Adult Actors Who Played Teenagersby jonesie12345 | created - 03 Sep 2015 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
Ages of the actors are based on the year the movie was released or the TV show debuted minus the year of the actor's birth
1. Matt Damon
Actor | Good Will Hunting
Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Kent Damon, a stockbroker, realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother, Kyle, a sculptor. His father was of English and ...
43 when he played 17 y.o. Scott Thorson in Behind the Candelabra.
Soundtrack | Funny Girl
Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards,...
41 when she played 19 y.o. Yentl Mendel in Yentl
Actress | 24 Hour Party People
The eldest of three sisters, Shirley Henderson was born into a working-class family in the village of Kincardine in Fife, Scotland. As a teenager she sang locally and performed in school drama clubs. Her first break came when she watched a singer on the Opportunity Knocks (1956) TV talent program ...
40 when she played 14 y.o. Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. She was 36 when she played the same role in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Actress | Sense and Sensibility
Emma Thompson was born on April 15, 1959 in Paddington, London, into a family of actors - father Eric Thompson and mother Phyllida Law, who has co-starred with Thompson in several films. Her sister, Sophie Thompson, is an actor as well. Her father was English-born and her mother is Scottish-born. ...
35 when she played 19 y.o. Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility
Actress | Grease
One of Broadway and Hollywood's cleverer talents who tends to shine a smart, cynical light on her surroundings, Stockard Channing was born Susan Williams Antonia Stockard on February 13, 1944, in New York City, to a Catholic family, with English and Irish ancestry. The daughter of Lester Napier ...
34 when she played 17 y.o. Rizzo in Grease
6. Diana Ross
Actress | Lady Sings the Blues
Best known as the the lead singer of the popular 1960s singing group The Supremes, Diana Ernestine Earle Ross was born on March 26, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan, the second of six children of African-American parents Ernestine Lillian (Moten), a schoolteacher, and Fred Earl Ross, who served in the ...
34 when she played Dorothy in The Wiz, an adaptation of The Wizard of Oz
Actress | Notorious
Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with ...
33 when she played Joan of Arc, ages 14-19 (Joan's death)
Actress | Breakfast at Tiffany's
Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929 in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. She was a blue-blood and a cosmopolitan from birth. Her mother, Baroness Ella Van Heemstra, was of a Dutch descent, and her father, Joseph Victor Anthony Hepburn-Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, and of an English and Austrian ...
32 when she played 18 y.o. Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's
Eric Christian Olsen was born on May 31, 1977 in Eugene, Oregon, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003), Fired Up! (2009) and Not Another Teen Movie (2001). He has been married to Sarah Wright since June 23, 2012. They have two children.
32 when he played high school football player Nick Brady in Fired Up
10. Nicola Coughlan
Actress | Derry Girls
Nicola hails from Galway, in the west of Ireland where she has been acting since childhood. She trained at both The Oxford School of Drama and Birmingham School of Acting.
She made her on screen debut in the controversial short The Phantom Cnut directed by Tom Collins; director of the Oscar ...
31 when she began playing a teenager on Derry Girls
11. Ian Somerhalder
Actor | The Vampire Diaries
Ian Somerhalder was born and raised in the small southern town of Covington, Louisiana. His mother, Edna (née Israel), is a massage therapist, and his father, Robert Somerhalder, is a building contractor. He has Cajun (French), English, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Boating, swimming, fishing and ...
31 when he began playing 17 y.o. vampire Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries; was 38 when the series ended, still playing 17
12. Wood Harris
Actor | Remember the Titans
Harris was born Sherwin David Harris in Chicago, Illinois, to John and Mattie Harris. However, he works under his nickname, "Wood". Attended New York University Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School. Has performed in many films and various stage productions including plays by August Wilson, ...
31 when he played 18 y.o. Julius Campbell in Remember the Titans
Actor | Save the Last Dance
Sean Patrick Thomas was born on December 17, 1970 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Save the Last Dance (2001), Barbershop (2002) and Cruel Intentions (1999). He has been married to Aonika Laurent since April 22, 2006. They have two children.
31 when he played teenager Derek Reynolds in Save the Last Dance
14. Trevor Donovan
Actor | Texas Rising
Trevor Donovan was born in Mammoth Lakes, California. Trevor grew up skiing and snowboarding and, during his teens, was on the US teen ski team. Trevor is a true renaissance man, aside from being proficient at most sports, he can play guitar, sing, and has a bachelor's degree in graphic design. ...
