Charlie Korsmo

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Charlie Korsmo
Charlie Korsmo in June 2007
Charles Randolph Korsmo

(1978-07-20) July 20, 1978 (age 41)
EducationMassachusetts Institute of Technology (BS)
Yale University (JD)
OccupationLaw professor, former actor
Years active1990–1998
Political partyRepublican

Charles Randolph Korsmo (born July 20, 1978) is an American lawyer and former child actor.

Personal life and acting work[edit]

Korsmo was born in Fargo, North Dakota, the son of Deborah Ruf, an educational psychologist, and John Korsmo, former owner of Cass County Abstract and former chairman of the Federal Housing Finance Board. Korsmo is of Italian, Irish and German descent.[1] He was raised in the Minneapolis suburb of Golden Valley, where he attended and graduated from Breck School in 1996.[2] He has one older brother, Ted (born 1976), and one younger brother, Joe (born 1983).

He is married to Adrienne, with whom he has a daughter, Lilah, and a son, William.[3]

Korsmo's acting roles included The Kid/Dick Tracy, Jr. in Dick Tracy; Siggie, the son of Richard Dreyfuss's character, in What About Bob?, and Jack Banning, the son of Peter Pan in the 1991 film Hook. His final film role was the supporting character William Lichter in the 1998 film Can't Hardly Wait.

Post-acting career[edit]

Korsmo earned a degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000.[4] Korsmo has worked for the Environmental Protection Agency, and for the Republican Party in the House of Representatives. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School in 2006.[5]

At Yale, he was a member of the Federalist Society, an organization for conservative and libertarian lawyers and law students.[6] In January 2006, he and other Yale Law students signed an open letter to Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter supporting the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. In July 2007, Korsmo passed the New York State Bar exam.[7] Formerly an associate in the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and a visiting professor at Brooklyn Law School,[8] Korsmo is currently professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland.

In May 2011, it was announced that Korsmo had been nominated by President Barack Obama for member of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.[9]


The handprints of Charlie Korsmo in front of The Great Movie Ride at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Men Don't Leave Matt Macauley Filmed in 1988
Dick Tracy Kid Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture
Heat Wave 12-year-old Jason
1991 What About Bob? Sigmund "Siggy" Marvin
The Doctor Nicky MacKee
Hook Jack Banning Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Motion Picture
1998 Can't Hardly Wait William Lichter
2019 Chained for Life Herr Director


  1. ^ Charlie Korsmo Biography
  2. ^ "Breck Alumni of Note". Archived from the original on 2016-06-16. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  3. ^ "Charlie Korsmo: Child star of 'Dick Tracy' and 'Hook,' now a Case Western Reserve University law professor, at Cinematheque Friday". February 19, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  4. ^ "Entrepreneurial Effect - MIT Spectrum - Summer 2007". Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  5. ^ In-Forum (Yale Law School)[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Yale Federalist Society website Archived 2006-02-06 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ July 2007 Pass List (K-L) Archived November 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Brooklyn Law School Faculty Biography Archived May 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ White House Press Announcement

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