Tye Sheridan

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Tye Sheridan
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Sheridan at the 2019 WonderCon promoting Dark Phoenix
Tye Kayle Sheridan

(1996-11-11) November 11, 1996 (age 23)
Years active2011–present

Tye Kayle Sheridan (born November 11, 1996) is an American actor.[2][3][4] He is best known for playing Scott Summers / Cyclops in the X-Men film series (2016–2019), as well as Wade Watts in Ready Player One (2018). Sheridan made his feature film debut in Terrence Malick's experimental drama film The Tree of Life (2011) and had his first leading role in Jeff Nichols's film Mud (2012). He also co-starred in David Gordon Green's drama Joe (2013) and the period thriller The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015).

Early life[edit]

Sheridan was born in Elkhart, Texas.[1] His mother, Stephanie (née Wright) Sheridan, owns a beauty salon, and his father, Bryan Sheridan, is an employee of UPS.[5] He has a younger sister, Madison. He was enrolled in the Elkhart Independent School District until he began his film career and received tutoring on film sets. Sheridan graduated from high school. He is Christian.[6]


Sheridan in 2017

Sheridan made his feature film debut in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, with Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn, after an almost year-long casting search of more than 10,000 children from Texas and Oklahoma.[2] The film premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and went on to be awarded the prestigious Palme d'Or[7] and be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.[8][9]

In 2012, he played the leading role of Ellis in Jeff Nichols' Mud opposite Jacob Lofland and Matthew McConaughey. The coming-of-age drama-thriller film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival[10] and Sheridan received a Critics' Choice Award nomination.[11]

Sheridan also plays Gary Jones in the film Joe, which stars Nicolas Cage playing an ex-con who meets a 15-year-old boy, the eldest child in a homeless family headed by an alcoholic father, and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.[12] For his role he received the Marcello Mastroianni Award for best upcoming young actor at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.[13]

In 2014, he played Will Cutter in the film The Forger, from a script by Richard D'Ovidio, which stars John Travolta. The film follows former child art prodigy and art forger Ray Cutter (Travolta), who arranges to buy his way out of prison so he can spend time with his ailing son (Sheridan) and father (Christopher Plummer), only to be forced to change his plans and commit one last big job for the syndicate that financed his early release.[14]

In 2015, Sheridan starred in the three films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He co-starred opposite Gregg Turkington and Michael Cera in the drama Entertainment, played a prisoner in the film adaptation of The Stanford Prison Experiment, and appeared in Rodrigo Garcia's drama Last Days in the Desert opposite Ewan McGregor, released May 2016.[15] That year, he also had a supporting role in the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Dark Places and the leading role in the horror comedy Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.

Sheridan played the mutant Scott Summers / Cyclops in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse, released on May 27.[16] In 2017, he starred in the war drama The Yellow Birds, opposite Alden Ehrenreich, Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston.[17] Also that year, Sheridan co-starred with Kaitlyn Dever in Grass Stains, a film written and directed by Kyle Wilamowski. He plays a teen discovering his first love (Dever). When a prank goes awry and causes the death of his girlfriend's older brother, the boy must balance his secret guilt with his feelings for the girl.[18][19]

In 2018, Sheridan played Wade Watts, a.k.a. Parzival, the lead character, in Steven Spielberg's science fiction film Ready Player One, which was released on March 29.[20] He then reprised the role of Scott Summers / Cyclops in the 2019 film Dark Phoenix.[21]



