You've seen these actors in classic horror films...but did you know that some of their other work is kid-friendly?! These versatile actors have gone from being terrified (or terrifying) to characters in children's shows and films we all know and love.
1) Jamie Lee Curtis
This lovely lady is known as the classic heroine of the Halloween series, Laurie Strode, but she's also starred in tons of children's films. One of her best-known roles is Tess Coleman from Disney's rendition of Freaky Friday! She also writes childrens books...she wrote my personal favorite: Today I Feel Silly. It's adorable, and it's actually the book that taught me to read, so thanks, Jamie Lee Curtis! <3
2) Daveigh Chase
This one is probably my favorite of the bunch; actress Daveigh Chase has one of the craziest character-combos ever. She's Samara from The Ring...you remember the creepy girl crawling out of the tv right? But her other most popular character? Lilo, from Lilo and Stitch! She voices the character in the films as well as the tv show.
I know, it blew my mind too.
3) Heather O'Rourke
We all know Heather O'Rourke as "they're here" Carol Anne Freeling in Poltergeist, and the Poltergeist sequels. But did you know the talented little actress was also a recurring character, Heather Pfister, on the famed television show Happy Days? She was on it for 12 episodes!
O'Rourke passed away at the age of 12, after she was misdiagnosed with Crohn's Disease, which was actually congenital stenosis. While her life was short, we will always remember her for her talent in all the roles she played. Let's hope they do her character justice in the 2015 remake of Poltergeist!
4) Tim Curry
Perhaps one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood, Tim Curry has taken on roles of every shape and size. Tons of people know him for his role in the cult-classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show as Dr. Frank-n-Furter.
But what many people forget is: Tim Curry was Pennywise the Dancing Clown from the classic Stephen King's IT (one of my personal favorite horror films of all time). I know, all that makeup threw you off, didn't it? He was also the Lord of Darkness in the 1985 film Legend.
But one of the funniest transformations from horror character to child-friendly is the fact that he's also the voice of Nigel Thornberry from The Wild Thornberrys on Nickelodeon. The show has since been cancelled, but he's also been the narrator in episodes of Sesame Street, the voice of PLENTY of video game characters...Curry's done it all. And I love him in all of it.
5) Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is one of Hollywood's most well-known actors. His filmography seems almost endless (much like Tim Curry's), and he's starred in just about every type of film there is. From Edward Scissorhands (which I was raised thinking was a horror film) to Ed Wood and 2015's Mortdecai, Depp has done it all.
One of his most well-known (starring) horror roles is Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street, who slits the throats of the men he's shaving. My personal favorite is Mort Rainey in Secret Window, but Mr. Todd is definitely his most popular. For those of you that love the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, look closely in the first film...in Depp's first acting role, he played Glen Lantz, who gets pulled into the mattress by Freddy and a volcano of blood erupts onto the ceiling. Mmm. He's also been in Sleepy Hollow, From Hell...the list goes on.
Depp has moved on to become some of the most beloved characters in recent memory. From Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series to recreating Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka in Tim Burton's rendition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he has been in countless family-friendly films.
Any others I missed? Let me know!