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The Case of the Disappearing Teen Actor

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | August 19, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | August 19, 2010 |

There are countless cases of child stars who go bad. There are yet other cases of child stars who go on to successful entertainment careers. This is neither of those. These are ten former teen and child actors who returned to normal civilian life only to be recognized occasionally at Starbucks and mentioned occasionally on a site like this.

(See Also The Case of the Disappearing Actor and The Case of the Disappearing Actress)

Mayim Bialik: Signature Role: Blossom in “Blossom.”

Where Is She Now? Doctorate in Neuroscience. Married. 2 children. Lives in L.A.

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Ilan Mitchell-Smith: Signature Role: Wyatt in Weird Science

Where Is He Now? Doctorate in medieval studies. Married. Assistant Professor of English at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.


Josh Saviano: Signature Role: Paul Ffieffer in “The Wonder Years”

Where Is He Now? Attended Yale Undergrad. Fordham law school. Married. One Child. Corporate attorney in New York City.

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Andrea Elson: Signature Role: Lynn Tanner in “Alf”

Where Is She Now? Married. One child. Lives in L.A..

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Michael Fishman : Signature Role: D.J. Tanner in “Roseanne”

Where Is He Now? Married. Two children. Coaches high school baseball.


Maia Brewton: Signature Role: Sara Anderson in Adventures of Babysitting

Where Is She Now? Married. Has one child with her wife.

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Amanda Peterson:Signature Role: Cindy Mancini in Can’t Buy Me Love.

Where Is She Now? Married with children. Lives in Northern California.


Lisa Whelchel: Signature Role: Blair in “The Facts of Life”

Where Is She Now? Married. Home schools her three children. Works with her husband, who is an associate pastor in the Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California


Michael Schoeffling: Signature Role: Jake Ryan in Sixteen Candles

Where Is He Now? Lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania and runs a successful business building fine hand-crafted furniture.


Deborah Foreman: Signature Role: Julies Richman in Valley Girl and Susan Decker in Real Genius.

Where Is She Now? Former graphic artist. Sells her own hand-painted furniture. Teaches pilates out in California.

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