Oakes Fegley

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Oakes Fegley
Years active2011–present
Notable work
Pete's Dragon
Person of Interest
The Goldfinch

Oakes Fegley (born November 2004)[1] is an American child actor. He is known for his supporting role as Paul Swann in the film Fort Bliss, for playing Samaritan's human avatar Gabriel in the series Person of Interest, for starring as Pete in the 2016 Disney film Pete's Dragon and more recently for starring as Young Theo Decker in the 2019 adaptation of The Goldfinch.

Life and career[edit]

In 2014, Fegley made his acting debut with the drama film Fort Bliss, playing Paul Swann along with Michelle Monaghan and Ron Livingston.[2][3] The film was directed by Claudia Myers, and had premiered in 2014.[3] He played the Young Judd Altman, originally played by Jason Bateman, in the comedy-drama film This Is Where I Leave You, directed by Shawn Levy and released on September 19, 2014 by Warner Bros. Pictures.[2][4] Later he appeared as Young Elias "Eli" Thompson in the fifth season of the HBO's series Boardwalk Empire.[2] He also appeared in CBS' Person of Interest as Gabriel Hayward.[5]

Fegley played the lead role of Pete in Walt Disney Pictures' fantasy comedy-drama film Pete's Dragon, opposite Oona Laurence, Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford.[2] The film is directed by David Lowery, and was released on August 12, 2016.[6]

It was announced in May 2017 that Fegley would topline TWC-Dimension's comedy film The War with Grandpa with Robert De Niro.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Glass Boy Short film
2013 Children of the Moon Michael Short film
2014 Fort Bliss Paul Swann
This Is Where I Leave You Young Judd Altman
2015 Prism Young Bryan
2016 Pete's Dragon Pete
2017 Wonderstruck Ben
The Truth About Lies Boy
2019 The Goldfinch Young Theo Decker
TBA When the Moon Was Twice as Big Jeffrey Post-production
TBA The War with Grandpa Peter Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Boardwalk Empire Young Elias "Eli" Thompson 3 episodes
2014–16 Person of Interest Gabriel Hayward 3 episodes


  1. ^ "Oakes Fegley Young Allentown actor lands starring role in Disney's 'Pete's Dragon' feature film | Whitehall-Coplay Press". whitehallcoplay.thelehighvalleypress.com. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Kroll, Justin (September 19, 2014). "Disney Finds Its Pete For 'Pete's Dragon' Remake (EXCLUSIVE)". variety.com. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Dargis, Manohla (September 18, 2014). "At Home in War. In War at Home". nytimes.com. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  4. ^ "This is Where I Leave You (2014)". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "Allentown boy to appear in CBS "Person of Interest"". mcall.com. December 15, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  6. ^ Lesnick, Silas (January 13, 2015). "Pete's Dragon for Set for 2016, Ghost in the Shell for 2017". comingsoon.net. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  7. ^ Amanda, N'Duka. "Oakes Fegley To Co-Star In 'The War With Grandpa'". Deadline. Retrieved 5 May 2017.

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