BySam Silver, writer at
Movie fanatic, video game playing, family man

A lot of child actor and actresses have left the Hollywood spotlight, and for a terrible reason. The following child actors were never able to grow up. Their lives were cut short, either from violence, substance abuse or accidents. The following children sadly didn't make it past 20 years young. These talented children had their whole lives ahead of them, but sadly, they never grew up.

Heather O'Rourke

She was only 12 when she tragically died from complications from surgery to treat her Acute bowel obstruction. She starred in Poltergeist.

Judith Barsi

Better known for starring in The Land Before Time as Ducky and also Jaws: The Revenge. She was sadly killed at age 10 when her father carried out a murder-suicide.

Anissa Jones

She starred on Family Affair. She very sadly died in 1976 from a drug overdose after falling into trouble with alcohol and drugs at age 18.

Rob Knox

Outside a bar in London, this young actor was murdered while trying to protect his brother. He starred in the movie Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince as Marcus Belby. He sadly died from his wounds, he was 18.

Tara Correa-McMullen

At the age of 16, this actress's character had already been killed in Judging Amy by gang members. In 2005, at 16 years young, she was killed when she was shot by a shotgun.

Lucille Ricksen

In 1925, the actress contracted Tuberculosis while filming. The silent movie era actress died later from the illness at 14 years young.

Dorothy Dell

In 1934, this actress was tragically killed in an automobile accident. The Wharf Angel passed away at the age of 19.

Michael Cuccione

After surviving Hodgkin's disease at age 9, 2ge+her actor was left with a respiratory problem after the treatments and subsequently passed at age 16.

Billy Laughlin

While on a paper route with a friend, this young actor from Our Gang was tragically killed when his bike was hit from behind by a bus. He passed at age 16.

Josh Ryan Evans

A congenital heart defect is the cause of this young man's death. in 2002, at age 20, this actor died at a hospital in San Diego, the same day, his soap opera character was killed off.

Sammi Kane Kraft

The beautiful actress was the star in the remake of the Bad News Bears. In 2012, she was a passenger in a vehicle that rear ended a semi truck. She passed away from her injuries.


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