There is a thread for the best so I thought there should be a thread for the worst as well. Who are the worst simply because they're annoying or because they cannot act? For me it has to be Donnie Dunagan in Son of Frankenstein and Keith Almoney in The Blob.
Who are the worst child performances in film and television?
|by Anonymous||reply 247||Last Monday at 10:21 AM|
Margaret O'Brian in Meet Me in St. Louis.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||07/14/2020|
Eric Shea in The Poseidon Adventure.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||07/14/2020|
The twins who played Carrie Ingalls on Little House!
|by Anonymous||reply 3||07/14/2020|
Kim & Kyle Richards
|by Anonymous||reply 4||07/14/2020|
Brooke Shields in Pretty Baby and Blue Lagoon.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||07/14/2020|
the kid in Burnt Offerings - Lee Montgomery I think his name was
even more so: Pamelyn Ferdin in literally everything she did
|by Anonymous||reply 6||07/14/2020|
Brooke Shields was in Blue Lagoon? All I saw was Christopher Atkins.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||07/14/2020|
On Modern Family, the two older girls could act, but the boys really could not. Forgivable when young and cute, but awful when they got into their gawky teen years.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||07/14/2020|
the kid who played Young Patrick in Lucy's Mame.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||07/14/2020|
The kid who played Ann Newton in Shadow of a Doubt.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||07/14/2020|
The little boy in Fatal Attraction.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||07/14/2020|
Not films but Little Ricky and especially little Stevie Appleby in I love Lucy “ I wanna see superman, I wanna see superman”
|by Anonymous||reply 12||07/14/2020|
"NO, Champ, don't DIIIIIIIIIIIIEEE!"
|by Anonymous||reply 13||07/14/2020|
That fug who played Manny.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||07/14/2020|
Tammi Marihugh, THE LAST VOYAGE. I mentioned her in the best performances by a child actor thread, but I was being sarcastic. She really stunk up the screen.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||07/14/2020|
The girl who played AJ in, "AJ and the Queen".
|by Anonymous||reply 16||07/14/2020|
Bonnie Blue Butler.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||07/14/2020|
The little brother in a christmas story, he was awful.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||07/14/2020|
Donald Trump on The Aprentice
|by Anonymous||reply 19||07/14/2020|
Could not play straight if his life by a crazy murderous dog depended on it.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||07/14/2020|
Matthew Weiner’s son on “Mad Men”...
|by Anonymous||reply 21||07/14/2020|
That Blossom monstrosity.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||07/14/2020|
R20 also equally abhorrent at playing straight as Jonathan Bower.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||07/14/2020|
Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine and everything else I've seen her in. Also her brother is terrible too.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||07/14/2020|
The Olsen twins.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||07/14/2020|
BD Hyman, hands down. Her acting was so bad it is hard to believe who she came out of. Her mother must have really loved her to pull those strings to get her in that movie.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||07/14/2020|
R15 - OMG I forgot about her.
While I like the movie a lot more than I should, I kept wishing something (like that piano) would crash down & land on her head, or she'd fall down that hole in the ship.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||07/14/2020|
Lil Magic, hands down!
|by Anonymous||reply 28||07/14/2020|
That kid from John Cassavetes’ “Gloria”.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||07/14/2020|
What about that annoying bitch named Christina in Now Voyager? She was an attention starved twat waffle.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||07/14/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 31||07/14/2020|
Thomas Sangster in Love Actually. God, I loathed him in that. Creepy as hell. I did like him as a teenager in that film about the Beatles, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||07/14/2020|
The kid who played Beau Wilkes, Melanie's son, at the end of "Gone with the Wind."
|by Anonymous||reply 33||07/14/2020|
Harriet from Small Wonder! Did she really need to ham it up so much?
|by Anonymous||reply 34||07/14/2020|
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|by Anonymous||reply 35||07/14/2020|
Jake Lloyd in The Phantom Menace
|by Anonymous||reply 36||07/14/2020|
The annoying little boy from Fuller House who is always yelling.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||07/14/2020|
Larry Mathews as Ritchie Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." How that kid got a job I'll never know.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||07/14/2020|
I’m sorry. We wouldn’t know.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||07/14/2020|
Mara Hobel in Mommie Dearest.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||07/14/2020|
Dakota fanning in war of the worlds. Emma Watson in Harry Potter.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||07/14/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 42||07/14/2020|
I have to disagree with the post mentioning Mara Hobel. I liked her performance.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||07/14/2020|
I LOVED the Witch Mountain movies, but even as a child it was very apparent that Kim Richards had very little talent. Worst of all we’re her constipation faces she would make during her telepathic communications with her brother, which had the flattest voice over readings ever.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||07/14/2020|
Future Oscar winner Helen Hunt was far from her A game portraying Princess Ora who fell out of the sky on The Bionic Woman. Even worse a few years later playing a high schooler she would sniff drugs and immediately fly out the window and try slicing her wrists with shards of glass in one of the most unbelievable drug freak outs ever.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||07/14/2020|
R44 Kim was just drunk and high. Some things never change, that’s sweet.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||07/14/2020|
Lily on Modern Family, hands down.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||07/14/2020|
I'm with R33. The child actor who played Beau Wilkes is Mickey Kuhn, who, along with his screen mother Olivia de Havilland, are the only surviving GWTW cast members (with the possible exception of the infants who played baby Bonnie Blue and baby Beau).
