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14 Cute Child Stars Who Grew Up To Be Ugly

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 13

Aging is part of the process of getting old, but unfortunately some cute child stars have grown up to be so not cute. Here are the 14 cutest child stars that grew up to be among the not so pretty crowd.

Dana Plato

Dana Plato

Dana Plato played Kimberly Drummond on the show Diff’rent Strokes. She was a cute teen on the show; however her drug and alcohol problems began during this stage of her life. She actually became pregnant while starring on Diff’rent Strokes so they laid her off for a season. She went on to play in many cheesy B grade movies. In 1999 she overdosed on drugs and died. She was only 34 years old when she died. She could have grown up to be beautiful, but drugs ravished her body. Dana Plato played her role on Diff’rent Strokes with Gary Coleman, who also makes the list of the 14 cute child stars who grew up to look unattractive.


Taran Noah Smith

Taran Noah Smith

Taran is famous for his role as “Mark” on the sitcom Home Improvement. Mark was the youngest child. He was for the most part the best behaved of the 3 characters on the show. Taran has since grown up, and probably will not be doing any modeling for Calvin Klein underwear. After the show ended Taran Noah Smith decided that he did not want to do acting anymore.


Judy Garland

Judy Garland

Judy Garland is best known for her starring role on the Wizard of Oz movie. She was very cute child, a cute teen, and even a pretty young adult. When she began to age something went horrendously wrong with her gene pool. She was super hot as an adult, but when she hit her senior citizen bingo playing years her drug use took a drastic toll and stole any remaining physical beauty she had left.


Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Ron Howard is famous for playing Opie on the Andy Griffith Show as well as playing the role of Richie Cunningham on the television show “Happy Days”. He was a cute kid and a very handsome teenager. Maybe he is not ugly per se, but he definitely has not been the most graceful ager. I think he should simply shave his head bald and he would be good to go. I hate his hair style. Donald Trump has a better hair style then Ron Howard.


Danny Bondaduce

danny bonaduce

Danny Bondaduce was a world famous star on the “Partridge Family”. Danny had girls swooning over him from all around the world. He was like Justin Bieber times 1,000. He definitely is no longer that beautiful child. Danny has since grown up and now looks like an outlaw biker who has been in prison.


Robert MacNaughton

Robert MacNaughton

Robert MacNaughton is famous for playing the role of Elliot’s Brother in the movie E.T. That is all he is famous for. He gave up acting and works for the U.S. Postal Service[2475]


Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment was the quintessential male child movie actor of the 1990’s. He starred in numerous movies including “The Sixth Sense” and “Pay It Forward”. He even had the role of Forest Gump’s Son in the movie Forest Gump. Although he is no longer that cute child actor, he does look better than many other of the child actors when they have grown up. He may not be ugly, but looking “average” has got to be hard on someone who was once so cute. He cannot even blame drugs for his looks, just his DNA gene pool.


Steven Anthony Lawrence

Steven Anthony Lawrence

Steven Anthony Lawrence has played in numerous television shows and movies. As a child actor he was most well known for playing “Beans” on the television series “Even Stevens”. He is no longer that cute child actor; he now simply looks oddly like a younger version of “Doc” from “Back to the Future”.


Edward Furlong

Edward Furlong

Edward Furlong was an attractive teen who is most well known for his roles in “American History X” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”. When he was a teen he had charm similar to James Dean. Today his looks have the charm of one of the top poisonous spiders in the world. I’m not saying he is ugly…I am simply wondering WTF happened.


Michael Oliver

Michael Oliver

Michael Oliver is famous for playing the role of “Junior” in the movie “Problem Child”. Yeah his character was a butthead, but he was so dang adorable. Today he is as adorable as a dirty diaper. He looks eerily similar to Dylan Klebold who is infamous for the Columbine Shootings.


Alison Arngrim

Alison Arngrim-Nellie Oleson

Alison Arngrim is best known for playing the role of the annoying “Nellie Oleson” on “The Little House on the Prairie. Although people despise the character she played on the show, there is no denying that she was a cute kid. Too bad the cuteness turned into hideousness.


Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman is best known as the cute child actor on the show “Diff’rent Strokes”. His catchphrase was “What'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis?” This cute child actor grew up to be a “Diff’rent Stokes” type of guy. His fortune was gone, his cuteness was gone, and his money was gone. He was forced to work as a security guard, married a girl from Utah, got arrested a few times, and ultimately died. And for everybody that thinks all “little people” are cute, don’t forget about Bushwick Bill from the rap group the Geto Boys.


Macaulay Culkin

Macaulay Culkin

Macaulay Culkin is the cute kid from the hit movie “Home Alone”. Yeah he has played in other movies, but he will always be known as the “Home Alone Kid”. Although he was an extremely cute and talented child actor, his cuteness is definitely gone for good.


Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson(85231)

Michael Jackson was a cute child and a very hot teenager. You could even say Michael Jackson was an actor, because the full-length Thriller music video is basically a movie short. In the early 1980’s the white girls wanted to sleep with him as much as the colored girls did. He had truly broken the color barrier. He was a sexual icon…and then he was diagnosed with Vitilgo. Vitilgo is a disease that causes the skin to whiten. A white Michael Jackson would of looked pretty good to, except that he began some weird plastic surgery operations that obviously did not work out to well for him. At least he was not one of the 7 Famous Crack Smokers.


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Comments

Feb 15, 2012 10:24am
DebDavies
My word, LOL. A couple of them were scary as kids too. I always wanted to pinch Nellie's nose right off her face.
Feb 15, 2012 10:30am
inkedwriter
Thank you for making me feel a little better about how I look...LOL
Feb 15, 2012 1:04pm
JadeDragon
Scary stuff. If you are going to be a famous kid you need to take care of your health and life. Good run down.
Feb 15, 2012 3:33pm
kcallarman
Scary how child stars can change, except for Haley Osment who needs to look older!
Feb 16, 2012 4:44am
JudyE
Wow! (Don't know what else to say!)
Feb 16, 2012 5:01am
vicdillinger
Ron Howard's brother, Clint Howard, is way dorkier looking than adult Opie (Clint was the kid in the Sixties show, "Gentle Ben", about the bear).

Amusing piece.
Feb 16, 2012 5:08am
ZiggyD
You missed Lindsay Lohan! She looks MESSED UP now.

Great write up though, a bit of a cringe session!
Feb 20, 2012 10:45pm
hillloyd
What possessed you to write this? Great stuff, though.
Feb 21, 2012 7:45am
Ernie
I got a whole list of potential article titles that I came up with to try an get a viral article. This one worked well.
Mar 30, 2012 2:30am
Misskate
Well you definitely got this down pat. Lol
May 1, 2012 11:16am
jlchong1999
I haven't seen an article like this one. You surely hit the laughing marks here! On a serioius note - I do feel bad for these actors though.
Dec 9, 2012 8:57pm
redhotchilipeppers
This list is terrible. There's people that need to be taken out and countless others that need to be put in. The first two aren't ugly at all, and Judy Garland NEEDS to be off this list; the only reason she lost her beauty (and this was way later in life) is because of drugs. She was beautiful for most of her life, and yes, most people as they near their senior years lose their luster, drugs used or not.
Sep 9, 2013 5:27pm
ValerieT
Needed to respond to the Judy Garland "senior citizen bingo playing years" remark and the above "senior years" comment. Judy Garland died at FORTY-SEVEN. Tragically she looked far older and died too young, due to the drugs and alcohol already mentioned.
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Bibliography

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