Haley Joel Osment

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Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joel Osment TIFF 2014.jpg
Born(1988-04-10) April 10, 1988 (age 26)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1992–present
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
RelativesEmily Osment (sister)
 
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Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joel Osment TIFF 2014.jpg
Born(1988-04-10) April 10, 1988 (age 26)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1992–present
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
RelativesEmily Osment (sister)

Haley Joel Osment (born April 10, 1988) is an American actor. After a series of roles in television and film during the 1990s, including a small part in Forrest Gump playing the title character’s son, Osment rose to fame for his performance as a young unwilling medium in M. Night Shyamalan's thriller film The Sixth Sense, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He subsequently appeared in leading roles in several high-profile Hollywood films, including Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Mimi Leder's Pay It Forward. He made his Broadway debut in 2008 in a short-lived revival of David Mamet's play, American Buffalo, starring John Leguizamo and Cedric the Entertainer.[2] Osment is also well known for his voice-role of Sora and Vanitas in the Kingdom Hearts video games.

Early life[edit]

Osment was born in Los Angeles, California;[3] the son of Theresa Osment (née Seifert), a teacher, and Michael Eugene Osment,[4] a theater and film actor, both natives of Alabama. Osment was raised Roman Catholic.[5] He has one sibling, a sister, actress Emily Osment, who is almost four years his junior. Osment's parents described his childhood as a “good old-fashioned Southern upbringing”. His father said that when Osment was learning to speak, he deliberately avoided using baby talk when communicating with his son.[6]

Osment was a student at Flintridge Preparatory School in La Cañada, California.[7] As a child, he played basketball, football, and golf, and wrestled.[8]

Career[edit]

Osment's acting career began at the age of four, when his mother took him to a new Ikea store and they encountered a talent scout looking for new actors. Osment put his name down and got called back for an audition. Asked to describe the biggest thing he had ever seen, Osment described an IMAX theater screen and won the part in a Pizza Hut TV commercial, advertising their "Big Foot" pizza.[6] The commercial launched his career, and later that year he starred in the ABC TV sitcom Thunder Alley, his first role in series television.[9] His first feature film role was as Forrest Gump's son, also named Forrest Gump, in the 1994 film of the same name.[10] He also had a small part in another 1994 film, Mixed Nuts. Throughout the rest of the 1990s, Osment played regular and/or recurring roles in various TV series; including The Jeff Foxworthy Show and the final season of Murphy Brown, where he replaced Dyllan Christopher as Murphy's son, Avery.

Osment in 2001

In addition, he made numerous guest appearances on shows, including The Larry Sanders Show, Walker, Texas Ranger,[11] Touched by an Angel, Chicago Hope, The Pretender, and Ally McBeal. He appeared in the 1996 film Bogus, alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Gérard Depardieu and the 1998 made-for-TV movie The Lake, as well as I'll Remember April (1999), with future The Sixth Sense co-star Trevor Morgan.

Osment first achieved stardom in 1999, when he appeared in The Sixth Sense, co-starring Bruce Willis. For his portrayal of Cole Sear, a psychic child, Osment won Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor. He was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, becoming the second-youngest performer ever to receive an Academy nomination for a supporting role, but lost the final Oscar vote to Michael Caine (with whom he would later work, appearing together in Secondhand Lions). One of Osment's lines in The Sixth Sense, "I see dead people," became a popular catchphrase and is often repeated or parodied on television programs and in other media. The phrase is #44 on the American Film Institute's list of 100 Movie Quotes. He made three minor (voice-only) guest appearances on the animated TV series Family Guy in 2000 and 2001.[citation needed]

The 2000 Academy Awards ceremony honored another future co-star, Kevin Spacey, who, along with Helen Hunt, appeared in Osment's next film, Pay It Forward (2000). The following year, he appeared in Steven Spielberg's Artificial Intelligence: A.I., cementing his stature as one of the leading young actors in Hollywood. This role earned him his second Saturn Award for Best Younger Actor, and another critical acclaim. In reviewing the movie, critic Roger Ebert claimed that: "Osment, who is onscreen in almost every scene, is one of the best actors now working".[12] In 2001, Osment starred in the Polish film, Edges of the Lord, as Romek. The movie was never released theatrically in the United States. Osment has lent his voice to animated films such as The Country Bears, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II and The Jungle Book 2. He returned to live action with the 2003 film, Secondhand Lions.

Osment lent his voice to the video game series, Kingdom Hearts, providing the voice of Sora, the series' main character, and also Vanitas, a villain resembling Sora. Osment also voiced the character of Takeshi Jin, in the English version of the Immortal Grand Prix anime TV series.

