Jeremy Sumpter

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Jeremy Sumpter
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Sumpter at WonderCon 2014.
BornJeremy Robert Myron Sumpter
(1989-02-05) February 5, 1989 (age 26)
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, U.S.
Years active2001–present
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Jeremy Sumpter
Jeremy Sumpter 2014 (cropped).jpg
Sumpter at WonderCon 2014.
BornJeremy Robert Myron Sumpter
(1989-02-05) February 5, 1989 (age 26)
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, U.S.
Years active2001–present

Jeremy Robert Myron Sumpter (born February 5, 1989) is an American actor. His prominent roles include the title role in the 2003 live action film Peter Pan , Jacob in 2014 disaster film Into the Storm , and the recurring role of J. D. McCoy in the NBC television series Friday Night Lights (2008–2010). He most recently co-starred alongside AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt in Soul Surfer.

Early life[edit]

Sumpter was born in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, to Sandy (née Johnson) and Gary Sumpter.[1] He has a twin sister, Jessica, and two other siblings, Travis and Jennifer.[1][2] His family moved to his mother's hometown, Mount Sterling, Kentucky, when he was ten months old.[1][3]


When Sumpter was 11, he entered International Modeling and Talent Association[4] and started his modeling in Kentucky. He also won Pre-Teen Male Model of the Year,[4][5] where he signed with Mark Robert as his personal manager.[5] Sumpter then decided to move back to Los Angeles, California with his family and start acting afterwards.[2][5]

Sumpter's first movie role was in the 2001 film Frailty as the young Adam Mieks seen in flashbacks (played as an adult by the film's star Matthew McConaughey). Sumpter received a Saturn Award nomination for "Best Performance by a Younger Actor" for his performance. Following that, he appeared with Danny Glover in the Showtime film Just a Dream, for which he received a Young Artist Award for "Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special - Leading Young Actor". His next film was Local Boys, a family surfing drama, with Mark Harmon and Eric Christian Olsen.

In July 2002, at age 13, Sumpter was selected for the role of Peter Pan, a role traditionally played on stage by women. Sumpter did nearly all of his stunts for the film himself. To prepare, he says he practiced sword fighting as much as five hours a day, as well as training in gymnastics and lifting weights. While filming in Australia, he supplemented his training with cricket and surfing. Sumpter grew several inches while in the film's production, requiring staging tricks to retain Captain Hook's height advantage over Peter in face-to-face scenes late in the process. Producer Lucy Fisher also said that, "The window he flies out of had to be enlarged twice."[6] Sumpter won both a Saturn and Young Artist Award for the film.[7]

In the fall of 2004 he starred in the TV series Clubhouse as a boy who gets his dream job of working as a batboy for a New York City major league baseball team. The series was canceled by CBS after five episodes; all 11 episodes made have since been broadcast on cable/satellite channels. He then starred in Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life, a Lifetime Channel movie about a popular teenager whose life is ruined by an addiction to internet pornography.

Sumpter spent the summer of 2005 in Oregon filming the teen comedy The Sasquatch Gang (a.k.a. The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang), released in November 2006. He had a small role in the film An American Crime, which played on Showtime in 2008 before going to DVD. He appeared in an episode of CSI: Miami as the boyfriend of a girl whose parents are murdered.

He completed filming roles in the coming-of-age comedy Calvin Marshall, the family comedy You're So Cupid, Soul Surfer and Death and Cremation.

Sumpter has been co-hosting The YOBI Show, an online reality contest show, with Danielle Ryan.


2001FrailtyYoung Adam
2002Local BoysSkeeter Dobson
2003Peter PanPeter Pan
2005"Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life"Justin Petersen
2006The Sasquatch GangGavin Gore
2007An American CrimeCoy Hubbard
2009Calvin MarshallCaselli
2010You're So CupidConnor Miller
Death and CremationJarod Leary
2011Soul SurferByron Blanchard
2013The CullingTyler
Into the StormJacob
Television Films
2001Murphy's DozenSean
2002Just a DreamHenry Sturbuck
2005Cyber Seduction: His Secret LifeJustin Petersen
2001Raising DadHenry1 Episode
2002ERNathan1 Episode
2002Strong MedicineRandy1 Episode
2004–2005ClubhousePete YoungLead Role
2007CSI: MiamiZach Griffith1 Episode
2008–2010Friday Night LightsJ.D. McCoyRecurring; Season 3–4
2012The GladesDane Westing1 Episode


2000IMTA AwardPre-Teen Male Model of the YearWon
2003Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-series or Special - Leading Young ActorJust a DreamWon
2003Saturn AwardBest Performance by a Younger ActorFrailtyNominated
2004Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActorPeter PanWon
2004Saturn AwardBest Performance by a Younger ActorPeter PanWon
2004Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardBest Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - MalePeter PanNominated
2006Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-series or Special (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young ActorCyber Seduction: His Secret LifeNominated
2009Change The World AwardYouth for Humanity Award, MaleHonored


  1. ^ a b c Child actor hooked on Peter Pan role
  2. ^ a b FAQ Biography at his official website
  3. ^ Judith, Egerton (November 28, 2003). "Headline: KENTUCKY'S PETER PAN". Courier. 
  4. ^ a b "Jeremy Sumpter Biography". Kidzworld. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Jeremy Supmter"., Inc. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Wloszczyna, Susan (2003-08-07). "A Mature Peter Pan". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  7. ^ 25th Annual Young Artist Awards Young Artist Awards. Retrieved May 25, 2010.

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