Child actors who grew up into stars

Published On: Jul 24 2011 11:42:08 PM PDT   Updated On: Jul 23 2014 11:00:00 PM PDT

While the child stars whose careers fade seem to get most of the press, plenty of young actors have managed to stay successful into adulthood, including Anna Paquin, who is celebrating her 32nd birthday on Thursday.

child stars - Ron Howard today
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Howard left "Happy Days" in 1980 to focus on directing and never looked back. Today, he's known as the director of such movies as "Splash," "Apollo 13," "A Beautiful Mind" and "Frost/Nixon."

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