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Worst child actor ever

I nominate Larry Matthews from "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Absolutely the most annoying kid ever on TV. He alternately shouted or whined his lines. Thankfully, the show never lost focus and kept him mostly off-screen.

The Olsen twins on "Full House" were a close second, though.

by Anonymousreply 33806/25/2015

Orphan Annie was highly overrated.

by Anonymousreply 110/16/2011

Dakota Fanning

by Anonymousreply 210/16/2011

Whuddabout US? (mumblemumble PA! mumblemumble MA!)

by Anonymousreply 310/16/2011

I believe you have me beat, r3.

by Anonymousreply 410/16/2011

The little girl on "The Starter Wife." You can't understand a single word she says. Didn't anyone notice before they hired the brat?

by Anonymousreply 510/16/2011

The Asian kid from one of those Indiana Jones movies- HYA HYA HYA.

by Anonymousreply 610/16/2011

What about the first Chris, r7? He was even worse, IMO. The child was supposedly fired for being hyperactive, yet had all the energy of a wet sponge onscreen. WTF?

by Anonymousreply 910/16/2011

Jake Lloyd. And he had to carry the central role in the most anticipated movie of all time.

by Anonymousreply 1010/16/2011

Jonathan Lipnicki was annoying, grew up to be awkward looking.

by Anonymousreply 1110/16/2011

Don't you be hatin' on Jeremy Gelbwaks, R9. I nominate Danielle Spencer who played Raj's little sister Dee on What's Happening. Awful.

by Anonymousreply 1210/16/2011

Um, Danielle rocked, r12. And Jeremy sucked.

by Anonymousreply 1310/16/2011

She may not have been the worst actor - but she certainly wins hands down for being the oddest looking young woman ever to appear on screen -- The daughter in the first "Cape Fear" with Peck and Mitchum.

Yikes!

by Anonymousreply 1410/16/2011

That horrid little girl on "Small Wonder".

by Anonymousreply 1510/16/2011

I nominate Pamelyn Ferdin. Yuck

by Anonymousreply 1610/16/2011

Cousin Oliver owns this thread!!

by Anonymousreply 1710/16/2011

Courtland Mead.

Also wins Ugliest Child Actor, too!

by Anonymousreply 1810/16/2011

I agree, OP. He YELLED all of his lines!

by Anonymousreply 1910/17/2011

R18, "Why do they called Deviled Eggs 'Deviled Eggs?'"

by Anonymousreply 2110/17/2011

I agree on Larry Matthews; he was communit theater bad.

My vote for second place goes to Connor Paolo from Revenge.

Telegraphs everything.

by Anonymousreply 2210/17/2011

R16 - I second that nomination - she creeped me out from the early 60s & on her website I see for $20 she'll send out a picture - what is this world coming to?

by Anonymousreply 2310/17/2011

What the Beaver turned into when puberty approached.

by Anonymousreply 2510/17/2011

Stand back bitches! I own this thread.

by Anonymousreply 2610/17/2011

Good one, r18. He was one of the main reasons that TV version of "The Shining" was so terrible. I remember a scene of him outside playing in the snow and clearly the director told him to improvise some lines or sing a song while the camera slowly zoomed in on him. So over and over in a sing-song voice you hear, "I like snow. I like snow." You come away thinking the character is retarded. Just an awful, awful performance.

by Anonymousreply 2810/17/2011

Christian Bale

Newsies and Swing Kids were horrendous.

He hasn't improved, either--Oscar or not.

by Anonymousreply 2910/17/2011

Timmy

by Anonymousreply 3010/17/2011

You know what show was weird?

Family Affair.(1966-1971)

The kids weren't bad actors per se....but the show was this weird mix of uncomfortably stifling, and saccharine-sweet.

by Anonymousreply 3110/17/2011

Why was the older sister on "Family Affair" so much older than the twins? She could have been their mother.

by Anonymousreply 3210/17/2011

I'm with R27. Michael Fishman (Roseanne's DJ) sucked at acting. What a screamer he was. He had some bit part on Seinfeld or Frasier as an ice cream shop employee and he was just as screamy then.

by Anonymousreply 3310/17/2011

OP, you must have been watching Dick Van Dyke on TV Land last night as I was.

Larry Matthews was cringeworthy...not how I remembered him but there you go. He couldn't say a line without a shit-eating grin accompaniment.

And there must have been 2 minutes of comedy for every 10 minutes of commercials. Is that also the way it originaly aired?

by Anonymousreply 3510/17/2011

NuJack as well as that chick that played Deana on OLTL. I mean between his dead delivery and her insistence on emoting with her giant bug eyes rather than actually feeling the character, I really don't know how they got hired. Even on daytime, that shit just stunk.

by Anonymousreply 3610/17/2011

The two youngest kids on the Partridge Family (Chris and Tracy) were godawful.

by Anonymousreply 3710/17/2011

[quote] I want to know what he (Courtland Mead) looks like now that he's all grown up but alas, his FB page is set to private.

I found a pic of him online a few years ago, a cell-phone pic he'd taken in a mirror. He had become a cute emo twink.

I remember him from an early 90s commercial for Disney World; he was stomach-churning even then. My friends and I would make fun of the way he said "Good night, Mickey!" with his upper teeth forming the M with his lower lip.

by Anonymousreply 3810/17/2011

Yeah Larry Matthews sucked. I saw the Dick Van Dyke Show marathon on TV Land. The chop the hell out of these episodes to get in enough commmercials. It's not worth watching these older shows.

by Anonymousreply 3910/17/2011

I thought Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen were "special."

by Anonymousreply 4010/17/2011

While the robot girl on small wonder was bad the kid who played her little brother made her look briliant.

by Anonymousreply 4110/17/2011

Definitely those two Monchichis from "Full Diaper."

by Anonymousreply 4210/17/2011

Kirby Furlong, in the disaster flick "Mame". Horrible mugging.

by Anonymousreply 4310/17/2011

Jake Lloyd was horrid, but he didn't have much to work with either.

I don't understand how anyone could suggest Danielle Spencer. She wasn't about to do Shakespeare or anything, but she had great timing, and could have grown into a great comedic actress, IMO.

by Anonymousreply 4410/17/2011

That horrible boy in Julia Roberts's Stepmom. His mom should have sluiced him out at conception.

by Anonymousreply 4510/17/2011

Danielle Spencer's Dee is an icon!

by Anonymousreply 4610/17/2011

The kid who plays NuJack on daytime show OLTL, he has to currently be the worst young actor on TV, daytime or primetime TV. He brings new meaning to the term wooden acting.

The actor's name is Andrew Trischitta. I use the word 'actor' very loosely.

It's clear this kid was hired for his big hair, because nothing he does can remotely be called acting. He's been in the business over 5-6 years, yet still has learned a damn thing.

He has two expressions which he uses for nearly every scene, a side glance with his squinty eyes, which he probably thinks conveys 'evilness' though he does this look constantly and an open mouth 'duh' look, which he also does most of the time. He's also started rolling is eyes to convey what a rebel he is!

He screams out the lines as if he's in a hurry to get off the set. I have to wonder what the professionals he is called upon to work with feel when they are opposite him on the set.

Even with huge cue cards in front of him, this kid acts of if he seeing the script for the first time.

Him getting hired in this pivotal important role most likely was due to his parents having showbiz connections or they were owed one huge favor.

by Anonymousreply 4710/17/2011

Courtland Mead looks normal today.

by Anonymousreply 4810/17/2011

Andrew Trischitta, absolutely; also, the kid who plays the late Diane - and Jack's - son on Y&R. SAME EXACT expression and line delivery all the time.

And I'm surprised no one has mentioned the kid on "Two and a Half Men"; I've always he was the worst thing in the show, by far. They should send him off to college, change the name of the sohw, and focus now on Mr. Demi Moore (but that's another thread.)

by Anonymousreply 4910/17/2011

"While the robot girl on small wonder was bad the kid who played her little brother made her look briliant."

This is a good point. You can't really blame the girl for having been annoying as the robot, she was doing what she was written and directed to do. The boy, playing a human, had no such excuse - his whole aura was just super-annoying.

by Anonymousreply 5110/17/2011

[quote]While the robot girl on small wonder was bad the kid who played her little brother made her look briliant.

And both of them looked like top grads of The Actor's Studio compared to that lil red-headed bitch that lived next door!

by Anonymousreply 5210/17/2011

r48, you're not suggesting the guy on the right with balding curly brown hair in pigtails and brown eyes is Courtland Mead, are you?

by Anonymousreply 5310/17/2011

Culkin(s).

by Anonymousreply 5410/17/2011

Olson twins. They sounded like little robots.

by Anonymousreply 5510/17/2011

"DJ from Roseanne"

Okay, but BECKY #1 beats him because she had more to do. And she was shitty next to Sarah Gilbert, who was quite good.

by Anonymousreply 5710/17/2011

Jan Handzlik, who played the young Patrick opposite Roz Russell's Auntie Mame in 1958 is absolutely cringeworthy. Even in that campfest. He always looks like he's just about to break into tears.

by Anonymousreply 5810/17/2011

I always try to give kid actors the benefit of the doubt, because I assume it's their parents who got them into it. But you have to wonder if EVERYONE's taste was on vacation the day they cast some of 'em.

