Jake Lloyd

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Jake Lloyd
Jake Lloyd in 2007
Jake Lloyd in 2007
Born Jake Matthew Lloyd
(1989-03-05) March 5, 1989 (age 26)
Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–2012

Jake Matthew Lloyd (born March 5, 1989) is an American former actor who gained worldwide fame when he was chosen by George Lucas to play the young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the first film in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. He reprised this role in five subsequent Star Wars video games.

Life and career[edit]

Lloyd was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, the son of William 'Bill' Lloyd, an E.M.T. set medic, and Lisa Riley, an entertainment agent.[1][2][3] He attended Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana.

In 1996, Lloyd began his acting career playing Jimmy Sweet in 4 episodes of ER. Afterwards, he was cast as Jake Warren in Unhook the Stars. He got his big break playing Jamie Langston in Jingle All The Way. He gained worldwide fame when he was chosen by George Lucas to play the young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the first film in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Afterwards, he played Mark Armstrong in Apollo 11.

After portraying Anakin in a chain of related video games, Lloyd retired from acting in 2001, citing bullying on the part of classmates and the stress of doing up to 60 interviews a day as his reasons for doing so. He left Hollywood for Chicago, and dropped out after a semester at Columbia College Chicago. He studies film and Psychology at his college.[4][5]

He continues to make appearances, however, at sci-fi and comic-book festivals.[4] He currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lloyd claimed in a 2012 interview that director George Lucas ruined his childhood and his acting career, and that Lloyd destroyed all of his Star Wars memorabilia out of anger toward the film.[6] In 2012 he announced he was directing a documentary highlighting the Tibetan refugees in India, who are attempting to escape the persecution of the Chinese.[7] He was commissioned in 2012 to create a promo for singer Mallory Low's song, and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones actor Daniel Logan was cast as the star in his video. Logan is the actor who played the younger Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Unhook the Stars J.J.
Jingle All the Way Jamie Langston
Apollo 11 Mark Armstrong
1998 The Pretender Young Angelo
1999 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Anakin Skywalker Lead role
Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Actor Ten Years or Younger
Nominated–Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
2005 Madison Mike McCormick shot in 2000, release delayed until 2005
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Star Wars Episode I: Racer Anakin Skywalker Main role
2000 Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles Anakin Skywalker voice
2001 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Anakin Skywalker (Episode 1) voice
Star Wars: Super Bombad Racing Anakin Skywalker
2002 Star Wars Racer Revenge Anakin Skywalker (Episode 1) voice
Television
Year Series Role Notes
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as himself
1996 ER Jimmy Sweet "Dead of Winter" (Season 2, Episode 11)
"The Right Thing" (Season 2, Episode 14)
"A Shift in the Night" (Season 2, Episode 18)
"Take These Broken Wings" (Season 2, Episode 21)
1996 The Rosie O'Donnell Show as himself
1999 MTV Movie Awards as himself

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Preceded by
Sebastian Shaw
Anakin Skywalker actor
1999
Succeeded by
Hayden Christensen