10 Best Black Child Actors

Tuesday, March 22 by Mallorie Greene

The ten best black child actors all have something memorable about them, whether it be a signature line, unique sense of fashion or personality trait that left an impression on you, and millions of households across the country. Take a trip down memory lane with this list of the ten best black child actors of all time.

  1. Jaleel White. Jaleel White transformed himself into a lovable geek on the hit sitcom "Family Matters.” With his high-waisted pants to his classic one-liner, "Did I do tha?" he became an instant star to fans all over the world, which earns him a spot on the list of the ten best black child actors of all time.
  2. Ralph Carter. “Good Times” black child actor Ralph Carter starred as Michael Evans, a highly intelligent twelve-year-old who enriches himself in with the history of black culture. Carter played the kind of child every parent would love. He was adorable, smart and an all around a good child, as long his mouth doesn’t get him in trouble.
  3. Alfonso Ribeiro. This former black child actor was a triple threat: he could sing, dance and act! Ribeiro got his start in a Michael Jackson Pepsi commercial and went on to star in “Silver Spoons” and later on the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” as the uptight Carlton Banks.
  4. Tia and Tamera Mowery. The Mowery twins made their debut at fourteen on their hit sitcom, "Sister, Sister." These black child star actors were double the trouble as they went through thei high school experience, shifting from schoolwork to boyfriend problems on your TV screen.
  5. Matthew "Stymie" Beard. One of the members of Hal Roach's "Our Gang,” this once popular black child actor was nicknamed "Stymie," and entertained millions of viewers as he and the other rascals got into heaps of trouble and somehow found their way out of it. Despite working in an era of segregation and racism in the 1930s, Stymie was an equal to his white counterparts in the gang.
  6. Keisha Knight Pulliam. Known as Rudy Huxtable of “The Cosby Show," Pulliam was the youngest sibling in the Huxtable household. Keisha Knight Pulliam went from a cute little girl to a beautiful young woman who later graduated from Spelman College and starred in Tyler Perry's "Madea Goes To Jail."
  7. Raven Symone. Raven Simone was an adorable little tyke starring as three-year-old Olivia on “The Cosby Show," then displaying more acting chops years later on "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper" to her own Disney Show, "That's So Raven."
  8. Gary Coleman. One of the best black child actors, the late Gary Coleman had a few small roles on "The Jeffersons" and "Good Times" until his big break came with the classic, "Diff'rent Strokes," in which he starred as Arnold Jackson. His famous line, “whatchu talkin' bout Willis," made him an instant TV sensation. Although gone too soon, he won’t be forgotten, and will always be remembered as the smart, cute and lovable Arnold.
  9. Jaden Smith. Just like his dad Will Smith, Jaden Smith learned early on that great charisma, cuteness and good acting ability make you  a media darling. One of the most popular black child actors today, Jaden Smith got his first big role with his Dad in the 2006 movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness." In 2010 he got his first starring role in the "The Karate Kid" remake.
  10. Tatyana Ali. Tatyana Ali once played Will Smith’s little cousin Ashley in the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." After her "Fresh Prince" days, she went on to star in a number of other TV shows including "The Young and the Restless" and "Love That Girl!"

COMMENTS

  1. March 22, 2011 2:39 am

    Susie Quinnley

    Check out the Judy Moody (featuring Jaleel White as Mr. Todd) Facebook Page! http://www.facebook.com/JudyMoodyMovie


  2. March 22, 2011 2:39 am

    Susie Quinnley

    Check out the Judy Moody (featuring Jaleel White as Mr. Todd) Facebook Page! http://www.facebook.com/JudyMoodyMovie


  3. March 22, 2011 2:39 am

    Susie Quinnley

    Check out the Judy Moody (featuring Jaleel White as Mr. Todd) Facebook Page! http://www.facebook.com/JudyMoodyMovie


  4. March 22, 2011 2:39 am

    Susie Quinnley

    Check out the Judy Moody (featuring Jaleel White as Mr. Todd) Facebook Page! http://www.facebook.com/JudyMoodyMovie


  5. March 22, 2011 2:39 am

    Susie Quinnley

    Check out the Judy Moody (featuring Jaleel White as Mr. Todd) Facebook Page! http://www.facebook.com/JudyMoodyMovie


  6. March 22, 2011 2:39 am

    IKnowItAll

    Jaden Smith? Seriously? He’s done two nepotistic projects (and he sucked in both).
    Did Will and Jada and/or Scientology pay you to put him on this list?
    What about Ross Bagley or Emmanuel Lewis?