Child Stars of 1980s

by BatBanks | created - 10 Oct 2014 | updated - 02 Jan 2017 | Public

Not particular order.

1. Drew Barrymore

Producer | Never Been Kissed

Since melting audiences' hearts - at the age of six - in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), 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 ...

2. Sean Astin

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Sean Patrick Astin (né Duke; February 25, 1971) is an American actor, voice actor, director, producer, author, runner and political activist who is well known for his film debut portraying Mikey in Steven Spielberg's The Goonies (1985), for playing the title role in the critically acclaimed Rudy (...

3. Sara Gilbert

Producer | Roseanne

Sara Gilbert was born on January 29, 1975, as Sara Rebecca Abeles at St. John's Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica, California, to Harold and Barbara Abeles. Barbara was previously married to the late Paul Gilbert. At the age of six, when Sara saw her sister Melissa Gilbert get a star on ...

4. Danny Lloyd

Actor | The Shining

Danny Lloyd was selected for the role of Danny Torrance in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980) because of his ability to concentrate for extended periods of time. Because of his age (6) and the genre of The Shining (1980) Danny was closely guarded by Kubrick during filming and didn't know it was a...

5. Neil Patrick Harris

Actor | How I Met Your Mother

Neil Patrick Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 15, 1973. His parents, Sheila Gail (Scott) and Ronald Gene Harris, were lawyers and ran a restaurant. He grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico, a small town 120 miles south of Albuquerque, where he first took up acting in the fourth grade. ...

6. Bridgette Andersen

Actress | Savannah Smiles

Bridgette Andersen was born on July eleventh, 1975 to Frank Glass and Teresa Andersen in Inglewood, California and grew up in Malibu. She always considered it good luck to have her birthday read as 7-11 rather than of July 11th. She would always kiss the first two fingers on her right hand and then...

7. Seth Green

Actor | Austin Powers in Goldmember

Seth Green has starred in numerous films and television series including the Austin Powers trilogy, The Italian Job (2003), Without a Paddle (2004), Party Monster (2003), Can't Hardly Wait (1998), Old Dogs (2009) and dozens more, including starring roles in Sexy Evil Genius (2013), The Story of Luke...

8. Natalie Gregory

Actress | Oliver & Company

Natalie Gregory was born on October 20, 1975 as Natalie Lynn Gregory. She is an actress, known for Oliver & Company (1988), Alice in Wonderland (1985) and Magnum, P.I. (1980). She has been married to Marc Mitchell since 1997. They have two children.

9. Tracey Gold

Actress | Growing Pains

Tracey Gold has virtually grown up on television. She made an auspicious television debut in the award-winning mini-series Roots. She also enjoyed seven years on the immensely popular ABC comedy series Growing Pains after which she returned to drama in more than 20 movies for television.

Born in New...

10. Brooke Shields

Actress | The Blue Lagoon

"Want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing". If you have not heard of Brooke Shields before, this tagline from her Calvin Klein Jeans ad had to grab your attention. Not that she has not had a previously noteworthy resume. She was born on May 31, 1965 in New York City and, at age 12,...

11. Emmanuel Lewis

Actor | Webster

Emmanuel Lewis was born March 9th, 1971 in Brooklyn, New York. The youngest son of Margaret Lewis, a former computer-science professional, Emmanuel attended regular public schools in Brooklyn until his busy acting career took him to Hollywood. He has four siblings. His acting career began one day ...

12. River Phoenix

Actor | My Own Private Idaho

River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), a Bronx-born secretary, and his father, John Bottom, a carpenter, met in California in 1968. They worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally ...

13. Warwick Davis

Actor | Willow

English actor Warwick Davis was born in Epsom, Surrey, England, the son of Susan J. (Pain) and Ashley Davis, an insurance broker. Davis was born with the condition spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenital (SED), which caused his dwarfism. He was educated at City of London Freemen's School. When he ...

14. Gary Coleman

Actor | Diff'rent Strokes

Without a doubt Gary Coleman was THE child TV star of the late 1970s and early 1980s. A refreshingly confident little tyke with sparkling dark, saucer-like eyes and an ingratiating, take-on-anyone burst of personality, the boy charmed the pants right off of TV viewers the minute he was glimpsed in ...

15. Keshia Knight Pulliam

Actress | The Cosby Show

Keshia Knight Pulliam was born on April 9, 1979 in Newark, New Jersey, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for The Cosby Show (1984), House of Payne (2006) and Madea Goes to Jail (2009). She was previously married to Ed Hartwell.

