Happy Days with Ron Howard

11 Top Child Stars Who Transitioned From TV To The A-List

When we look back over the last 30 years of performers some of the current most well-known A-list actors didn’t get their start because of a big break in a blockbuster film. Instead the likes of Justin Timblerlake, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, Leonardo DiCaprio, and many others got their start on television.

While Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club was by far the biggest creator of talent from the 1970s through the 1990s, other shows also helped launch the careers of A-List actors. Remember Leonardo DiCaprio on Growing Pains? How about Ron Howard on The Andy Griffith Show.

Growing up in the public eye is not an easy thing to do as many young performers end up having serious emotional problems. Just take a look at Lindsey Lohan who is in the headlines frequently for her run-ins with the law or Demi Lovato who spent some time in rehab recently due to personal issues. Then there is Miley Cyrus who is in tabloid headlines repeatedly lately due to her wild party ways and her relationship troubles with fiance Liam Hemsworth.

While problems most often plague child actors whose stars burn out before their prime, some are able to move on and succeed at their craft.

The following is a list of the top 11 child stars who successfully transitioned from TV to the A-List. From sappy TV shows (Mickey Mouse Club, Degrassi: The Next Generation), to hit series (Growing Pains, The Andy Griffith show), these celebrities rose above their childhood fame and have reached a level of international fame known as the A-List.

Drake (Degrassi: The Next Generation)

Drake in Degrassi