Scott Haze

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Scott Haze
Scott Haze (cropped).jpg
Haze at the New York Film Critics Series première of Child of God, July 2014
Born (1983-06-28) June 28, 1983 (age 39)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActor, writer, director
Years active2005–present

Scott Haze (born June 28, 1983)[1] is an American actor and filmmaker.

Known for his role in the 2013 film, Child of God, where he played the role of Lester Ballard, sleeping in a cave for months and losing 45 pounds for his role in the adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel. Haze has appeared in films such as Thank You for Your Service, Midnight Special, Only the Brave and the 2021 Western Old Henry. His directorial debut, Mully, is a documentary on the African humanitarian Charles Mully, which was released in cinemas on October 3, 2017.

Haze also owns a theater in North Hollywood, California, named the Sherry Theater, and is the co-artistic director and founder of the Rattlestick West theater company.[citation needed]

Early life and education[edit]

Haze is an alumnus of the Stella Adler Conservatory and Playhouse West, which was founded by Robert Carnegie and Sanford Meisner.[2] In 2006, Haze envisioned, built, and founded The Sherry Theater in the North Hollywood Arts District in California, naming the theater after his mother. Plays written by Haze include 2006's Devil's Night and 2011's Angel Asylum, both of which he acted in as well as directed.[3]


Between 2006 and 2010, Haze starred in several films and television shows including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Live!, Prey For Me, Tunnel Vision, and Cop Dog.

In 2011, Haze received critical acclaim for his role of Sgt. Scotty Fowlkes in Post, the directorial debut by Jim Parrack, and for the play Angel Asylum, which Haze wrote, directed and starred in, which premiere at The Sherry Theater in October, 2011.[citation needed]

Haze first collaborated with close friend James Franco in 2011 on Rebel, a multimedia art piece Franco created with a series of other filmmakers and artists including Ed Ruscha and Paul McCarthy, Turner Prize-winner Douglas Gordon, paint-by-motorcycle artist Aaron Young, fashion photographer Terry Richardson, and filmmaker Harmony Korine. Haze worked with Franco in the section titled Brad Forever, a documentary piece on actor Brad Renfro.[4]

In September 2011, Franco announced at the Toronto International Film Festival that he was set to direct and adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel Child of God, the story of Lester Ballard, "a young man who becomes ostracized from society and falls into a life of crime and sexual depravity while living in a cave in Tennessee." In January 2012, Haze had signed on to play that lead role of Lester Ballard. Haze worked on the role of Ballard for a year prior to filming and actually moved to Sevierville, Tennessee, where the Cormac McCarthy novel is set.[citation needed] In preparation for the role, Haze lost 45 pounds, lived in caves and stayed in character for months before and during filming.[5][6]

Haze starred in As I Lay Dying, James Franco's adaptation of the William Faulkner novel, as Skeet McGowan, "a conniving drug store clerk." The film premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section.[7]

In 2013 Child of God made its premiere in official competition at the 70th Venice International Film Festival and official selection of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Child of God was an Official selection of the 51st New York Film Festival and the 2013 Austin Film Festival. The film screened at the Dallas International Film Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2014. Child of God was released theatrically by Well Go USA on August 1, 2014.[8][9][10]

Haze was named one of Variety's 10 Actors To Watch For 2013.[11] For his performance in Child Of God, Haze was also award the Breakthrough Performer Of The Year at the 2013 Hamptons International Film Festival.

Haze then made his New York Stage debut on July 13 in the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre's production of Robert Boswell's The Long Shrift, directed by Franco.[12] The play also starred Ahna O'Reilly, Brian Lally, Allie Gallerani, and Ally Sheedy.

He starred Franco's adaptation of William Faulkner's novel The Sound and the Fury as Jason Compson IV. The film co-starred Franco, Ahna O'Reilly, and Tim Blake Nelson. The Sound and the Fury made its premiered at the 71st Venice Film Festival on September 5, 2014. The film had its North American premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, and screened at the Austin Film Festival and Virginia Film Festival, in October and November 2014.[citation needed]

Haze had a cameo as serial killer, Charles Manson, in the 2018 adaptation of Steven Erikson's novel Zeroville, which is directed by and stars Franco alongside Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Jacki Weaver and Will Ferrell.[13]

On June 25, 2015, Haze had joined the cast of The Force, later re-titled Between Us, a romantic drama written and directed by Rafael Palacio Illingworth. The film also stars Olivia Thirlby, Ben Feldman, Adam Goldberg, Analeigh Tipton, Peter Bogdanovich, and Betsy Brandt. The film made its premiere on 18 April 2016 at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically on January 6, 2017.[14][15]

Haze's directorial debut Mully made its world premiere on November 1, 2015, at The Austin Film Festival. In 2016, Mully won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Film at the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival.[citation needed] The film was awarded The Man In The Mirror Awards at the 2017 Bentonville Film Festival.[16][17]

Haze starred as Levi in the Warner Bros. film Midnight Special. The film, written and directed by Jeff Nichols, also stars Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and Sam Shepard. In February 2016 Midnight Special made its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival to positive reviews.[18]

Haze teamed with James Franco on his directorial adaptation of John Steinbeck's In Dubious Battle. The film also stars Vincent D'Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Sam Shepard. The film made its world premiere at the 2016 Venice Film Festival and its North American premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released in cinemas on February 17, 2017.[19][20]

Haze co-starred opposite Miles Teller in Thank You for Your Service, the directorial debut of American Sniper scribe, Jason Dean Hall. Haze plays a wounded soldier; to prepare for the role, Haze spent time at the VA hospital with veteran Michael Adam Emory, whom he plays in the film, and stayed in character while on set of the film.[21][22]

