Zachary Gordon

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Zachary Gordon
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Gordon at a screening of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Born
Zachary Adam Gordon

(1998-02-15) February 15, 1998 (age 20)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active2006–present

Zachary Adam Gordon (born February 15, 1998) is an American actor. Beginning his professional acting career at the age of eight, Gordon is a three-time Young Artist Award Best Leading Young Actor nominee, best known for playing Greg Heffley in the first three films of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film franchise.

Personal life[edit]

Gordon was born in Oak Park, California, to Linda and Kenneth Gordon.[1] He has two brothers and was raised in Southern California.[2][3][4] Zach graduated from a public high school in Oak Park.[1][5][6] He is Jewish.[7]

Career[edit]

Gordon's resumé includes multiple television appearances, on programs such as How I Met Your Mother and All of Us.[8] He has also appeared in the 2008 opening of Desperate Housewives, plus two other episodes, and in two episodes of 24, which aired in January 2009. He also appeared in three episodes (2014) as a guest star on Tim Allen's sitcom, where he played Tim's daughter's boyfriend.

His film credits (2007–2008) include Sex and Death 101, Lower Learning, the Garry Marshall film Georgia Rule (for which he won the "Young Artist Award" for his portrayal of Ethan), The Brothers Bloom, as Young Bloom, and alongside Nicolas Cage in National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) and many others.

Gordon has been credited with numerous voice over roles including "Brad Spolyt" in The Chubbchubbs Save Xmas, "Ricky Garcia" in Project Gilroy, "San San" in Nick Jr.'s Ni Hao, Kai-Lan and The Mighty B!

He is a series regular as the voice of Gil, one of the lead roles in the Nickelodeon series, Bubble Guppies. Gordon has voice cameo acted as Baby Melman in the animated film, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Kotaro in Afro Sumurai: Resurrection, and Young Tony Stark in The Super Hero Squad Show. In 2010, he played Greg Heffley in the film Diary of a Wimpy Kid. In 2011 he appeared as Papi Jr. in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 and as Paws in Disney's The Search for Santa Paws.

In June 2010, 20th Century Fox announced a sequel to Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Gordon returned as Greg Heffley and the film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, was released on March 25, 2011. It was the #1 movie within the box office in the United States for the following two weeks.[9]

In 2011, Gordon provided voices for Charlie Brown, Linus and Franklin on the comedy show Robot Chicken, and in 2012, he reprised the role of Greg Heffley for the last time in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. In the fourth film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, he was replaced by Jason Drucker. In October 2013, Gordon was chosen to host a miniseries for Nintendo, called Skylander's Boomcast on YouTube channel SkylandersGame, reviewing and talking about the very successful video game series Skylanders.[10]

Additional films for 2013 included The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and a role as "Pete Kidder" in Walden Media's and Hallmark Channel's Pete's Christmas with veteran actor Bruce Dern playing his cantankerous grandfather.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2007 Because I Said So Little Arthur Uncredited
The Chubbchubbs Save Xmas Brad Spoylt Short film
Georgia Rule Ethan [11]
National Treasure: Book of Secrets Lincoln Conspiracy Kid [11]
Sex and Death 101 Barbeque Brat
2008 The Brothers Bloom Young Bloom
Four Christmases Kid #6 in Jump-Jump
Lower Learning Frankie Fowler [12]
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Baby Melman Voice cameo [12]
2009 The Search for Santa Paws Paws Direct to video; voice; main role [11]
2010 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley Lead role [12]
2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Papi Junior Direct to video; voice [11]
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Greg Heffley Lead role [13]
2012 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Class Clown Greg Heffley Short film
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Greg Heffley Lead role
Young Paul Ryan Young Paul Ryan Short film
2013 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Will
2014 The Boxcar Children Henry Alden Voice
Yellowbird Max Voice; English version
2015 Huevos: Little Rooster's Egg-cellent Adventure Rolo Voice; English version
Killing Animals Jeremy
2016 Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Young Ravus Voice
Norm of the North Norm Cub Voice; uncredited
2017 The Gettysburg Address Daniel Skelly Voice

