Carter Jenkins

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Carter Jenkins
Carter Jenkins 2012 Shankbone.JPG
Jenkins at the 2012 premiere of Struck by Lightning
Born Carter Mark Jenkins
(1991-09-04) September 4, 1991 (age 24)
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
  • Actor
  • producer
  • writer
Years active 2003–present

Carter Mark Jenkins (born September 4, 1991) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Aliens in the Attic (2009), Valentine's Day (2010), and Struck by Lightning (2012). On television, Jenkins was part of the main cast of Surface (2005–06) and Viva Laughlin (2007).

Early life[edit]

Jenkins was born in Tampa, Florida to Mary and Eric Jenkins, and was raised in Carrollwood, Florida, where he attended Independent Day School.[1] His family later moved to Sherman Oaks, California.[2][3] He has an older brother, Renneker Jenkins, who is also an actor, and an older sister, Tiffany. Like his character in Keeping Up with the Steins, Jenkins was raised Jewish,[4] and attended Hebrew school.[5]


Jenkins began performing in community theatre, and then on local and national commercials. He played lead roles in the television series Surface (2005–06) and Viva Laughlin (2007), and guest starred in episodes of CSI: Miami, House, CSI: NY, Without a Trace, The Bernie Mac Show, and Unfabulous. He has also starred in feature films such as Bad News Bears and Keeping Up with the Steins, and starred in the television film Life Is Ruff.[6]

In 2009, Jenkins appeared in the film Aliens in the Attic, playing the lead role Tom Pearson. In 2010, he appeared in the romantic-comedy Valentine's Day, playing Alex Franklin, the boyfriend of Emma Roberts' character. Jenkins had a supporting role in the 2012 coming-of-age comedy-drama Struck by Lightning, which starred Chris Colfer, who also wrote the screenplay. In 2015, Jenkins portrayed one of the main roles in the supernatural thriller film Nightlight.[7]


Jenkins in 2008
Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Honor System Peg Short film
2004 The Three Body Problem Byron Short film
2005 Bad News Bears Joey Bullock
The 40-Year Old Virgin Hypher
2006 Keeping Up with the Steins Zachary Stein
2008 A Day's Work Zack Short film
2009 Aliens in the Attic Tom Pearson
2010 Valentine's Day Alexander "Alex" Franklin
Arcadia Lost Sye
2011 "carissa" Seth Short film
2012 The Nevsky Prospect David
Struck by Lightning Nicholas Forbes
Life Life in in Space Space Inspector Shnotzy Short film
2014 Heavy Water River
2015 Nightlight Chris
Circle College guy
A Light Beneath Their Feet Jeremy
Any Tom, Dick, or Harry JJ Hale also writer
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Without a Trace Kyle Episode: "Fallout: Part 1"
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Kid Episode #1.134
Run of the House Young Kurt Episode: "Just Like Mom"
2003–2004 The Bernie Mac Show Michael 2 episodes
2004 Joint Custody Nate Unsold WB pilot
Scrubs Young Todd Episode: "My Tormented Mentor"
Oliver Beene Boy Episode: "Babysitting"
Everwood David Beck Episode: "Staking Claim"
2004–2005 Unfabulous Eli Pataki 7 episodes (1 uncredited)
2005 Surface Miles Barnett Main cast
CSI: NY Will Galanis Episode: "Tri-Borough"
Lost Young Tom Episode: "Born to Run"
Life is Ruff Preston Price TV film
2005–2007 South Park Rockie/Kahn/Bus Kid #3
2006 The 4400 Todd Barstow Episode: "Graduation Day"
House Mark McNeil Episode: "Meaning"
CSI: Miami Raymond Caine Jr. Episode: "Rio"
2007 Viva Laughlin Jack Holden Main cast
2009–2010 Lie to Me Rick Massey 2 episodes (1 uncredited)
2014 Chosen Reid Episode: "Downward Spiral"
The Following Preston Tanner 4 episodes
2015 Mad Men Andy Episode: "The Milk and Honey Route" (7x13)
Tales from the Darkside Carter Pilot episode


  1. ^ "Schools in Tampa". Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ Belcher, Walt (July 28, 2009). "Former Tampa teen shares big screen with CGI critters". The Tampa Tribune. Retrieved August 10, 2009. 
  3. ^ Belcher, Walt (February 9, 2010). "Tampa actor has role in star-studded 'Valentine's Day'". The Tampa Tribune. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Mentioned Fall TV Preview: Carter Jenkins". American Jewish Life Magazine. September 4, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Mentioned at the premiere of Keeping Up with the Steins in an interview". WireImage. May 8, 2006. 
  6. ^ "Carter Jenkins – Bio 2007". Archived from the original on April 16, 2008. Retrieved August 7, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Exclusive clip: The "NIGHTLIGHT" reveals a frightening presence". Fangoria. March 25, 2015. 

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