Joshua John Miller
|Joshua John Miller|
|Born||Joshua John Miller
December 26, 1974
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Occupation||Actor, writer, novelist, director|
Joshua John Miller (born December 26, 1974) is an American actor, writer, screenwriter, novelist, and filmmaker.
As a child actor, Miller was best known for his role as Homer, the pre-teen vampire in the film Near Dark, Richtie Miller, the annoying brother in Teen Witch, and his gripping role as Tim in River's Edge. He is also known for his guest starring roles in numerous 1980s and 1990s television series like Family Ties, Highway To Heaven, Growing Pains, 21 Jump Street, and The Wonder Years.
Emerging as an adult in the film industry, Miller has returned to acting and has written his own novel The Mao Game, turning it into a movie adaptation which he directed.
Joshua Miller was born on December 26, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, the son of actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jason Miller, and actress and Playboy pin-up Susan Bernard. Miller's half-brother is actor Jason Patric, and his maternal grandfather was photographer Bruno Bernard, a.k.a. "Bernard of Hollywood". His father was of Irish, as well as German, descent, and his mother is Jewish.
Miller started appearing in films and television when he was eight years old. His first film role was in Halloween III: Season of the Witch. He would go on to star in such films as River's Edge, Near Dark, Class of 1999, and Teen Witch. He also made guest appearances on several popular television shows, including 21 Jump Street, The Wonder Years, The Greatest American Hero, Highway to Heaven (for which he received a Young Artist Award in 1985), and Growing Pains (hence a popular misconception that he is a relative of Jeremy Miller, who was "Ben Seaver" on that series; they are not related). Miller appeared in several plays, and was involved in dance from a very early age. He starred in the Los Angeles Ballet Company's production of The Nutcracker for three consecutive seasons beginning at age seven, and later appeared as a dancer in Janet Jackson's Grammy Award-winning Rhythm Nation 1814 video.
Miller attended Yale and Antioch Universities and studied creative writing at UCLA. In 1997, he published a pseudo-autobiographical novel called The Mao Game about a fifteen-year-old child star attempting to cope with heroin addiction, memories of past sexual abuse, and the impending death of his grandmother, who has been diagnosed with cancer. In December 2003 he completed his MFA in creative writing at the University of Iowa. He was awarded the Capote Fellowship, and was also chosen for the Houghton-Mifflin Fellowship Award. He has written articles for Harper's Bazaar and Playboy.
In 1999, The Mao Game was adapted into a film, written and directed by Miller, and co-produced by Whoopi Goldberg. The film starred Miller, Kirstie Alley, and Piper Laurie, and featured Miller's mother, Susan Bernard, in a brief, uncredited cameo. The movie toured the festival circuit, and garnered mixed reviews from critics.
Film and television credits
|2007||The Wizard of Gore||Jinky||Film (as Joshua Miller)|
|1999||The Mao Game||Jordan Highland||Film|
|1991||And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird||Josh Carson||Film (as Joshua Miller)|
|1990||Death Warrant||Douglas Tisdale||Film|
|1990||The Ghost Writer||Edgar Strack||TV movie (as Josh Miller)|
|1990||Class of 1999||Angel||Film (as Joshua Miller)|
|1990||The Wonder Years||Larry Beeman||TV series (Episode: Rock 'n Roll) (as Joshua Miller)|
|1989||Meet the Hollowheads||Joey||Film|
|1989||Teen Witch||Richie Miller||Film (as Joshua Miller)|
|1989||Rhythm Nation 1814||B.J. (Boy With Harmonica)||Short Film (as Josh Miller)|
|1988||Cagney & Lacey||Henry Gorvel||TV series (Episode: Hello Goodbye) (as Joshua Miller)|
|1987||Growing Pains||Friend #1||TV series (Episode: Not Necessarily The News) (as Joshua Jon Miller)|
|1987||21 Jump Street||Brian Sheffield||TV series (Episode: In the Custody of a Clown)(as Joshua Miller)|
|1987||Near Dark||Homer||Film (as Joshua Miller)|
|1986||River's Edge||Tim||Film (as Joshua Miller)|
|1986||Stoogemania||Young Howard||Film (as Josh Miller)|
|1985||Highway to Heaven||Jason Winner||TV series (Episodes: A Song for Jason: Part 1 & A Song for Jason: Part 2 (as Joshua Miller)|
|1984||The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins||François||TV movie|
|1984||Family Ties||Kenneth||TV series (Episode: Go Tigers) (as Joshua Miller)|
|1982||Halloween III: Season of the Witch||Willie Challis||Film (as Joshua Miller)|
|1982||The Greatest American Hero||Jonathan||TV series (Episode: Good Samaritan)|
|2015||The Final Girls||Film|
|2011||Howl||TV series (writer) (announced)|
|1999||The Mao Game||(novel/screenplay)|
|1999||The Mao Game||Film (director)|
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
|1992||Nominated||Saturn Award||Best Performance by a Younger Actor for: And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird (1991)|
|1988||Nominated||Saturn Award||Best Performance by a Younger Actor for: Near Dark (1987)|
Young Artist Awards
|1993||Nominated||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture for: And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird (1991)|
|1991||Nominated||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture for: Class of 1999 (1990)|
|1990||Nominated||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actor Guest Starring in a Television Series for: "The Wonder Years" (1988) (For episode: "Rock n' Roll")|
|1990||Nominated||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture for: Teen Witch (1989)|
|1989||Nominated||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actor in a Cable Family Series for: "On the Edge" (1989)|
|1988||Nominated||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for: River's Edge (1986)|
|1986||Won||Young Artist Award||Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor in a Television Special or Mini-Series for: "Highway to Heaven" (1984) (For episode "A Song for Jason")|