Childhood Crushes Who Have Not Aged Well

Remember That Guy In That Movie...

I first posted this in 2009 and updated it periodically as these celebrities evolve (for better or worse).

My bestie, Claire, recently texted me about our childhood crush, Eddie Furlong. She told me to Google him because he is “not aging well.” I did, and I was quite sad about the results. She was right; life has not been kind to Mr. Furlong, who has been known to dabble in the illegal substances for years now. It got me thinking, how are my other childhood crushes faring? I looked up a few, and the results were mixed. Being the little ray of sunshine that I am, I decided to focus on the negative results. I think this hub should be used in anti-drug campaigns around the world.

Eddie Furlong

I had a huge crush on Eddie Furlong (I’m not calling you Edward!) during his reign in much-delayed sequels like Pet Cemetery II and Terminator 2:  Judgment Day.  He was also hot in the Aerosmith video, “Livin’ on the Edge.”  Alas, his dirty-boy attractiveness did not last. Now he just looks like Kevin Federline.

Then

Eddie Furlong
Eddie Furlong | Source

Now

Edward Furlong
Edward Furlong | Source

The Coreys

I wish I could tell you how many times I watched the 80’s teen classic, License to Drive, but safe to say that it was a ridiculous amount. Personally, I always preferred Corey Haim to Feldman. However, it seems like Feldman may have fared a little better in the later years. They both battled drug addiction and landed themselves on reality TV shows, including “The Two Coreys.” There was nothing more depressing than seeing a former crush of mine at the age of 35, crying about not having a girlfriend. Corey Feldman, on the other hand, is kind of a butthead and looks like Squiggy from Laverne and Shirley (and not in a good way). Oh how the mighty fall.

Unfortunately, Corey Haim passed away on March 10, 2010 from pneumonia, and I was truly heartbroken. 

Corey Feldman is still wandering the streets, frightening young children with his overly-waxed eyebrows.

Then

Corey Feldman & Corey Haim
Corey Feldman & Corey Haim | Source

Circa 2007

The Coreys
The Coreys | Source

Devon Sawa

In discussing this topic with my friends, a name that popped up more than once was Devon Sawa. Then, each of my friends went into a nostalgic coma-like state and started babbling about the kissing scene from Casper. I, on the other hand, found him rather attractive in Now and Then. In researching him for this hub, I stumbled upon a story about him being arrested for beating his girlfriend. Not a classy move, man. He also (as rumors have it) battled a nasty alcohol and drug addiction in the early 2000s, but has allegedly turned his life around.

On a happy note, Devon Sawa starred on the CW show, "Nikita" for several seasons--a glimmer of hope for my inner 12-year old.

Then

Devon Sawa
Devon Sawa | Source

Now

Devon Sawa
Devon Sawa | Source

Joey Lawrence

I don’t think I ever truly fell for the adorably dumb Joey-from-Blossom-Whoa act. However, I remember jammin’ out to his song, “Nothin’ My Love Can’t Fix.” There were plenty of teenage girls swooning for his shirtless-but-wearing-a-jacket look.

Now, however, there’s something more than a little off about his wide array of v-neck t-shirts and his over manscaped eyebrows. Quite frankly, he frightens me. With a successful run on Dancing With The Stars and Melissa & Joey (a sitcom with fellow '90s teen idol Melissa Joan Hart), I guess the joke is on me!

Then

Joey Lawrence
Joey Lawrence | Source

I Couldn't Resist

Now--Nice Man Cleavage

Joey Lawrence
Joey Lawrence | Source

Kirk Cameron

I love Mike Seaver—and I mean LOVE.  In fact, I still get a little pink in the cheeks when I watch old episodes of Growing Pains.  While he’s still good looking, Kirk Cameron is unattractive because he’s completely off the reservation.  It’s really great to love God and to practice whatever religion you choose, but he goes a bit overboard.  His rants about atheists taking over universities and how science is all bunk are just too much.  There was a great quote from David Wild from Rolling Stone magazine that said, "Unfortunately, the Artist Formerly Known as Mike Seaver seems like a really nice guy who's evolved into a willfully ignorant idiot."  Love it.

Then

Kirk Cameron
Kirk Cameron | Source

Now

Kirk Cameron
Kirk Cameron | Source

One Crush Who Is Still Hot

One who turned out just right....

Christian Slater

He’s still sultry, and a little dirty. He’s my kind of bad boy—the kind with a job. Total hotness.

Then

Christian Slater Mugshot
Christian Slater Mugshot | Source

Now--Still Dreamy

Christian Slater
Christian Slater | Source

Which of These Celebs Has Fared The Best?

