Actors whose careers I have followed

These are actors and actresses who first came to my attention as child stars. I was impressed by their performances as young actors so made it a point to watch as many of their films as I could. Many have fulfilled their promise others have disappointed me. Some have gone on to become big stars, others have languished in relative obscurity, some have bombed out.
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1.
Michael Angarano
Angarano was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Doreen and Michael P. Angarano. He is of Italian descent. His family owns and operates three successful dance studios; two in New York (Brooklyn and Staten Island) and one in California (Los Angeles) called Reflections in Dance. His mother is the owner and director of all three...
“ I first noticed him in the film "Speak". I liked his character in the film. He's been working fairly steady since he was 8 but has never really done anything of any significance. He's "starred" in two of his movies that I'm aware of "Sky High" & "The Forbidden Kingdom" both were cute kid flix. Nothing special. He continues to get work but his biggest claim to fame is he dated Kristen Stewart for a few years (until she made it big)

Career Verdict: minor working actor. He'll manage to make a paycheck but never really make it big. ” - reh3959
 
2.
Drew Barrymore
Producer, Donnie Darko
Since melting audiences' hearts - at the age of six - in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Drew Barrymore has emerged as one of the most endearing and talented actresses of her generation. Drew Blyth Barrymore was born in Culver City, California, to actors John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore (née Ildiko Jaid Mako)...
“ First noticed in "E.T. the Extraterrestrial" (of course). Fantastic job. She was funny and touching. Other childhood films - not so much. She's overcome her youth substance abuse and has come back to be a pretty big star, and a OK director as well.

Career Verdict: Alive and kickin' - Movie Star ” - reh3959
 
3.
Abigail Breslin
Academy Award-nominated actress Abigail Breslin is one of the most sought-after actors of her generation. Her unique and charismatic talents have contributed to her versatile roles in both comedy and drama. Most recently, Breslin starred in the first season of the horror-comedy series, Scream Queens...
“ Like most people she first caught my notice in "Little Miss Sunshine". I've seen her in earlier works like "Signs" and "Raising Helen" but hadn't really noticed. I've watched most of her movies and have generally liked them. Still stuck in relative kiddy parts.

Career Verdict: Undecided - has some real potential ” - reh3959
 
4.
“ First noticed him in "The Kid" opposite Bruce Willis. Absolutely loved it, loved him.

Career Verdict: Career? What career? - over ” - reh3959
 
5.
Macaulay Culkin
Actor, Home Alone
Macaulay Carson Culkin, one of the most famous American child stars, was born on August 26, 1980 in New York City, New York, USA, as the third of seven children of his father Christopher Culkin (a former stage and child actor and also Macaulay's former manager) and mother Patricia Brentrup. He is the brother of Shane Culkin...
“ Like most people first really noticed him in "Home Alone" and it's first sequel. Loved him in "Uncle Buck". His handlers were smart - took full advantage of his child stardom - made him a ton of money.

Career Verdict - Over. He still does a bit of acting here and there but he's never going to star again. ” - reh3959
 
6.
Kirsten Dunst
Actress, Spider-Man
Kirsten Caroline Dunst is an American actress, who also holds German citizenship. She was born on April 30, 1982 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to parents Inez (née Rupprecht), who owned an art gallery, and Klaus Dunst, a medical services executive. She has a younger brother named Christian Dunst, born in 1987...
“ First noticed her in "Interview with the Vampire" as the little girl vampire. Wow, she was terrific. She's certainly been busy ever since.

Career Verdict: Alive and well as a 'working actress', somewhat disappointing I expected so much more. Unfortunately not really star material. Too bad. ” - reh3959
 
7.
Dakota Fanning
Hannah Dakota Fanning was born on the 23rd of February 1994, in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven Fanning. Her mother played professional tennis, and her father, now an electronics salesman, played minor league baseball. She is of German, Irish, English, French, and Channel Islander descent...
“ First took notice in "Uptown Girls". Not all of her movies are great but she's been terrific in everything she's done. At only 17 she can boast about a resume that any actor of any age would be proud of.

Career Verdict: not yet in - might be a bit too soon to tell if she can transition from child star to adult star, but I predict BIG star. ” - reh3959
 
8.
Jodie Foster
Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children with Lucius, but the exes had a brief re-encounter in 1962 which resulted in Alicia's birth...
“ I first saw her in "Taxi Driver" & "The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane", of course she's gone on to do so much more.

Career Verdict: Movie Star ” - reh3959
 
9.
Diane Lane
Actress, Man of Steel
Diane Lane was born on January 22, 1965, in New York. She is the daughter of acting coach Burton Eugene "Burt" Lane and nightclub singer/centerfold Colleen Farrington. Her parents' families were both from the state of Georgia. Diane was acting from a very young age and made her stage debut at the age of six...
“ First saw her in "A Little Romance" - she's had a few miss-fires but I've generally loved her in everything she's done. She's become the go-to girl for portraying the lonely divorcee in rom-coms.

