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Where Are They Now? 19 Child Stars of the '90s

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If you were a ‘90s kid, you know some of these faces as surely as if they ate rectangle pizza and lettuce salad next to you in the cafeteria every day. But would you recognize them today? Here’s what they’re up to now—and what they look like.

1. Ross Malinger

You remember him as: Jonah Baldwin, the young, incurable romantic from Sleepless in Seattle.

After knocking around Hollywood for a bit and landing roles in shows like Party of Five and Recess (he was the voice of T.J.), Malinger took a job as the manager of an automotive shop in Malibu. It closed in 2009, so what he's been up to since is anyone's guess.

2. Mason Gamble

You remember him as: Dennis the Menace.

Mr. Wilson would be proud. Gamble was a National Merit Scholar Finalist in high school and was also a pretty accomplished pole vaulter. He graduated from UCLA’s Dentistry School and was studying marine biology as of 2011. In addition to all of that, Gamble continues to act a bit—his most recent movie was 2010’s Golf in the Kingdom with Malcolm McDowell and Frances Fisher.

3. Tina Majorino

You remember her as: Corrina, Corrina.


After taking a seven-year break from a wildly successful childhood acting career (Corrina, Corrina; Waterworld; Andre; When a Man Loves a Woman) Majorino resurfaced in 2004 as side-ponytailed Deb in Napoleon Dynamite. She’s been busy ever since, with roles on Veronica Mars, Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, and True Blood. But what about those missing seven years? She was busy being a normal kid: "I wanted to experience the things that a little kid can experience and get to know myself so when I came back I could be tough enough and strong enough to keep a good attitude, keep my head on straight and make the right decisions for myself and my family.”

4. Austin O’Brien

You remember him as: Nick Zsigmond, the love interest in My Girl 2.

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O’Brien continued to act until about 2011, but is now running his own photography business in L.A. 

5. Bradley Pierce

You remember him as: the little brother from Jumanji.

Pierce was also the voice of Chip Cup from Beauty and the Beast and Flounder in The Little Mermaid. Those Disney roles still keep him busy from time to time as he provides voiceover work for Kingdom Hearts and other projects where his distinctive voice is needed. 

6. Jimmy Workman

You remember him as: Pugsley from The Addams Family movies.

I’m not sure what he’s doing for employment—Celebuzz suggests that he’s “now working on the other side of the camera.” In 2012, he was a witness in his sister’s battle for emancipation from their mother. Ariel Winter, better known as the brainy Alex Dunphy from Modern Family, is estranged from her mother after allegations of abuse. Workman’s stance is that no abuse ever took place; the 15-year-old Winter is simply upset that her mother wanted her to break up with her 18-year-old boyfriend.

Their other sister, Shanelle, whom Winter wanted to appoint as her legal guardian, was the voice of Wendy on Wendy’s fast food commercials.

7. Ashley Peldon

You remember her as: the little Elizabeth in Drop Dead Fred.

Peldon still acts a little, including voiceover work, but that’s not all she does. After getting her degree in child psychology and a master’s in clinical psychology, it looks like she’s now working on her doctorate in depth psychology. And if you’ve never seen a website for an actress/voiceover artist/therapist, well... maybe you don’t hang out with enough people from L.A.

8. Amber Scott

You remember her as: Maggie Banning from Hook.

She apparently graduated from Trinity College in Hartford in 2006 and was a sorority girl, but she’s been laying pretty low other than an updated headshot for IMDB. Maggie Banning was the only live-action role Scott played, and her only other acting experience seems to be some voiceover work on a 1995 documentary called The American Experience.

9. Adam Hann-Byrd

You remember him as: Little Man Tate. He was also in Jumanji, playing the young Robin Williams character.

Hann-Byrd graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 2004 with degrees in psychology and film studies. After being chosen as a fellow in the Warner Bros. TV Writers' Workshop in 2011, Hann-Byrd co-wrote a Slender Man short.

10. Michael Oliver

You remember him as: Junior from Problem Child. He can tell you what he's doing these days:

Spoiler alert: He's got three cats and a hamster.

11. Shawna Waldron

You remember her as "Icebox" from Little Giants.

Waldron is still steadily acting, most recently in Stitch, a movie that came out in 2014 where she co-starred with another '90s favorite: Edward Furlong. 

12. Olivia Hack

You remember her as: Cindy Brady from The Brady Bunch Movie.

