Kodi Smit-McPhee

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Kodi Smit-McPhee
Kodi Smit-McPhee Comic-Con 2012.jpg
Smit-McPhee at the 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego
Born (1996-06-13) 13 June 1996 (age 17)
Adelaide, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present

Kodi Smit-McPhee (born 13 June 1996) is an Australian actor known for his roles as The Boy in The Road and Owen in Let Me In. He has also appeared in Australian films Romulus, My Father and Matching Jack.

Life and career[edit]

Kodi is a native Australian who now lives with his family in Los Angeles. In the summer of 2013, Kodi shot the 20th Century Fox film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opposite Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, and Keri Russell. The project reunited him with director Matt Reeves with whom he previously worked with on the film Let Me In (opposite Chloë Grace Moretz).

Recently, he filmed the feature Slow West (dir. John MacLean), opposite Michael Fassbender.

Last year, Kodi filmed The Young Ones (dir: Jake Paltrow), opposite Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning and Michael Shannon. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014.

In 2012, Kodi filmed The Congress (dir. Ari Folman) opposite Robin Wright, Paul Giamatti and Harvey Keitel. The film premiered at the 2013 Directors' Fortnight at The Cannes Film Festival.

In addition, Kodi filmed The Wilderness Of James (dir: Michael J. Johnson) as the title role of 'James', opposite Isabel Furman, Virginia Madsen, and Evan Ross. He also starred in A Birder's Guide to Everything (dir: Rob Meyer), opposite Ben Kingsley which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, and played 'Benvolio' in a film adaption of Romeo & Juliet (dir. Carlo Carlei) opposite Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Ed Westwick, and Paul Giamatti.

Kodi previously starred in Laika / Focus Features' ParaNorman, in which he lent his voice as the lead role of 'Norman'. The film was nominated for ‘Best Animated Feature’ for the 2013 Academy Awards, and also received a 2013 BAFTA Awards nomination for ‘Best Animated Film.’ The cast includes Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Casey Affleck, Leslie Mann, and Jeff Garlin.

Kodi previously starred in Let Me In (dir. Matt Reeves), opposite Chloe Grace Moretz and Richard Jenkins, for which he received a 2010 Critics Choice Award Nomination for ‘Best Young Actor’ for his performance in the film; The Road (dir. John Hillcoat) opposite Viggo Mortenson, Charlize Theron and Robert Duvall, for which he received a 2009 Critics' Choice Award Nomination for ‘Best Young Actor’ and a 2010 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Nomination for ‘Best International Actor'; Romulus, My Father (dir. Richard Roxburgh) with Eric Bana and Franka Potente, garnered him the 2007 AFI Award for ‘Best Young Actor’ as well as a ‘Best Actor’ Nomination; the Australian film Matching Jack (dir. Nadia Tass) for which he received a 2010 AFI Nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ and also Dead Europe (dir. by Tony Krawitz) opposite Ewen Leslie and Marton Csokas which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Smit-McPhee's favorite horror films include Friday the 13th, Child's Play and Jeepers Creepers, though he says, "I don't like ones that are too disturbing because they freak me out."[1]

In March 2014, Smit-McPhee was cast in the Nine Network's eight-part drama series Gallipoli to be telecast in 2015, the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. He has been cast as 17-year-old Thomas 'Tolly' Johnson, who puts his age up so he can enlist with his brother Bevan and ends up fighting at Gallipoli in the campaign that helped create the Anzac legend.[2] The series is produced by Endemol Australia and will be shot over a three month period starting in March 2014.


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Stranded (2005 short film) Teddy
2006 Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America Toby Connelly TV movie
Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King Umney's Last Case - Brandon
The Fifth Quarter - Jackson Evans
Monarch Cove Young Jake Season 1, episodes 1, 6, 7 & 8
2007 Romulus, My Father Raimond
The King Young John Wesley TV movie
2009 Tinytown Davis
The Road Boy
2010 Let Me In Owen
Matching Jack Finn
2012 ParaNorman Norman Babcock Voice
Dead Europe Josef
2013 The Congress Aaron Wright
Romeo and Juliet Benvolio
A Birder's Guide to Everything David Portnoy Post-production
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Post-production
2014 Young Ones Post-production
2014 Slow West Post-production

Awards and nominations[edit]

Actors Viggo Mortensen and Smit-McPhee, screenwriter Joe Penhall, director John Hillcoat and producer Steve Schwartz at the 2009 Venice Film Festival for the premiere of The Road.
Award Year Category Result Work
Australian Film Institute 2007 Young Actor's Award Won Romulus, My Father
Best Lead Actor Nominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards 2008 Special Achievement Award Won
Best Actor – Supporting Role Won
Young Artist Award 2009 Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2010 Best Young Actor/Actress Nominated The Road
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated
Australian Film Institute Best Actor Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Nominated Matching Jack
Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Performance by a Youth (Male) Won Let Me In
Critic's Choice Award 2011 Best Young Actor Won
Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actor Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Ensemble for a Feature Film Nominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Male Supporting Actor Nominated Matching Jack


  1. ^ EXCLUSIVE: Kodi Smit-McPhee Talks Let Me In - MovieWeb.com
  2. ^ Knox, David (3 March 2014). "Nine announces Gallipoli cast". TV Tonight. TV Tonight. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 

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