Best Major Acting Debuts

These kids were unknown until these movies came up.

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1Edward Norton - Primal FearEdward Harrison Norton is an American actor, filmmaker and activist. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards for his work in the films Primal Fear, American History X and Birdman.
2Haley Joel Osment - The Sixth SenseHaley Joel Osment is an American actor. After a series of roles in television and film during the 1990s, including a small part in Forrest Gump playing the title character’s son, Osment rose to fame for his performance as a young unwilling medium in The Sixth Sense..
3Abigail Breslin - Little Miss Sunshine
4Anna Paquin - The PianoAnna Helene Paquin is a Canadian-born New Zealand actress. Born in Manitoba and brought up in Wellington, New Zealand, Paquin studied at Hutt Intermediate School and the Wellington Girls' College in New Zealand before moving to Los Angeles during her youth where she studied at Windward School and went more.
5Linda Blair - The Exorcist
6Jesse Eisenberg - Roger DodgerJesse Adam Eisenberg is an American actor, author, playwright, and humorist. He made his television debut with the short-lived comedy-drama series Get Real.
7Emma Stone - Superbad
8Mike Myers - Waynes World

Technically his debut was in Saturday Night Live.

9River Phoenix - Stand By MeRiver Jude Phoenix, born River Jude Bottom (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an American actor, musician, and activist. He was the older brother of Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Liberty Phoenix and Summer Phoenix.
10Tatum O'Neal - Paper Moon

The Contenders

11Orson Welles - Citizen Kane
12Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips
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Top Remixes

1. Edward Norton - Primal Fear
2. Haley Joel Osment - The Sixth Sense
3. Abigail Breslin - Little Miss Sunshine



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