David Mazouz

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David Mazouz
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Mazouz at WonderCon 2017
Born
David Albert Mazouz

(2001-02-19) February 19, 2001 (age 20)
Alma materStanford University
OccupationActor
Years active2010–present

David Albert Mazouz[1] (/dəˈvd məˈzz/;[2] born (2001-02-19)February 19, 2001[3][4]) is an American actor. He is best known for his leading role as Bruce Wayne in Fox's Batman-prequel TV drama Gotham (2014-2019). Mazouz started his acting career with several guest roles before joining the Fox TV series Touch (2012–2013), for which he was nominated for a Young Artist Award.

Early life[edit]

Mazouz was born in Los Angeles, California. He was born into a Sephardic Jewish family,[5][6][7] his father Michel Mazouz is a medical doctor from Tunisia and France, and his mother Rachel Cohen is a psychotherapist whose parents are from Greece.[5] He has a sister, Rebecca.[5] He was a student at Shalhevet High School, a Modern Orthodox Jewish school, from 2015 to 2019[8] and appeared in a music video promoting the school.[9][10] His Bar Mitzvah service was held at the Orthodox synagogue Young Israel. Starting in Fall 2019, he attends Stanford University, Class of 2023,[11] studying Economics, Psychology, and Computer Science.[12] He is Jewish

Career[edit]

Mazouz started his career in commercials with Kiefer Sutherland at age 8.[2] In 2012, he again co-starred with Sutherland when he landed the role of mute Jacob "Jake" Bohm in the TV series Touch.[13] Mazouz has appeared in several television series including: Mike & Molly, Gotham, The Office (playing the son of James Spader's character, Robert California), and Criminal Minds. He has also appeared in the ABC show Private Practice as the adopted brother of Betsy.

From 2014 to 2019, Mazouz portrayed a younger version of Bruce Wayne, and eventually the superhero Batman, in Fox's action-crime TV series Gotham. The show explored the young-to-teenage days and the transition to Batman of the famous DC Comics character, as well as the origins of its villains including Penguin, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, and The Joker.[14]

In 2016, he had leading roles in the horror films The Darkness, as Michael Taylor,[15] and Incarnate, as Cameron.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Mazouz in 2015
Mazouz in 2016

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Coming & Going Timmy
2013 Sanitarium Steve Mansworth
2014 The Games Maker Ivan Drago
2016 The Darkness Michael Taylor
2016 Incarnate Cameron Sparrow
2021 The Birthday Cake Young Gio

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Amish Grace Andy Roberts Television film
2010 Mike & Molly Randy Season 1, episode 7: "After the Lovin'"
2011 Private Practice Marshall Rakoff Season 4, episode 21: "God Bless the Child"
2011 Criminal Minds Ryan Hall Season 7, episode 10: "The Bittersweet Science"
2011 The Office Bert California Season 8, episode 5: "Spooked"
2012–2013 Touch Jacob "Jake" Bohm Main role (26 episodes)
2013 Major Crimes Steve Season 2, episode 14: "All In"
2013 Dear Dumb Diary Hudson Rivers Television film
2014 Drop Dead Diva Ryan Hatcher Season 6, episode 4: "Life & Death"
2014–2019 Gotham Bruce Wayne Lead role (100 episodes)
2017 Family Guy Peter Griffin's Co-Worker (voice) Season 16, episode 9: "Don't Be a Dickens on Christmas"
2020 Day by Day Caleb / narrator Season 1, episode 5: "Destiny Cinema 2"

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 34th Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actor Touch Nominated [17]
2018 44th Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series Gotham Nominated [18]
2018 Teen Choice Awards Teen Choice Award for Choice Action TV Actor Nominated [19]
2019 45th Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series Nominated [20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mazouz, David [@realdavidmazouz] (August 16, 2017). "Albert. My middle name" (Tweet). Archived from the original on August 17, 2017. Retrieved August 16, 2017 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b "David Mazouz". Foxflash.com. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  3. ^ Tramel, Jimmie (February 22, 2016). "Pop culture: When should Gotham actor David Mazouz become Batman?". Tulsa World. Oklahoma. Archived from the original on January 9, 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2017. Because Feb. 19 is the actor's birthday and Batman's birthday, Mazouz suggested during a recent Dallas Comicon Fan Days appearance that perhaps folks should send him double presents. Mazouz is 15.
  4. ^ Mazouz, David [@realdavidmazouz] (February 19, 2016). "Today is my birthday. Today is also Bruce Wayne's birthday. I will be accepting double presents. #BruceWayne #gotham @Gotham" (Tweet). Archived from the original on January 9, 2017 – via Twitter. Additional WebCitation archive January 9, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Pfefferman, Naomi (October 7, 2014). "Gotham star talks life on set as young Batman". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  6. ^ Weiss, Josh (March 9, 2018). "'Gotham' Star David Mazouz Talks Batarangs, Dogs, And His Favorite Sephardic Passover Custom". The New York Blueprint. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  7. ^ Nissel, Andrea (January 4, 2018). "'Gotham' Star David Mazouz Balances Modern Orthodoxy and Acting". The Jewish Link of New Jersey. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  8. ^ Suissa, Eva (October 6, 2016). "Gotham star and sophomore, David Mazouz, balances stardom with studies". The Boiling Point. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  9. ^ Hensiek, Jeffrey (January 2017). "Watch: Find Your Song – Shalhevet High School (ft. David Mazouz of Gotham)". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  10. ^ Ghermezian, Shiryn (November 6, 2017). "At New York Awards Show, Orthodox Jewish Teen Star of Hit TV Series Thanks 'Hashem,' Says Religion Is the 'Core of My Identity'". Algemeiner Journal. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  11. ^ Kekauoha, Alex (February 6, 2020). "Batman trades in his cape for college". Stanford News. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  12. ^ "Who We Are". Play by Play.
  13. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 7, 2011). "Touch: David Mazouz cast opposite Kiefer Sutherland". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  14. ^ Perry, Spencer (March 4, 2014). "Fox's Gotham gets its Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle". superherohype.com. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  15. ^ "David Mazouz cast in 6 Miranda Drive". Deadline Hollywood. April 11, 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  16. ^ "Incarnate (2015)". filmtotaal.nl. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  17. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  18. ^ McNary, Dave (March 15, 2018). "'Black Panther,' 'Walking Dead' Rule Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Archived from the original on March 15, 2018. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  19. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/awards/8460836/teen-choice-awards-nominations-2018-nominees-list
  20. ^ Mancuso, Vinnie (July 16, 2019). "'Avengers: Endgame', 'Game of Thrones' Lead the 2019 Saturn Awards Nominations". Collider. Retrieved July 16, 2019.

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