20 up-and-comers to watch

by jackbackin | created - 24 Jul 2012 | updated - 27 Jul 2012 | Public

1. Zac Efron

Actor | High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Zachary David Alexander Efron was born October 18, 1987 in San Luis Obispo, California, to Starla Baskett, a secretary, and David Efron, an electrical engineer. He has a younger brother, Dylan. His surname, "Efron", which is Hebrew, is a Biblical place name, and comes from Zac's Polish Jewish ...

2. Adrian Winther

Actor | The Bronx Bull

Adrian Winther is known for his work on The Bronx Bull (2016), Interrogation (2013) and Top Chef (2006).

3. Robert Pattinson

Actor | Twilight

Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson was born May 13, 1986 in London, England, to Clare (Charlton), who worked at a modeling agency, and Richard Pattinson, a vintage car importer. He enjoys music and plays both the guitar and piano.

When Robert was fifteen, he started acting in amateur plays with the ...

4. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Actor | Inception

Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Joseph was raised in a Jewish family with his late older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt, who passed away in October 2010. His parents worked for the Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM and ...

5. Rachael Lee

Actress | Waste of Space

Rachael Lee was born as Rachael Lee Stroud. She is known for her work on Waste of Space (2010), Confessions of a Prodigal Son (2015) and Two and a Half Men (2003).

6. Anna Elizabeth Kendrick

Actress | War Room

Anna Kendrick is an actress and a jazz/pop singer/songwriter. She grew up in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, which is a small, rural town. Shortly upon graduating cum laude from R.I.C. with a B.A. in Liberal Arts for Theatre she moved to New York.

Anna has had success with leading and supporting roles in ...

7. Emile Hirsch

Actor | Into the Wild

Emile Davenport Hirsch was born in Palms, California, to Margaret Esther (Davenport), a teacher and visual artist, and David M. Hirsch, an entrepreneur and producer. He grew up in Los Angeles and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and having been introduced to acting while still at school, he got his first ...

8. Kat Dennings

Actress | Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Kat Dennings was born Katherine Victoria Litwack in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, to Ellen (Schatz), a speech therapist and poet, and Gerald Litwack, a molecular pharmacologist. She is the youngest of five children. Her family is of Russian Jewish descent. Kat was predominantly ...

9. Austin Stowell

Actor | Bridge of Spies

Austin Stowell was born and raised in Kensington, Connecticut, by his father, Robert, a retired steelworker, and his mother, Elizabeth, a schoolteacher. He graduated from Berlin High School in 2003. Upon acceptance at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut, he studied with the ...

10. Randy Wayne

Actor | Honey 2

Randy Wayne was born on August 7, 1981 in Moore, Oklahoma, USA as Randy Wayne Frederick. He is an actor and producer, known for Honey 2 (2011), Hellraiser: Judgment (2018) and The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning (2007).

11. George Loomis

Actor | Caretakers

New York City native George Loomis' first role was Jack Forbes Jr. on ABC's soap opera Loving, a show that gave Bryan Cranston and Teri Polo their first jobs. A dedicated writer at 16, George gave his first screenplays to directors David O. Russell and Gregory Mosher, accosting Russell to produce (...

12. Fred Salmon

Producer | The Ultimate Gamer

Fred Salmon was born as Frederik Winther Salmon. He is a producer and director, known for The Ultimate Gamer (2011), Yisrael (2016) and Breaking the News (2012).

13. Hayden Christensen

Actor | Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Hayden Christensen was born April 19, 1981 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His parents, Alie and David Christensen, are in the communications business. He is of Danish (father) and Swedish and Italian (mother) descent. Hayden grew up in Markham, Ontario, with siblings Kaylen, Hejsa, and ...