31 when he played teenager Teddy Montgomery on 90210
15. Tammin Sursok
Actress | Pretty Little Liars
Tammin Sursok was born on August 19, 1983 in Johannesburg, South Africa as Tammin Pamela Sursok. She is an actress and producer, known for Pretty Little Liars (2010), Rules of Engagement (2007) and Crossing Over (2009). She has been married to Sean McEwen since August 24, 2011. They have two ...
31 when she began playing a teenager on Pretty Little Liars
16. Bianca Lawson
Actress | Save the Last Dance
Bianca Lawson was born on March 20, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Bianca Jasmine Lawson. She is an actress and producer, known for Save the Last Dance (2001), The Feast of All Saints (2001) and Rogue (2013).
31 when she played high schooler Maya St. Germain on Pretty Little Liars. Played it until age 34
17. Matt Lanter
Actor | Disaster Movie
Matthew Mackendree Lanter was born April 1, 1983 in Massillon, Stark County, Ohio, to Jana Kay (Wincek) and Joseph Hayes Lanter. He has a sister, Kara. When he was eight years old, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where his father's family is from. His recent ancestry includes Polish, English, ...
31 when he played a 16 y.o. in the TV show Star Crossed
18. Alan Ruck
Actor | Twister
Alan Ruck was born on July 1, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio, and has made over 100 appearances in films and television, and on stage. He is best known for his role as the friend of Matthew Broderick and hopeless hypochondriac Cameron Frye, in John Hughes's Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986).
During the 1980s...
30 when he played 17 y.o. Cameron Frye in Ferris Bueller's Day Off
19. Ashleigh Murray
Actress | Riverdale
Ashleigh Murray portrays Josie McCoy in the CW's new teen drama Riverdale. Ashleigh was born in Kansas City, MO. In the 5th grade, she went to Oakland, California, to live with her aunt for 2 years, where Murray enjoyed studying piano, jazz and hip-hop. After graduating high school back in Kansas ...
30 when she began playing teenager Josie on Riverdale
Soundtrack | Grease
Actress/singer Olivia Newton-John was born on September 26, 1948, in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. She lived there until she was five years old, and her family relocated to Australia when her father was offered a job as the dean of a college in Melbourne. When she was a teen she returned to ...
30 when she played 17 y.o Sandy in Grease
Actress | Empire
30 when she began playing high school student Coop on All American
22. Felicity Jones
Actress | Rogue One
Felicity Rose Hadley Jones is an English actress. Jones was born in Birmingham, West Midlands, and grew up in Bournville. Her parents met while working at the Wolverhampton Express and Star. Her father was a journalist while her mother was in advertising. They divorced when she was three, and she ...
30 when she played 18 y.o. Sophie in Breathe In
23. Henry Winkler
Actor | The Waterboy
Henry Franklin Winkler was born on October 30, 1945, in Manhattan, New York. His parents, Ilse Anna Maria (Hadra) and Harry Irving Winkler, were German Jewish immigrants who escaped the Holocaust by moving to the US in 1939. His father was the president of an international lumber company while his ...
29 when he began playing teenager Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli in Happy Days. He was 39 when the show ended.
Actress | Raising Cain
Gabrielle Carteris was born on January 2, 1961 in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA as Gabrielle Anne Carteris. She is an actress and producer, known for Raising Cain (1992), Minority Report (2002) and The Event (2010). She has been married to Charles Isaacs since May 3, 1992. They have two children.
29 when she began playing 16. y.o. Andrea Zuckerman in Beverly Hills 90210; she was 39 when the show ended
25. Joanne Woodward
Actress | Rachel, Rachel
Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward was born on February 27, 1930, in Thomasville, Georgia, to Wade Woodward and Elinor Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward in a modest household. Her one older brother, Wade Jr., who was the favorite of her father, eventually became an architect. Elinor Woodward was a ...
29 when she played teenager Quentin Compson in The Sound and the Fury
26. Michael J. Fox
Actor | Back to the Future
Michael J. Fox was born Michael Andrew Fox on June 9, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Phyllis Fox (née Piper), a payroll clerk, and William Fox. His parents moved their 10-year-old son, his three sisters, Kelli Fox, Karen, and Jacki, and his brother Steven, to Vancouver, British Columbia, ...