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If you haven't seen Olivia Hack on your television lately, chances are you've probably heard her. Hack avoided getting typecast as Cindy Brady by turning to voiceover work, lending her pipes to things like Hey Arnold!, Family Guy, Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

13 and 14. Brittany Ashton Holmes and Bug Hall.

You remember them as: Darla and Alfalfa from The Little Rascals.

Brittany Ashton Holmes, perhaps best known as the doe-eyed Darla, stopped acting in 1996. Since his days as Alfalfa, however, Bug Hall has been all over screens both big and small. He's had parts in The O.C., Nikita, Saving Grace, Criminal Minds, 90210—and he was in Arachnoquake on SyFy last year. I'm outraged that there was no Sharknado-like media frenzy for this. ("Deadly fire-breathing spiders are unearthed after a massive earthquake in New Orleans.") Hall is also a musician, an acting teacher, and a rather enjoyable Tweeter. The 2010 picture above, by the way, is from a Little Rascals reunion. 

15. Travis Tedford

You remember him as: Spanky from The Little Rascals.

Like Holmes, Tedford also quit acting. "Didn't develop drug addiction and as a result: Not famous," says his Twitter profile. He currently works as a inbound marketing specialist at a credit union in Texas. 

16. Miko Hughes

You remember him as the kid with the OB/GYN father in Kindergarten Cop, and also Gage from Pet Sematary (though the latter was actually 1989).

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Hughes has also been working pretty steadily and recently started writing and directing. He also maintains a pretty steady presence over on the Twitter

17. Lisa Jakub

You remember her as: the older sister from Mrs. Doubtfire

What has she been up to for the past decade or so? In her own words

"At the age of 22, I realized that there must be more to life than premieres and pretending to be other people. I left the film industry under the guise of following the man I loved to Virginia. Luckily, the man I loved really was in Virginia, so it all worked out and we lived happily ever after in our own version of a Hollywood ending. While figuring out how to be a normal person, I have dedicated myself to my lifelong love of writing and my profound respect for a well-told story. I am a writer, a traveler, a devoted yogi, wife and dog-mom. I also make really good spinach gnocchi."

18. Jonathan Lipnicki

You remember him as: the kid from Jerry Maguire

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These days, the kid who knows that the human head weighs eight pounds could probably break your skull. Lipnicki trains MMA fighters. He's continued to act, and yes, he continues to stay in touch with Tom Cruise.

19. Ariana Richards

After her starring role in Jurassic Park, Richards appeared as a pregnant teen in the video for Ben Folds' "Brick." Though she still dabbles in acting here and there, Richards spends her time as a portrait artist these days. One of her clients: Steven Spielberg.

This story originally appeared in 2013.

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Get Crazy With the Official Bob Ross Coloring Book
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If you watched Bob Ross's classic series The Joy of Painting for hours on end but didn’t come away a terribly capable artist, you can still enjoy replicating the amazing public television personality’s work. You can now pretend you’re painting along with the late, great PBS star using a brand-new adult coloring book based on his art.

The Bob Ross Coloring Book (Universe) is the first authorized coloring book based on Ross’s artistic archive. Ross, who would have turned 75 later this year, was all about giving his fans the confidence to pursue art even without extensive training. “There’s an artist hidden at the bottom of every single one of us,” the gentle genius said. So what better way to honor his memory than to relax with his coloring book?

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the Ross landscapes you can recreate, all while flipping through some of his best quotes and timeless tidbits of wisdom.

An black-and-white outline of a Bob ross painting of a mountain valley

A black-and-white outline of a Bob Ross painting shows a house nestled among trees.

A black-and-white outline of a Bob Ross painting shows a farm scene.

And remember, even if you color outside the lines, it’s still a work of art. As Ross said, “We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”

You can find The Bob Ross Coloring Book for about $14 on Amazon. Oh, and if you need even more Ross in your life, there’s now a Bob Ross wall calendar, too.

All images courtesy of Rizzoli.

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8 Movies That Almost Starred Keanu Reeves
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He may not have the natural ease of Al Pacino, the classical training of Anthony Hopkins, the timeless cool of Jack Nicholson, or the raw versatility of Gary Oldman, but Keanu Reeves has been around long enough to have worked alongside each of those actors. Yet instead of Oscar nods, the actor whose first name means “cool breeze over the mountains” in Hawaiian has a handful of Razzie nominations.