Cousin Oliver, Baby Carrie, Ricky-the-kid-next door on the Partridge Family, etc.

by Anonymousreply 5910/17/2011

The Twins on "Seventh Heaven" should be at the top of the list. There wasn't one natural gesture between the two of them. Every line was said as if they were learning to read at that moment.

by Anonymousreply 6010/17/2011

Aren't we forgetting Jayden Smith?

by Anonymousreply 6110/17/2011

R61, WE'D LIKE TO!

by Anonymousreply 6210/17/2011

Mamie Gummer

by Anonymousreply 6310/17/2011

"Run, Forrest, run!"

by Anonymousreply 6410/17/2011

What about that kid from Dennis the Menace?

by Anonymousreply 6510/17/2011

Geez, some of you people need to watch a bit more tv.

From 1974-1983, there was a tv show called Little House on the Prairie. In that series, there were twins who played the daugher Carrie. These two were the worst actresses ever to grace the screen. I think that Michael Landon stood off camera and poked them with a stick to get a reaction out of them. Worst actresses ever!!

I think I'm going to start a Facebook page to revoke any residuals they get from that show. They were awful.

by Anonymousreply 6610/17/2011

Hey guys!!!

What about that huge pussyhound from "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D?"

by Anonymousreply 6710/17/2011

R66! They have already been mentioned! Hint: their professional surname was Greenbush.

by Anonymousreply 6910/17/2011

R57, I agree with you, Becky #1 was terrible. I always thought it was perhaps because she was so unattractive and was supposed to be so sour that she didn't have much to work with. However Sarah Chalke made the character work so it must have been the actress rather than the character. Sarah Gilbert was the only original Connor kid who wasn't miscast.

by Anonymousreply 7010/17/2011

My Three Sons ran for nine years doing just fine until Dawn Lyn (and Beverly Garland) showed up.

Show ended a couple of seasons later.

by Anonymousreply 7110/17/2011

[Insert obligatory "Dawn-Lyn is Leif Garrett's sister" comment]

by Anonymousreply 7210/17/2011

I never thought Sara Gilbert was what you would call a "good" child actress. I always got the impression that as Darlene she was just playing herself; sullen, sarcastic, homely and speaking in an annoyingly slurred voice.

I always disliked Danielle Brisbois (sp?), "little Steffi", from the Mike-and-Glorialess "All In The Family." Bringing a kid on a show is a classic jump the shark ploy. It was especially stupid to put one on AITF, and incredibly stupid how they brought her on; an abandoned little Jewish girl suddenly gets dumped in the Bunker's laps. It did nothing for the show and little Steffi was one of the most unappealing child characters on tv. She was a thief and smoked pot!

by Anonymousreply 7310/17/2011

Okay what about little Joey Martin on All My Chirrens? He had to be the worst ever!! The kid was lost and most of the time was looking off to the side while saying his lines and he wasn't reading them, he was just looking at the stage hand or something.

by Anonymousreply 7410/17/2011

Danielle Brisbois had annoying eyebrows too.

by Anonymousreply 7510/17/2011

"Danielle Spencer's Dee is an icon!"

I'm telllllin'! I'm TELLIN' Mama on you, Raj! You in TROOOUUBBBLE! OOHHHHHH! Re-Run, too!

by Anonymousreply 7610/17/2011

Rusty Hammer in MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY.

by Anonymousreply 7710/17/2011

When The Brady Bunch introduced that Oliver kid to the show. Awkward and unapealing character. He was just unwatchable.

by Anonymousreply 7810/17/2011

Larry Matthews was not that bad--he was preferable to most of the slick smug snotty child actors you see nowadays. Anyone with the last name of Fanning, for example.

by Anonymousreply 7910/17/2011

r74, you beat me to it. I remember watching AMC as a kid back in the day and thinking that the kid playing Joey Martin was borderline special. He often seemed spaced out/disoriented and completely disconnected from anyone he shared the stage with. You could almost feel someone off camera feeding him lines or directing him where to stand. He was like a benign little zombie.

by Anonymousreply 8010/17/2011

The worst is when they start to go through the butt ugly adolescent phase. Beaver, Cindy Brady, the blonde girl from "Family Ties", Fred Savage, Dee, Gary Coleman, Screech, Bonadouche, The captain's daughter on The Love Boat, etc., etc.

by Anonymousreply 8110/17/2011

Angela Cartwright was far more annoying than poor Rusty Hamer who commited suicide in despair as a young adult.

How did Angela ever get cast as one of the Trapp kids when she was so identified as Danny Thomas' daughter?

by Anonymousreply 8210/17/2011

Melissa Gilbert.

Sorry, but I always found her to be incredibly annoying, phony and insincere. Not once did I think that she wasn't playing to the camera.

by Anonymousreply 8310/17/2011

Lecy Goranson was one of the best child actors to grace a sitcom. I thought her portayal of Becky was the most accurate of any teenager ever portrayed on television. She had the spoiled ingratitude, but a heart of gold hidden underneath act down pat.

by Anonymousreply 8410/17/2011

Was Rusty Hammer a member of Armie's family?

by Anonymousreply 8510/17/2011

I liked Becky 1 way better than Becky 2. She fit into that family much better.

by Anonymousreply 8610/17/2011

It's a tie.

by Anonymousreply 8710/17/2011

Sam "I got me a ginger bowl cut" from Different Strokes. "But, Mr. D!"

Shut up you little fuck!

Anyone who can make you wish for more Dana Plato, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Charlotte Rae screen name is the worst evah.

by Anonymousreply 8810/17/2011

[quote]"But, Mr. D!"

More like "But, Meeshterrr Dee!"

by Anonymousreply 8910/17/2011

Whoever played Rhoda in the "The Bad Seed"

by Anonymousreply 9010/18/2011

That smarmy little shit who played Wesley, the younger son on "Mr. Belvedere." You just wanted Mr. Belvedere to smack him senseless.

by Anonymousreply 9110/18/2011

r91, I had a crush on Wesley.

by Anonymousreply 9210/18/2011

Is there an age cue an age cut off?

Claudia Lonow was horrible on KNOTS LANDING.

by Anonymousreply 9310/18/2011

[quote]And I'm surprised no one has mentioned the kid on "Two and a Half Men"; I've always he was the worst thing in the show, by far.

Back then, yeah, but he's hot now.

by Anonymousreply 9410/18/2011

That annoying Arianna Richards from the first "Jurassic Park" movie. By about the fourth time she bugged her eyes and "trembled in fear", I was rooting for the raptor to chew her head off.

by Anonymousreply 9510/18/2011

I noticed that, too, r95. She does the same thing in the sequel, The Lost World, in her bit where she and Joseph Mazello become reacquainted with Jeff Goldblum.

by Anonymousreply 9610/18/2011

I never thought Lecy Goranson was a bad actress. But she did have a raging case of tard-face. The bowl haircut didn't help matters any.

Today, Lecy is littered with tattoos.

by Anonymousreply 9710/18/2011

And her blog, if it's still up, is pretty weird. She seems kind of unbalanced.

My worst child actor vote goes to the Anne of Green Gables girl.

by Anonymousreply 9810/18/2011

"Olson twins. They sounded like little robots."

And now they resemble Troll dolls!

by Anonymousreply 9910/18/2011

I worked for a casting director who once told me Megan "Anne of Green Gables" is a nightmare to work with giving her a horrible reputation.

by Anonymousreply 10010/18/2011

I only saw her in one movie, but Tammi Marihugh in "The Last Voyage" really got on my nerves with her dreadful overacting. They should have left her on the ship to die.

by Anonymousreply 10110/18/2011

Rusty HAMER

Armie HAMMER

by Anonymousreply 10210/18/2011

That fat, ugly troll kid on "Two and A Half Men." I know that some of the shows have him getting cozy with girls but what attractive young girl would want to make out with that gross little creep?

by Anonymousreply 10310/18/2011

R103: he's not fat anymore. I also think he's pretty talented.

He's also probably the richest 18-year-old in LA now.

by Anonymousreply 10410/18/2011

Angus T Jones, talented? Please.

He is rich and I hope he's saving his money. If he blows it all on drugs and is homeless in three years, no one will care.

by Anonymousreply 10510/18/2011

I know he was just a toddler, but "Adam" for Bewitched was terrible. When Tabitha was a baby the twins they had playing her would interact with the adults and watch her goofy flying toys (on piano wire) like an alert child. The Adam actor would sit there and stare blankly at the screen, so much so there was really only one episode about him, when they find out he has magical powers (and are never mentioned again.)

by Anonymousreply 10610/18/2011

The worst child actor award should be called The Larry Matthews Award, in honor of the most stilted young actor ever. Jerry Mathers is like Olivier compared to ol' Larry.

