Thomas Mann (actor)

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Thomas Mann
Born Thomas Randall Mann, Jr
(1991-09-27) September 27, 1991 (age 25)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2009–present

Thomas Randall Mann, Jr. (born September 27, 1991) is an American actor. He is best known for starring as Thomas Kub in the 2012 comedy Project X and Greg Gaines in the 2015 drama Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Thomas Mann was born in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in Dallas, Texas.[2] His father is a construction project manager.[3] Mann attended Plano East Senior High School briefly before moving to California at the age of 17 to give acting a serious go.[4]

Acting career[edit]

Early work[edit]

In 2009, Mann made his acting debut on the Nickelodeon sitcom television series iCarly portraying the role of Jeffrey. Later in the year, Mann appeared in The Middle portraying the role of Brendan Nichols.[5]

In 2010, Mann was cast as the protagonist in the comedy film Project X.[6] Mann was told he could not audition for Project X because producers only wished to cast people without acting credits; Mann was ultimately given the role after auditioning seven times.[7] The film centers on Mann's character, Thomas Kub, who throws a house party for his birthday that becomes totally out of hand. Filming began in June that same year in Los Angeles, California on a $12 million budget.[8] A planned sequel was in development in 2012.[9] In March 2012, Mann was in final negotiations to star in a film adaptation of the 2006 novel King Dork.[10] It was optioned in November 2006 by Gary Sanchez Productions, a joint production company founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.[11] The same year, Mann appeared in the film Fun Size alongside Victoria Justice portraying the role of Roosevelt. The film was released in the United States on October 26, 2012, and was both a box office bomb and a critical flop.[12][13] In 2013, Mann appeared in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters portraying the role of Ben. The film was released in the United States on January 25, 2013.,[14] The same year, Mann appeared in Beautiful Creatures, a film adaption of the book with the same name. Mann appeared alongside Viola Davis and Emma Thompson, portraying the role of Link. The film was released on February 14, 2013 and grossed $60 million worldwide against a budget of $60 million.[15] Mann later appeared in As Cool As I Am alongside Sarah Bolger and James Marsden. The film was released on June 21, 2013 by IFC Films.[16]

Breakthrough: 2014–present[edit]

In 2014, Mann appeared in Welcome to Me portraying art student Rainer Ybarra, appearing alongside Kristen Wiig. The film made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 5, 2014 before being released in a limited release by Alchemy on May 1, 2015.[17][18] In 2015, Mann starred in the film adaptation of Jesse Andrews' novel, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which premiered on January 25, 2015 at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The film was acquired by Fox Searchlight for $12 million, the most amount of money paid for a film at the festival, and was released on June 12, 2015 in the United States.[19] The same year, Mann appeared in The Stanford Prison Experiment which also had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival; Mann portrayed the role of Prisoner 416. The film was released in a limited release on July 17, 2015 by IFC Films.[20] Mann also appeared in Barely Lethal; the film, which starred Sophie Turner and Hailee Steinfeld, was released on May 29, 2015 in a limited release and through video on demand by DirecTV Cinema and A24.[21] Also that year, he starred as Tobias Hammell in the drama The Preppie Connection. The film is about Mann's character, a student at a private school, using connections to start a drug trafficking network at the school.[22]

In 2016, he starred as Matt in Some Freaks, a teen romance, Blood Father, opposite William H. Macy and Mel Gibson,[21][23] and the drama Brain on Fire, alongside Chloë Grace Moretz and Jenny Slate.[24]

In 2017, Mann played Reg Slivko in the fantasy action film Kong: Skull Island, and will appear alongside Bella Thorne in the Amityville: The Awakening. The film is scheduled to be released on June 30th 2017 by The Weinstein Company.[25] The same year, he appeared in the acclaimed Fargo episode "The Law of Non-Contradiction".



Year Title Role Note
2010 It's Kind of a Funny Story Aaron Fitzcarraldo
2012 Project X Thomas Kub
Fun Size Roosevelt Leroux
2013 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Ben Wosser
Beautiful Creatures Wesley "Link" Lincoln
As Cool as I Am Kenny Crauder
2014 Welcome to Me Rainer Ybarra
2015 Barely Lethal Roger Marcus
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Greg Gaines Nominated – Indiana Film Journalists Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer
The Stanford Prison Experiment Prisoner 416
Memoria Alex Dratch
2016 The Preppie Connection Tobias Hammel
Blood Father Jason
Some Freaks Matt
Brain on Fire Stephen
2017 Kong: Skull Island Reg Slivko
Amityville: The Awakening Terrence Completed
Lean on Pete Lonnie Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2009 iCarly Jeffery Episode: "iGive Away a Car"
2009 The Middle Brendan Nichols Episode: "The Floating Anniversary"
2017 Fargo Thaddeus Mobley Episode: "The Law of Non-Contradiction"


  1. ^ Jeff Sneider Variety March 23, 2012 (2012-03-23). "'Project X' actor to star in 'King Dork': Thomas Mann tapped for comedy from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay banner". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  2. ^ "Next Factor Q&A: Thomas Mann Fights for His Right to Party in ‘Project X’". February 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-06. ...the now 20-year-old Thomas Mann, who grew up in Dallas, Texas... 
  3. ^ "Mann About Sundance". Interview Magazine. 
  4. ^ "About Thomas". Thomas Mann Online. 22 May 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Harris, Scott (22 April 2011). "Watch Out for Thomas Mann, Who Just Might Be The Man". NextMovie. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Todd Phillips, Joel Silver Plan To Tap Unknowns For Mystery Laugher 'Project X'". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  7. ^ "Film Interview: Cast Of 'Project X' | Buzzine.Com". 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  8. ^ "Exclusive: Todd Phillips Talks 'Project X'". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  9. ^ Kit, Borys (March 6, 2012). "'Project X' Sequel in the Works at Warner Bros. (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  10. ^ Sneider, Jeff (March 23, 2012). "'Project X' actor to star in 'King Dork'". Variety. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "King Dork movie adaptation status update, release date for follow up". May 11, 2009. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  12. ^ "Thomas Mann Bio, Photos, Facts: Fun Size Actor Trivia -". 
  13. ^ Scott Mendelson. "Mendelson's Memos". 
  14. ^ "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters: Thomas Mann On His Character". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  15. ^ "Thomas Mann & Zoey Deutch – Beautiful Creatures". 
  16. ^ As Cool As I Am Official Trailer 2013 (HD) - Claire Danes, James Marsden, Thomas Mann. 21 May 2013 – via YouTube. 
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ "Alchemy - TODAY IS THE BIG DAY! Welcome To Me is in... - Facebook". 
  19. ^ Borys Kit (25 January 2015). "Sundance: Fox Searchlight Nears Record Deal for 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  20. ^ "The Stanford Prison Experiment". IFC Films. 
  21. ^ a b Simon, Rachel. "The Lead Guy In ‘Me And Earl’ AKA Thomas Mann Is About To Be Mega-Famous So Here's What To Know". Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  22. ^ "THE PREPPIE CONNECTION". Coalition Films. 
  23. ^ Dave McNary. "Thomas Mann, Zosia Mamet Join ‘Outliving Emily’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 
  24. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. "Thomas Mann & Jenny Slate Join Dakota Fanning Film ‘Brain On Fire’ - Deadline". Deadline. 
  25. ^ "'Amityville' Won't Haunt Until 2016 - Bloody Disgusting!". Bloody Disgusting!. 

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