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10 Child Stars Who Grew Up Just Fine


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Wil Wheaton
Wil Wheaton appearing at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2013. © Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images
Wil Wheaton appearing at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2013. © Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

At the age of 7, Wil Wheaton -- Richard William Wheaton III -- got his first commercial, but he really broke out at 12 when he played Gordie Lachance in Rob Reiner's "Stand By Me" (with a famously messed-up Corey and River Phoenix, who died of a drug overdose in his early 20s). A five-year run as teenage Starfleet officer Ensign Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" followed. In 2005, VH1 ranked him #62 on their list of the Greatest 100 Kid Stars. But unlike many other on-screen kids, not only does Wheaton continue to work -- and blog and game -- in his adulthood, but he has done so without public scandal or any trips to rehab to "rest."