Top Ten Child Actors of All Time


The Top Ten

1 Shirley Temple 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.

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!

She was amazing.

Why don't they sell her films any more? I would love to see more of her.

18 massive box-office hits in the space of 6 years - no other child actor before or since has come close to the quantity and quality of Shirley Temple's work in Hollywood.

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2 Dakota Fanning 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.


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!

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3 Macaulay Culkin 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.

Simply the best

This guy was a great actor but he's not a kid anymore.And I can't believe they have made home alone sequels without him ]:

come on. HOME ALONE!! funniest kid ever

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

Great actor one of my favorites

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.

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5 Emma Watson 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.

Muahahaa! Best in Beauty and the Beast! The BEST!

Great actress love all her performances

Favourite actor/actress of all time.

She. Is. Aweeesome.

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6 Mickey Rooney 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!

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 Haley Joel Osment 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.

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9 Rupert Grint 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!

Love his style of acting!

Greatest child actor of all time

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10 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

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The Contenders

11 Millie Bobby Brown 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.

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

Excellent acting; believable; adult-like and child-like at the same time.

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

She is the best

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12 Chloe Grace Moretz 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.

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13 Judy Garland 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 should follow Shirley Temple.

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. - 445956

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

14 Asa Butterfield 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 Cameron Boyce is 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 Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much more.

Cameron is awesome in jessie grown ups all movies

16 River Phoenix 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.

As if River Phoenix is 16th!

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.

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17 Corey Haim 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

18 Jake Short 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.
19 Jacob Tremblay

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

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

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!

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

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20 Corey Feldman 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 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.

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22 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

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23 Selena Gomez 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 "Naturally". 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.

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24 Josh Hutcherson 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?

Such a good actor x

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26 Jaden Smith Jaden Smith

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

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

He was awesome in the Karate Kid

Really ugly bitch

27 Saoirse Ronan 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.

For Atonement

Love her in the lovely bones brilliant performance

28 Noah Schnapp Noah Schnapp

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 need to be on number 3 at least, thanks.

- yours truly,
just another stranger things fan.

29 Victoria Justice 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 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.

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

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

31 Gaten Matarazzo Gaten Matarazzo

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

32 Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen

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

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

33 Ron Howard Ron Howard

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

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

34 Abigail Breslin Abigail Breslin

! 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.

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36 Frankie Muniz 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!

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38 Johnny Depp 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

A nightmare on elm street

He not a kid but he still the best

Johny Depp is not a kid

39 Anna Paquin Anna Paquin 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 more.
40 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!

41 Thomas Sangster

Love actually, Nanny PcHee - daniannaactor1

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43 Caleb McLaughlin Caleb McLaughlin

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

44 Jonathan Taylor Thomas Jonathan Taylor Thomas
45 Richard Wisker

Just search him up. laugh out loud!

46 Wil Wheaton Wil Wheaton
47 Miley Cyrus 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.

What the hell is she doing on this list

Only when she was younger

She is terrible.

Here u go Hannah Montana!

48 Kodi Smit-McPhee

the kid from Let Me In and The Road - InsertNameHere

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

49 Jerry Mathers

Leave it to Beaver, a classic.

50 Edward Furlong 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.

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