Dennis The Menace child star looks completely different nearly 30 years on after becoming a scientist

HE played problem child Dennis The Menace in the hit movie of the same name back in 1993.

With his cheeky looks and blonde bowl cut, actor Mason Gamble was the perfect choice to play the mischievous, dungaree-clad five year old.

But nearly three decades on from the role that made him a movie star at seven years old, Mason now looks unrecognisable – and has a completely different job.

Now 35, Mason works as an environmental scientist after getting a degree in marine biology.

Back in 2011, Mason said: The studying of Marine Biology and the continuing of education is something I have always been very passionate about.

"Developing your mind and your ability to think critically is really important."


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Mason beat out 20,000 other young actors to land the gig as Dennis back in the nineties, and he didn't completely leave acting behind afterwards.

The Chicago born child star has had a string of smaller film roles since, including a part in 1997 sci-fi flick Gattaca alonsgide Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman.

In fact, Mason says acting will always be his first love, admitting: "It is a job unlike any other."

These days, Mason is happily married to his wife Sarah, and the pair regularly share their travels on a join account on instagram.

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He has also graced the small screen with guest appearances in ER and CSI: Miami.

Dennis The Menace was a box office hit when it opened in June 1993, grossing more than $117 million (£90 million) at the box office.

However critical reviews were less kind and two direct-to-video sequels didn't feature Mason or the original cast.

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