Phil of the Future
“I'd love to do something that shows I can be versatile in my acting; more movies with a lot of depth. I love being on Disney, but I don't want to be Pim Diffy forever.” Amy Bruckner
Teen actress Amy Bruckner is best known to television viewers as Pim Diffy on the Disney Channel series “Phil of the Future” (2004-2006), which starred Ricky Ullman as the main character. She was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her performance. Amy also voiced Haley Long in Disney's animated series “American Dragon: Jake Long” (2005-2007). Prior to her breakout role in “Phil of the Future,” Bruckner had guest starred in the popular series “ER,” “Ally McBeal” and “Judging Amy.” On the big screen, the Colorado native played Annie in “Rebound” (2005) and Bess in “Nancy Drew” (2007, shared a Young Artist nomination).
Bruckner is an ardent tap dancer. She also enjoys mountain biking and swimming and enjoys listening to music, drawing and sketching. She has an Australian cattle dog named Tilly.
Childhood and Family:
Amelia Ellen Bruckner, who would later be popular as Amy Bruckner, was born on March 28, 1991, in Conifer, Colorado. She has on older sister named Annye R. Bruckner. Amy graduated from the Athens Academy in Athens, Georgia. She went on to attend the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
“I'm a straight A student. I'm very proud of that.” Amy Bruckner
Amy Bruckner began acting at age 10. Her first television gig was in an episode of “ER” called “A Simple Twist of Fate” (2002), where she played Ariel. Shortly thereafter, she appeared in episodes of “Ally McBeal” (2002, as Hayley) and “The West Wing” (2002, as Sally), and in 2003, in episodes of “Regular Joe” (as Allissa), “American Dreams” (as Alaine) and “Judging Amy” (as Emily Michaels).
Bruckner received her first recurring role in the Fox sitcom “Oliver Beene,” which ran from March 2003 to September 2004. She portrayed Susan Brotsky in the episodes “Space Race” (2003), “Lord of the Bees” (2003), “Disposa-Boy” (2004) and “Fallout” (2004). However, she did not make her debut as a series regular until she was cast as younger sister Pim Diffy in the Disney Channel situation comedy series “Phil of the Future” (2004-2006). She was nominated for a 2006 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actress for her performance in the show. Costars of the series included Ricky Ullman, Craig Anton and Lise Simms.
Bruckner made her television movie debut in the science fiction thriller “They Are Among Us” (2004), opposite Corbin Bernsen, Bruce Boxleitner, Lacey Beeman and Hunter Tylo. It was followed by a small role in Disney's television movie “Costume Party Capers: The Incredibles” (2004), starring Creagen Dow and Brock Kelly. Still in 2004, she began her recurring role of Zoe in the Fox popular sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle” in the November 14, 2004, episode “Buseys Run Away.” She would reprise the role in the 2005 episodes “Hal Sleepwalks” and “Dewey's Opera.”
Bruckner kicked off her feature film career with a supporting part as Annie in the comedy “Rebound” (2005). The ill-received movie starred Martin Lawrence and was directed by Steve Carr. Also that year, the teen actress landed her second regular role on the Disney Channel animated comedy adventure series “American Dragon: Jake Long,” which premiered on January 21, 2005. As the voice of Jake's little sister, Haley Long, she would remain in the series until its demise on September 1, 2007.
2007 saw Bruckner return to the big screen as Bess Marvin in “Nancy Drew,” loosely adapted from a popular series of mystery novels. Starring Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew and helmed by Andrew Fleming, the movie earned mixed reviews and grossed over $30 million worldwide with an original budget of $20 million. She shared a 2008 Young Artist Award nomination in the category of Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast for her work in the film.