|by Anonymous||reply 48||07/14/2020|
Johnathan Scott Taylor, aka Damien Thorn in the second Omen movie.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||07/14/2020|
Sandra Dee--she needed a tranquilizer or 12.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||07/15/2020|
The two kids from the first Benji movie way back in 1974
|by Anonymous||reply 51||07/15/2020|
Louanne in "Oh, God! Book II" (1980)
|by Anonymous||reply 52||07/15/2020|
I never bought the kid who played Aaron in the Little Drummer Boy for one moment. His “fake” drumming was atrocious and when the lamb came back to life his reaction was way to over the top, where a more naturalistic performance would have been much stronger.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||07/15/2020|
you kid, r28, but Kim Wayans is TRULY terrible in everything she does
|by Anonymous||reply 54||07/15/2020|
^ and that's what makes her so good!
|by Anonymous||reply 55||07/15/2020|
R54 Kim was great in “Pariah”
|by Anonymous||reply 56||07/15/2020|
Cora Sue Collins and Sybil Jason stank up a large number of classic 30s flicks.
They were "cute" to the point of being nauseating.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||07/15/2020|
Cora Sue Collins was a vile little bitch who had it in for me because I was queen of the lot.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||07/15/2020|
Courtland Mead in The Shining miniseries
|by Anonymous||reply 59||07/15/2020|
I HATE the precocious little gayling from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but worst of all time has to be Alfred Lutter in Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More. The definition of a shrill performance, he mostly just whines, shrieks, and overacts with a blank facial expression (hard to do!) in the general direction of Alice and makes her already difficult life more difficult. A very young Jodie Foster appeared in a small role and they should have just had her play the son.
Ellen Burstyn deserved her Oscar that year just for having to put up with him for the duration of the shoot.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||07/15/2020|
R60 They definitely should have had Jodie Linda Hunt that role, it would have been her first Oscar and way before Hillary Swank!
|by Anonymous||reply 61||07/15/2020|
Thanks, R48. I can still hear his blaring, monotone whine ringing in my ears.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||07/15/2020|
I thought Alfred Lutter was perfect and gave a realistic performance. Philip McKeon, on the other hand, sucked balls.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||07/15/2020|
R63 Well, when you go with the discount Alice of Linda Lavin, you need to go with the discount Alfred Lutter or it shows her up.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||07/15/2020|
Kristen Stewart in Panic Room.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||07/15/2020|
R65 Wrong thread all the way! Between PR and The Safety of Objects Kristen Stewart was the most remarkable child actress since Jodie.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||07/15/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 67||07/15/2020|
Aaron Moffatt from The Tortellis, no wonder it was canceled after 13 episodes.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||07/15/2020|
Did Alfred Lutter have BDF?
|by Anonymous||reply 69||07/15/2020|
The kid that gets crushed by falling bricks in Burnt Offerings
|by Anonymous||reply 70||07/15/2020|
The dark haired girl in gimme a break
|by Anonymous||reply 71||07/15/2020|
Jake Lloyd in The Phantom Menace was Sofia Coppola territory of dreadful.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||07/15/2020|
R64, I think Lutter did the pilot of Alice but he was replaced by McKeon.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||07/15/2020|
R73 Because he showed up Lavin, one does not mess with a hardcore bitch like that, she will cut you out of a show.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||07/15/2020|
I think Jake Lloyd takes the prize since he was the central character in one of the most highly anticipated movies of all time and so many people were disappointed by Jake and Jar-Jar.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||07/15/2020|
Buck would never have appeared in a thread like this.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||07/15/2020|
The weird little boy in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”
|by Anonymous||reply 77||07/15/2020|
I took my cousin to see the new Nutcracker Princess movie a while back and I thought the lead actress was pretty wooden and flat. I can't recall her name though. It was the version with Keira Knightly.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||07/15/2020|
George "Foghorn" Winslow wasn't much of an actor, but he was a real scene-stealer. Howard Hawks loved him.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||07/15/2020|
The girl who played Vicki in "Small Wonder"
The girl in Tarsem Singh's "The Fall"
|by Anonymous||reply 80||07/15/2020|
Fucking Melissa Sue Anderson and fucking Quinn Cummings.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||07/17/2020|
I noticed there's no fat kids in that clip at R44.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||07/17/2020|
The first movie Henry Thomas did was with Cissy Spacek and Eric Roberts called "Raggedy Man." His little brother was played by a boy named Carey Hollis, Jr. Full name is Carey Clyde Leebo Hollis. He basically repeated every one of Henry's lines. It was tragic.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||07/17/2020|
In R44's clip the red headed Johnny Whitaker lookalike is Dermott Downs. The long haired green striped shirt boy is Lance Kerwin. IIRC, Lance sent many young DL gayling's heart a flutter.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||07/17/2020|
R84 At 15 and then at 16 too.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||07/17/2020|
[quote]Harriet from Small Wonder! Did she really need to ham it up so much?