16. Ricky Schroder

Actor | Black Cloud

He was born Richard Bartlett Schroder, Jr., in Staten Island, New York on April 13th, 1970. His mother, Diane Schroder was an employee at AT&T, which is also the same company that employed his father, Richard Bartlett Schroder, Sr.

Eventually working his way up to management from being a telephone ...

17. Lukas Haas

Actor | Inception

Lukas was born on April 16, 1976 in West Hollywood, California. His Texas-born mother, Emily Tracy, is a writer, and his German-born father, Berthold Haas, is an artist. He has twin brothers, Simon and Nikolai. It's widely noted that Lukas was discovered at the age of five by casting director ...

18. Dana Hill

Actress | National Lampoon's European Vacation

Dana Hill was born Dana Lynne Goetz on May 6, 1964, in a suburb of Los Angeles, to parents Sandy Hill and Ted Goetz, a commercial director. Despite diabetes ending a promising future in athletics when she was just ten years old, Dana gamely threw herself into acting when still in her early teen ...

19. Dana Plato

Actress | Diff'rent Strokes

Dana Michelle Plato was born in Maywood, California, on Saturday 7 November 1964. Her first excursion into the film world occurred when she was eleven in the television film Beyond the Bermuda Triangle (1975). Dana never really made an impact on the TV screen until she landed the part of Kimberly ...

20. Fred Savage

Actor | The Wonder Years

Fred Savage was born July 9, 1976. he began acting at age 9 with Jay Underwood in The Boy Who Could Fly (1986). At the age of twelve, he was cast the lead role of the series The Wonder Years (1988). It became a good show, and on the pilot, he got his first kiss. He was later in the movie Vice Versa...

21. Kirk Cameron

Actor | Growing Pains

Kirk Thomas Cameron was born in Panorama City, California, to Barbara Cameron (née Barbara Jeanne Bausmith), a homemaker, and Robert Cameron, a teacher. Though his parents initially did not project show business aspirations onto their children, a family friend in the business noted to Barbara that ...

22. Aileen Quinn

Actress | Annie

Aileen was introduced to show business by her mother, Helenann, who was doing theatre when Aileen was growing up. Aileen begged to audition too, and she began to get parts near her home of Yardley, Pennsylvania. Her first show being, ironically "Annie Get Your Gun."

Aileen's first movie part was one...

23. Fergie

Soundtrack | Nine

Stacy Ann Ferguson was born in Hacienda Heights, California, to Theresa Ann (Gore) and Jon Patrick Ferguson, both schoolteachers. Her ancestry includes Scottish, English, Irish, German, Swedish, and Luxembourgian. When she was a teenager, her parents divorced, which was a big challenge for a girl ...

24. Nancy McKeon

Actress | The Facts of Life

Nancy McKeon was born in Westbury, New York, on Monday, April 4th, 1966, to Don & Barbara McKeon, began modeling baby clothes for the Sears & Roebuck catalog at the age of two and she and her brother did over sixty-five commercials in seven years. When her brother, Philip McKeon, won a role on the ...

25. Heather O'Rourke

Actress | Poltergeist

Heather Michele O'Rourke was born on December 27, 1975 in Santee, San Diego, California, to Kathleen, a seamstress, and Michael O'Rourke, a construction worker. She had German, Danish, English, and Irish ancestry.

Heather entered American cinematic pop-culture before first grade. She was sitting ...

26. Mario Lopez

Actor | Get Him to the Greek

Born in San Diego, California, on October 10th, 1973, to Mario Sr. and Elvira, Mario Lopez's first professional role was on the series, a.k.a. Pablo (1984). Mario is probably best known to youngsters, however, as A.C. Slater from NBC's popular 1980s teen comedy series Saved by the Bell (1989).

Among...

27. Janet Jackson

Soundtrack | Poetic Justice

Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse) and Joe Jackson, a musician. She is the youngest of ten children. After her birth, her brothers formed a band later called The Jackson 5. She lived at home with her sisters, while ...

28. Alyson Hannigan

Actress | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Alyson Hannigan was born in Washington, D.C., to Emilie (Posner), a real estate agent, and Al Hannigan, a truck driver. She began her acting career in Atlanta at the young age of 4 in commercials sponsoring such companies as McDonald's, Six Flags, and Oreos. She is a seasoned television actress ...