The Melissa Gilbert Award should be presented to the most overrated young actor. Compared to DJ, Darlene was Olivier but only in comparison to DJ.

by Anonymousreply 10710/18/2011

If you think Larry Matthews was a bad actor listen to him try to sing The Little Drummer Boy no the Dick Van Dyke Christmas episode.

by Anonymousreply 10810/18/2011

Following R107's lead, the Quinn Cummings Award will be presented to the most precocious child actor, who thinks he/she is actually an adult.

by Anonymousreply 10910/18/2011

I don't know if it was mentioned, but DJ from Roseanne was the second DJ. In the first episode a kid named Sal Barone played DJ.

by Anonymousreply 11010/18/2011

"he's not fat anymore. I also think he's pretty talented."

He might not fat anymore, but he's still ugly. And I wouldn't fuck him no matter how much money he makes.

by Anonymousreply 11110/18/2011

R109, I can't stand a precocious child. I'd happily be on the Quinn Cumming Award Committee. I'd rather a kid who can't act than the ones who turn up on some talk show and behave like 45 years old. Go outside, play barbies, climb a tree but please stop rabbiting on about how "organic" the acting process is. Ugh.

by Anonymousreply 11210/18/2011

The fat ugly fuck from 2 and a Half Men owns this thread.

by Anonymousreply 11310/18/2011

The blank-eyed sociopathic looking twins who played Wyatt on Charmed. Seriously.

by Anonymousreply 11410/18/2011

That girl who played Beth, the daughter of Phyllis Lindstrom, on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Awful!

by Anonymousreply 11510/18/2011

I'm going back about 30 years, but the kid who played Jeremy on General Hospital -ugh! (He was Anne Logan's adopted son who lived with her and Dr. & Mrs. Hardy.) I was probably the same age as that kid, and remember thinking if I ever met him in the playground I'd want to kick his ass.

by Anonymousreply 11610/19/2011

R115, her name was Bess.

My vote goes for the little thing that played Cassandra on Little House. I'm too lazy to look it up right now.

by Anonymousreply 11710/19/2011

always thought that the kids on "Everybody Loves Raymond" were perfectly AWFUL. Completely talent-free!!!

by Anonymousreply 11810/19/2011

[quote]He might not fat anymore, but he's still ugly. And I wouldn't fuck him no matter how much money he makes.

No, he's not at all. Other than the glasses, he's pretty hot. You've obviously got some resentment issues.

by Anonymousreply 11910/19/2011

[quote]always thought that the kids on "Everybody Loves Raymond" were perfectly AWFUL. Completely talent-free!!!

Their acting coach was Doris Roberts.

by Anonymousreply 12010/19/2011

All you have to do is turn on the Disney Channel and you'll have an all-you-can-criticize buffet of choices. I blame directors as much as I blame actors. At some point you have to step in and say "for fuck's sake, stop moving your eyebrows and twitching your face that way!" Surely none of these actors speak or twitch that way in real life.

by Anonymousreply 12110/19/2011

Does anyone remember the abomination that was Kirby Furlong?

by Anonymousreply 12210/19/2011

"My vote goes for the little thing that played Cassandra on Little House."

She was so creepy looking.

by Anonymousreply 12310/19/2011

that's melissa francis, who's now an anchor on cnbc!

by Anonymousreply 12410/19/2011

For some reason I'm having trouble posting the link. But if you go to You Tube and type in "Little House On The Prairie Reunion" there's a 5 minute (fairly recent)clip of most of the cast.

Little "Carrie" is now a kids boxing coach (see the 1:15 mark in the video). Almanzo looks totally different. Miss Beadle has aged the best... Mrs. Olson is still kickin it and keepin it real...

by Anonymousreply 12510/19/2011

"I won't cry if you won't." - awful girl actor in "Towering Inferno" "Oh, you dear sweet little amateur..." - Faye Dunaway in response, pushing little girl's head into her chest so she won't get in way of Faye's close-up

by Anonymousreply 12711/11/2011

[quote]Lauren Gray - She played Kathy (Kitten) Anderson in "Father Knows Best".

I've been watching "Father Knows Best" on Antenna TV and have wondered why Kathy was written into the show when she doesn't have much to do other than to whine or cause trouble, especially for the older children. (Speaking of whom, I was surprised to see Billy Gray [Bud] shirtless in an episode during a dream sequence.)

by Anonymousreply 12811/11/2011

I always really liked Mike Lookinland and Danny Bonaduce. There was nothing wrong with their acting, in my opinion.

by Anonymousreply 12911/11/2011

If I've missed her on this thread, I'm so sorry but I don't think anyone has mentioned Jodi Sweetin, the middle child on Full House. The other kids, including the Olson twins, looked like acting geniuses compared to her mugging.

by Anonymousreply 13011/11/2011

[quote]These two kids were cast as twins. They looked nothing alike.

Boy and girl twins are always fraternal. There is no reason for them to look more or less alike than any two siblings.

Danny Bonaduce was a natural comedian and very funny in my opinion. Mike Lookinland was probably the best actor of the six Brady Kids. Eve Plumb was the worst, hands down.

by Anonymousreply 13111/11/2011

You actually thought Mike Lookinland was the best actor of the six Bradys?!!! That kid couldn't act to save his life! He was always looking for cues from everyone else and was constantly mugging for the camera. You've got to be kidding! Eve Plumb who played Jan was just as bad, but he was the worst.

I agree with the person who mentioned Jodi Sweetin from "Full House". I'd forgotten about her. Yeah, she was pretty bad.

As far as the Buffy and Jody are concerned, it doesn't matter what kind of twins they were, they were totally nauseating and so was Danny Bonaduce. He was much more tolerable as an adult.

Kathy on "Father Knows Best" didn't have any purpose. She was there as a catalyst for showing the super sensitive side of the family when she had one of her tantrums or crying jags, but she was the ultimate selfish little TV brat.

by Anonymousreply 13211/11/2011

Manuel Padilla, Jr. He guest starred on virtually every TV show of the early 60s which needed an "exotic" kid.

He played Jai on "Tarzan" and most notably stood around yelling "Darzin! Darzin! Darzin!" at Ron Ely.

by Anonymousreply 13311/11/2011

Jay North is awesome!

I watched his E!THS awhile back and he grew up to be a creepy guy! He was addicted to nasal sprays and obsessed with serial killers. He took this odd job counting pills day in and day out so he could save up the money to option a screenplay about a psychopathic murderer.

He would also spend hours on end staring in the mirror practicing what those kids from 'Village of the Damned' did with their eyes so he could kill his abusive aunt.

It was hilarious, but now he has adjusted just fine.

by Anonymousreply 13411/12/2011

I go with Lauren Chapin (not Gray, R126 - that was Billy as Bud).

I'm sorry for her terrible life, but considering that they had the divine Elinor Donahue and Billy Gray, two of the best young actors ever to play in sitcoms, this fat whiny stinker had no business in the studio. Absolutely repulsive in every appearance - looked bad, acted bad, and obviously the crew hated her because they did everything they could to make her look like a shaved chimpanzee in girl drag. "Kitten" indeed.

by Anonymousreply 13511/12/2011

Well, I have to admit I never understood a word Emmanuel Lewis spit out with that speech impediment of his - and he sounds the same now as he did then.

by Anonymousreply 13611/12/2011

--they did everything they could to make her look like a shaved chimpanzee in girl drag. "Kitten" indeed.--

LOL! I love that analogy! Yes, she did look bad and she was a terrible actress. She cried and threw a tantrum in 90% of the episodes and she always ended up being coddled and getting the attention she wanted in the end. Whenever she wasn't getting total attention from everyone, she acted like a spoiled brat and then mom and dad would shower her with attention.

Nice role model for children of that time period who watched that show, huh? Just scream, cry uncontrollably and throw a major tantrum, and your parents will be at your beck and call. She was a total waste of air time. Betty and Bud were much more interesting.

by Anonymousreply 13711/12/2011

Hands down the winner is Shalane McCall who played Charlie on Dallas. Just horrible. Nothing there. And she got Brad Pitt as a boyfriend.

Agree on LINDSAY SYDNEY Greenbush as Carrie on Little House. The most interesting thing that kid did was run down the hill in the opening creds. The baby born after Carrie got more lines than they did!

And Becky no. 1 on Roseanne ROCKED. Lecy was so much better than you would think. Sara Gilbert got the punch lines, but she was gimmicky. Becky's life was more realistic until the cuter Sarah Chalke took the part and could not stand up in scenes with Gilbert.

And who played Jim Bob on the Waltons? You knew he was probably getting sucked off by some calf on the farm.

by Anonymousreply 13811/12/2011

Agree with the kid on the Dick Van Dyke show as the "worst child actor ever."

Disagree with Michael Fishman, DJ on Roseanne. I actually think he's one of the best kid actors!!!

by Anonymousreply 13911/12/2011

Scott Laine

McKeever and the Colonel

by Anonymousreply 14011/12/2011

Link at R123 gave me my first laugh of the day.

Thank you.

by Anonymousreply 14111/12/2011

Billy Gray was one of the best looking young men on 50s/60s television. Right up there along with Tony Dow.

by Anonymousreply 14211/12/2011

Lauren Chapin - Kathy on Father Knows Best simply whined all of her lines. She sucked.

Jay North - Dennis on Dennis the Menace was so unrealistic, it was sickening. Terrible acting.