29 when he played teenager Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part III. He was 24 when he originated the role in Back to the Future.
27. Jason Earles
Actor | Hannah Montana: The Movie
Growing up the middle of five children, Jason Earles was always looking for a way to stand out and get a little attention. In the third grade, he stumbled upon theater, playing Hansel in "Hansel and Gretel" and acting quickly became his life. While growing up in Oregon and then attending Rocky ...
29 when he began playing 16 y.o. Jackson Stewart in Hannah Montana; he was 34 when the show ended
28. Stacey Dash
Actress | Clueless
Stacey Dash was born in the Bronx, New York. Stacy knew that she wanted to act, and from an early age began to act professionally. She made regular appearances on The Cosby Show (1984), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), and also St. Elsewhere (1982). At 21 she made her feature film debut in Enemy...
28 when she played 15 y.o. Dionne Davenport in the movie Clueless. Continued the role for another 5 years on the TV show Clueless, when she was well into her 30's.
29. Anna Akana
Actress | Miss 2059
28 when she played a teenager in You Get Me
30. Andrew Garfield
Actor | The Social Network
Andrew Russell Garfield was born in Los Angeles, California, to a British mother, Lynn (Hillman), and father, Richard Garfield. When he was three, he moved to Surrey, U.K., with his parents and older brother. He is of English and Polish Jewish heritage. Andrew was raised in a middle class family, ...
28 when he played teenager Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man
31. Thomas McDonell
Actor | The Forbidden Kingdom
28 when he played teenager Finn Collins in The 100
Actor | Inception
Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains (1985) and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3 (1991), to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s,...
28 when he played 16 y.o. Frank Abagnale in Catch Me If You Can
33. Glynn Turman
Actor | Super 8
New York City-born African-American actor Glynn Turman enjoyed his first real taste of acting success as a young teenager, originating the role of Travis Younger on Broadway in Lorraine Hansberry's landmark play "A Raisin in the Sun" in 1959 opposite Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil and ...
28 when he played teenager Preach Jackson in Cooley High
34. Jared Leto
Actor | Dallas Buyers Club
Jared Leto is a very familiar face in recent film history. Although he has always been the lead vocals, rhythm guitar, and songwriter for American band Thirty Seconds to Mars, Leto is an accomplished actor merited by the numerous, challenging projects he has taken in his life. He is known to be ...
28 when he played 18 y.o. Toby Jacobs in Girl, Interrupted
35. 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 ...
28 when she played 18 y.o. Susanna Kaysen in Girl, Interrupted
36. Carey Mulligan
Actress | Never Let Me Go
Carey Hannah Mulligan is a British actress. She was born May 28, 1985, in Westminster, London, England, to Nano (Booth), a university lecturer, and Stephen Mulligan, a hotel manager. Her mother is from Llandeilo, Wales, and Carey also has Irish and English ancestry.
Her first major appearance was ...
28 when she played 17 y.o. Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby
37. Jenna Dewan
Actress | Step Up
Jenna Dewan is an actress, former model, and dancer. She was born on December 3, 1980 in Hartford, Connecticut, to Nancy (Bursch) and Darryll Dewan. Her father is of half Syrian Lebanese and half Polish descent, and her mother has German and English ancestry. Jenna grew up in Grapevine, Texas and ...
28 when she starred as high school cheerleader Emma Carr in Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal
38. Emily Kinney
Actress | The Walking Dead
Emily Kinney is an American actress. She is best-known for her role as "Beth Greene" in the AMC television series, The Walking Dead (2010). Kinney was born in Wayne, Nebraska. She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2006. Kinney has had reoccurring roles and guest appearances on ...
28 when she began playing an 18 y.o. in The Walking Dead
39. Malcolm McDowell
Actor | A Clockwork Orange
Malcolm John Taylor was born on June 13, 1943 in Leeds, England, to working-class parents Edna (McDowell), a hotelier, and Charles Taylor, a publican. His father was an alcoholic. Malcolm hated his parents' ways. His father was keen to send his son to private school to give him a good start in life...
