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Big Stars Who Were in Disney Channel Movies in the '90s

You'll hardly recognize these actors from their Disney Channel beginnings.

Long before High School Musical became a giant Disney Channel hit, there were movies like Wish Upon a Star and Escape to Witch Mountain. These '90s gems weren't as flashy and the plots were pretty absurd (imaginary friends turned to boogeymen if they were ignored in 1999's Don't Look Under the Bed, for instance), but they did feature some of today's Hollywood hotshots.

Check out which stars made Disney Channel Original Movie appearances back in the day:

  • 1

    Katherine Heigl in 'Wish Upon a Star'

    7 Big Stars Who Were in Disney Channel Movies in the '90s

    Year: 1996
    Age Then: 18
    Age Now: 36
    Known For: Grey's Anatomy, Knocked Up, Life As We Know It

  • 2

    Katey Sagal in 'Smart House'

    7 Big Stars Who Were in Disney Channel Movies in the '90s

    Year: 1999
    Age Then: 45
    Age Now: 61
    Known For: Married With Children, Futurama, Sons of Anarchy

  • 3

    Emmy Rossum in 'Genius'

    7 Big Stars Who Were in Disney Channel Movies in the '90s

    Year: 1999
    Age Then: 13
    Age Now: 28
    Known For: Mystic River, Beautiful Creatures, Poseidon

  • 4

    Elisabeth Moss in 'Escape to Witch Mountain'

    7 Big Stars Who Were in Disney Channel Movies in the '90s

    Year: 1995
    Age Then: 13
    Age Now: 32
    Known For: Girl, Interrupted; The West Wing, Mad Men

  • 5

    Erika Christensen in 'Can of Worms'

    7 Big Stars Who Were in Disney Channel Movies in the '90s

    Year: 1999
    Age Then: 17
    Age Now: 32
    Known For: Traffic, Swimfan, Parenthood

  • 6

    Ryan Merriman in 'Smart House'

    7 Big Stars Who Were in Disney Channel Movies in the '90s

    Year: 1999
    Age Then: 16
    Age Now: 31
    Known For: The Ring 2, Final Destination 3, Pretty Little Liars

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