1990s: These child movie stars disappeared from circulation

From Jake Lloyd to Ariana Richards, Heather Langenkamp and Phoebe Cates, focus on eight ’90s child stars who disappeared (or nearly disappeared) from the radar.

They were successful at a very young age, and then disappeared from circulation, either by choice or simply because fate did not choose to accompany them further on their way to filming. From Jake Lloyd, Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, to Ariana Richards, the little girl from Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, through Heather Langenkamp and Phoebe Cates respectively fighting Freddy and Gremlins, the focus is on eight 90 child stars ‘s, whose career in front of the camera quickly came to an end.

Mara Wilson (Madame Doubtfire)


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Revealed in the 1993 comedy Madame Doubtfire, in which she plays Natalie Hillard, the daughter of the character played by Robin Williams, American Mara Wilson had a brilliant career as a star as a child. We see her in the credits of family productions of Miracle on 34th Street, Fairy Wars and Matilda. With this latest film, we imagine her career has begun and yet Mara Wilson decides to quit everything in the early 2000s without feeling creatively free enough. She became a writer with her autobiography, Where Am I Now?, published in 2016: True Stories of Childhood and Accidental Fame.

Ariana Richards (Jurassic Park)


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Ariana Richards started her career as a child as a star very strong, the little girl played in front of the camera Steven Spielberg in Jurassic Park and The Lost World, cult blockbusters in which she plays Lex Murphy, the granddaughter John Hammond. But the young American woman will completely disappear from circulation after the film Tremors 3, which was released in 2001. in Impressionist painting.

Heather Langenkamp (Claws of the Night)


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Horror movie fans will inevitably remember her frightened face when she fought the dreaded Freddy Krueger in night claws. If she hasn’t completely given up on her acting career (we saw her again in Freddy’s Night and Star Trek: Into Darkness), Heather Langenkamp still largely left aside the trays. But Hollywood is never far off for the American since she opened AFX Studiosspecial effects and makeup company.

Jimmy Workman (The Addams Family)


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Revealed in the early 90s in the comedy The Addams Family, in which he plays the son of Pugsley, American Jimmy Workman did not see his career take off. He found his dark comedy role in Addams Family Values, appeared in For Worse and For Better, and that’s about it… .

Jake Lloyd (Star Wars)


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When in 1999 Jake Lloydgiving an answer to Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Toy Race, embodies Anakin Skywalker in the Toy Race. Star Wars – The Phantom Menace, there is little doubt that the little boy has everything to become a star. However, the young American lives very badly with a celebrity who makes his life hell and quickly disappears from the set. In 2020, his mother reports that Jake, now 33, paranoid schizophrenia.

Phoebe Cates (Gremlins)


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Nostalgic for the 80s will definitely remember Phoebe Catesrevealed in “It’s Hot at Ridgemont High School” and most importantly a fantastic comedy gremlins. She will return to her role Keith Behringer in Gremlins 2 would then appear on screen very sporadically until 2001 and The Anniversary Party. Since then, nothing … American, married to actor Kevin Kline since 1989, said “stop” to the profession, opening in New York Blue Tree Shopspecializing in the sale of jewelry and clothing.

Charlie Korsmo (Hook)


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In 1991, the path to success seemed obvious to young Charlie Korsmo. He is truly chosen to answer Robin Williams on hook Steven Spielberg, a family production in which he is captured by the dreaded Captain Hook. However, the artistic career of the young American will not go beyond 1998 with a role in the feature film The Big Party. Charlie Korsmo will completely change the environment by becoming a lawyer.

Lisa Yacoub (Independence Day)


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With their roles in comedy Mrs. Doubtfire (whereas Mara Wilsonalso in this list she plays one of the daughters Robin Williams) and the sci-fi blockbuster Independence Day (in which she plays the daughter of Randy Quaid), many would argue that young Lisa Yacoub is on her way to a successful film career. This will not happen, the young American has completely disappeared from the radar since 2000. Lisa Yacoub no longer showed interest in comedy and became a blogger, writer, and yoga teacher.

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