Jackie Earle Haley

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Jackie Earle Haley
Jackie Earle Haley at WonderCon 2010 4.JPG
Haley at A Nightmare on Elm Street panel, San Diego ComicCon 2010
BornJack Earle Haley
(1961-07-14) July 14, 1961 (age 53)
Northridge, California, U.S.
Years active1972–present
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Jackie Earle Haley
Jackie Earle Haley at WonderCon 2010 4.JPG
Haley at A Nightmare on Elm Street panel, San Diego ComicCon 2010
BornJack Earle Haley
(1961-07-14) July 14, 1961 (age 53)
Northridge, California, U.S.
Years active1972–present

Jackie Earle Haley[1][2] (born Jack Earle Haley; July 14, 1961) is an American film actor. An Academy Award nominee, he is perhaps best known for his roles as Moocher in Breaking Away, Kelly Leak in The Bad News Bears, pedophile Ronnie McGorvey in Little Children, the vigilante Rorschach in Watchmen, and horror icon Freddy Krueger in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and its upcoming sequel A Nightmare On Elm Street: Fallen.[3] He also starred as Guerrero in Fox's drama Human Target.

Early life and career[edit]

Haley was born and raised in Northridge, California, the son of Haven Earle "Bud" Haley, a radio show host/disc jockey and actor.[4][5]

Haley has appeared in numerous films, including Damnation Alley, John Schlesinger's The Day of the Locust, and Losin' It, as well as guest roles on TV. A well known child actor, he starred as Kelly Leak in the comedy The Bad News Bears. He also starred in The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training and The Bad News Bears Go to Japan.

He played Moocher in Peter Yates' acclaimed 1979 film Breaking Away and later in the short-lived TV series of the same name. Throughout the 1970s, he often played a tough, angry, pimply, long-haired misfit; although in his feature debut, the offbeat 1972 film, The Outside Man, he played Eric, a boy apparently so desperately lonely that he tries to impress the mob assassin holding him and his mother (Georgia Engel) hostage. Haley also shot a pilot for an American version of the popular British comedy The Young Ones titled Oh, No! Not THEM!. In 1974 he played Norm a misfit kid in the 12th episode of the Saturday morning children's show, Shazam! [6] It is rumored that in 1984, Haley's friend Johnny Depp accompanied him to auditions for Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street; instead of Haley being chosen for a role, it was Depp who was spotted by director Craven, who asked him if he would like to read for a part.[7]

Haley's acting career went dormant during most of the 1990s and early 2000s, when he moved to San Antonio, Texas, and eventually turned to directing,[8] finding success as a producer and director of television commercials. With the recommendation of Sean Penn, Haley returned to acting in 2006, first appearing in Steven Zaillian's All the King's Men alongside Penn as Sugar Boy, his bodyguard, before giving a critically acclaimed performance as a recently paroled sex offender in Todd Field's Little Children. He stated that his preparation for the role was greatly influenced by the relationship shared between his mother and his brother True, who battled a heroin addiction before he died of an overdose.[9] Haley was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this portrayal and in 2007 was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[10]

Haley owns a production company, JEH Productions, in San Antonio, Texas. In 2008, he appeared in Semi-Pro and starred in Winged Creatures with Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning.[11] He also stars in Zack Snyder's 2009 adaptation of the Alan Moore graphic novel, Watchmen, as Rorschach, a masked vigilante working to find the identity of a costumed hero killer, a role which earned Haley praise from many reviewers.[12] The film also reunited him with Little Children co-star Patrick Wilson who played Nite Owl II, former partner of Rorschach. Also in 2010, Haley appeared in Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorsese,[13] playing a patient of a hospital for the criminally insane.

Haley played the role of Freddy Krueger in the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake.[14] He has signed on to play the role in three installments in the series.[15]

Haley was a series regular on Human Target as Guerrero, an ally of the protagonist Christopher Chance. The series premiered on January 17, 2010 on Fox,[16][17] and lasted for two seasons before being cancelled in May 2011.