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2006, 2007 All of Us Richie 2 episodes
2006, 2009 How I Met Your Mother Stacy's son, Tyler Stinson (Grant), Ted's nephew 3 episodes [11]
2007, 2011 Robot Chicken Charlie Brown, Linus 2 episodes; voice
2008 David's Solution Little David Television film
Desperate Housewives Little Robin Hood "Now You Know"
MADtv The Joker 1 episode
The Mighty B! Gwen's Brother #4 1 episode; voice [12]
Special Agent Oso Rasheed/Tyler "License to Chill/GoldenFly," "The Man with the Golden Retriever/The Chairs Are Not Enough"; voice
2008, 2009 Handy Manny Little Lopart "Abuelito's Telescope/Little Lopart", "Lyle & Leland Lopart/Blackout on the Block"; voice
2008–2009 Ni Hao, Kai-lan San San 15 episodes
2008, 2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Young Bruce Wayne, Young Aqualad 3 episodes; voice
2009 24 8 Year-Old Boy 2 episodes
Afro Samurai: Resurrection Kotaro Television film; voice
2011 Childrens Hospital Cody/Mike 1 episode
Family Guy Homeless Little Boy 1 episode
2011–2012 Bubble Guppies Gil Voice; main role
2012 R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Seth/Seti 1 episode [14]
The Unprofessional Dylan Television film
2013 Pete's Christmas Pete Kidder Television film
Uncle Grandpa Belly Kid 1 episode; voice
2014 Last Man Standing Andrew 3 episodes
2016 Dead of Summer Jason "Blotter" Cohen Recurring role
Pals Himself Director; television film
2016, 2017 Star Wars Rebels Mart Mattin, Imperial Technician #1 2 episodes; voice
2017 The Good Doctor Brandon "Apple"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor (Comedy or Musical) Georgia Rule Won
2010 Sierra Award Youth in Film Diary of a Wimpy Kid Nominated
2011 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Diary of a Wimpy Kid Nominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Diary of a Wimpy Kid Won
2012 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Nominated
2013 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Nominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fischer, Sophia (June 26, 2008). "Child actor learning Hollywood ways". The Acorn. Retrieved March 11, 2010.
  2. ^ Baylen, Ashley (August 21, 2012) Top 20 Under 40 Los Angeles- Zachary Gordon – Page1. Shalom Life. Retrieved on March 23, 2014.
  3. ^ Miller, Gerri (February 2012). "Zachary Gordon: The Wimpy Kid". Buzzyquote. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  4. ^ Lara, Monica (December 9, 2012) Chabad hosts Hanukkah celebration in Oak Park » Ventura County Star. Vcstar.com.
  5. ^ Fischer, Sophia (March 11, 2010). "Oak Park boy stars in 'Wimpy Kid' film". The Acorn. Retrieved March 11, 2010.
  6. ^ http://www.shalomlife.com/culture/17783/top-20-under-40-los-angeles-zachary-gordon/?PageSpeed=noscript
  7. ^ http://celebsiren.com/zachary-gordon-greg-heffley/
  8. ^ "Zachary Gordon". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Kit, Borys (June 23, 2010). "David Bowers to direct 'Wimpy' sequel". The Hollywood Reporter. e5 Global Media. Archived from the original on June 27, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  10. ^ Martin, John Llewellyn (October 4, 2013). "Skylander: Swap Force Video: The Boomcast Premieres". Screen Crush. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  11. ^ a b c d e "Zachary Gordon: Credits". TVGuide. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  12. ^ a b c d "Zachary Gordon New York Times Film Credits". The New York Times. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  13. ^ Hale, Mike (March 24, 2011). "The Sequel to 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'". The New York Times. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  14. ^ ""Wimpy Kid" Zachary Gordon wants his "Mummy" in a new episode of "The Haunting Hour"". Retrieved February 23, 2012.

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