Making it as a child actor is next to impossible. Having very little life experience, you need charisma, the innate ability to act convincingly, and the emotional maturity to deal with fame and success. While most child actors burnout or simply decide they’d rather live a normal life once they reach adulthood, others have maintained a solid career and are now worth tens of millions. Here are 8 such success stories.
1. Elijah Wood
Net worth: $30 million
From the moment Wood made a brief cameo in Paula Abdul’s “Forever Your Girl” video at the age of 7, everybody was thinking, “He will be a Hobbit someday.” And everybody was so right! Although he’s best known for playing Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, he has more than a 100 movies under his belt during his 30-year acting career, and plenty of money as a result.
2. Frankie Muniz
Net worth: $40 million
Here’s a useful tip: if you want to retire from acting at the age of 19, just land the titular role in a TV sitcom and hire an agent who’s good at negotiating contracts. After 7 seasons of Malcolm in the Middle, Muniz was set for life. This gave him the opportunity to expand his horizons and dabble in competitive auto racing. Unfortunately, in 2017 he got into an accident on the race track, breaking his back in the process. But he went on to perform on Dancing in the Stars shortly thereafter and even finished in 3rd place, which means he clearly has the healing abilities of Wolverine.