Child actors who grew up into stars

Published On: Jul 24 2011 11:42:08 PM PDT   Updated On: Feb 16 2015 11:00:00 PM PST

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 Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is celebrating his 34th birthday on Tuesday.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt began his acting career at the age of 6, but it was the role of Tommy Solomon, an alien in a teenage boy's body, on the sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun," that won him his first taste of fame.

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