Joseph Francis Mazzello III
September 21, 1983
Rhinebeck, New York, U.S.
|Other names||Joe Mazzello|
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
Joseph Francis Mazzello III (born September 21, 1983) is an American actor, director, and screenwriter. He is best known for his roles as Tim Murphy in Jurassic Park, Eugene Sledge in the HBO miniseries The Pacific, Dustin Moskovitz in The Social Network and Queen bass player John Deacon in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Mazzello was born in Rhinebeck, New York, and raised in Hyde Park, New York, the son of Virginia (née Strong) and Joseph Mazzello, Jr., who owned a dance studio. He has one older sister, Mary, and a younger brother, John, who have both appeared in films. His father is of three-quarters Italian and one-quarter German-Jewish ancestry, while his mother is of Irish and English descent. Mazzello went to the Catholic school Our Lady of Lourdes. He is an alumnus of the University of Southern California, entering the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2001 following a recommendation letter from director Steven Spielberg. Mazzello paid for school with his salary from a small appearance in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), something the actor jokingly referred to as his graduation present from Spielberg.
Early career: 1990–1998
Mazzello's first film appearance was a small role in 1990's Presumed Innocent, starring Harrison Ford. He then went on to appear in Radio Flyer, Jersey Girl and the TV film Desperate Choices: To Save My Child in 1992. In 1993, Mazzello gained further recognition after starring in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park as Tim Murphy and in Richard Attenborough's Shadowlands. He later appeared in 1994's The River Wild as Roarke Hartman.
In 1995, Mazzello had roles in The Cure and Three Wishes. Both films were critical and commercial failures. Mazzello continued his film career with lead roles in Star Kid in 1997, and in Simon Birch with Ian Michael Smith in 1998. Both were critical and commercial flops. He also provided voice-over work in the English dub of The Adventures of Buratino.
Television debut and directorial debut: 2001–2009
Mazzello's first film role in the 2000s was in 2001's Wooly Boys. In 2002, Mazzello made his television debut on Providence. He then appeared on CBS' hit shows CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Without a Trace. Afterwards, he appeared in Raising Helen (2004), The Hollow (2004), The Sensation of Sight (2006), and the short film Beyond All Boundaries (2009). Mazzello made his directorial debut with the short film Matters of Life and Death (2007).
In 2010, Mazzello played Dustin Moskovitz, one of the co-founders of Facebook in the David Fincher-directed film The Social Network. His performance was well-received by critics and he and the cast were nominated for several awards. During this, he played Eugene Sledge on the mini-series The Pacific. Mazzello went on to appear in G.I. Joe: Retaliation as G.I. Joe operative Mouse in 2013. He also starred as John Deacon in the 2018 Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. The Social Network earned $224.9 million, G.I. Joe: Retaliation $375.7 million, and Bohemian Rhapsody $903.7 million at the worldwide box office.
|1990||Unspeakable Acts||Jason Harrison||Television film|
|1990||Presumed Innocent||Wendell McGaffney|
|1992||Desperate Choices: To Save My Child||Willy Robbins||Television film|
|1993||Jurassic Park||Tim Murphy|
|1994||The River Wild||Roarke Hartman|
|1995||High Lonesome: A Father for Charlie||Charlie||Television film|
|1995||Three Wishes||Tom Holman|
|1997||The Lost World: Jurassic Park||Tim Murphy||Cameo appearance|
|1997||Star Kid||Spencer Griffith|
|1998||Simon Birch||Joe Wenteworth|
|1998||The Adventures of Buratino||Buratino/Pinocchio||Voice|
|2004||Raising Helen||Prom date Peter|
|2006||The Sensation of Sight||Tripp|
|2007||Matters of Life and Death||David Jennings||Short film|
|2009||Beyond All Boundaries||Eugene B. Sledge||Short film|
|2010||The Social Network||Dustin Moskovitz|
|2011||First Kiss||Derek||Short film|
|2013||G.I. Joe: Retaliation||Mouse|
|2016||Undrafted||Pat Murray||Also director|
|2018||Bohemian Rhapsody||John Deacon|
|2003||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Justin Lamond||Episode: "One Hit Wonder"|
|2004||Without a Trace||Sean Stanley||Episode: "Legacy"|
|2010||The Pacific||Eugene Sledge||Miniseries; 10 episodes|
|2012||Coma||Geoffrey Fairweather||Miniseries; 2 episodes|
|2013||Justified||Billy St. Cyr||3 episodes|
|2014||Person of Interest||Daniel Casey||2 episodes|
|2016||Elementary||Griffin||Episode: "A Study in Charlotte"|
|2021||Impeachment: American Crime Story||Paul Begala||Recurring role|
Awards and nominations
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- "ISSUU - 2-9_HudsonValleyNews by Hudson Valley News". issuu.com. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
- "Joseph Mazzello - Biography - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
- Rorke, Robert (May 2, 2010). "Spielberg's Protégé". New York Post. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
- Chi, Paul (April 5, 2013). "Jurassic Park Kids: Where Are They Now?". PEOPLE. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
- "Return to Jurassic Park: Finding The Lost World", The Lost World: Jurassic Park Blu-Ray (2011)
- Busch, Anita (August 21, 2017). "Queen Pic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Finds Bandmates In Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee & Joe Mazzello". Deadline. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
- "The Social Network (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 19, 2011.
- "G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- "Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
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