28 when he played a teenager in the classic movie A Clockwork Orange
40. Lucy Hale
Actress | Truth or Dare
Lucy Hale is an American actress and singer. She was born Karen Lucille Hale in Memphis, Tennessee, to Julia (Caperton) Knight and John Preston Hale. She started out as a singer, appearing on American Juniors (2003) in a search for band members. She successfully won her place in the band. The group...
28 playing 18 y.o Aria Montgomery on Pretty Little Liars; she was 22 when the show began
41. Sissy Spacek
Actress | In the Bedroom
As a kid, Sissy Spacek climbed trees, rode horses, swam, and played in the woods. She was born Mary Elizabeth Spacek on December 25, 1949, in Quitman, Texas, to Virginia Frances (Spilman) and Edwin Arnold Spacek, Sr., a county agricultural agent. Her father's family was of Czech and German origin.
27 when she played high schooler Carrie White in Carrie
42. Erinn Westbrook
Actress | Insatiable
27 when she began playing teenager Magnolia Barnard on Insatiable
43. Mark Salling
Actor | Glee
Known for starring as musically-inclined football player Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the show Glee (2009), Mark Wayne Salling was born in Dallas, Texas. He was the younger of two children of Condy Sue (Wherry), a school secretary, and John Robert Salling, Jr., an accountant. He was home-schooled at an...
27 when he originated the role of high schooler Noah Puckerman on Glee; was 33 when the show ended (playing a college student)
44. Steve McQueen
Actor | The Great Escape
He was the ultra-cool male film star of the 1960s, and rose from a troubled youth spent in reform schools to being the world's most popular actor. Over 25 years after his untimely death from mesothelioma in 1980, Steve McQueen is still considered hip and cool, and he endures as an icon of popular ...
27 when he played teenager Steve Andrews in The Blob
45. Cory Monteith
Actor | Glee
Cory Monteith was born on May 11, 1982 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada as Cory Allan Michael Monteith. He was an actor, known for playing the singing jock Finn on the American TV show Glee (2009) and films such as Monte Carlo (2011), and Final Destination 3 (2006). He died on July 13, 2013 in Vancouver...
27 when he began playing teenager Finn Hudson in Glee
46. Jennifer Grey
Actress | Dirty Dancing
Jennifer Grey is an American actress who starred in the film Dirty Dancing (1987) opposite Patrick Swayze, a sleeper hit that would become one of the biggest films of the 1980s. She had previously appeared with Patrick Swayze in John Milius's cold war drama Red Dawn (1984) as 'Toni', one of the '...
27 when she played 17 y.o. Baby Houseman in Dirty Dancing
47. Parminder Nagra
Actress | Bend It Like Beckham
Parminder Nagra was born on October 5, 1975 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Parminder Kaur Nagra. She is an actress, known for Bend It Like Beckham (2002), ER (1994) and The Blacklist (2013). She was previously married to James Stenson.
27 when she played 17 y.o. Jess Bhamra in Bend It Like Beckham
48. Taylor Kitsch
Actor | X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Best known for his portrayal of troubled high school football star "Tim Riggins" on NBC's acclaimed television series, Friday Night Lights (2006), actor Taylor Kitsch has scored big with audiences and critics on both the big and small screens.
Taylor Kitsch was born on April 8, 1981 in Kelowna, ...
27 when he played 14 y.o. Tim Riggins in Friday Night Lights
49. Tobey Maguire
Actor | Brothers
Tobias Vincent Maguire was born in Santa Monica, California. His parents were 18 and 20, and not yet married, when he was born. His mother, Wendy (Brown), did advertising, publicity, and acting in Hollywood for years as she coached and managed Tobey. His father, Vincent Maguire, was a cook and ...
27 when he played high school student Peter Parker in Spider-Man
50. Selma Blair
Actress | Cruel Intentions
One of our most exciting and versatile actresses, Selma Blair first gained attention for her performance in Cruel Intentions (1999), a youthful retelling of the classic novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses".
Selma was born in Southfield, Michigan, to Molly Ann (Cooke), a judge, and Elliot I. Beitner, a ...
27 when she played teenager Cecile Caldwell in Cruel Intentions
51. Matthew Daddario
Matthew Daddario was born and raised in New York to Richard and Christina Daddario, both lawyers. He studied business at Indiana University in Bloomington. He graduated in 2010, after which he began studying acting and started auditioning.
He is the middle child, with a younger sister, Catharine ...
