Max Burkholder

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Max Burkholder
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Burkholder at the Paleyfest 2013
BornMax Henry Wolf Burkholder
(1997-11-01) November 1, 1997 (age 17)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2002–present
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Max Burkholder
Max Burkholder Paleyfest 2013.jpg
Burkholder at the Paleyfest 2013
BornMax Henry Wolf Burkholder
(1997-11-01) November 1, 1997 (age 17)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2002–present

Max Henry Wolf Burkholder[1] (born November 1, 1997) is an American actor most notable for his role of Max Braverman, whose character has Asperger syndrome, in the NBC comedic television drama Parenthood. Prior to that, he became known as a voice actor for his roles as Chomper in The Land Before Time, Roo on My Friends Tigger & Pooh, and World in the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends TV movie "Destination: Imagination". In 2013, he appeared in The Purge.

Life and career[edit]

Burkholder's parents are former actors.[2] He attends Campbell Hall School.[3]


Burkholder has appeared on Brothers & Sisters as Jack McCallister and as young Mitch on Crumbs. He guest starred on CSI: Miami episode "Death Pool 100", and in a CSI: NY episode. In addition, he played Billy in one episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody on Disney Channel, and was the voice of Samsquatch in Random! Cartoons. He appeared in the TV series In Treatment and Love for Rent, and played the role of Duncan in the Grey's Anatomy episode "Brave New World". He also played a kid in an airport in The O.C..[4]

Burkholder has lent his voice for several shows. He voiced Chomper in The Land Before Time television series based on film series of the same name. He also provides the voice of Roo on My Friends Tigger & Pooh (taking over the role from Jimmy Bennett), and played "World", the imaginary friend inside a toybox in the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends movie "Destination: Imagination".[4]

For Burkholder's role as Max Braverman on Parenthood, executive producer Jason Katims said, consultant Wayne Tashjian, a behavioral psychologist, looks at the script and meets with Burkholder and his mother about those scenes involving the Max character. Burkholder and his mother then practice the scenes by themselves. For special scenes, the show employs a second consultant to ensure accuracy.[5]


Burkholder played Max in Daddy Day Care and appeared in Friends with Money.[4] In 2013, he played Ethan Hawke's son in horror film The Purge.[6][7]


Burkholder at the 2011 Voice Awards
List of film roles
2003Daddy Day CareMax RyersonFilm debut
2005Love for RentMax
2006Friends with MoneyMax
Ant Bully, TheThe Ant BullyBlue Teammate #6Voice only
2007My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas MovieRooVoice only
2008Journal, TheThe Journal10 Year Old AlexShort film
2009My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Tigger & Pooh And A Musical TooRooVoice only
2010Rainbow Tribe, TheThe Rainbow TribeBoo
2013The PurgeCharlie Sandin
List of television roles
2004Commando NannySeth WinterUnaired
Television program
2005O.C., TheThe O.C.Kid in AirportTelevision program
"The Rainy Day Women"
Fathers and SonsNick at 5Television film
2005–2013Family GuyVarious voicesVoice only
Animated series
16 episodes
2006CrumbsYoung Mitch CrumbTelevision program
"Tennis Any Crumb?"
"Maybe I'm Tony Randall"
CSI: NYSamTelevision program
Episode: "Necrophilia Americana"
Suite Life of Zack & Cody, TheThe Suite Life of Zack & CodyBillyTelevision program
Episode: "Books and Birdhouses"
CSI: MiamiTyler LamarTelevision program
Episode: "Death Pool 100"
2007Random! CartoonsSamsquatchVoice only
Animated series
Episode: "Samsquatch"
Lipshitz Saves the WorldYoung Adam LipshitzTelevision series
Panic Button[disambiguation needed]Sam AldenTelevision film
aka Point of Entry
2007–2008Land Before Time, TheThe Land Before TimeChomperVoice only
Animated series
26 episodes
2007–2009My Friends Tigger & PoohRooVoice only
Animated series
25 episodes
American Dad!Kid Doctor
Little Boy
Voice only
Animated series
"Jack's Back"
Brothers & SistersJack McCallister4 episodes
2008Spectacular Spider-Man, TheThe Spectacular Spider-ManBilly ConnorsVoice only
Animated series
Episode: "Natural Selection"
Grey's AnatomyDuncan PaileyTelevision program
Episode: "Brave New World"
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Destination ImaginationWorldVoice only
Television film
2008–2009In TreatmentMax WestonTelevision program
"Oliver: Week Three"
"Sophie: Week One"
2009Private PracticeBen KingTelevision program
"Do the Right Thing"
"What You Do for Love"
Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland ShowKidVoice only
Animated series
Episode: "The One About Friends"
Children of the CornAdditional voicesTelevision film
2010–presentParenthoodMax BravermanMain Cast
84 Episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Young Artist Award2012Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young ActorNominatedParenthood
2014Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young ActorWonParenthood


  1. ^ "Max Burkholder Official Website". 1997-11-01. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  2. ^ Dickson, Evan (May 21, 2013). "[Interview] Max Burkholder On Surviving 'The Purge'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ Topel, Fred (September 26, 2013). "Exclusive Interview: Max Burkholder on Parenthood". Fan Voice. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Max Burkholder, IMDb
  5. ^ "Speaking with Jason Katims of “Parenthood”". Austim Speaks Official Blog. March 24, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ Elsen, Megan (2012-02-01). "Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane Join Ethan Hawke For Futuristic Thriller ‘Vigilandia". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  7. ^ "First Details on Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes' The Purge". December 4, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 

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