Jimmy Bennett

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Jimmy Bennett
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Bennett at the Television Critics Association in August 2011
Born James Michael Bennett[citation needed]
(1996-02-09) February 9, 1996 (age 19)
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 on the ABC series 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 films 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 film Star Trek. 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 film Alabama Moon.

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

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Jungle Book 2, TheThe Jungle Book 2 Hathi Jr. (voice) Uncredited
2003 Daddy Day Care The Flash/Tony
2004 Springtime with Roo Roo (voice)
2004 Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, TheThe Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Young Jeremiah
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Tommy Uncredited
2004 Polar Express, TheThe Polar Express Billy the Lonely Boy (voice)
2005 Hostage Tommy Smith
2005 Amityville Horror, TheThe Amityville Horror Michael Lutz
2005 Detective Ivan Tempone Television film
2005 Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie Roo (voice)
2006 Firewall Andy Stanfield
2006 Poseidon Conor James
2006 Shark Bait Young Pi (voice)
2007 Evan Almighty Ryan Baxter
2007 South of Pico Mark Weston
2008 Diminished Capacity Dillon
2008 Snow Buddies Buddha (voice)
2008 Trucker Peter
2009 Star Trek Young James T. Kirk
2009 Orphan Daniel "Danny" Coleman
2009 Shorts Toby "Toe" Thompson
2009 Alabama Moon Moon Blake
2009 Stolen John Wakefield
2010 Bones Bones White
2011 Ghild Ralph Gullivan Short film
2013 Movie 43 Nathan Segment: "Middleschool Date"
2014 Camouflage Kevin
2015 Bad Asses on the Bayou Ronald
2015 Girl Like Her, AA Girl Like Her Brian Slater
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Strong Medicine Willy Episode: "Admissions"
2002 Guardian, TheThe Guardian Matty Butler Episode: "Monster"
2003 Judging Amy Cory Sinkler Episode: "Just Say Oops"
2003 I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown Rerun van Pelt (voice) Television special
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Henry Turner Episode: "Paper or Plastic?"
2004–05 Everwood Sam Feeney 3 episodes
2006 He's a Bully, Charlie Brown Rerun van Pelt (voice) Television special
2007 Gilmore Girls Macon Episode: "Santa's Secret Stuff"
2010–11 No Ordinary Family James "JJ" Powell, Jr. Main cast; 20 episodes
2011 Breaking In N/A Episode: "21.0 Jump Street"
2012 Perception Alex Willingham 2 episodes
2014 Garfunkel and Oates Braden Episode: "Maturity"
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Polar Express, TheThe Polar Express Billy the Lonely Boy Voice
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Roo Voice (English version)
2007 Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ Roo Voice (English version)

Awards and nominations[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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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