Joel David Moore

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Joel David Moore
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Moore in 2009
Born (1977-09-25) September 25, 1977 (age 39)
Portland, Oregon, US
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present

Joel David Moore (born September 25, 1977[1]) is an American actor.[2] He is best known for portraying Owen Dittman in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Dr. Norm Spellman in Avatar,[2] Colin Fisher in Bones, JP in Grandma's Boy, Ben in Hatchet, and Lucas Wahl in the television series Forever.[2]

Early life[edit]

Moore was born and raised in Portland, Oregon,[1][2] the son of Missy (Irvine) and John Moore.[3] His family resided in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood,[3] and he is a 1995 graduate of Benson Polytechnic High School.[1][2][3] He then attended Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, for two years. In 1998, he transferred to Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree[3] in 2001[1] and performed for two summers at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.[2]


Before he went to Hollywood, Joel starred with Gretchen Stouts and Nina Smidt in Tom Monson's Drug Wars, The High Times (1999), a video about underage binge drinking.[4]

In 2000, he moved to Los Angeles, California. Not uncommon to show business, his early career was primarily in TV commercials, including ones for eBay, Cingular Wireless, and Best Buy. Moore shot an international campaign for a branch of Siemens cell phones, XELIBRI, which won a Lion Award.

Moore has appeared in nearly a dozen television shows, including: LAX, CSI, The Guardian, Strong Medicine, Six Feet Under, Angel, Providence, Boomtown, Boston Public, House, Forever and as Colin Fisher, a graduate student on Bones.[2]

Moore's first major film role was in 2004's Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, though he is also known for his supporting role in James Cameron's Avatar (2009).

Moore starred alongside Katy Perry in her music video for "Waking Up in Vegas".[5] He makes a cameo appearance in the "Beat It" cover video from Fall Out Boy. He co-starred with Katharine McPhee playing her love interest in her music video "It's Not Christmas Without You" for her Christmas album Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You.


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Foxfire First Geek
2000 Drug Wars, The High Times Jake
2004 Raising Genius Rolf
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story[1] Owen Dittman
2005 Reel Guerrillas Nick Walker The Dukes Of Hazzard: The Beginning
2006 Grandma's Boy J.P.
Shaggy Dog, TheThe Shaggy Dog Pound Employee
Art School Confidential Bardo
Miles from Home Miles
Elder Son, TheThe Elder Son Miles
Hatchet Ben
2007 American Hustle 3rd Spartan
El Muerto Zak
Spiral[1] Mason
Shanghai Kiss Joe
2008 Hottie and the Nottie, TheThe Hottie and the Nottie Nate Cooper Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (with Paris Hilton)
Wieners Greg
Tiffany Problem, TheThe Tiffany Problem Sam Hane Short film
Fairy Tale Police Big Bad Wolf
2009 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Corey Finley
Bed Ridden Jay Short film
Stuntmen Troy Lebowski
Avatar[1] Dr. Norm Spellman
2010 Third Rule, TheThe Third Rule Peter Short film
Janie Jones Dave
2011 Chillerama Adolf Hitler Segment: "The Diary Of Anne Frankenstein"
Grassroots Grant Cogswell
Julia X Sam
Shark Night Gordon
2012 Gone Nick Massey
Jewtopia Adam Lipschitz
Savages Craig
2013 Hatchet III Ben Returned in cameo
CBGB Joey Ramone
2014 The Guest Craig
#Stuck Guy
2015 Divine Access Nigel
TBA Killing Winston Jones Paavo Post-production; also director
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2001–02 Boston Public Hartzell 2 episodes
2002 Deep Cover Pete Steinem
Boomtown Usher #2 Episode: "Insured by Smith & Wesson"
Providence Episode: "The Eleventh Hour"
2003 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Pete Episode: "Romance Looming"
Angel Karl Vamp Episode: "Salvage"
Six Feet Under Video Clerk Episode: "The Opening"
Strong Medicine Dan Episode: "Bad Liver"
2004 Amazing Westermans, TheThe Amazing Westermans Television film
Guardian, TheThe Guardian Malcolm Reeves Episode: "Sparkle"
2004–2005 LAX Eddie Carson Recurring role, 9 episodes
2005 Cooked Mike Television film
Inside, TheThe Inside Brian Pines Episode: "Declawed"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Guy in the Yellow Hat Episode: "Dog Eat Dog"
2005–2006 E-Ring Greg – NSA Liaison Recurring role, 5 episodes
2007 Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning, TheThe Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Cooter Television film
House M.D. Eddie Episodes: "One Day, One Room", "Act Your Age"
2008–2017 Bones Colin Fisher Recurring role, 16 episodes
2008 My Name Is Earl Clyde Episode: "Quit Your Snitchin'"
2009–2010 Medium Keith Bruning 4 episodes
2010 Chuck Mackintosh Episode: "Chuck Versus the Couch Lock"
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Sheldon Tunney Episode: "Kai e'e"
2011 Last Man Standing Bruce Episodes: "Pilot", "Grandparents Day"
2012 Transformers: Darkness Rising Strongarm Voice role
2014–2015 Forever Lucas Wahl Main role

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Notes
2001 "Youth Of The Nation" P.O.D.
2008 "Beat It" Fall Out Boy
2009 "Waking Up In Vegas" Katy Perry
2010 "It's Not Christmas Without You" Katharine McPhee


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Baker, Jeff (April 28, 2014). "18 actors you (maybe) didn't know were from Portland". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Actor Joel David Moore". KATU AM Northwest. June 30, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d Moore, Phyllis (January 2010). "Avatar Scientist" (PDF). The Cherry Pit. 2 (1). CherryWood Village, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Drug Wars - The High Times". Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Katy Perry - Live: Witness World Wide". YouTube. June 11, 2017. 

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