Child stars of classic sitcoms


Soleil Moon Frye held the titular role in "Punky Brewster."

The show aired from 1984 to 1988. Frye was cast in the role when she was just 7.

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Frye has continued acting, mostly through voiceover work. She returned to the role of Punky for a short-lived revival series in 2021.

Frye has lent her voice to characters in "Robot Chicken," "The Proud Family," and "Bratz" movies.

Jaleel White started playing Steve Urkel on "Family Matters"

in 1988 when he was 12 years old.

Steve Urkel was only supposed to be on one episode of "Family Matters," but White ended up playing him for nine seasons due to the character's popularity.

He's continued acting, appearing in numerous television shows and movies such as "Dreamgirls."

Recent television appearances include "Raven's Home," "The Big Show Show," and "Fresh Off the Boat." He also starred in the 2022 film "The Greatest Inheritance."

Danica McKellar played Winnie Cooper on "The Wonder Years"

from 1988 to 1993.

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McKellar has continued acting, but she also received a bachelor of science in mathematics from UCLA and wrote four bestselling math books.

She has also done voiceover work for "Young Justice" and "Transformers: Rescue Bots," and she's famously appeared in Hallmark movies, before moving over to GAC Family with other Hallmark stars.

McKellar's former "Wonder Years" costar, Fred Savage

began acting at age 9.

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He starred in "The Princess Bride" in 1987, then got cast as Kevin Arnold in "The Wonder Years" in 1988.

Savage is still acting, but he also works behind the camera as a director.

Most recently, Savage played Max Adler in "Friends from College" and has done voiceover work for "American Dad!" He's also directed episodes of "Modern Family," "Black-ish," and "The Connors."

Raven-Symoné played Olivia Kendall on "The Cosby Show"

from 1989 to 1992.

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After rising to fame in "That's So Raven" on Disney Channel, she returned to the network in a spinoff called "Raven's Home."

Raven-Symoné left her gig as a cohost on "The View" to star in and executive produce "Raven's Home," which premiered in 2017.

Tia and Tamera Mowry played long-lost twins on the sitcom "Sister Sister."

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They also played long-lost twins in the Disney Channel original movies "Twitches" and "Twitches Too" about twin witches.

They studied psychology at Pepperdine University and continued working together on a "Twintuition" book series, while also appearing on screen.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, got their start on "Full House."

They alternated playing Michelle Tanner. they were 9 years old when it ended.

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The Olsen twins retired from acting to focus on their fashion line, Elizabeth and James, which they launched in 2007.

Mary-Kate last acted in "Beastly" in 2011, and Ashley's last major role was in "New York Minute" alongside her sister in 2004.

Their style has evolved over the years, inspiring trends including choker necklaces, big sunglasses, and oversized layers.

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