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Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joel Osment TIFF 2014.jpg
Born (1988-04-10) April 10, 1988 (age 31)
Alma materTisch School of the Arts
Years active1992–present
RelativesEmily Osment (sister)

Haley Joel Osment (born April 10, 1988)[1] is an American actor. After a series of roles in television and film during the 1990s and 2000s, including a minor part in Forrest Gump playing the title character's son (also named Forrest Gump), Osment rose to fame for his performance as a young unwilling medium in M. Night Shyamalan's thriller film The Sixth Sense, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He subsequently appeared in leading roles in several high-profile Hollywood films, including Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Mimi Leder's Pay It Forward, and Secondhand Lions, alongside Michael Caine and Robert Duvall.

He made his Broadway debut in 2008 in a short-lived revival of David Mamet's play American Buffalo, starring John Leguizamo and Cedric the Entertainer.[2] Osment is also known for his voice-roles of Sora and Vanitas in the Kingdom Hearts video games, as well as his later roles in comedies such as Sex Ed and The Spoils of Babylon.

Early life[edit]

Osment was born in Los Angeles, California,[3] the son of Theresa (née Seifert), a teacher, and Michael Eugene Osment,[4] a theater and film actor, both natives of Birmingham, Alabama. Osment was raised Roman Catholic.[5] He has one sibling, actress Emily Osment, who is almost four years younger. Osment's parents have described his childhood as a "good old-fashioned Southern upbringing". His father said that when Osment was learning to speak, he deliberately avoided using baby talk when communicating with his son.[6]

Osment was a student at Flintridge Preparatory School in La Cañada, California.[7] As a child, he wrestled and played basketball, football, and golf.[8]


Visiting a store at age four, Osment signed up with a talent scout. Called back for an audition, he was asked to describe the biggest thing he had ever seen; his description of an IMAX theater screen helped win him a part in a Pizza Hut TV commercial.[6] The commercial launched his career, and later that year he starred in the ABC TV sitcom Thunder Alley, his first role in series television.[9] His first feature film role was as Forrest Gump's son, also named Forrest Gump, in the 1994 film of the same name.[10] He also had a small part in another 1994 film, Mixed Nuts. Throughout the rest of the 1990s, Osment played regular or recurring roles in various TV series; including The Jeff Foxworthy Show and the final season of Murphy Brown, where he replaced Dyllan Christopher as Murphy's son, Avery.

Osment in 2001

In addition, he made numerous guest appearances on shows, including The Larry Sanders Show, Walker, Texas Ranger,[11] Touched by an Angel, Chicago Hope, The Pretender, and Ally McBeal. He appeared in the 1996 film Bogus, alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Gérard Depardieu and the 1998 made-for-TV movie The Lake, as well as I'll Remember April (1999), with future The Sixth Sense co-star Trevor Morgan.

Osment first achieved stardom in 1999, when he appeared in The Sixth Sense, co-starring Bruce Willis. For his portrayal of Cole Sear, a psychic child, Osment won the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor. He was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, becoming the second-youngest performer ever to receive an Academy nomination for a supporting role, but lost the final Oscar vote to Michael Caine (with whom he would later work, appearing together in Secondhand Lions). One of Osment's lines in The Sixth Sense, "I see dead people," became a popular catchphrase and is often repeated or parodied on television programs and in other media. The phrase is #44 on the American Film Institute's list of 100 Movie Quotes. He made three minor (voice-only) guest appearances on the animated TV series Family Guy in 2000 and 2001.[citation needed]

The 2000 Academy Awards ceremony honored another future co-star, Kevin Spacey, who, along with Helen Hunt, appeared in Osment's next film, Pay It Forward (2000). The following year, he appeared in Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence, cementing his stature as one of the leading young actors in Hollywood. This role earned him his second Saturn Award for Best Younger Actor, and further critical acclaim. In reviewing the movie, critic Roger Ebert claimed that: "Osment, who is onscreen in almost every scene, is one of the best actors now working".[12] In 2001, Osment starred in the Polish film, Edges of the Lord, as Romek. The movie was never released theatrically in the United States. Between 2002 and 2003, Osment lent his voice to films such as The Country Bears, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II and The Jungle Book 2, all from Walt Disney Pictures. He returned to live action with the 2003 film, Secondhand Lions.

