"A lot of people remember those stories about Danny Bonaduce and how he was a show-business bad boy," Ryan says. "These days, he's got a successful radio show."
Even the surviving Diff'rent Strokes kids seem to be doing better. Bridges, 37, is married with a child and preaches clean and sober living. He played a drug dealer in the TV docudrama After Diff'rent Strokes: When the Laughter Stopped — and sold crack to his on-screen persona.
Bridges recently took on vintage rapper Vanilla Ice in the Fox special Celebrity Boxing and has appeared in soap operas.
Coleman has worked occasionally in recent years, voicing cartoons and doing guest spots on TV. He's remarked that he wants to get into politics. And while he's probably joking, that's what they said about Jesse Ventura. In any event, he's been staying out of trouble.
Feldman to Jackson: ‘You Left Me to Die’
"If you are a child star, you have to have a sense of humor to deal with the past," Feldman says.
As he embarks on a 30-city tour to promote his new album, he expects to be taken seriously as a musician, but understands that his past follows him.
"I know some people show up at a concert to find out what happened to that kid who was in The Goonies," he says. "That's not a bad thing, especially if they listen to the music."
One of Feldman's most talked-about new songs is "Megaloman," in which he blasts another former child star, Michael Jackson, who was once one of his closest friends.
Feldman came to New York last year, at Jackson's invitation, to attend Jackson's 30 anniversary concert. But on Sept. 11, as New Yorkers scrambled to get out of the city, Feldman says Jackson deliberately tried to keep him off his bus, while sending limousines to pick up pals Marlon Brando and Liza Minnelli.
Feldman once described meeting Jackson in 1984 on the set of The Goonies in 1984 as his favorite childhood memory.
At an Oscar show in 1989, Feldman even dressed in Jackson-esque garb, moonwalking to a ditty called "I Wanna Be an Oscar Winner!"
Feldman later rushed to Jackson's defense when the King of Pop was accused of pedophilia. "It's like calling Santa Claus a thief," Feldman told The Times of London in 1993.
Now Feldman sings, "I believed in your words/I believed in your lies/But in September in New York/You left me to die."
Child Actor Traumas
While it's sadly true that early stardom devastated some actors, others clearly learned from their mistakes. Here's a look at some of the most notorious incidents involving young stars:
Anissa Jones Highlight: As the pigtailed darling "Buffy" on Family Affair, she was the cutest thing on TV for about six years, beginning in 1966. Low point: Turned to drugs as a teenager. Shuttled between mother and father. Died of an overdose of Quaaludes and barbiturates in 1976 at 18. Her ashes were cast upon the Pacific Ocean. Danny Bonaduce Highlight: Played the wisecracking, bass-playing redhead on The Partridge Family, one of the most enduring TV hits of the early 1970s. Low point: Multiple arrests for drug and cocaine possession. Convicted of assaulting and robbing a transvestite prostitute in 1991. Recently: Bonaduce, now 43, took on Barry Williams, formerly of The Brady Bunch in the Fox special, Celebrity Boxing. He wrote an autobiography, Random Acts of Badness, last year and hosts a morning drive-time radio show, The Jamie & Danny Show, in Los Angeles.