He played Willie Loomis in the 2012 film adaptation of Dark Shadows, directed by Tim Burton, and played Confederate States Vice President Alexander H. Stephens in Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg.

Personal life[edit]

Haley's first marriage was to Sherry Vaughan in 1979. He has two children: a son, Christopher (born 1986), by his second wife, and a daughter, Olivia (born 1998), mother, Jennifer Hargrave. He married his third wife, Amelia Cruz, in 2004. The couple reside in San Antonio, Texas.[citation needed]





1972–74Wait Till Your Father Gets HomeJamie Boyle
1972Outside Man, TheThe Outside ManEric
1974Planet of the Apes (TV series)Kraik
1974–76Valley of the DinosaursGregory 'Greg' Butler
1975Day of the Locust, TheThe Day of the LocustAdore Loomis
1976Bad News Bears, TheThe Bad News BearsKelly Leak
1977Bad News Bears in Breaking Training, TheThe Bad News Bears in Breaking Training
1977Damnation AlleyBill
1978Bad News Bears Go to Japan, TheThe Bad News Bears Go to JapanKelly Leak
1979Breaking AwayMoocher
1983Miss LonelyheartsSeventeen-and-Desperate
1983Losin' ItDave
1985Zoo Gang, TheThe Zoo GangLittle Joe
1991DollmanBraxton Red
1993Maniac Cop III: Badge of SilenceFrank Jessup
2006All the King's MenRoderick 'Sugar Boy' Ellis
2006Little ChildrenRonald James McGorveyChicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Iowa Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Village Voice Film Poll for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated – Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Gold Derby Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
2009Winged CreaturesBob JaspersonReleased on DVD in the US as Fragments
2009WatchmenWalter Kovacs/RorschachNominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
2010–11Human TargetGuerrero
2010Shutter IslandGeorge NoyceNominated – Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor
2010Nightmare on Elm Street, AA Nightmare on Elm StreetFreddy KruegerNominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller
2011Bolden!Judge Perry
2012Dark ShadowsWillie Loomis
2012LincolnAlexander H. Stephens
2013ParklandFather Oscar Hubert
2014RoboCopRick Mattox
2014The Evil WithinRuvikVideo Game
2015Criminal ActivitiesGerryAlso director
2015London Has FallenChief Deputy Mason[18]


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  2. ^ Yahoo.com
  3. ^ "Jackie Earle Haley Talks Freddy's Voice, Additional Filming". 
  4. ^ Diaconescu, Sorina (2006-10-08). "Movies; A casting recall answered; A director 'just remembered' Jackie Earle Haley, and now he's breaking the child-actor curse, enjoying adult roles years after 'Bad News Bears.'". 
  5. ^ Booth, William. "A Former Child Star's Grown-Up Reward". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  6. ^ Hollypowellstudios.com
  7. ^ "Jackie Earle Haley & Cast Interview Nightmare on Elm Street". MoviesOnline. 
  8. ^ Paskin, Willa. "It felt like this was supposed to happen". Salon.com. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  9. ^ Moore, Omar P.L. "Popcorn Reel In Focus Interview: "Little Children"'s Jackie Early Haley". Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  10. ^ "Film Academy Invites 115 New Members". Associated Press. June 19, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  11. ^ on 2009-28-04[dead link]
  12. ^ Borys Kit (2007-07-26). "'Watchmen' powering up with castings". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2007-08-01. Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  13. ^ Why Nightmare on Elm Street went back for more shooting[dead link]
  14. ^ Joshua Rich (2009-04-03). "'Nightmare on Elm Street' remake: Jackie Earle Haley to play Freddy Krueger". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  15. ^ "SCREAM '09: Jackie Earle Haley on 'Elm Street' Surprises, Freddy's Voice and a Sequel!". BloodyDisgusting. 
  16. ^ "About Human Target". Fox. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  17. ^ McDonnel, Jen TV tonight: Human Target The Gazette December 22, 2010 [1]
  18. ^ "London Has Fallen Adds Jackie Earle Haley". Comingsoon.net. October 10, 2014. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 

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