Best Major Acting Debuts

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The Top Ten

1 Edward Norton - Primal Fear Edward Norton - Primal Fear Edward 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.
2 Haley Joel Osment - The Sixth Sense Haley Joel Osment - The Sixth Sense Haley 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..
3 Abigail Breslin - Little Miss Sunshine Abigail Breslin - Little Miss Sunshine
4 Anna Paquin - The Piano Anna Paquin - The Piano Anna 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 ...read more.
5 Linda Blair - The Exorcist Linda Blair - The Exorcist
6 Jesse Eisenberg - Roger Dodger Jesse Eisenberg - Roger Dodger Jesse Adam Eisenberg is an American actor, author, playwright, and humorist. He made his television debut with the short-lived comedy-drama series Get Real.
7 Emma Stone - Superbad
8 Mike Myers - Waynes World

Technically his debut was in Saturday Night Live.

9 River Phoenix - Stand By Me River Phoenix - Stand By Me River 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.
10 Tatum O'Neal - Paper Moon

The Contenders

11 Orson Welles - Citizen Kane
12 Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips
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1. Edward Norton - Primal Fear
2. Haley Joel Osment - The Sixth Sense
3. Abigail Breslin - Little Miss Sunshine
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