Joshua John Miller

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Joshua John Miller
Born Joshua John Miller
(1974-12-26) December 26, 1974 (age 39)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Actor, writer, novelist, director
Years active 1982–present

Joshua John Miller (born December 26, 1974) is an American actor,[1] 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,[2] Richtie Miller, the annoying brother in Teen Witch, and his gripping role as Tim in River's Edge.[1] 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.

Personal life[edit]

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.

He appears as Jinky in The Wizard of Gore.[1] He has written a second novel, titled Ash. Miller is collaborating with M.A. Fortin to write the DreamWorks TV and Fox production Howl,[3] set in Alaska.

Film and television credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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)


Year Title Notes
2015 The Final Girls Film
2011 Howl TV series (writer) (announced)
1999 The Mao Game (novel/screenplay)


Year Title Notes
1999 The Mao Game Film (director)


Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
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

Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
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")


  1. ^ a b c "Joshua John Miller". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ James, Caryn (October 4, 1987). "Near Dark, a Tale of Vampires on the Road". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  3. ^ Creepy, Uncle (December 4, 2009). "DreamWorks and Fox Are Off to Alaska to Howl". 

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