  • Eddie Furlong
  • Devon Sawa
  • Kirk Cameron
  • Corey Feldman
  • Joey Lawrence
  • Christian Slater
  • None--They Are All Hot Messes
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Comments 40 comments

Catherine Fagan 6 years ago

I have no idea who Devon Sawa is, but he doesn't look like he's aged badly. Not all people keep their baby-fat cheeks like you have, and that doesn't mean they look like they've just escaped from Skid Row.

Christian Slater: we'll see how long "the forgotten" lasts...


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sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

Now I don't think Joey and Christian have aged that badly.


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Megavitamin 6 years ago Author

Cathy--Christian Slater has movies in the pipeline. He's been a working actor for over 20 years. That's hot.

Sabreblade--I really don't like Joey's style now. He doesn't look old or coked out, but those v-neck shirts are too much for me. Thanks for stopping by!


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sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

LOL..okay...I gotta agree on the V-necks!


tyna 6 years ago

In all fairness, Joey is almost wearing the same outfit in his now picture as he was in his then picture... just a little extra fabric. Is a v-neck shirt/blazer combo really that much worse than the no-shirt/leather jacket one-two punch?


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Megavitamin 6 years ago Author

Well Tyna, you may not have noticed, but what was hot attire in the 90's looks ridiculous in retrospect. Also, a grown man shouldn't dress the same way he did when he was a teenager (or playing one on TV). So yes, he looks like a clown to me now.


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Megavitamin 6 years ago Author

May I also make note that Joey Lawrence looked quite good in the TV series, "American Dreams". It's just when he's left to his own fashion devices, he travels down an extreme path of manscaping and barechested-ness that I just can't get behind :0)


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gramon1 6 years ago from Miami

Megavitamin, It is interesting to see how people age. I just found my old friends from high school and college through Facebook. I am 54, so there was a lot of aging. It has been fascinating how differently people age.

Nice blog! Thanks.


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Megavitamin 6 years ago Author

Thanks for stopping by, gramon1!


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Christian Slater will always rule! He has come a long way since that Sean Connery film "The name of the Rose". Eddie Furlong used to date another crush, a crush of mine - Jolene Blalock. I wrote a humorous hub on her, if anyone is interested. But she is married now. Still looks great though!


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Megavitamin 6 years ago Author

Cheeky Girl-I'm a fan of anyone who appreciates Christian Slater! I'll have to check out your Jolene Blalock hub. Thanks!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

The way in which the two Corey's have linked their careers after so long is curious and a little odd, but hey, who am I to judge? Too much too soon for too many young folks. Christian Slater was a guest host on Regis and Kelli, so I guess he learned to grow older a bit more gracefully.

Thanks for the post.


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Megavitamin 6 years ago Author

Mike-yeah, the Coreys have some serious dependency issues with each other. Christian Slater has been making movies consistantly for the past 25 years or so (not all of them great, but hey it's a job!) which is more than most other actors can say. Thanks for stopping by!


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Awesome Hub. Very cool. I liked the comparison and the people you chose for it. :D


AlanAldaFan1990 6 years ago

This was very interesting to read, thank you!


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Megavitamin 6 years ago Author

Cagsil and AlanAldaFan--thanks for checking in! Glad you liked the list :0)


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film critic 6 years ago

Ha ha... Pretty funny. Christian Slater had some rough times between then and now. Maybe some of the others will come around as well. On the flip side, Winnie Cooper was the childhood star of young males dreams.


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Megavitamin 6 years ago Author

film critic--thanks for the comment! I hope my former loves clean up their acts and be as amazing and wonderful as Christian Slater :0) Winner Cooper was definitely my idol with her gorgeous hair, plus she shared her first kiss with Kevin Arnold! Amazing. She's grown up quite well--a beautiful genius. What's not to love?


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

This is a great hub. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Some further than others. Thanks, kind of, for the update on some of my own teen crushes. Dang it.

Namaste.


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Megavitamin 5 years ago Author

Thanks Deborah! Sometimes it's just better to imagine that they're still hot instead of the drugged-out messes that they really are. Oh well, thanks for stopping by!


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Canklefish 5 years ago from East Coast

Devon Sawa's rockin' the Jeremy Renner look... minus the talent, of course.

'Voted up' this fun little Hub.


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Megavitamin 5 years ago Author

Thanks Canklefish! Devon Sawa appears to be trying to get himself together--he's been guest starring on Nikita. My inner 13-year old hopes he gets his crap together.


