Top Ten Child Actors of All Time

The Top Ten Child Actors of All Time

1 Shirley Temple Shirley Temple Black (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) was an American actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman, and diplomat who was Hollywood's number one box-office draw as a child actress from 1935 to 1938. As an adult, she was named United States ambassador to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia and more.

Shirley Temple's performances are and will likely always be untouchable. She's one of a kind! When you think of all of the talent that lived inside of that little body, you KNOW that she is the only option for #1. No contest.

She sang, she danced (with the best dancers in the biz), she was cute as a bug & her acting could bring tears to your eyes in a heartbeat. There's a reason she was the #1 box office attraction for many years, and she's the top pro on this list, that's for sure.

Shirley Temple is by far the best child actor ever. Why is she in 9th I never heard of a majority of the kids before her. - FrankP

There is nobody that can outshine her, singing, dancing, and acting and she did all three brilliantly, starting out at the age of two or three! I love watching her movies and to me she will always be #1!

2 Dakota Fanning Hannah Dakota Fanning is an American actress and model. At age seven, her performance in the 2001 film I Am Sam earned her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age eight in 2002, making her the youngest nominee in history.

Absolutly beautifull young lady and Is compelling in every scene and movie.Her acting skill should warrant a paycheck BIG AS or =2 most major A List Adults.

Beautiful, sweet and very talented young actress. I'm a fan!

Best young actress to see love her in Twilight though her performances are always the best

She makes me cry in "I am Sam"

3 Macaulay Culkin Macaulay Carson Culkin is an American actor, author, painter, podcaster, musician and president of Bunnyears. He became famous as a child actor for his role as Kevin McCallister in the family comedy Home Alone, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical more.

Culkin is the best and most natural of all time. His skill alone tramples everyone else with never using cue cards and just memorizing lines.

come on. HOME ALONE!! funniest kid ever

Fine, sure, Home Alone is great. I love it. Watch that... and The Good Son. He was great, back in the day. Both of those performances are phenomenal and combined, they show how great of an actor Culkin actually is.

No one can touch culkin.. He is the best ever and fanning is no where near him so. Admit it.. He is number 1. Whole world knows it.

4 Emma Watson Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is a British actress, model, and activist. Born in Paris and brought up in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the Dragon School as a child and trained as an actress at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts.

Great actress love all her performances

Favourite actor/actress of all time.


Hermione said this a lot. - TriggerTrashKid

She is awesome. Should be #1

5 Daniel Radcliffe Daniel Jacob Radcliffe is an English actor who rose to prominence as the title character in the Harry Potter film series.

Very good at Harry Potter so lucky that he was chosen to play Potter in all the movies along siege Rupert Grint and Emma Watson+ others

Daniel Radcliffe was such an adorable child actor. Having succeeded with Harry Potter on his shoulders is an achievement. With his portrayal, Harry Potter for me became the cutest movie character ever.

Great actor his performances are always the best

He is a great actor. He is very focused with his acting career. That made the today him.

6 Katie Kurtzman

I was not that familiar with Katie's work ecept for "The New Adventures of Heidi". I just saw "When Everyday Was The 4th of July". I must say that Katie's performance in that film was as good as it gets!

7 Mickey Rooney

Best ever. All of his movies as a teen were big hits.0

R.I.P. Mickey

Who else could it be? The only ones I can think of who are in that class are Sammy Davis jr. and Judy Garland. All were just magical!

8 Haley Joel Osment 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..

watch 'the sixth sense' and the 'a.i. artificial intelligence' then comment on his performance... osment is awesome

Pay it forward is completely underrated and The Sixth Sense was perfect. Anyone who thinks there has been a better child actor there crazy.

The Sixth Sense he was nominated for an oscar! Why can't he be higher? You must watch the sixth sense. - Jetticus12

Their are many great child actors, but Osment is the only only one to have been able to be up their with the greatest adult actors as a child.

9 Millie Bobby Brown Millie Bobby Brown is an English actress and model. She is known for her breakout role as Jane "Eleven" Ives in the Netflix science fiction drama series Stranger Things.

She is amazing in Stranger things , intruders Godzilla king of monsters , modern family , once upon a time in wonderland she should definitely be 1st for a fact x

Amazing in Stranger Things. Showed so much depth and made Eleven one of the favorite characters of the series. Has natural talent you just don't see in very many 12 year old actresses.

