Jake Lloyd

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Jake Lloyd
Jake Lloyd, 2007
Jake Lloyd, 2007
BornJake Matthew Lloyd
(1989-03-05) March 5, 1989 (age 25)
Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.
Years active1996–2012
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Jake Lloyd
Jake Lloyd, 2007
Jake Lloyd, 2007
BornJake Matthew Lloyd
(1989-03-05) March 5, 1989 (age 25)
Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.
Years active1996–2012

Jake Matthew 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 the 1999 film 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.

In 1996, Lloyd began his acting career playing Jimmy Sweet in 4 episodes of ER. Afterwards, he was cast as Jake Warren in Unhook the Stars. He got his big break playing Jamie Langston in Jingle All The Way. Afterwards, he played Mark Armstrong in Apollo 11.

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, and dropped out after a year at Columbia College Chicago.[4][5] He continues to make appearances, however, at sci-fi and comic-book festivals.[4] He currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.


1996Unhook the StarsJ.J.
Jingle All the WayJamie Langston
Apollo 11Mark Armstrong
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
Star 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)
The 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.

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Preceded by
Sebastian Shaw
Anakin Skywalker actor
Succeeded by
Hayden Christensen