Luke Benward

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Luke Benward
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Luke Benward and Lindee Link in 2008.
BornLuke Aaron Benward
(1995-05-12) May 12, 1995 (age 17)
Franklin, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupationactor, singer
Years active2001—present
 
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Luke Benward
Lindee Link with Luke Benward.jpg
Luke Benward and Lindee Link in 2008.
BornLuke Aaron Benward
(1995-05-12) May 12, 1995 (age 17)
Franklin, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupationactor, singer
Years active2001—present

Luke Aaron Benward (born May 12, 1995) is an American teen actor and singer, best known for his starring role as Billy Forrester in How to Eat Fried Worms and as Charlie Tuttle in the 2008 Disney Channel Original Movie, Minutemen. He also played the role of "Nicky" in Mostly Ghostly: Who Let the Ghosts Out? and played Stevie Dewberry in the film Because of Winn-Dixie. At the age of 7, he appeared in Martina McBride's music video for "Concrete Angel". He also played in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Girl vs. Monster as Ryan Dean, the love interest of Skylar Lewis (Olivia Holt). Also featuring as Matthew Pearson in See Dad Run as the current love interest of Emily Hobbs (Ryan Newman).

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Early life

Benward was born in Franklin, Tennessee, the son of Kenda (née Wilkerson) and Aaron Benward.[1] His father is in the country duo Blue County, his mother is a part-time actress, model, and acting coach, and his grandfather is Contemporary Christian artist Jeoffrey Benward. He has two younger sisters.

Career

Benward's acting career started when he landed a role in the film We Were Soldiers as David Moore in 2002. His success grew in 2006, when he played Billy Forrester in the movie How to Eat Fried Worms, which he won a Young Artist Award for in the category of "Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film".[2] He also played Charlie Tuttle in the Disney Channel Original Movie Minutemen, the 14-year-old Alan in Dear John, and the little boy who helps the abused girl in the music video "Concrete Angel" by Martina McBride.

Benward's first album, Let Your Love Out, came out on January 5, 2009, and contained five songs. He also toured with the Christian group iShine LIVE for a short time, where he would sing his music in concert. The record label that signed him is called In Crowd Productions, whose collective credits include Hilary Duff, India.Arie, the Backstreet Boys, Mat Kearney, Death Cab for Cutie, and the Jonas Brothers.

He has also been in various commercials, including Nintendo, McDonald's, Willy Wonka, American Express, and Hamburger Helper.

Filmography

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2002We Were SoldiersDavid Moore
2005Because of Winn-DixieSteven "Stevie" Dewberry
2006How to Eat Fried WormsWilliam "Billy" Forrester
2008MinutemenCharles "Charlie" TuttleDisney Channel Original Movie
2008Dog GoneOwenDirect-to-video
2008Mostly Ghostly: Who Let the Ghosts Out?Nicholas "Nicky" Roland
2010Dear JohnYoung Alan (age 14)Supporting role
2012Girl vs. MonsterRyan DeanDisney Channel Original Movie
201316 SouthDaniel ChampionPost-production
2014Cloud 9Will CloudPost-production
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2002Family AffairJody Davis"Pilot: Part 1" (Season 1, Episode 1)
"Pilot: Part 2" (Season 1, Episode 2)
2011Zombies and CheerleadersZed Necrodopolis"Pilot"
2012–presentSee Dad RunMatthew Pearson"See Dad Meet Matthew Pearson" (Season 1, Episode 5)
"See Dad One Night Only" (Season 1, Episode 6)
"See Dad as the Great and Powerful Hobbs" (Season 1, Episode 15)
"See Dad Play Hard to Get" (Season 1, Episode 16)
2012Madison HighDevin Daniels"Pilot"
2013–presentGood Luck CharlieBeauRecurring Role

Discography

Albums

TitleAlbum details
Let Your Love Out[3]
  • Released: April 28, 2009
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: iShine Records

EPs

TitleAlbum details
Let Your Love Out - EP[4]
  • Released: January 1, 2008
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Label: iShine Records

Promotional singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
USUS
Kids

[5]
"Everyday Hero"2010Let Your Love Out
"Had Me @ Hello"20123Make Your Mark: Ultimate Playlist
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Music videos

TitleYearAlbum
"Everyday Hero"2009Unknown
"Had Me @ Hello"2012Stuart Gillard

References

  1. ^ http://www.gilroydispatch.com/printer/article.asp?c=221190
  2. ^ "Luke Benward's Awards". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  3. ^ "Let Your Love Out by Luke Benward". iTunes. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  4. ^ "Let Your Love Out - EP by Luke Benward". iTunes. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  5. ^ "Kids Songs on Billboard - November 2012". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 

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