Career Verdict: Movie Star ” - reh3959
 
10.
Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Dee Lohan was born in New York City on 2 July 1986. Her mother, Dina Lohan (née Donata Melina Nicolette Sullivan), is a former Wall Street analyst, and her father, Michael Lohan, is a businessman and former Wall Street trader. She has Irish, Italian, and German ancestry. Lohan began her career at age three as a model at the Eileen Ford Agency...
“ First took notice in the remake of "The Parent Trap". I was impressed at how well she played two rather different parts. I've watched almost everything she's done since. She's been OK in some things, awful in others but has rarely impressed me.

Career Verdict: Stick a fork in her, she's done. - I'm somewhat hopeful she may make a comeback and impress me in the future, but I wouldn't count on it. Too bad, such wasted promise. ” - reh3959
 
11.
Jena Malone
Actress, Contact
Jena Malone was born in Sparks, Nevada, to Deborah Malone and Edward Berge. Her grandfather owned a casino, Karl's Silver Club, in Sparks. She was raised by her mother and her mother's partner. Beginning as a child actress, and then stepping up to roles as a young adult, Malone's career path has been compared to that of Jodie Foster...
“ I was SOOOO Impressed with her in her movie debut of "Bastard Out of Carolina" - she was incredible. The emotions she could project with just her facial expressions. I really thought she was going to be a Big BIG star. She's done a lot since and has been good in almost everything but never really achieved the quality of her first performance.

Career Verdict: Working actress ” - reh3959
 
12.
“ Of course we all were first introduced to Tatum in the terrific "Paper Moon" opposite her dad. She was great in "Bad News Bears", she did a few more adequate performances in her early teen years but has all but disappeared from the acting world.

Career Verdict: Over ” - reh3959
 
13.
Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joel Osment is an American actor who has proven himself as one of the best young actors of his generation. He is the first millennial male to have received an Academy Award nomination for acting. Osment was born in Los Angeles, California, to Theresa (Seifert), a teacher, and actor Eugene Osment. His sister is actress Emily Osment. His ancestry includes English, German, and Irish...
“ He was so good in "The Sixth Sense". I then remembered him as Forrest Gump's son in "Forrest Gump". He did very well in "Pay It Forward" but I was beginning to think he had only one emotion in his repertoire.

Career verdict: Over, SO over. ” - reh3959
 
14.
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan). Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati...
“ She was incredible in her first film "Leon: The Professional". In general she has chosen her projects well. Some artsy, some mainstream. You can't argue with her success.

Career Verdict: BIG star ” - reh3959
 
15.
Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989 in Fulham, London, England, to casting agent Marcia Gresham (née Jacobson) and literary agent Alan Radcliffe. His father is from a Northern Irish Protestant background, while his mother was born in South Africa, to a Jewish family (from Lithuania, Poland...
“ Of course I first saw him in "Harry Potter". He was pretty impressive as a kid. He's done well as he's grown. Branched out into other projects.

Career verdict: Undecided - no arguing he's big now but will he be equally big after 'Potter'? Remains to be seen. ” - reh3959
 
16.
Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts is the daughter of Oscar-nominated actor Eric Roberts, and the niece of Oscar-winner Julia Roberts. She was born in Rhinebeck, New York. Emma was a baby when her parents separated, and she grew up living with her mother, Kelly Cunningham. She was educated at Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, California...
“ First saw her in "Aquamarine" - it was cutsey and she was good in it. For the most part she's done 'age appropriate' kid & teen roles. She's starting to branch out into more adult things.

Career Verdict: Undecided - too early to tell yet, she's a good actress. I think she'll be big - maybe even as big as her famous aunt. Only time will tell. ” - reh3959
 
17.
Kristen Stewart
Actress, Twilight
Though most famous for her role as Isabella "Bella" Swan in The Twilight Saga, Kristen Stewart has been a working actor since her early years in Los Angeles, California, where she was born. Her parents, John Stewart and Jules Stewart, both work in film and television. Her mother is Australian...
“ I first noticed her with her awe inspiring performance as a rape victim in "Speak". She's done quite a bit since, rarely impressed me as much as that early one. No doubt that "Twilight" has made her a star (for now)

Career Verdict: Jury is still out: I think she'll be a solid working actress - never really a big star. ” - reh3959
 
18.
Emma Watson
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in Paris, France, to English parents, Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, both lawyers. She moved to Oxfordshire when she was five, where she attended the Dragon School. From the age of six, Emma knew that she wanted to be an actress and, for a number of years, she trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts...
“ Once again "Harry Potter" had brought her fame. I've seen a lot of the other things she's done. She is a very good actress. She's talked about getting out of acting so it remains to be seen where it all leads to.

Career Verdict: Unknown - she can possibly be a star if that's what she wants. ” - reh3959
 
19.
Evan Rachel Wood
Actress, The Wrestler
Evan Rachel Wood was born September 7, 1987, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her father, Ira David Wood III, is a theatre actor, writer and director, and her mother, Sara Wood, is an actress and acting coach. She has two older brothers--Dana Wood, a musician, and Ira David Wood IV, who has also acted...
“ First saw her in "Thirteen". I was very impressed. I've watched most of what she's done since. She tends to choose artsy projects, most are not mainstream. She's good in everything she does.

Career Verdict: undecided - has star potential. ” - reh3959