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  • 07 Jul 2013
    When you mention Mara Wilson most that were kids at the time or have seen it in later years either via video or TV will remember her as the title character from Matilda the big screen adaptation of the much-loved Roald Dahl novel directed by Danny DeVito, or the earlier Mrs. Doubtfire. Well the title of this series whatever happened to does to apply as much to Mara who by all accounts seem to be doing well and quite happy with what she is doing since quitting acting after filming Thomas and the Magic Railroad which was released in the year 2000. Mara was indeed a successful child actor at the time, she was first spotted by most in the hit "Mrs. Doubtfire" which is a personal favorite of mine, she then went on to Miracle on 34th Street with some TV work between on the series "Melrose Place" as Nikki Petrova. She then went on to "Matilda" another film that I enjoyed and many today continue to enjoy its entertainment value by DVD or TV viewings. Mara then filmed A Simple Wish which has since been renamed to (The Fairygodmother) and again another highly enjoyable family film enjoyed by many. Three years later after "Thomas and the Magic Railroad" which failed at the box-office in the USA but had more success overseas. Mara Wilson in the short time has left a body of work that is still enjoyed today by many and her decision to walk away seemed to be her own as he decided to focus on school and enjoy her teenage years. It’s reported that in June 2005 she graduated from Idyllwild School of Music & Arts and went on to attend New York University. In 2008 she wrote and performed the one woman play, "Weren't You That Girl". Tit ran for three days and detailed her life and how others treated her because of her days as a child star. Mara lives the quiet life in NYC and Writes plays, fiction and non-fiction, and maintains a blog. Seems to be doing quite well thank you and any here that has not seen any of the mentioned titles then I recommend giving them a watch, especially “Matilda.” For a better explanation on why she quit acting, then hear it from Mara herself from this posting on her blog.   Mara Wilson in a more recent photo.
    105634 Posted by JeffJones
  • 03 Jul 2013
    One of the best performances I have ever seen by a child actor was by Max Pomeranc in the 1993 film "Searching for Bobby Fischer" playing the role of Josh Waitzkin, I am not alone in this view as you see here in a quote from actor Jake Gyllenhaal who said “One of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen is Max Pomeranc as the young boy in ‘Searching for Bobby Fischer.’ Something about watching a child and his ability to be honest and his desperation for honesty even in the midst of all the adults surrounding them—which is essentially what that movie is about—and the performance itself is so present and exists on its own even today.” And that is some high praise. Max was born in Manhattan, New York on March 21, 1984 and when he made his big-screen debut in Searching for Bobby Fischer, he was one of the country's top 100 chess players in his age group. In Searching for Bobby Fischer Max plays the role of a prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer. It is a very well-acted film not just by Max but a strong cast with the likes of Laurence Fishburne, Joan Allen, Joe Mantegna and Ben Kinglsley among others. The movie is one of my favorite films and I highly recommend a viewing, it carries a strong 7.5 rating on IMDB. After Searching for Bobby Fischer Max appeared in the TV movie "Nowhere to hide" (1994) and the enjoyable Family Drama Fluke with Samuel L. Jackson supplying the voice of Rumbo. After the TV movie Journey(1995) Max was simply not seen in the world of acting until a small role in 2008’s "Definitely, Maybe" and that was it. Very little was known in the ensuing years but reports had him graduating from The Bronx High School of Science in 2002. He then attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada (2003) and Graduated in 2006. In "Searching for Bobby Fischer" and "Fluke" Max Pomeranc left us with two enjoyable films and two very good performances.        
    41922 Posted by JeffJones
  • 25 Nov 2013
    One of the first on Teen Stars Online Frankie Muniz (Born: 12/05/1985 Ridgewood, New Jersey) made an indelible impression in the title role of the whip-smart “Malcolm” on MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE. As a result, Muniz was nominated for his first Emmy Award in 2001 for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and is a two-time Golden Globe nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series -- Comedy or Musical. He also garnered a Hollywood Reporter Young Star Award for Young Actor/Performance in a Comedy TV Series. Muniz is also made name for himself in the film world. Muniz starred as James Bond’s nephew, an American teenage spy, in the feature film “Agent Cody Banks” and reprised the role in the sequel, “Agent Cody Banks 2.” He was also the lead character in the film “Big Fat Liar” opposite Amanda Bynes and earlier in “My Dog Skip.” Frankie had to be the most popular teen actor during his time in the hit show Malcolm in the Middle he was considered one of Hollywood’s most bankable teens in 2003 due to the popularity of the show and the films “Big Fat Liar,” “Deuces Wild” and “Agent Cody Banks.” He placed his acting career on hold in 2008 to become an open wheel racer where he competed in the Atlantic Championship. Frankie also threw his hat in the ring in writing; producing and music when he wrote the screenplay for the TV show “Granted” in 2004 it remain his only writing credit. He was executive producer for the show that year and in 2006 for “Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman” and in 2007 for “Choose Connor.” Musically he joined the unsigned band You Hang Up as a drummer and in 2012 he joined Kingsfoil, a band based in York, Pennsylvania, and currently endorses Imperial Cymbals.
    36887 Posted by JeffJones
  • 26 Aug 2013
    Jacob Smith born January 21, 1990 in Monrovia, California is probably best known for his role of Jake Baker in the 20th Century Fox hit film “Cheaper by the Dozen” from 2003. The hit film shot Jacob to stardom and into the hearts of young girls. Smith now 23 as of January 2103 has not been seen since he shot the pilot for the proposed series “Secrets of a Small Town,” the show never got off the ground and Jacob Smith has not graced the screen big and small. A year earlier he played Jake Baker for the second time in the sequel Cheaper by the Dozen 2. Jake had a run of films starting with 1998’s “Nowhere to Go” and the fun “Small Soldiers” and also found time for episodic TV in series such as “Hyperion Bay,” “Step by Step,” “Walker, Texas Ranger” and a recurring role for 32 episodes of “Party of Five” as Owen Salinger among others. He also appeared on the TV films “Phantom of the Megaplex” and “Evolution Child.” Jacob film roles continued with “Hansel & Gretel” (2002) and “Dragonfly” (2002) and a year later took off with the role in Cheaper by the Dozen, this made him at that time one of the top child stars of the day. He followed that up in 2004 with “Troy” and a year later the sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen. Not much is known publicly about Jacob since he last appeared in a TV or film role but contrary to some reports Jake is alive and well and I supposed right where he wants to be. Cheaper by the Dozen, Troy and his guest spot on Without a Trace made Jacob Smith one of the top child stars from 2003 to 2006.
    24356 Posted by JeffJones
Entertainment 10,840 views Jun 22, 2013
Whatever Happened to…………………………Barret Oliver

