The Hollywood film industry gives birth to many stars, large and small, many of them were kids at the time of their fame but have seen the fame eroded over time. Here is a list of seven such lost child stars.

Giorgio Cantarini

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Two Academy Award winning movies, ‘Life is Beautiful’ and ‘Gladiator’, were in this child stars portfolio. But after that he was not seen in any more hit movies. He did appear in some smaller Italian movies though.

Freddie Highmore

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The childhood success for Freddie was seen in ‘Finding Neverland’ in 2004, but that was about it for him on the movie side of things. He later concentrated on voice acting but ten years later made an comeback in ‘Bates Motel’ by A&E.

Liesel Matthews

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Seems this youngster was not born to earn money as an actress. After her appearance in ‘Air Force One’ and ‘The Little Princess’ Liesel left Hollywood for good. But don’t be too downhearted, she was lucky enough to have a rich family to fall back on.


Jeff Cohen

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After ‘The Goonies’ in 1985 he shaped up and became a lawyer with his own agency ‘Cohen and Gardener’ in Los Angeles.

Amber Scott

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Amber played the role of the daughter Robin Williams character in ‘Hook’ in 1991. But later she was to be seen no more on the big screen.

Amy O’Neill

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After her success in ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’, Amy was asked to do a  few more risque projects. She left the industry and in early 2000s, Amy joined the ‘Girls on Stilts’ circus act.

Michael Oliver

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In 1990, ‘The Problem Child’ brought fame for Michael Oliver. But his mother started claiming for an exorbitant pay rise for his handyword and as a result, Oliver only acted in ‘Dillinger and Capone’, his last film.

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