If only I could vote for two people, I would vote for Emma Watson and Millie Brown. Millie is such a great actress! She only had little lines on the show "Stranger Things", but she was still able to express her feelings. - TheFourthWorld

I got chills when I saw her name that's how good she is

10 Rupert Grint Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint is an English actor who rose to prominence playing Ron Weasley, one of the three main characters in the Harry Potter film series.

I love that series I've read 4 books lupin is by far the best defense against the dark arts teacher so far while lockhart is the worst spoiler alert lockhart is self-oriented

David Copperfield and Harry Potter. That is a lot of main roles for a child. He is amazing!

His expressions in Harry Potter... - CloudyDaze

Love his style of acting!

The Contenders

11 Cole and Dylan Sprouse

For me, I think Cole is more talented. He was the one that really moved in on in acting, while Dylan just stayed a kid actor.

Big Daddy, Friends and Suite life of Zack and cody - daniannaactor1

I love suite life of zack and cody! I mean they were so cute! They still ar

They act awesome in suite life

12 Chloe Grace Moretz Chloë Grace Moretz is an American actress and model. She began her acting career in 2004 at the age of seven, and her first award nomination came the following year for The Amityville Horror.

People don't know who she is I suppose. Here's a hint for you, she's hit girl go watch Kick ass now and tell me how she do not belong as number one?

Have you people seen Kick-Ass, she was outstanding in that movie! How is she not #1, or at least in the top ten

She played Angie in Diary of a wimpy Kid!

Such a good actor! I love her in Hugo.

13 Judy Garland Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm (June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. The American Film Institute named her 8th greatest female star of classic American cinema. She's also the mother of actress and singer Liza Minnelli.

She honestly should be number one! She was in a class of her own!

She should follow Shirley Temple.

Millie Bobby Brown above Judy is the definition of a joke. - 445956

This isn't on here. Losing faith in humanity. - 445956

14 Asa Butterfield Asa Maxwell Thornton Farr Butterfield is an English actor. He began his acting career at the age of 9 in the television drama After Thomas and the comedy film Son of Rambow.

Loved him in hugo

Deserves number 1!

15 Cameron Boyce Cameron Boyce (May 28, 1999 - July 6, 2019) was an American teen actor best known for his roles in the feature films Mirrors, Eagle Eye, Descendants, Grown Ups, and Grown Ups 2, as well as for his starring roles as Luke Ross on the Disney Channel comedy series Jessie and as Conor on the Disney XD series more.

Cameron is awesome in jessie grown ups all movies

16 Corey Haim Corey Haim was born on December 23 1971, in Toronto Ontario. He grew up in the Toronto suburbs of Thornhill and Willowdale, and attended such schools as Pineway Public School, Baythorn Public School, German Mills Public School, and Zion Heights Junior High School. more.

Love lost boys and silver bullet. Too bad he died in 2010. - Stitch013

17 River Phoenix 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.

I cannot believe people like 'Mary-Kate and Ashely Olsen' or 'Frankie Muniz' are on this list... now i understand that sadly much of the world has forgotten River... But just check out some of his work... stand by me or running on empty perhaps, and you will see what i mean. These guys dont stand a chance against the actor he was. Read up on him too... hes the most inspiring person in the whole world.

This list is messed up. If River is not at least in the the top five of any best child actors list, something is truly messed up. He was pure talent. RIP River

River Phoenix was extremely talented and wise beyond his years. His performance in Stand By Me is as good as any A-list actor's. So talented.

Loved him
Miss him
Amazing actor and heartbreakingly beautiful
What a tragic waste

18 Jacob Tremblay

He is such an amazing actor! The talent he had to have when he portrayed Auggie in Wonder...

NO. I don't accept this. He cannot be lower than Peyton List, he is incredible! Such a moving performance in Room and you can tell that he will be successful if he keeps up with his acting!

He's adorable! Best of Wonder and The Book of Henry! Love you Jacob!

Did great in room. If he carries on, one day he'll a great actor. - zxm

19 Jake Short Jake Short (born May 30, 1997 in Indiana is an American actor,known for his roles as Fletcher Quimby in Disney Channel's comedy series A.N.T. Farm and as Oliver in the Disney XD original series Mighty Med and Lab Rats: Elite Force.
20 Corey Feldman Corey Scott Feldman is an American actor and singer. He became well known during the 1980s, with roles as a youth in films such as The Fox and the Hound, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, The Goonies, Stand by Me, The Lost Boys, Gremlins and The 'Burbs.