Larry Mathews - Ritchie on The Dick Van Dyke Show is hands down the worst child actor of all time. Horrible! Horrible! Horrible! Someone here reminded me of the Christmas episode in which Ritchie sings The Little Drummer Boy and you're right. The only thing worse than his acting is his singing.

I disagree with the negative remarks about Angus T. Littlejohn from Two and a Half Men. He is one of the best child actors to come along in ages. At least he's believable which is something most of them aren't.

by Anonymousreply 14311/12/2011

Lecy Goranson was awesome as Becky. Incredibly realistic portrayal of a completely self absorbed, angry teen with a strong moral compass. Sara Gilbert had the cute one liners when she was young, but Darlene never really went anywhere after she went through her whole depression phase, I assume primarily because Gilbert could only do line readings one way and had no emotional range. Goranson on the other hand was quite skilled at showing the multiple layers of her character.

I always thought that Brice Beckham who played Wesley on Mr. Belvedere had a really good sense of comedy at a young age. His interactions with Christopher Hewitt were the best part of the show-probably why the show primarily focused on their relationship and left the other two kids and the mother out to dry, though Uecker was always good for a laugh.

by Anonymousreply 14411/12/2011

first kid that came to me -- and agree wholeheartedly with those of you that mentioned him -- is the kid on Two and a Half Men

Unbelievably awful and I was surprised they stuck w/him.

by Anonymousreply 14511/12/2011

I don't know why anyone would think Angus T. Littlejohn from Two and a Half Men is a terrible actor. He was totally believable. He never sounded like he was reading his lines the way Larry Mathews and Lauren Chapin did. He was brilliant in his role, and he portrayed the typical lazy kid perfectly.

The reason he was cast in the role is because the producers and directors thought he was such a natural, and he is.

by Anonymousreply 14611/12/2011

Child actors in soaps have always been hideous but they are almost always used as useless props. Why even bother with them especially as they go from baby to teen in a few months or so it seems? The Olsen twins looked like ugly little trolls and still do. Those two youngest Partridge kids were horrible. No expression and they looked retarded. Seems like they replaced one or both of them at some point though.

by Anonymousreply 14711/12/2011

Didn't Billy Gray become a drug addict and later slam "Father Knows Best"?

by Anonymousreply 14811/12/2011

Who the fuck is Angus T Littlejohn? It's Angus T Jones.

by Anonymousreply 14911/12/2011

Sorry. I got the kid's name wrong. People do make mistakes, ya know. Asshole.

by Anonymousreply 15011/12/2011

Billy Gray did get busted for pot in the early 60s, but that seems to have been a one-off. Leonard Maltin claimed that he was a drug addict in a review for a 1970s film Gray was in and Gray threatened (or perhaps did indeed) sue him for libel. He has had a pretty interesting life as an inventor and a motorcycle enthusiast. I recommend reading his Wiki entry (I have problems with links - sorry)as a nice counter-balance to some of the horror stories about former kid stars.

by Anonymousreply 15111/12/2011

There was this little girl in the 80s TV shows and commercials with thick red hair and freckles, and she was soooo ugly and annoying. Her hair was done up in pig tails. She was always some girl with a crush on the lead boy. I can't remember which shows, or who she was, but she seemed omnipresent for a while.

Anyone remember or know who I mean?

by Anonymousreply 15311/12/2011

Here ya go, R153...

by Anonymousreply 15411/12/2011

Sounds like the neighbor girl from "Small Wonder." I don't remember her from anything else but that face will burn itself into your brain.

by Anonymousreply 15511/12/2011

THANKS! THAT'S HER!!!!

by Anonymousreply 15611/12/2011

On FKB, I used to like how Margaret (Jane Wyatt) would address her youngest as "Kaaa-thy". Margaret always sounded so depressed or despondent whenever she called her. A bit of trivia: on the radio version of the show, the second Margaret Anderson was played by Jean Vander Pyl, who was best known for her work in animation, especially Wilma Flintstone.

Elinor Donahue and Billy Gray were very good on the show and there were a few episodes where the viewer got to see different shades of the characters and which allowed them both to do some real acting.

by Anonymousreply 15711/12/2011

R112 that's why I've always hated Dakota Fanning. I've seen her in a few movies and she's fine but offscreen very much a precocious child. Maybe she'll outgrow it. Otherwise I want to see her suffocated with a pillow.

by Anonymousreply 15811/13/2011

PART ONE -- GIRL KID ACTORS

I've always liked Dakota Fanning and her sweet smile. I've always thought Anissa Jones as Buffy on Family Affair was a good kid actor too. Susan Olson on Brady Bunch, not so great, but then the lisp didn't help and either did the goody-goody, always the baby character she was given to play.

I just went to Google to be sure I got the Cindy Brady actress' name right when I discovered her "big scandal" from 2008. The (hilarious) headline I saw was: "Susan Olson (Cindy from the Brady Bunch) Almost Vomits During Interview." It was a radio interview in which she later had to admit she was hungover.

I also like Quinn Cummings (Marsha Mason's daughter in The Goodbye Girl) and Bess on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. I won't lie -- for the longest time, I thought they were the same person! Now, I know Bess was played by Lisa Gerritsen who now apparently is a computer systems/networking expert living in Northern Cali with her husband and son.

by Anonymousreply 15911/14/2011

PART TWO -- BOY KID ACTORS

Danny Bonaduce rocked The Partridge Family bringing so much personality and charisma with a different look. Yeah David Cassidy had the looks, but Danny had the personality to make the show watchable.

Mike Lookinland as Bobby Brady I always thought was awesome and very believable in his role. When he talked about wanting to be Jesse James and then older, a race car driver, it seemed like he really wanted to be those things somehow. This is how I remember feeling/thinking when watching those episodes. Great kid actor!

Michael Fishman is another kid actor who I think is really excellent. He did have a weird part to play as DJ -- collecting headless doll bodies in a shoebox under his bed and trying to give himself a headache on purpose?? I think he did an awesome job with that part.

These child actors did suck! : Johnny Whitaker on Family Affair, Ben on Growing Pains, Cousin Oliver (should have been John Denver's mini me instead!) -- and the worst, I agree with you OP -- Larry Matthews as the "whining, shouting" Richie on Dick Van Dyke. (I guess only MTM could carry that sort of thing off -- and she really did well with it!)

by Anonymousreply 16011/14/2011

Elinor Donahue was pretty and not a bad actress. She was the best of Andy Taylor's girlfriends on the Andy Griffith show (way better than Helen). It's too bad that role did not last longer, or that she did not find a similar role as an adult on another sitcom. I also liked her as Chris Elliot's mother on his old Fox sitcom where he was a paper delivery boy.

by Anonymousreply 16111/14/2011

Pardon me if they've already been mentioned, but what are some view of the child actors in the following casts:

Leave It To Beaver (I think it's a testament to the writing as well as to Ken Osmond's acting that Eddie Haskell always comes off as such a creep)

The Donna Reed Show

Lost In Space

by Anonymousreply 16211/14/2011

Mickey Rooney

by Anonymousreply 16311/14/2011

DJ Conner. That lucky bastard was a hack among great actors. Also another vote for the new Lily on Modern Family.

by Anonymousreply 16411/14/2011

Janey on thirtysomething.

by Anonymousreply 16511/15/2011

ha, Janey WAS annoying -- and always looped. But the kid who played Ethan (Luke Rossi?) was amazing. One of the very best.

by Anonymousreply 16611/15/2011

'Waltons' actress now fills role as Inglewood middle school principal

Some childhood actors turn to drugs. Others stay in show business. Kami Cotler became a middle school principal in Inglewood.

Unbeknown to most of her students, Cotler, principal of Environmental Charter Middle School, was a celebrity at their age.

Cotler had a major role as Elizabeth Walton, the youngest member of the family in both the made-for-TV movie "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story" and the long-running spinoff TV drama "The Waltons."

Last week she was on the East Coast, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1970s-era show with the rest of the cast. In addition to making a Friday appearance on the "Today" show, the group got together for a screening and a party.

For those too young to remember, "The Waltons" was set in the mountains of Virginia during the Great Depression. It centered on a large family that survived by living off their own land.

It was a wholesome drama whose episodes delved into all manner of family themes: triumph and heartache at school, the dilemma over whether to spank a child, a daughter who refuses to abide by country traditions, caring for ailing grandparents.

"The Waltons" predates other shows in the same vein, such as "Little House on the Prairie." Indeed, its successful nine-year run may have helped pave the way for such family-oriented shows, Cotler speculated.

Last week's reunion was far from the Waltons' first. Bucking the stereotype of Hollywood prima donnas whose Advertisement on-camera affection is matched only by their off-camera animosity, the Walton family long ago came to feel more fact than fiction. To this day, the members regularly meet the week before Christmas. They attend one another's weddings, live theater performances and book signings.

"We were together for 10 years and saw more of each other than we did of our own families," Cotler said, speaking by phone from New York City last week.

With her vermilion red hair and a sprinkling of freckles, Cotler is the rare person who truly resembles the adult version of her childhood self. So it is not uncommon for people to still recognize her. A few years ago, while lunching with two other Walton sisters, a fan approached the table and asked Cotler about the show. The fan recognized Cotler, but not the others.