27 when he played high school student Danny Ladouceur in When the Game Stands Tall
Actress | Angel
Charisma Lee Carpenter was born July 23, 1970, in Las Vegas. She studied classical ballet from age five. Her family moved around often. As a youngster, she entered many local beauty contests, and attended Gorman High School in Las Vegas. At 15 the family moved to Rosarita City, Mexico, and then to ...
27 when she played 16 y.o. Cordelia Chase in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
53. Keiko Agena
Actress | Prodigal Son
Keiko Agena was born on October 3, 1973 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA as Christine Keiko Agena. She is an actress, known for Prodigal Son (2019), Gilmore Girls (2000) and Better Call Saul (2015). She has been married to Shin Kawasaki since December 19, 2005.
27 when she originated the role of 16 y.o. Lane Kim on Gilmore Girls
54. Alison Lohman
Actress | White Oleander
Alison Lohman was born in Palm Springs, California, to Diane (Dunham), a patisserie owner, and Gary Lohman, an architect. She grew up in a family with no showbiz connections but she always wanted to perform. By age 9, she had landed her first professional, theatrical role playing "Gretyl" in "The ...
27 when she played a 16 y.o. Katy McLaughlin in Flicka
55. Kenny Wormald
Actor | Footloose
Kenny Wormald grew up in Stoughton, Massachusetts, and began taking dancing lessons at the age of six. He won a string of dance contests throughout the Northeast in his teens and took to dancing professionally. He worked as a dancer and choreographer, appearing in a number of music videos and ...
27 when he played 17 y.o Ren McCormack in Footloose (2011 remake)
56. Harry Shum Jr.
Actor | Crazy Rich Asians
Harry Shum Jr. was born on April 28, 1982 in Puerto Limón, Costa Rica. He is an actor, known for Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Shadowhunters (2016) and Glee (2009). He has been married to Shelby Rabara since November 22, 2015. They have one child.
27 when he began playing teenager Harry Chang in Glee
57. Denise Richards
Actress | The World Is Not Enough
Denise Richards was born in Downers Grove, Illinois, the older of two daughters of Joni Lee, who owned a coffee shop, and Irv Richards, a telephone engineer. She has German, French-Canadian, Irish, English, and Welsh ancestry. She grew up in the Chicago area, until the family relocated to Oceanside...
27 when she played a teenager in Wild Things
58. Gabrielle Union
Actress | Bring It On
Gabrielle Union was born on October 29, 1972, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Theresa (Glass), who managed a phone company, and Sylvester E. Union, a military sergeant and business executive. When she was eight, her family moved to Pleasanton, California, where she grew up and attended high school. There, ...
27 when she played a high school cheerleader in Bring It On!
59. Sarah Drew
Actress | Radio
Sarah Drew grew up on Long Island in Stony Brook, New York, the daughter of Jeannie Drew, a teacher, and Charles Drew, a pastor at Emanuel Presbyterian Church in New York City. While attending the University of Virginia, Drew began acting in plays and community theater, and received a bachelor's ...
27 when she played 17 y.o. Becca Rice on Law and Order:SVU
60. Beverley Owen
Actress | Bullet for a Badman
Beverley Owen was born Beverley Ogg in Ottumwa, Iowa, on Thursday, May 13th, 1937. In high school and college, she was always doing television, theatre, and radio programs. She then moved to New York to pursue an acting career after graduating from the University of Michigan. She was fired many a ...
27 when she played teenager Marilyn Munster on The Munsters
61. Ross Butler
Actor | Shazam!
Ross Fleming Butler was born in Singapore, and was raised in the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area. He attended Ohio State University studying Biomolecular and Chemical Engineering, but decided to drop out after one year after discovering he had no passion or interest in that field of study. ...
27 when he began playing a teenager in 13 Reasons Why
62. Ashley Benson
Actress | Spring Breakers
Ashley Victoria Benson was born on December 18, 1989 in Anaheim Hills, California, to Shannon (Harte) and Jeff Benson. She has Irish, English, and German ancestry. She has been dancing competitively since she was 2 with hip hop, jazz, ballet, tap and lyrical. She has been singing since she was ...
27 y.o. playing 16 y.o Hannah on Pretty Little Liars
63. Paul Wesley
Actor | Tell Me a Story
Paul was raised in the Marlboro, New Jersey. His parents immigrated from Poland, where he spent a large portion of his childhood. Many of his relatives still reside there.
