Joel Courtney in January 2012
January 31, 1996
Monterey, California, U.S.
Joel Courtney (born January 31, 1996) 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
Courtney was born in Monterey, California, on January 31, 1996, and lives in Moscow, Idaho. 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.
Casting director Patti Kalles advised Courtney to audition for Paramount Pictures' Super 8 (2011). After 11 callbacks, 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 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 2015 Courtney joined the cast of the indie film Replicate, and in 2016 joined the cast of the indie film F the Prom.
|2011||Super 8||Joe Lamb||Lead role|
|2012||Spare Time Killers||Young Tony|
|2013||Don't Let Me Go||Nick Madsen||released 2016|
|2014||Sins of our Youth||David|
|Mercy||Buddy Bruckner||Lead role|
|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|
|2011||R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour||John Westmore||Creature Feature, Season 2, Episodes 1 & 2|
|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|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Male Breakout Star||Super 8||Nominated|
|Choice Movie: Chemistry||Nominated|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Best Ensemble Acting||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|
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- Joel Courtney Bio.
- Bauer, Jennifer K. (2011-06-17). "Moscow youth gets starring turn in big summer flick". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
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- Sneider, Jeff (2011-06-23). "'Super 8' star is today's Tom Sawyer". Variety. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
- Kit, Borys (2012-11-30). "'Walking Dead,' 'Super 8' Actors to Star in Stephen King's 'Mercy'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
- The Deadline Team (2013-05-23). "Isabelle Fuhrman Joins Kevin Connolly-Helmed 'Dear Eleanor'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
- McNary, Dave (2013-08-07). "Lucas Till, Joel Courtney, Ally Sheedy Join 'Sins of Our Youth'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
- R.L. The Haunting Hour: Behind the Screams - On the Set with Brendan Meyer & Joel Courtney Archived January 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Phoenix Film Critic Society 2011 Awards". Retrieved April 8, 2012.