It’s difficult making it in Hollywood, especially when you’re barely a teenager and you have the same pressures and challenges that an adult has to face. But child stars are born all the time in Tinseltown, and just as often those stars flame out and are never heard from again. Many of the child stars on this list had a similar trajectory of sudden, all-consuming fame followed by relative obscurity. The other thing they had in common is that they are all dead, and some of the names on this list may surprise or shock you.
The diminutive star of “Diff’rent Strokes” was one of the most famous child stars in Hollywood history, known for his catchphrase, ‘What’chu talkin’ ’bout?’ After the show ended, Coleman never really found that same level of fame again, and after several brushes with the law, he died in 2010 at 42 from a brain hemorrhage.