During his high school years, Paul was actively involved in theater studies, primarily in New York City. He attended Christian ...
27 when he began playing 17 y.o. Stefan Salvatore in Vampire Diaries; was 35 when the show ended, still playing 17
64. Greta Onieogou
Actress | Fever Pitch
27 when she began playing a high schooler on All American
65. Robert Pattinson
Actor | Twilight
Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson was born May 13, 1986 in London, England, to Richard Pattinson, a car dealer importing vintage cars, and Clare Pattinson (née Charlton), who worked as a booker at a model agency. He grew up in Barnes, southwest London with two older sisters and attended Tower House ...
26 when he played teenage vampire Edward Cullen in Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2; was 22 when he originated the role in Twilight
66. Orlando Bloom
Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom was born in Canterbury, Kent, England on January 13, 1977. His mother, Sonia Constance Josephine (Copeland), was born in Kolkata, India, to an English family then-resident there. The man he first knew as his father, Harry Bloom, was a legendary political activist ...
26 when he payed 18 y.o. Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean
67. Kiana Madeira
Actress | Dark Matter
Born in Toronto and raised in the suburbs of Mississauga, Kiana Madeira had her sights set on one thing as a child; to grow up and act alongside Danny Zuko in the hit 1970's movie Grease. Being a 90's kid, she quickly faced the reality that John Travolta was no longer twenty years old and the man ...
26 playing a teenager on Trinkets
68. Kevin Bacon
Actor | Footloose
Kevin Norwood Bacon was born on July 8, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Ruth Hilda (Holmes), an elementary school teacher, and Edmund Norwood Bacon, a prominent architect who was on the cover of Time Magazine in November 1964.
Kevin's early training as an actor came from The Manning Street. ...
26 when he played teenager Ren McCormack in Footloose (1984 original)
69. Scott Wolf
Actor | The Night Shift
Scott Wolf is an actor and producer known for his roles in Party of Five (1994), White Squall (1996), Go (1999), Everwood (2004), V (2009), Perception (2012), The Night Shift (2014) and many others. In addition to his extensive work on screen and TV, Wolf's prestigious stage experience includes the...
26 when he began playing 16 y.o Bailey Salinger on Party of Five
70. Matt Shively
Actor | The Real O'Neals
Matthew realized he loved to entertain in the 4th grade when he was the lead in the Christmas play at school, The Polar Express. He then went on to such productions as Footloose, Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Dracula. He then decided to pursue his acting ...
26 when he began playing teenager Jimmy o'Neal in The Real O'Neals
71. Paul Walker
Actor | The Fast and the Furious
Paul William Walker IV was born in Glendale, California. He grew up together with his brothers, Caleb and Cody, and sisters, Ashlie and Amie. Their parents, Paul William Walker III, a sewer contractor, and Cheryl (Crabtree) Walker, a model, separated around September 2004. His grandfather, William ...
26 when he played high school quarterback Lance Harbor in Varsity Blues
72. Kerr Smith
Actor | Final Destination
Kerr Smith was born in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Barbara (Hess) and Rick Smith. He has a younger sister, Alison. Kerr graduated from Henderson High School in 1990 and then went on to attend the University of Vermont, graduating with a degree in Business Administration (Accounting ...
26 when he played 16 y.o. Jack McPhee in Dawson's Creek
73. Minka Kelly
Actress | (500) Days of Summer
Minka Kelly was born in Los Angeles, California and she is the only child of former Aerosmith guitarist, Rick Dufay, and Maureen Kelly, an exotic dancer and single mother, who often moved with her daughter to different communities before settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by the time Minka was in...
26 when she played high school cheerleader Lyla Garrity on Friday Night Lights
74. Ian Ziering
Actor | Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens
Ian Ziering was born on March 30, 1964, and was raised in West Orange, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City. By the mid-1970s, young Ian was landing spots in national commercials at the age of 12, which led to roles in various soap operas and stage plays, most notably Guiding Light (1952), the ...
26 when he began playing teenager Steve Sanders on Beverly Hills 90210
75. Jon Heder
Actor | Napoleon Dynamite
Jon Heder was born on October 26, 1977 in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA as Jonathan Joseph Heder. He is an actor and producer, known for Napoleon Dynamite (2004), Blades of Glory (2007) and The Benchwarmers (2006). He has been married to Kirsten Heder since November 23, 2002. They have three children.
