Jimmy Bennett

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Jimmy Bennett
Jimmy Bennett.jpg
Bennett at the Television Critics Association, August 1, 2010.
Born James Michael Bennett[citation needed]
(1996-02-09) February 9, 1996 (age 18)
Seal Beach, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 2002–present

James Michael "Jimmy" Bennett (born February 9, 1996) is an American actor and musician. He is known for his roles as a child actor in Daddy Day Care, Hostage, Poseidon, Orphan and as young James T. Kirk in the 2009 film Star Trek. He also starred in No Ordinary Family as JJ Powell, a teenager gifted with vast intelligence after a plane crash.

Life and career[edit]

Bennett was born in Seal Beach, California, and now lives with his parents and his sister in Huntington Beach, California, where the family runs a hard rock themed crepe restaurant.[1][2][3] When not acting, Bennett plays guitar and sings on his official YouTube channel. He also wrote and performed the song Summer Never Ends which can be heard at the end of Shorts.[4]

Bennett appeared in nearly 30 adverts[citation needed], as well as in episodes of the television series The Guardian and Strong Medicine, before being cast in the role "Tony", the boy who wants to be The Flash, in the Eddie Murphy comedy Daddy Day Care. He had smaller roles in the movies Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Arthur Hailey's Detective. He has also appeared in Judging Amy, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Everwood, and lent his voice to characters in the animated films The Polar Express, Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo and I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown. He has been nominated for Young Artist Awards five times.

In 2005, Bennett appeared in the film Hostage, where he starred with Bruce Willis, and The Amityville Horror remake, where he played the role of the middle child of a family moving into a haunted house. The films were released in March and April, respectively. He was called "Jimmy Two-Takes" on the set of "Hostage", because of his ability to deliver his lines perfectly.[5]

In February 2006, Bennett appeared in the thriller Firewall, where he played the son of Harrison Ford's character. He also played an abused boy named Jeremiah (aged 7) sharing the role with Dylan and Cole Sprouse playing the older Jeremiah (aged 11) in The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, an independent film that was released a month after Firewall. Also in 2006, he voiced Roo in the Disney/Square-Enix video game Kingdom Hearts II and appeared in Poseidon, a remake of the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure. His 2007 roles included South of Pico, an independent film, and Evan Almighty, a sequel to the 2003 film Bruce Almighty. He appeared as a young James T. Kirk in the 2009 Star Trek movie. He also starred in the 2009 film Orphan and the TV series No Ordinary Family.[6]

Bennett also starred in the film Bones, featuring him alongside famed Ozzy Osbourne guitarist and Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde. Bones is described as a "heartbreaking coming-of-age story of four teens growing up in 1989 blue-collar Long Island, New York, and the bond that would tie them together for life." It is noteworthy that in 2009, Jimmy Bennett starred in the leading role of the movie Alabama Moon.

In August 2011, Bennett released his debut single "Over Again" and the accompanying music video.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Jungle Book 2 Hathi Jr. Voice (uncredited)
Daddy Day Care The Flash/Tony
2004 I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown Rerun Van Pelt Voice
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Young Jeremiah
Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo Roo Voice
Winnie the Pooh: 123's Roo Voice
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Tommy (uncredited)
The Polar Express Billy Voice
2005 Hostage Tommy Smith
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie Roo Voice
The Amityville Horror Michael Lutz
Detective Ivan Tempone TV Movie
2006 Firewall Andy Stanfield
Poseidon Conor James
Monster Night unknown
Shark Bait Young Pi Voice
He's a Bully, Charlie Brown Rerun Van Pelt TV Movie (voice)
2007 Evan Almighty Ryan Baxter
2008 South of Pico Mark Weston
Diminished Capacity Dillon
Trucker Peter
Snow Buddies Buddha Voice
2009 Star Trek Young James T. Kirk Cameo
Orphan Daniel Coleman
Shorts Toby "Toe" Thompson Lead Role
Stolen John
Alabama Moon Moon Blake Lead Role
2010 Bones Bones White
2011 The Tape Matt
The Return of Captain Kidd Cole Willits
2013 Movie 43 Nathan Segment "Middleschool Date"
The Bully Chronicles Brian Slater post-production
2014 Camouflage Kevin filming


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Strong Medicine Willy Admissions
The Guardian Maddie Monster
2003 Judging Amy Cory Sinkler Just Say Oops
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Henry Turner Paper or Plastic?
Everwood Sam Feeney "The Reflex"
2005 "Where the Heart Is"
"Since You've Been Gone"
2007 Gilmore Girls Macon Santa's Secret Stuff
2010–2011 No Ordinary Family JJ Powell
2011 Breaking In 21.0 Jump Street
2012 Perception Alex Willingham "Light"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Polar Express Billy Voice
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Roo
2007 Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Result Work
Young Artist Award 2004 Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film Nominated Daddy Day Care
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or Younger Nominated
2005 Outstanding Young Ensemble in a New Medium Won The Polar Express
2007 Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or Younger Nominated Firewall
2008 Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor - Comedy or Musical Nominated Evan Almighty
2010 Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Nominated Alabama Moon
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast Won Shorts


  1. ^ Epting, Chris. "In the Pipeline: Rock history is on the menu". Chicago Tribune. 
  2. ^ "LA Teen Festival The Magazine". Lateenfestival.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  3. ^ "Rockin The Crepe". Fb101.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  4. ^ "Shorts (2009) - Soundtracks". Us.imdb.com. 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  5. ^ http://www.u-got-it.dk/data/1608582/Hostage%20Production%20Notes.doc
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Bennett Debuts ‘Over Again’ Music Video". ClevverTV. 2011-08-18. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 

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