Jeremy Sumpter

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Jeremy Sumpter
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Sumpter at the Hollywood Knights vs. Camp Darby game.
Born Jeremy Robert Myron Sumpter
(1989-02-05) February 5, 1989 (age 25)
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Website
www.jeremysumpter.com

Jeremy Robert Myron Sumpter (born February 5, 1989) is an American actor. His prominent roles include the title role in the 2003 live action film Peter Pan and the recurring role of J. D. McCoy in the NBC television series Friday Night Lights (2008–2010). He most recently co-starred alongside AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt in Soul Surfer.

Life and career[edit]

Sumpter was born in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California to Sandy (née Johnson) and Gary Sumpter.[1] He has a twin sister, Jessica, and two other siblings, Travis and Jennifer.[1][2] His family moved to his mother's hometown, Mount Sterling, Kentucky, when he was ten months old.[1][3]

Sumpter's first movie role was in the 2001 film Frailty as the young Adam Mieks seen in flashbacks (played as an adult by the film's star Matthew McConaughey). Sumpter received a Saturn Award nomination for "Best Performance by a Younger Actor" for his performance. Following that, he appeared with Danny Glover in the Showtime film Just a Dream, for which he received a Young Artist Award for "Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special - Leading Young Actor". His next film was Local Boys, a family surfing drama, with Mark Harmon and Eric Christian Olsen.

In July 2002, at age 13, Sumpter was selected for the role of Peter Pan, a role traditionally played on stage by women. Sumpter did nearly all of his stunts for the film himself. To prepare, he says he practiced sword fighting as much as five hours a day, as well as training in gymnastics and lifting weights. While filming in Australia, he supplemented his training with cricket and surfing. Sumpter grew several inches while in the film's production, requiring staging tricks to retain Captain Hook's height advantage over Peter in face-to-face scenes late in the process. Producer Lucy Fisher also said that, "The window he flies out of had to be enlarged twice."[4] Sumpter won both a Saturn and Young Artist Award for the film.[5]

In the fall of 2004 he starred in the TV series Clubhouse as a boy who gets his dream job of working as a batboy for a New York City major league baseball team. The series was canceled by CBS after five episodes; all 11 episodes made have since been broadcast on cable/satellite channels. He then starred in Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life, a Lifetime Channel movie about a popular teenager whose life is ruined by an addiction to internet pornography.

Sumpter spent the summer of 2005 in Oregon filming the teen comedy The Sasquatch Gang (a.k.a. The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang), released in November 2006. He had a small role in the film An American Crime, which played on Showtime in 2008 before going to DVD. He appeared in an episode of CSI: Miami as the boyfriend of a girl whose parents are murdered.

He completed filming roles in the coming-of-age comedy Calvin Marshall, the family comedy You're So Cupid, Soul Surfer and Death and Cremation.

Sumpter has been co-hosting The YOBI Show, an online reality contest show, with Danielle Ryan.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Frailty Young Adam
2002 Local Boys Skeeter Dobson
2003 Peter Pan Peter Pan
2006 The Sasquatch Gang Gavin Gore
2007 An American Crime Coy Hubbard
2009 Calvin Marshall Caselli
2010 You're So Cupid Connor Miller
Death and Cremation Jarod Leary
2011 Soul Surfer Byron Blanchard
2012 Excision Adam
Hiding Brett
2013 The Culling Tyler post-production
Into the Storm Jacob post-production
Television Films
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Murphy's Dozen Sean
2002 Just a Dream Henry Sturbuck
2005 Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life Justin Petersen
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Raising Dad Henry 1 Episode
2002 ER Nathan 1 Episode
2002 Strong Medicine Randy 1 Episode
2004–2005 Clubhouse Pete Young Lead Role
2007 CSI: Miami Zach Griffith 1 Episode
2008–2010 Friday Night Lights J.D. McCoy Recurring; Season 3–4
2012 The Glades Dane Westing 1 Episode

Awards[edit]

Awards
Year Award Category Work Result
2000 IMTA Award Pre-Teen Male Model of the Year Won
2003 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-series or Special - Leading Young Actor Just a Dream Won
2003 Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor Frailty Nominated
2004 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Peter Pan Won
2004 Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor Peter Pan Won
2004 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Male Peter Pan Nominated
2006 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-series or Special (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actor Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life Nominated
2009 Change The World Award Youth for Humanity Award, Male Honored

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Child actor hooked on Peter Pan role
  2. ^ FAQ Biography at his official website
  3. ^ Judith, Egerton (November 28, 2003). "Headline: KENTUCKY'S PETER PAN". Courier. 
  4. ^ Wloszczyna, Susan (2003-08-07). "A Mature Peter Pan". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  5. ^ 25th Annual Young Artist Awards Young Artist Awards. Retrieved May 25, 2010.

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