The fox and the hound, The goonies, stand by me (Coolest movie ever) and much more!

He is great and will always be my number 1 celebrity crush😁

21 Freddie Highmore Alfred Thomas "Freddie" Highmore is an English actor. He made his professional acting debut in the comedy film Women Talking Dirty.

Freddie Highmore... no one knows his name but they know his work.
Everyone knows him
-Charlie and The Chocolate factory
-Five children and it
-The Spiderwick Chronicles
-Arthur and the Minimoys trilogy
-August Rush
and now his new movie "The Art of Getting By" with Emma Roberts!
His awesome and loveable too!

Most polite & loverable boy! Very talented!

Charlie and the Chocolate factory, five children and it. - daniannaactor1

Wow. I love this guy.. My 2nd favorite after Macaulay culkin. love his movies.

22 Josh Hutcherson Joshua Ryan "Josh" Hutcherson is an American actor. A native of Kentucky, Hutcherson began his acting career in the early 2000s and appeared in several commercials and minor film and television roles before landing his first major role in 2002 in the pilot episode of House Blend.

Josh was a very cute boy (he's still cute now). He appeared in different movies and always succeeded in making an impact.

Was he in that dolphin movie?

Was he peeta in hunger games? - ShebaDaDog

Such a good actor x

23 Selena Gomez Selena Marie Gomez is an American actress and singer. She is best known for songs like "Come & Get It", "Good For You", "Same Old Love", and "It Ain't Me". Selena Gomez's voice is mezzo-soprano but she usually sings in alto. She is best known for her role as Alex Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place.

She has a baby face

Best actor ever also love her singing she is a great actor

Pretty and so cute love her singing and her acting

She is a very good singer and I love her acting that's why all are like her.There is nothing to hate her. so, I love you forever JELENA.

24 AnnaSophia-Robb

Bridge to Terabithia and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Great movies, if you haven't seen them. Both, obviously, had AnnaSophia-Robb. - RockFashionista

Bridge to terabithia.and the reaper - daniannaactor1

Bridge to Terabithia is garbage. - BeatlesFan1964

Bridge to Terabithia,i have watched this movie in hindi dubbing and I think best dubbing ever by india,you can watch this movie again and again

25 Bobby Driscoll


I saw “The Window” and he was excellent in it!

26 Jaden Smith

A great actor. He nails the karate kid and the pursuit of happy ness! Knows how to show suitable emotions... PERFECT.. Should be number one

What the hell is he doing behind Noah Schnapp. He should be the last one at least. - DevinGuinivere

He was awesome in the Karate Kid

27 Noah Schnapp Noah Schnapp is an American actor who portrays Will Byers in the Netflix science fiction series Stranger Things. He voiced Charlie Brown in The Peanuts Movie and also appeared in the 2015 Steven Spielberg film Bridge of Spies.

Noah Schnapp is amazing. He deserves at least #1. He's great at showing different emotions, crying, happiness, depressed, even at like not himself whatsoever. He's awesome - DevinGuinivere

He is amazing! He can cry and scream like there is a demon inside of him! He deserves to be number 12.

He's the best in the stranger things cast.

He need to be on number 3 at least, thanks.

- yours truly,
just another stranger things fan.

28 Saoirse Ronan Saoirse Úna Ronan is an Irish and American actress. She is a two-time Academy Award nominee; receiving a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Atonement, and a Best Actress nomination for Brooklyn.

Love her in the lovely bones brilliant performance

For Atonement

29 Victoria Justice Victoria Dawn Justice is an American actress and singer. She debuted as an actress at the age of ten and has since appeared in several films and television series including the Nickelodeon series, Zoey 101 and Victorious.
30 Elle Fanning Mary Elle Fanning is an American actress. She is the younger sister of actress Dakota Fanning and mainly known for her starring roles in Phoebe in Wonderland, Somewhere, We Bought a Zoo, as Aurora in 2014's Maleficent, and The Neon Demon.

Her acting was a memorizing shock in super 8. I never knew a child was capable of her acting talents.