26 when he played high school student Napoleon Dynamite
76. Judd Nelson
Actor | The Breakfast Club
Judd Asher Nelson was born on November 28, 1959 in Portland, Maine to attorney Leonard Nelson and his wife, Merle Nelson, (attorney and state assemblywoman). Judd attended St. Paul's preparatory school in Concord, New Hampshire before majoring in philosophy at the prestigious Haverford College in ...
26 when he played a high school student in The Breakfast Club
77. Charles Melton
Actor | Riverdale
26 when he began playing teen Reggie Mantle on Riverdale
78. Anna Kendrick
Actress | Up in the Air
Anna Kendrick was born in Portland, Maine, to Janice (Cooke), an accountant, and William Kendrick, a teacher. She has an older brother, Michael Cooke Kendrick, who has also acted. She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent.
For her role as "Dinah" in "High Society" on Broadway, Anna Kendrick was...
26 when she played 18 y.o. Beca Mitchell in Pitch Perfect
79. Rachel McAdams
Actress | The Notebook
Rachel Anne McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada, to Sandra Kay (Gale), a nurse, and Lance Frederick McAdams, a truck driver and furniture mover. She is of English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish descent. Rachel became involved with acting as a teenager and by the age of 13 ...
26 when she played high school student Regina George in Mean Girls
80. Crystal Reed
Actress | Swamp Thing
Crystal Reed was born in Detroit, Michigan and began to study dance at an early age. She attended Dort Elementary School in Roseville, Michigan, Roseville Junior High and Roseville High School, where she was president of the school's drama club was the dance captain. She also took part in a local ...
26 when she began playing a teenager in Teen Wolf
Actor | Courage Under Fire
Lou Diamond Phillips was born on February 17, 1962 in Subic Bay Naval Base, Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines as Lou Diamond Upchurch. He is an actor and director, known for Courage Under Fire (1996), The Big Hit (1998) and La Bamba (1987). He has been married to Yvonne Boismier Phillips since ...
25 when he played 16 y.o. Ritchie Valens in La Bamba
82. Kit Harington
Actor | Game of Thrones
Kit Harington was born Christopher Catesby Harington in Acton, London, to Deborah Jane (Catesby), a former playwright, and David Richard Harington, a businessman. His mother named him after 16th century British playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe, whose first name was shortened to Kit, a name ...
25 when he began playing 17 y.o. Jon Snow in Game of Thrones
Actress | Pretty Little Liars
Troian Bellisario, daughter of producers Donald P. Bellisario and Deborah Pratt, made her film debut at the age of 3 in Last Rites (1988). She made several TV and movie appearances in her teens (most of the TV appearances were in shows produced by her father) before attending the University of ...
25 when she began playing teenager Spencer Hastings in Pretty Little Liars; She was 32 when the show ended
Actor | The Producers
A slight comic actor chiefly known for his boyish charm, Matthew Broderick was born on March 21, 1962 in New York City, to Patricia Broderick (née Biow), a playwright and painter, and James Broderick, an actor. His father had Irish and English ancestry, and his mother was from a Jewish family (from...
25 when he played teenager Ferris Bueller in Ferris Bueller's Day Off
85. Nicholas Brendon
Actor | Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Nicholas Brendon was born three minutes after his identical twin brother, actor Kelly Donovan on April 12, 1971 in Los Angeles, California. He attended Chatsworth High School, where he struggled with stuttering but was also a starter on the baseball team. He had dreams of playing for the L.A. ...
25 when he began playing teenager Xander on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
86. Ben McKenzie
Actor | Gotham
Ben McKenzie was born Benjamin McKenzie Schenkkan in Austin, Texas on September 12, 1978, to Mary Frances (Victory), a poet, and Pieter Meade Schenkkan, an attorney. His uncle is playwright Robert Schenkkan. Ben is of Dutch Jewish (from his paternal grandfather), English, and Scottish descent. He ...
