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.

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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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