29. Corey Feldman

Actor | Stand by Me

Corey Scott Feldman began his career at the age of three, starring in a Clio Award-winning McDonald's commercial and has sustained a 35-year career as a steadily working actor, with more than 80 films under his belt. Corey began his career in guest-starring roles on television series such as Mork &...

30. Mary-Kate Olsen

Actress | It Takes Two

Mary-Kate Olsen (born June 13, 1986) is an American actress, fashion designer, producer, author, and businesswoman. She co-founded luxury fashion brands The Row, Elizabeth and James, and the more affordable lines Olsenboye and StyleMint alongside her fraternal twin sister Ashley Olsen. Olsen ...

31. Ashley Olsen

Actress | Full House

Ashley Fuller Olsen (born June 13, 1986) is an American fashion designer, producer, author, businesswoman and former actress. She co-founded luxury fashion brands The Row, Elizabeth and James, and the more affordable lines Olsenboye and StyleMint with her twin sister Mary-Kate Olsen. She is also ...

32. Tiffany

Soundtrack | Mega Python vs. Gatoroid

Tiffany was born on October 2, 1971 in Norwalk, California, USA as Tiffany Renee Darwisch. She has been married to Ben George since August 4, 2004. She was previously married to Bulmaro Garcia.

33. Joey Lawrence

Actor | Blossom

Joey Lawrence was born on April 20, 1976 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Joseph Lawrence Mignogna Jr. He is known for his work on Blossom (1990), Oliver & Company (1988) and Brotherly Love (1995). He has been married to Chandie Yawn-Nelson since July 3, 2005. They have two children. He ...

34. Todd Bridges

Actor | Diff'rent Strokes

Actor Todd Bridges has seen and done it all. Todd has lived and worked amongst some of the most famous and influential individuals in the world. For over twenty-five years, he has victoriously survived a rapidly changing business. He experienced his second rise to fame, as "Juice" on The Young and ...

35. Molly Ringwald

Actress | Sixteen Candles

Molly Ringwald was born in Roseville, California, to Adele Edith (Frembd), a chef, and Robert Ringwald, a blind jazz pianist. Her ancestry includes German, English, and Swedish. She released an album at the age of 6 entitled, "I Wanna Be Loved By You, Molly Sings". She is the youngest daughter of ...

36. Winona Ryder

Actress | Little Women

Winona Ryder was born Winona Laura Horowitz in Olmsted County, Minnesota, and was named after a nearby town, Winona, Minnesota. She is the daughter of Cynthia (Istas), an author and video producer, and Michael Horowitz, a publisher and bookseller. Her father's family is Russian Jewish and Romanian ...

37. Christian Bale

Actor | The Dark Knight

Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Charles Howard Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different ...

38. Judith Barsi

Actress | The Land Before Time

The only child of Jozsef Barsi and Maria Benko, Judith Eva Barsi beat 10,000-to-1 odds when she was discovered at a San Fernando Valley skating rink at age 5 1/2 in 1983 and mistaken for a 3-year-old. Her first commercial was for Donald Duck Orange Juice and she went on to appear in anywhere ...

39. Jonathan Ke Quan

Actor | Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Jonathan Ke Quan was born on August 20, 1971 in Saigon, Vietnam as Ke Huy-Quan. He is known for his work on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), The Goonies (1985) and X-Men (2000).

40. Corey Haim

Actor | The Lost Boys

Corey Haim was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Judy Haim, an Israeli-born data processor, and Bernie Haim, a clothing sales representative. He has a sister, Carol, and a half-brother, Daniel. His family is Jewish. He was raised mostly in Willowdale.

Corey appeared in 26 episodes of the early 1980s ...

41. Lisa Bonet

Actress | Angel Heart

Lisa Bonet was born in San Francisco, California, to Arlene Joyce (Litman), a teacher, and Allen Bonet, an opera singer. She has lived most of her life in New York and Los Angeles; in L.A., she attended Reseda High School and Celluloid Actor's Studio. Her father was African-American and her mother ...

42. Gaby Hoffmann

Actress | Field of Dreams

Gabrielle Mary Hoffmann was born in New York City, New York, to actors Anthony Herrera and Viva (née Janet Susan Mary Hoffmann), who was a Warhol superstar. She began acting in commercials at 4 to help pay the family bills. Gaby's first film role was as young "Maisy Russell" in 1988's Uncle Buck (...