25 when he began playing teenager Ryan Atwood on The O.C.; was still playing a teenager at age 29
87. Maggie Grace
Actress | Taken
Maggie currently stars as "Althea" on the popular AMC series "Fear the Walking Dead". She is most often recognized from the hit series "Lost" , "Californication" on Showtime, and the "Taken" and "Twilight" franchises. Maggie has also starred on Broadway in William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning "...
25 when she played the 17 y.o. abducted daughter in Taken
88. Eliza Taylor
Actress | The 100
Eliza Jane Taylor (born on 24 October 1989 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian actress who is perhaps best known for her regular role as "Janae Timmins" on the Australian television series Neighbours (1985).
Eliza has just finished the feature film Patrick (2013), alongside Rachel Griffiths, ...
25 when she played 17 y.o. Clarke Griffin in The 100
Actor | 13 Reasons Why
25 when he began playing high school student Tony Padilla in 13 Reasons Why
90. Emilia Clarke
Actress | Game of Thrones
British actress Emilia Clarke was born in London and grew up in Oxfordshire, England. Her father was a theatre sound engineer and her mother is a businesswoman. Her father was working on a theatre production of "Show Boat" and her mother took her along to the performance. This is when, at the age ...
25 when she began playing 16 y.o. Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones
91. Cole Sprouse
Actor | Riverdale
Cole Mitchell Sprouse was born in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy to American parents, Melanie (Wright) and Matthew Sprouse, and was raised in Long Beach, in their native California. Cole began his acting career alongside his identical twin brother at the tender age of six months. From 1993 to 1998 the ...
25 when he began playing high school student Jughead on Riverdale
92. Barry Keoghan
Actor | The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Barry came to prominence in the 2017 film 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' with his truly terrifying portrayal of Martin,an American teenager exacting a grisly revenge on drunken surgeon Colin Farrell, but he was not an American nor a teen-ager, born in Dublin on 17th October 1992 and has a brother ...
25 when he played teenager Martin in Killing of a Sacred Deer
93. Vanessa Morgan
Actress | Riverdale
25 when she began playing high school student Toni Topaz on Riverdale
94. Keir Gilchrist
Actor | It's Kind of a Funny Story
Keir Gilchrist is an English-born Canadian actor. He is known for the films It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010) and It Follows (2014), and the Netflix comedy television series Atypical (2017). Gilchrist also starred in Dark Summer (2015), and The Good Neighbor (2016), alongside James Caan. His film ...
25 when he began playing 18 y.o. Sam Gardner on Atypical
95. Holland Roden
Actress | Teen Wolf
No stranger to primetime television with roles on hit shows such as Lost (2004), Weeds (2005) and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), up and coming actress Holland Roden can be seen in her starring role as "Lydia Martin" in MTV Network's most successful scripted series, Teen Wolf (2011). As a ...
25 when she began playing a teenager on Teen Wolf; was 31 when the show ended
96. Debby Ryan
Actress | Insatiable
Born May 13, 1993 in Huntsville, Alabama, Debby moved to Texas as a small child and lived there for five years, before moving to Wiesbaden, Germany, with her family, where she lived for three years. While in Germany, Debby became fascinated with acting in local plays and musicals. By the age of ...
25 when she began playing teenager Patty Bladale on Insatiable
97. Britt Robertson
Actress | Tomorrowland
Brittany Leanna Robertson was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, to Beverly (Hayes) and Ryan Robertson, a restaurateur. She was raised in South Carolina, the oldest of seven children. Her mother's worries about the public school system led to Robertson being home-schooled. She began acting at the ...
25 when she played teenager Casey Newton in Tomorrowland
98. Camila Mendes
Actress | Riverdale
Camila Mendes stars as Veronica Lodge, in the Berlanti Productions drama series for The CW, "Riverdale", which is in its third season.
A native of Plantation, Florida, Camila booked her role on "Riverdale" while still a student at New York University's Tisch School of Arts. She graduated in May of ...
25 when she played high school student Shelby Pace in The Perfect Date; 23 when she played high school student Veronica on Riverdale
99. Daniel Ezra
Actor | All American
25 when he began playing high school student Spencer James on All American
100. Angelina Jolie
Actress | Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Academy Award-winning actress who rose to fame after her role in Girl, Interrupted (1999), playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Wanted (2008), Salt (2010) and Maleficent (2014). Off-screen, Jolie has become ...
24 when she played a teenager in her Oscar-winning performance as Lisa in Girl, Interrupted