Jimmy Bennett

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Jimmy Bennett
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Bennett at the Television Critics Association in August 2010
Born
James Michael Bennett

(1996-02-09) February 9, 1996 (age 23)[1]
ResidenceHuntington Beach, California
OccupationActor, musician
Years active2002–present

James Michael Bennett (born February 9, 1996) is an American actor and musician. He is known for his roles as a child actor in Daddy Day Care, Hostage, The Amityville Horror, Poseidon, Evan Almighty, Orphan, Shorts, and as young James T. Kirk in the 2009 film Star Trek. He also starred on the ABC series No Ordinary Family as JJ Powell, a teenager gifted with vast intelligence after a plane crash.

Life and career[edit]

Bennett was born in Seal Beach, California, and lives with his parents and sister in Huntington Beach, California, where the family runs a hard rock-themed crepe restaurant.[2][3][4] Bennett also plays guitar and sings on his official YouTube channel. He also wrote and performed the song "Summer Never Ends", which can be heard at the end of Shorts.

Bennett appeared in nearly 30 television advertisements,[5] as well as in episodes of the television series The Guardian and Strong Medicine, before being cast in the role of "Tony", the boy who wants to be The Flash, in the Eddie Murphy comedy Daddy Day Care. He had smaller roles in the films Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Arthur Hailey's Detective, and also appeared in Judging Amy, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Everwood, and lent his voice to characters in the animated films The Polar Express, Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo and I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown. He has been nominated for Young Artist Awards five times.

In August 2011, Bennett released his debut single "Over Again" and the accompanying music video.[6]

Sexual misconduct allegations[edit]

On July 17, 2015, Bennett's ex-girlfriend, who was 17 during the time that they dated, filed a temporary restraining order against him, accusing him of stalking, statutory rape and exploiting her for child pornography. The complaint was dismissed one month later.[7]

Sexual assault allegations against Asia Argento[edit]

According to documents obtained by The New York Times, a $380,000 settlement was made between Bennett and Asia Argento after Bennett claimed that Argento sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room in 2013, when he was 17.[8] Bennett said that after the encounter he began to feel "extremely confused, mortified, and disgusted".[9] Bennett's lawyer wrote that in the years after the incident, Bennett was so traumatized that his job performance, income, and mental health declined.[1] They first met when Bennett played Argento's son in the 2004 film The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things when Bennett was seven years old.[1] He notified Argento that he intended to sue in November 2017, shortly after she went public with rape accusations against Harvey Weinstein.[10] Argento countered that Bennett "sexually attacked" her, and that her partner Anthony Bourdain had arranged to pay $380,000 as part of the settlement.[11][12]