Haze re-teamed with his Thank You For Your Service co-star Teller on No Exit, later re-titled, Only the Brave. The film follows "the true story of a group of firefighters known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots, who lost 19 crew members as they faced one of the deadliest wildfires in history in order to save an Arizona town." Haze plays Clayton Whitted, a firefighter and pastor. The film also stars Josh Brolin, Jennifer Connelly, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch, and James Badge Dale, and is directed by Joseph Kosinski. The film was released by Sony Pictures on October 20, 2017.[13]

In April 2017, it was announced that Haze had signed with Creative Artists Agency.[23]

Fathom Events released Haze's directorial debut, Mully, for a three-day special theatrical event on October 3, 4, and 5, 2017.[24]

Haze co-starred in Venom. The film, directed by Ruben Fleischer, also stars Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams and Jenny Slate, and was released on October 5, 2018.[25]


Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Ad Corp. Inc Jason
2006 Danny Roane: First Time Director Rehab Patient
Division III Andre "AO" O'brien
2007 Live! Kafiya
Prey 4 Me Joel
2008 Cop Dog Lukas
2011 Post Sgt. Scotty Fowlkes
Tunnel Vision Jolson
2012 The Taste of Copper Daniel
2013 Deserted C. Grin
Filandra Scott Haze
Paradise Nickel
As I Lay Dying Skeet MacGowan
Child of God Lester Ballard
2014 The Sound and the Fury Jason Compson IV
2016 Midnight Special Levi
Between Us Robert
In Dubious Battle Frank
2017 The Institute Gunther
Actors Anonymous Sean
Tenn Jim Connor
The Vault Michael Dillon
Thank You for Your Service Michael Adam Emory
Only the Brave Clayton Whitted
2018 Future World Gutter
Venom Roland Treece
2019 Zeroville Charles
Why Not Choose Love: A Mary Pickford Manifesto Charlie Chaplin
2020 Minari Billy
2021 Wild Indian Father Daniels
12 Mighty Orphans Rodney Kidd
What Josiah Saw Thomas Graham
Old Henry Curry
Antlers Frank Weaver
2022 Jurassic World Dominion Rainn Delacourt
Sound of Freedom Not yet released Chris Post-production
The Gray Man Not yet released Post-production
TBA Red Right Hand Not yet released Finney Filming


Year Title Type Notes
2011 The Vanya Show Series
2013 Ghosts & Goblins Documentary
2015 Mully Documentary Premiered in Official Competition at Austin Film Festival where it won the Audience Award
Screened in Official Competition at Virginia Film Festival where it won the Best Documentary Feature Programmers Award
Screened in Official Competition at Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival where it won the Best Feature Film Award.


Year TV Show Role Appearance
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Anthony Steel "The List"
2011 The Vanya Show Ego "Interview Exclusive Pt. 1"


Year Play Theater
2002 Leatherman
2004 Title Fight Premiered April 2004, Stella Adler Theater, Hollywood, California
2006 Devil's Night Premiered March 2006, Sherry Theater, North Hollywood, California
2007 Valentines Night Premiered April 2007, Sherry Theater, North Hollywood, California
2011 Angel Asylum Premiered October 2011, Sherry Theater, North Hollywood, California


  1. ^ "Scott Haze Biography". AllMovie. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  2. ^ "Personality Complex: "Child of God" Star Scott Haze on the Method to His Madness". Complex. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Scott Haze To Premiere Wrestling Doc At Olympic Games". 3 April 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  4. ^ "James Franco directs two new projects with a rising star". New York Daily News. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  5. ^ "James Franco To Direct Cormac McCarthy's Child Of God". 15 September 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  6. ^ "James Franco's Child Of God Begins Filming Next Week". 25 January 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Child Of God Star Scott Haze Joins James Franco's As I Lay Dying". 26 August 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  8. ^ "La Biennale di Venezia - Venezia 70". Archived from the original on 2013-07-28.
  9. ^ "Venice film festival 2013: the full line-up". 25 July 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2017 – via
  10. ^ "First Pictures from James Franco's Cormac McCarthy Adaptation 'Child of God' - Rope of Silicon". 13 August 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  11. ^ Debruge, Peter (5 September 2013). "Variety to Present 10 Actors to Watch at Hamptons Film Fest". Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Ally Sheedy & More Will Star in Robert Boswell's The Long Shrift, Directed by James Franco, Off-Broadway". Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Scott Haze to Join Miles Teller Firefighter Film 'No Exit' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (26 June 2015). "Olivia Thirlby, Ben Feldman Wrapping on Romance 'The Force'". Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Between Us (2016)". Retrieved 6 November 2017 – via
  16. ^ "Mully (2015)". Retrieved 6 November 2017 – via
  17. ^ Saval, Malina (15 May 2017). "Bentonville Film Festival Announces 2017 Competition Winner". Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Celebrity News and Interviews: Actor Scott Haze from Child of God - page 2". Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  19. ^ Kroll, Justin (24 March 2015). "James Franco Taps 'Child of God' Star for 'In Dubious Battle' (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  20. ^ "In Dubious Battle (2016)". Retrieved 6 November 2017 – via
  21. ^ "Scott Haze Joins Miles Teller in 'Thank You For Your Service'". 7 January 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  22. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (23 March 2017). "Jason Hall's Directorial Debut 'Thank You For Your Service' Secures Late October Date". Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  23. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (4 April 2017). "CAA Signs 'Child Of God' Actor Scott Haze". Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  24. ^ Hipes, Patrick (21 June 2017). "Fathom Events To Spread Love Of 'Mully' In Special Screening". Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  25. ^ "Scott Haze in Talks to Join Tom Hardy in 'Venom' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 November 2017.

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