This ‘angelic’ child star stayed out of the spotlight—he now looks ‘unrecognizable’ and grew a beard to hide from the public

THIS 'ANGELIC' CHILD STAR DISAPPEARED FOR YEARS — HE LOOKS 'UNRECOGNIZABLE' NOW & GREW BEARD TO HIDE FROM PUBLIC. This brilliant boy woke up SUPER POPULAR after starring in "The Sixth Sense" along with Bruce Willis. A year later, this CHILD PRODIGY appeared with Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt in "Pay It Forward" but ABRUPTLY DISAPPEARED at the peak of his fame. Now this child star turns out to be "unrecognizable" with a beard he grew to hide from public. His DRASTIC TRANSFORMATION leaves people at a loss for words. His SHOCKING photos now are in the comments.

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During the most of the 1990s, Haley Joel Osment was one of the most prominent child actors globally, largely due to his performances in movies like Forrest Gump and The Sixth Sense and working alongside the likes of Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis. However, his career declined as he grew older. Although he had a few voice-acting roles and cameos in the 2000s, it might seem like the former child star had completely disappeared from the spotlight.

Child prodigy and Bruce Willis on the set of “The Sixth Sense,” 1999 | Source: Getty Image

It is pretty amazing when we see child actors grow old right before our eyes, and Osment has been one of them. When he first appeared on film, charmed audiences with his boyish innocence. During his earliest years, he was characterized with a cherubic face framed by light brown hair.

Haley Osment on the set of “Thunder Alley,” 1994 | Source: Getty Images

Even at a very young age, he possessed a remarkable ability to convey deep emotions, which endeared him to both audiences and critics alike.

Haley Osment at the 30th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Tom Hanks on June 12, 2002. | Source: Getty Images

How Osment ended up acting is an incredible story. When he was just four, someone spotted him in Ikea and believed his face is suitable for commercials. As a result, he ended up being part of a 1993 Pizza Hut ad. This commercial attracted the attention of the Forrest Gump director, who approached Osment. Although he was just five at the time, he showed incredible talent and he and Tom Hanks clicked. What’s most, his screen test with Hanks still circulates on social media.

Hayley Osment at the team photocall at the Celtic Manor Resort on August 27, 2005 Newport, Wales. | Source: Getty Images

By 1997, Osment remained active in TV and film. His appearance during this time showed some changes from his earlier years. The award-winning actor started to grow into his features, displaying a more defined look that suggested the young adult he was becoming.

Jesse Mc Cartney and Haley Osment at the Playstation 2’s “Kingdom Hearts II” launch party on March 23, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

In 1999, he appeared in The Sixth Sense, a role that brought him global fame. Many spoke of him as of a young man with an old soul. For his third and final audition for the movie, he wore a suit. Director M Night Shyamalan has mentioned that the boy’s vulnerability and emotional depth brought him to tears, particularly impressed by Osment’s delivery of the now-iconic line: “I see dead people.”

Haley Osment photographed on November 6, 2008 | Source: Getty Images

At the beginning of the new millennium, Osment attended the 72nd Academy Awards as a nominee, solidifying his status as one of Hollywood’s premier young talents.

By this point, his style has matured.

When he returned to school he was considered a true star although most of his classmates hadn’t seen The Sixth Sense at that point because it wasn’t suitable for children under the age of 13.

Haley Osment at Fox 5 Studios on July 27, 2012 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

By 2002, Osment continued to work in the film industry, albeit quietly, under the radar.

He had done voice work for films like The Country Bears and The Jungle Book 2, showing his versatility. At the same time, his looks began to show signs of adolescence. He no longer resembled the five year old who captured the hearts of millions.

Haley Osment and Emily Osment attend the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute honoring John Williams at Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

By 2005, he turned from a child star to a young adult actor.

In 2006, Osment faced a tumultuous year marked by a highly publicized drunk driving incident that led to his arrest. Mug shots from this time showed him looking like a young man, a stark contrast to his polished public image in earlier years.

Osment suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured rib and a hurt shoulder, as a result of the incident. He was charged with driving under the influence and underage drinking.

Haley Osment at the Deadline Hollywood Emmy Season Kickoff party on June 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

At 18, he moved to New York to study experimental theatre at New York University and attend college, something both he and his parents wanted.

“I did work that practically nobody saw for a long time, which was not a great career move – but, ultimately, was important for me to figure out whether this was what I truly wanted to do for the rest of my life,” Osment once told The Guardian.

In 2008, Osment made his Broadway debut, marking a significant milestone in his career. He sported a more mature look, with the beginnings of facial hair.

Haley Osment at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s 13th Annual L.A. Golf Classic at North Ranch Country Club on June 12, 2023 in Westlake Village, California. | Source: Getty Images

Taking part in American Buffalo, he explored more complex themes. “That was definitely a very fun period of playing a lot of bad guys,” Osment admitted in a 2020 interview. By 2014, Osment had immersed himself in character-driven roles that showcased his dramatic abilities. His performance in Sex Ed highlighted his adept comic timing as well. The actor looked quite different than before and his fans commented on his weight gain.

Haley Osment at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s 13th Annual L.A. Golf Classic at North Ranch Country Club on June 12, 2023 in Westlake Village, California. | Source: Getty Images

“Just noticed Haley Joel Osment in the ending credits of ‘What We Do in the Shadows.’ I’m like who? When? Had to google it omg completely unrecognizable,” wrote one person. Another said, “Can we talk about how Haley Joel Osment is almost unrecognizable in this?” A third commented, “Does this man make you wonder why Haley Joel Osment gained so much weight? Almost unrecognizable. Such an incredible actor and now no parts for Haley.”

Haley Osment attends the Los Angeles premiere of “Drugstore June,” 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Referring to the comments regarding his looks, the actor wrote on social media, “I would say it’s fine that it’s unrecognizable. It’s good. […] there’s those sort of roles that give you the opportunity to undergo a transformation like that are really really kind of fun.”

Osment starred in the acclaimed series Silicon Valley, which aired for six seasons from 2014 to 2019 and earned two Primetime Emmy Awards. This role marked a departure from Osment’s earlier work. During this period, Osment had a full-grown beard. The star revealed that he grew a beard “to try to hide in public. That didn’t really work at all,” as per The Guardian.

After living in New York for 13 years, Osment returned to Los Angeles on 2020. In 2023, his acting career thrived.

Osment continues to receive recognition for his transformation and dedication to his craft.

Nice to see a child actor turned out normal,” commented one user. Another wrote, “This guy is still absolutely adorable. He has such a tremendous presence and seems to really have fun with what he does and not take it too seriously.”

Haley Osment at the Cinespia 20th anniversary screening of “The Sixth Sense” presented by Amazon Studios at Hollywood Forever on October 19, 2019 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

“He’s so cute he seems like he would be good at hugging,” one individual wrote. Someone else added, “He looks like a huge cuddly teddy bear!!! I just wanna give him a BIG hug!!!!”

“It’s pretty apparent that he grew up to be a very intelligent actor. I see him as the next Phillip Seymour Hoffman,” one social media user stated.

Osment has diversified his slate significantly in recent years, appearing in projects as diverse as Teachers, The Devil Has a Name, and The Kominsky Method, among others.

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