Jesse Plemons

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Jesse Plemons
Jesse Plemons in 2007
Plemons in 2007
Born Jesse Lon Plemons
(1988-04-02) April 2, 1988 (age 27)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present

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

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, Texas, a small town outside of Waco, Texas.[1] He has an older sister, Jill Plemons.[3][4][5] On his paternal side, Plemons is a relation of Stephen F. Austin, who founded Austin, 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 had gone to 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 got more acting jobs and needed to shift to the online program.[8]


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 went on to appear 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, detailing the fictional events surrounding a high school football team in 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 went to another actor, John Boyega.

Plemons had a starring role in the Boston-set mob film Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp, which opened in theaters in September 2015. He will also appear in the Steven Spielberg film, Bridge of Spies, as well as the Stephen Frears film about Lance Armstrong, called The Program.

Also in the fall of 2015, Plemons co-stars in the second season of the TV show loosely based on the film of the same name, Fargo.[1]

Upcoming projects are the Doug Liman film, Mena (set to be released on January 6, 2017), which stars Tom Cruise, and another film called Other People, wherein he co-stars opposite Molly Shannon.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Plemons resides in Austin, Texas.[23] From his role on Breaking Bad, Plemons got the nickname, "Meth Damon," as he both resembled actor Matt Damon as a young child, as well as played him as a boy in the film, All the Pretty Horses.[6]

He writes songs, plays guitar, and sings in the band Cowboy and Indian.[8][9] Members also include Jazz Mills, Daniel James of Leopold and His Fiction, Peder Gilham, Dorian Colbert, and Stephanie Hunt.[24]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Finding North Hobo
1999 Varsity Blues Tommy Harbor
2000 All the Pretty Horses Young Grady
2002 Children on Their Birthdays Preacher Star
2002 Like Mike Ox
2003 When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Jay
2003 The Failures Boe
2008 The Flyboys Bully #1
2009 Observe and Report Charles
2009 Shrink Jesus
2010 Happiness Runs Chad
2010 Meeting Spencer Spencer West
2011 Paul Jake
2012 The Master Val Dodd
2012 Battleship Jimmy "Ordy" Ord
2014 The Homesman Garn Sours
2015 Black Mass Kevin Weeks
2015 The Program Floyd Landis
2015 Bridge of Spies Post-production
2017 Mena Sheriff Downing Filming


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"
2006–2011 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
2012–2013 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 Pilot
2014 Drunk History Edgar Allan Poe Episode: "Baltimore"
2014 Olive Kitteridge Jerry McCarthy 2 episodes
2015 Fargo Ed Blomquist


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  3. ^ "Jill Ann Plemons - Texas, Birth Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
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  5. ^ "Joseph Herman Cason (September 26, 1921 - November 16, 2011)". Thompson's Harveson & Cole. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Q&A – Jesse Plemons (Todd Alquist)". AMC Networks. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "‘Friday Night Lights’ Star Earns Diploma at a Distance Through Texas Tech Independent School District". Texas Tech University. 1 May 2007. Retrieved 15 November 2008. 
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  14. ^ Radish, Christina (19 March 2012). "Brooklyn Decker and Director Peter Berg Talk BATTLESHIP, Naval Warfare and the Design of the Aliens at WonderCon". Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  15. ^ Tannenbaum, Rob (19 September 2013). "Todd from 'Breaking Bad': I'm an Ambush Predator". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
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  17. ^ ""Friday Night Lights" alum Plemons joins "Breaking Bad"". Yahoo! News. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  18. ^ Martin, Brett (26 November 2013). "Jesse Plemons: Psycho of the Year 2013". GQ. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
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  20. ^ "Rumors: Jesse Plemons Cast As Ben Skywalker, Boba Fett Retcon, & More - The Star Wars Underworld". Star Wars Underworld. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  21. ^ Rosen, Christopher. "Jesse Plemons Reportedly Up For 'Star Wars' Role". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  22. ^ Kroll, Justin (12 March 2014). "‘Star Wars Episode VII’: Actors Battle for Lead Role (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
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  24. ^ Hoover, Carl (3 April 2014). "Austin’s Daniel James returns to Waco with bluesier sound". Waco Tribune-Herald. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 

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