Ty Simpkins

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Ty Simpkins
Born (2001-08-06) August 6, 2001 (age 18)[1]
Years active2001–present
RelativesRyan Simpkins (sister)

Ty Simpkins (born August 6, 2001) is an American actor. His major film roles include Insidious (2011) and its sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), Iron Man 3 (2013), Jurassic World (2015) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Life and career[edit]

Simpkins was born in New York City, to Monique Simpkins.[2] He first appeared on TV when he was three weeks old. His first role was on One Life to Live where he shared the recurring role as John "Jack" Cramer. Simpkins soon started a recurring role as Jude Cooper Bauer on Guiding Light, in which he went on to be "Jude" for about four years. He guest starred in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and a handful of commercials and print ads.

Simpkins made his film debut in Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds (2005).[2] Next was a featured role in All the King's Men (2006) where he played a young version of Jude Law's character; leading up to Simpkins' playing Aaron in the multiple-award-winning Little Children (2006).[3][4] Simpkins went on to film Pride and Glory (2008), in which he and his sister, actress Ryan Simpkins, play the children of Colin Farrell. Simpkins also completed Gardens of the Night (2008) and then in Revolutionary Road (2008), in which he again starred alongside his real-life sister Ryan.[5][6] Simpkins has guest-starred on CSI, Private Practice and Family of Four. In September 2009, he signed on to play Luke in the 2010 film The Next Three Days.[7] He also played Dalton Lambert in Insidious (2011) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013).

In 2013, Simpkins starred alongside Robert Downey, Jr. in the live-action film Iron Man 3, as Stark's sidekick, Harley Keener (he also reprises his role in Lego Marvel's Avengers). This was the first time a child had been featured prominently in the Iron Man films.[8] He appeared in Iron Man 3 director Shane Black's 2016 film, The Nice Guys. In 2019 he reprised the role of Harley Keener in a cameo during Tony Stark's funeral at the end of the film Avengers: Endgame.

Simpkins starred in the 2015 blockbuster Jurassic World, and appeared as Adam in Meadowland.[9][10]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 War of the Worlds 3 Year Old Boy
2006 Little Children Aaron Adamson
2008 Gardens of the Night Dylan Whitehead
2008 Pride and Glory Matthew Egan
2008 Revolutionary Road Michael Wheeler
2009 Family of Four Tommy Baker
2009 Abracadabra Tucker Short film
2010 The Next Three Days Luke Brennan
2011 Insidious Dalton Lambert
2012 Arcadia Nat
2012 Extracted Young Anthony
2013 Iron Man 3 Harley Keener
2013 Insidious: Chapter 2 Dalton Lambert
2015 Hangman Max Miller
2015 Meadowland Adam
2015 Jurassic World Gray Mitchell
2016 The Nice Guys Bobby
2017 Barbados Gary
2018 Insidious: The Last Key Dalton Lambert Archive footage
2019 Avengers: Endgame Harley Keener Cameo
Year Title Role Notes
2001–2002 One Life to Live Jack Manning 4 episodes
2001–2005 Guiding Light Jude Cooper Bauer 47 episodes
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jake Nikos Episode: "Ex Stasis"
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tyler Waldrip Episode: "A Thousand Days on Earth"
2008 Private Practice Braden Tisch Episode: "Past Tense"
2016 Family Guy Little Drummer Boy Episode: "How the Griffin Stole Christmas"
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Lego Jurassic World Gray Mitchell Voice
2015 Lego Dimensions Gray Mitchell Voice
Year Title Role Notes
2018 Cabaret Ernst Debatable Productions
2019 Annie Rooster

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result
Saturn Award
2014 Iron Man 3 Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated
2016 Jurassic World Won
Young Artist Awards
2016 Jurassic World Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor (11 - 13) Nominated
Young Entertainer Awards
2016 Jurassic World Best Younger Actor Nominated
Broadway World Los Angeles Awards
2018 Cabaret Best Supporting Actor Nominated[11]


  1. ^ Simpkins, Ty (August 6, 2018). "Hey thanks everyone". Twitter.
  2. ^ a b Riordan, Kevin (June 18, 2006). "Child actors play for a living". Courier Post. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
  3. ^ Vancheri, Barbara (December 30, 2006). "Study in Suburban Angst". Google archive. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 53. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  4. ^ Douresseaux, Leroy (June 7, 2007). "Winslet and Haley Anchor Little Children (2007 Oscar Nominee)". Comicbookbin. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  5. ^ "A 'Titanic'Class Reunion". Newsweek. December 8, 2008. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  6. ^ "Leonardo DiCaprio with his siblings Ryan and Ty". Insider. August 8, 2007. Archived from the original on July 8, 2009. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  7. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (September 23, 2009). "Trio pencil in 'Three Days'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 9, 2009. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  8. ^ Zorianna, Kit. ""Iron Man 3" goes back to basics in a quest to save the U.S." Reuters. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  9. ^ Iron Man 3 Exclusive: Ty Simpkins Talks Cut Kiss Scene & 3 Picture Deal
  10. ^ Ty Simpkins Lands Lead In ‘Jurassic World’
  11. ^ https://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/Vote-For-The-2018-BroadwayWorld-Los-Angeles-Award-WAITRESS-Leads-Best-Musical-Tour-20181126

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