Spencer Breslin

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Spencer Breslin
Born (1992-05-18) May 18, 1992 (age 22)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1997–present

Spencer Breslin (born May 18, 1992) is an American actor and musician. He is the older brother of actress Abigail Breslin and is best known for his roles in Disney's Disney's The Kid, The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, You Wish!, Zoom and The Cat in the Hat.

Early life[edit]

Breslin was born in New York City, the son of Kim, a personal manager, and Michael Breslin, a telecommunications expert.[1] Spencer has an older brother Ryan Breslin (born in 1985) and a younger sister, Abigail Breslin (born April 14, 1996) who is an actress.

Acting career[edit]

Breslin was discovered in a New York City playground at the age of three, and proceeded to star in commercials for McDonald's and Life cereal. By age five, he was a series regular for the three episode-long first season of ABC's Soul Man. He later moved on to guest star on several shows including Law and Order before appearing in the three-part miniseries, Stephen King's Storm of the Century.

Breslin made his big leap into film starring alongside Bruce Willis in Disney's The Kid. For this role, Breslin won a Young Artist Award and was nominated for a Saturn Award. He later played a little boy in Meet the Parents, and Curtis the Elf in The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause, marking the first of four films in which he co-starred alongside actor Tim Allen. After appearing in TV movies such as You Wish!, Ozzie, and Mom's on Strike, Breslin returned to the big screen starring alongside Dakota Fanning and Mike Myers in the 2003 big-budgeted box office failure The Cat in the Hat.

Breslin later played on-screen siblings with his real life younger sister Abigail Breslin in Raising Helen, starring Kate Hudson. The two siblings would work together again in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, in which Spencer played a prince and Abigail made a cameo as a girl at an orphanage. Abigail would also appear in the 2006 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, in which Spencer reprised his role of Curtis the Elf, and Spencer would later appear alongside Abigail as Cousin Derek in the 2012 Perfect Sisters.

In 2004, Spencer Breslin was a regular on the short-lived sitcom Center of the Universe starring John Goodman. After appearing in the Wonderfalls episode "Lovesick Ass", Breslin returned to feature films for Zoom, The Shaggy Dog, and M. Night Shymalan's The Happening.

Breslin then went on to star as the titular character in 2007's Harold, which failed to succeed in the box-office. More recently, Breslin has appeared in films such as the 2011 Born to Race and the 2012 Stuck in Love.[2]

He has also been involved in the world of animation by lending his voice to the television cartoon Teamo Supremo, Return to Neverland, and Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey. In 2004, Breslin also was asked to read alongside Alyson Stoner, Dylan and Cole Sprouse, and Hailey Anne Nelson when Dr. Seuss won his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Breslin has also begun to work in other aspects of filmmaking, serving as an executive producer on the animated Really Bad Movie!, as well as writing and directing his own short film.

Music[edit]

In the summer of 2007 he helped form alternative rock trio The Red Agenda with Harold co-star Evan Daves and musician Paul DeMasi. He finished recording his debut album Labor Day as of October 2009 and it was released August 2012.[3] It was recorded by Ladybug Transistor's Gary Olson, and produced by James William Hindle. Breslin founded his own record label Acadian Recording Company[4] and is currently working with the hard rock group Damus on their debut album.

Discography[edit]

Labor Day[edit]

Labor Day
Studio album by Spencer Breslin
Released August 14, 2012
Recorded October 2008-October 2009, Marlborough Farms, Brooklyn
Genre Folk rock
Length 35:40
Language English
Label Acadian Recording Co.
Producer James William Hindle

Labor Day is Breslin's debut album,[5] released under his own label, Acadian Recording Co., in August 2012.[4]

Written and composed by sixteen year old Breslin, Labor Day was recorded by Gary Olson - known for his engineering work for acts as diverse as Cold Cave, Jens Lekman, and The Essex Green – over three, weeklong sessions in Brooklyn from 2008 to 2009. The album was produced by James William Hindle, whose own music has been featured in The O.C., One Tree Hill, and other shows. Musicians featured include, among others, Kevin Barker (Joanna Newsom, Vetiver, and Antony and the Johnsons), Isobel Knowles (Architecture in Helsinki), Kyle Forester (Crystal Stilts), and Eric Farber (Ladybug Transistor). The record also features a spoken word cameo by actor Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, The Squid and the Whale).[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Spencer Breslin, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Winter Coat"   3:36
2. "Bobby of Saratoga"   1:50
3. "A German in New York" (Breslin, James William Hindle) 4:10
4. "The Rapture"   2:41
5. "Rejection Speaks"   4:27
6. "Opal"   0:55
7. "The Hammer"   2:40
8. "Linen Shirt"   2:25
9. "The Patient" (featuring Jesse Eisenberg) 1:08
10. "Labor Day"   8:15
11. "Midwest"   3:22

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1997 Soul Man Fred Weber TV Show
Episodes: "Cinderella and the Funeral"
"Communion Wine and Convicts"
"Urges and Lies"
1998 Law and Order Nicholas Waring TV Show
Episode: "Cherished"
1999 Trinity Little Kid TV Show
Episode: "Patron Saint of Impossible Causes"
Stephen King: Storm of the Century Donny "The Little Boy" Beals
2000 Meet the Parents Little Boy
Disney's The Kid Rusty Duritz
Disney Channel's Kenny the Shark Matt TV Special (Live Action)
The Ultimate Christmas Present Joey Thompson TV Movie
2001 Robertson's Greatest Hits Spencer Robertson TV Movie
Kate Brasher Simon Traylor TV Series
Episode: "Simon"
2002 Teamo Supremo Cap (Captain Crandall) TV Series: Voice
Return to Neverland Cubby Voice
Mom's on Strike Sam Harris TV Movie
The Santa Clause 2 Curtis the Elf
2003 You Wish! Stevie Lansing / Terrence Russell McCormack
The Cat in the Hat Conrad
2004 Raising Helen Henry Davis
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Prince Jacques
Center of the Universe Miles Barnett TV Series
Wonderfalls Peter Johnson TV Show
Episode: "Lovesick Ass"
2006 Ozzie Justin Morton filmed in 2004, released in 2006
The Shaggy Dog Josh Douglas
Zoom Tucker Williams / Mega-Boy
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Curtis the Elf
2008 The Happening Josh
Harold Harold Clemens
2009 Bless this Mess Doug TV Movie
Bones Clinton Gilmore TV Show
Episode: "The Salt in the Wounds"
2010 Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Anthony Voice
2011 Born to Race Max
2012 Perfect Sisters Cousin Derek
Stuck in Love Jason
2013 Really Bad Movie! Executive Producer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Result Role
The Saturn Awards 2001 Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated Rusty Duritz in Disney's The Kid[7]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or Under Won
Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy or Drama) - Young Actor Age Ten or Under Nominated Joey Thompson in The Ultimate Christmas Present
Young Artist Awards 2003 Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role Nominated Cubby in Return to Neverland
Young Artist Awards 2007 Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film Nominated Curtis the Elf in Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

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