Child actors who never made it

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Jake Lloyd


Who? Maybe if I said “the kid who played Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace”, then you’ll understand what I’m taking about. It’s never fair to hate a kid, but to dislike their role in one of the most anticipated-then-hated movies of the Star Wars saga is considered genuine in my book. Jake Lloyd didn’t have it easy after Episode I debuted in the late 90s. He played a 10-year old Bella Swan in a galaxy far, far away. How could someone exceed after that? The only thing he’s done since is star in Madison alongside Mary McCormack.

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  • Are You Kidding Me?

    He wasn’t in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he was in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

  • vangpo

    Peter Ostrum “Never Made It”? He co-starred alongside the legendary Gene Wilder and Jack Albertson in one of the most fondly remembered family movies of all time. Then he chose to change careers. How is that “not making it”?

  • srsly?

    I really, genuinely hope that you do not actually consider “The Karate Kid” to be Ralph Macchio’s only success. If for some insane reason this is true, I need only point you to “The Outsiders” to correct this tragic statement. Stay golden, Mansoor.

    • Mansoor

      No, actually I don’t consider that to be his only success. I was trying to state that, in my personal opinion, The Karate Kid is simply what he is most known for, to the general public–which contributed to his lack of a long Hollywood career. I think The Outsiders is a phenomenal movie; Rob Lowe was my favorite.

      • http://www.facebook.com/steffek Neal Steffek

        I think of him from “My Cousin Vinny”

  • Marge

    What about Haley Joel Osment, too sad he didn’t go further!

  • Fed Up

    Umm…Jake Lloyd starred in Jingle All The Way with Arnold Swarzenegger. Moron. Also, to say that “he never made it,” after being in a Star Wars film is just stupid. Were you in Star Wars? No.

    • JaySherman

      Hi. Jake! Trolling your own haters again?

      Geez, man! Get some therapy already.

  • louie

    Ralph machio never had an other successful filmsever hear of my cousin vinny or the outsiders? Moron.