What do you think of when you think of child stars from the 80's? I think of drug or alchohol addiction with most of them or two famous actors from that decade dead from suicide (Andrew Koenig, Growing Pains) and a pulmonary edema (Corey Haim, Lost Boys, but most people think it was a drug overdose.) I don't know why they couldn't resist the peer pressure, but the same question could be asked of current child stars like Lindsey Lohan or the Olsen Twins.
The first child star I thought of was Drew Barrymore. She was in E.T. in 1982. Since her breakout performance in that movie, she's had plenty of ups and downs. Her childhood was turbulent with drug and alcohol addiction. She went into rehab twice and has been married twice. Since then she's established herself as an excellent actress in multiple movies, like the Wedding Singer, Charlie's Angels, and 50 First Dates just to name a few. She also made her directoral debut in a movie called Whip It that came out in 2009. She's made quite a name for herself as an actress, director, and model.
Another easy child star came in the form of Fred Savage from the TV series the Wonder Years. He received two Golden Globe nominations and two Emmy nominations, which was unheard of for a 13 year old. Since his childhood he has directed and produced many different shows such as Drake and Josh, That's So Raven, Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Party Down. He's currently married to his childhood love and they have two kids. He didn't have any run-ins with drugs or alcohol when he was growing up, which shows that there is a choice between the crazy life and the non crazy life.
The movie The Goonies led to four child stars. They are Jonathan Ke Quan (also known for being in Indiana Jones), Corey Feldman, Sean Astin, and Jeff Cohen. Now out of those four there is one that emerged as a known actor, director, and producer, Sean Astin. Corey Feldman is best known for being best friends with Corey Haim and starring in the Two Coreys together. Jonathan Ke Quan and Jeff Cohen have all, but been forgotten. Jeff Cohen is a lawyer in Los Angeles and hasn't been in a movie since 1988 and Jonathan Ke Quan is a martial artist and helps with stunts in some movies.