The list of child stars who have gone bad. Most of us have looked up to child stars on TV until we learn of their real lives. It’s almost as if we grow up with them only to become disappointed in what we see.
Sometimes the entire cast from a show can turn bad. That is the case with “Diff’rent Strokes.” Dana Plato, Todd Bridges, and Gary Coleman lived separate lives, yet they all got into trouble.
Plato posed for Playboy and porn, was busted for armed robbery and forging a Valium prescription, and eventually died from a drug overdose. Bridges avoided Mr. T and Nancy Reagan’s warnings and found himself doing drugs for many years. Coleman was charged with assault for punching a woman while working as a mall security guard, videotaped behaving badly, cited for disorderly conduct for hitting a pedestrian with his truck.
Here’s a list of other child stars who have gone bad:
- Lindsay Lohan
- Dustin Diamond
- Jessica Biel
- Danny Bonaduce
- Jodie Sweetin
- Haley Joel Osment
- Vanessa Hudgens
- Michael Phelps
The most shocking star was Michael Phelps. Although he wasn’t a child, he was America’s hero at the 2008 Olympics. People are not perfect, but most of the people on the list have cleaned up their lives from the bad.