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Torn MMA star Jonathan Lipnicki looks unrecognizable when he was a child star in Jerry Maguire & Stuart Little

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Former child actor Jonathan Lipnicki looks unrecognizable from the adorable child star who stole hearts from Jerry Maguire and Stuart Little.

Jonathan Lipnicki stole Jerry Maguire when he was six

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Jonathan Lipnicki stole Jerry Maguire when he was sixPhoto credit: Kobal Collection – Shutterstock

As a six-year-old, he starred alongside Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger in the Oscar-nominated film as Ray Boyd.

He then appeared in the animated classic Stuart Little and Doctor Dolittle.

But now, at the age of 31, he is adding something completely different to his career.

On Instagram he has shared snaps of his new life – as a fit MMA fighter and a far cry from the cute boy who enchanted movie audiences in the late ’90s.

Lipnicki began training in martial arts as a young boy after a fighter said he would teach him how to box.

After 14 years of training, he got his black belt in jiu-jitsu in 2020.

While his father owned an MMA advertising company, he became a fan of the sport growing up.

“My family actually owns an MMA advertising company, so it’s sort of a family business,” he told ESPN in 2012.

“Because of that, I gave my mom a lot of fighters to fight in a show. I’m training one of my friends right now – he’s fighting a Jiu-Jitsu guy. So I’m his sparring guy. If it’s someone much better, I’m not a good sparring partner.”

Last year, Lipnicki used his combat training by escorting Orthodox Jews to the Temple after anti-Semitic attacks in the US.

After an incident outside an LA restaurant in which a group of Jewish men were attacked, Lipnicki and his buddy Remy Franklin set up groups outside synagogues to ensure worshipers could safely get to and from the temple.

“There was a lot of anti-Semitic hate crimes and violence against Jews,” he told TMZ.

“He (Remy) started this group where we decided to make sure people get home and to the synagogue safely.

“Many of us are martial artists or own martial arts studios, and not all of us are Jews. It’s just people who want to help other people.

Lipnicki, right, has undergone a remarkable transformation

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Lipnicki, right, has undergone a remarkable transformation

“Everyone should have the right to worship without being discriminated against.”

He added, “Bullyers of any kind or people who encourage hate don’t like it when there’s a presence there, and I think having a presence is a huge deterrent.”

Lipnicki is still an actor – having starred in a number of short films. He has also appeared on the reality TV shows Celebs Go Dating and Worst Cooks in America.

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