Courtney in January 2012
January 31, 1996 |
Monterey, California, U.S.
Joel Courtney (born January 31, 1996) 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
Courtney was born in Monterey, California on January 31, 1996, and lives in Moscow, Idaho. 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. 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, Courtney landed the starring role of Joe Lamb in the film.
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. Kastner and Marcus Weinhart produced the film, which was shot in August 2011 in Bulgaria.
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. "The Between" had its World Premiere at the Brussels Fantastic Film Festival on Saturday April 6 in the main theater of the Bozar.
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. Mercy filmed in Simi Valley, California, from January–February 2013, and is currently in post-production, scheduled to be released in early 2014.
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.
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. 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. Joel will be starring alongside Diogo Morgado ("Son of God") and Sofia Black D'Elia ("Skins").
|2011||Super 8||Joe||Lead role|
|2012||The Between||Nick Madsen|
|2014||Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn||Tom Sawyer||In Post-Production|
|2014||Mercy||Buddy Bruckner||In Post-Production by Universal Studios and Blumhouse Productions|
|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
|2011||R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour||John Westmore||Creature Feature, Season 2, Episodes 1 & 2|
|2012||Rogue||Griffin Jones||FOX Network made for TV movie|
|2014||The Messengers||Peter White||Main Cast; Upcoming CW series|
Awards and Nominations
|2011||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Breakout: Male||Super 8||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Chemistry||Super 8||Nominated|
|PFCS Award||Best Ensemble Acting||Super 8||Won|
|Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Male||Super 8||Nominated|
|2012||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor||Super 8||Nominated|
|Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast||Super 8||Nominated|
|Saturn Award||Best Performance by a Young Actor||Super 8||Won|
|Coming of Age Award||Best Newcomer||Super 8||Nominated|
|BAM Award||Best Performance by a Child Actor||Super 8||Nominated|
|YouReviewer Award||Breakthrough Actor||Super 8||Nominated|
- J.J. Abrams rests 'Super 8's' hopes on first-time actor — CTV.ca.. Retrieved June 8, 2011.
- Joel Courtney Bio.
- Moscow youth gets starring turn in big summer flick
- "Rising Star: 'Super 8' Breakout Joel Courtney".
- Sneider, Jeff (June 23, 2011). "'Super 8' star is today's Tom Sawyer". Variety.
- Rogue at the Internet Movie Database
- Borys, Kit (November 30, 2012). "'Walking Dead,' 'Super 8' Actors to Star in Stephen King's 'Mercy' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Mercy at the Internet Movie Database
- "Isabelle Fuhrman Joins Kevin Connolly-Helmed ‘Dear Eleanor’". Deadline.com. May 23, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
- 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.
- McNary, Dave (August 7, 2013). "Lucas Till, Joel Courtney, Ally Sheedy Join ‘Sins of Our Youth’". Variety.
- Goldberg, Lesley (February 26, 2014). "The CW's Sci-Fi Drama 'Messengers' Adds 'Skins,' 'Super 8' Alums". Hollywood Reporter.
- The Messengers at the Internet Movie Database
- R.L. The Haunting Hour: Behind the Screams - On the Set with Brendan Meyer & Joel Courtney
- Teen Choice Awards Noms, Part 2! Find Out Who Else Snagged a Chance at a Surfboard!
- "Phoenix Film Critic Society 2011 Awards". Retrieved April 8, 2012.
- "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
- "RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and SUPER 8 lead Saturn Awards with 3 awards each.". saturnawards.org. July 26, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
- Official website
- Joel Courtney at the Internet Movie Database
- Joel Courtney on Facebook
- Joel Courtney on Twitter