The Curse Of Child Stardom? Former Child Actors Who’ve Had Legal Trouble As Adults

December 2, 2013  |  
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It’s hard seeing the cute child stars we once watched on TV grow into adults with legal problems and criminal convictions. But nowadays that seems to be more the norm than the exception. From Dee Jay Daniels to Maia Campbell – check out these 15 former child actors who’ve had legal trouble as adults.

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Marcus T. Paulk

Earlier this year, Marcus T. Paulk (the actor who played Myles on Moesha) was arrested following a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend, Andi Roxx. According to Andi, Marcus punched and kicked her in the chin and stomach following an altercation that began at a Beverly Hills nightclub. Sad.


Orlando Brown

In September, former child star Orlando Brown spent some weeks behind bars after four bench warrants for his arrest were issued for his failure to cooperate with court orders stemming from a DUI in 2011. Orlando had similar legal woes in 2007 after being pulled over and arrested for drug possession.


Jennifer Freeman

Jennifer Freeman was just the cute little girl from My Wife and Kids (and a few shows on Disney Channel) until 2010 when she pulled a crazy after reading a text message on her husband’s phone. According to divorce papers filed by her husband, Jennifer hit him in the face twice, bit him on the wrist and chest, and attacked him with an iron.

Jennifer’s husband later withdrew the divorce papers.


Shia LaBeouf

Twenty-seven year old Shia LaBeouf has had his fair share of legal problems since reaching adulthood. In 2005 he was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after an altercation with a neighbor. In 2007 he was arrested again for refusing to leave a Walgreens, and in 2008 he was cited on suspicion of drunk driving after officers smelt alcohol on his breath following a car accident. LaBeouf has been relatively quiet lately (as far as legal drama goes), though he has been involved in a couple bar brawls in recent years.


Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes has had a string of legal problems ever since she began exhibiting strange behavior in 2012. In that year alone she was charged in three separate hit and run incidents, arrested for driving under the influence, cited two times – one of which was for driving with a suspended license, and sentenced to three years probation

Dee Jay Daniels

In 2012, 23-year old Dee Jay Daniels (who was 11-years old when he played Michael Hughley in The Hughleys) was arrested for marijuana possession, gang activity and murder. He remained imprisoned for the charges until December of that year when he was acquitted.


Danny Bonaduce

Danny Bonaduce’s legal troubles began over two decades ago. The most high-profile being his arrest in 1990 for attempting to buy coke in Florida (while heading to an anti-drug campaign) and his arrest for robbing and beating a transvestite prostitute he picked up in Arizona.

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Maia Campbell

In 2010, Maia Campbell was arrested multiple times for incidents involving her admitted drug use and bipolar disorder. Her struggles and recovery were later highlighted on an episode of Iyanla Fix My Life.


Jason Weaver

Jason Weaver, the actor best known for playing Marcus in Smart Guy and a young Michael Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream, was arrested in 2011 for “urinating/defecating in public.” We don’t know which it was (maybe both?) but we do know: Gross.


Macauley Culkin

Macauley Culkin became a very famous 10-year old after he starred in Home Alone, but had squandered most of that fame by the 2000’s when his legal troubles began. Culkin was arrested for possessing a cocktail of illegal substances, jailed and released on bail. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined.


Todd Bridges

In the late 1980’s Todd Bridges caught a serious case for the attempted murder of a Los Angeles drug dealer, who prosecutors alleged was shot by Bridges. Johnny Cochran ultimately got him acquitted of all charges on that case, but by 1993 he was in serious trouble again for stabbing a man in the chest with a knife. Lucky for Bridges, charges were dropped in that case as well on the grounds that he acted in self-defense.


Darius McCrary

In 2010, Darius McCrary (Eddie on Family Matters) was served a restraining order from his then-wife Karrine Steffans. According to her, Darius beat her with a belt in front of her son – and it wasn’t the first time. The two have since divorced.


Edward Furlong

Edward Furlong’s movie career began at 13-years old when he played John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Since then, the now 36-year old has been arrested numerous times for drug and alcohol related offenses: once for driving the under the influence, once for public drunkenness, and a third time for violating a restraining order.


Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan may be the poster child for troubled young stars, but her legal woes are nothing to be taken lightly. The 26-year old has more drug and alcohol related arrests than I have fingers to count them on. And am I the only one who finds her continual DUI offenses (that could seriously kill someone one day) disturbing?


Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman, star of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter and Stand By Me, first got into trouble with the law over two decades ago. In 1990, he was pulled over and arrested for outstanding traffic warrants and heroin possession and charged with two felony counts of possession of drugs for sale.

