16 Child Stars Who Found Fame Too Much To Handle

Life in the spotlight can be a harrowing experience for many. For children that essentially grow up in the public eye it can be particularly difficult. The child actors on this list were all adorable, charming stars with bright futures. For whatever reasons, predominantly drugs sadly, they have fallen on hard times and Father Time has not been too kind.


1. Dustin Diamond.


He played Screech in the television show Saved by the Bell. Whilst he is not ugly, that goofy, lovable boyish charm that made him so popular has vanished. If his countless appearances on reality television shows are anything to go by, he does not seem to be the most savory character. In June this year he was sentenced to four months in prison after he was caught in possession of a switchblade knife after an altercation in a bar in Wisconsin.

2. Danny Bonaduce.

He starred as the cute young Danny in The Partridge Family, but heavy drug and alcohol abuse took its toll. In his late teens and early twenties, Bonaduce was even homeless. He has thankfully managed to get his act together and tries to help others avoid the troubles he experienced.

3. Todd Bridges.

Todd Bridges rose to prominence as the older brother Willis in Diff’rent Strokes. When he was starring as Willis, Bridges was a handsome young man with a fantastically full afro. Sadly, in his 20s, Bridges battled a crack cocaine addiction for several years. In 1988, he was arrested and tried for the attempted murder of Kenneth “Tex” Clay, a Los Angeles area drug dealer who, prosecutors argued, had been shot by Bridges. He was acquitted of all charges. Bridges has been able to turn things around and regularly appears on TV.