It was necessary when my co-star was so robotic.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||07/18/2020|
That charmless little cunt who played the Natalie Wood role in that awful 1990s remake of Miracle on 34th Street.
Trivia: Both Bonnie Butler and Beau Wilkes in GWTW had their voices dubbed by adult actors who specialized in children's voices. That's one reason their performances are so unconvincing.
And yes, Mickey what's his name who played Beau had a bit part as a sailor in Streetcar. And when Vivien found out, she invited him into her trailer, where she "entertained" him for an hour. Go, Viv, go!
|by Anonymous||reply 87||07/18/2020|
[quote]That charmless little cunt who played the Natalie Wood role in that awful 1990s remake of Miracle on 34th Street.
That girl is named Mara Wilson and she wasn't bad in [italic]Mrs. Doubtfire[/italic] and [italic]Matilda[/italic]. Except those weren't remakes of classic movies.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||07/18/2020|
How can anyone say Dee from What's Happenin' was terrible? She was hilarious.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||07/18/2020|
She was Jessica freaking Lange compared to Danny Pintauro, who by all right should own this thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||07/18/2020|
r8 Wilson was 6 during shooting for the Miracle remake (Natalie Wood was 8 when she shot the original). Wilson definitely improved by the time she shot Matilda the following year.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||07/18/2020|
The kids on (old) Dallas and (old) Dynasty were terrible. I don't remember any kids on Falcon Crest or Knots Landing.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||07/18/2020|
This character was so forgettable I thought his name was "Six".
It was actually "Seven".
|by Anonymous||reply 93||07/18/2020|
R90 There is an episode of “Who’s the Boss” where Tony Danza picks up Pintauro in his arms and dances with him. Pintauro looked like he was in heaven.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||07/18/2020|
R93: That was partly to make up for Katey Sagal's miscarriage. Either way, season 7 would have added a new kid. At least the path they actually took had an escape clause.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||07/18/2020|
The Little Boy in James in the Giant Peach was pretty mediocre.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||07/18/2020|
[quote]Pintauro looked like he was in heaven.
He's not getting any closer than that.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||07/18/2020|
The son in Unfaithful. Every second of that performance was annoying.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||07/18/2020|
Speaking of annoying little boys named Danny, no one mentioned me yet?
|by Anonymous||reply 99||07/18/2020|
Any small child they bring in to a TV series when all the kids on the show have grown up usually sucks.
Carrie and Grace on Little House were on the Prairie seemed mentally damaged since they never developed speech or seemed to get older.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||07/18/2020|
Little House on the Prairie ^
|by Anonymous||reply 101||07/18/2020|
These three little non-rocket scientists from the Apple Dumplings Gang, barely had a brain cell or an original element of performance between them.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||07/18/2020|
Except constantly having to pee. That was the only bathroom humor Disney would allow then. Now they have fouled up [italic]Artemis Fowl[/italic] with dirt farts, and the kid in the title role didn't look like he brought much to the table in terms of talent.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||07/18/2020|
Wheelchair boy in Mac and Me
|by Anonymous||reply 104||07/18/2020|
Those Apple Dumpling Gang movies sure sucked. The people that gave the green light to those cinematic turds Disney churned out in the 70s should be ashamed.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||07/18/2020|
Compared to now when all they can muster is reboot after reboot and get-off-my-back token gays?
|by Anonymous||reply 106||07/18/2020|
Not a fan of Disney, but a movie about a mule that kicks field goals? Pretty much anything by Disney now beats that.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||07/18/2020|
Even a soulless, sterile, virtually shot-for-shot remake of [italic]The Lion King[/italic]? What a waste of time and money. At least a silly gimmick picture like the one R107 mentioned didn't cost as much as the GDP of a developing nation.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||07/18/2020|
[italic]Gus[/italic] got a 60% audience score and no critical score since no major critics apparently cared.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||07/18/2020|
[italic]Artemis Fowl[/italic] was despised by both critics and audiences. A Facebook friend who read the books said in no uncertain terms that they ruined.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||07/18/2020|
Mary Badham in To Kill a Mockingbird. Wow, terrible!
|by Anonymous||reply 111||07/19/2020|
R94 explains why I could never stand that show. In addition to just plain not being funny at all, it looked like pedo propaganda. Tony seriously had more sexual chemistry with the kids than with Judith Light, whom I was just embarrassed for for going along with this crap for nearly a decade and even more so for poor Katherine Helmond.
And don't kid yourselves: Bitchlyssa couldn't act then either and she never got any better even on that witch show or any of her movies.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||07/19/2020|
Corey Feldman in everything.
|by Anonymous||reply 113||07/19/2020|
I'm sorry he died young, but Matthew Garber was the weak link in the casting of all the Disney movies he was in in the 1960s. Some of his line readings are painfully bad to listen to.
Harmony Cramp, the original Cecily on [italic]Road To Avonlea[/italic], was awful especially when the other actors on that show were good, even the other child actors. At least they eventually (in the post-Sarah Polley years) replaced her with Molly Atkinson who was an improvement. They made the switch by giving her TB and locking her away in a sanitarium.
|by Anonymous||reply 114||07/19/2020|
For fucks sake, Jake Lloyd gets a pass for being a little boy who wasn’t even interested in acting, the director or somebody just wanted him in it.
