One of Hollywood’s most admired and regarded actors, Kurt Russell has had a career spanning more than six decades. At the tender age of 11, Johnny made his film debut beside none other than Elvis Presley. He appeared in several Disney films as a child throughout the 1960s, and in the 1970s when he was given the role of the main man, he rose to prominence as Disney’s biggest star. His fame only increased in the 1980s as he gained a reputation for playing more mature characters. This was especially true when he teamed up with his old friend and partner John Carpenter on films like The Thing, Escape from New York, and Big Trouble in Little China.
The Harry Potter cultural phenomenon swept the globe in the 1990s, and when the popular children’s book series was turned into a billion-dollar film franchise, its child-led cast was immediately catapulted into the spotlight. While many of them have experienced some success as adults—Daniel Radcliffe, in particular, has maintained a lucrative career in the indie film industry—Emma Watson has excelled at riding the wave of celebrity and fortune the longest. She gained recognition for her roles in films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring after portraying the endearing bookworm Hermione in Harry Potter.