Talented Child Stars of the Past and Present

October 19, 2011 ‐ By

Just because a child’s cute enough to land a role in a film doesn’t mean he or she is exceptionally talented. But on the flip side a child actor’s performance can be so moving he or she can steal the show away from the adults. Check out the talented child actors who managed to do this and then some. See which ones are still acting and those who have gone on to pursue other things…

1-Jurnee Smollet

We’ve watched little Jurnee since her days on Full House. While she was a cute and spunky sidekick to the Olsen twins but she really debuted her talents in Eve’s Bayou as Eve Baptiste. It was refreshing to see that she hadn’t lost her skills when she played “Samantha Booke” in The Great Debaters.

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  • senlac

    The only thing I recall about Dakota Fanning is her Olympic level screaming..

  • Brilly_g

    So where is “Bud”? That lil boy who gave Rudy lots of attitude in the Cosby’s and the twins?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y6VP7DTF5J6TPOWWZ3P5A7UB7E Renee

    Exactly, Tatyana was just honored on Black Girls Rock.

  • Seymorestylz

    I was hoping to see Jermain Johnson who starred in Palmerstown USA in the early 80s.

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  • JLM25

    I absolutely looooove Jurnee Smollet. So beyond talented, underrated and she is absolutely beautiful, but that shouldn't surprise anyone. I'm actually naming my first daughter after here, due in June 2012.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y6VP7DTF5J6TPOWWZ3P5A7UB7E Renee

      Eves Bayou was on last week.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.mcmorris Jessica HueypNewton McMorris

    Whew…The soul food child has grown up to be a GORGEOUS Brotha!!! YAS!

  • uknoitsromaro

    1-Jurnee Smollet Definitely SMOKING HOT!

  • Gratiana

    Marital arts??????

    • Leetos

      So glad that someone else picked up on this!

  • jbombisa

    I love Dakota Fanning so much and she reminds me of Lindsay Lohan. I just really hope she doesn't turn out like her.

  • arieal

    Or the girl from Heroes Hayden Panettiere She was so young and cutie in Remember the Titans. And I believe she still working she on Tv all the time

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y6VP7DTF5J6TPOWWZ3P5A7UB7E Renee

      Yeah but she is unlucky in love.  Been some negative press out about her but all in all she on the narrow path.

  • Ryan

    ummm Raven-Symone should be first!! im just saying..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y6VP7DTF5J6TPOWWZ3P5A7UB7E Renee

      LOL, you are right.

  • Christielove1468

    All in all,these child actors and actresses are talented! I wish all of them well. R.I.P Gary Coleman.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y6VP7DTF5J6TPOWWZ3P5A7UB7E Renee

      It’s so sad that he still has not been buried (GC)

  • zams

    I love Dakota Fanning! Definitely one of my favourite child actors. Extremely talented. And look at what a beautiful woman she's growing into :)

  • Shea

    Thank Goodness they grew into their looks, some of these kids looked a little off. **God Forgive Me**

    • Ms.T

      I was thinking the same thing.

  • rebecca

    How did you miss Raven-Simon?

    • LaLaLaMeansILoveYou

      I know! And Rudy from Cosby show too. Matter of fact I think all of the Cosby kids are pretty well adjusted grown ups. You know Bill wasn't having any mess on his set.

  • https://www.facebook.com/calandrial Calandrial PhoenixRising Afriyie

    Good choices. Why weren't Tia and Tamera on your list?