Joseph Cross (actor)

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Joseph Cross
BornJoseph Michael Cross
(1986-05-28) 28 May 1986 (age 28)
New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S
Years active1997 - Present
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Joseph Cross
BornJoseph Michael Cross
(1986-05-28) 28 May 1986 (age 28)
New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S
Years active1997 - Present

Joseph Michael Cross (born May 28, 1986) is an American actor. He began work as a child actor, and starred in three 1998 films, Desperate Measures, Wide Awake, and Jack Frost. More recently, he headlined the film Running with Scissors (2006), and co-starred in Untraceable, Milk, and Lincoln.

Life and career[edit]

Cross was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the son of Maureen (née Toumey), a real estate agent, and Michael J. Cross, who worked in marketing.[1][2][3] He has four siblings. Cross grew up in Pelham, New York and attended Pelham Middle School and Pelham Memorial High School.[4] For his undergraduate studies, Cross transferred from Hartford's Trinity College to Columbia University.[5]

As a child actor, Cross appeared in the 1997 Disney Channel Original Movie Northern Lights and Hollywood films Desperate Measures, Wide Awake and Jack Frost, all of which were released in 1998. Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, he also appeared in several television roles, and played Casey Hughes on As the World Turns between 1999 to 2004.

In 2006, Cross played the young Augusten Burroughs in Running with Scissors, a drama also featuring Annette Bening and Evan Rachel Wood, and appeared as real-life Marine Franklin Sousley in the big-budget Flags of Our Fathers, a Clint Eastwood-directed war film. Cross has said that he enjoyed the transition from appearing in Running with Scissors, which he has described as "very character driven and smaller" to the high-profile "epic" Flags of Our Fathers.[6] Running with Scissors has been described by media sources as Cross's "breakout performance".[7] Cross was also in the film Untraceable, in which he played the role of Owen Reilly, who is the killer in the film which (Diane Lane) is trying to find.[8]

Cross portrayed gay rights activist Dick Pabich in the 2008 Oscar-nominated biopic Milk, starring Sean Penn as Harvey Milk.


1997Northern LightsJackTV movies
1998Saint MaybeThomas at 10
Desperate MeasuresMatthew Conner
Wide AwakeJoshua Beal
Touched by an AngelPeteyEpisode: "Psalm 151"
Jack FrostCharlie Frost
1999As the World TurnsLuke Snyder1999–2000
2000The SpringNick ConwayTV movie
2002As the World TurnsCasey Hughes2002–2004
2003Third WatchEric BeckmanEpisode: "Snow Blind"
Episode: "In Confidence"
The O'KeefesDanny O'KeefeTV series
2004SmallvilleJordan CrossEpisode: "Hereafter"
Law & Order: Special Victims UnitAdam NesbitEpisode: "Home"
2005HomecomingYoung Barry
Strangers with CandyDerrick Blank
Law & OrderWill SheaEpisode: "Obsession"
2006Flags of Our FathersFranklin Sousley
Running with ScissorsAugusten BurroughsSatellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2008UntraceableOwen Reilly
MilkDick PabichNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009Falling UpHenry O'Shea
2011The Last Film FestivalJunior Agent
Son of MorningPhilip
Edwin Boyd: Citizen GangsterVal Kozak
Born To RaceDanny KruegerVideo 31 December 2011
2012Art MachineDeclan TrussPremiered at Woodstock Film Festival
Mine GamesMichael
LincolnJohn Hay
2013Last WeekendRoger Greenopens May 9, 2014


  1. ^ Morrison, Maureen (1998-12-06). "JUST A NORMAL KID JOSEPH CROSS' HOBBIES INCLUDE BASEBALL AND STARRING IN FILMS". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
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  4. ^ Mann, Ted (2007-02-07). "On the Verge: Joseph Cross, Pelham". Lower Hudson Online. Retrieved 2007-03-24. 
  5. ^ The New Everyman Joseph Cross, Blackbook Magazine. By Nick Haramis. November 30, 2007. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  6. ^ Topel, Fred (2006-10-21). "Joseph Cross on Running with Scissors". CanMan. Retrieved 2007-03-24. 
  7. ^ Alvi, Zalina (2006-10-18). "Growing up crazy ain’t all that bad". Excalibur: York University's Newspaper. Retrieved 2007-03-24. 
  8. ^ Mann, Ted (2007-02-23). "Joseph Cross takes another sabbatical from Trinity College". Lower Hudson Online. Retrieved 2007-03-24. 

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