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Child Actors Who Grew Up and Stopped Acting

Jenette McCurdy

McCurdy, who played the goofy Sam, has quit acting. She has shifted her focus to writing and directing.

Amanda Bynes

Bynes has been on an indefinite hiatus since 2010, addressing substance abuse and legal issues. Before the break, she starred in various shows and movies.

Peter Ostrum

If you watched Charlie Bucket in the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, you'd probably wonder where he disappeared. Turns out, he became a veterinarian.

Mara Wilson

She charmed audiences in Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda, and Miracle on 34th Street. Now, you might hear her on podcasts or as a voice on Big Hero 6

Jonathan Taylor Thomas

The Home Improvement star was a teen heartthrob in the '90s. Although making occasional guest appearances, he stepped away from acting to focus on education,

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

The Olsen twins, who rose to fame as Michelle Tanner on Full House, retired from acting. They shifted focus to the fashion world, co-founding luxury brands

Jake Lloyd

The actor who portrayed young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace retired from acting after the film

Omri Katz

The actor known for his role as Max in Hocus Pocus and John Ross Ewing III in Dallas has left acting and now runs a cannabis apparel store.

Angus T. Jones

The Two and a Half Men star, highest-paid child actor in 2010, left the show due to discomfort with adult storylines and now focuses on music.

Shirley Temple

Despite immense popularity, Temple quit acting at 22, transitioned to diplomacy, representing the U.S. at the UN, and received a SAG Life Achievement Award.