She should be higher on the list, like come on, she's just as talented as her sister

I love her. - JCHOW

31 Gaten Matarazzo

He is my favorite actor on stranger things and an amazing person in real life!

32 Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen

All their T.V. shows and books were way cooler than any other teens entertainment things...

they were cute when they were younger.

Two of a kind plus heaps more. - daniannaactor1

Amazing performers. Have pure talent. We’re the most famous kids of their time. Made full house the show it is

33 Ron Howard Ronald William "Rod" Howard is an American actor and filmmaker. Howard is best known for playing two high-profile roles in television sitcoms in his youth and directing a number of successful feature films later in his career.

Not just Opie, but also good in the Music Man and The courtship of Eddie, s Father. Could include Happy days

Award winning director, Opie from "The Andy Griffith Show", Richie Cunningham from "Happy Days"

he's great when he's really young on andy griffith - jwileson

He was a top 5. This is a bogus poll.

34 Mace Coronel
35 Abigail Breslin Abigail Kathleen Breslin is an American actress and singer. She appeared in her first commercial when she was three years old and in her first film, Signs, at the age of five.

! Abigail Breslin at 17!?!? Zombieland, great! Little Miss Sunshine, she won and was nominated for so many awards! And a lot more, she in my opinion is the best youth actor! Cause she's now 17! - Jetticus12


I am glad that Abigail Breslin dissed 5 Seconds of Summer.

36 Frankie Muniz Francisco "Frankie" Muniz IV (born December 5, 1985) is an American actor, musician, writer, producer, race car driver, and band manager. In the early-to-mid 2000s, he garnered fame as the star of the Fox television family sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, which earned him an Emmy Award nomination and two more.

he is so cute and talented Why wouldn't he be in the top ten

37 Yugvijay Tiwari

Yugvijay is now an international star he should be in top 10 according to me better than Miley whose doing wrecking ball...

He's attractive and stylish. The best thing is he was at like the last number in this list and in few weeks at 20Th number. Love it he said that he don't call fans he says friends. His friends list is huge man I'm little jealous also has.

Finest Artist I have ever seen he will surely earn a great name in future...

He is the only Indian artist here so my vote goes to him and I like him also so big vote for Indian kid!

38 Johnny Depp John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. His role in a movie is often rather big. His character is often on the "loopy side" and his character being in a darker state of mind, etc.

He was in a nightmare on elm street

He not a kid but he still the best

Johny Depp is not a kid

39 Lincoln Melcher

He is by far one of most best and cutest child actor of all time! Usually I don't see his name on lists so I am very happy he made this one!

40 Caleb McLaughlin

He should be higher. In stranger things he was amazing. - DevinGuinivere

41 Cole Parker
42 Thomas Sangster

Love actually, Nanny PcHee - daniannaactor1

43 Jonathan Taylor Thomas
44 Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Hemsworth (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known as Miley Cyrus, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. Her voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and has 4 octaves. She became a teen idol starring as the more.

Only when she was younger

What the hell is she doing on this list

She is terrible.

Here u go Hannah Montana!

45 Edward Furlong Edward Walter Furlong is an American actor and musician. A former teen idol, Furlong won Saturn and MTV Movie Awards for his breakthrough performance as John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Extremely talented, but a tragic story.. I wish that he would love himself as much as the world loves him and believe in himself like I believe in him.
Come on Eddie.. You can still be everything that you should have been.
I know that life has thrown you to the ground, but you must get up, dust yourself off and live life.
I am still waiting for him big comeback because he is a worthy actor.

In Terminator 2 Eddie Furlong was like the cool bad boy who every other kid wished they could be.

46 Richard Wisker

Just search him up. laugh out loud!

47 Jodie Foster Alicia Christian "Jodie" Foster is an American actress, director and producer who has worked in films and on television. She has often been cited as one of the best actresses of her generation.

Really surprised she isn't #2 or #3. - truckturner

48 Wil Wheaton
49 Kodi Smit-McPhee

the kid from Let Me In and The Road - InsertNameHere

He's one of the tallest child actors ever. - Yorkshire2001

50 Mara Wilson

I'm surprised they actually allowed her in the classic film, Thomas and the Magic Railroad.

She was great in Mr. Doubtfire and Matilda, should at least be in top ten. - aldwych94

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