80s child star looks totally unrecognisable in new pic – can you guess who it is? | The Sun

THE NeverEnding Story was a staple film that filled many a childhood with joy – yet can you guess who this star is?

It's been a staggering 38 years since young Bastian Balthazar Bux fell into the world of The NeverEnding Story.

Actor Barret Oliver played the adorable long-haired schoolboy, who was inseparable from the NeverEnding Story book and read it in the school attic while escaping bullies.

The film star was 11 when he took on the movie protagonist role, discovering the world of Fantasia where he had to battle against the Nothing with warrior Atreyu to save the Childlike Empress and her kingdom.

Yet now, aged 49, the LA-born actor looks completely different from his plum role in The NeverEnding Story cast.

Even the most avid film fan might struggle to pinpoint Barret now, who has even longer hair styled into brunette dreadlocks


The NeverEnding Story child star Barret Oliver unrecognisable now in new career

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He has a long brunette beard and moustache, as well as jam-jar style glasses.

He often appears to wear dark outfits paired with black braces.

After his NeverEnding Story fame, Barret later starred in Tim Burton's 1984 short film Frankenweenie, 1985's family sci-fi film D.A.R.Y.L., and Ron Howard's Cocoon.

However, you won’t watch him on the big screen anymore, as he stepped away from the spotlight after 1989's Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills.

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He is now a photographic historian who specialises in 19th century photographic technology. 

Barret is now a successful printer and photographer whose work has been exhibited in museums and galleries.

He is also an author after writing a book on the Woodburytype printing process from that time. 

Barret later starred in a 2012 short film about his craft, called "In the Usual Manner."

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In 2016, Google celebrated the anniversary of the book on which the film is based.

It released an enchanting Google Doodle of fantasy children's novel The NeverEnding Story to mark the 37th anniversary of Michael Ende's book.

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