Angus T. Jones

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Angus T. Jones
Angus T. Jones 2, 2011.jpg
Jones in September 2011
Born Angus Turner Jones
(1993-10-08) October 8, 1993 (age 20)
Austin, Texas
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Notable work(s) Two and a Half Men
Religion Seventh-day Adventist [1]
Awards Young Artist Award
2004, 2006 Two and a Half Men
TV Land Award
2009 Two and a Half Men

Angus Turner Jones (born October 8, 1993) is an American actor. Jones is best known for playing Jake Harper in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, for which he had won two Young Artist and a TV Land Award during his 10-year tenure as one of the show's main characters.

Life and career[edit]

Jones was born in Austin, Texas, the older of two sons.

In addition to Two and a Half Men, Jones has had supporting movie roles in such films as See Spot Run, The Rookie, Bringing Down the House, George of the Jungle 2, and The Christmas Blessing.

In 2010, Jones became the highest paid child star in television at the age of 17 when his new contract with Two and a Half Men guaranteed him $7.8 million over the next two seasons, amounting to $300,000 for each of the 26 episodes.[2][3][4]

At the annual PaleyFest held in Los Angeles, California, in 2012, Jones said he was uncomfortable with taking on his new, more grown-up storylines on Two and a Half Men. He described it as an awkwardness about doing the "adult thing" while not an adult. The final episode of season 9 shows Jake graduating from high school and joining the Army.[5]

Issues with Two and a Half Men[edit]

In November 2012, Jones made statements critical of Two and a Half Men. He said he was a "paid hypocrite" because his religious beliefs conflicted with his job as an actor in expressing the show's adult themes.[6] In October 2012, Jones described his path to a new faith in detail during an interview with Seventh-day Adventist–sponsored Voice of Prophecy radio program.[7] In November, his views gained the attention of the media after Jones appeared in a video posted on the YouTube channel of ForeRunner Chronicles, an independent ministry run by Christopher Hudson.[8]

On November 27, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America released a statement indicating that the Forerunner Chronicles is not associated with the Adventist Church and that Hudson is not an ordained Seventh-day Adventist pastor.[9] Jones said he had been baptized and no longer wanted to appear on Two and a Half Men, calling the show "filth" and saying it conflicted with his religious views. Jones issued a statement the next day clarifying his position.[10] Producers for the show said he wasn't expected back on the set until 2013, as his character does not appear in the last few episodes of season 10.[11] CBS announced in April 2013 that he would be downgraded to recurring status for season 11.[12]

Charity work[edit]

On June 7, 2008, Jones joined other stars including Dakota Fanning, Cuba Gooding Jr., Val Kilmer, and former Bringing Down the House co-star Kimberly J. Brown, in lending their support to the First Star Organization to help abused and neglected children.[13]

In August 2008, Jones joined other stars such as Madeline Zima, Thom Barry, and Brandon Barash at the annual "Rock 'N Roll Fantasy Camp."[14]

On October 4, 2008, Jones joined Miranda Cosgrove, Meaghan Jette Martin, Ray Liotta, Selena Gomez, and Shailene Woodley to attend the Variety's Power of Youth benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.[15]

In October 2009, Two and a Half Men co-star Jon Cryer presented Jones with the award for the Rising Star of 2009 at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Rising Star Gala.[16]

Jones also supports the anti-bullying alliance Be A Star co-founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE. The mission of Be A Star is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion, or sexual orientation through grassroots efforts beginning with education and awareness.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Simpatico Five-Year-Old
2001 See Spot Run James Main Character
Dinner with Friends Sammy TV movie
ER Sean Gattney Episode: "Quo Vadis ?"
2002 The Rookie Hunter Morris
Bringing Down the House Georgie Sanderson
2003 Audrey's Rain Tye Powell TV movie
George of the Jungle 2 George Jr.
2003–2013 Two and a Half Men Jake Harper Lead role (seasons 1-10)
2005 The Christmas Blessing Charlie Bennett TV movie
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Uncredited Cameo; Two and a Half Men Cross-over; Episode "Two and a Half Deaths"
2010 Hannah Montana T.J. Guest star; Episode "Sweet Home Hannah Montana"
Due Date Jake Harper Cameo
2013 Tuna Taylor

Awards[edit]

Year Result Award Category Work
2002 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film: Young actor age 10 or younger See Spot Run
2003 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film: Young actor age 10 or younger The Rookie
Won Character and Morality Entertainment Awards Carmie Award
2004 Won Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series: (Comedy or Drama): Young actor age 10 or younger Two and a Half Men
2006 Won Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy): Supporting Young Actor
2008 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series: Leading Young Actor
2009 Won TV Land Awards Future Classic Award

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.asabbathblog.com/2012/11/adventist-church-official-statement.html
  2. ^ "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. Page 158.
  3. ^ Staff, TMZ (October 8, 2010). "Two and a Half Men' Kid Scores MASSIVE Contract". TMZ. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ Powers, Lindsay (October 8, 2010). "Two and a Half Men' kid signs $300K-ep deal - Makes him highest-paid child TV star". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ Sean Daly, The Clicker (March 13, 2012). "'Men' star Angus T. Jones: It's 'very awkward' playing a grown-up". MSNBC. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ Cowell, Maria (November 27, 2012). How 'Two and a Half Men' Star Became a 'Paid Hypocrite.' Christianity Today
  7. ^ Jeffery, Connie Vandeman (November 2012). Turning Point: Angus T. Jones Testimony. Voice of Prophecy
  8. ^ Crocker, Lizzie (November 28, 2012). Is Christopher Hudson Behind Angus Jones’s ‘Two and a Half Men’ Attack? The Daily Beast
  9. ^ "Adventist Church's official statement regarding Angus T. Jones from Two and a Half Men". A Sabbath Blog. November 27, 2012. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 27, 2012). Angus T. Jones Breaks Silence About Controversial ‘Two And A Half Men’ Remarks. Deadline.com
  11. ^ "Two And A Half Men actor not expected on set - report". 3 News NZ. November 28, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Two and a Half Men Adding a Lady to Replace Angus T. Jones". US Magazine. May 30, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  13. ^ New Wave of Celebrity Kids Making A Difference: First Star "Come Be A Kid Again!" The Insider. 2008. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.
  14. ^ "Rock 'N Roll Fantasy Camp". New York Post. June 6, 2008. Retrieved on 2009-06-14.
  15. ^ Variety and Target announce the 2008 Target Presents Variety's Power of Youth to benefit St. Jude St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. July 31, 2008. Retrieved on 2009-06-14.
  16. ^ Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles PRNewswire.com. October 22, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-10-30.

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