Hollywood has always had a weakness for cute-looking child stars because who doesn’t love a kid trying to act in front of the cameras? Usually, the bad actors get the boot right away, and the good ones continue their life-long journey in the movie industry.

It’s always exciting to see your favorite stars grow up, so here is what the child actors from the 50s, 60s, and 70s are doing today.

1. Jon Provost — Lassie

The legendary 1954 dogsploitation show, “Lassie,” went on for 19 seasons (591 episodes!), which is way too long, but at least we got to fall in love with the gorgeous Rough Collie and her little owner — Timmy, played by Jon Provost. Jon had a good run, but in 1964 his contract was due, and the 14-year-old actor went on to do other things. One of those things was a role in sort of a Lassie reboot in 2007.

2. Keith Thibodeaux — I Love Lucy!

The little brat who played Richard Keith, aka Little Ricky, in the 1951 popular sitcom, is now 62 years old and runs a ballet company. It actually belongs to his wife, but Thibodeaux is happy to help, just like always.

3. Jay North — Dennis the Menace

Long before the 80s cartoon series, Dennis the Menace used to be a live-action sitcom based on the eponymous comic strip. Jay North started playing Dennis when he was 8, but now he’s managing a nonprofit organization that helps counsel child stars. Jay went from a menace to a real hero!

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