While critical acclaim has mostly eluded Reeves during his 30-plus years in Hollywood, his movies have made nearly $2 billion at the box office. Whether because of his own choosiness or the decisions of studio powers-that-be, that tally could be much, much higher. To celebrate The Chosen One’s 53rd birthday, here are eight movies that almost starred Keanu Reeves.

1. X-MEN (2000)

In Hollywood’s version of the X-Men universe, Hugh Jackman is the definitive Wolverine. But Jackman himself was a last-minute replacement (for Dougray Scott) and other, bigger (in 2000) names were considered for the hirsute superhero—including Reeves. Ultimately, it was the studio that decided to go in a different direction, much to Reeves’ disappointment. “I always wanted to play Wolverine,” the actor told Moviefone in 2014. “But I didn't get that. And they have a great Wolverine now. I always wanted to play The Dark Knight. But I didn't get that one. They've had some great Batmans. So now I'm just enjoying them as an audience.”

2. PLATOON (1986)

For an action star, Reeves isn’t a huge fan of violence, which is why he passed on playing the lead in Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning Vietnam classic. “Keanu turned it down because of the violence,” Stone told Entertainment Weekly in 2011. “He didn’t want to do violence.”

3. THE FLY II (1989)

Few people would likely mistake Reeves for the son of Jeff Goldblum, but producers were anxious to see him play the next generation of Goldblum’s insectile role in the sequel to The Fly. But Reeves wasn’t having any of it. Why? Simple: “I didn't like the script,” he told Movieline in 1990.

4. SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL (1997)

Speaking of sequels (and bad scripts): Reeves was ready to reprise his role as Jack Traven in Jan de Bont’s second go at the series … then he read it. “When I was offered Speed 2, Jan came to Chicago and so did Sandra, and they said, ‘You’ve got to do this,’” Reeves recalled to The Telegraph. “And I said, 'I read the script and I can’t. It’s called Speed, and it’s on a cruise ship.” (He's got a point.)

Even when the studio dangled a $12 million paycheck in front of him, Reeves said no. “I told [William Mechanic, then-head of Fox], ‘If I do this film, I will not come back up. You guys will send me to the bottom of the ocean and I will not make it back up again.’ I really felt like I was fighting for my life.”

5. HEAT (1995)

Reeves’ refusal to cave on Speed 2 didn’t sit well in Hollywood circles. And it didn't help that he also passed on playing Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer’s role) in Michael Mann’s Heat in order to spend a month playing Hamlet at Canada’s Manitoba Theatre Centre. From that point on, Reeves told The Telegraph that it’s been a struggle for him to book any studio movies. “That’s a good old Hollywood story! That was a whole, 'Hey, kid, this is what happens in Hollywood: I said no to the number two and I never worked with the studio again!’”

6. BOWFINGER (1999)

By the time Frank Oz’s Bowfinger rolled around, Eddie Murphy was pretty much the go-to guy for any dual role part, but the movie wasn’t always intended to play that way. Steve Martin, who both starred in and wrote the movie, had actually penned the part of Kit Ramsey for Reeves (whom he had worked with a decade earlier in Parenthood).

“When Steve gave me the script for Bowfinger, it wasn't written for Eddie Murphy,” producer Brian Grazer explained. “It was written for a white action star. It was written for Keanu Reeves, literally. I said, 'Why does it have to be an action star?' He said, 'That's the joke.' I said: 'What if it were Eddie Murphy, and Eddie Murphy played two characters? That could be really funny.' He said: 'You know, that'd be great—that'd be brilliant. Let's do that.' He processed it in about a minute, and he made a creative sea change.”

7. WATCHMEN (2009)

A year before Zack Snyder’s Watchmen hit theaters, Reeves confirmed to MTV what many had speculated: that he had turned down the chance to play Dr. Manhattan in the highly anticipated adaptation. But it wasn’t because of lack of interest on Reeves’ part; it just “didn't work out.” Still, he made it as far as a set visit: “They were shooting in Vancouver while we were filming so I went over to the set to say, 'hi.' They showed me some stuff and it looks amazing! I can’t wait. It’s going to be so killer, man!”

8. TROPIC THUNDER (2008)

By the time Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder made its way into theaters in the summer of 2008, the meta-comedy had been more than a decade in the making. So it’s understandable that the final product veered from Stiller’s original plan for the film, which included Reeves playing the role of Tugg Speedman (Stiller’s eventual part). Initially, Stiller had planned to cast himself as smarmy agent Rick Peck (Matthew McConaughey picked up the slack).

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