43. Megan Follows

Actress | Anne of Green Gables

Megan (pronounced Mee-gan) has two children, a daughter, Lyla, and a son, Russel. Megan comes from a showbiz family: father Ted Follows, mother Dawn Greenhalgh, and sister Samantha Follows are all actors; her other sister, Edwina Follows, is a producer and writer; and her brother Laurence Follows ...

44. Barret Oliver

Actor | Die unendliche Geschichte

Barret Oliver was born on August 24, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Barret Spencer Oliver. He is known for his work on The NeverEnding Story (1984), Cocoon (1985) and D.A.R.Y.L. (1985).

45. Noah Hathaway

Actor | Die unendliche Geschichte

Noah Hathaway was born on November 13, 1971 in Los Angeles, to Judy and Robert Hathaway. Noah started his way to stardom in commercials (in which he began to appear at age three). In 1978, he landed the role of Boxey on the cult Sci-Fi show, Battlestar Galactica (1978). Later that year, he played ...

46. Missy Gold

Actress | Benson

Missy Gold was born on July 14, 1970 in Great Falls, Montana, USA as Melissa Ann Fisher. She is an actress, known for Benson (1979), Captains and the Kings (1976) and Trapper John, M.D. (1979).

47. Justin Henry

Actor | Kramer vs. Kramer

Justin Henry had a dream start in the business, when he was chosen for a pivotal role in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) at the age of seven, without any acting experience. He was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), becoming one of the youngest...

48. Oliver Robins

Actor | Poltergeist

Oliver began his career in the film industry at the age of ten, starring in Steven Spielberg's "Poltergeist." After acting in various film and television roles, he moved behind the camera. At the age of fifteen, he wrote, directed and produced The Crystal, which won first prize at the French "Les ...

49. Matthew Labyorteaux

Actor | Little House on the Prairie

Matthew Labyorteaux was born on December 8, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Matthew Charles Labyorteaux. He is known for his work on Little House on the Prairie (1974), Deadly Friend (1986) and American Beauty (1999).

50. Anthony Michael Hall

Actor | War Machine

Anthony Michael Hall was born in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. His parents are Mercedes Hall, an actress-blues and jazz singer, and Larry Hall, who owned an auto body shop. His stepfather is a show-business manager. His sister, Mary Christian, is also a performer. He has Irish and Italian ancestry. ...

51. Ethan Hawke

Actor | Training Day

Ethan Green Hawke was born on November 6, 1970 in Austin, Texas, to Leslie Carole (Green), a charity worker, and James Steven Hawke, an insurance actuary. His parents were students at the University of Texas at the time but divorced when Ethan was 5 years old. His mother raised him alone for the ...

52. Shannen Doherty

Actress | Mallrats

Shannen Doherty was born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, on April 12, 1971, to Rosa (Wright) and John Doherty. Her father worked in a bank, while her mother owned a beauty parlor. She has an older brother, Sean. Her ancestry includes Irish, English, Scottish, and remote French. In 1978, at the tender ...

53. Soleil Moon Frye

Actress | Punky Brewster

Soleil Moon Frye began acting at the age of two, after seeing her father, veteran actor Virgil Frye, and brother, Meeno Peluce, on TV. Her father got her an agent, Herb Tannen & Associates in Hollywood, and her career soon took off. Her mother, Sondra Peluce, became her manager. At age eight, she ...

54. Jodie Sweetin

Actress | Full House

Jodie Sweetin was born on January 19, 1982 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jodie Lee Ann Sweetin. She is an actress, known for Full House (1987), Fuller House (2016) and Walt Before Mickey (2015). She was previously married to Morty Coyle, Cody Herpin and Shaun Holguin.

55. Stephen Dorff

Actor | Blade

Stephen Dorff was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Nancy and Steve Dorff, a composer. Chosen from over 2000 young men from around the world, he auditioned and won the coveted role of "PK" in John G. Avildsen's The Power of One (1992) in 1992, starring opposite Morgan Freeman, John Gielgud and Fay ...

56. Carrie Henn

Actress | Aliens

Carrie Henn was born on May 7, 1976 in Panama City, Florida, USA as Caroline Marie Henn. She is an actress, known for Aliens (1986), Triborn and Alien Evolution (2001). She has been married to Nathan Kutcher since July 2, 2005. They have one child.

