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Q: What else did the kid who played the younger version of Ben in the "It" miniseries do? For a child actor, I thought he did an excellent job.

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

On screen he did quite a lot, until he stopped.

Brandon Crane was indeed very well reviewed for his performance as Ben in the 1990 TV miniseries adaptation of "It." And that role was just one of the ones causing his star to rise in Hollywood at the time.

He had been acting on TV since 1980, when he was just four years old, but from 1989 to 1991 his career experienced a boom -- he had nine different roles in that two-year period. The most notables ones were "It" and a recurring role in the classic family dramedy "The Wonder Years."

But then in 1991 he just dropped off the radar, and apart from two short films in the early '00s, he hasn't done any screen work at all.

He has, however, found new passions. His autobiography on his website says very matter-of-factly that around 1991, "I reached the awkward years and the work dried up."

Shortly after this, and after returning to high school, he discovered stage acting. "Everything I knew was wrong. There were no retakes. It was awesome."

He's been devoting himself to that while paying the bills with another new pursuit: marketing. He's also happily raising two daughters with his wife in Los Angeles.

But he hasn't totally abandoned his screen-acting past. He still appears at the occasional fan convention as the kid from "It." This side business has seen a revival of its own, thanks to the success of the 2017 big-screen version of "It." (The role of young Ben in the remake was played by new up-and-coming child star Jeremy Ray Taylor.)

 

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