Joel Courtney

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Joel Courtney
Joel Courtney 20120112.jpg
Joel Courtney in January 2012
Born Joel Courtney
(1996-01-31) January 31, 1996 (age 21)
Monterey, California, U.S.[1][2]
Occupation Actor
Years active 2010–present

Joel Courtney (born January 31, 1996)[1][2] is an American actor, best known for his role of Joseph "Joe" Lamb in the 2011 Steven Spielberg/J. J. Abrams film Super 8, for which he received critical acclaim and a Saturn Award. He also played the lead role of Peter Moore on The CW's series The Messengers.

Early life and education[edit]

Courtney was born in Monterey, California, on January 31, 1996, and lives in Moscow, Idaho.[3] While still living in Idaho, Courtney took a trip to Los Angeles during the first week of his summer school break in 2010, where he hoped to be in a commercial and make $100.[1]


Casting director Patti Kalles advised Courtney to audition for Paramount Pictures' Super 8, co-produced, written and directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg and Bryan Burk. After 11 callbacks,[4] Courtney landed the starring role of Joseph "Joe" Lamb in the film.

The movie was released on June 10, 2011 and centers around a group of kids who are forced to deal with strange happenings in their small town.[5] On July 26, 2012 he won a Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor for his role in Super 8.

In August 2011, Courtney filmed Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn in Bulgaria,[6] an adaptation of Mark Twain's classic. Courtney portrays Tom Sawyer alongside Val Kilmer as Mark Twain, Jake T. Austin as Huckleberry Finn, Katherine McNamara as Becky Thatcher, and Noah Munck as Ben Rogers. Written and directed by Jo Kastner, the film was produced by Weinhart and Kastner.[6]

Alongside Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan), Courtney completed filming the supernatural thriller The Between. In the film, the young actor plays a disgruntled teen who joins his father on a camping trip only to have a run-in with otherworldly forces. Filming was shot from September to October 2011 in North Carolina.[6] The Between had its world premiere at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival on April 6 in the main theater of the Bozar.

In the Spring of 2012, Courtney filmed a Fox TV movie entitled Rogue, which was directed by Brett Ratner.[7]

In November 2012, Courtney was cast in the Stephen King film Mercy, produced by Blumhouse Productions and released by Universal Studios.[8] Mercy filmed in Simi Valley, California, from January to February 2013, and was released to DVD and VOD on October 7, 2014.[9]

In April 2013, Courtney was cast in the indie film Dear Eleanor. It is a coming of age story about two best friends (Isabelle Fuhrman and Liana Liberato) traveling across the U.S. in 1962 to meet their childhood hero, Eleanor Roosevelt. The film was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way Productions.[10][11]

In July 2013, Courtney was cast in the indie film Sins of our Youth. The story is about four teenage boys who accidentally kill a young boy while recreationally shooting assault rifles.[12] Courtney stars alongside Lucas Till (X-Men) and Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club). Sins of Our Youth filmed in August 2013 in Las Vegas.

In February 2014, Courtney was cast in the CW Television Network pilot The Messengers, which centers on a mysterious object that crashes down to Earth and a group of seemingly unconnected strangers die from the energy pulse. They then awaken to learn that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending apocalypse.[13] Courtney stars alongside Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill), Diogo Morgado (Son of God), Sofia Black D'Elia (Skins), and J. D. Pardo (Revolution).[14]

In August 2014, Courtney filmed the indie project The River Thief in Lewiston, Idaho. Courtney stars alongside American country singer-songwriter Tommy Cash, Paul Johansson (One Tree Hill), and Bas Rutten.[15]

In October 2015, Courtney was cast the indie film "Replicate" in Jackson, Mississippi. Courtney stars alongside Cam Gigandet and Calum Worthy. "Replicate" is in post-production and is scheduled for release in July 2016.[16]

In April 2016, Courtney was cast in the indie film "F*&% the Prom" in Los Angeles, California. Courtney stars alongside Danielle Campbell (The Originals) and Cameron Palatas (Pass the Light). "F*&% the Prom" is in post-production and is scheduled for release in 2017.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Super 8 Joseph "Joe" Lamb Lead role
2012 Spare Time Killers Young Tony
2013 Don't Let Me Go Nick Madsen Lead role
2014 Sins of our Youth David In Post-Production
Mercy Buddy Bruckner Lead role
2015 Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn Tom Sawyer Lead role
2016 Dear Eleanor Billy Hobgood
The River Thief Diz
Replicate Zach Henderson In Post-Production
F*&% the Prom Cole In Post-Production
Don't Let Me Go Nick Madsen In Post-Production


Year Title Role Episode
2011 R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour John Westmore Creature Feature, Season 2, Episodes 1 & 2[18]
2012 Rogue Griffin Jones FOX Network made-for-TV movie
2015 The Messengers Peter Moore Main Cast
2016 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nathanael Malick Guest Star
2017 APB Luke Guest Star

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Teen Choice Award[19] Choice Movie Breakout: Male Super 8 Nominated
Choice Movie Chemistry Nominated
PFCS Award Best Ensemble Acting[20] Won
Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Male Nominated
2012 Young Artist Award[21] Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Nominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast Nominated
Saturn Award[22] Best Performance by a Young Actor Won
Coming of Age Award Best Newcomer Nominated
BAM Award Best Performance by a Child Actor Nominated
YouReviewer Award Breakthrough Actor Nominated


  1. ^ a b c J.J. Abrams rests 'Super 8's' hopes on first-time Retrieved June 8, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Joel Courtney Bio.
  3. ^ Moscow youth gets starring turn in big summer flick
  4. ^ "Rising Star: 'Super 8' Breakout Joel Courtney". 
  5. ^ "Cast Set for J.J. Abrams' Super 8". September 20, 2010. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Sneider, Jeff (June 23, 2011). "'Super 8' star is today's Tom Sawyer". Variety. 
  7. ^ Rogue on IMDb[better source needed]
  8. ^ Borys, Kit (November 30, 2012). "'Walking Dead,' 'Super 8' Actors to Star in Stephen King's 'Mercy' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  9. ^ Mercy on IMDb[better source needed]
  10. ^ "Isabelle Fuhrman Joins Kevin Connolly-Helmed ‘Dear Eleanor’". Deadline. May 23, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  11. ^ Sealover, Ed (February 14, 2013). "Hollywood comes to Colorado: 3 films to be made here under incentives program". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ McNary, Dave (August 7, 2013). "Lucas Till, Joel Courtney, Ally Sheedy Join ‘Sins of Our Youth’". Variety. 
  13. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 26, 2014). "The CW's Sci-Fi Drama 'Messengers' Adds 'Skins,' 'Super 8' Alums". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  14. ^ The Messengers on IMDb[better source needed]
  15. ^ The River Thief on IMDb[better source needed]
  16. ^ Replicate on IMDb[better source needed]
  17. ^ F*&% the Prom on IMDb[better source needed]
  18. ^ R.L. The Haunting Hour: Behind the Screams - On the Set with Brendan Meyer & Joel Courtney Archived January 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ Teen Choice Awards Noms, Part 2! Find Out Who Else Snagged a Chance at a Surfboard!
  20. ^ "Phoenix Film Critic Society 2011 Awards". Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  21. ^ "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards". Archived from the original on 2012-04-04. 
  22. ^ "RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and SUPER 8 lead Saturn Awards with 3 awards each.". July 26, 2012. Archived from the original on June 26, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 

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