57. Alyssa Milano

Actress | Charmed

Alyssa Milano comes from an Italian-American family; her mother Lin Milano is a fashion designer and father Thomas Milano is a film music editor. Alyssa was born in a working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn and grew up in a modest house on Staten Island. One day her babysitter, who was an aspiring ...

58. Peter Billingsley

Actor | A Christmas Story

Peter Billingsley has been a member of the Hollywood community since he was a small child, achieving success and accolades, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. The highly-successful child actor-turned-producer received an Emmy Award nomination, in 2005, as co-executive producer on ...

59. Kim Fields

Actress | The Facts of Life

Kim Fields was born on May 12, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA as Kim Victoria Fields. She is an actress and director, known for The Facts of Life (1979), Living Single (1993) and What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012). She has been married to Christopher Morgan since July 23, 2007. They ...

60. Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Actor | NYPD Blue

Mark-Paul Gosselaar was born March 1, 1974 in Panorama City, California. His father, Hans Gosselaar, who is from the Netherlands, is of Dutch Jewish and German descent, and was a plant supervisor at Anheuser-Busch. His mother, Paula (van den Brink), was born in Indonesia, of Dutch and Indonesian ...

61. Henry Thomas

Actor | E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Henry Thomas was born on September 9, 1971 in San Antonio, Texas, USA as Henry Jackson Thomas Jr. He is an actor and producer, known for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), 11:14 (2003) and Legends of the Fall (1994). He was previously married to Marie Zielcke and Kelly Hill.

62. Tiffani Thiessen

Actress | Saved by the Bell

Tiffani-Amber Thiessen was born on January 23, 1974, in Long Beach, California, USA, to Frank Thiessen, a park designer, and Robyn Ernest, a homemaker. She grew up in Long Beach with her parents and her brothers, professional cyclist Todd (born August 1, 1968) and Schyler (born May 10, 1977). When ...

63. Shalane McCall

Actress | Dallas

Shalane was born and raised in California. She was a model since she was 8 1/2 years old. She has won 110 beauty pageants before she was cast to play "Charlie Wade" on Dallas (1978). The reason of why she left "Dallas" is uncertain. She became legally emancipated at the age of 16. She married her ...

64. Brian Bonsall

Actor | Family Ties

Brian was born in Torrance California in 1981, and grew up as a child actor in Hollywood. He filled a variety of roles, during his acting career between the ages of three and fourteen, which include "Andy Keaton" on Family Ties (1982); Worf's son "Alexander Rozshenko" on Star Trek: The Next ...

65. Chad Allen

Actor | Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

Chad Allen was born on June 5, 1974 in Cerritos, California, USA as Chad Allen Lazzari. He is an actor and producer, known for Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993), TerrorVision (1986) and Our House (1986).

66. Debbie Gibson

Actress | Wedding of Dreams

Deborah Gibson is a creative force in the entertainment industry who does it all! She has single handedly transcended music and entertainment trends and fads. Deborah stands poised at the top, embarking on the second phase of her hugely successful pop career.

Deborah Gibson exploded on the pop music...

67. LL Cool J

Actor | Deep Blue Sea

L.L. Cool J was born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968, in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York, the son of Ondrea Griffith and James Louis Smith, Jr. Todd, as he was called, did not have a very happy childhood. At the age of four, he saw his mother and grandfather shot by his own father. After they...

68. Jeremy Miller

Actor | Growing Pains

Jeremy James Miller is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Ben Seaver on Growing Pains and its two reunion movies. He also was the voice of Linus in Happy New Year, Charlie Brown and Snoopy the Musical.

Miller was first cast in a McDonald's commercial and then began to land multiple ...

69. Tempestt Bledsoe

Actress | The Cosby Show

Tempestt Bledsoe was born on August 1, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Tempestt K. Bledsoe. She is an actress, known for The Cosby Show (1984), ParaNorman (2012) and N-Secure (2010).

70. Tiffany Brissette

Actress | Small Wonder

Tiffany began her "career" at the very young age of 2 years old. Her mother entered her in many pageants and talent competitions during her young life. That led to television voice-over work and many commercial appearances which included "Care Bears", "Florida Orange Juice", "IBM", "Jell-O Puddin' ...

71. Bobby Brown

Soundtrack | Ghostbusters II

Bobby Brown was born on February 5, 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Robert Barisford Brown. He has been married to Alicia Etheredge-Brown since June 18, 2012. They have three children. He was previously married to Whitney Houston.

