Jeremy Sumpter

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Sumpter at WonderCon 2014.
Jeremy Robert Myron Sumpter

(1989-02-05) February 5, 1989 (age 31)
Years active2001–present

Jeremy Robert Myron Sumpter (born February 5, 1989) is an American actor. His prominent roles include the title role in the 2003 live action film Peter Pan, Jacob in the 2014 disaster film Into the Storm, and the recurring role of J. D. McCoy in the NBC television series Friday Night Lights (2008–2010).

Early life[edit]

Sumpter was born in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, to Sandy (née Johnson) and Gary Sumpter.[1] He has a twin sister, Jessica, and two other siblings, Travis and Jennifer.[1][2] His family moved to his mother's hometown, Mount Sterling, Kentucky, when he was ten months old.[1][3]


When Sumpter was 11, he entered International Modeling and Talent Association[4] and started his modeling in Kentucky. He also won Pre-Teen Male Model of the Year,[4][5] where he signed with Mark Robert as his personal manager.[5] Sumpter then decided to move to Los Angeles, California with his family and start acting afterwards.[2][5]

Sumpter's first movie role was in the 2001 film Hi Declan How Are You? as the young Adam Mieks seen in flashbacks. Sumpter received a Saturn Award nomination for "Best Performance by a Younger Actor" for his performance. Following that, he appeared with Danny Glover in the Showtime film Just a Dream, for which he received a Young Artist Award for "Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special - Leading Young Actor". His next film was Local Boys, a family surfing drama, with Mark Harmon and Eric Christian Olsen.

In July 2002, at age 13, Sumpter was selected for the role of Peter Pan. Sumpter did nearly all of his stunts for the film himself. To prepare, he says he practiced sword fighting as much as five hours a day, as well as training in gymnastics and lifting weights. He was working with actress Rachel Hurd-Wood and built a strong relationship with her. While filming in Australia, he supplemented his training with cricket and surfing. Sumpter grew several inches while in the film's production, requiring staging tricks to retain Captain Hook's height advantage over Peter in face-to-face scenes late in the process. Producer Lucy Fisher also said that, "The window he flies out of had to be enlarged twice." [6] Sumpter won both a Saturn and Young Artist Award for the film.[7]

In the fall of 2004, he starred in the TV series Clubhouse as a boy who gets his dream job of working as a batboy for a New York City major league baseball team. The series was canceled by CBS after five episodes; all 11 episodes made have since been broadcast on cable/satellite channels. He then starred in Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life, a Lifetime Channel movie about a popular teenager whose life is ruined by an addiction to internet pornography.

Sumpter spent the summer of 2005 in Oregon filming the teen comedy The Sasquatch Gang (a.k.a. The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang), released in November 2006. He had a small role in the film An American Crime, which played on Showtime in 2008 before going to DVD. He appeared in an episode of CSI: Miami as the boyfriend of a girl whose parents are murdered.

Jeremy Sumpter in 2011.
Jeremy Sumpter in 2013.

He completed filming roles in the coming-of-age comedy Calvin Marshall, the family comedy You're So Cupid, Soul Surfer and Death and Cremation.

Sumpter was a co-host on The YOBI Show, an online reality contest show, with Danielle Ryan.

He appeared in the meteorological disaster film Into the Storm as Jacob Hodges, a young cameraman for the stormchasers.

Personal life[edit]

In December 2015, Sumpter announced that he and Lauren Pacheco were engaged to be married,[8] but in October 2016 stated that they were no longer engaged.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Frailty Young Adam Meiks
Murphy's Dozen Sean TV film
2002 Local Boys Skeeter Dobson
Just a Dream Henry Sturbuck TV film
2003 Peter Pan Peter Pan
2005 Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life Justin Petersen TV film
2006 The Sasquatch Gang Gavin Gore
2007 An American Crime Coy Hubbard
2009 Calvin Marshall Caselli
2010 You're So Cupid Connor Miller TV film
Death and Cremation Jarod Leary
2011 Soul Surfer Byron Blanchard
2012 Excision Adam
Hiding Brett
The UnBroken Colt
2014 Animal Matt
Into the Storm Jacob Hodges
2015 The Culling Tyler
The Squeeze Augie
2016 Billionaire Ransom Kyle Hartmann
Sisters of the Groom Jason Quinn TV film
2019 The Legend of 5 Mile Cave Shooter Green
2019 Stakeout Ray Brey
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Raising Dad Henry 1 episode
2002 ER Nathan 1 episode
Strong Medicine Randy 1 episode
2004–2005 Clubhouse Pete Young Lead role
2007 CSI: Miami Zach Griffith 1 episode
2008–2010 Friday Night Lights J.D. McCoy Recurring
Season 3–4
2012 The Glades Dane Westing 1 episode
2015 Stitchers Devon/Gavin 1 episode


Year Award Category Work Result
2000 IMTA Award Pre-Teen Male Model of the Year Won
2003 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-series or Special - Leading Young Actor Just a Dream Won
Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor Frailty Nominated
2004 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Peter Pan Won
Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor Peter Pan Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Male Peter Pan Nominated
2006 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-series or Special (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actor Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life Nominated
2009 Change The World Award Youth for Humanity Award, Male Honored


  1. ^ a b c Child actor hooked on Peter Pan role
  2. ^ a b FAQ Biography Archived 2010-09-21 at the Wayback Machine at his official website
  3. ^ Judith, Egerton (November 28, 2003). "Headline: KENTUCKY'S PETER PAN". Courier.
  4. ^ a b "Jeremy Sumpter Biography". Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Jeremy Supmter". Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  6. ^ Wloszczyna, Susan (2003-08-07). "A Mature Peter Pan". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-09-10. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  7. ^ 25th Annual Young Artist Awards Archived 2011-08-08 at WebCite Young Artist Awards. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  8. ^ Jones, Kaitlin (December 15, 2015). "Peter Pan is Getting Married: Actor Jeremy Sumpter Announces Engagement". The Knot News.
  9. ^ "Twitter status". Twitter. October 28, 2016. Retrieved December 3, 2016. Many of you have asked about my relationship with Lauren Pacheco. We are no longer engaged to be married. I wish her the best in life

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