Tanner Maguire

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Tanner Maguire
BornTanner James Maguire
(1998-07-15) July 15, 1998 (age 20)
Years active2005–present

Tanner James Maguire (born July 15, 1998) is an American child actor. He appears in the film Janie. He is most famous for his roles in Letters to God[1] and, earlier, in Saving Sarah Cain, in which he plays the older brother of Hannah Cottrell, Josiah Cottrell. His sister, Payton Maguire,[2] also acts.


Born in Scottsdale, Arizona, Tanner's interest in acting began at the age of three after a visit to the local community theater to see Peter Pan.[3] By the time he was six, he had gone on to perform in nine different productions on stage. Tanner began to express interest in not only being in front of an audience but also being in front of a camera. His family relocated to Los Angeles and immediately Tanner began to work in television appearing on numerous popular shows, proving the move successful. Maguire has appeared in several national commercials.

Tanner donated an autographed bandanna from the movie Letters to God to Brendan Hogan, a young boy with brain cancer.[4]


Year Film Role Notes
2005 Medium Jamie Television series (Episode "Sweet Dreams")
My Name Is Earl Young Ralph Mariano Television series (Episode "Teacher Earl")
Midnight Clear Little Boy Short film
2006 Janie Ben Short film
Desperate Housewives[5] Young Zach Young Television series (4 episodes, 2005–2006)
2007 Hannah Montana Jeffrey Television series (Episode "Achey Jakey Heart: Part 1")
How I Met Your Mother Young Barney Stinson Television series (3 episodes, 2007–2009)
Saving Sarah Cain Josiah Cottrell Television movie
Days of Our Lives Young Shawn Brady Television series (11 episodes)
2008 Ghost Whisperer Owen "Kenny" Grace Television series (Episode " Imaginary Friends and Enemies")
2009 Without a Trace Young John Burroughs Television series (Episode "Chameleon")
Eleventh Hour Darren Television series (Episode "Subway")
Lost Young Tom Brennan Television series (Episode "The Incident")
House[6] Jack Randall Television series (Episode "Instant Karma")
2010 Letters to God Tyler Doherty Lead Role
Brothers & Sisters Henry Television series (Episode "The Science Fair")
Breathe Teus' alter ego Short film
CSI: NY Boy Television series (Episode "Unfriendly Chat")
2011 The Hangover Part II Young Phil Wenneck
2012 The Drew Peterson Story Zach

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Result Role
MovieGuide Awards 2011 Most Inspirational Television Acting Nominated Tyler Doherty in Letters to God


  1. ^ "Google Image Result". ultimatedisney.com.
  2. ^ "Payton Maguire".
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-07. Retrieved 2009-10-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Membership".
  5. ^ "Redirect Notice".
  6. ^ TV.com. "House: Instant Karma".

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