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Popular child stars from the year you were born

Stacker Logo By Erin Joslyn of Stacker | Slide 1 of 101: Child stars—whether gifted with a dimpled grin, soulful eyes, a contagious personality, or stellar acting chops—have captivated the public imagination since the invention of celluloid. From Depression Era darling Shirley Temple to the infectiously adorable Macaulay Culkin of “Home Alone” fame, these talented tykes routinely deliver box office gold, and they are some of Hollywood's most important players. They appear to lead charmed lives, graced with fortune, fame, and adoring fans. For some, success is full of adventure and limitless opportunity—but for many, fame brings punishing schedules, addiction, abuse, emotional breakdowns, and in a few instances, death.

Stacker sifted through movie databases, film histories, celebrity biographies, and digital archives to compile this list of popular pint-sized actors from 1919 through 2018. Only 100 Hollywood wunderkinds made the cut of the best child actors, singers, and performers of all time.

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Popular child stars from the year you were born

Child stars—whether gifted with a dimpled grin, soulful eyes, a contagious personality, or stellar acting chops—have captivated the public imagination since the invention of celluloid. From Depression Era darling Shirley Temple to the infectiously adorable Macaulay Culkin of “Home Alone” fame, these talented tykes routinely deliver box office gold, and they are some of Hollywood's most important players. They appear to lead charmed lives, graced with fortune, fame, and adoring fans. For some, success is full of adventure and limitless opportunity—but for many, fame brings punishing schedules, addiction, abuse, emotional breakdowns, and in a few instances, death.

Stacker sifted through movie databases, film histories, celebrity biographies, and digital archives to compile this list of popular pint-sized actors from 1919 through 2018. Only 100 Hollywood wunderkinds made the cut of the best child actors, singers, and performers of all time.

ALSO: Most famous celebrities from the year you were born

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