Barret OLiverLike Charlie Korsmo covered in the last blog, Barret Oliver was a popular and talented child star on the scene for a few year and then just up and quit acting.

Barrett Spencer Oliver was born on the 24 August 1973, Los Angeles, California, USA and attended Los Feliz (Apple) School, an Elementary School in Los Angeles. He developed an interest in acting after his elder brother, Kyle, became involved in acting as a child.

Barret by his own admission stated that he started out with a commercial with no lines but by the mid 80’s he was quite a bankable child star. His next big step was on a 1981 episode of the TV series "The Incredible Hulk," and during 1982-83 he had small roles in the films "Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again," "Kiss Me Goodbye" and "Uncommon Valor." On television he played Q.P. in the TV movie "The Circle Family" and guest starred on the series "Knight Rider" and "Love, Sidney."

It was 1984 and playing the role of Bastian in the beloved hit "The NeverEnding Story" that shot him to child star fame. That same year he also appeared in Wes Craven’s "Invitation to Hell." The next year in 1985 he played the title character in "D.A.R.Y.L." and also played David in "Cocoon." The next few years he filmed some TV movies and made guest appearances before returning in 1998 for the sequel to Cocoon. His final work was on the film Scenes from the "Class Struggle in Beverly Hills" and that was it for Barret Oliver.

Much like Korsmo with no facts to back it up I think Barret simply got tired of acting and walked away from that life, Last reports ion 2004 placed him teaching photography in Los Angeles, California. His print work has been part of numerous gallery and museum exhibitions. He has also done the Wet-Plate process in Ireland for a Guinness commercial and in Romania for the motion picture Cold Mountain. In addition, he has written articles on photography and contributed to demonstrations and workshops. He also authored the book "A History of the Woodburytype." Woodburytypes are made from a 19th century photo-mechanical process.



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18 comments
  • 2cool4school
    2cool4school yep seen that movie D.A.R.Y.L its cool.
    July 13, 2013
  • Claire97
    Claire97 The Neverending Story is awesome it was my fav video when I was little. :)
    July 20, 2013
  • Tyrel_Rocks
    Tyrel_Rocks The Neverending Story is an old movie but it is so cool, I think everyone should check it out.
    July 27, 2013
  • Skater_TJ
    Skater_TJ I watched a DVD of Uncommon Valor tonight and he has a bit part, an old movie but it was cool.
    July 30, 2013