A.J. Trauth is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Alan Twitty in the Disney Channel series “Even Stevens” (2000- 2002). He also portrayed the character in the TV film sequel “The Even Stevens Movie” (2003). Making his debut in the 1999 TV film “Search for the Jewel of Polaris: Mysterious Museum,” the Chicago native has since acted in a number of movies and television series. Trauth had recurring roles in “Oliver Beene,” “Reba,” “House M.D.” and “Pepper Dennis,” has guest starred in such shows as “The Amanda Show,” “7th Heaven,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Numb3rs” and “Bones” and played roles in the TV films “You Wish!” (2003), “Mystery Woman: Game Time” (2005) and “Wild Hearts” (2006). He also had small roles in the motion pictures “Happy Endings” (2005) and “The Last Word” (2008) and was the voice of Josh Mankey in Disney's animated series “Kim Possible” (2002 and 2004).
On the music front, Trauth is the lead singer and guitar player of the rock group Mavin, which he formed with his brothers. He also writes songs.
The hazel eyed performer was once named one of Vanity Fair Magazine's “Hottest Teens.”
Childhood and Family:
Andrew James Trauth, commonly known as A.J. Trauth, was born on September 14, 1986, in Chicago, Illinois. His family later moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where his father owns a guitar shop called AJ's Music and Vintage Guitars. Andrew has two older brothers named Chris and Pete.
A.J. loves music, acting and math. He took acting classes at John Robert Powers in Las Vegas. Other interests include skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding and wakeboarding. He counts The Beatles, Derek and the Dominos, Weezer, and Jimi Hendrix among his favorite musicians. He has two golden retrievers named Dylan and Nikko.
A.J. is often called by the nicknames AJ and Jacks.
A.J. Trauth kicked off his professional acting career in 1999 when he landed the starring role of Ben in the made-for-TV film “Search for the Jewel of Polaris: Mysterious Museum,” opposite Brianna Brown as Kim. The movie was directed by David Schmoeller and written by Adam Wohl. His big breakthrough arrived when he was cast in the regular role of Alan Twitty, the best friend of Louis Anthony Stevens (played by Shia LaBeouf), in the teen comedy series “Even Stevens.” Debuting on the Disney Channel on June 17, 2000, the show ran for three seasons until June 2, 2003. For his acting job, Trauth received a 2002 Young Artist nomination in the category of Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Leading Young Actor. He later reprised his role of Alan Twitty in the TV movie version of the show, “The Even Stevens Movie,” which aired on the same network on June 13, 2003.
Trauth also made a guest appearance in an episode of “The Amanda Show” (2000) while still working on “Even Stevens.” After the show left the airwaves, he supported Phil Hendrie in the unsold pilot “Phil at the Gate” (2003) and starred as Alex Lansing in the Disney Channel Original Movie “You Wish!” (2003), an adaptation of the 1991 novel “If I Had One Wish” by Jackie French Koller. He also appeared in two episodes of the adventure show “Oliver Beene” (2003, as Harvey Dillman) and played Jordan James in “Getting to Know You” (2003), an episode of the series “7th Heaven.”
In 2004, Trauth was directed by Shawn Levy in the television movie “The Deerings,” had the noted recurring role of Scott in the sitcom “Reba,” which starred Reba McEntire, and provided the voice of Chet in an episode of Disney's “Fillmore.” He also received the prominent voice role of Josh Mankey in two episodes of Disney's “Kim Possible,” which marked his return to the animated TV series after a previous gig in 2002 in an episode called “October 31st” in which he originated the voice role of Josh Mankey.
Trauth made the leap to feature films with a small role in Lions Gate Entertainment's “Happy Endings” (2005), which was written and directed by Don Roos and starred Lisa Kudrow, Steve Coogan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Jesse Bradford, Jason Ritter, Tom Arnold, and Bobby Cannavale. He also appeared in the ambitious short film “Fellowship,” played Cameron in the made-for-TV film “Mystery Woman: Game Time” (The Hallmark Channel) and guest starred in such TV shows as “Ghost Whisperer” (1 episode, as Tom), “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (1 episode, as Dexter), “Numb3rs” (1 episode, as Jake) and “House M.D.” (2 episodes, also 2005).
2006 saw Trauth reunited with Disney Channel when he did a voiceover on an episode of the network's half hour cartoon series “Brandy & Mr. Whiskers,” called “Time for Waffles.” He next played Mitch, the younger brother of TV reporter Pepper Dennis (played by Rebecca Romjin), in several episodes of the comedy “Pepper Dennis” (2006). The show aired on The WB from April 4 to July 2, 2006. He then teamed up with Richard Thomas, Nancy McKeon, Hallee Hirsh and Geoffrey Lewis for the television film “Wild Hearts,” which aired on July 8, 2006.
Trauth next appeared in “The Last World,” an offbeat romance starring Winona Ryder and Wes Bentley, which was written and directed by Geoffrey Haley. The film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was released in April 2008. Also in April 2009, Trauth appeared in the episode “Mayhem on a Cross” of the Fox series “Bones.”
Trauth has completed filming “Tango Late” (“The Green Cafe”), a drama scheduled for a 2010 release. Costars in the film include Shalim Ortiz, Lorena Bernal, Agnes-Nicole Winter, Spencer Rochfort, and Brett Novek.
Outside of acting, A. J. Trauth plays the guitar and sings for the rock band Mavin (formerly known as the Badge). The group also includes his brothers, Chris and Pete, Mike Trobiani, and Dan Kremer. They have released several songs to date. Trauth also sang with the “Disney Channel Circle of Stars,” where he performed Elton John's “Circle of Life,” and sang the theme song for “American Dragon: Jake Long” for the first season. A star of “Even Stevens,” Trauth performed “Sacramento Girl” and the songs “I Always Find a Way,” “Sixth Period” and “Master of the Gym” in the episodes “Battle of the Bands” (2000) and “Influenza: The Musical” (2002), respectively. He also wrote “Dawn Patrol” for the episode “Surf's Up” (2003). In the TV film “You Wish!” (2003), he wrote a song titled “Now and Again.”