Of course, Cotler's students are too young to know the face. And while the ones who watch the show with their parents may tell Cotler that they find her child character to be cute, they seldom are star struck.

"I used to say, if Madonna became a teacher, or now Katy Perry, they'd be like, `Ah, Miss Perry gave me homework,"' Cotler said. "Think about it. As a kid you didn't think about your teachers as having actual lives. No, they were your teachers."

Or principal, as the case may be.

Cotler is the antithesis of the child who was pushed into show business by overbearing parents. Her acting career began by accident. Her mother had taken her to a photography studio in Los Angeles from their home in Long Beach to get a Christmas portrait. The photographer, struck by the girl's red hair, freckles and extroversion, suggested she give commercial work a go.

"I harassed her about wanting to be on television," Cotler remembers. Her mom, then a marketer for IBM, relented.

Cotler tried for a spot on the popular, long-running TV show "Gunsmoke," but it didn't pan out.

"I had to cough but didn't know how to do it," she said, adding, "I was only 6."

It turns out the casting director for "The Waltons" was looking for a pint-size redhead. (The show was based on a novel by Earl Hamner Jr. - who also created the TV series - about a family of redheads.)

The show's steady success yielded a healthy paycheck. But in the days before gadgets and video games, preteens didn't have a lot of options for lavish spending.

"It's not like you're going to buy endless chocolate bars," she joked.

by Anonymousreply 16712/06/2011

Cotler's parents socked the money away. Years later, her education at the University of California, Berkeley, was fully funded. Once there, she didn't even consider studying drama. Instead, Cotler studied education. Coincidentally, she landed her first job teaching at-risk youth in Virginia, the same state in which the show was set.

This was not by design. In fact, when weighing the pros and cons of taking the job at that location, the show was a strike against it. The biggest argument in favor was a desire to experience life in a more rural setting. An American studies major, Cotler had only lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

Perhaps her desire to experience the heartland was informed on some level by the history of the show, which would make for a good chapter in a college textbook on popular culture.

The way Cotler tells it, the creators fully expected "The Waltons" to flop. The idea for the TV show came somewhat grudgingly, after Hollywood had taken a scolding from Congress for the lack of family-oriented themes in mainstream television. The pilot was wedged between two hit shows that were decidedly more hip: "The Mod Squad" and "The Flip Wilson Show."

But to Hollywood's surprise, "The Waltons" was a sleeper hit, finishing season two at No. 2 in the Nielsen ratings, between "All in the Family" and "Sanford and Son."

The phenomenon spotlighted a cultural divide in America: the creators of entertainment were coastal city dwellers, unfamiliar with what might appeal to viewers in the country's midsection.

"There was a whole big world of people in between who nobody thought about," she said.

To this day, "The Waltons" airs regularly on the Hallmark Channel as well as some religious networks.

Cotler, who lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children, was drawn to the charter movement when it became apparent that her eldest child was having a tough time in a traditional public school.

He was strong in academics, but wasn't happy.

"He would call home with stomachaches just before recess," she said. "The school was very focused on how many words per minute could he read. I kept asking, `Have you played with anybody at recess?' ... That's where he needed support."

She helped found a charter school on the Westside. He enrolled, and flourished.

About a decade ago, she applied to Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale to work as a technology specialist. She ended up landing a job as a history teacher. It was the kind of flexibility often lacking in the traditional system. Three years ago, she was tapped to help write the charter for a middle school in Inglewood. The school opened in the fall of 2010 with her at the helm.

Environmental Charter Middle School currently serves about 200 students. Plans are in place to move the campus next year to Gardena, home to much of its clientele. (The school hasn't decided whether to also keep the campus at 3600 W. Imperial Ave. in Inglewood.)

She isn't a blind supporter of the charter movement.

"I always tell families, every charter school is different," she said. "If you hear someone say `charter schools are good,' that doesn't mean anything. You have to go look at it and ask, `Is this school a match for my child?"'

by Anonymousreply 16812/06/2011

the.girl.on.small.wonder.

by Anonymousreply 16912/06/2011

the kid in court in the Movie "A Wonderful Life" who wants Santa to get him a 'football helmet', and when he's on the stand, and walks out of the court with his mom, and speaks his lines: "would you daddy", and 'goodbye daddy'.....Who ever told this kid's mother he could act, and who did he 'know' to get him this part? UGH!!

by Anonymousreply 17104/23/2012

That was "Miracle on 34th Street," you idiot.

by Anonymousreply 17204/23/2012

Worse...Jayden Smith "The Karate Kid"

Best...Brooke Shields "Pretty Baby"

by Anonymousreply 17304/23/2012

Johnny Crawford is doing ads for the Rifleman on MeTV and he's aged nicely, not a hot daddy or anything, just a good looking older man.

The boy from Dick Van Dyke also does an ad and has a sadness in his eyes like he's seen hard times and wears an earring.

by Anonymousreply 17404/23/2012

Did the Waltons ever broach homosexuality, drug use, communism, racism or were they just another docile family being boned by the depression?

by Anonymousreply 17504/23/2012

The kid playing the son on Smash is quite possibly the worst actor I have ever seen in anything ever.

by Anonymousreply 17604/23/2012

to: William Frawley reply 172 04/23/2012 @ 05:35PM

Yes, you are correct. I inadvertently wrote the wrong movie title (as I just recently just posted a comment elsewhere re: Wonderful Life). However, after reading your 'uncivilized' response ...who's the 'idiot'? Have a little 'class' if you're going to try to pass yourself off as a 'knowledgeable' person.

by Anonymousreply 17704/23/2012

Two names come to mind:

the youngest kid on "Roseanne"

the youngest kid on "Home Improvement"

Both were pretty dreadful; oh, and

#3: Debra Messing's son on "Smash." Hideous.

by Anonymousreply 17804/23/2012

Any Friday Night Lights fans here? There was a little kid on the show for about five episodes at the end of season one. He played the son of the older woman that Tim Riggins started sleeping with. My. God. That kid was the most grating presence I have seen on television in a long time.

by Anonymousreply 18004/23/2012

Gary Coleman

by Anonymousreply 18104/23/2012

R22, I keep hoping for an episode where Amanda/Emily does a take down that involves both Declan and Charlotte dying in a car crash.

by Anonymousreply 18204/23/2012

I thought all of the kids on "Leave It To Beaver" were great. I particularly love Eddie Haskell, Larry Mondello (fat little redhead with domineering mom), & Judy (tall bitch with pigtails). But every one of them was totally believable -- a large part of that is due to the excellent writers, but the kids didn't fuck it up & that's rare (maybe good directors?).

I also love all of the kids in "Our Gang", aka "Little Rascals" -- especially Alfalfa, so cute!

by Anonymousreply 18304/23/2012

I'm with R121 - spend a little time with the Disney Channel and they'll show you how it's done...

by Anonymousreply 18404/23/2012

My crush on Eddie Haskell began a life long pattern of falling for the bad boy. I wonder if he and Wally ever compared sizemeat?

by Anonymousreply 18604/24/2012

I see Bill hasn't sweetened any from his time in heaven.

Unless ...

by Anonymousreply 18704/24/2012

This creepy set of twins who played Wyatt on Charmed. They looked crazy.

by Anonymousreply 18804/24/2012

Jon E. Whitaker.

by Anonymousreply 18904/24/2012

You've all blocked out the horror that was Mason Reese.

by Anonymousreply 19004/24/2012

I'll bet Reese grew into one hot ginger.

by Anonymousreply 19104/24/2012

Reese is quite the New York entrepreneur. You know the old saying, "if you can make it there..." Unsurprisingly, he's a bear. He may be gay since no spouse or personal information is given on wiki. He has a hairy chest he likes showing off.

by Anonymousreply 19204/24/2012

I saw him in Downtown Vegas years back. He grew up to be nearly as unattractive as you would have imagined. Short, fat, ugly and with a terrible voice. I'm sure he's nice.....

by Anonymousreply 19304/24/2012

[quote] She helped found a charter school on the Westside. He enrolled, and flourished

Well, no shit. If YOUR MOM founded the charter school, yeah, you're gonna flourish.

by Anonymousreply 19404/24/2012

The first time I ever saw Bruce Vilanch I thought it was Mason Reece all blonded up.

by Anonymousreply 19504/24/2012

[R185] Wow, you are a mess...get some help!

by Anonymousreply 19604/24/2012

That little bitch from Poltergeist.

