John Paul Ruttan

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John Paul Ruttan
Born (2001-05-12) May 12, 2001 (age 13)
Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 2008–present

John Paul Ruttan (born May 12, 2001) is a Canadian child actor[1] who recently appeared as Joe in the 20th Century Fox feature film[2] This Means War, starring Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy, Chris Pine, and directed by McG. In 2012 was nominated for the Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role at the 33rd Young Artist Awards for his work in the Doodlebops Rock'n Road Show.[3] He will be seen in the upcoming sci-fi thriller I'll Follow You Down,[4] written and directed by Canadian Richie Mehta.

Ruttan had a role in the 2014 RoboCop reboot. He played David Murphy, the son of RoboCop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), alongside Abbie Cornish as Clara Murphy.

Life and career[edit]

Ruttan was born in Toronto, Ontario.[1] He had an early love for films and started acting at age 6, when he met with his current agent.[5] By age 8 he had already starred in numerous television shows. In 2008 he appeared as a guest star on The Rick Mercer Report portraying a young Jack Layton, a Canadian NDP leader, on the episode Election Kids. Following year Ruttan guest starred in the series Mighty Mama for CBC and guest starred in the Doodlebops Rockin' Road Show. Other television performances include Murdock Mysteries, The Listener, and Degrassi: The Next Generation.

His introduction into movies were the TV Movies The Two Mr. Kissels and Will you Merry Me?. In 2010 he performed in his first short-film Ninety-one playing Young Jack directed and written by Jill Carter. Ruttan's appearance in his first feature film was Defendor with Woody Harrelson in 2010 playing young Jack Carter.[6]

In 2012, Ruttan appeared in the role of Tom Hardy's character's son, Joe, in the feature film This Means War alongside Reese Witherspoon[7] and Chris Pine.[8] Ruttan's performance in the film earned him a Young Artist Award nomination as Best Supporting Young Actor Age Ten and Under in a Feature Film.[9]

Ruttan has a blue belt in karate and does his own stunt work.He currently goes to Willowdale Middle School and uses the alias JP.[10]


Year Film/Show Role Notes
2008 Rick Mercer Report Young Jack Layton Episode: Election Kids
2008 the Two Mr. Kissels Boy
2008 Will you Merry Me? Boy
2009 Murdoch Mysteries Thedore Jr[11] Episode: "Mild Mild West"
2009 The Listener Young Boy
2009 Defendor Young Jack Carter
2010 Doodlebops Joshua Episode 25[12]
2010 Ninety-one Young Jack
2010 Degrassi: The Next Generation Pirate Boy Season 9, Episode 8: Waiting for Girl Like You
2012 This Means War Joe
2012 I'll Follow You Down Young Erol
2014 RoboCop David Murphy


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