Spencer Breslin

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Spencer Breslin
Born(1992-05-18) May 18, 1992 (age 21)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1996–present
 
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Spencer Breslin
Born(1992-05-18) May 18, 1992 (age 21)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1996–present

Spencer Breslin (born May 18, 1992) is an American actor and musician. He is the older brother of actress Abigail Breslin and is best known for his roles in Disney's The Kid, The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, You Wish!, Zoom and The Cat in the Hat.

Early life[edit]

Breslin was born in New York City, the son of Kim, a personal manager, and Michael Breslin, a telecommunications expert.[1] Spencer has an older brother Ryan Breslin (born in 1985) and a younger sister, Abigail Breslin (born April 14, 1996) who is an actress.

Acting career[edit]

Breslin was discovered in a New York City playground at the age of three, and proceeded to star in commercials for McDonald's and Life cereal. By age five, he was a series regular for the three episode-long first season of ABC's Soul Man. He later moved on to guest star on several shows including Law and Order before appearing in the three-part miniseries, Stephen King's Storm of the Century.

After a small role as Little Boy in Meet the Parents, Breslin made his big leap into film, starring alongside Bruce Willis in Disney's The Kid. For this role, Breslin won a Young Artist Award and was nominated for a Saturn Award. He later played Curtis the Elf in The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause, marking the first of four films in which he co-starred alongside actor Tim Allen. After appearing in TV movies such as You Wish!, Ozzie, and Mom's on Strike, Breslin returned to the big screen starring alongside Dakota Fanning and Mike Meyers in the 2003 big-budgeted box office failure The Cat in the Hat.

Breslin later played on-screen siblings with his real life younger sister Abigail Breslin in Raising Helen, starring Kate Hudson. The two siblings would work together again in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, in which Spencer played a prince and Abigail made a cameo as a girl at an orphanage. Abigail would also appear in the 2006 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, in which Spencer reprised his role of Curtis the Elf, and Spencer would later appear alongside Abigail as Cousin Derek in the 2012 Perfect Sisters.

In 2004, Spencer Breslin was a regular on the short-lived sitcom Center of the Universe starring John Goodman. After appearing in the Wonderfalls episode "Lovesick Ass", Breslin returned to feature films for Zoom, The Shaggy Dog, and M. Night Shymalan's The Happening.

Breslin then went on to star as the titular character in 2007's Harold, which failed to succeed in the box-office. More recently, Breslin has appeared in films such as the 2011 Born to Race and the 2012 Stuck in Love.[2]

He has also been involved in the world of animation by lending his voice to the television cartoon Teamo Supremo, Return to Neverland, and Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey. In 2004, Breslin also was asked to read alongside Alyson Stoner, Dylan and Cole Sprouse, and Hailey Anne Nelson when Dr. Seuss won his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Breslin has also begun to work in other aspects of filmmaking, serving as an executive producer on the animated Really Bad Movie!, as well as writing and directing his own short film.

Music[edit]

In the summer of 2007 he helped form alternative rock trio The Red Agenda with Harold co-star Evan Daves and musician Paul DeMasi. He finished recording his debut album Labor Day as of October 2009 and it was released August 2012.[3] It was recorded by Ladybug Transistor's Gary Olson, and produced by James William Hindle. Breslin founded his own record label Acadian Recording Company[4] and is currently working with the hard rock group Damus on their debut album.

Discography[edit]

Labor Day[edit]

Labor Day
Studio album by Spencer Breslin
ReleasedAugust 14, 2012
RecordedOctober 2008-October 2009, Marlborough Farms, Brooklyn
GenreFolk rock
Length35:40
LanguageEnglish
LabelAcadian Recording Co.
ProducerJames William Hindle

Labor Day is Breslin's debut album,[5] released under his own label, Acadian Recording Co., in August 2012.[4]

Written and composed by sixteen year old Breslin, Labor Day was recorded by Gary Olson - known for his engineering work for acts as diverse as Cold Cave, Jens Lekman, and The Essex Green – over three, weeklong sessions in Brooklyn from 2008 to 2009. The album was produced by James William Hindle, whose own music has been featured in The O.C., One Tree Hill, and other shows. Musicians featured include, among others, Kevin Barker (Joanna Newsom, Vetiver, and Antony and the Johnsons), Isobel Knowles (Architecture in Helsinki), Kyle Forester (Crystal Stilts), and Eric Farber (Ladybug Transistor). The record also features a spoken word cameo by actor Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, The Squid and the Whale).[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Spencer Breslin, except where noted. 

No.TitleLength
1."Winter Coat"  3:36
2."Bobby of Saratoga"  1:50
3."A German in New York" (Breslin, James William Hindle)4:10
4."The Rapture"  2:41
5."Rejection Speaks"  4:27
6."Opal"  0:55
7."The Hammer"  2:40
8."Linen Shirt"  2:25
9."The Patient" (featuring Jesse Eisenberg)1:08
10."Labor Day"  8:15
11."Midwest"  3:22

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1997Soul ManFred WeberTV Show
Episodes: "Cinderella and the Funeral"
"Communion Wine and Convicts"
"Urges and Lies"
1998Law and OrderNicholas WaringTV Show
Episode: "Cherished"
1999TrinityLittle KidTV Show
Episode: "Patron Saint of Impossible Causes"
Stephen King: Storm of the CenturyDonny "The Little Boy" Beals
2000Meet the ParentsLittle Boy
Disney's The KidRusty Duritz
Disney Channel's Kenny the SharkMattTV Special (Live Action)
The Ultimate Christmas PresentJoey ThompsonTV Movie
2001Robertson's Greatest HitsSpencer RobertsonTV Movie
Kate BrasherSimon TraylorTV Series
Episode: "Simon"
2002Teamo SupremoCap (Captain Crandall)TV Series: Voice
Return to NeverlandCubbyVoice
Mom's on StrikeSam HarrisTV Movie
The Santa Clause 2Curtis the Elf
2003You Wish!Stevie Lansing / Terrence Russell McCormack
The Cat in the HatConrad
2004Raising HelenHenry Davis
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal EngagementPrince Jacques
Center of the UniverseMiles BarnettTV Series
WonderfallsPeter JohnsonTV Show
Episode: "Lovesick Ass"
2006OzzieJustin Mortonfilmed in 2004, released in 2006
The Shaggy DogJosh Douglas
ZoomTucker Williams / Mega-Boy
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape ClauseCurtis the Elf
2008The HappeningJosh
HaroldHarold Clemens
2009Bless this MessDougTV Movie
BonesClinton GilmoreTV Show
Episode: "The Salt in the Wounds"
2010Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space OdysseyAnthonyVoice
2011Born to RaceMax
2012Perfect SistersCousin Derek
Stuck in LoveJason
2013Really Bad Movie!Executive Producer

Awards and nominations[edit]

AwardYearCategoryResultRole
The Saturn Awards2001Best Performance by a Younger ActorNominatedRusty Duritz in Disney's The Kid[7]
Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or UnderWon
Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy or Drama) - Young Actor Age Ten or UnderNominatedJoey Thompson in The Ultimate Christmas Present
Young Artist Awards2003Best Performance in a Voice-Over RoleNominatedCubby in Return to Neverland
Young Artist Awards2007Best Young Ensemble in a Feature FilmNominatedCurtis the Elf in Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Spencer Breslin at AllMovie