I know that every parent thinks they have the cutest kids on the planet, and I am no exception, my kids are the cutest! Sometimes I wonder if I am seeing them from a parent’s eye instead of seeing them objectively for how they truly are, but the answer is the same; they are definitely cute. My oldest son (step-son) is 12 year older than my oldest daughter and he constantly begs his dad and me to enter her in contests. “She could be in the Huggies commercials!” is something I hear all the time from him in regards to his much loved sister. And my response every time, is that even if she managed to be cast for a commercial or TV show, I wouldn’t allow her to follow through with the job.
I am a firm believer that TV can ruin a child. It steals away their childhood and can ruin them before they have a chance to become adults. Every once in a while you can find someone who can handle the stress of fame well. But more often than not, you hear of child actors going off the deep end when they grow up and it is just heartbreaking. I often wonder what kind of person they could be if they were never famous. If their parents had said no when they had their first opportunity to get into show business. What kind of girl would Miley Cyrus be if she was never Hannah Montana? Or what would Lindsay Lohan be up to if she never got into acting? We will never know the answer to those questions. And then there are those child actors that just fell out of the spotlight and it’s terrible to later find out that they died when they still had so much living to do. It’s terrible when they die of natural causes or when someone took their life, but even worse when the stress of fame or the easy access to illegal drugs takes their lives before their time. Here are 30 child actors that you may have wondered where they have gone. Sadly they are no longer living.
1. Bridgette Andersen – Best known for: Savannah Smiles – Died in 1997 when she was 21 years old from a drug overdose.
2. Gary Coleman – Best known for: Different Stokes and for saying “What you talkin’ about Willis?” – Died in 2010 at the age of 42 from a brain hemorrhage.
3. Judith Barsi – Best known for: Jaws the Revenge and the voice of ‘Ducky’ in The Land Before Time – Died in 1988 at the age of ten. She was murdered by her father who also killed her mother before killing himself.
4. Lee Thompson Young – Best Known For: Disney Actor in The Famous Jett Jackson (playing Jett) and as ‘Chris Comer’ in Friday Night Lights – Committed suicide in 2013 at the age of 29.
5. Heather O’Rourke – Best Known For: The Poltergeist movies playing ‘Carol Anne’ – She died in 1988 at the age of 12 when she went into cardiac arrest on the operating table after suffering flu-like symptoms as a result of her congenital intestinal stenosis while filming Poltergeist III.
6. Brad Renfro – Best Known For: The Client – Died in 2008 at the age of 25 from an accidental heroin overdose.
7. Carl Switzer – Best Known For: Roll as ‘Alfalfa’ in Our Gang – Died in 1959 at the age of 31 when he was shot in the groin. He was shot while assaulting a man and demanding the man return the reward money Switzer gave him for returning Switzer’s dog.
8. Dana Plato – Best Known For: Roll as ‘Kimberly Drummond’ on the TV show Different Strokes – Died in 1999 at the age of 35 after taking fatal doses of Lortab and Valium.
9. Jonathan Brandis – Best Known For: playing ‘Lucas Wolenczak’ in Steven Spielberg’s series seaQuest DSV as well as his Roll in Ladybugs – Jonathan died in 2003 at the age of 27 after attempting to commit suicide by hanging. He was taken to the nearby hospital and later died from his injuries. His friends say he was depressed because his career was declining and his comeback roll was cut from the film.
10. Anissa Jones – Best Known For: Roll as ‘Buffy’ on the TV series Family Affair – Anissa died in 1976 at the age of 18 when she inherited $70,000 dollars and turned to drugs. She died of an overdose of barbiturates, phencyclidine, and cocaine.
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