The former star of The Wonder Years and The Princess Bride has now moved behind the camera as a director and producer. His directing credits include episodes of Modern Family, 2 Broke Girls, Phil of the Future (which he also produced), It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (also a producer), Boy Meets World and dozens more. And when he directs an actor to do something, they probably more often than not respond with, "As you wish."
In the '80s, he was Short Round in Indiana Jones and Data in The Goonies. Doing all those action sequences wound up having a huge impact on his career, as he later worked as a stunt coordinator on X-Men and The One. He's also dabbled in editing and cinematography, but hopefully he'll make his return in front of the camera in the upcoming Goonies sequel.
You know her as the title character in Matilda and as Nattie in Mrs. Doubtfire. These days she's a writer, including penning the off-Broadway play Sheeple. Wilson's writing career is just taking off ”” she's been signed to Penguin Books and her first book, (K) for Kid, will come out in 2016.
She starred as quirky teen Blossom on the show of the same name, and currently plays neuroscientist Amy on The Big Bang Theory. In between these acting jobs, Bialik became an actual neuroscientist in real life, getting her Ph.D. in 2007. She's so smart that she's fully aware that "opinionation" isn't a real word.
No, Paul from The Wonder Years did not grow up to become Marilyn Manson. Instead, he went to law school and became a partner at the firm Morrison Cohen LLP. So these days he's a star in the courtroom, not a star in The Dope Show.
In the 1930s, she was the number one box office star in America from age 7-10, including the film Bright Eyes featuring her signature song "On the Good Ship Lollipop." When she reached her teen years, her acting career went on the decline...so naturally, she went into politics. She was named a representative to the United Nations by President Nixon, an ambassador to Ghana by President Ford and an ambassador to Czechoslovakia by President Bush Sr. So she did a lot of traveling abroad, but probably not while riding on lollipop ships.
He was Opie on The Andy Griffith Show and Richie on Happy Days, but he managed to work his way behind the camera...as the narrator on Arrested Development. Oh, and he also directed the occasional movie here and there, like Splash, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code...basically one massive hit film every 1-3 years. Maybe he's as cool as The Fonz after all.
The Olsen Twins began their acting career on Full House when they were just nine months old. Most nine-month-olds can't hold down a job, but Mary-Kate and Ashley managed to maintain their acting career for a very longtime. But nine months is also a little early to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life, which may explain why they eventually moved into careers as fashion designers. Earlier this year, they were named Womenswear Designer of the Year for their brand The Row. So when it comes to fashion, they got it, dude.
As a kid, Jenny Lewis starred with Fred Savage in The Wizard and Shelly Long in Troop Beverly Hills, and was a regular on the acclaimed but short-lived 1991-93 sitcom Brooklyn Bridge. But indie rock fans know her as the former lead singer of Rilo Kiley who now has a successful solo career. Which proves that life after being a child actor can have a Silver Lining.
He's not just the kid from A Christmas Story. Peter Billingsley (who also goes by the name Peter Michaelsen) has become a successful producer and director, especially working with Vince Vaughn and John Favreau. He was a producer on films like Elf, The Break Up, Four Christmases and he directed Couples Retreat. And if there's an issue on the set, hopefully he still says "Oh, fudge."
He was Charlie Bucket in the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at age 12. After filming ended, Ostrum was offered a three-film contract, but turned it down. Instead, he took an interest in the family's newly-acquired horse, which eventually led him to a career as a veterinarian. Which is a lot of work, especially if he's still running that chocolate factory.
He's no longer Chunk from The Goonies, but he is making a chunk of money as an entertainment lawyer at his own firm, Cohen & Gardner LLP. We've never seen him in court, but we hope it goes something like this:
Cohen: Instead of a closing argument, I will instead do the Truffle Shuffle.
She's best known as Winnie from The Wonder Years, and still maintains an acting career...when she's not too busy as a mathematician and author. She's written four books encouraging adolescent girls to be confident in their math skills. Her first book, Math Doesn't Suck, was a New York Times bestseller.