Bennett and his lawyer, Gordon Sattro, are working with a Los Angeles County Sheriff's investigation regarding the claims of sexual assault against Argento.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Jungle Book 2 Hathi Jr. (voice)
2003 Daddy Day Care The Flash/Tony
2004 Springtime with Roo Roo (voice)
2004 The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Young Jeremiah
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Tommy
2004 The Polar Express Billy the Lonely Boy (voice)
2005 Hostage Tommy Smith
2005 The Amityville Horror Michael Lutz
2005 Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie Roo (voice) replaced Nikita Hopkins
2006 Firewall Andy Stanfield
2006 Poseidon Conor James
2006 Shark Bait Junior (voice)
2007 Evan Almighty Ryan Baxter
2007 South of Pico Mark Weston
2008 Diminished Capacity Dillon
2008 Snow Buddies Buddha (voice)
2008 Trucker Peter
2009 Star Trek Young James T. Kirk
2009 Orphan Daniel "Danny" Coleman
2009 Shorts Toby "Toe" Thompson
2009 Alabama Moon Moon Blake
2009 Stolen John Wakefield
2010 Bones Bones White
2011 Ghild Ralph Gullivan Short film
2013 Movie 43 Nathan Segment: "Middleschool Date"
2014 Camouflage Kevin
2015 Bad Asses on the Bayou Ronald
2015 A Girl Like Her Brian Slater
2017 Heartthrob Dustin
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Strong Medicine Willy Episode: "Admissions"
2002 The Guardian Matty Butler Episode: "Monster"
2003 Judging Amy Cory Sinkler Episode: "Just Say Oops"
2003 I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown Rerun van Pelt (voice) Television special
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Henry Turner Episode: "Paper or Plastic?"
2004–05 Everwood Sam Feeney 3 episodes
2005 Detective Ivan Tempone Television film
2006 He's a Bully, Charlie Brown Rerun van Pelt (voice) Television special
2007 Gilmore Girls Macon Episode: "Santa's Secret Stuff"
2010–11 No Ordinary Family James "JJ" Powell, Jr. Main cast; 20 episodes
2011 Breaking In N/A Episode: "21.0 Jump Street"
2012 Perception Alex Willingham 2 episodes
2014 Garfunkel and Oates Braden Episode: "Maturity"
2015 Murder in the First Alfie Rentman 2 episodes
2016 From Dusk till Dawn: The Series 1 episode
Video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Polar Express Billy the Lonely Boy Voice
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Roo Voice (English version)
2007 Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ Roo Voice (English version)
Music Video Appearance
Title Year Performer Album Ref.
"Stingray Affliction" 2014 Issues Issues [14][15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2004 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Actor Age Ten or Younger Daddy Day Care Nominated
2004 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Daddy Day Care Nominated
2005 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Ensemble in a New Medium The Polar Express Won
2007 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Actor Age Ten or Younger Firewall Nominated
2008 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor (Comedy or Musical) Evan Almighty Nominated
2010 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Alabama Moon Nominated
2010 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Shorts Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Severson, Kim (August 19, 2018). "Asia Argento, Who Accused Weinstein, Made Deal With Her Own Accuser". The New York Times. New York City: New York Times Company. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  2. ^ Epting, Chris (December 29, 2010). "In the Pipeline: Rock history is on the menu". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois: Tronc. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "LA Teen Festival The Magazine". Lateenfestival.com. Archived from the original on March 19, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  4. ^ "Rockin The Crepe". Fb101.com. Archived from the original on March 19, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  5. ^ "Jimmy Bennett Biography, Celebrity Facts and Awards". TV Guide. Portland, Oregon: NTVB Media. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  6. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Bennett Debuts 'Over Again' Music Video". ClevverTV. August 18, 2011. Archived from the original on March 18, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  7. ^ Latza Nadeau, Barbie; Hitt, Tarpley (September 12, 2018). "Asia Argento Accuser Jimmy Bennett Faced Sexual-Misconduct Claim in the Past". The Daily Beast. Los Angeles, California: Daily Beast/IAC Media Group. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Severson, Kim (August 19, 2018). "Asia Argento, Who Accused Weinstein, Made Deal With Her Own Accuser". The New York Times. New York City: New York Times Company. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  9. ^ North, Anna (August 23, 2018). "The sexual assault allegations against #MeToo advocate Asia Argento, explained". vox.com. New York City: Vox Media. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  10. ^ Puente, Maria (August 22, 2018). "Jimmy Bennett speaks about Asia Argento: We DID have sex when I was underage". USA Today. Mclean, Virginia: Gannett Company. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  11. ^ Miller, Julie (October 1, 2018). "Asia Argento Details Alleged Assault By Jimmy Bennett; Asks X Factor Italy to Rehire Her". Vanity Fair. New York City: Condé Nast. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  12. ^ Melas, Chloe (September 5, 2018). "Asia Argento's attorney says 17-year-old sexually 'attacked' her". CNN. Atlanta, Georgia: Turner Broadcasting Systems. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  13. ^ Winton, Richard (September 7, 2018). "Young actor accusing Asia Argento of sex abuse as a minor will work with detectives, his lawyer says". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California: Tronc. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  14. ^ "Issues - Stingray Affliction'". YouTube. February 17, 2014.
  15. ^ "Issues - Stingray Affliction'". Stefan Anderson Producer. February 17, 2014.

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