How can we forget the faces of these little actors who put so much joy with their jokes. Famous from an early age but not all baby stars have managed to enjoy a happy and peaceful life like their peers.

Lives broken , perhaps, by too much popularity and in some cases even bad luck has played a really decisive role in the existence of these unfortunate protagonists.

How many times have we laughed and moved with the protagonists of the Sympathetic scoundrels and how many times have we identified with the protagonists of They will be famous. Yet among the protagonists of these and other television series someone has really come to a bad end .

Drugs, robberies, violence, unfortunately this was the future of these former child prodigies: Carl Switzer , the funny Alfa Alfa, Jake Lloyd the little star of Star Wars , River Phoenix the beautiful and damned, are just some of the protagonists of this gallery .

Let’s find out together which are the 12 little actors who have made a bad end:

1) Three grandchildren and a butler : Mary Anissa Jones

The cast of Three Grandchildren and a Butler (Family Affair, consisted of): civil engineer and bachelor Bill Davis, played by Brian Keith , his three grandchildren looked after: from left, Cissy played by Kathy Garver , Buffy played by Anissa Jones and Jody played by Johnny Whitaker ; and butler Giles French played by Sebastian Cabot. This successful television series also brought little luck to one of the actors. In fact, Mary Anissa Jones, the little girl of the house, was born in 1958 and died at the age of 18, in 1976. After abandoning the show due to a series of failures and returning to study, and after having collected the 180 thousand dollars of the fund created for her at the beginning of her work on TV, I went to live with her brother in an apartment. In that same year she was found dead, during a party. The medical report speaks of an overdose of cocaine and other drugs.

2) Happy Days : Erin Marie Moran

The mythical Happy Days has certainly remained in the hearts of many viewers and forgetting one of the characters of this old TV series is practically impossible. In fact, you will all remember Erin Marie Moran , who played Richie Cunningham’s younger sister, Joanie, also known as “Sottiletta”. Unfortunately the actress, born in 1960 and died in 2017, did not have a lucky life. In fact, after the role played for twenty years, from 1974 to 1984, he no longer had an artistic relaunch and appeared on TV only for a few guests. After many years, in 2012, reporters reported that she was living in very serious conditions, in a caravan of her mother-in-law on a campsite in Indiana. From that moment there was no more news about him, until the day of his death . To date, the causes are still unknown and the body of Erin, who was 56, was found in Harrison County after a call to the 911 emergency number.

3) My friend Arnold : Dana Plato

Among the TV series in which the baby stars have ended badly, My friend Arnold (Diff’rent Strokes) cannot be missing. The cast from left, Arnold, Gary Coleman and Willis Jackson, Todd Bridges, two African American brothers adopted by a wealthy businessman, Philip Drummond (Conrad Bain), who by doing so takes them out of the misery of Harlem and leads them to live in Manhattan, along with his daughter Kimberly Dana Plato . The latter was later arrested for armed robbery in a Las Vegas store, where she worked in a laundry. The actress was found lifeless by her boyfriend on May 8, 1999, in the trailer where she lived and the cause of her death was an overdose of drugs.

4) My friend Arnold : Todd Anthony Bridges

Arnold’s brother Willis, played by Todd Anthony Bridges was also not very lucky. He entered the world of entertainment at just 4 years old, he achieved fame, with My friend Arnold but when the series is closed, Todd finds himself unemployed. Without work the actor entered the drug tunnel and had many problems with justice. He now appears on TV sporadically but in 1998 he also risked his life from an overdose of crack and subsequently tried and then acquitted for the attempted murder of a drug dealer.

5) Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato , born in 1992, started her career in show business in a brilliant way but today her life seems very far from serenity. In fact, in October 2010, she had to abandon the world tour conducted alongside the Jonas Brothers to be admitted to a private facility due to physical and emotional problems. Years later, on July 24, 2018, she was hospitalized again following a suspected heroin overdose .

6) Nice rascals : Carl Switzer

How can we forget the protagonists of Simpatiche canaglie , a series of short films that were shown in cinemas all over the world, then from the 1970s also on television. Even among them there is a little unfortunate actor: Carl Switzerwho played Alfa Alfa. In 1959, working as a guide for bear hunters, he was asked to look after a client’s hunting dog. But the dog escapes and Switzer offers a $ 50 reward for the find. A few days later, a man finds the dog and Switzer rewards him with $ 35 in cash and $ 15 in drinks at the bar. However, Switzer, along with his friend Jack Piott, demand that the owner of the dog refund him the $ 50. Probably under the influence of drugs and alcohol, Switzer attacks the owner of the dog, who shoots and kills him .

7) They will be famous : Gene Anthony Ray

Gene Anthony Ray , born in 1962 died in 2003, was one of the most beloved protagonists of They will be famous. In 1990 and also guest of Raffaella Carra Raffaella’s program… and they will be famous . He returned to Italy in 1995, where he lived in very critical conditions until 2000, in the Milan area, hoping to open a dance school. HIV positive , he died in New York on November 14, 2003 of a cerebral infarction .

8) Star Wars : Jake Lloyd

For Jake Lloyd , fame comes when he is chosen by George Lucas to play Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars . Sixteen years later, Lloyd was arrested for dangerous driving, driving without a license and resisting arrest. The mother stated that Lloyd suffers from schizophrenia and that the driving accident was caused by his son not taking his psychiatric drugs. For treatment in April 2016 he was admitted to a psychiatric facility .

9) The sixth sense : Haley Joel Osment

The actor of The Sixth Sense , aged 18, in 2006, Haley Joel Osment was involved in a car accident and was found guilty of the crime of drunk driving and possession of marijuana, suffering a three-year parole. , 60 hours in an alcoholic rehabilitation program , a $ 1,500 fine, and a minimum of 26 meetings with Alcoholics Anonymous within a six-month period. This deeply affects the actor and for some years I don’t work anymore. Now, definitely fattened, he works for cinema and TV.

10) Mom I missed the plane : Macaulay Culkin

In this gallery of little actors who have had a bad end, the protagonist of Mamma could not be missing, I missed the plane . After being one of the most famous and sought-after stars of the 1990s, Macaulay Culkin (New York, August 26, 1980) began to show his first problems in his family, with his parents taking advantage of the fortunes of the boy, who ended up later in life. using drugs . For a while it was even claimed that he had died of a heroin overdose.

11) Stand by me : River Phoenix

Of the four protagonists of Stand by me , the tragic end is that of River Phoenix born in 1970 and died in 1993. After the success of the film and a brilliant career start, he died of an overdose of cocaine, heroin and amphetamines the night between 30 and 31 October 1993, at the age of 23.

12) Harry Potter : Rob Knox

In the box, Rob Knox as Marcus Belby, in the Harry Potter saga, died on May 24, 2008 at the age of 18 by stabbing . In fact, the young man was killed by 5 shots in the chest outside a London bar, while he was trying to defend his brother from an attack. Knox is dead.