Susi-Q 5 years ago

I love love loved Devon Sawa when I was young but his nose is so wide now! Oh dear... However he looks better now than he did a few years ago and I have to say, even though I didn't find him good-looking anymore he was super hot in certain scenes in Slackers (the pool scene and the tennis court scene... Oh my goodness!) Seems like all that kissing practice in movies when he was a teenager worked out for him.

Some sad ones missing from this list are Brad Renfro and Jonathan Brandis. Loved them both but sadly Brad died due to the drugs and Jonathan committed suicide. :(

On the positive side, Leo is still on the A-List as an actor, although I don't think he is even remotely attractive anymore.


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Megavitamin 5 years ago Author

Susi-Q, I agree with what you said about Devan Sawa (I thought I was the only one who saw Slackers!). I definitely had huge crushes on Brad Renfro and Jonathan Brandis, but did not add them to the list because of what happened to them. So sad!

Thanks for your comments!


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NateSean 5 years ago from Salem, MA

I don't know. Christian Slater doesn't look all that different and if anything he's fleshed out a bit. Joey Lawrence doesn't look all that bad either. I think it's great that he's not in the media much these days.

And not to get personal, but Corey Haim probably looks a lot worse since he's, well, dead. I know this hub wasn't written that long ago, but it might be worth it to update this hub with a mention of the passing.


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Megavitamin 5 years ago Author

Nate, you are correct about Christian Slater. He's still good lookin'! He is my example of how to age without ending up a hot mess.

Thanks for suggesting an update. I actually wrote this back in 2009, and it was time to bring it up to date.

Thanks for stopping by :0)


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

My,my,my...if some of these guys only knew the secret to looking almost as good in the middle years as when younger. Seriously though, its really a matter of genes and taking care of yourself. Enjoyed this hub Megavitamen. Your site looks kewl, so I shall follow!


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Megavitamin 5 years ago Author

Alastar Packer--I think it also helps to stay away from the drugs!

Thanks for the comment and for following :0)


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b4murray 5 years ago from Massachusetts

I also used to think Eddie Furlong was cute... He was great in Terminator.

I was shocked years later when I saw his picture, what a shame.


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Megavitamin 5 years ago Author

b4murray It's so sad when childhood crushes go awry! Thanks for the comment :0)


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amymarie_5 4 years ago from Chicago IL

I had crushes on all of these guys too! I can't believe how hideous they all turned out. How sad! Joey Lawrence looks like he belongs in a wax museum. Kirk Cameron still looks good but his arrogance and bigotry kills it. Taking religion to the extreme is a bit scary and a huge turn off! Oh well, at least Christian Slater still looks great! Rated all ups and shared~


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Megavitamin 4 years ago Author

Thanks, amymarie_5! It's nice to know that I'm not alone in my disappointment. Kirk Cameron gets worse all the time--I want my Mike Seaver back! Ah well, at least I still have my Christian Slater :0)


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etower036 4 years ago from Helana

Joey Lawrence, Devon Sawa and Christian Slater, still looks amazing. I remember watching Blossom with Joey and thinking, he's going to be a big star. I hardly hear about him. Devon Sawa is my favorite cause he has grown up very well and made some good choices. (other then that failed Idol Hands) but when he stared in Final Destination, I was so excited to see him after he had taken a break from acting. Where as Christian, he has always looked good. He was called "the young Jack Nicholson." And even to this day, he still carries that same mystic and air of confidence of a real actor. I loved this hub and look forward to seeing more work from you. I too love writing and found Hubpages the best way to share my ideas and stories as well.


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Megavitamin 4 years ago Author

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, etower036! I love Christian Slater still too. Can't wait to check out your hubs!


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Eddy Furlong turned out to be a total disappointment for me! I liked him in terminator 2!!

Great hub!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Enjoyed this hub. My friend once told me that. She met up with a some of our old glass mates. She emailed me afterwards and said the women looked pretty good but the men had just not aged well. Mine crush was Elvis!!

Voted Up.


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Megavitamin 4 years ago Author

rahul0324--I know, me too! He had so much potential. Ah well. Thanks for stopping by :0)


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Megavitamin 4 years ago Author

moonlake--I've been telling my young nieces in high school that all the hot guys end up bald and fat, so they should be nice to the average looking fellas. Thanks for the comment....Elvis was definitely a hot man :0)


heathercannes 3 years ago

I totally agree with you about Christian Slater ! He did have his share of controversies, though... However, his career span is really commendable... and it makes me so happy, because I never really got over his charm.. :)


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Megavitamin 3 years ago Author

heathercannes--A fellow Christian Slater fan is always welcome here :0) He's got a few pilots for the new tv season floating out there, so hopefully we'll be seeing more of him. Thanks for the comment!

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