Some actors don't truly make their mark until later in life, like Alan Rickman, who made his film debut in "Die Hard" in his early 40s, or Ken Jeong, who had an entire career as a doctor before trying his hand at acting. And then there are those few actors who go for the limelight much, much earlier.
However, most child actors—whether they play a small role in "Law & Order" or star in a Nickelodeon show—don't break through to become household names. Many things about them could change: their voice, body, or appearance; they might simply grow weary of the never-ending audition circuit. But then, there are the persistent few who have the chops, drive, and luck to make it big, even if it takes them a while.
Stacker dug into the history of child actors who only became full-fledged celebrities later on in life and chose 25 to spotlight. To qualify, the actor had to have started acting either on the stage or screen before turning 18 and couldn't be in a lead role in a widely distributed film before their 18th birthday. Read on to find out which actors kick-started their careers in comedy hours, teen shows, and even an '80s cartoon series.
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