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  1. Joshua
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    What about Tia & Tamera Mowery??? and not mention why aren’t there any black child stars on this list?? Now that’s racists

  2. Absurdist
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    Hold up!

    Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn ARE NOT MARRIED, and further DON’T INTEND TO GET MARRIED. “Met his wife” is pulling facts out of somebody’s butt.

  3. Sally MJ
    Sally MJ at |

    Christian Bale? Seriously? The guy who assaulted and cussed out his own mother and sister, and then trashed his hotel room? That is not a normal person.

  4. gnolan
    gnolan at |

    I have to correct my last post…I think that Beverley McKenzie from Seventh Heaven has transitioned into womanhood without becoming an embarrassment to herself…If indeed she is considered “recent.”

  5. gnolan
    gnolan at |

    I can’t think of any of the recent crop of stars, including those in music, who haven’t at least been involved in questionable activities. It’s a sign of the times, I suppose. Let’s hope it doesn’t get even worse!

  6. gnolan
    gnolan at |

    Hayley Mills comes to mind. I know of no scandal with her. Also, I don’t think any of the “Leave It to Beaver” child stars had big problems. I think it has to do with the people around you–the parents, in particular, and the grounding they provide.

  7. Sh
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    Shirley Temple is head and shoulders above all these people, and by far the most important, beloved, talented, influential and enduring of any of them. Nobody watches those other child actors anymore, except for Opie, who didn’t carry his show the way Shirley did her movies. She was also good in some very well made movies in her teens, directed by the likes of John Ford. Kids still watch, like and understand her old b&w movies today. Christian Bale can’t be regarded as a child actor if he was 13 and he made 1 sort of somewhat well known movie as a teen, though he turned out to be a great actor. I took your article to also be a ranking of their work and importance as a child actor, not so much as their subsequent adult success. Shirley Temple Black very quietly went about her diplomatic career, unlike Ron Howard who we have to hear about a fair bit but when you see his movies they leave alot to be desired. You left off alot of great child actors of the classic film era also.

    1. Daphne
      Daphne at |

      Shirley Temple destroyed so many other young female child stars careers. One example is Sybil Jason who played Becky in ‘The Little Princess’. Sybil Jason was to rise to stardom, but thanks to the two ******* (Shirley Temple and her mother, Gertrude Temple) they made it a point to destroy Sybil’s career and other girls. They were both a couple of greedy bitches. Gertrude Temple made it a point on the set to have Sybil nowhere near Shirley as Gertrude Temple was paranoid that Sybil Jason would pick up some of Shirley’s acting habits. Shirley joined in with her mother and made it a point to treat Sybil and other girls as if they were nothings. They were nobodies, which was very incorrect and highly inappropriate. So now what does everyone think of Shirley Temple? Shirley’s parents only used Shirley as a tool to make them big money. There is evidence by this when her parents took every bit of Shirley’s hard-earned dollar and spent her millions on a home in California. It has been said that Shirley only made out with a total of $35,000.00 in income, but that is not so. She made millions and her parents stole it from her to buy their fancy materialistic home. So, yes, Shirley your mommy and daddy used you to get only what they desired. Another point I must mention is the use and abuse upon Shirley Temple by Fox. Fox was drowning in debt and was ready to close its doors. Nevertheless, they discovered Shirley’s talents and kept her under contract so that she would make Fox millions and get them out of the red.
      No, Shirley was and still is no angel. She was evil and unsophisticated. What goes around comes around as Miss Temple lost her career after losing her childish little girl looks. Nothing lasts forever Miss Temple. How gracious of you to take away other talented girls careers and you know darn well you destroyed a lot of little girls dreams, but you surely got yours, didn’t you?

  8. Sally J
    Sally J at |

    Where is Elijah Wood???? Amazing actor as a child and an adult. Lead as well as character actor. Lord of the Rings would not have been nearly as good without those impossibly big blue eyes. And now in the most hysterical TV show “Wlifred”.

  9. daddyostjames
    daddyostjames at |

    I really don’t count anyone that started over age 10 years old 🙁 man

  10. eric
    eric at |

    I agree totally about Hilary Duff! Only tween singer of her era who didn’t go off the rails.

  11. Mark
    Mark at |

    How about Alyssa Milano?

  12. ray
    ray at |

    What about Megan Good? she was in Friday, a LOT of nickelodeon shows and these days… a LOT of bet movies

  13. Jamie Simmons
    Jamie Simmons at |

    no jonathan lipnicki in the list seriously, hes grwon up untarnished and lookiing amazing

  14. Joe
    Joe at |

    No Jodie Foster? This is a ridiculous list. No Elijah wood? Some of these names I’ve never heard of. I ‘m not surprised a guy who makes this list always puts a male actor #1. In my opinion Jodie Foster is #1.

  15. Yance
    Yance at |

    Hilary Duff?

  16. Scoug
    Scoug at |

    @tammy its supposed 2 b a top 10 list ive never heard of any if those people….who r they?

  17. Tammy
    Tammy at |

    What about Keisha Knight Pulliam, Raven Symone, Kellie Shanygne Williams,Malcom Jamal Warner, Jaleel White.

  18. MeMe
    MeMe at |

    Jodie Foster, Anna Paquin, Tom Felton & Neil Patrick Harris

  19. beckymonster
    beckymonster at |

    Ron Howard is a great example of child stars who didn’t get screwed up by Hollywood..but the list is missing LEO DICAPRIO! and, if you’re going to Dakota Fanning, who is still a child, you might as well add the 3 Potter leads: Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint..they’re still young but they are all adults, at least.

  20. Gabbie
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    Jackie Earle Haley. Yet another three named child star you do not want to punch in the face! He got his start in the horror film ‘Day of the Locust’ in 1975 but his breakout role was the next year when he starred as the tough kid who was always smoking, Kelly Leak, in ‘The Bad News Bears’. He went on to act in other movies like ‘Breaking Away’ and ‘Losin It’, and guest starred in some TV shows like ‘McGayver’ and ‘Murder, She Wrote’. But somewhere in the early to mid 1990s, his acting career slowed down and he stopped to pursue other interests, got married and had a family. Then, in the middle of the 2000s, he gave acting another shot and came back in the films, ‘All The Kings Men’ and ‘Little Children’ to which he was nominated for an Oscar. Then, a few years later, people were really all over him when he was Rorschach in ‘Watchmen’ and people were enthralled by him. What amazes some people is that when they see him in interviews, he comes across as nice, soft spoken, and gentle as opposed to his dark and disturbing characters. That right there show that he is an amazing actor and hasn’t let fame & the pressure get to him. 🙂

    Also, notice that in most of his movies and some of the television shows he’s guest starred in, his roles are supporting, and rarely the lead. Ironically, though, he outshines most of the other actors’ performances. Just about all of the films and even in the ‘Human Target’ show on the dreadful Fox channel, people kept mentioning how impressed they are by him and his acting.
    But anyway, he’s the one that I thought about who is a child star that ended up not being a victim to fame, greed, ego, etc.

    Btw, for those who are interested in seeing what’s next for Mr. Haley, he’ll be in ‘Dark Shadows’ and ‘Lincoln’ next year.

  21. polly
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    and also, where’s Anna Chlumsky (from the movie My Girl) ??

  22. polly
    polly at |

    Dakota Fanning is too young to be in this list. and Kirsten Dunst had mental illness.
    I just think their spots should be given to someone else more worthy and qualified, like Natalie Portman and Anna Pacquin.


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