Gaten Matarazzo, Better Known As Dustin From Stranger Things, Might Have The Best Throwback Photos Ever

Maybe the best smile ever?

In the ensemble cast of Netflix’s summer hit Stranger Things, Gaten Matarazzo was a beacon of light in the midst of a pretty dark show. (We’re not counting the Christmas lights Winona Ryder’s character Joyce strung all over her house). The acting veteran is only 13, but he’s already appeared on NBC’s The Blacklist and has an extensive Broadway resume under his belt, starring as Gavroche in Les Miserables and Benji in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. On top of his acting, he’s a master at curating a great Instagram account, and he knows what fans want — adorable throwback photos. Check out some of the cutest pictures of Gaten from back in the day. That headshot!

  • 1 Not Only Is He Adorable As a Kangaroo…
    …But he’s posing with Olivia Newton-John backstage at “Priscilla Queen Of The Desert” on Broadway, where he was a cast member in 2011.

  • 2 Donuts and Smiles
    Gaten and his co-star Sebastian Thomas celebrated a year on Broadway at a party for “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.” More like queen of the dessert?

  • 3 As Gavroche in Les Miserables
    Gaten and company during a curtain call for “Les Miserables” on Boradway in 2014.

  • 4 More Miz

  • 5 With his Mom

  • 6 Circa 2011 with Corbin Bleu

    “#tbt #babyface #aww my first headshot. My mom took it ?”

  • 8 More Mom Love

  • 9 And Gaten Now, With His Stranger Things Co-Stars

  • 10 Gaten Now on the Red Carpet at the Stranger Things Premiere

As an added bonus, watch an 11-year-old Gaten giving a backstage tour at Les Mis on Broadway.

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