Him having having mental illness that took over his health and life; is enough on his plate without a bunch of catty gurrrls assaulting his 8 year old self, or however young he was. Get over it already, Karens.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||07/19/2020|
Ahmed Best almost killed himself over all the Jar-Jar hate.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||07/19/2020|
Jake Lloyd worked in TV and in films both before and after his Star Wars role, as well as voiceover work. So I don't know where this 'never wanted to act' story comes from? He apparently is schizophrenic, at least his mother says so, which is indeed very sad.
All that said, he was shockingly bad in Phantom Menace.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||07/19/2020|
Drums (both) and Tambourine in The Partridge Family.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||07/20/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 119||07/20/2020|
Charlie Wade on Dallas
|by Anonymous||reply 120||07/20/2020|
R120, she was good!
|by Anonymous||reply 121||07/20/2020|
I was always annoyed by the little boy in Kubrick's The Shining. I don't know if it was a bad performance, but it was a really annoying one.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||07/20/2020|
R121: She still banged Brad Pitt before he became a simp.
|by Anonymous||reply 123||07/20/2020|
why does everyone think Brad Pitt was on DALLAS?
I've seen those episode.
It was Princess Stephanie of Monaco.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||07/20/2020|
Each and every one of them.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||07/20/2020|
The obnoxious older son in Terms of Endearment. (The younger son was wonderful.)
|by Anonymous||reply 126||07/20/2020|
Film: Sofia Coppola in "Peggy Sue Got Married." I felt embarrassed on her behalf.
TV: Any sitcom featuring the "Lives changed...by One Little Girl!" conceit. Examples of this would be Soleil Moon Frye in "Punky Brewster" or Kaleena Kiff in "Love, Sidney."
(I was very jealous of precocious kids who were materially overindulged/spoiled in these shows, so that's probably why they've stuck in my mind).
|by Anonymous||reply 127||07/20/2020|
Carolyn, the girl Raj and Nadine were foster parents to in the first season of [italic]What's Happening Now!![/italic], was so bad they let her go after the first season the same time Rerun quit (over money again).
|by Anonymous||reply 128||07/20/2020|
If this blond boy's eyes were any bigger, he'd be a Margaret Keane painting.
|by Anonymous||reply 129||07/20/2020|
R128, same thing happened on 227, season 4. Mary and Lester (kind of) adopt Alexandra (Countess Vaughn) but then the girl is gone after like 10 episodes. LOL.
|by Anonymous||reply 130||07/20/2020|
R130: That show was all over the place once Embassy merged into Columbia and Coke sold it to Sony. They put Alexandra on there partly because Marla Gibbs didn't want to be showed up again by another female co-star on a show who won an Emmy while she didn't. They also tried showing a white teacher and a boyfriend for Rose, but it wasn't the same. It felt less like a closely-knit community than in the earlier seasons produced under Embassy.
|by Anonymous||reply 131||07/20/2020|
[quote]They also tried showing a white teacher and a boyfriend for Rose,
Ah, the Barry Sobel and Stoney Jackson years. And Rose married that actor - Kevin Peter Hall. He died of AIDS.
|by Anonymous||reply 132||07/20/2020|
That little fat queen who played Jamie in "Small Wonder."
|by Anonymous||reply 133||07/20/2020|
I actually heard he married a woman and is no longer homeless, R133. Still fat, though. And the father looks like he gained a pound a year since the show went off the air.
|by Anonymous||reply 134||07/20/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 135||07/20/2020|
None of the kids on [italic]Modern Family[/italic] were anything to write home about, honestly. Now that the show is finally dead and buried, we can say it.
|by Anonymous||reply 136||07/20/2020|
The kid who played Andy on “Family Ties” owns this thread.
The Robbie Rist rule: any little boy with a bowl haircut is going to be a show killer.
|by Anonymous||reply 137||07/20/2020|
The (fake) twins on Valerie/Valerie's Family/The Hogan Family. Talk about a shit show. Has there been any other TV series with at least THREE different titles during the show's run???
|by Anonymous||reply 138||07/20/2020|
[quote]Has there been any other TV series with at least THREE different titles during the show's run???
Does [italic]Disneyland[/italic], aka [italic]Walt Disney Presents[/italic], aka [italic]Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color[/italic], aka [italic]The Wonderful World of Disney[/italic], aka [italic]Disney's Wonderful World[/italic] (a grammatical distinction that only matters in English), aka [italic]Walt Disney[/italic], aka [italic]The Disney Sunday Movie[/italic], aka [italic]The Magical World of Disney[/italic] count?
|by Anonymous||reply 139||07/20/2020|
R139, no, try again, Tinky Winky.
|by Anonymous||reply 140||07/20/2020|
[quote] Wheelchair boy in Mac and Me
He was played by Paul Rudd.
|by Anonymous||reply 141||07/20/2020|
[quote] [R139], no, try again, Tinky Winky. —Jason Bateman
Tinky Winky? You're the one who put Ricky Schroder in a dress and made him your date for the evening!
