Joel Courtney

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Joel Courtney
Joel Courtney 20120112.jpg
Courtney in January 2012
Born (1996-01-31) January 31, 1996 (age 19)
Monterey, California, U.S.[1][2]
Occupation Actor
Years active 2010–present

Joel Courtney (born January 31, 1996)[1][2] is an American actor, best known for his role of Joseph "Joe" Lamb in the 2011 Steven Spielberg/J. J. Abrams film Super 8, for which he received critical acclaim and a Saturn Award.

Early life and education[edit]

Courtney was born in Monterey, California on January 31, 1996, and lives in Moscow, Idaho.[3] While still living in Idaho, Courtney took a trip to Los Angeles during the first week of his summer school break in 2010, where he hoped to be in a commercial and make $100.[1] Seattle casting director Patti Kalles advised Courtney to audition for Paramount Pictures' Super 8, produced by Steven Spielberg, J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, and written and directed by J. J. Abrams. After 11 callbacks,[4] Courtney landed the starring role of Joe Lamb in the film.


In the Spring of 2012, he filmed a Fox TV movie entitled Rogue, which was directed by Brett Ratner.[5]

On July 26, 2012, he won a Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor.

In November 2012, Joel was cast in the Stephen King film Mercy, produced by Blumhouse Productions and released by Universal Studios.[6] Mercy filmed in Simi Valley, California, from January–February 2013, and is currently in post-production, scheduled to be released in early 2014.[7]

In April 2013, Joel was cast in the Indie film Dear Eleanor. It is a coming of age story about two best friends (Isabelle Fuhrman and Liana Liberato) traveling across the U.S. in 1962 to meet their childhood hero, Eleanor Roosevelt. The film is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way Productions, and is expected to premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.[8][9]

Alongside Isabelle Fuhrman, Courtney completed filming the supernatural thriller The Between. In the film, the young actor plays a disgruntled teen who joins his father on a camping trip only to have a run-in with otherworldly forces. Filming was shot from September to October 2011 in North Carolina.[10] "The Between" had its World Premiere at the Brussels Fantastic Film Festival on Saturday April 6 in the main theater of the Bozar In July 2013, Joel was cast in the Indie film Sins of Our Youth. The story is about four teenage boys who accidentally kill a young boy while recreationally shooting assault rifles.[11] Joel stars alongside X-Men's Lucas Till and The Breakfast Club's Ally Sheedy. Sins of Our Youth filmed during the month of August 2013 in Las Vegas, NV.

In February 2014, Joel was cast in the CW Television Network pilot "The Messengers," which centers on a mysterious object that crashes down to Earth and a group of seemingly unconnected strangers die from the energy pulse. They then awaken to learn that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending apocalypse.[12] Joel will be starring alongside Diogo Morgado ("Son of God") and Sofia Black D'Elia ("Skins").[13]

Alongside Jake T. Austin, Courtney will be portraying Tom Sawyer in Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn, an adaptation of Mark Twain's classic, written and directed by Jo Kastner.[10] Kastner and Marcus Weinhart produced the film, which was shot in August 2011 in Bulgaria.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Super 8 Joe Lamb Lead role
2012 The Between Nick Madsen
2014 Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn Tom Sawyer In Post-Production
2014 Mercy Buddy Bruckner Lead role
Dear Eleanor Billy Hobgood In Post-Production by Appian Way and Beloved Pictures
Sins of Our Youth David In Post-Production by Huffington Pictures

Notable TV Appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Episode
2011 R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour John Westmore Creature Feature, Season 2, Episodes 1 & 2[14]
2012 Rogue Griffin Jones FOX Network made for TV movie
2014 The Messengers Peter White Main Cast; Upcoming CW series

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Teen Choice Award[15] Choice Movie Breakout: Male Super 8 Nominated
Choice Movie Chemistry Nominated
PFCS Award Best Ensemble Acting[16] Won
Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Male Nominated
2012 Young Artist Award[17] Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Nominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast Nominated
Saturn Award[18] Best Performance by a Young Actor Won
Coming of Age Award Best Newcomer Nominated
BAM Award Best Performance by a Child Actor Nominated
YouReviewer Award Breakthrough Actor Nominated


  1. ^ a b c J.J. Abrams rests 'Super 8's' hopes on first-time Retrieved June 8, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Joel Courtney Bio.
  3. ^ Moscow youth gets starring turn in big summer flick
  4. ^ "Rising Star: 'Super 8' Breakout Joel Courtney". 
  5. ^ Rogue at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ Borys, Kit (November 30, 2012). "'Walking Dead,' 'Super 8' Actors to Star in Stephen King's 'Mercy' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  7. ^ Mercy at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ "Isabelle Fuhrman Joins Kevin Connolly-Helmed ‘Dear Eleanor’". May 23, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ Sealover, Ed (February 14, 2013). "Hollywood comes to Colorado: 3 films to be made here under incentives program". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c Sneider, Jeff (June 23, 2011). "'Super 8' star is today's Tom Sawyer". Variety. 
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (August 7, 2013). "Lucas Till, Joel Courtney, Ally Sheedy Join ‘Sins of Our Youth’". Variety. 
  12. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 26, 2014). "The CW's Sci-Fi Drama 'Messengers' Adds 'Skins,' 'Super 8' Alums". Hollywood Reporter. 
  13. ^ The Messengers at the Internet Movie Database
  14. ^ R.L. The Haunting Hour: Behind the Screams - On the Set with Brendan Meyer & Joel Courtney[dead link]
  15. ^ Teen Choice Awards Noms, Part 2! Find Out Who Else Snagged a Chance at a Surfboard!
  16. ^ "Phoenix Film Critic Society 2011 Awards". Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  17. ^ "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  18. ^ "RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and SUPER 8 lead Saturn Awards with 3 awards each.". July 26, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2012. [dead link]

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