If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, they were the stars of your childhood.

Maybe you wanted to be just like them and copied their hairstyle.

Or their clothes.

However, if you look at their pictures today, you’ll be mighty glad you didn’t get to be just like them.

Sadly, some of our childhood heroes aged so bad it breaks your heart to look at them.

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10 /10 Mara Wilson

The adorable Matilda you so rooted for grew up to be too, well, plain.

No cuteness whatsoever, left in her.

If you’ve somehow seen photos purportedly showing Mara to be a freakishly obese woman, that’s not her.

Like many former child stars, she tried to get back into the limelight by writing a book called ‘Where am I.’

Well, nobody was wondering about that, but thanks for letting us know.

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9 /10 Dustin Diamond

Diamond was the youngest of the Saved by the Bell crew, where he played Screech.

Yet, his career practically ended there. As an adult, he struggled to make money so much he ended up doing porn movies.

Drugs and alcohol ruined his life, and he had a penchant for violence, being involved in numerous scandals.

Sadly, such a lifestyle took its toll, and the funny Screech of your childhood died of cancer in early 2021.

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8 /10 Lark Voorhies

Another of the Saved by the Bell gang who didn’t age well at all.

If you remember her as Lisa Turtle, know that she’s no longer as beautiful as she was back then.

Not by a long shot.

Lark Voorhies’ problem has less to do with age, but mostly with plastic, as in plastic surgeries.

She’s had several of them, primarily botched.

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7 /10 Jeremy Miller

His is a difficult case as he rose to fame by being one of the three boys in ‘Growing Pains,’ and he was cute back then, no doubt about that.

His co-stars were Leonardo DiCaprio and Kirk Cameron.

Those two turned into regular hunks, Miller, not so much.

He’s a bit overweight and has no career to speak of!

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6 /10 Frankie Muniz

Frankie Muniz won an Emmy award for the title role in Malcolm in the Middle.

He was so successful he never managed to get over his Malcolm days and had to give up activity.

He tried his luck as a drummer, with minimal success.

The sad thing is not how he looks today, but health issues have plagued Frankie.

It seems his memory was affected to the point he no longer remembers the Malcolm set’s days. Such a pity!

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5 /10 Sarah Jessica Parker

If you didn’t know that, Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker was a child star with many Broadway appearances long before making her way into television.

If you remember her as the sweet Carrie Bradshaw, that was 20 years ago.

Back then, she was enviably slim, but now she’s downright skeletal, and the lines of her face make her look older than she is.

Since she is to reprise her role as Carrie, they’re going to need a lot of make-up!

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4 /10 Raven-Symoné

As a kid, she was hugely popular.

The girl first appeared on The Cosby Show; then she got her T.V. show, That’s So Raven.

As a grown-up, she tried to reinvent herself repeatedly, with little success, to put it mildly.

She’s severely overweight, and the many diets she’s been on don’t seem to be helping at all.

As for the hairstyles she frequently changes, you are the judge of that.

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3 /10 Macaulay Culkin

When he was left Home Alone, everyone felt sorry for the naughty but so cute little boy.

However, if you look at the adult Macaulay Culkin, you wouldn’t blame anybody for leaving that one behind.

Culkin didn’t just age poorly; he’s frightening.

It’s not just the messy look and the sunken cheeks; his whole life is a mess.

He’s battled drugs many times and lost, and his addictions saw him reduced to little more than homeless.

The homeless you’d cross the street to steer clear of.

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2 /10 Haley Joel Osment

If A.I. Artificial Intelligence was such a successful movie, much of the credit goes to its young star, Haley Joel Osment, such a sweet and talented little boy.

After making a couple of great movies, Osment faded from public view.

He failed to find other parts, and he sought comfort in drugs and alcohol, like so many other child celebrities.

At present, he says he’s sober. How about going on a diet, man?

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1 /10 Sean Astin

Sean Astin made his debut on the hugely-popular The Goonies and was lucky to play Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings.

And such a terrific performance that was.

However, his career has been waning ever since.

Not much demand for short, overweight goofy men.

Luckily, Astin has been supporting himself by doing voice acting and documentaries.

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