And that show was the one that dressed you up in a "turkey suit" that consisted of nothing but long underwear and pasted-on feathers.
|by Anonymous||reply 142||07/20/2020|
Ricky Seagull on season four of the Partridge Family......ugh......his IMDB page says that he later played HAMLET in a production he directed himself.....
I almost wished I had seen it......
|by Anonymous||reply 143||07/20/2020|
Damn R143. We can only hope it was co-produced by Lavarious Slaughter
|by Anonymous||reply 144||07/21/2020|
R138. Are you talking about the cute one and the Fat Mexican?
|by Anonymous||reply 145||07/21/2020|
I hated that kid on The Partridge Family. Especially when he “sang”
|by Anonymous||reply 146||07/21/2020|
Marigold on Downton Abbey.
Also, the twins who played Lady Mary's son George were cute appearance wise but had creepy little voices.
|by Anonymous||reply 147||07/21/2020|
R145: Mom, I’m Venezuelan! How many times do I have to keep pointing this out? Now someone go after the chomo who made me do a publicity photo spread in short shorts.
|by Anonymous||reply 148||07/21/2020|
The lead performance in Mr Orange Blob Goes To Washington is one of the worst child performances I have ever seen. Atonishing bad it almost makes you feel like you're in danger.
|by Anonymous||reply 149||07/22/2020|
The kid who played Beau Wilkes in the scenes when Melanie died.
|by Anonymous||reply 150||07/22/2020|
Most child actors stink. They usually aren't hired for talent, only for how cute they are or resemble the actors playing their parents.
|by Anonymous||reply 151||07/22/2020|
I think Ricky Segall from "The Partridge Family" was the worst, not only because he couldn't sing and was a terrible actor, but because they ALREADY HAD two "cute" young kids (Jeremy Gelbwaks and Suzanne Crough) but they wouldn't give them any lines.
I'm glad he grew up into a handsome guy, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 152||07/22/2020|
I've always wanted to see the 50s movie "Dondi" with David Janssen and Patti Page, because the child actor who plays the title role, David Kory, is supposed to be the single worst child actor in film history.
|by Anonymous||reply 153||07/22/2020|
R153, I've tried to find a Dondi DVD for years. I've heard the same thing about Kory. LOL.
|by Anonymous||reply 154||07/22/2020|
I've seen Dondi and.....well you know what happened.....
|by Anonymous||reply 155||07/23/2020|
[quote] The kids on (old) Dallas and (old) Dynasty were terrible. I don't remember any kids on Falcon Crest or Knots Landing.
They had kids on KL and most of them could act. Too bad the boy who played Karen's oldest son died in a car accident when the show was still running.
|by Anonymous||reply 156||07/23/2020|
David Mendenhall (General Hospital, Over the Top, a ton of voiceover work) was the kind of child actor who gave child performers a bad name. He was that obnoxious. He even won two Razzies..
|by Anonymous||reply 157||10/19/2020|
I am changing the assignment to point out that Michael Fishman was good as D.J. Conner during the first run of the series. But on the reboot he is awful. He is a piece of wood parroting lines. The writers give him as few lines as possible and he mostly stands around in the background.
|by Anonymous||reply 158||10/19/2020|
I am changing the assignment to point out that Michael Fishman was good as D.J. Conner during the first run of the series. But on the reboot he is awful. He is a piece of wood parroting lines. The writers give him as few lines as possible and he mostly stands around in the background.
|by Anonymous||reply 159||10/19/2020|
The Oleson Twins were awful. They were like a hideous animatron repeating ridiculous catchphrases...
"You're in Trouble, Mister"...."You got it, dude"
|by Anonymous||reply 160||10/19/2020|
The two hysterically overacting kids in Jurassic Park, Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards, were the worst -- I assumed at the time they just had to be the son and daughter of the producer, or a studio executive.
|by Anonymous||reply 161||10/19/2020|
Shirley Temple herself was a perfectly terrible actress, and not a good singer, either. Compare any of the Little Rascals to her, they seem like geniuses.
But she could tap dance like crazy, it was so amazing, everyone forgot her wretched line delivery.
|by Anonymous||reply 162||10/19/2020|
The boy in that Happyish show on Showtime. I wanted to slap him silly.
|by Anonymous||reply 163||10/19/2020|
The kids from "Kids, Incorporated" in the 80s. I mean, they were charming but the performances were pretty bad. Fergie from Black Eyed Peas was the obnoxious ham, Stacy. And Renee, who was her "sister," with whom she started the forgettable 90's era 90210-style R&B group Wild Orchid. But also Martika, who had the hit with "Toy Soldiers," and Rahsaan Patterson, cast as "The Kid" (no name, inexplicably).
|by Anonymous||reply 164||11/30/2020|
The video in r104 s post...I can’t stop laughing. If I weren’t an atheist, I’d be bound for hell, surely. It should not be funny, but here we are.
|by Anonymous||reply 165||11/30/2020|
That blob of wood who played Jim-Bob in The Waltons.