Year Title Role Director Notes
2011 The Tree of Life Steve O'Brien Terrence Malick
2012 Mud Ellis Jeff Nichols
2013 Joe Gary Jones David Gordon Green
2014 The Forger Will Cutter Philip Martin
2015 Entertainment Eddie the Opener Rick Alverson
Last Days in the Desert Son Rodrigo García
The Stanford Prison Experiment Peter Mitchell Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Dark Places Young Ben Day Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse Ben Goudy Christopher B. Landon
2016 Detour Harper James Christopher Smith
X-Men: Apocalypse Scott Summers / Cyclops Bryan Singer
2017 The Yellow Birds Daniel Murphy Alexandre Moors
All Summers End Conrad Stevens Kyle Wilamowski
2018 Ready Player One Wade Watts / Parzival Steven Spielberg
Age Out[22][23] Richie A.J. Edwards
Deadpool 2 Scott Summers / Cyclops David Leitch Cameo
The Mountain Andy Rick Alverson
2019 Dark Phoenix Scott Summers / Cyclops Simon Kinberg
TBA The Night Clerk Bart Bromley Michael Cristofer Post-production
TBA Voyagers Christopher Neil Burger Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Last Man Standing Justin 3 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Sky Fibre - X-Men Apocalypse - Television Advertisement Scott Summers / Cyclops Set after the events of
X-Men: Apocalypse[24][25]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Central Ohio Film Critics Association[26] Best Ensemble
(shared with The Tree of Life crew)
The Tree of Life Nominated
2013 Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 70th Venice International Film Festival[13] Best New Young Actor Joe Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award[27] Best Youth Performance Mud Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2013 Most Promising Performer Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award[28] Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Male Won
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award[29] Youth in Film Won
Georgia Film Critics Association[30] Breakthrough Award Joe, Mud Nominated
2014 Robert Altman Award At Independent Spirit Awards[31][32] Best Ensemble
(shared with Mud crew)
Mud Won
Critics' Choice Movie Award[11] Best Young Actor/Actress Nominated
Empire Awards[33] Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer Nominated
2017 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards[34] Favorite Squad
(shared with X-Men: Apocalypse crew)
X-Men: Apocalypse Nominated
2018 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Kiss (with Olivia Cooke) Ready Player One Nominated
Best On-Screen Team (with Olivia Cooke, all of the Overlook Hotel characters, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki and Lena Waithe) Nominated
2018 Shanghai International Film Festival - Golden Goblet Award Best Actor Friday's Child Won


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  2. ^ a b "The Tree of Life Official Press (pag 21)" (PDF). Festival-Cannes.com. June 13, 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
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  13. ^ a b "Official Awards of the 70th Venice Film Festival". labiennale.org. December 9, 2013. Archived from the original on November 20, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  14. ^ "'Mud' Star Tye Sheridan Joins John Travolta in 'The Forger'". Thewrap.com. August 22, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  15. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony. "Broad Green Sets 2016 Dates For 'Infiltrator', 'Last Days In The Desert' & 'Dark Horse'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  16. ^ Ford, Rebecca; Kit, Borys (December 5, 2013). "Release Date Announced for X-Men: Apocalypse". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 27, 2014. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
  17. ^ Busch, Anita (October 6, 2015). "Jack Huston & Jennifer Aniston Join War Pic 'The Yellow Birds'". Deadline Hollywood.
  18. ^ "'Mud' Breakout Actor in Talks to Star in Indie 'Grass Stains' (Exclusive)". HollywoodReporter.com. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  19. ^ "Sheridan and Dever to Lead Grass Stains". movies.ie. July 11, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  20. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (February 24, 2016). "Steven Spielberg Taps Tye Sheridan For Lead In 'Ready Player One' Based On Ernest Cline Novel". Deadline Hollywood.
  21. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (June 14, 2017). "Fox Formalizes Simon Kinberg To Helm 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'; Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy Back, Jessica Chastain In Talks". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  22. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (7 March 2018). "'Friday's Child' Clip: Tye Sheridan Goes On A Crime Spree In Visionary SXSW Drama". Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  23. ^ 'Age Out': Film Review
  24. ^ Sky Fibre and X-Men: Apocalypse TV Ad - Extended Cut
  25. ^ Sky Fibre and X-Men: Apocalypse TV Ad - Behind the Scenes (Visual Effects)
  26. ^ "Press release: 2011 Central Ohio Film Critics Association awards nominees". Reeltimes.blogspot.it. January 1, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  27. ^ WAFCA [@WAFCA] (August 12, 2012). "WAFCA Winner: Best Youth Performance: Tye Sheridan (Mud)" (Tweet). Retrieved March 24, 2013 – via Twitter.
  28. ^ "Phoenix Film Critics Society 2013 Awards Winners". phoenixfilmcriticssociety.org. December 17, 2013. Archived from the original on December 30, 2013.
  29. ^ "'12 Years' Wins Over Las Vegas Film Critics". moviemezzanine.com. December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  30. ^ "Official Awards of Georgia Film Critics Association". georgiafilmcritics.org. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  31. ^ "2014 Spirit Awards: '12 Years A Slave', 'All Is Lost', 'Frances Ha', 'Inside Llewyn Davis' & 'Nebraska' Nab Best Feature Noms". Deadline Hollywood. November 26, 2013. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  32. ^ "Jeff Nichols, 'Mud' cast win Independent Spirit Altman Award". arktimes.com. November 27, 2013. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  33. ^ "Empire Awards Nomination 2014". empireonline.com. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  34. ^ "Kids' Choice Awards 2017: The Complete List". E! News. March 12, 2017.

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