Josh Hutcherson

In just a few short years, Kentucky-born actor Josh Hutcherson rose from child performer to teen star thanks to earnest performances in a series of films ranging in genre from epic action-adventure to thoughtful comedy-dramas. After several minor appearances in film and on television, the 13-year-old actor attracted substantial attention for his starring turns in a pair of wildly dissimilar projects - the coming-of-age family drama "Little Manhattan" (2005) and the Jon Favreau-directed fantasy "Zathura" (2005). More teen-friendly adventures followed, with leading roles in the films "Bridge to Terabithia" (2007), "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (2008) and "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" (2009). Steadfastly refusing to be pigeon-holed as a performer, Hutcherson joined the stellar cast of the critically acclaimed comedy-drama "The Kids are All Right" (2010), alongside such acting luminaries as Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. Continuing to balance his projects, he moved on to a starring role in the enormously popular futuristic franchise "The Hunger Games" (2012) and its blockbuster sequels. It was career choices like these that quickly minted Hutcherson as a stand-out young talent with the chops to successfully make the transition to adult stardom.