Joel Courtney

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Joel Courtney
Joel Courtney, Wedding Photo, 18Aug2018.jpg
Joel Courtney in August 2018
Born (1996-01-31) January 31, 1996 (age 23)
Years active2010–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 (2011). After 11 callbacks,[4] Courtney landed the starring role of Joseph "Joe" Lamb in the film. At the 2012 Saturn Awards, Courtney won the award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor.

In August 2011, Courtney filmed Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn (2014) in Bulgaria, playing the part of Tom Sawyer.[5]

In 2012 Courtney filmed the supernatural thriller Don't Let Me Go (released 2016), playing a disgruntled teen who joins his father on a camping trip only to have a run-in with otherworldly forces. That same year, he appeared in the Fox TV movie Rogue.

In November 2012, Courtney was cast in the Stephen King film Mercy, released direct-to-video in 2014.[6]

In 2013, Courtney was cast in the direct-to-video indie films Dear Eleanor (2016)[7] and Sins of our Youth (2016).[8]

Courtney appeared in the lead ensemble of the CW Television Network series The Messengers, which was cancelled during its single 2014–15 season.

Courtney played the lead in the indie project The River Thief (2016) directed by N.D. Wilson.

In 2015 Courtney joined the cast of the indie film Replicate, and in 2016 joined the cast of the indie film F the Prom.

In 2018, he starred alongside Joey King in the Netflix movie The Kissing Booth.



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Super 8 Joe Lamb Lead role
2012 Spare Time Killers Young Tony
2013 Don't Let Me Go Nick Madsen Released 2016
2014 Mercy Buddy Bruckner Lead role
Sins of our Youth David
Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn Tom Sawyer Lead role
2016 Dear Eleanor Billy Hobgood
The River Thief Diz
2017 F the Prom Cole Reed
2018 The Kissing Booth Lee Flynn
Replicate Zach Henderson
2019 The Empty Man Brandon Maibum Post-production
2020 The Kissing Booth 2 Lee Flynn [9]


Year Title Role Episode
2011 The Haunting Hour: The Series John Westmore Episodes: "Creature Feature (Part 1)" and "Creature Feature (Part 2)"[10]
2012 Rogue Griffin Jones Television film
2015 The Messengers Peter Moore Main cast
2016 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nathanael Malick Episode: "Paradise Lost"
2017 APB Luke Episode: "Daddy's Home"
2019 Double Dare Himself Contestant[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Male Breakout Star Super 8 Nominated
Choice Movie: Chemistry Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting[12] Won
Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Male Nominated
2012 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Nominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Young Actor Won
Coming of Age Awards Best Newcomer Nominated
BAM Awards Best Performance by a Child Actor Nominated
YouReviewer Awards Breakthrough Actor Nominated


  1. ^ a b c Droganes, Constance (2011-06-08). "J.J. Abrams rests 'Super 8's' hopes on first-time actor". CTV News. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  2. ^ a b Joel Courtney Bio.
  3. ^ Bauer, Jennifer K. (2011-06-17). "Moscow youth gets starring turn in big summer flick". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  4. ^ Staff Writers (2011-06-09). "Rising Star: 'Super 8' Breakout Joel Courtney". Access Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  5. ^ Sneider, Jeff (2011-06-23). "'Super 8' star is today's Tom Sawyer". Variety. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  6. ^ Kit, Borys (2012-11-30). "'Walking Dead,' 'Super 8' Actors to Star in Stephen King's 'Mercy'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  7. ^ The Deadline Team (2013-05-23). "Isabelle Fuhrman Joins Kevin Connolly-Helmed 'Dear Eleanor'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  8. ^ McNary, Dave (2013-08-07). "Lucas Till, Joel Courtney, Ally Sheedy Join 'Sins of Our Youth'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  9. ^ Hipes, Patrick (February 14, 2019). "'The Kissing Booth' Getting Netflix Sequel". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  10. ^ R.L. The Haunting Hour: Behind the Screams - On the Set with Brendan Meyer & Joel Courtney Archived January 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Nickelodeon (March 10, 2019). "Liza Koshy Welcomes KCA Nominees Ft. Pete Wentz, Emma Chamberlain, & More to Double Dare!". YouTube.
  12. ^ "Phoenix Film Critic Society 2011 Awards". Retrieved April 8, 2012.

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