46 Famous Actors And Their Big Screen Movie Debuts That You May Have Never Seen


Making your mark on Hollywood is not an easy job, and it may take many years, most of the time. It’s unbelievable, but yes, most of the Hollywood stars we know today was not stars at all, and many of them played insignificant roles in insignificant movies on the way to fame. However, some became a success story right after their debut. Here are 46 famous actors that’ll surprise you with their first movie roles.

1. Critters 3 (1991)

This young boy is Leonardo Di Caprio. Critters 3 was not a great start, but he managed to go all the way to Oscars anyway!

2. Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)

These adorable blue eyes belong to Christian Bale.  Mio min Mio is a fantasy about the lonely boy who is transferred from his dull life with his adoptive parents to the land where his real father is the king.

All grown up aaaand with an Oscar in hand!


3. Three Rooms in Manhattan (1965)

Look closer... There he is:

Robert De Niro!


Robert De Niro had a small uncredited part as a client at a dinner scene in Trois Chambres à Manhattan.

4. Johnny Depp - A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

This is a very well-known one, actually. Johnny Depp's movie debut was in A Nightmare on Elm Street.

5. City Slickers (1991)

Here's a scene from the 1991 movie City Slickers. Can you guess who this little guy is?

Jake Gyllenhaal!


6. Kevin Spacey - Heatburn (1986)

Kevin Spacey and his gorgeous smile from the 1986 movie Heatburn.

7. Back To The Future II (1989)

So can you guess who this adorable little boy is?

Elijah Wood!

8. The Patriot (2000)

He played Mel Gibson's son and Heath Ledger's little brother in The Patriot. Who is he?

Logan Lerman!

9. Pound (1970)

Can you recognize this little boy?

It's Robert Downey Jr.!


10. Edward Norton - Primal Fear (1996)

Some plays in 30 movies and gets an Oscar on the 31st, some get it the first time they try! Well Norton didn't get the award for Primal Fear, but he was nominated and it was still amazing.

11. Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995)

Hers was an insignificant role in Children of the Corn, but she later became one of the most important actresses of our time.

Charlize Theron, people!


12. Pilgrim's Progress (1979)

You all know this young man. Look closer.

Liam Neeson!


Aging looks good on this man.

13. Ordinary Magic (1993)

You can never ever guess who he is...

Ryan Reynolds!


14. Will Smith - Where The Day Takes You (1992)

Well this one is kind of obvious.

15. Scarlet Johansson - North (1994)

Little Scarlet just looks amazing, doesn't she?

16. Piranha (1995)

And this little girl?

Mila Kunis!


17. The Amityville Horror (2005)

Who could've know she would become so famous?

Chloe Grace Moretz!


18. Once Upon A Time in America (1984)

I wonder how it feels like to debut in a Sergio Leone movie.

Jennifer Connelly definitely knows how it feels.


19. Tom Hiddleston - Unrelated (2007)

He looks... different!

20. Natalie Portman - Léon: The Professional (1994)


Someone would shoot us in the head if we didn't put Natalie Portman on this list, I suppose.

21. Waterland (1992)

Oh how innocent she looks...

Lena Headey


Talk about innocence now.

22. Dazed and Confused (1993)

Any guesses?

23. Matthew Mcconaughey!


24. Jennifer Lawrence - Garden Party (2008)


25. Jim Carrey - All in Good Taste (1983)


No, not the hairy one.

26. Hugh Jackman - Paperback Hero (1999)

27. Rachel McAdams - My Name Is Tanino (2002)

28. Rosamund Pike - Die Another Day (2002)


29. Pierce Brosnan - The Long Good Friday (1980)


30. Daniel Craig - The Power Of One (1992)


31. The Devil's Rain (1975)


Pay attention to his chin!

Yes, John Travolta!


32. Tom Cruise - Endless Love (1981)

33. Chris Hemsworth - Star Trek (2009)


34. Marlon Brando - The Men (1950)

It's amazing how he looks so confident even in his first movie part...

35. Nicolas Cage - Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)


36. Sean Penn - Taps (1981)


Co-starring with Tom Cruise.

37. Keanu Reeves - One Step Away (1985)


38. Russel Crowe. - Blood Oath (1990)


39. Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Bethoven (1992)


40. Tom Hardy - Black Hawk Down (2001)


That movie was full of Holywood stars, yet he managed to become more famous than all of them.

41. Tom Hanks - He Knows You're Alone (1980)


42. Kate Winslet - Heavenly Creatures (1994)


43. Jared Leto - How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

44. Nicole Kidman - Bush Christmas (1983)


45. Bryan Cranston - The Big Turnaround (1988)

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