Famous Celebs Who Started as Child Actors

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21. Ryan Gosling
> Birth date: Nov. 12, 1980
> Earliest acting credit: Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1995)
> Total acting credits: 44

Canadian-born actor Ryan Gosling earned his first acting credit appearing on the Nickelodeon horror series “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” at age 14. The following year, in 1996, he appeared on an episode of the similar program “Goosebumps.” Gosling has starred in numerous popular films as an adult, including “The Notebook” (2004), “Blade Runner 2049” (2017), and “La La Land” (2016), for which he was nominated for an Oscar.

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22. Jerry O’Connell
> Birth date: Feb. 17, 1974
> Earliest acting credit: Stand by Me (1986)
> Total acting credits: 121

Jerry O’Connell launched his career with his appearance in Rob Reiner’s “Stand by Me” in 1986 with River Phoenix and Corey Feldman. Among his 121 acting credits, O’Connell is known for comedies such as “Kangaroo Jack” as well as appearing in the hit film “Jerry Maguire.”

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23. Felicity Jones
> Birth date: Oct. 17, 1983
> Earliest acting credit: The Treasure Seekers (1996)
> Total acting credits:

English actress Felicity Jones got her start on the British television movie “The Treasure Seekers” in 1996 at age 12. She proceeded to perform in many UK-based productions, and over the past decade has acted in an increasing number of American productions, including “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014) and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (2016). Jones’s uncle, Michael Hadley, who is also an actor, helped inspire her to pursue the craft as a child.

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24. Michael Cera
> Birth date: June 7, 1988
> Earliest acting credit: Twice in a Lifetime (1999)
> Total acting credits: 85

The Canadian-born Michael Cera has carved out a niche in playing awkward characters, such as the youngest member of a dysfunctional family in the sitcom “Arrested Development” that has run for five seasons. On the big screen, he appeared in the critically acclaimed “Juno” in 2007, which received a Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes of 94%. The 31-year-old actor has 85 acting credits, the first of which was in 1999, when he played a skateboarder in the film “Twice in a Lifetime.”

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25. Shia LaBeouf
> Birth date: June 11, 1986
> Earliest acting credit: Breakfast with Einstein (1998)
> Total acting credits: 58

Shia LaBeouf had aspirations of doing stand-up comedy until he saw a friend appear on the television show “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” in the early 1990s, and that convinced him to try acting. He eventually landed a part in the television movie “Breakfast with Einstein” in 1998, the first of his 58 acting credits. LaBeouf won a Daytime Emmy for his role on the Disney Channel series “Even Stevens” (2000) and is most famous for playing Sam Witwicky, the main protagonist in the first three Transformers films.

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