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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But all the sitcom-kids-turned-stars owe a debt to little Ronny Howard, who started playing Opie Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" in 1960 as a 6-year-old child.

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