Jake Lloyd in 2007
|Born||Jake Matthew Lloyd
March 5, 1989
Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.
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
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.
He continues to make appearances, however, at sci-fi and comic-book festivals. 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. 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. 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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
- "Jake Lloyd Biography (1989–)". Film Reference. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
- "Star Wars: Biography – Jake Lloyd". StarWars.com. Archived from the original on February 13, 2008. Retrieved December 31, 2008.
- "Mixed blessings of child stars". The Hindu. July 3, 2004.
- "Actor who played Anakin Skywalker as child swears off 'Star Wars' for good" NBC News. March 9, 2012
- "Columbia College Chicago". CityTownInfo.com. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
- "Anakin Skywalker actor Jake Lloyd: 'Star Wars fame turned my life into a living hell'". Daily Mail.
- "Jake Lloyd moves on from ‘Star Wars’ to pursue writing and directing". The Global Dispatch.
- "'Star Wars' Prequel Stars Jake Lloyd & Daniel Logan Teaming Up For Music Video".
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jake Lloyd.|
- Jake Lloyd at the Internet Movie Database
- Jake Lloyd Star Wars biography at StarWars.com
- Jake Lloyd – 10 years After Ep One – with Sci Fi Pi at the Wayback Machine (archived July 24, 2009)
- The Force Is Not With Him: Anakin Skywalker 10 Years Later at the Wayback Machine (archived July 28, 2009)
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