Osment lent his voice to the video game series Kingdom Hearts, providing the voice of Sora, the series' main character, and also Vanitas, a villain from the same series. Osment also voiced the character of Takeshi Jin in the English version of the Immortal Grand Prix anime television series.

He appeared in Home of the Giants, playing a high school journalist opposite Ryan Merriman and Danielle Panabaker. He subsequently worked on Montana Amazon as both an actor and executive producer. The film starred Olympia Dukakis and debuted at the Orlando and Big Apple Film Festivals in November 2010, winning Best Feature Film at the latter.[13]

Osment made his Broadway debut at the Belasco Theatre in November 2008 playing the role of "Bobby", a young heroin addict, in a revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo; co-starring with John Leguizamo and Cedric the Entertainer.[14] The show opened to mixed reviews, and a provisional statement was made on November 20, 2008, that it would close after the first week.[15]

In 2010, Osment signed for a leading role in the comedy film Sex Ed from MPCA, to play a college graduate who wants to teach geometry, but ends up as a sex education teacher while inexperienced himself.[16] In January 2011, Entertainment Weekly reported that Osment had joined the cast of Sassy Pants, a comedy about a homeschooler with an over-bearing mother.[17]

Variety reported on June 27, 2011 that Osment would star in Wake the Dead, a modern-day retelling of the Frankenstein story, with production to begin the last quarter of 2011.[18] As of mid-2014, no published status was available.

In 2013, he appeared in a series of episodes of Amazon's Alpha House. He also co-starred in the Will Ferrell and Adam McKay-produced comedy melodrama miniseries The Spoils of Babylon and The Spoils Before Dying for IFC. Kevin Smith has further added to Osment's career resurgence with roles in the first two films of his True North Trilogy, first as Teddy Craft in Tusk and next as a fictionalized version of Canadian journalist Adrien Arcand in Yoga Hosers.

In 2017, Osment held a recurring role in season 4 of HBO's Silicon Valley as VR expert and tech financier Keenan Feldspar. Also in 2017, Osment made an appearance on BBC America's Top Gear America as one of the guests in the fourth episode of season 1.[19]

In 2019, Osment had a supporting role in the Netflix film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, starring alongside Lily Collins while her character Liz follows the prosecution of Ted Bundy, who is played by Zac Efron. Osment also appeared as the character "Mesmer" in the Amazon series The Boys.

Personal life[edit]

Osment is an avid golfer who began playing at the age of 7.[20] He played for the U.S. team in the All-Star Cup 2005, under team leader Mark O'Meara,[20] and has participated in the Annual Michael Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament.

In 2006 Osment suffered a broken rib and fractured shoulder blade in an auto accident.[21][22] Osment pleaded no contest to driving under the influence of alcohol and misdemeanor drug possession[22] and was sentenced to three years' probation, 60 hours in an alcohol rehabilitation and education program, a fine of $1,500, and attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous.[22][23]

Osment plays the guitar and piano.[24] He currently lives in New York City and graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts[4] in 2011.



