17 Major Celebrities We Almost Forgot Came From the Disney Channel

Kayla Boyd | Oct 31, 2017 TV
17 Major Celebrities We Almost Forgot Came From the Disney Channel
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Anyone who remembers the good old days of Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens knows that plenty of amazing celebrities got their start on the Disney Channel. The popular kids' network created tons of original hit shows and films, many of which jump-started the careers of our favorite actors and musicians -- some of whom are so famous now that we may have forgotten how they got started. 

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Disney Channel continues to kick off careers for younger celebrities too, such as Zendaya, Bella Thorne, and Skai Jackson. However, let's not forget that Disney has actually been giving us celebs since The All-New Mickey Mouse Club aired back in the early '90s. 

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Some may even be surprised by all of the stars on this list, because there are definitely some pretty big names. It's insane how far some of these stars have come in their careers and their personal lives. We're sure Disney will continue to deliver stars with amazing talent and potential. 

Here are 16 stars who we almost forgot got their career going on the Disney Channel. 

  • Justin Timberlake

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    We all know Justin as one of the greatest pop stars of our time. On top of that, he's acted in countless films and is a frequent host on Saturday Night Live as well. However, J.T. actually got his start as a cast member on The All-New Mickey Mouse Club from 1993–1995. 

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  • Hilary Duff

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    Although the successful singer, film actress, and Younger star had a few acting roles before Disney Channel, her career really kicked off after starring in Lizze McGuire. The Disney Channel original show ran from 2001–2004. She was also the star of a few Disney Channel films including The Lizze McGuire Movie and Cadet Kelly

  • Cole Sprouse

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    Cole and his twin brother played the son in both Friends and Big Daddy, but thanks to Disney, their careers only got better a few years later. Now, we all recognize Cole as Jughead Jones on Riverdale. But before he starred in a teen drama, he was Cody on the Disney Channel show The Suite Life of Zach & Cody and its spin-off The Suite Life on Deck.

  • Dylan Sprouse

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    Along with his brother, Dylan also spent about six years starring on Disney Channel. Afterwards, he took a break from acting, but he will be returning to his acting career with an upcoming film called Dismissed

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  • Christina Milian

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    Christina Milian is mostly known for her music career, and she starred in a few cult favorite movies such as Love Don't Cost a Thing and Bring It On: Fight to the Finish. But back in 1998, she was a Disney Channel Movie Surfer who interviewed industry professionals under the name Tina Flores. 

  • Raven Symone

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    She may have got her start as Olivia on The Cosby Show, but Raven's career really took off when she became Raven Baxter on the Disney series That's So Raven. And let's not forget about her role as the ringleader of The Cheetah Girls. She has since been a host on The View, starred in many other movies, and has now returned to Disney Channel for Raven's Home

  • Britney Spears

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    Britney is yet another legend who got her start on The All-New Mickey Mouse Club in the '90s. Now, the Grammy-winning artist is a true music icon. 

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  • Shia LaBeouf

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    Shia was once the cute, goofy brother on the Disney Channel show Even Stevens from 2000–2003. He later starred in the Disney movie Holes, followed by the hit Transfomers films and more. 

  • Christina Aguilera

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    Starring alongside Justin and Britney, Christina also got her start on The All-New Mickey Mouse Club. Aside from her extremely successful singing career, she's also acted and appeared as a judge on The Voice

  • Miley Cyrus

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    And who could forget about Miley's Hannah Montana days? Before she was releasing hit albums, Miley was living a double life onscreen and costarring with her dad on the Disney Channel. 

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  • America Ferrera

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    ABC's Ugly Betty is definitely what America is most well-known for today, but her very first role was in the Disney Channel original movie Gotta Kick It Up! 

  • Zac Efron

    Zac Efron
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    Disney Channel's huge hit High School Musical basically put Zac on the map. The film became a trilogy and he has since starred in many successful movies including Neighbors, That Awkward Moment, and Charlie St. Cloud

  • Vanessa Hudgens

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    As Zac Efron's costar, Vanessa also rose to fame with the High School Musical franchise. She has since released an album, acted in other films such as Spring Breakers, and starred in the series Powerless

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  • Ryan Gosling

    Ryan Gosling
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    Another star from The Mickey Mouse Club, Ryan has had a tremendous film career starring in La La Land, The Notebook, Crazy Stupid Love, and more.

  • Demi Lovato

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    A successful singer with six released studio albums, Demi got her start on Disney Channel's Camp Rock. She also starred in the network's Sonny With a Chance, Princess Protection Program, and more. 

  • Nick Jonas

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    Nick got his start in the band the Jonas Brothers with his siblings Joe and Kevin. Their breakout role was actually an episode of Hannah Montana, which led to their role in Camp Rock and many other Disney projects. Now, Nick is a solo artist and has stolen plenty of ladies' hearts with his more "grown-up" sound. 

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