Or that little ginger bitch Elizabeth
|by Anonymous||reply 166||11/30/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 167||11/30/2020|
I did not like Christina in Now Voyager.
|by Anonymous||reply 168||11/30/2020|
The kid who plays the gay son on The Conners. All the fucking kids in Hollywood and that's who they chose for that role?
|by Anonymous||reply 169||11/30/2020|
Hated the girl who played young Beth in The Queen’s Gambit. They should have cast her in the “Small Wonder” reboot instead.
|by Anonymous||reply 170||11/30/2020|
Little Ricky in I Love Lucy.
|by Anonymous||reply 171||11/30/2020|
I'll tell you who was among the best -- the kid who played Larry Mondello, Rusty Stevens on "Leave It to Beaver" was one of the most natural kid actors ever.
Larry Matthews on "Dick Van Dyke Show" was pretty bad. Pamelyn Ferdin was kind of annoying. LIsa Gerritson I think was ok on "My World and Welcome To It", but she improved a lot on "Mary Tyler Moore Show".
Robbie Rist and Rickey Seagull on "Brady Bunch" and "Partridge Family" were show killers.
|by Anonymous||reply 172||11/30/2020|
The twins from "Seventh Heaven"
The twins from "Everybody Loves Raymond"
|by Anonymous||reply 173||11/30/2020|
Suzanne Crough: Tracey from "The Partridge Family." She was like a black hole on the screen, sucking up all energy into her vortex of affectless misery.
Whoever played little Krystina (that name!) on "Dynasty." The scene where she's supposed to be choking in the nursery because she had some kind of congenital disease is a classic--it's like she's imitating how Carol Burnett would purposefully pretend to choke for comic effect.
|by Anonymous||reply 174||11/30/2020|
[quote] David Mendenhall (General Hospital, Over the Top, a ton of voiceover work) was the kind of child actor who gave child performers a bad name. He was that obnoxious. He even won two Razzies..
He was the boy who sold drugs to Arnold and Dudley on the Nancy Reagan episode of [italic]Diff'rent Strokes[/italic].
|by Anonymous||reply 175||11/30/2020|
That obnoxious bouffant headed Pakistani kid in the recent David Copperfield.
|by Anonymous||reply 176||11/30/2020|
[quote]All the fucking kids in Hollywood
I told you so.
|by Anonymous||reply 177||12/01/2020|
[quote] why else did they have careers if they couldn't act?
Because they are hot sex.
|by Anonymous||reply 178||12/01/2020|
R178 Make sure to save some for me.
|by Anonymous||reply 179||12/01/2020|
UK child actors always seem much more natural and far less annoying.
I wonder if adult UK audiences think just the opposite. Maybe they think the Olsen Twins are brilliant.
|by Anonymous||reply 180||12/01/2020|
They gave us reality TV. Not everything they do is highbrow costume drama and experimental comedy.
|by Anonymous||reply 181||12/01/2020|
The Olsen twins always looked a bit catatonic to me.
|by Anonymous||reply 182||12/01/2020|
As a fellow kid, I hated that Robbie Rist, who was always plugged into some show on its last legs for some kind of 'aaawwwwww' factor. He was NOT a cute little cousin or orphan or anything other than a tiny John Denver doppelganger.
On that note, include any late addition sitcom baby that grew in one year to a kid with a bowl cut and overalls.
|by Anonymous||reply 183||12/01/2020|
[quote] As a fellow kid
Steve Buscemi, ladies and gentlemen!
[quote]I hated that Robbie Rist, who was always plugged into some show on its last legs for some kind of 'aaawwwwww' factor. He was NOT a cute little cousin or orphan or anything other than a tiny John Denver doppelganger.
Everybody gives him heat for being Cousin Oliver on [italic]The Brady Bunch[/italic], but him being Ted and Georgette's son on [italic]The Mary Tyler Moore Show[/italic] is casually overlooked in such discourse. That even a higher-quality show like MTM felt obligated to hire him speaks volumes.
|by Anonymous||reply 184||12/01/2020|
Whoever those kids were in that 90s Little Rascals movie.
Worst kid actors ever.
|by Anonymous||reply 185||12/01/2020|
Even the ones who grew up to give us legal-age nude selfies?
|by Anonymous||reply 186||12/01/2020|
Pamelyn Ferdin. She had a mutant accent.
|by Anonymous||reply 187||12/01/2020|
Most child actors stink. More often than not, they are hired for their cuteness or because they resemble the actors playing their parents over what acting ability they might have.
|by Anonymous||reply 188||12/01/2020|
Lizzie McGuire as Hilary Duff. Awful.
|by Anonymous||reply 189||12/01/2020|
Hannah Montana as Miley Cyrus. Even worse!
|by Anonymous||reply 190||12/01/2020|
Kid actors are the worst. That Danny Cooksey kid from Different Strokes and his hammy backwoods accent was horrible.t
|by Anonymous||reply 191||12/01/2020|
R191: That nasal twang is common for a lot of country/western singers. I get what they were trying to do: take a family that was a union of Black and white and make it a union of North and South. But the already inconsistent writing took a dive, and his little-boy misogyny, which wasn't remotely cute or funny, rarely going unchallenged outside the Soleil Moon Frye episode was one of the reasons why. Everyone I ever talked to who watched that show hated him except for one person who turned out to be French. The show was dubbed in France.
