her sister, Veronica, was also an actress. But, the iconic child actress from the ’60s always had more of a passion for art, eventually becoming a photographer and designing her own line of clothing.

2) Johnny Crawford

Fans knew him as Mark McCain on The Rifleman and as one of the original Mouseketeers. He was educated on set, Crawford came from an Hollywood family. After joining the Army and then later working on a rodeo, Crawford continued to act. Crawford has dabbled in investments, real estate, and leads a swing jazz band which has been a Hollywood favorite for years.

1) Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple’s first film ever was the short Runt Page in 1932, when she was just 3 years old. With a mother who prompted her to sing, dance, and act, it’s a wonder that she didn’t turn out like so many of her peers. While Temple was insanely popular with movie-goers in the 1930s, like films Curly Top, The Little Colonel, and Heidi, by the end of the decade she had lost some of her star appeal and, most importantly, was growing up.

Shirley Temple went on to marry and have children, and her marriage to Charles Alden Black lasted 54 years! After a brief acting comeback failed to produce results, Shirley Temple went on to become a United Nations delegate, and the U.S Ambassador for the Czech Republic, as well as the Chief of Protocol at the Department of State.

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