9 child stars who quit acting for ‘normal’ jobs, from Matilda to Chunk

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We think it’s fair to say that a lot of children dream of being actors. Just ask our long-suffering drama teachers how many precocious brats they had to watch pretending to be dogs every Saturday morning.

So it probably takes a special kind of kid to have that fame within their grasp and let it go to rejoin the rest of humanity.

1. Danny Lloyd (The Shining) – Biology teacher

Danny Lloyd then and now The Shining

To be perfectly honest, if we had had to go through the experience of filming Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, we would have probably seriously considered packing it in.

Seven-year-old Danny Lloyd only had one more project in him – a TV film called Will: G. Gordon Liddy. After a stint as a pig farmer, he now teaches biology at a community college in Kentucky.

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