Jesse Plemons

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Jesse Plemons
Jesse Plemons.jpg
Plemons in 2007
Born(1988-04-02) April 2, 1988 (age 26)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Years active1998–present
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Jesse Plemons
Jesse Plemons.jpg
Plemons in 2007
Born(1988-04-02) April 2, 1988 (age 26)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Years active1998–present

Jesse Plemons (born April 2, 1988) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Landry Clarke in Friday Night Lights and Todd Alquist in the final season of Breaking Bad.

Early life[edit]

Plemons was born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in Mart, Texas. In 2007, he graduated from the Texas Tech University Independent School District, a distance learning program, which allowed him to earn his high school diploma.[1]


After appearing in the films Varsity Blues (1999) and All the Pretty Horses (2000), and guest-starring on Walker, Texas Ranger and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Plemons' first prominent role was in the film Like Mike (2002).[2] He later went on to appear in Children on Their Birthdays and When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, with guest roles on the television series Judging Amy, The Lyon's Den, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Grey's Anatomy between 2003 and 2006.[2]

In 2006, Plemons joined the ensemble cast of NBC's television series Friday Night Lights, detailing the fictional events surrounding a high school football team in Dillon, Texas. In the show's first season, his character Landry Clarke provided comic relief as the best friend of football quarterback Matt Saracen, though Landry himself was not on the team.[3] Among the cast and crew, it was a joke that Plemons played football better than most of the other actors, even though his character was one of the few who did not play.[3] Landry joined the football team in the second season, and Plemons, having played high school football, told director Jeffrey Reiner that he would do his own stunts.[4] In his first football scene, Landry had to "get the crap beat out of [him] over and over and over again".[4] When hit by co-star Taylor Kitsch, Plemons' chin split open, requiring eleven stitches.[4]

Plemons reunited with Kitsch and Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg in the film Battleship (2012). Berg, who directed the film, explained that he knew how comfortable Kitsch was with Plemons: "I know that he's really good for Taylor and he makes Taylor better. So, I wrote that whole part for Jesse. I never thought of it as a Friday Night Lights reunion. I thought of it as protection, bringing a trusted family member in."[5]

From 2012 to 2013, Plemons portrayed Todd Alquist during the final season of the AMC drama series Breaking Bad.[6] He was a recurring cast member in Season 5A and was promoted to series regular for Season 5B.

In January 2014, it was reported that Plemons was in strong consideration to be one of the new stars of the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII.[7][8] In March 2014, it was further reported that Plemons, along with four other actors, were being considered for the lead role in Episode VII.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Plemons resides in Austin, Texas.[10] He writes songs, plays guitar, and sings in the band Cowboy and Indian.



1998Finding NorthHobo
1999Varsity BluesTommy Harbor
2000All the Pretty HorsesYoung Grady
2002Children on Their BirthdaysPreacher Star
2002Like MikeOx
2003When Zachary Beaver Came to TownJay
2003The FailuresBoe
2008Sky KidsBully #1
2009Observe and ReportCharles
2010Happiness RunsChad
2010Meeting SpencerSpencer West
2012The MasterVal Dodd
2012BattleshipJimmy "Ordy" Ord
2014The HomesmanGarn Sours
2015Black MassKevin Weeks


2000Walker, Texas RangerRussell, Jr.Episode: "The General's Return"
2001The GuardianLawrence NealEpisode: "Paternity"
2001Sabrina, the Teenage WitchBigger KidEpisode: "Really Big Season Opener"
2003The Lyon's DenRay FerrisEpisode: "The Other Side of Caution"
2003Judging AmyJames FranklinEpisode: "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary"
2004HuffDawson JamesEpisode: "Cold Day in Shanghai"
2004CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationOwen DurbinEpisode: "Down the Drain"
2006Grey's AnatomyJake BurtonEpisode: "Yesterday"
2006NCISJason GecklerEpisode: "Deception"
2006–2011Friday Night LightsLandry Clarke59 episodes
2008Fear ItselfLemmonEpisode: "The Sacrifice"
2009Cold CaseRyan Stewart2 episodes
2011Childrens HospitalJesseEpisode: "Father's Day"
2012BentGary6 episodes
2012–2013Breaking BadTodd Alquist13 episodes
2013The MissionarySherwood ElbridgePilot
2014Drunk HistoryEdgar Allan PoeEpisode: "Baltimore"


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