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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After a break from acting to attend Columbia University, Gordon-Levitt returned in 2001, focusing on indie films like "Manic," "Brick" and "Stop-Loss." He's seen his fame increase with roles in films like "Inception," "(500) Days of Summer," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Looper."

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