WORST, FAKEST, PHONIEST ACTRESS EVER.

by Anonymousreply 19704/24/2012

Angus T. Jones on Two and a Half Men....as a young child, had excellent comic timing and I thought he was great. Puberty did this kid no favors at all....he totally sucks on the show now (which is no small feat considering the show now sucks on just about every level).

by Anonymousreply 19804/24/2012

Those horrible Sweeten kids on Everybody loves Raymond. Those twins looked like they were missing a chromosone and their's and their sister's acting was horrific. The rest of the show was so well cast except for that simple Amy who could pass for those twins mother. She is the wife of the producer but who are those kids related to.

by Anonymousreply 19905/24/2012

china anne mcclain and skai jackson

by Anonymousreply 20007/26/2012

Stephen Talbot who played Beaver's friend Gilbert was hot when he was in college.

by Anonymousreply 20107/26/2012

Little Mary in "The Women". I kept waiting for Norma Shearer to take an ashtray to the back of her head.

by Anonymousreply 20207/26/2012

JASON BATEMAN! STUPID UGLY KID COULDN'T ACT HIS WAY OUT OF A PAPER BAG!

by Anonymousreply 20308/03/2012

Did anyone mention the little boy in 'Burnt Offerings'? Gawd, how awful. I hoped Oliver Reed would really drown him.

by Anonymousreply 20408/03/2012

LARRY MATTHEWS. Hands down, the WORST. I have Dick Van Dyke on right now; it's the episode where Richie gets attacked by a woodpecker and he is such a friggin crybaby pain in the butt. All the kid ever did was scream and whine. He never talked, he whined everything. I have the show on mute cuz I can't stand him and his whining. WORST. KID. ACTOR. EVER.

by Anonymousreply 20510/12/2012

OMG, Mason Reese now looks like Bruce Vilanch, so he ain't no hot bear ginge.

by Anonymousreply 20610/12/2012

Larry Matthews definitely hurts my ears and raises my blood pressure. Not impressed with Charlie on Good Luck Charlie. Cassandra on Little House was bad but you could tell they were trying to remove the focus from the Lindsay and Sydney Greenbush (Carrie) who were worse. Jennifer Hewitt (Sara on Party of Five) always looked constipated with the furrowed eyebrows and said "You know what,etc" many times during an episode and as an adult she still does it on Ghost Whisperer" and that other new show where she's trying to show off her body, she's super careful not to show her ass (literally)

by Anonymousreply 20710/12/2012

Larry Matthews was hired precisely because he was a little kid. Carl Reiner said he hired him, because he acted like a real little kid would.

Jerry Mathers also got the job for a similar reason. At the audition, the producers noticed he was distracted and when asked why Mathers replied, "he wanted to hurry up and get through the audition so he wouldn't be late for his Cub Scout meeting." They hired him, because that is what real kids act like.

BTW Danielle Brisebois grew up to be a kick ass, awesome singer. If you can afford it, get her two CDs on eBay, your jaw will drop at how good she is.

As for Dee on "What's Happenin'" she was BAD but it fit the show very well, so it worked well.

Family Affair was weird because it wasn't a show about children as people think. It was a show about two adults (French and Uncle Bill) having to adjust to kids. It was the ADULTS not the kids that the show was about.

by Anonymousreply 20810/12/2012

I always wanted to punch out the Olsen twins. Horrid little incubi.

by Anonymousreply 20910/12/2012

The entire junior cast of "The Night of the Hunter" - every last one of 'em!

by Anonymousreply 21010/12/2012

Kyle Richards.

by Anonymousreply 21110/12/2012

India Eisley - plays the younger sister Ashley on Secret Life of An American Teenager. Arguably the most wooden actress I have ever seen. She delivers every line in the same monotone inflection. The robotgirl from Small Wonder had more range if that is possible, but both are equally annoying and unwatchable.

To be completely fair the writing on that show is positively atrocious. A typical Secret Life scene has 4 characters repeating the same exact dialog to eachother. For example:

A She went to the store

B Really, she went to the store

C Did you hear she went to the store

D Yes she really went to the store.

My dog could write better stuff than this. This show is also guilty of having the least visible 'barely there' gay character in tv history. A compilation of Griffen's scenes over the 5 season run of the show would not take up more than a 3 min youtube video. Why even bother creating the character if you have no intention of creating stories or plot lines for them.

by Anonymousreply 21210/12/2012

The strident liar in The Children's Hour

DJ Connor. Horrible actor. Luckiest bastard to have looked so much like Roseanne.

Lilly, Modern Family; already mentioned.

Useless Carrie, Little House; another vote

by Anonymousreply 21310/13/2012

Little Richie was a cute little kid (always a bad actor) when the showed premiered, so I can kind of see how they hired him. They were pretty smart to minimize his role pretty quickly.

I am not sure if the Family Affair kids were bad actors or if that is how they were written. They were always so somber. It is like they were always shadowed by the tradgedy of losing their parents (which would be realistic, unlike most sitcoms where kids barely reacted to having a deseased parent).

Soaps have had more horrible child actors than can be counted.

by Anonymousreply 21510/13/2012

The fucking cunt who played Tootie in Meet Me in Saint Louis.

MGM's idea of what is "cute" is like Hilter's idea of what is "enough."

by Anonymousreply 21610/13/2012

R24 is spot on - Jim-Bob from the Waltons was insufferably wooden.

by Anonymousreply 21710/13/2012

Married with children's ad on actor in the late seasons. Character name was 7. The worst ever

by Anonymousreply 21811/23/2012

That obnoxious fucking piece of shit who plays the daughter on Homeland. Die, screaming. I'd like a horrible accident to befall her(oh, her CHARACTER, of course! ahem.)

by Anonymousreply 21911/23/2012

The youngest kid on "Home Improvement" - Taran-something? DREADFUL. WEHT to ANY of the 3 kids??

by Anonymousreply 22011/23/2012

There was an interesting child actor on the English soap Eastenders who would have made a good Harry Potter. Many people considered him a poor actor but I think he was entertaining.

by Anonymousreply 22211/23/2012

R217, but he was so cute. I would've tapped that.

by Anonymousreply 22311/23/2012

The girl who plays Lilly on "Modern Family" has the most awful voice! It is like she is some old woman! Crabby, dull, ugly! It is the flat, deep, whiny voice and the snotty attitude, that makes her/her character, painful to endure!

by Anonymousreply 22401/18/2013

Tplac the original Lily because she had no facial expressions. This current Lily is so robotic and such a poor actress that she kills every scene she's in.

by Anonymousreply 22501/18/2013

The kid who played Lucy Carmichael's son on "The Lucy Show". He was wooden and totally unlikeable. He turned out to be relatively attractive in his older years.

by Anonymousreply 22601/18/2013

Another vote for Larry Matthews. Cute kid, but WOW! Really bad.

Worst Kid Actors Ever:

1. The Olsen Twins on Full House --- Horrid.

2. The kids on Everybody Loves Raymond --- Terrible.

3. Larry Matthews on Dick Van Dyke.

4. Carrie on Little House on the Prairie --- Cute twins played her, but ugh. Awful.

5. Julie Piekarski, Felice Schacter, and Molly Ringwald on Facts of Life --- Molly greatly improved after being canned and became a good actress. The other two were cute girls, but awful actresses. The right girls were let go after season one. Julie Anne Haddock was a little better than those three, but still not great.

by Anonymousreply 22701/18/2013

Leave it the guys at Punchy Players to nail an imitation of HAZEL's Bobby Buntrock.

by Anonymousreply 22801/19/2013

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by Anonymousreply 22901/19/2013

Quebooboo Wallis. It's incomprehensible to me that she got an Oscar nomination...and Marion Cotillard and Rachel Weisz did not.

by Anonymousreply 23001/19/2013

[quote]The little girl on "The Starter Wife."

She was awful. I would reverse to listen to her a second time and still couldn't get what she was saying. Luckily, her part was always small.

by Anonymousreply 23101/19/2013

The girl in the horror movies Halloween III and IV. Whiniest child I have ever endured through an entire film, much less two. Was cheering for Mike Myers to finish her off.

by Anonymousreply 23202/19/2013

Lily on Modern Family. Love the cast but she is awful!!

by Anonymousreply 23302/20/2013

When I saw this thread was bumped again on a Wednesday evening, I knew it was another vote for Modern Family's Lily.

by Anonymousreply 23402/21/2013

The boy in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" was not remotely up to the lead in that film.

That THING that plays the daughter in "Homeland." Die, already.

The various - 3, so far? - little boys playing "Bobby" in Mad Men are/were no great shakes, either.

by Anonymousreply 23502/21/2013

That fat kid on Two and a Half Men. Awful.

by Anonymousreply 23702/21/2013

The oldest son on Growing Pains, the goody-good christian one. I think his name was Griffith Park or something like that.

by Anonymousreply 23802/21/2013

William Ullrich who played Little Bobby Darin in the film "Beyond the Sea." That kid was so annoying that I almost wanted to see him die in that film. But he probably did anyway because his acting was so bad.

by Anonymousreply 24002/21/2013

Wow, over 200 posts and NOTHING on the totally resistable Lee H. Montgomery? He was everywhere in the 70s- especially on TV, though if you haven't seen the 1976 horror flick "Burnt Offerings" , you're gonna love what happens to bratty little Lee Harcourt! By the way, his parents are played by Oliver Reed and Karen Black!

by Anonymousreply 24102/21/2013

Skai Jackson from Jessie is Horrible. She can't say a sentence without a smirk

by Anonymousreply 24208/07/2013

[quote]Wow, over 200 posts and NOTHING on the totally resistable Lee H. Montgomery? He

Don't agree at all. He was a terrific kid actor who grew up hot, just check out "Girl's Just Want To Have Fun" with Sarah Jessica Parker & Helen Hunt. But speak of the Devil. he will be at Monster Mania this weekend in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

by Anonymousreply 24308/07/2013

The kid who plays Ciara on "Days of Our Lives", Lauren Boles! She's completely awful and she's been on the show for years. There's been no improvement whatsoever.

