Max Records

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Max Records
Born Maxwell Records
(1997-06-18) June 18, 1997 (age 19)
Portland, Oregon
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present

Max Records (born June 18, 1997 in Portland Oregon)[1] is an American actor from Portland, Oregon.[1] He is most notable for his roles as Max in the film Where the Wild Things Are,[2][3] for which he won the 2009 Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film,[4] and as Slater Pedulla in The Sitter. He has also appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show.

Personal life[edit]

Records was born in Portland, Oregon, to Shawn Records, a photographer, and Jenny, a Librarian.[5] He attended school at the Metropolitan Learning Center in Portland for most of his K–12 school years. He has a younger brother named Sam.


Records first became famous for the main role in Where the Wild Things Are, when he was hired personally by Spike Jonze.[6] Records's father, who is a photographer, was asked to send the company information of actors fitting a certain description, Max happened to fit it so his information was also provided.

Before being cast in Where the Wild Things Are, Records starred in a music video for the band Death Cab for Cutie.[6]

After Where the Wild Things Are, his most notable roles are Young Stephen in The Brothers Bloom, and Slater Pedula in The Sitter.

Records is co-starring with Christopher Lloyd as John Wayne Cleaver in the film, I Am Not a Serial Killer, shot in 2015[7] and released in early 2016. Rolling Stone described the role as "a homicidal Midwestern teen who has to kill a mass murderer in order to stop becoming one himself".[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Where the Wild Things Are Max Won Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film, for 2009.[4] Nominated for multiple other awards.
2009 The Brothers Bloom Young Stephen
2010 The Vampire Attack Boy in Cemetery Short
2011 BlinkyTM[9] Alex Neville Short
2011 The Sitter[10] Slater Pedulla
2016 I Am Not a Serial Killer John Wayne Cleaver[7][8]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2009 Where the Wild Things Are (video game) Max


  1. ^ a b Baker, Jeff (April 28, 2014). "18 actors you (maybe) didn't know were from Portland". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  2. ^ "Max Records: Acting is a hobby". The Irish Independent. Press Association. December 11, 2009. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  3. ^ "New Where The Wild Things Are trailer gives a taste of the mind blowing mythical wonderland in this monster movie". Daily Mail. UK. March 26, 2009. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  4. ^ a b "Child/Teen Star Winners Announced at 31st Annual Young Artist Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Young Artist Association. April 11, 2010. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  5. ^ Shawn Levy (October 31, 2009). The Oregonian Retrieved August 16, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ a b White, Nicholas (October 16, 2009). "How Wild Things King Max Records Landed the Role". People. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  7. ^ a b Lawler, Christa (March 19, 2015). "Christopher Lloyd, other actors, crew descend on Virginia to film scenes for indie thriller". Duluth News Tribune. Duluth, Minnesota. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  8. ^ a b Ehrlich, David (February 2, 2016). "SXSW 2016: Chet Baker Biopic, Sky Ferreira Drug Thriller Anchor Fest Lineup". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  9. ^ Fischer, Russ (March 21, 2011). "Watch the Short Film 'Blinky,' In Which a Small Robot Goes Slightly Out of Control". /Film. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  10. ^ Neumaier, Joe (December 8, 2011). "Jonah Hill is a crass act with his adventures in bad childcare in 'The Sitter'". Daily News. New York. Retrieved 2016-02-15.