Max Burkholder

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Max Burkholder
Max Burkholder Paleyfest 2013.jpg
Burkholder at the Paleyfest 2013
Born Max Henry Wolf Burkholder
(1998-05-27) May 27, 1998 (age 18)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present

Max Henry Wolf Burkholder (born November 1, 1997) is an American actor most notable for his role of Max Braverman, who has Asperger syndrome, in the NBC comedic television drama Parenthood. Prior to that, he became known as a voice actor for his roles as Chomper in The Land Before Time, Roo on My Friends Tigger & Pooh, and World in the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends television movie "Destination: Imagination". In 2013, he appeared in The Purge.

Life and career[edit]

Burkholder's parents are former actors.[1] He attends Campbell Hall School.[2] Burkholder has been accepted into Harvard University.[citation needed]


Burkholder has appeared on Brothers & Sisters as Jack McCallister and as young Mitch on Crumbs. He guest starred on CSI: Miami episode "Death Pool 100", and in a CSI: NY episode. In addition, he played Billy in one episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody on Disney Channel, and was the voice of Samsquatch in Random! Cartoons. He appeared in the TV series In Treatment and Love for Rent, and played the role of Duncan in the Grey's Anatomy episode "Brave New World". He also played a kid in an airport in The O.C..[3]

Burkholder has lent his voice for several shows. He voiced Chomper in The Land Before Time television series based on film series of the same name. He also provides the voice of Roo on My Friends Tigger & Pooh (taking over the role from Jimmy Bennett), and played "World", the imaginary friend inside a toybox in the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends movie "Destination: Imagination".[3]

For Burkholder's role as Max Braverman on Parenthood, executive producer Jason Katims said, consultant Wayne Tashjian, a behavioral psychologist, looks at the script and meets with Burkholder and his mother about those scenes involving the Max character. Burkholder and his mother then practice the scenes by themselves. For special scenes, the show employs a second consultant to ensure accuracy.[4]


Burkholder played Max in Daddy Day Care and appeared in Friends with Money.[3] In 2013, he played James Sandin's son in horror film The Purge.[5][6]


Burkholder at the 2011 Voice Awards
List of film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Daddy Day Care Max Ryerson Film debut
2005 Love for Rent Max
2006 Friends with Money Max
Ant Bully, TheThe Ant Bully Blue Teammate #6 Voice only
2007 My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas Movie Roo Voice only
2008 Journal, TheThe Journal 10 Year Old Alex Short film
Fly Me to the Moon Mom's Maggot Voice only
2009 My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Tigger & Pooh And A Musical Too Roo Voice only
2010 Rainbow Tribe, TheThe Rainbow Tribe Boo
2013 The Purge Charlie Sandin
List of television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Commando Nanny Seth Winter Unaired
Television program
2005 O.C., TheThe O.C. Kid in Airport Television program
"The Rainy Day Women"
Fathers and Sons Nick at 5 Television film
2005–2013 Family Guy Various voices Voice only
Animated series
16 episodes
2006 Crumbs Young Mitch Crumb Television program
"Tennis Any Crumb?"
"Maybe I'm Tony Randall"
CSI: NY Sam Television program
Episode: "Necrophilia Americana"
Suite Life of Zack & Cody, TheThe Suite Life of Zack & Cody Billy Television program
Episode: "Books and Birdhouses"
CSI: Miami Tyler Lamar Television program
Episode: "Death Pool 100"
2007 Random! Cartoons Samsquatch Voice only
Animated series
Episode: "Samsquatch"
Lipshitz Saves the World Young Adam Lipshitz Television series
Panic Button Sam Alden Television film
originally released as Point of Entry
2007–2008 Land Before Time, TheThe Land Before Time Chomper Voice only
Animated series
26 episodes
2007–2009 My Friends Tigger & Pooh Roo Voice only
Animated series
25 episodes
American Dad! Kid Doctor
Little Boy
Voice only
Animated series
"Jack's Back"
Brothers & Sisters Jack McCallister 4 episodes
2008 Spectacular Spider-Man, TheThe Spectacular Spider-Man Billy Connors Voice only
Animated series
Episode: "Natural Selection"
Grey's Anatomy Duncan Pailey Television program
Episode: "Brave New World"
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Destination Imagination World Voice only
Television film
2008–2009 In Treatment Max Weston Television program
"Oliver: Week Three"
"Sophie: Week One"
2009 Private Practice Ben King Television program
"Do the Right Thing"
"What You Do for Love"
Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland Show Kid Voice only
Animated series
Episode: "The One About Friends"
Children of the Corn Additional voices Television film
2010–2015 Parenthood Max Braverman Main Cast
84 Episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Result Work
Young Artist Award 2012 Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actor Nominated Parenthood
2014 Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actor Won Parenthood


  1. ^ Dickson, Evan (May 21, 2013). "[Interview] Max Burkholder On Surviving 'The Purge'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Topel, Fred (September 26, 2013). "Exclusive Interview: Max Burkholder on Parenthood". Fan Voice. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Max Burkholder, IMDb
  4. ^ "Speaking with Jason Katims of "Parenthood"". Austim Speaks Official Blog. March 24, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ Elsen, Megan (2012-02-01). "Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane Join Ethan Hawke For Futuristic Thriller ‘Vigilandia". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  6. ^ "First Details on Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes' The Purge". December 4, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 

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