Ironically, he worked more as an adult than the three main kids did. So did Robbie Rist compared to the six Brady kids. They paid the bills with cartoon voices after they hit puberty. At least with Cooksey's other major TV role as Montana Max on [italic]Tiny Toon Adventures[/italic], the character is supposed to be unsympathetic.
|by Anonymous||reply 192||12/01/2020|
The kid who played Cousin Oliver on The Brady Bunch and with the exception of David Cassidy, all of the kids on the Partridge Family.
|by Anonymous||reply 193||12/01/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 194||12/01/2020|
Jaden Smith and Jonathan Lipnicki
|by Anonymous||reply 195||12/01/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 196||12/01/2020|
Kiernan Shipka in Mad Men. I don't understand why she's considered talented; she just cute girl who got lucky in casting but she's not talented.
|by Anonymous||reply 197||12/01/2020|
Derek singing “Yankee Doodle Dandy” on Full House.
|by Anonymous||reply 198||12/01/2020|
Stockard Channing as Rizzo.
|by Anonymous||reply 199||12/01/2020|
What does DL feel about Joan Fontaine playing a 14-year-old in "The Constant Nymph"? I like Ginger Rogers trying to pass as a 12-year old in 'The Major and the Minor".
|by Anonymous||reply 200||12/01/2020|
Second for Jonathan Lipnicki. NOT cute, horrible lisp, seemed like he was being fed every single line at a time and he'd just repeat it. I have no idea why Tom Cruise's character fell for the kid--there was no chemistry there and the child was annoying and homely. He's now an even uglier fatso now.
Tatum O'Neill. Has always been a lousy actress (her episode of SATC was bite-my-nails awful) and she didn't deserve an award for stunt casting. She was adequate. but any ragamuffin child would've been able to do this role. You can vaguely see her mouth Ryan O'Neal's lines in some parts as she waits to deliver her own.
|by Anonymous||reply 201||12/01/2020|
That kid in that movie Simon Birch. My friend went to school with him, everyone hated him.
|by Anonymous||reply 202||12/01/2020|
Give me those shoes back.
|by Anonymous||reply 203||12/01/2020|
Aw, Rhoda is pretty great at being awful.
|by Anonymous||reply 204||12/01/2020|
JHO's untalented fug daughter.
|by Anonymous||reply 205||12/01/2020|
R161 What, you think children wouldn't really scream if they were being chased by dinosaurs? I think they were good. The boy is annoying at first because he's a total know-it-all and looks far too young to have read any of the books he's jabbering about, but once the dinosaurs break out his performance becomes quite convincing.
|by Anonymous||reply 206||02/16/2021|
Those two little trolls on Full House and the two youngest Partridge kids who basically stood there with a dazed look on their faces most of the time.
|by Anonymous||reply 207||02/16/2021|
The kid who played Ellie in the first "Pet Sematary" movie. Actually, ALL the acting in that movie was atrocious, with the exception of Fred Gwynne.
|by Anonymous||reply 208||02/16/2021|
I don't really notice bad child acting most of the time because children in real life aren't as intelligent or complex as adults. And I haven't seen all these corny old American shows with regular child cast members. It seems like when they make quality drama films featuring a child as a main character, they put a lot of effort into finding the best kid for the part (they audition thousands) so usually they deliver a pretty impressive, or least competent performance.
|by Anonymous||reply 209||02/16/2021|
But I agree with all the people who said Jake Lloyd was bad in The Phantom Menace. But then everyone else was bad in it because the script was bad.
I noticed someone saying the kid in The Shining was bad, I don't agree at all. I think he adds to the film and it's one of my favourite child performances.
|by Anonymous||reply 210||02/16/2021|
Fred Savage in THE WONDER YEARS. The hammy, arched eyebrow whenever he ‘got’ something. He delivered most of his lines not like a preteen boy, but a fifty something divorce’ trying to pick up women at a tiki lounge.
|by Anonymous||reply 211||02/16/2021|
R202 They hated that poor dwarf child? You must have gone to a horrible school.
|by Anonymous||reply 212||02/16/2021|
Appropriately enough it's R69 who explains for me my attraction to women who look like Alfred Lutter.
|by Anonymous||reply 213||02/16/2021|
The worst of all, bar none,w as Dawn Lynn as Dodi on "My Three Sons." Apparently the directors never told her to stop breathing through her mouth,
|by Anonymous||reply 214||02/16/2021|
The blond girl in Jurassic Park.
|by Anonymous||reply 215||02/16/2021|
[quote]his IMDB page says that he later played HAMLET in a production he directed himself.....
🎼 Say, Hey, Gertrude will ya hit one out here?!
|by Anonymous||reply 216||02/16/2021|
The bitch who played Tina in Now Voyager. I’m the fake Now Voyager dialogue troll who posts hilarious dialogue in the Now Voyager thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 217||02/16/2021|
I was the best voice for Lucy Van Pelt you Cunts!
|by Anonymous||reply 218||02/16/2021|
DJ on Roseanne.
|by Anonymous||reply 219||02/16/2021|
Recall "Chubby" from Our Gang?