72. Nicole Eggert

Actress | Charles in Charge

Nicole Eggert was born on January 13, 1972 in Glendale, California, USA as Nicole Elizabeth Eggert. She is known for her work on Charles in Charge (1984), Baywatch (1989) and Blown Away (1993). She was previously married to Justin Herwick.

73. Donnie Wahlberg

Actor | Saw II

Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Jr. was born August 17, 1969 in Dorchester Massachusetts, into a family of Swedish (from his paternal grandfather), Irish, and more distant French-Canadian, English, and Scottish, descent. He is the eighth of nine children of Alma Elaine (Donnelly), a nurse's aide and clerk,...

74. Danny Wood

Actor | Fuller House

Danny Wood was born on May 14, 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Daniel William Wood. He is an actor and writer, known for Fuller House (2016), Tequila Express (2002) and Thank You, Good Night (2001). He was previously married to Patricia "Patty" Alfaro.

75. Jordan Knight

Soundtrack | Snow Day

As frequent lead vocalist for New Kids On The Block, Jordan Knight toured the world's stages, belting out a pop-R&B rap hybrid that climbed to the Top 20 ten times in half as many years, sparked a revolution in merchandising, and endeared five young men to millions of crazed fans. His fame endures ...

76. Wil Wheaton

Actor | Stand by Me

Wil Wheaton was born Richard William Wheaton III on July 29, 1972 in Burbank, California. He first gained international attention by starring in the Rob Reiner comedy-drama film Stand by Me (1986). He then played Wesley Crusher on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) for ...

77. Jerry O'Connell

Actor | Stand by Me

Jerry O'Connell was born in New York City, to Linda (Witkowski), an art teacher, and Michael O'Connell, a British-born advertising agency art director. He spent his early years in Manhattan, with his parents and younger brother, Charlie O'Connell, who is also an actor. He is of one half Irish, one ...

78. Staci Keanan

Actress | Step by Step

Staci Keanan was born Anastasia Sagorsky on June 6, 1975 in Devon, Pennsylvania. She began her career at age four with fashion-show assignments and magazine work. At age eight, she moved to New York City with her mother and sister and balanced a modeling career with a budding theater career, in ...

79. Kiefer Sutherland

Actor | 24

Kiefer Sutherland was born in London, England, UK, to Canadian actors Shirley Douglas and Donald Sutherland, who moved to California shortly after his birth. His maternal grandfather, Tommy Douglas, was a Scottish-born Canadian politician who was a Premier of Saskatchewan for over 17 years and led ...

80. Mindy Cohn

Actress | The Facts of Life

Mindy Cohn was born on May 20, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Melinda Heather Cohn. She is an actress and producer, known for The Facts of Life (1979), What's New, Scooby-Doo? (2002) and The Boy Who Could Fly (1986).

81. Jill Whelan

Actress | The Love Boat

Jill Whelan was born on September 29, 1966 in Oakland, California, USA as Jill E. Whelan. She is an actress, known for The Love Boat (1977), Airplane! (1980) and Martin (1992). She was previously married to Michael Chaykowsky and Brad St. John.

82. Matt Dillon

Actor | There's Something About Mary

Matt Dillon's successful film career has spanned over three decades and has showcased his wide range of dramatic and comedic talents. Dillon displayed his versatility with an arresting performance co-starring as a racist cop in the critically acclaimed Paul Haggis film Crash. This role earned him ...

83. Diane Lane

Actress | Unfaithful

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 ...

84. Glenn Scarpelli

Actor | One Day at a Time

Glenn Scarpelli was born on July 6, 1966 in Staten Island, New York, USA as Glenn Christopher Scarpelli. He is an actor and producer, known for One Day at a Time (1975), Jennifer Slept Here (1983) and Sacred Journeys (2016).

85. Lara Jill Miller

Actress | Gimme a Break!

Lara Jill is best known as "Samantha" from the NBC series Gimme a Break! (1981) for 6 seasons. Prior to her TV debut, she toured the US and starred on Broadway along side Dick Van Dyke in "The Musica Man." Lara Jill graduated from NYU, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She then earned her JD from...

86. C. Thomas Howell

Actor | The Outsiders

After an eye-catching performance in the teen coming-of-age epic The Outsiders (1983), ex-child rodeo star C. Thomas Howell was one of the most promising young actors in the mid 1980s.

