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10 Child Stars Who Grew Up Just Fine


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Sean Astin
Sean Astin was all smiles at the 2013 Toronto ComiCon.  © Ernesto Di Stefano Photography/Getty Images
Sean Astin was all smiles at the 2013 Toronto ComiCon. © Ernesto Di Stefano Photography/Getty Images

As an adult we know Sean Astin as a hobbit, actor and director, but before he even hit puberty he landed his first acting gig. And then, of course, there was the role that made him famous: Once a Goonie, always a Goonie.

And despite a tumultuous childhood -- in addition to being a child actor, Astin grew up with mom Patty Duke, who battles bipolar disorder and attempted suicide several times while Astin was young -- we've never seen him fall victim to the pitfalls of being a child star.

Today Astin continues to work in Hollywood; he also has a family of his own and actively volunteers -- he's an advocate for animal rights and mental health, as well as family literacy.