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Our Favorite Child Actors - Then and Now

Updated on March 20, 2014

1. Noah Hathaway - Atreyu, The Neverending Story

Oh, Atreyu. To this day, I still swoon whenever I see that dreamy face and gorgeous hair. My crush on Noah Hathaway started around the age of 7, as I watched The Neverending Story over and over. Where's Noah now?

Noah Hathaway as Atreyu

Noah Hathaway in 2012

Noah is now 42 (already?!?) and has become an accomplished dancer and martial artist since his NES days. But lucky for us, 2012 and 2013 have produced a few movies with Mr. Hathaway in the cast. He has an official site, but at this time of this posting it is under construction. Still looking dreamy, Noah!

2. Travis Tedford - Spanky, The Little Rascals

This little guy stole all our hearts as the adorable yet mischievous Spanky McFarland. His on-screen antics make this movie an all time favorite. Can you guess what he's doing these days?

Travis Tedford as Spanky McFarland

Travis is still as hilarious as ever, but is not currently in the acting scene. He now lives in Texas and works for a credit union but still delights fans with his humorous posts on his Facebook page.

Travis Tedford Now

3. Sofia Vassilieva - Eloise, Eloise at the Plaza

I think every child could relate to headstrong Eloise. This girl knew what she wanted and she let nothing stand in her way, even the rules! I still love watching these movies with daughter, I think there is a little Eloise in all of us! Where is she now?

Sofia as Eloise

Little Sofia is 21 now! She hasn't disappeared from the screen either. You might remember her as sweet cancer patient Kate Fitzgerald inMy Sister's Keeper. She has also had recurring roles on the TV shows Medium and Law and Order: SVU. Check out her official website.

Sofia Now

Anna Chlumsky as Vada

4. Anna Chlumsky - Vada Sultenfuss, My Girl

Vada was a sweet, emotional girl who related with us that growing up can be pretty tough. After My Girl 2, I didn't see Anna around much. What happened to her?

Anna is now 33 and still looking cute! She left acting in 1999 to pursue her education but reappeared in 2005 with a slew of small roles and guest appearances until she landed the starring role of Amy Brookheimer in the series, Veep. You can follow Anna on her official Twitter page.

Anna Chlumsky Now

5. Tom Guiry - Scotty Smalls, The Sandlot

We all remember Scotty and that weird hat with the over-sized brim. Is he still rocking that lid?

Tom Guiry as Scotty Smalls

Tom may not have the hat, but he's still maintains a career on screen, with roles in both film and series. He had a scuffle with an officer in 2013 that led to his arrest, proving that these days, baseball is the least of his worries!

Tom Guiry Now

Mara Wilson as Matilda

6. Mara Wilson - Matilda, Matilda

Mara wasn't just great in Matilda, we loved her in Mrs. Doubtfire and Miracle on 34th Street as well. If anyone had a great presence on screen, it was her! She charmed us over and over again, where did she end up?

Mara, now 26, currently has quit film acting in favor of a writing career. To check it out, visit her website.

Mara Wilson Now

7. Jaleel White - Steve Urkel, Family Matters

Steve Urkel was probably the most lovable nerd in history. Super sweet and super smart, we all wished Laura would wake up and realize she had an amazing guy devoted to her! Is he still a sweetie?

Jaleel White as Urkel

Sure is! Jaleel still has a successful career as an actor, director, and producer. Find his official online portfolio here.

Jaleel White Now

Danica as Winnie Cooper

8. Danica McKellar - Winnie, The Wonder Years

I think every boy my age had a crush on Winnie Cooper. Is she still the babe she was then?

Even more of a babe! Danica not only continues acting, but she has written four books encouraging girls to love mathematics.

Danica McKellar Now

9. Ralph Macchio - Daniel, The Karate Kid

Daniel's crane kick was legendary...when we were kids at least. Is he still kicking butt?

Ralph Macchio as Daniel

In fact, he is! Ralph is still appearing in many different medias, he even did an episode of Robot Chicken!

Ralph Macchio Now

Live Action Disney!

With the new Maleficent movie on its way to theaters, which classic Disney flick do you think should be the next live action film?

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There are many more great child actors I'm sure I've missed, feel free to post names in the comments, they might end up in a Then and Now, part 2!


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    • NateB11 profile image

      Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

      Some of my favorites from way back. Great list, very fun and interesting.

    • BernietheMovieGuy profile image

      Bernie Ment 4 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      Interesting hub. I remember Hathaway from his appearances on Battlestar Galactica as Boxey, the orphaned child adopted by Richard Hatch's character Apollo. Danica McKellar guest starred on a number of TV shows since The Wonder Years, including Babylon 5 and NCIS which rank among my favorite shows. Voted up and following you.