Jake Lloyd

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Jake Lloyd
Jake Lloyd, 2007
Jake Lloyd, 2007
Born(1989-03-05) March 5, 1989 (age 24)
Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.
Years active1996–2005
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Jake Lloyd
Jake Lloyd, 2007
Jake Lloyd, 2007
Born(1989-03-05) March 5, 1989 (age 24)
Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.
Years active1996–2005

Jake Lloyd (born March 5, 1989) is an American former actor who gained worldwide fame when he was chosen by George Lucas to play the young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the first film in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. He reprised this role in five subsequent Star Wars video games.

Life and career[edit]

Lloyd was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, the son of Bill Lloyd, an E.M.T. set medic, and Lisa Riley, an entertainment agent.[1][2][3] He attended Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana.

Lloyd is best known for his performances in the films Jingle All the Way and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Lloyd is also known for his recurring roles as Jimmy Sweet in ER, and Young Angelo in The Pretender. He previously guest-starred in the show as a character named Ronny Collins. He also appeared in the 1998 TV film Host.

After portraying Anakin in a chain of related video games, Lloyd retired from acting, citing bullying on the part of classmates and the stress of doing up to 60 interviews a day as his reasons for doing so. He left Hollywood for Chicago, where by 2012, he had finished studying film and video at Columbia College Chicago.[4][5] He destroyed his Star Wars memorabilia, and does not watch the films because he says they are too "creepy". He continues to make appearances, however, at sci-fi and comic-book festivals.[4] However, there was a rumor that Jake auditioned for the role of Ender Wiggin in the film Ender's Game, but it was feared that fans of Ender's Game would judge him for his role in the Star Wars film.[6]


1996Unhook the StarsJ.J.
1996Jingle All the WayJamie Langston
1996Apollo 11Mark Armstrongalso known as "Apollo 11: The Movie"
1998HostsJackVirtual Obsession in the UK
1999Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom MenaceAnakin SkywalkerLead role
Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Actor Ten Years or Younger
Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
2005MadisonMike McCormick
Video games
1999Star Wars Episode I: RacerAnakin SkywalkerMain role
2000Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power BattlesAnakin Skywalkervoice
2001Star Wars: Galactic BattlegroundsAnakin Skywalker (Episode 1)voice
2001Star Wars: Super Bombad RacingAnakin Skywalker
2002Star Wars Racer RevengeAnakin Skywalker (Episode 1)voice
1996ERJimmy Sweet"Dead of Winter" (Season 2, Episode 11)
"The Right Thing" (Season 2, Episode 14)
"A Shift in the Night" (Season 2, Episode 18)
"Take These Broken Wings" (Season 2, Episode 21)
1996The PretenderRonny Collins"Flyer" (Season 1, Episode 3)
1996–1999The PretenderYoung Angelo(4 episodes)


  1. ^ "Jake Lloyd Biography (1989–)". Film Reference. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  2. ^ "Star Wars: Biography – Jake Lloyd". StarWars.com. Archived from the original on February 13, 2008. Retrieved December 31, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Mixed blessings of child stars". The Hindu. July 3, 2004. 
  4. ^ a b "Actor who played Anakin Skywalker as child swears off 'Star Wars' for good" NBC News. March 9, 2012
  5. ^ "Columbia College Chicago". CityTownInfo.com. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  6. ^ Card, Orson Scott (1999). "Talk City Chat". Hatrack River. Retrieved July 31, 2012.

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Preceded by
Sebastian Shaw
Anakin Skywalker actor
Succeeded by
Hayden Christensen