He appeared in Home of the Giants, playing a high school journalist opposite Ryan Merriman and Danielle Panabaker. He subsequently worked on Montana Amazon as both an actor and executive producer. The film starred Olympia Dukakis and debuted at the Orlando and Big Apple Film Festivals in November 2010, winning Best Feature Film at the latter.[13]

Osment made his Broadway debut at the Belasco Theatre in November 2008, playing the role of "Bobby", a young heroin addict, in a revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo; co-starring with John Leguizamo and Cedric the Entertainer.[14] The show opened to mixed reviews, and a provisional statement was made on November 20, 2008, that it would close after the first week.[15]

In 2010, Osment signed for a leading role in the comedy film Sex Ed from MPCA, to play a college graduate who wants to teach algebra, but ends up as a sex education teacher while a virgin himself.[16] In January 2011, Entertainment Weekly reported that Osment had joined the cast of Sassy Pants, a comedy about a homeschooler with an over-bearing mother.[17]

Variety reported on June 27, 2011, that Osment would star in Wake the Dead, a modern-day retelling of the Frankenstein story, with production to begin the last quarter of 2011.[18] As of mid-2014, no published status was available.

In 2013, he appeared in a series of episodes of Amazon's Alpha House. He also co-starred in the Will Ferrell and Adam McKay-produced comedy melodrama miniseries The Spoils of Babylon for IFC. Kevin Smith has further added to Osment's career resurgence with roles in the first two films of his True North Trilogy, first as Teddy Craft in Tusk and next as a fictionalized version of Canadian Fuhrer Adrien Arcand in Yoga Hosers.

Personal life[edit]

Osment is an avid golfer who began playing at the age of 7.[19] He played for the U.S. team in the All Star Cup 2005, under team leader Mark O'Meara,[19] and has participated in the Annual Michael Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament.

Osment was involved in a single-driver automobile accident on July 20, 2006; he struck a brick mailbox and overturned his car while driving near his home. He suffered injuries including a broken rib, fractured shoulder blade, cuts, and abrasions.[20][21] Osment pleaded No Contest to one count each of misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and misdemeanor Drug Possession, on October 19, 2006.[21] He was sentenced to three years probation, 60 hours in an alcohol rehabilitation and education program, a fine of $1500, and a minimum requirement of 26 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings over a six-month period.[21][22]

Osment follows a mostly meat-free diet, though he does eat chicken and fish.[23] Osment plays the guitar and piano.[24] He graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts[25] in 2011.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1994Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie KelloggKyleTelevision film
1994Forrest GumpForrest Gump, Jr.Young Artist Award for Best Performance by an Actor Under Ten in a Motion Picture
1995Mixed NutsLittle Boy
1995For Better or WorseDanny
1996BogusAlbert FranklinNominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Actor Age Ten or Under
1997Last Stand at Saber RiverDavis CableTelevision film
1997Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted ChristmasChip (voice)Direct-to-video
1998The LakeDylan HydeckerTelevision film
1998Ransom of Red ChiefAndy DorsetTelevision film
1998Cab to CanadaBobbyTelevision film
1999The Sixth SenseCole SearSaturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Newcomer (Internet Only)
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Youth in Film
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Most Promising Actor
MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Satellite Award for Outstanding New Talent
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Teen Choice Award for Film - Choice Breakout Performance
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor
YoungStar Award for Best Young Actor/Performance in a Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (Shared with Bruce Willis)
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Debut
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
1999I'll Remember AprilPeewee Clayton
2000Pay It ForwardTrevor McKinneyBlockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor - Drama/Romance
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor
2000Spot the DogSpot the Dog (voice)Direct-to-video
2001A.I. Artificial IntelligenceDavidSaturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer
Nominated — Empire Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Youth Performance
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor
2001Edges of the LordRomek
2002The Hunchback of Notre Dame IIZephyr (voice)Direct-to-video
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role
2002The Country BearsBeary Barrington (voice)
2003Secondhand LionsWalterNominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor
2003The Jungle Book 2Mowgli (voice)Nominated — World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Song Written for a Film (Shared with Paul Grabowsky, Lorraine Feather, Mae Whitman, and Connor Funk)
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role - Young Actor
2007Home of the GiantsRobert "Gar" Gartland
2010Montana AmazonWompleAlso executive producer
2012Sassy Pants[26]Chip Hardy
2013I'll Follow You DownErol[27]
2014TuskTeddy Craft[28]
2014Sex EdEd Cole
2015EntourageTravis McCredlePost Production
2015Yoga HosersAdrien ArcandFilming

