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There’s Hope for Former Child Stars, say Fred Savage

June 04, 2013

After years of seeing their brand maligned, the lobby of Former Child Stars Who Turned Out Okay is finally fighting back.

The tipping point for this once-silent majority seems to be the obsessive tabloid coverage of Nickelodeon starlet Amanda Bynes, whose tail-spinning behavior has generated all kinds of gloating speculation about the price of adolescent fame. This week, reports our colleague Emily Yahr, several once-young thespians started speaking out. Message: No, they are not (necessarily) doomed.

Fred Savage: The former “Wonder Years” star, now 36 and a successful director, said Monday that the media ignores stories like his. “For every one that spins out of control, there’s 10 that haven’t,” he told Kim Masters, host of “The Business” showbiz podcast. “What about everyone else who’s a dentist or a doctor?” His former kid co-star Danica McKellar became a math scholar; Josh Saviano (who played Paul Pfeiffer) “is an intellectual property attorney and killing it.” What helped him: Great parents, non-showbiz pals, staying in school. Read More

ADVANCE FOR FRIDAY, DEC. 26--Actor Fred Savage, who may forever be recognized as Kevin Arnold, the wide-eyed hero of television's 'The Wonder Years,' is shown Dec. 5, 1997, in the Encino section of Los Angeles. Savage, offered an opportunity to escape his kid-actor image, accepted a major role in the NBC sitcom 'Working,' even though it meant delaying his graduation from Stanford University for a few years. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)