Jesse Plemons

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Jesse Plemons
Jesse Plemons in 2007
Plemons on February 22, 2007
Born Jesse Lon Plemons
(1988-04-02) April 2, 1988 (age 28)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Education Texas Tech University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Notable work Friday Night Lights
Breaking Bad
Fargo

Jesse Lon Plemons (born April 2, 1988) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Landry Clarke in the NBC drama series Friday Night Lights, Todd Alquist in the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad, and Ed Blumquist in the second season of the FX anthology series Fargo.[1]

Plemons is also known for his film roles, including Like Mike (2002), Battleship (2012), The Master (2012), and as mobster Kevin Weeks in Black Mass (2015).

Early life[edit]

Plemons was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of Lisa Beth (née Cason) and Jim Bob Plemons.[2] He was raised in Mart, a small town outside Waco.[1] He has an older sister named Jill Plemons.[3][4][5] On his paternal side, he is related to Stephen F. Austin, known as the Father of Texas.[6]

In 2007, Plemons graduated from the Texas Tech University Independent School District, a distance learning program, which allowed him to earn his high school diploma.[7] He attended schools in the Mart, Texas area, where he played football in middle school, junior high, and high school. He attended Mart High School until he received more acting jobs and needed to shift to the online program.[8]

Career[edit]

Plemons got his first start in a Coca-Cola commercial when he was 3 1/2 years old. Then when he was 8 years old he started doing extra work, and with the support of his family, spent time auditioning in Los Angeles and landing small jobs.[9]

After appearing in the films Varsity Blues (1999) and All the Pretty Horses (2000), and guest-starring on Walker, Texas Ranger and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Plemons' first prominent role was in the film Children on their Birthdays (2002).[10] He later appeared in Like Mike (2002) and When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (2003), with guest roles on the television series Judging Amy, The Lyon's Den, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Grey's Anatomy between 2003 and 2006.[10]

In 2006, when he was 18 years old, Plemons joined the ensemble cast of NBC's television series Friday Night Lights, filmed in Austin, Texas, detailing the fictional events surrounding a high school football team in fictional Dillon, Texas. In the show's first season, his character Landry Clarke provided comic relief as the best friend of football quarterback Matt Saracen, though Landry himself was not on the team.[11] Among the cast and crew, the joke was that Plemons played football better than most of the other actors, even though his character was one of the few who did not play.[11]

Landry joined the Panthers football team in the second season, and Plemons, having played high school football, told director Jeffrey Reiner that he would do his own stunts.[12] In his first football scene, Landry had to "get the crap beat out of [him] over and over and over again".[12] When hit by co-star Taylor Kitsch (playing Tim Riggins) Plemons' chin split open, requiring eleven stitches.[12] The show, a fan and critic favorite, after shifting to DirecTV, ended after five seasons, in 2011.[13]

In 2012, Plemons reunited with Kitsch and Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg in the film Battleship.[4] Berg, who directed the film, explained that he knew how comfortable Kitsch was with Plemons: "I know that he's really good for Taylor and he makes Taylor better. So, I wrote that whole part for Jesse. I never thought of it as a Friday Night Lights reunion. I thought of it as protection, bringing a trusted family member in."[14]

From 2012 to 2013, Plemons portrayed the villain Todd Alquist[15] during the final season of the AMC drama series Breaking Bad.[16][17] He was a recurring cast member in Season 5A and was promoted to series regular for Season 5B.[18][19]

In January 2014, it was reported that Plemons was in strong consideration to be one of the new stars of the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII (Star Wars: The Force Awakens).[20][21] In March 2014, it was further reported that Plemons, along with four other actors, were being considered for the lead role in Episode VII.[22] The role, however, went to John Boyega.[citation needed] Plemons had a starring role in the Boston-set mob film Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp, which opened in theaters in September 2015. Also that year, he appeared in the Stephen Frears film about Lance Armstrong, The Program, and the Steven Spielberg film Bridge of Spies.[citation needed]

In late 2015, Plemons co-starred in the second season of the TV show loosely based on the film of the same name, Fargo.[1] He portrays a character named Ed, who is a butcher, and is the husband of Peggy (Kirsten Dunst).[23]

Upcoming projects are the Doug Liman film, Mena (set to be released on January 6, 2017), and another film, Other People.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Plemons resides in Nederland, Texas.[24] From his role on Breaking Bad, he acquired the nickname "Meth Damon", as he both resembled actor Matt Damon and played Damon's character as a boy in the film All The Pretty Horses.[6]

Plemons is also a singer-songwriter and guitarist.[8][9][25]