Norman Myers Chaney
He was funny.
|by Anonymous||reply 220||02/16/2021|
Danny Pintauro was awful on "Who's The Boss", but he was actually VERY good as the child Paul Ryan on As The World Turns. The worst have to be Larry Matthews on DVD and Dawn Lynn on MTS.
The best I've ever seen for child TV actors were Ronny Howard on "Andy Griffith" and Jerry Mathers as The Beaver. They sucked when they grew up, but as kids they were naturals.
|by Anonymous||reply 221||02/16/2021|
"I noticed someone saying the kid in The Shining was bad, I don't agree at all. I think he adds to the film and it's one of my favourite child performances."
The kid who played Danny in the tv version of "The Shining" was REALLY bad. He talked like he had marbles in his mouth and for some reason had a Moe Howard sugar bowl haircut.
|by Anonymous||reply 222||02/16/2021|
R222, better than Larry Fine or Curly Howard hair...
|by Anonymous||reply 223||02/16/2021|
She’s gross now but Chloe Mireya was good as a child in “Let Me In”, the boy as well.
|by Anonymous||reply 224||02/16/2021|
Lol *chloe moretz
|by Anonymous||reply 225||02/16/2021|
That teenager whose voice never changed. Younger nephew in Auntie Mame movie and in Twilight Zone’s The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.
|by Anonymous||reply 226||02/16/2021|
R222 Because it was made in the 90s and that Godawful pudding bowl haircut was inexplicably popular among young boys. Or maybe their mothers liked it and chose it for them. I didn't have it, I never liked it and fortunately neither did my mother.
|by Anonymous||reply 227||02/17/2021|
THe girl who plays Lily in Modern Family. She was bad when she was a youngster, but we could overlook that due to her age. She still sucked as a teenager. They should have recast that role when anyone with eyes and ears realized she was awful.
|by Anonymous||reply 228||02/20/2021|
Jonathan Lipniki an ugly fatso? I think not.
|by Anonymous||reply 229||02/20/2021|
Jonathan Lipniki was on a recent season of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, and he was cute, funny, and well-built.
|by Anonymous||reply 230||02/20/2021|
[quote] the kid in Burnt Offerings - Lee Montgomery I think his name was
Her grew into the hottie who romances Sarah Jessica Parker in the 80s flick Girls Just Want To Have Fun.
|by Anonymous||reply 231||02/20/2021|
Too many to name, but so many child actors on soaps before they are SORASed to bring on summer teen drama. There main job is to run and hug their Mom when she is feeling bad over her recent romantic troubles, or even worse need to speak dialogue if they are part of a child custody or child illness storyline.
|by Anonymous||reply 232||02/20/2021|
No mention of Marigold from Downton Abbey? She was played by twins who had to have been related to a producer or something...no way they'd have gotten on tv any other way. The scenes where she's a bit more animated is one twin, the other is the goggle eyed, slack jawed "special" one seen in scenes where she's staring off into space with her mouth open. They also always looked exhausted with dark circles under their eyes. Not sure what was going on there.
|by Anonymous||reply 233||02/20/2021|
The twins that trump everything offered here:
Lindsay and Sydney Greenbush from Little House On The Prairie.
Pick any season. It’s just a blank idiotic low-IQ stare into space.
The lights were never turned on in their world.
|by Anonymous||reply 234||02/22/2021|
The blonde boy who played Nathan's on One Tree Hill.
|by Anonymous||reply 235||02/22/2021|
Most recently, this kid in, "Wonder Woman: 1984". This is not even his worst scene:
|by Anonymous||reply 236||02/22/2021|
The Olsens. What a plague they turned out to be.
|by Anonymous||reply 237||02/22/2021|
Dawn Lyn from "My Three Sons" is Leif Garrett's little sister, in more than one way: she is 4'10"
|by Anonymous||reply 238||02/22/2021|
The idiotic and perpetually open-mouthed twins from "Seventh Heaven."
|by Anonymous||reply 239||02/22/2021|
[quote] The Olsens. What a plague they turned out to be.
All the [italic]Full House[/italic] kids were terrible but even they wanted nothing to do with the reboot. That spoke volumes.
|by Anonymous||reply 240||02/22/2021|
[quote]Danny Pintauro was awful on "Who's The Boss", but he was actually VERY good as the child Paul Ryan on As The World Turns.
No, he sucked in both of them if ATWT's ratings went up after he left, and [italic]Cujo[/italic] is one of the worst Stephen King adaptations.
|by Anonymous||reply 241||02/22/2021|
Too lazy to look upthread for Quinn Cummings. Hated that obnoxious little bitch. She was the bane of my existence whenever she was on talk shows.
|by Anonymous||reply 242||02/22/2021|
Quinn Cummings has a cult following on the DL
|by Anonymous||reply 243||02/22/2021|
Cousin Oliver, 2020:
|by Anonymous||reply 244||02/22/2021|
|by Anonymous||reply 245||Last Sunday at 5:44 AM|
the Kars for Kids morons. Hideous.
|by Anonymous||reply 246||Last Sunday at 5:50 AM|
I find most child actors to be painful to watch. But I have to say: the twins from 7th Heaven, the Olsen twins in most things and the kid that played Franklin in My Wife and Kids.
|by Anonymous||reply 247||Last Monday at 10:21 AM|