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Forrest Gump Forrest Gump, Jr. Young Artist Award for Best Performance by an Actor Under Ten in a Motion Picture
1994 Mixed Nuts Little Boy
1995 For Better or Worse Danny
1996 Bogus Albert Franklin Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Actor Age Ten or Under
1997 Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Chip
1999 The Sixth Sense Cole Sear Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor – Newcomer (Internet Only)
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Youth in Film
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Most Promising Actor
MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Satellite Award for Outstanding New Talent
Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Teen Choice Award for Film – Choice Breakout Performance
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor
YoungStar Award for Best Young Actor/Performance in a Motion Picture Drama
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (Shared with Bruce Willis)
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Debut
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
1999 I'll Remember April Peewee Clayton
2000 Pay It Forward Trevor McKinney Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Drama/Romance
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor
2000 Spot the Dog Spot the Dog
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence David Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Youth Performance
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor
2001 Edges of the Lord Romek
2002 The Hunchback of Notre Dame II Zephyr (voice) Direct-to-video
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role
2002 The Country Bears Beary Barrington (voice)
2003 Secondhand Lions Walter Caldwell Critics Choice Award – Best Young Actor in Drama
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor
Nominated – Tony Award – Best Rising Star
2003 The Jungle Book 2 Mowgli (voice) Nominated – World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Song Written for a Film (Shared with Paul Grabowsky, Lorraine Feather, Mae Whitman, and Connor Funk)
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role – Young Actor
2007 Home of the Giants Robert "Gar" Gartland
2010 Montana Amazon Womple Dunderhead Also executive producer
2012 Sassy Pants[25] Chip Hardy
2013 I'll Follow You Down Erol[26] Released as Continuum outside North America
2014 Tusk Teddy Craft[27]
2014 Sex Ed Ed Cole
2015 Wrestling Isn't Wrestling Theater Audience Member Short film
2015 The World Made Straight Shank
2015 Entourage Travis McCredle
2016 Me Him Her Haley
2016 Yoga Hosers Adrien Arcand
2016 Almost Friends Ben
2017 Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town Walt
2017 CarGo Danny (voice)
2019 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Jerry Thompson
2019 The Devil Has a Name Alex Gardner
2020 Bad Therapy Reed Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Larry Sanders Show Little Boy Episode: "The Fourteenth Floor"
1994 Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg Kyle Television film
1994–1995 Thunder Alley Harry Turner Starring role
1995–1997 The Jeff Foxworthy Show Matt Foxworthy Starring role
1997 Walker, Texas Ranger Lucas Simms 2 episodes
1997 Last Stand at Saber River Davis Cable Television film
1997–1998 Murphy Brown Avery Brown #2 6 episodes
1998 Chicago Hope Nathan Cacaci Episode: "Memento Mori"
1998 Touched by an Angel John Henry Episode: "Flights of Angels"
1998 The Pretender Davey Simpkins 2 episodes
1998 The Lake Dylan Hydecker Television film
1998 The Ransom of Red Chief Andy Dorset Television film
1998 Cab to Canada Bobby Television film
1999 Ally McBeal Eric Stall Episode: "Angels and Blimps"
1999 Hey Arnold! Curly Gammelthorpe
Episode; "Deconstructing Arnold"
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Myka
Episode; "Lone Wolf"
2000–2001 Family Guy Various characters
3 episodes
2005–06 Immortal Grand Prix Takeshi Jin
26 episodes
English version
2013–2014 Alpha House Shelby Mellman[29] 12 episodes
2014 The Spoils of Babylon Winston Morehouse 3 episodes
2015 The Spoils Before Dying Alistair St. Barnaby-Bixby-Jones 5 episodes
2015–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Slow Joey 10 episodes
2015 Drunk History Kid Blink Episode: "Journalism"
2016 The Eric Andre Show Guest Episode: "Dennis Rodman; Haley Joel Osment"
2017–2019 Teachers Damien 4 episodes
2017 Oasis[30] Sy Amazon Video pilot episode
2017 Silicon Valley[31][32] Keenan Feldspar 3 episodes
2017 Top Gear America[19][33] Himself Episode: "Drive Your Life"
2017–2019 Future Man[34] Dr. Stu Camillo 14 episodes
2018 Swedish Dicks[35] Dave Episode: "Floyd Cal Who"
2018 The X-Files[36][37] Davey James / Young John James Episode: "Kitten"
2018 Rob Riggle's Ski Master Academy Gaston Lebone Episode: "R.I.G.G.L.E. Day"
2019 The Boys[38] Mesmer 2 episodes
2019 The Kominsky Method[39] Robby Episode: "Chapter 16. A Thetan Arrives"
2020 Goliath Dylan Zax Recurring role [40]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes Source
2002 Kingdom Hearts Sora [41]
2006 Kingdom Hearts II [41]
2008 Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories [41]
2009 Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days [41]
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Sora, Vanitas [41]
2011 Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Sora [41]
2012 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Sora, Vanitas [41]
2013 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Sora Archive audio [41]
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Sora, Vanitas Archive audio for Vanitas [41]
2017 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue [41]
2018 NBA 2K19 Zack Coleman Also facial capture [42][43]
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Sora, Vanitas [44]


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