She delivers her lines as if she's playing a robot or is in a horror movie.

Her looks are odd too, she'd be perfect in a role as a child vampire.

by Anonymousreply 24408/07/2013

OT, Re: R243's link: What happened to Danny Glover's career?!

by Anonymousreply 24508/07/2013

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by Anonymousreply 24608/07/2013

ANGELA CARTWRIGHT, hands down, WORST: couldn't deliver a line without trying not to SMILE if her life depended on it. only got jobs for her looks! jeremy gelbwaks couldn't act, but was cute; 2nd 'chris' couldn't act, but got job cuz of daddy. danielle spencer was 2nd runner up to that dreadful angela cartwright!

by Anonymousreply 24710/19/2013

I had a huge schoolboy crush on Angela Cartwright

by Anonymousreply 24810/19/2013

I think the older boy, Axl and middle child, Sue from The Middle do a great job of delivering quick, slapstick jabs back and forth. They flow so effortlessly you forget their not really siblings and are acting.

by Anonymousreply 24901/02/2014

The little girl in boy meets world is the worst actress ever. All she did was yell her lines. I want to punch her in the face.

by Anonymousreply 25004/11/2014

The horrid and dykey Kristen Stewart, who really stunk up the otherwise fine film, Panic Room.

by Anonymousreply 25104/11/2014

Jackson Brundage in the last few seasons of One Tree Hill was awful.

by Anonymousreply 25304/13/2014

Remember the 1997 "The Shining" miniseries? That loathsome, chipmunk-humanoid hybrid that played Danny was the most detestably ugly child I've ever seen in my life. Its teeth & drooling mouth were so weirdly deformed it couldn't even close its lips! And it lisped and slobbered so many of its lines, this child had no redeeming qualities to compensate for its physical monstrosity.

by Anonymousreply 25404/13/2014

Just a reminder, folks, that my shitty acting is on display every Friday night!

by Anonymousreply 25504/13/2014

Aww, I thought Courtland Mead was adorable. Fuck you CM haters!

by Anonymousreply 25604/13/2014

No one dares mentions me!

by Anonymousreply 25704/13/2014

[quote]Just a reminder, folks, that my shitty acting is on display every Friday night! by: Teilor Grubbs, "Grace Williams", Hawaii 5-0

Sorry, dearie, but since you primarily share airtime with Scotty Caan, no one is noticing you.

by Anonymousreply 25804/13/2014

Darlene was the only good actor kid on Roseanne. D.J. was a terrible hammy actor. Larry Matthews was horrible. The Olson Twins and the older daughter were horrible on Full (of sh**) House. The kids on Modern Family are horrible. The son of Sophia V. is so bad he is unwatchable. Lipnicki was horrible and hammy. That second Indiana Jones kid was beyond awful--saw that somewhere on here.

The Middle kids are GREAT--they act like real kids. They really are the show. The little girl in the Julie Andrews TV Chritsmas movies about them living in The Plaza was quite good.

Angela Cartwright was an excellent child actress.

by Anonymousreply 25904/13/2014

So, R260, you are saying that Jodie Sweetin was the only good kid actor on FULL HOUSE?

by Anonymousreply 26004/13/2014

I disagree about Sara Gilbert being the only good kid actor on Roseanne. Lecy Goranson was so good at playing an insufferable, mouthy brat that she made hating Becky an easy feat.

by Anonymousreply 26104/13/2014

I mean none of the Full House kids or adults had any talent. There was no reason at all to watch that insipid show, except maybe for the dog.

Becky was okay on Roseanne; she was as you say, and it explained why Darlene teased her so much. Not a great actress, but okay. The second Becky was too pretty.

by Anonymousreply 26204/13/2014

Julie Piekarski from The Facts of Life

by Anonymousreply 26304/13/2014

[quote]Sorry, dearie, but since you primarily share airtime with Scotty Caan, no one is noticing you.

I'm surprised you wouldn't notice me, seeing as I'm four inches taller than Scott.

by Anonymousreply 26404/13/2014

Courtland nowadays. Cutie.

by Anonymousreply 26504/14/2014

Wrong, OP. Larry Matthews was actually a pretty good actor. In this episode he pulls off the crying scenes pretty well. Look at this body reactions when Laura tries to touch him while he is having a fit. He has great instincts.

In the "Little Drummer Boy" clip that you can find on Youtube, notice his expressions when he sings. Technically, he is not the greatest singer, but for such a young kid, his rendition is pretty heartfelt. Look at his facial expressions, especially at the last verse. It's very touching. It's a real kid singing and it works.

I don't know what you have against Larry Mathews, but he is one of the better child actors. If you think he is annoying, perhaps you are projecting. Have you look inside yourself lately?

by Anonymousreply 26606/07/2014

Luke on Modern Family. Worst. Started out bad and has become 1000 times worse over the years. How does that even happen?

by Anonymousreply 26706/07/2014

{267} I'm glad to see Larry Mathews' mother is still alive.

by Anonymousreply 26806/07/2014

Let's see. A nice, funny, laid-back father paired with a sweet, simple, beautiful mother. Let's give them a loud, strong-willed boy. Comedy gold!

If that kid actor really annoyed you, as you claim, then Larry Matthews did a great job.

It's called acting.

by Anonymousreply 26906/07/2014

All these posts and no one mentioned Cammie King, who played Bonnie Blue in Gone with the Wind?

Everytime I see that film, I cheer when that pony kills her. Annoying bitch.

by Anonymousreply 27006/07/2014

The girl who played Tracy Partridge...ugh. how did she get that part?? just unbelievably bad. someone paid someone off for sure.

by Anonymousreply 27111/16/2014

Even with all the overwhelming competition nobody comes within any kind of distance to that little girl in My Three Sons. Have never seen anything like her since and that is really saying something. A horror movie with a triple x rating unto herself.

by Anonymousreply 27211/16/2014

Melissa Sue Anderson

by Anonymousreply 27311/16/2014

Melissa Gilbert

by Anonymousreply 27411/16/2014

Both of the Missys were pretty good as child actors.

by Anonymousreply 27511/16/2014

The kid playing Abel on SOA.

by Anonymousreply 27611/16/2014

anybody past and present who appeared on the Disney Channel or Nickelodeon

by Anonymousreply 27711/16/2014

The twins who play Abel on Sons of Anarchy.

by Anonymousreply 27811/16/2014

You people are horrible! I love it. My ex also despises child actors, he actually says "kill it" after a scene. The kids on Modern family, the kid on Three and a half Men, on and on. "Wouldn't it be great if a bolt of lightening just fried that kid?" He's shamelessly funny about it and obsessed.

by Anonymousreply 27911/16/2014

Raven Symone in THE COSBY SHOW. She was very precocious and hammed it up to the max. The difference between her and Keishia Knight-Pulliam is that Rudy was a cute kid but still believable, whereas Olivia was cutesy and acted like a mini grownup. It was off-putting. I stopped watching after she came along (Seasons 6, 7, 8). By then, most of the kids had moved out, anyway, and the dynamics had changed.

On the other hand, I thought Raven was excellent as a teen in her Disney sitcom THAT'S SO RAVEN. She actually has comedic talent.

by Anonymousreply 28011/16/2014

My vote is for Bobs Watson, one of a whole family of kid actors in the 30s. It will warm the cockles of your heart to see him run over by a car in "Boys Town" and dragged to death by runaway horses in "Dodge City"!

by Anonymousreply 28111/16/2014

The kid that played Fraiser's son. I cringed every time he was on the show.

by Anonymousreply 28211/16/2014

The fat kid in Modern Family. The Latino not the married one. The fat kid in Two and a Half Men. The sourfaced girl who was not DJ or Darlene. Actually all three were annoying. Also the two fat parents.

by Anonymousreply 28311/16/2014

Oh, yeah, M. Wilkes at R270? How about that sniveling brat who played your son?

"Where is Mother going and why can't I go too?"

Oh, Beau, Beau if only you would!

It's all your fault! I hate you, I hate you and I hate your baby too!

by Anonymousreply 28411/16/2014

The original twins who played Lily on Modern Family. Granted, they were way young but always looked like they were being tortured for being there.

by Anonymousreply 28511/16/2014

Blossom.

by Anonymousreply 28611/17/2014

I already named the all time worst child actress so now I'll name the boy.

The kid who keeps turning up as his own son in Donat's Goodbye Mr. Chips. His final scene in that film kills all the goodwill built up before it.

by Anonymousreply 28711/17/2014

DL where you can find people saying that no child deserves an oscar because children don't really act they just are and people (other people? the same people?) saying that some of those child actors supposedly just being children can't act their way out of paper bags.

Welcome to the logical wasteland known as Datalounge.

by Anonymousreply 28811/17/2014

Courtney Chase, who played Kennedy on Blossom. She started out with the most pronounced British accent one has ever heard but dropped it after about 5 episodes when people realized it didn't make her cute, it made her grating.

by Anonymousreply 28911/17/2014

There was only one movie I ever turned off because the child actor annoyed the hell out of me: Holiday Affair with Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum. The kid who played Janet Leigh's son was insufferable.

by Anonymousreply 29011/19/2014

[quote]My vote is for Bobs Watson, one of a whole family of kid actors in the 30s. It will warm the cockles of your heart to see him run over by a car in "Boys Town" and dragged to death by runaway horses in "Dodge City"!