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  • Noonoo

    I didn’t even see any mention of a character named Malcolm that Darius McCrary played.

  • redbone


  • billythekid122

    This is sad . That her fans know more than the news reporter . That don’t know what she is writing about . You can tell that some people cheated in high school .

  • Reacha O’Neal

    myles look like Q

  • Ransom Shawn Easley

    man is it crazy that the young guys from these tv shows look to be so old now and only after so many years. i mean these guys are only in there early 30s and 20s

  • frank lucas

    It’s because they let these lowlifes off easy. A normal citizen would have served jail term.

  • KnowledgeDivine

    Jason Weaver is on this list for Pissing in public??? smdh

  • Atira

    Lack of structure early on. You can’t give an adolescent thousands of dollars and no parental guidance. It doesn’t help when kids are their parents pay check. Even if parents worked a 9to5 it would be better and give a child more respect and discipline if they knew they weren’t supporting their parents.

  • MyPOV

    Jennifer should not be on the list. She wasn’t in drugs arrested etc. She checked her man for being disrespectful then cheating. More to the story than was printed.

  • Smelt?

  • Sophia Wilson

    The guy must have a very unique outlook on / some interesting opinions when it comes to relationships and women .

  • :)


  • yvonnemandolph

    Orlando Brown…Man I saw him get beat down my a young mother in the Inglewood for calling her infant a B””” HE! was kicking and screaming HELP! folk were standing around laughing once he was able to get away he ran down La Cienga screaming. SERIOUSLY! summer of 2014,

  • Sar’raa Lee McAhhfkit

    “smelt” alcohol on his breath? SMELT really? that would be an action involving metal.. Smelled, would be the ability referenced. WOW where are their editors?!


      Lol…I thought the same when I read smelt…Smh…

  • MrsMommy

    You mean the “curse of stupidity?”

  • Chuckle

    I bet at least one of you regular folk has a record so why hate on these people. A few of them like Todd Bridges have managed to get their ish together.

  • Chiryder

    Why do people blame being a child actor? It’s not the fame’s fault. These kids were probably bad eggs to begin with. People need to understand the difference between reality and fantasy. The Characters they portray on TV are just that…characters.

  • Chiryder

    Not Simba! He couldn’t get arrested!

  • Upyer Yarse

    The vast majority are black; go figure.

    • rebecca

      Again, you are on a BLACK site.

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  • Blaque

    Where are the parents? If you as a parent do not make sure that your child is grounded then this will be the result. Further more shouldn’t these parents help their children save the money they make and help them plan their futures. Ever heard of school?? All of this could have been avoided, these are unneccessary tragedies.

    Is there a significance or meaning behind the tatoo of red lips on the former Hugley star?

  • Bambi Hussein

    Disproportionately black . . . can’t seem to escape the hood mentality.

    • rebecca

      You are aware that you are on a mostly BLACK site right? I’m sure any other site would mention all white child stars who messed up their lives.

  • Aaliyah21215

    All of these damn ads! Who puts an ad on top of an ad with a page full of ads????

  • Angela R. Ingram

    He played Malcolm on Young and the Restless. They got it confused.

    • Sar’raa Lee McAhhfkit

      or he played two characters by the same name? hmmmm, that just seems impossible though right?


    WTH happened to Macaulay!? GOT DAMNNN!

    • ForReals?

      Michael Jackson.


        ohmahgod I thought the same thing

      • adam&evenotsteve

        Not faggie boy. I just don’t believe it.

    • TheMsmother

      LOL! I know right?? She looks terrible!

  • Chas

    I want to rub lotion under Jason Weavers eyes……

    • ♥♡DAMN SHE MEAN☆★



      LOL better yet preparation H!

      • Chas

        lmfao good idea

    • Chiryder

      don’t touch Simba!

      • Sar’raa Lee McAhhfkit

        simba, he only did the singing voice…

        • Chiryder

          Exactly… simba! Singing voice or not. He was the character.

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    • Rayven Knight

      I saw that immediately… I was thinking he has some serious dark circles under his eyes. I wonder if he is on some strong drugs? Macaulay Culkin appears to be. Why did Darius marry Supehead? Why is Todd Bridges shooting & stabbing people? Dana Plato: Kimberly on the show with Todd & Gary was an addict & killed herself…Dana Plato’s son committed suicide years later. It must be hard to be a child star & receiving the attention & lifestyle that comes with the territory. Rayven-Simone & Miley Cyrus both seem a little “off” There are other examples like KeKe Palmer & Keshia Knight Pulliam & others who seem well adjusted.