Christopher Thomas Howell was born in Los Angeles, California, to Candice (Webb) and Chris Howell, a professional ...

87. Justine Bateman

Actress | Satisfaction

Bateman was born in Rye, New York. Her younger brother is actor/director Jason Bateman.

Bateman played the role of superficial Mallory Keaton on the television sitcom Family Ties from 1982 to 1989, for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. Bateman hosted an episode of ...

88. Tina Yothers

Actress | Family Ties

Green-eyed Tina Yothers began doing commercials when she was just three years old. The daughter of TV film producer Robert Yothers, she was born on May 5, 1973 in Whittier, California. Her three brothers (Jeff, Randy Poindexter Yothers and Cory 'Bumper' Yothers) had all acted in commercials. She ...

89. Alfonso Ribeiro

Actor | The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Alfonso Ribeiro was born in New York on September 21, 1971. Alfonso's family is from Trinidad & Tobago. Although rumor has been that he is of Dominican descent, he has stated in an interview that this is false. Neither he nor his family are from the Dominican Republic; they originate from Trinidad ...

90. Brice Beckham

Actor | I Hate My 30's

Brice is a talented young actor that began his acting career in school plays. He later went on to do voices in an assortment of radio commercials. Before appearing as "Wesley" on "Mr. Belvedere" he starred in an episode of "Alice". Brice also enjoys science, baseball, & video games in addition to ...

91. Danny Pintauro

Actor | Cujo

Danny Pintauro was born on January 6, 1976 in Milltown, New Jersey, USA as Daniel John Pintauro. He is an actor, known for Cujo (1983), Who's the Boss? (1984) and As the World Turns (1956). He has been married to Wil Tabares since April 3, 2014.

92. Jason Bateman

Actor | Arrested Development

Jason Bateman is an American film and television actor, known for his role as Michael Bluth on the television sitcom Arrested Development (2003), as well as his role on Valerie (1986).

He was born in Rye, New York. His father, Kent Bateman, from a Utah-based family, is a film and television director...

93. Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Actor | The Cosby Show

Emmy-nominated actor and director Malcolm-Jamal Warner was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was named after Malcolm X and legendary jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal.

Warner first rose to national prominence by starring on the celebrated and long-running classic television series "The Cosby Show." His ...

94. Christian Slater

Actor | True Romance

Christian Michael Leonard Slater was born on August 18, 1969 in New York City, to Michael Hawkins, a well-known soap actor, and Mary Jo Slater (née Lawton), a casting agent. Christian started in show business early, appearing on the soap opera The Edge of Night (1956) in 1976 at the age of 7. He ...

95. Ben Savage

Actor | Boy Meets World

Bennett "Ben" Joseph Savage was born on September 13th, 1980, in Chicago, Illinois. Ben got his start in acting when he appeared in his first commercial at the tender age of 5. From there, his first major speaking role was in the comedy series, Dear John (1988), opposite Judd Hirsch and fellow ...

96. Olivia d'Abo

Actress | Conan the Destroyer

Olivia d'Abo was born on January 22, 1969 in Paddington, London, England as Olivia Jane d'Abo. She is an actress, known for Conan the Destroyer (1984), Justice League: Doom (2012) and Point of No Return (1993). She was previously married to Patrick Leonard.

97. Danica McKellar

Actress | The Wonder Years

Together with her younger sister, Crystal McKellar, she began acting at a young age in her mother's dance studio. In 1982 the family moved to Los Angeles and a few years later she appeared in her first commercial. A few guest appearances in The Twilight Zone (1985) was followed by her breakthrough ...

98. Jenny Beck

Actress | Troll

Jenny Beck was born on August 3, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jennifer Beck. She is an actress, known for Troll (1986), V: The Final Battle (1984) and V (1984).

99. Fairuza Balk

Actress | The Craft

"Fairuza!" ("Turquoise" in Farsi), her father exclaimed as he saw her blue blue eyes: Fairuza Alejandra Balk had just been born on May 21, 1974 in Point Reyes, California. Her father, Solomon Feldthouse, was a traveling musician originally from Idaho, and her mother, Cathryn Balk, was a belly ...

100. Ilan Mitchell-Smith

Actor | Weird Science

Ilan Mitchell-Smith was born in New York City and began studying ballet at an early age. After his family relocated to Amherst, Massachusetts, he was enrolled in dance classes four days a week and eventually got a scholarship with the School of American Ballet. While at the ballet, he was ...



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