Plemons in 2007
|Born||Jesse Lon Plemons
April 2, 1988
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
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.
Plemons was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of Lisa Beth (née Cason) and Jim Bob Plemons. He was raised in Mart, Texas, a small town outside of Waco, Texas. He has an older sister, Jill Plemons. On his paternal side, Plemons is a relation of Stephen F. Austin, who founded Austin, Texas.
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. 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.
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.
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). 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.
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. 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. 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. In his first football scene, Landry had to "get the crap beat out of [him] over and over and over again". When hit by co-star Taylor Kitsch (playing Tim Riggins) Plemons' chin split open, requiring eleven stitches. The show, a fan and critic favorite, after shifting to DirecTV, ended after five seasons, in 2011.
In 2012, Plemons reunited with Kitsch and Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg in the film Battleship. 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."
From 2012 to 2013, Plemons portrayed the villain Todd Alquist during the final season of the AMC drama series Breaking Bad. He was a recurring cast member in Season 5A and was promoted to series regular for Season 5B.
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). In March 2014, it was further reported that Plemons, along with four other actors, were being considered for the lead role in Episode VII. 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.
Plemons resides in Austin, Texas. 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.
He writes songs, plays guitar, and sings in the band Cowboy and Indian. Members also include Jazz Mills, Daniel James of Leopold and His Fiction, Peder Gilham, Dorian Colbert, and Stephanie Hunt.
|1999||Varsity Blues||Tommy Harbor|
|2000||All the Pretty Horses||Young Grady|
|2002||Children on Their Birthdays||Preacher Star|
|2003||When Zachary Beaver Came to Town||Jay|
|2008||The Flyboys||Bully #1|
|2009||Observe and Report||Charles|
|2010||Meeting Spencer||Spencer West|
|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|
|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"|
|2012–2013||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|
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