Twenty years ago, child actor Jonathan Lipnicki made his career debut with a bang after starring in critically-acclaimed comedy-drama, Jerry Maguire as well as our favourite heartwarmer, Stuart Little. But little Jonny is all grown up - now at 28 years old, will we see him back on our screens?
So, whatever really happened to Stuart Little's Jonathan Lipnicki? And, more curiously, what does he look like today? The actor is keen to say farewell to his child star image as he makes a comeback once more - he's got big plans ahead and he isn't shy of hard work. Unlike most break-through actors, Lipnicki was just shy of 8 years old when he found himself working alongside the biggest Hollywood stars such as Tom Cruise and Renée Zellweger, so how did he progress thereon?
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Jonathan Lipnicki (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
Jonathan Lipnicki talks on a phone in a scene from the film 'Jerry Maguire', 1996. (Photo by TriStar/Getty Images)
Tom Cruise points to Jonathan Lipnicki in a scene from the film 'Jerry Maguire', 1996. (Photo by TriStar/Getty Images)
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Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, and Jonathan Lipnicki at the Pier 88 in New York City, New York (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1059 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Jonathan Lipnicki with host Jay Leno during an interview on December 26, 1996 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 9: Mae Whitman and Jonathan Lipnicki at the American Comedy Awards on February 9, 1997 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joan Adlen/Getty Images)
Jonathan Lipnicki during "Good Burger" Premiere in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
4/17/98 Los Angeles, Ca Tom Cruise and Jonathan Lipnicki at the Artists Rights Foundation event honoring Tom Cruise with the John Huston Award.
Shaquille O'Neal and Jonathan Lipnicki during Nickelodeon's 1998 Big Help in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
2/8/99 New York, NY Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, and Jonathan Lipnicki at the premiere of "Stuart Little."
Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki and Geena Davis pose for a family portrait in a scene from the film 'Stuart Little', 1999. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
Actor Jonathan Lipnicki at premiere of his film Stuart Little. (Photo by Mirek Towski/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Jonathan Lipnicki, Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis and a young co-star (l. to r.) filming a scene from the movie "Stuart Little 2" on location at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. (Photo by James Keivom/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki (Photo by RJ Capak/WireImage)
Alicia Silverstone, left, holds her award while posing backstage alongside Jonathan Lipnicki and Ali Larter during the 11th Annual Environmental Media Awards presentation sponsored by Organic Style Magazine. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
Jonathan Lipnicki during "Scooby-Doo" Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - JULY 18: Geena Davis and Jonathan Lipnicki, stars of "Stuart Little 2," get together with Stuart Little himself at FAO Schwarz on Fifth Ave., where they presented contributions to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The store's Stuart Little 2 boutique opened today, and the movie opens tomorrow. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Jonathan Lipnicki during HP and The Hollywood Reporter Celebrate "The Future Through TV & Film" - Arrivals and Party at Astra West in West Hollywood. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Jonathan Lipnicki during "Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas" Premiere - Photos by Jon Kopaloff at Loew's Century City Cinemas in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/WireImage)
Jonathan Lipnicki during The World Premiere of "Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl" at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Jonathan Lipnicki and Mom Rhonda and Sister Alexis (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Eric Stoltz and Jonathan Lipnicki during 3rd Annual Tribeca Film Festival - When Zachary Beaver Came to Town - Premiere at Regal Entertainment UA Theater Battery Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Mychal Watts/WireImage)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 30: Actor Jonathan Lipnicki attends a Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Benefit on August 30, 2004 at Bergdorf Goodman, in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 25: Actor Jonathan Lipnick attends "The LA Riot" screening at the Tribeca Film Festival April 25, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 27: Actor Jonathan Lipnicki and actor Tom Cruise arrive at the Los Angeles fan screening of "War of the Worlds" at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 27, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Jonathan Lipnicki and Hayden Panettiere during CESAR Canine Cuisine Sponsors Animal Fair's 7th Annual "Paws for Style" Celebrity Pet Fashion Show Benefiting Animal Medical Center at Avalon in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by M. Phillips/WireImage)
Jonathan Lipnicki at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 25: Actor Jonathan Lipnicki arrive at the after party for the premiere of "Kickin' It Old Skool" at the Music Box Theatre on April 25, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actor Jonathan Lipnicki relaxes at the Art of Chipotle at The Main Event Red Carpet Lounge Emmy's Gift Lounge on September 15th, 2007 at the Friars Club in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
Jonathan Lipnicki at The American Eagle Declare Yourself Event "VOTE" T-Shirt event held at The Palihouse on May 22, 2008 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - OCTOBER 21: Jonathan Lipnicki attends the grand opening of Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood on October 21, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Brian To/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Actor Jonathan Lipnicki arrives at the (Belvedere) RED Pre-Grammys Party with Mary J Blige held at Avalon on February 9, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images For (Belvedere) RED)
PARSIPPANY, NJ - APRIL 22: Jonathan Lipnicki attends the 2016 Chiller Theater Expo at Parsippany Hilton on April 22, 2016 in Parsippany, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
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Leaving Hollywood to pursue a normal life
After building up quite a reputation for himself in his childhood years, Lipnicki went on to feature in a number of independent movies such as Zachary Beaver Comes to Town as well as TV shows such as Touched By An Angel and Monk. The actor also dabbled in live theatre before briefly pausing his on-screen career to try out public school and regain some of the childhood years he didn't want to lose out on. Precisely, he "hung out with [his] friends and got [his] license and went to prom". Speaking to Huffington Post, he commented "it was just, I mean, typical high school".
However, in another interview Lipnicki admitted that putting his acting years on hold for the sake of school was the "biggest career mistake" he's ever made. Later learning he had dysgraphia, a learning disorder that causes inability to write coherently, Lipnicki found the idea of school didn't quite agree with him. And aside from that, it's school after all, so there's no surprise there.
A passion for Brazillian jiu-jitsu
As he was growing up, the veteran child star kept up an interest in sports playing basketball along with former ice hockey player, Wayne Gretzy's son but seriously jumped into training with martial arts. Lipnicki believed the sport can "teach you a lot about life", highlighting just how rewarding yet humbling practice in jiu-jitsu can be. After heavier training, the 28-year-old has thus far achieved a purple belt as he continues to Muay Thai on the side.
In fact, after numerous postulates regarding potential MMA involvement in the ring, Lipnicki admitted to HuffPost that he's "never going to say no", although he hasn't made that the focus of his career just yet. Although, it's hard to say he hasn't gone far with his newly muscular bod adding to his kickass-ness even more so. It seems that Jonathan Lipnicki went through a major transformation and hot damn, he has definitely done something right.
Making his way back on-screen
Fortunately, we haven't seen the last of Lipnicki on our TV screens as he's been serious about building up his acting portfolio once again, emphasising how he loves to keep busy and stresses that "behind every overnight success, there's like 10, 15, 20 years of work". The continuing actor understands what he needs to do to make it as an actor in his adult years, but that means he wants to leave behind his child-star image behind and hopes to demonstrate his capabilities as a serious actor. He's clearly walking the walk and always keen to take on more projects.
We have to admit, it seems Jonathan Lipnicki has done pretty well for himself, being both modest and confident and it seems we can definitely take a tip or two from Stuart Little's human brother! Although, one thing is for sure - he's not so little anymore. So, what does he look like today? Check out the above video and gallery to see his transformation...