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1994The Larry Sanders ShowLittle BoyEpisode: "The Fourteenth Floor"
1994–1995Thunder AlleyHarry Turner27 episodes
1995–1997The Jeff Foxworthy ShowMatt Foxworthy35 episodes
1997Walker, Texas RangerLucas Simms2 episodes
1997–1998Murphy BrownAvery Brown #26 episodes
1998Chicago HopeNathan CacaciEpisode: "Memento Mori"
1998Touched by an AngelJohn HenryEpisode: "Flights of Angels"
1998The PretenderDavey Simpkins2 episodes
1999Ally McBealEric StallEpisode: "Angels and Blimps"
2000Buzz Lightyear of Star CommandMyka (voice)Episode: "Lone Wolf"
2000–2001Family GuyVarious voices3 episodes
2005Immortal Grand PrixTakeshi Jinno (voice)2 episodes
2013–2014Alpha HouseShelby[29]9 episodes
2014The Spoils of BabylonWinston3 episodes

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRole
2002Kingdom HeartsSora (voice)
2006Kingdom Hearts IISora (voice)
2008Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of MemoriesSora (voice)
2009Kingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysSora (voice)
2010Kingdom Hearts Birth by SleepVanitas (voice)
2011Kingdom Hearts codedSora (voice)
2012Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop DistanceSora / Vanitas (voices)
2013Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 RemixSora (voice)
2014Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 RemixSora / Vanitas (voices)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Playbill interview, August 19, 2008
  3. ^ "Haley Joel Osment profile at FilmReference.com". filmreference.com. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  4. ^ Navarro, Mireya (2007-09-23). "When Childhood Is a Tough Role". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  5. ^ Duke, Paul F. (2000-04-25). "Osment, Dafoe honing 'Edges'". Variety. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  6. ^ a b Copelan, Libby (2001-07-02). "Acting Older Than His Age". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  7. ^ "'Sixth Sense' Star Charged With DUI". Zap2it.com (Tribune Media Services). 2006-08-18. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  8. ^ "Haley and the ego problem". London: The Daily Telegraph. 1999-11-04. Retrieved 2008-10-02. [dead link]
  9. ^ King, Susan (1999-09-02). "Young actor receives rave reviews". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  10. ^ "'Something Special' About Haley Joel Osment". St. Petersburg Times. 2001-06-30. 
  11. ^ "Walker told me I have aids". YouTube. 2006-04-05. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  12. ^ Roger Ebert. "A.I. Artificial Intelligence". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  13. ^ Daniel Loria (November 12, 2010). "'Montana Amazon' Wins Big at the Big Apple Film Festival". indieWIRE. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  14. ^ Playbill, August 26, 2008
  15. ^ 'American Buffalo' Goes the Way of the Buffalo, New York Times, 2008-11-20
  16. ^ Borys Kit (October 14, 2010). "'The Sixth Sense' actor to star in MPCA comedy". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  17. ^ Kate Ward (January 31, 2011). "Haley Joel Osment to star in coming-of-age comedy. But can the child star come of age himself?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  18. ^ Justin Kroll (June 27, 2011). "Osment energizes Frankenstein project". Variety. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  19. ^ a b "All-Star Cup 2005". SkyOne.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  20. ^ "StarPulse". Police Suspect Alcohol Was a Factor in Haley Joel Osment's Crash. 2006-07-21. Retrieved 2006-07-21. 
  21. ^ a b c "DeseretNews.com". Osment pleads no contest to misdemeanor charges. Retrieved October 20, 2006. 
  22. ^ No Contest for Haley Joel from E! News
  23. ^ "The Official Haley Joel Osment Web Site". kidactors.com. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  24. ^ "Haley Joel Osment Interview". UGO Networks. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  25. ^ Navarro, Mireya (2007-09-23). "When Childhood Is a Tough Role". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  26. ^ Ward, Kate (January 31, 2011). "Haley Joel Osment to star in coming-of-age comedy. But can the child star come of age himself?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 29, 2012. Osment [...] has joined the cast of Sassy Pants, a comedy about a homeschooler [...] with an overbearing mother 
  27. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr (February 9, 2012). "Haley Joel Osment Set For 'I'll Follow You Down'". Deadline New York (Penske Media Corporation). Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Haley Joel Osment Sees Tusk People". Dread Central. October 18, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  29. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (November 14, 2013). "Four Eccentric Senators as Capitol Hill Roomies". New York Times. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 

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