Child stars – we can all likely name more than a few children who have had memorable roles over the years. Some continue to make it big while others have fallen by the wayside. Making it big at such a young age can take a toll on younger actors. Drugs, stress and bad relationships are all pitfalls of the trade. As these examples show, that handsome or cute kid we all knew from years ago doesn’t always age well and leaves the fans wondering what on earth went wrong.
The most successful child star of the early 1990s, Macaulay Culkin owned the big screen from 1990 to 1994. The uncle buck and home alone star could do no wrong. However, as he got older, Culkin’s charming-boy image faded and the acting gigs started drying up. Drug and relationship problems took their toll in the early 2000s and today the child star looks nothing like the little boy who fooled Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern back in 1990.