Ty Simpkins

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Ty Simpkins
Born Ty Keegan Simpkins
(2001-08-06) August 6, 2001 (age 13)
New York City, New York
Years active 2001–present

Ty Keegan Simpkins (born August 6, 2001) is an American adolescent actor. In the films Pride and Glory and Revolutionary Road, he appears with his real-life sister Ryan Simpkins. In 2013, Simpkins starred alongside Robert Downey, Jr. in the live-action film Iron Man 3. Additionally, he played Dalton in James Wan's horror films Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2. Ty will also be appearing in the upcoming movies Jurassic World, Meadowland, Hangman, and The Nice Guys.

Life and career[edit]

Simpkins was born in New York City, New York, to Monique and Stephen Simpkins.[1] He first appeared on TV when he was three weeks old. His first role was on One Life to Live where he shared the recurring role as John "Jack" Cramer. Simpkins soon started a recurring role as Jude Cooper Bauer on The Guiding Light, in which he went on to be "Jude" for about four years. Since then, he has appeared in Law & Order: CI and a handful of commercials and print ads.

Simpkins' film break was in Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds (2005).[1] Next was a featured role in All the King's Men (2006) where he played a young version of Jude Law's character; leading up to Simpkins' playing Aaron in the multiple-award-winning Little Children (2006).[2][3] Simpkins went on to film Pride and Glory (2008), in which he and his sister, actress Ryan Simpkins, play the children of Colin Farrell. Simpkins also completed Gardens of the Night (2008) and then in Revolutionary Road (2008), in which he again starred alongside his real-life sister Ryan.[4][5]

Simpkins has guest-starred on CSI, Private Practice and Family of Four. In September 2009, he signed on to star as Luke in the 2010 film The Next Three Days.[6] He also played Dalton Lambert in the movies Insidious (2011) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013).

In 2013, Simpkins starred alongside Robert Downey, Jr. in the live-action film Iron Man 3, as Stark's sidekick, Harley Keener. This was the first time a child had been featured prominently in the Iron Man films.[7] Simpkins has signed a 3-picture deal with Marvel Studios in an unspecified role and will appear as Gray in the 2015 film Jurassic World, as Adam in "Meadowland" as Max in the SXSW film Hangman, and as Bobby in "The Nice Guys" in 2016 .[8][9]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 War of the Worlds 3-year-old Boy
2006 Little Children Aaron Adamson
2008 Gardens of the Night Dylan Whitehead
2008 Pride and Glory Matthew Egan
2008 Revolutionary Road Michael Wheeler
2009 Family of Four Tommy Baker
2009 Abracadabra Tucker Short film
2010 The Next Three Days Luke
2011 Insidious Dalton Lambert
2012 Arcadia Nat
2013 Iron Man 3 Harley Keener Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
2013 Extracted Young Anthony
2013 Insidious: Chapter 2 Dalton Lambert
2014 Conversations with Andy Ben
2014 Barbados Gary
2015 Jurassic World Gray Post-production
2015 Meadowland Adam
2015 Hangman Max Post-production
2016 The Nice Guys Bobby Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2001–2002 One Life to Live Jonathan "Jack" Manning 4 episodes
2001–2005 The Guiding Light Jude Cooper Bauer 47 episodes
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jake Nikos Episode "Ex Stasis"
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tyler Waldrip Episode "A Thousand Days on Earth"
2008 Private Practice Braden Tisch Episode "Past Tense"


  1. ^ a b Riordan, Kevin (June 18, 2006). "Child actors play for a living". Courier Post. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ Vancheri, Barbara (December 30, 2006). "Study in Suburban Angst". Google archive (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). p. 53. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ Douresseaux, Leroy (June 7, 2007). "Winslet and Haley Anchor Little Children (2007 Oscar Nominee)". Comicbookbin. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
  4. ^ "A 'Titanic'Class Reunion". Newsweek. December 8, 2008. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Leonardo DiCaprio with his siblings Ryan and Ty". Insider. August 8, 2007. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (September 23, 2009). "Trio pencil in 'Three Days'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 20, 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ Zorianna, Kit. ""Iron Man 3" goes back to basics in a quest to save the U.S.". Reuters. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  8. ^ [http:/comicbook.com/blog/2013/05/11/iron-man-3-exclusive-ty-simpkins-talks-cut-kiss-scene-3-picture-deal/ Iron Man 3 Exclusive: Ty Simpkins Talks Cut Kiss Scene & 3 Picture Deal]
  9. ^ Ty Simpkins Lands Lead In ‘Jurassic World’

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