Rusty Hamer Highlight: For 12 years, he played Danny Thomas' bratty son Rusty on The Danny Thomas Show (also known as Make Room for Daddy) — one of the longest-running TV shows of its era. Low Point: When the show ended in 1965, Hamer's career fizzled. He left Hollywood and battled with depression and alcoholism. He shot himself in the head and died at 42.
Mackenzie Phillips Highlight: Arrived in 1973 with her role in American Graffiti. She then landed a prominent role in the sitcom One Day at a Time. Low Point: Arrested in the show's third season for cocaine possession, she left the series and returned several times. She fell asleep during rehearsals, refused to take drug tests, and reportedly appeared incoherent at points. Recently: Now 42, she's advocating sobriety and has toured with her father's group, The Mamas and the Papas. She later co-starred on the Disney Channel series So Weird.
Drew Barrymore Highlight: At 7, she rocketed to fame as Gertie in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Low Point: Entered a rehab clinic at the age of 13 to fight drug and alcohol abuse. In one episode, she swiped her mother's credit card and hopped a plane to the West Coast with the intention of continuing on to Hawaii. She was apprehended by private investigators in Los Angeles and led back to rehab in handcuffs. On the road to recovery, she portrayed Amy Fisher in a TV movie. Recently: At 28, she's now one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. She divorced her second husband, Tom Green, last year and is currently dating Fabrizio Moretti, who drums with rockers The Strokes.
Adam Rich Highlight: Rich played Nicholas Bradford, the cherubic youngest child on ABC's Eight Is Enough, for four years beginning in 1977. Low Point: TV dad Dick Van Patten bailed him out of jail in 1991, after he was arrested for allegedly smashing a pharmacy window to steal drugs. Rich was arrested soon after for shoplifting and pleaded no contest to both charges. He battled alcohol and substance abuse. In 1996, he participated in a hoax to fake his own death in Might. He later said he did it to satirize the media capitalizing on celebrity funerals. Recently: In December 2002, he was arrested after he drove onto a closed portion of Interstate 10 and nearly struck a California Highway Patrol car. He was booked for allegedly for driving under the influence of an illegal substance and his case is now in the courts. He is now 34.
Willie Aames Highlight: Tommy Bradford on Eight is Enough. Low Point: Playing guitar in a male strip joint. Recently: After reading the John Belushi biography Wired, Aames says he gave up drugs and devoted his life to God. He's now 43 and lives near Kansas City with his wife and daughter. He recently starred in a series of Bibleman videotapes, donning a cape and sword to fight evil and teach kids about Christianity.