Spy Kids 3
Actor and hip-hop artist Bobby Edner entered show business in the mid-1990s. He picked up a Young Artist Award for his guest role in “Step by Step” (1997) and Young Artist nominations for his performance in “Touched by an Angel” (1999), “Charmed” (2001) and “Do Over” (2002). He was also nominated for the Young Artist Award in the Best Leading Young Actor category for his work in the TV movies “The Day the World Ended” (2001) and “The Trial of Old Drum” (2002) and Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film category in the last sequel of the Spy Kids trilogy, “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over” (2003), where he also sang the song “Heart Drive.” Other feature film credits include Albert Brooks' “The Muse” (1999), the award winning indie film “The Penny Promise” (2001), Joe Dante's “Haunted Lighthouse” (2003) and “Welcome to Paradise” (2007).
In the hip-hop scene, Edner is probably best recognized for his dancing homage to Michael Jackson in the Alien Ant Farms remake video of “Smooth Criminal” (2001), which became the second most requested video on MTV at the time. Under the name “Bob-e,” Edner is now working on a music album with his boy band, Varsity Fanclub.
Edner cites Ed Norton, Martin Lawrence, Charlize Theron and Cameron Diaz as his favorite actors. He enjoys watching the movies “"A Knights Tale,” “Bad Boys 2” and “Pirates of Caribbean” and the television shows “Friends” and “Just Shoot Me.” He also idolizes such singers as Justin Timberlake, Eminem and 50 Cent.
Childhood and Family:
Bobby Edner was born Robert Charles Edner on October 5, 1988, in Downey, California. He is the son of Bob Edner and Cindy Trent and older brother of actress Ashley Edner (born on December 17, 1989).
An excellent student, Bobby, whose nicknames are Bubba and Bud, is a passionate golfer and played basketball for the Hollywood Knights Celebrity team. In addition to sports, he also writes songs and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
A Date with Destiny
Californian Bobby Edner began appearing in television commercials at age 7 with gigs for Intel, and Good Humor Ice Cream. Two years later, he landed a guest role in a 1997 episode of the Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers comedy series “Step by Step” called “Too Many Santas.” His performance on the show won a 1999 Young Artist for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series-Guest Starring Young Actor.
After the auspicious debut, Edner received guest roles in a string of television shows, including “Ellen,” “Saved by the Bell: The New Class,” “Baywatch,” “Profiler,” “Chicago Hope” (all 1998), “ER,” “The Pretender,” “Seven Days” and “Martial Law” (all 1999). His one episode role of Jimmy Avery in “Touched by an Angel” in 1999 garnered the young actor a Young Artist nomination. Edner made his television movie debut opposite Emilio Estevez in the Steven Brill comedy “Late Last Night” (1999). It was also that year that he had his first taste of acting in front of the big screen camera when he acted in Albert Brooks' “The Muse,” which starred Albert Brooks and Sharon Stone. He also appeared in several television advertisements, including ads for Alaska Airlines, Buick, Atlantic Gas, HoneyBaked Ham, Puffs, and Bissell.
In the early 2000s, Edner remained active on the small screen doing guest spots in such series as “Then Came You,” “Titus,” “The Amanda Show,” “Providence,” “Mad TV” and “The Agency.” For his portrayal of Ari in an episode of the Aaron Spelling produced hit “Charmed” in 2001, he received a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series: Guest Starring Young Actor. Still in 2001, he portrayed Kevin Hitchcock in the film “Dumb Luck” (2001), along side Scott Baio and Tracy Nelson, costarred with Jay Acovone in the 12-minute short “The Seventh Sense,” a spoof of the highly successful Bruce Willis vehicle “The Sixth Sense,” and provided his vocals to the animated film “Monsters, Inc.” In the independent film “The Penny Promise” (2001), which won Best Feature Comedy awards at the 2001 Burbank International Children's Film Festival and the 2002 International Family Film Festival, Edner was cast with Scott Christopher and Jennifer Capo. He was nominated for a Young Artist for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Special - Leading Young Actor in the TV movie remake of “The Day the World Ended” (HBO, 2001).
Following guest appearances in “7th Heaven,” “The Chronicle,” “Philly” and “The Division,” Edner starred as the young Charlie Burden in “The Trial of Old Drum” (2002), a based-on-true story TV movie directed by Sean McNamara. Delivering a good acting job, he picked up a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a TV Movie (Drama) - Leading Young Actor. He revisited TV as a guest star in “JAG,” “Birds of Prey,” “Judging Amy” and “Samurai Jack” and earned his next Young Artist nomination for his role of Larry Nachman in the comedy series “Do Over” (all 2002).
The next year, Edner did voiceover work for the Disney animated sequel “The Jungle Book 2,” which also featured voices from John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment and Mae Whitman. In the Joe Dante directed “Haunted Lighthouse” (2003), he portrayed a ghost named Edgar. Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Rachel Hunter, Matt Weinberg and Sara Paxton also acted in the movie. Also in 2003, Edner joined Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara for the third and last installment “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over,” which was written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. Playing Francis, he co-won a 2004 Young Artist nomination for Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film. In addition to acting, he sang “Heart Drive” for the movie soundtrack and performed the song with costar Alexa Vega at the movie's premiere in Austin, Texas. Edner also played Justin Smith in a 2004 episode of “Veronica Mars” and three years later, returned to the cinematic industry to portray the son of Crystal Bernard in the family drama “Welcome to Paradise” (2007).
In addition to his movie, television and commercial work, Edner is a professional hip-hop artist. Thanks to his dancing homage to Michael Jackson in the Alien Ant Farm cover of “Smooth Criminal,” he became an instant star in 2001 and the video became one of the most requested videos of the year on MTV. Currently, Edner, who was an original member of the musical group “NLT,” is a member of a boy band group called Varsity Fanclub, which is signed to the Capital Music Group/Virgin label. He is the youngest member of the group.
Young Artist: Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Guest Starring Young Actor, “Step by Step,” 1999