It has been almost 40 years since these famous faces made their TV debuts as 80s child stars, so it is safe to say they are almost unrecognisable today.
While there are a few iconic actors and actresses on this list who have remained in the limelight since their childhood, there are several celebrities that have slipped through the cracks. Which only makes it all the more exciting to catch up with them three decades later.
From the face of Life With Lucy to the adorable Punky Brewster, here are what your favourite child stars from the 1980s look like now.
Alyssa Milano Then
Anyone who is a fan of Alyssa will know she scored her first major acting role as Samantha Micelli in “Who’s the Boss?”, when she was just 11 years old. But, that was just the start of this beautiful actresses career.
Alyssa Milano Now
Since her child star success she has gone on to act in a variety of shows. The most notable of which was playing Phoebe in the hit TV series ‘Charmed’.
Keshia Knight Pulliam Then
She started acting on “Sesame Street” and soon after, won the role of Rudy Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.” After watching her adorable face on these shows it was no surprise when she received a Best Supporting Actress award.
Keshia Knight Pulliam Now
Today she is looking as glamorous as ever. She might not be as involved in acting but her love life is keeping her in the limelight.
Melissa Gilbert Then
She was featured in many shows as a child and it is no surprise why. She was extremely talented and made to be in front of cameras.
Melissa Gilbert Now
Since her childhood she has moved behind the scenes and is an accomplished director.
Sean Astin Then
It is hard to believe this angelic baby-face could ever grow up. But, since his days as The Goonies Mikey, he has gone on to do even better things.
Sean Astin Now
Of course, he was the lovable Samwise Gamgee in the iconic Lord of The Rings trilogy. You really can’t get more of a career peaking role than that.
Molly Ringwald Then
Back in the 80s this girl was the queen bee of television, men wanted to date her and girls wanted to be her. So, we were especially intrigued to see what the Sixteen Candle’s star is up to today.
Molly Ringwald Now
She has gone off the scene recently, but we are assured that she is just enjoying life and reaping the rewards of her early career.
Tracey Gold Then
This stunner starred on “Growing Pains” until 1992. As a constant figure in the TV series, many people remember her for this role.
Tracey Gold Now
Since “Growing Pains” she has gone on to explore other acting roles however, none have quite given her the same level of exposure as she received in her child star days.
Jenny Lewis Then
This cutie made her acting debut in 1985 at age 9. She was cast alongside Lucille Ball in the short-lived sitcom “Life with Lucy.”
Jenny Lewis Now
She tried to kick off a music career during the 90s and is pushing for music success even today, but nothing will quite match the success of her early years.
Soleil Moon Frye Then
Frye won the title role in “Punky Brewster” and quickly became one of the most beloved child stars of the ’80s.
Soleil Moon Frye Now
Nowadays, she continues to act and has done throughout her life. As you can see, she has grown up even prettier than we could have imagined.
Jeff Cohen Then
Jeff was of course Chunk in the iconic film “The Goonies”. He took on the role at just 9 years old and got a name for himself as the creator of the Truffle Shuffle.
Jeff Cohen Now
Now he looks practically unrecognisable. Today, he would seriously struggle to do an effective shuffle.
Danica McKellar Then
This brunette beauty started acting at the age of 10 and quickly secured her first big break as the role of Fred Savage’s on-screen love Winnie Cooper in “The Wonder Years” in 1988.
Danica McKellar Now
Now she is a fitness fanatic and looks incredible. She might not be in the limelight as much as she’d like, but she is still definitely on the paparazzi’s radar, which is a definite sign she’s still got it.