Top Ten Child Actors of All Time

The Top Ten
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 ...read more.

Such a beautiful, inspirational person. She cheered the lives of millions during the Great Depression. Everyone loved Shirley Temple, even president Franklin Roosevelt, who said at the height of Shirley’s fame: “As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be alright.” She was adorable and even today makes people smile. She was one of the child stars who didn’t live a self-destructive life after her time as a child star. Instead, she led another successful career as an ambassador for the rest of her life. Not only is she easily the most famous child actor of all time, but one of the most well-known actresses of the early twentieth century. She was number 1 as the world’s biggest actor for four years, from 1935 through 1938. Such an inspiration to many. There’ll never be anyone like her again.

There will never be anything like Shirley Temple again. Four consecutive years as Hollywood’s biggest star at the box-office, all by the age of 11. Incredible. She really was so cute and talented. Easily no. 1.

She could win you over no matter what the part was. So much talent for her age, she was truly a natural. It's no wounder Americans filled the theaters to see her.

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.

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.

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

She is the best! She's brilliant in every movie I have seen her in.

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!

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 ...read more.

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.

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.

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.

I love Culkin he is so funny. He is a great actor. Culkin has so much character and personality.

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.

Grace and beauty combined with acting skill. You can't help but love every part she plays.

Great actress love all her performances

Favourite actor/actress of all time.

Honestly.

Hermione said this a lot.

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

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.

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

Not all of his movies are good. The only movie that sucks is Victor Frankenstien for his acting.

If he didn't play Potter, it wouldn't be my favorite series of movies...

6 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.

Acting emotions like sorrow, misery, and abandonment, while at the same time carrying a romantical weight is hard enough for adults. But for a child to do this in such a believable way, is simply overwhelming. Millie Bobby Brown steals the show as Eleven, both figuratively and literaly. From Eleven's flashbacks when she kills some henchmen (awesome, by the way) and then passes out in papa's arm, to that climactic moment in Mileven's inocent and short romance, Brown acts it in a fantastical way. Most certainly, Brown's role as the one girl who could make fans want to shave their head and binge-eat eggos, will go down in history as one of the best performances by a child ever recorded.

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.

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.

Not only a great actress, but one of the most genuine, kind, and caring human beings I've seen.

7 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!

8 Mickey Rooney

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!

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

9 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..

The most attractable cutest boy I've ever seen. His performance made me cry in A.I (Artificial Intelligence).. Adorable amiably slanting blue eyes with a mouth like a charming red ring.. I wish him all happiness in this life and the next.

Should be at first! Whenever I think of good child actor, I think this guy! He was nominated for Sixth Sense(should have won) and great performances in a.I, pay it forward, all the movies he was in as a kid

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

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.

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.

Very underrated . . . in my opinion he's better that both Watson and Radcliffe (and Ron is better than Hermione and Harry)

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

Greatest child actor of all time

His expressions in Harry Potter...

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.

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

Big Daddy, Friends and Suite life of Zack and cody

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.

My friend Chloe can really kick asses.. But I guess she deserves here because others who r at the top ten, they deserve it.. But I m still in doubt for Dakota fanning! Is she really that good? I don't think so

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!

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.

I would have to put her and Shirley Temple tided at #1. She was a triple threat, great actress, singer and dancer. She could do it all.

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

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

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

14 Gaten Matarazzo

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

I love him so much!

15 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!

16 Marsai Martin
17 Mary Elizabeth Winstead

She was awesome in Sky High

18 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 ...read more.

Cameron is awesome in jessie grown ups all movies

He was such a great actor. He passed away too soon.

19 Jack Gore
20 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 don't stand a chance against the actor he was. Read up on him too... he's the most inspiring person in the whole world.

One of the best actors I've ever seen. His best 3 performances are stand by me, running on empty, and my own preivate Idaho. Cannot believe he didn't receive and oscar nod for stand by me.
There was no one quite like river. His brother joaquin is pretty damn good too.
R.I.P. river!

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.

21 Danielle Panabaker Danielle Nicole Panabaker is an American actress. She began acting as a teenager and first came to prominence for her roles in the Disney films Stuck in the Suburbs, Sky High and Read It and Weep, the latter alongside her younger sister Kay Panabaker, and in the HBO miniseries Empire Falls.

I liked her in Sky High

22 Jacob Tremblay

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!

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

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

23 Tony Sampson
24 Keira Knightley Keira Christina Knightley is an English actress. She began acting as a child on television and made her film debut in 1995. She had a supporting role as Sabé in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and her first significant role came in the psychological horror film The Hole.

I loved her early work in Princess of Thieves (super underrated)

25 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. ...read more.

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

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