In 2016, Plemons began dating his Fargo co-star Kirsten Dunst.[26]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1998 Finding North Hobo Tanya Wexler
1999 Varsity Blues Tommy Harbor Brian Robbins
2000 All the Pretty Horses Young Grady Billy Bob Thornton
2002 Children on Their Birthdays Preacher Star Mark Medoff
2002 Like Mike Ox John Schultz
2003 When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Jay John Schultz
2003 The Failures Boe Tim Hunter
2008 The Flyboys Bully #1 Rocco DeVilliers
2009 Observe and Report Charles Jody Hill
2009 Shrink Jesus Jonas Pate
2010 Happiness Runs Chad Adam Sherman
2010 Meeting Spencer Spencer West Malcolm Mowbray
2011 Paul Jake Greg Mottola
2012 The Master Val Dodd Paul Thomas Anderson
2012 Battleship Jimmy "Ordy" Ord Peter Berg
2014 The Homesman Garn Sours Tommy Lee Jones
2015 Black Mass Kevin Weeks Scott Cooper
2015 The Program Floyd Landis Stephen Frears
2015 Bridge of Spies Joe Murphy Steven Spielberg
2016 Other People David Chris Kelly
2017 American Made Sheriff Downing Doug Liman Filming
2017 The Discovery Charlie McDowell Filming
2017 Hostiles Scott Cooper Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Walker, Texas Ranger Russell, Jr. Episode: "The General's Return"
2001 The Guardian Lawrence Neal Episode: "Paternity"
2001 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Bigger Kid Episode: "Really Big Season Opener"
2003 The Lyon's Den Ray Ferris Episode: "The Other Side of Caution"
2003 Judging Amy James Franklin Episode: "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary"
2004 Huff Dawson James Episode: "Cold Day in Shanghai"
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Owen Durbin Episode: "Down the Drain"
2006 Grey's Anatomy Jake Burton Episode: "Yesterday"
2006 NCIS Jason Geckler Episode: "Deception"
2006–11 Friday Night Lights Landry Clarke 59 episodes
2008 Fear Itself Lemmon Episode: "The Sacrifice"
2009 Cold Case Ryan Stewart 2 episodes
2011 Childrens Hospital Jesse Episode: "Father's Day"
2012 Bent Gary 6 episodes
2012–13 Breaking Bad Todd Alquist 11 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2013 The Missionary Sherwood Elbridge Unsold TV pilot
2014 Drunk History Edgar Allan Poe Episode: "Baltimore"
2014 Olive Kitteridge Jerry McCarthy 2 episodes
2015 Fargo Ed Blomquist 10 episodes
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries
Pending—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Valby, Karen (7 September 2015). "Jesse Plemons Moves On and On From 'Friday Night Lights'". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Jesse Lon Plemons - Texas, Birth Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Jill Ann Plemons - Texas, Birth Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Schillaci, Sophie (May 17, 2012). "'Battleship's' Jesse Plemons Talks Action Films and Board Games (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Joseph Herman Cason (September 26, 1921 - November 16, 2011)". Thompson's Harveson & Cole. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Q&A – Jesse Plemons (Todd Alquist)". AMC Networks. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ "'Friday Night Lights' Star Earns Diploma at a Distance Through Texas Tech Independent School District". Texas Tech University. May 1, 2007. Retrieved November 15, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b Brown, Emma. "Waking Up with Jesse Plemons". Interview. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Eakin, Marah (August 20, 2012). "Friday Night Lights' Jesse Plemons on Breaking Bad, The Master, and Frank Zappa". A.V. Club. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Jesse Plemons as Landry Clarke". NBC. Retrieved November 11, 2008. 
  11. ^ a b Kubicek, John (October 26, 2007). "Exclusive Interview: 'Friday Night Lights' Star Jesse Plemons". BuddyTV. Retrieved November 15, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b c Porter, Rick (October 11, 2007). "A chat with 'FNL's' Jesse Plemons". Zap2it. Retrieved November 15, 2008. 
  13. ^ Carr, David (April 21, 2010). "Same Game, Other Side of Tracks". The New York Times. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  14. ^ Radish, Christina (March 19, 2012). "Brooklyn Decker and Director Peter Berg Talk BATTLESHIP, Naval Warfare and the Design of the Aliens at WonderCon". Collider.com. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  15. ^ Tannenbaum, Rob (September 19, 2013). "Todd from 'Breaking Bad': I'm an Ambush Predator". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  16. ^ Romano, Tricia (August 16, 2012). "Jesse Plemons on Breaking Bad and That Time Landry Killed Someone on Friday Night Lights". Vulture. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  17. ^ ""Friday Night Lights" alum Plemons joins "Breaking Bad"". Yahoo! News. May 17, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  18. ^ Martin, Brett (November 26, 2013). "Jesse Plemons: Psycho of the Year 2013". GQ. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  19. ^ Martin, Denise (September 20, 2013). "Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons on Psycho Todd, the Shoot-out, and What's in Store for Jesse". Vulture. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Rumors: Jesse Plemons Cast As Ben Skywalker, Boba Fett Retcon, & More - The Star Wars Underworld". Star Wars Underworld. January 17, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  21. ^ Rosen, Christopher. "Jesse Plemons Reportedly Up For 'Star Wars' Role". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  22. ^ Kroll, Justin. "'Star Wars Episode VII': Actors Battle for Lead Role (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  23. ^ Fernandez, Maria Elena (October 19, 2015). "Fargo's Jesse Plemons on His Minnesota Accent, Gaining Weight, and Killing People (and Hiding the Bodies) on TV". Vulture. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  24. ^ Ryan, Maureen (March 20, 2007). "Jesse Plemons of 'Friday Night Lights'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 15, 2008. 
  25. ^ Hoover, Carl (April 3, 2014). "Austin's Daniel James returns to Waco with bluesier sound". Waco Tribune-Herald. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  26. ^ French, Megan (June 1, 2016). "Kirsten Dunst Kisses 'Fargo' Costar Jesse Plemons After Split From Garrett Hedlund". Us Weekly. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 

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