10 Best Young Actors

Friday, March 25 by T.S. Monty

Today's ten best young actors are going to be tomorrow's legends. It’s hard not to be envious of these young, beautiful and talented individuals, but they will be dazzling on screen and entertaining us for many years to come.

  1. Andrew Garfield After a powerful performance as former Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin in “The Social Network,” Garfield takes over as your friendly neighborhood Spiderman in the 2012 reboot. With other juicy roles in “Red Riding” and “Never Let Me Go,” Garfield is one of the most promising best young actors.
  2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt Breaking out of awkward teen roles in “3rd Rock from the Sun” and “10 Things I Hate About You,” JGL’s acting chops have been on display in hits such as “(500) Days of Summer” and “Inception.”
  3. Jesse Eisenberg Another “The Social Network” alum, Eisenberg has had a series of hits with “Adventureland”, “Zombieland” (no relation), and the role of the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that landed him an Oscar nomination.
  4. Kodi Smit-McPhee Born in 1996, Smit-McPhee is the youngest actor on this list. He has proved he can carry a film with roles in “The Road” and “Let Me In” and is poised for a successful career in Hollywood.
  5. Shia LeBouf A former Disney channel star, LeBouf’s charisma has allowed him to bulldoze his way as one of the best young actors. With blockbusters such as “Transformers” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” already under his belt, LeBouf is one of the most profitable young actors as well.
  6. Daniel Radcliffe First discovered in 2001 for the role of young Harry Potter, Radcliffe has starred in all eight Harry Potter films and has one of the most recognizable faces in the world and is an instant superstar.
  7. Logan Lerman While perhaps not as recognizable as the others, Lerman has an impressive resume. With roles in “3:10 to Yuma”, “Percy Jackson & the Olympians” and the role of D’Artagnan in “Th Three Musketeers,” Lerman has proved he has staying power.
  8. Michael Cera Michael Cera is one of the most promising young comic actors. With roles in “Superbad,” “Juno” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” Cera has proved that he can do comic, heartwarming, and action.
  9. Jamie Bell  This English-born actor has appeared in such films as “King Kong” and “Defiance” alongside Daniel Craig. His talent has landed him the lead role in Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn”
  10. Colin Hanks Following in father Tom Hanks’ footsteps, Colin has chosen to enter the family business. With turns in “Band on Brothers,” “King Kong” and “High School,” Hanks is set to have a career as long and successful has his fathers.
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COMMENTS

  1. March 25, 2011 2:10 pm

    Liz

    Dunno about Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Daniel Radcliffe, Colin Hanks and Michael Cera.

    Sure LaBeouf is a bankable action star but his turn in Wall Street 2 has proven he doesn’t have good dramatic chops.

    I’ve only seen Lerman in four films (probably more but haven’t noticed him in it) and he is a mediocre actor.

    Radcliffe, he shouldn’t be in any best young actor list as like Lerman, he is just decent not anything best. He has yet to prove his competence outside the Potter franchise (he wasn’t moving in December Boys as well).

    Now Hanks, he’s too old to qualify as young. I don’t want to compare him to his father, who is a larger-than-life living legend but he doesn’t have the proper screen presence most good actors have.

    Cera is comedic actor who can’t handle drama well, just watch his emoting scene in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, very wooden and the director seemed to know that so he used a combination of score, distant shots and snow.


  2. March 25, 2011 2:10 pm

    Ashley

    On Shia you should probably also check out “Bobby”, “New York, I love You”, “The Greatest Game ever played”, and “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints”. In those he conveyed good performances for drama. I also thought he did fine with “Wall Street: Money never sleeps”. Of course, that movie had flaws but I thought his performance was decent.


  3. March 25, 2011 2:10 pm

    Vito

    JGL’s acting was boring in Inception. The fight sequence was cool, but he brought nothing interesting to that character