To some of us the 90s seem like a long time ago, while others may feel like they just happened yesterday. During the 1990s many of us grew up alongside some of our favorite actors on television. The 90s saw many sitcoms and teenage dramas come to life and of course those shows needed real kids and teenagers to star in them.
The 90s treated us to TGIF and produced some pretty big stars back in the day. Those stars all had choices to make after their original 15 minutes of fame ended, and some of them were able to parlay that success into more. Others were not so fortunate and let fame and fortune get to them.
Whether you made appointment viewing with your TV set every week, or begged your parents for money to go to the movies to see your favorite stars of the 90s, you will certainly feel a bit nostalgic about some of the stars on this list of 90s Child Stars: Where Are They Now?
10. Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Jonathan Taylor Thomas was a teenage heartthrob who starred as Randy Taylor on the ABC TV series Home Improvement during the 90s. He also voiced the role of the lion Simba in the Disney movie The Lion King in 1994. Today JTT is in his 30s and has pretty much stayed away from Hollywood for the most part. He did re-unite with his former TV dad Tim Allen in the television series Last Man Standing for a few episodes, and also directed a pair of episodes of the show. Thomas studied at Harvard and graduated from Columbia University and is a vegetarian.
9. Tia and Tamera Mowry
Identical twin sisters Tia and Tamera Mowry became famous for their starring roles in the television series Sister, Sister from 1994 to 1999. The pair of sisters went on to star in their own reality series called Tia & Tamera from 2011 to 2013. Tia went on to star as Stephanie Phillips in the TV series Instant Mom and as Melanie Barnett in the series The Game. Tamera starred as Dr. Kayla Thorton in the series Strong Medicine and as Hope Daniels in the series Roommates. Since 2013 Tamera Mowry has also co-hosted the talk show The Real.
8. Kenan Thompson
Kenan Thompson became a child star in the 1990s when he first took on the role of Russ Tyler in the movies D2: The Mighty Ducks and D3: The Mighty Ducks. He also starred as Dexter Reed in the film Good Burger and is well remembered for his roles as Kenan Rockmore in the TV series Kenan & Kel and as a regular performer on the Nickelodeon show All That. Since 2003 Thompson has been a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live, when he became the first SNL cast member to be born after the series debuted in 1975. He has also starred in several movies including Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Fat Albert, and Snakes on a Plane.
7. Keshia Knight Pulliam
Keshia Knight Pulliam made her acting debut in her best known role which came starring as Rudy Huxtable on the classic TV series The Cosby Show. Even though Keshia does not claim that Bill Cosby treated her inappropriately, she still refused to call the actor/comedian to help her raise money when she competed on The Celebrity Apprentice in Season 7. Pulliam starred as Miranda in the TV series House of Payne from 2007 to 2012, but has not done much else besides starring in a music video by Chingy and the movie Madea Goes to Jail in 2009.
6. Jonathan Lipnicki
Jonathan Lipnicki was born in 1990 and starred as Ray Boyd in the movie Jerry Maguire in 1996 and as George Little in the film Stuart Little in 1999. After that, he starred in films such as Like Mike, Stuart Little 2, For the Love of Money, and Bad Ass 2. Lipnicki also had a recurring role on The Jeff Foxworthy Show in the 90s and starred as Alex Parker in the TV series Meego in 1997. Lipnicki executive produced the films Broken Roads and Altitude, and wrote and produced the short You Used To Be Cute. He has worked with organizations such as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
5. Lark Voorhies
Lark Voorhies starred as Lisa Turtle on the classic TV sitcom Saved by the Bell in the early 90s. She made a transition into soap operas and starred in Days of Our Lives in 1993 and The Bold and the Beautiful from 1995 to 1996. She also starred as Mercedes Langford in the TV series In The House from 1997 to 1999. Since then she has been relatively quiet and started her own production company, associate producing the 2008 film The Next Hit. Voorhies had a public relations setback in 2012 when a video of her wearing strange makeup had the public questioning her mental health. Lark has also starred in a music video for Boyz II Men and has authored three books.
4. Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joel Osment is best remembered for playing the role of Cole Sear in the 1999 movie The Sixth Sense. During the 90s he also starred as Forrest Junior in Forrest Gump and on the TV series Thunder Alley and The Jeff Foxworthy Show. Haley went to acting school and has done some producing as well. He has starred in movies such as Pay It Forward, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Sex Ed, Tusk, and Entourage. Osment starred as Shelby Mellman in the series Alpha House and has done voice work movies, TV, and video games.
3. Macaulay Culkin
Macaulay Culkin is one of the most iconic 90s child stars and became known for his role as Kevin McCallister in the comedy movies Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. During the 90s Culkin also starred in the films My Girl, The Good Son, and Richie Rich. He was listed as #2 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Kid-Stars as well as on E!’s list of 50 Greatest Child Stars. Culkin starred in the Michael Jackson music video “Black or White” and in the 2003 film Party Monster. He has also starred in independent films Saved! and Sex and Breakfast and appeared on The Jim Gaffigan Show in 2015.
2. Christina Ricci
A young Christina Ricci made her acting debut in the movie Mermaids in 1990 when she was just a kid. As a young teenager she starred as Wednesday Addams in the movies The Addams Family and Addams Family Values. Ricci also starred as “Kat” in the film Casper in 1995. As she grew up she starred in independent films such as Buffalo ’66, The Opposite of Sex, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 200 Cigarettes, Prozac Nation, Pumpkin, and more. Ricci had a recurring role in the series Ally McBeal and starred in the TV series Pan Am and The Lizzie Borden Chronicles.
1. Michael Fishman
You might not recognize the name Michael Fishman, but you will remember him for starring as D.J. Conner on the television series Roseanne from 1988 to 1997. Fishman was quoted as saying that “the end of the show was one of the hardest times of my life.” He reunited with Roseanne for The Roseanne Show from 1998 to 2000, and also served as a producer for the program. Fishman continues to act and write and now has two children. He won awards for serving as an associate producer on the 2013 film Available and had a role in the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence in 2001.