I politely disagree. Mickey Rooney delivered a heroic crying scene in Boy's Town after the director told him that Bobs Watson was going to steal it right out from under him unless Rooney was anything less than brilliant.

I had the privilege of seeing Bobs Watson as an old man give an unforgettable recitation of the melodramatic poem "The Face on the Barroom Floor," about a bum who stumbles into a saloon reveals himself to have been a great painter who became a drunkard after losing his lady love to his dearest friend. He was masterful in acting out the florid poem with great expression but with perfect control and emotional authenticity.

by Anonymousreply 29111/19/2014

I nominate Patty McCormack. She was the "worst" child ever on screen (and received an Academy Award nomination as a result). Willing to kill over a penmanship medal and "dispense" with bothersome old Henry Jones when he got in her way. Bitch could even hold her own with a drunken Eileen Heckart!

by Anonymousreply 29211/19/2014

Its a tie, Maxwell Perry Cotton from A Dennis the Menace Christmas and Mike Weinberg from Home Alone 4

by Anonymousreply 29301/04/2015

Angela Cartwright on "Make Room for Daddy".

by Anonymousreply 29401/04/2015

The kid who played Diahann Carroll's son on "Julia".

by Anonymousreply 29501/04/2015

[quote]Courtney Chase, who played Kennedy on Blossom. She started out with the most pronounced British accent one has ever heard but dropped it after about 5 episodes when people realized it didn't make her cute, it made her grating.

I couldn't stand her either.

by Anonymousreply 29601/05/2015

Calista Flockhart on ALLY McBEAL.

by Anonymousreply 29701/05/2015

So far, no one has come up with a child-abomination as loathsome as the woodchuck, human-like drooling thing in the 1997 "The Shining" miniseries. That child was so repulsive I wanted to get a blanket, a hammer and mercifully toss the blanket over it and use the hammer to put the lump under the blanket out of its (and our) misery. And why the FUCK couldn't that creature close its bucktoothed mouth?

by Anonymousreply 29801/05/2015

Jyoti Amge on American Horror Story

by Anonymousreply 29901/11/2015

[quote]The kid who keeps turning up as his own son in Donat's Goodbye Mr. Chips. His final scene in that film kills all the goodwill built up before it.

Oh, God--Terry Kilburn! AKA the spazziest Tiny Tim ever from MGM's "A Christmas Carol".

by Anonymousreply 30001/11/2015

The most e-ffeminate Tiny Tim ever. He is openly gay, though.

by Anonymousreply 30101/11/2015

Mason Reese owns this thread and he looks even worse nowadays!

by Anonymousreply 30201/11/2015

The twins who played Carrie Ingalls on LHOTP neither of which who could act.

by Anonymousreply 30301/11/2015

Jax's son on Sons of Anarchy and the youngest girl (Morgan) on Boy Meets World are the worst child actors of all time.

by Anonymousreply 30406/24/2015

The chic who played Annie in the 1982 movie. Terrible. Horrible mugging for the camera and only a so-so voice. Ugly as sin too.

by Anonymousreply 30506/24/2015

The little girl who plays Faith on Y&R. (She also played the daughter in that weird Will Ferrell/Kristin Wiig Lifetime movie.) She's so aggressively cute and "on" I consistently pray for her character to get killed off for the sake of cheap tears.

by Anonymousreply 30606/24/2015

That kid that played Will Robinson in the movie version of Lost in Space. Absolutely ruined that move - well, William Hurt sucked pretty bad too. Come to think of it, all the actors were terrible. But, the kid - AWFUL!

by Anonymousreply 30706/24/2015

Frederick Koehler (Chip Lowell) on "Kate & Allie."

by Anonymousreply 30806/24/2015

Ellie (Alina Foley) on "The League" is extremely annoying.

I've never seen her in anything else though & she's like 11 or 12 so she has time to grow out of it. Nepotism should help her career though.

by Anonymousreply 30906/24/2015

Alyssa Milano and Danny Pintauro. Both terrible on Who's The Boss? Don't know if he's still acting, but as an actress she has not improved with age.

by Anonymousreply 31006/24/2015

The kid in the original 1980 version of "Gloria."

He sucked.

by Anonymousreply 31106/24/2015

No one else has mentioned him yet so my distaste (homicidal) for him might be only a personal thing. Eric Shea. As a child he dominated the late 70s and early 80s as the obligatory smartly pants kid on television drama and half-hour sitcoms... best known (or worst known) as Robin in THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE. Always hope he will be the first one offed when the ship flipped.

by Anonymousreply 31206/24/2015

R305 sounds like a colossal douchebag.

by Anonymousreply 31306/24/2015

The kid who played Little Earl on "What's Happening"

by Anonymousreply 31406/24/2015

I have a Small Wonder story to share. A friend at college with to high school with Tiffany Brissette.

Tiffany said the little redhead girl wanted the starring role and she and her family were a-holes to deal with when she didn't get it.

For the record, I thought Kirk and Candace Cameron were terrible actors on their respective shows.

by Anonymousreply 31506/24/2015

What do you mean? Pamelyn? I had to imdb her but when I did? Memory flood! I thought she was awesome. I vote the kid from Babadook.

by Anonymousreply 31606/24/2015

R313, at least I didn't wish for her death the way that some of the posters here did about some of the other horrible child actors.

by Anonymousreply 31706/24/2015

[quote]Frederick Koehler (Chip Lowell) on "Kate & Allie."

I've seen him on stage several times as an adult and he was pretty good.

by Anonymousreply 31806/24/2015

I'm another for The Olson Twins. My sister loved that show when we were kids and I couldn't stand them.

by Anonymousreply 31906/24/2015

Laurie Partridge..Did have a lobotomy,or what? I don't think she ever smiled.

by Anonymousreply 32006/24/2015

Daniel's son on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Godawful. What the hell is wrong with the kid? He just grins and never says anything.

by Anonymousreply 32106/24/2015

Don't have a meltdown DL,but Janet Jackson sucked as Penny..There ,I said it.

by Anonymousreply 32206/24/2015

I thought jack johnson from lost in space movie was adorable looking kid

by Anonymousreply 32306/25/2015

Jonny crawford was a hottie

by Anonymousreply 32406/25/2015

Mark with his daddy

by Anonymousreply 32506/25/2015

Baby Jane Hudson. Butcha' ARE!

by Anonymousreply 32606/25/2015

Luke on Modern Family was great as a sweet dopey kid but his voice changed and now he's terrible. I'm concerned about Lily as well, her timing has been off this season.

by Anonymousreply 32706/25/2015

Luke is getting hot, though. Never in a million years would I have expected that.

by Anonymousreply 32806/25/2015

The kid who played the little brother (Andy Keaton?) on Family Ties. I cringed every time he was on the screen. Michael J. Fox tried so, so hard to salvage his scenes with that kid. I felt sorry for both of them.

by Anonymousreply 32906/25/2015

David Mendenhall - child star of the 80s. He was on General Hospital and starred as Sylvester Stallone's son in the arm wrestling movie, "Over The Top".

by Anonymousreply 33006/25/2015

Dutch?

by Anonymousreply 33106/25/2015

[quote] Frederick Koehler (Chip Lowell) on "Kate & Allie."

[quote]I've seen him on stage several times as an adult and he was pretty good.

He seems to play a lot of criminals, usually psychopaths, on police procedural shows. He also played the son of that white supremacist on "Oz." Chris Meloni fucked him.

by Anonymousreply 33206/25/2015

I always liked Frederic Koehler on Kate & Allie. He was always low key as opposed to other obnoxious hammy child actors of the same era (see Growing Pains).

by Anonymousreply 33306/25/2015

I thought Frederick Koehler was good in Mr. Mom. The scene with the washing machine malfunctioning was very funny.

My vote is for the girl who played Morgan in Boy Meets World in 1994 or so. She was friggen terrible. She was supposed to be the cute little girl who was a bit bossy and everybody loved her, but she was a rude brat and not at all endearing.

I also agree that Luke from Modern Family is terrible. He started off alright but now his comedic timing seems forced. You can practically see him running everyone's lines in his head waiting for his turn to speak.

by Anonymousreply 33406/25/2015

[quote]Don't know if he's still acting, but as an actress she has not improved with age.

He's trying to muscle in on my territory!

by Anonymousreply 33506/25/2015

[quote] Tiffany said the little redhead girl wanted the starring role and she and her family were a-holes to deal with when she didn't get it.

Then she was perfectly cast as Harriet.

by Anonymousreply 33606/25/2015

I agree that Frederick Koehler was more low key than most child actors during that era, and I actually liked Chip. I just believe it was obvious that Frederick was acting on K&A. I guess it's just me.

I'm another person who didn't like Olivia on The Cosby Show. Even at age five I thought, "I don't like that heifer."

by Anonymousreply 33706/25/2015
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