Jesse Plemons

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Jesse Plemons
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Jesse Plemons, February 2007
BornJesse Plemons
(1988-04-02) April 2, 1988 (age 25)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Years active1998–present
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Jesse Plemons
Jesse Plemons.jpg
Jesse Plemons, February 2007
BornJesse Plemons
(1988-04-02) April 2, 1988 (age 25)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Years active1998–present

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


After appearing in the films Varsity Blues and All the Pretty Horses, and guest-starring on Walker, Texas Ranger and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Plemons' first prominent role was in the 2002 film Like Mike alongside Bow Wow and Jonathan Lipnicki.[1] 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.[1]

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.[2] He says that, 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 that did not play.[2] Landry joined the football team in the second season, and Plemons, having played high school football before, told director Jeffrey Reiner that he would do his own stunts.[3] In his first football scene, Plemons as Landry had to "get the crap beat out of [him] over and over and over again".[3] When hit by co-star Taylor Kitsch, his chin split open and he had to have 11 stitches.[3] He is the second-youngest original main cast member on the series, behind Aimee Teegarden.[2]

He reunited with Kitsch and Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg in the 2012 film Battleship. Berg, who directed the film, explained 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." He added, "I never thought of it as a Friday Night Lights reunion. I thought of it as protection, bringing a trusted family member in."[4]

In May 2012, Plemons joined the cast of Breaking Bad for its fifth and final season.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Plemons was raised in Mart, Texas. He resides in Austin.[6] 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.[7] He also 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
Like MikeOx
2003When Zachary Beaver Came to TownJay
The FailuresBoe
2008Sky KidsBully #1
2009Observe and ReportCharles
2010Happiness RunsChad
Meeting SpencerSpencer West
2012The MasterVal Dodd
BattleshipJimmy 'Ordy' Ord


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


  1. ^ a b "JESSE PLEMONS as Landry Clarke". NBC. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  2. ^ a b c Kubicek, John (October 26, 2007). "Exclusive Interview: 'Friday Night Lights' Star Jesse Plemons". BuddyTV. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  3. ^ a b c Porter, Rick (October 11, 2007). "A chat with 'FNL's' Jesse Plemons". Zap2it. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  4. ^ Radish, Christina (March 19, 2012). "Brooklyn Decker and Director Peter Berg Talk BATTLESHIP, Naval Warfare and the Design of the Aliens at WonderCon". Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ ""Friday Night Lights" alum Plemons joins "Breaking Bad"". Yahoo! News. May 17, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ Ryan, Maureen (March 20, 2007). "Jesse Plemons of 'Friday Night Lights'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  7. ^ "‘Friday Night Lights’ Star Earns Diploma at a Distance Through Texas Tech Independent School District" (Press release). Texas Tech University. May 1, 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 

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