The Sixth Sense
“For me, choice is the most important thing because I’m going to be an adult actor pretty soon. So I’ve got to be choosing the right roles now so that by the time I get to that age there will be wide options available.” Haley Joel Osment
One of the most acknowledged and versatile young stars, Haley Joel Osment was launched to stardom with his Academy Award-nominating role of the haunted little boy Cole Sear in one of the most-popular supernatural thrillers ever made, The Sixth Sense (1999). Osment’s performance was critically applauded and he was garnered such awards as a Las Vegas Film Critics Society award, a Broadcast Film Critics Association award, a Kansas City Film Critics Circle award, an Online Film Critics Society award, a Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association award, a Saturn award, a Golden Satellite award and a Blockbuster Entertainment award, as well as received a Screen Actors Guild, a Golden Globe and a MTV Movie nomination. He is also memorable for playing roles in films like the critically panned Pay It Forward (2001, won a Blockbuster Entertainment award), Steven Spielberg’s A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001, won a Saturn award), Edges of the Lord (2001) and Secondhand Lions (2003). On television, Osment made a name for himself as a skillful actor with his two-times Hollywood Reporter Young Star award-winning performances in the made-for-cable films Last Stand at Saber River (1997) and Cab to Canada (1999).
Off screen, blond-haired, blue-eyed Osment is a vegan and is an avid fan of the bands Radiohead, Coldplay, Incubus, REM, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Jimmi Hendrix. An animal lover, Osment has a dog named Asuki and a couple of Leopard Ghekos from Pakistan.
Childhood and Family:
“I think I got the feel for it from my dad. He’s a great actor. He’s been acting on stage for 12 years now. And I got the feel immediately. Dad’s been helping me all the way. It comes naturally for me. I think it got passed down from dad.” Haley Joel Osment on his acting inspiration
On April 10, 1988, Haley Joel Osment was born in Los Angeles, California. His father, Michael Eugene Osment, is an actor and his mother, Theresa Osment, is a school teacher. He has a younger sister, actress Emily Jordan Osment (born in 1992). He attended Flintridge Prep in La Canada, California, and was a straight-A student.
Haley Joel Osment, whose nickname is HJO, currently resides in Glendale, California, with his parents and his younger sister, Emily. During his off time, he likes traveling, bike riding, playing video games, building models, painting and drawing. A sports lover, Haley also plays soccer and golf.
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
Scouted by casting directors in the play-area of a furniture store while shopping with his parents, Haley Joel Osment was invited to audition for a Pizza Hut commercial. This 5-year-old boy eventually won the part and the ad subsequently launched his career. His blond hair, expressive blue eyes and moon face quickly captured the attention of film director Robert Zemeckis who handed the young player a film role as Tom Hanks’ son, Forest Junior, in the Oscar-winning smash hit Forest Gump (1994). The same year, he also made his television acting debut as Kyle in the made-for-TV film Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg (1994) and then played Edward Asner’s grandson on the short-lived ABC sitcom “Thunder Alley” (1994-95) and Jeff Foxworthy’s son in “The Jeff Foxworthy Show” (ABC, 1995-96; NBC, 1996-97). In between his regular work on TV, Osment continued to take on small roles in films like Mixed Nuts (1994) and For Better or Worse (1996), and demonstrated he was more than an adorable sitcom actor in Norman Jewison’s family film Bogus (1996), where he portrayed a newly orphaned boy who communicates with the titular fantasy character (Gerard Depardieu).
By the time he was 9, Osment had netted two Hollywood Reporter YoungStar awards for his bright performances in the made-for-TV movies Last Stand at Saber River (1997, costarring opposite veteran Tom Selleck) and Cab to Canada (1998, with Maureen O’Hara). The busy young actor was then seen as the son of single mother Brown (Candice Bergen) on the popular CBS sitcom “Murphy Brown” (1998), a boy genius in The Pretender (1998) and a young boy dying of cancer in a touching episode of “Ally McBeal (1999).
Osment’s biggest break, however, arrived with the supernatural thriller hit The Sixth Sense (1999), costarring Bruce Willis and Toni Collette. As Cole Sear, a disturbed youngster who seemingly possesses psychic abilities, Osment was so convincing that many critics, even those who had problems with the film, admired his performance. Haley earned a Best Supporting Oscar nomination for his work in the film. In addition, Osment took home countless awards, including a Las Vegas Film Critics Society, a Broadcast Film Critics Association, a Kansas City Film Critics Circle, an Online Film Critics Society and a Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actor, as well as a Saturn for Best Young Actor, a Golden Satellite for Outstanding New Talent and a Blockbuster Entertainment for Favorite Newcomer. His sterling turn also brought Osment nominations at the Screen Actors Guild, the Golden Globe and the MTV Movie awards. After the much-talk-about performance, he soon became one of the most-recognized and versatile young actors working in film.
He followed the phenomenal success with another exceptional performance as Trevor McKinney, opposite Academy Award-winners Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey, in the Mimi Leder-directed drama-romance Pay It Forward (2001). Though the film was panned by critics, Osment’s fine performance won him critical raves and a 2001 Blockbuster Entertainment for Favorite Supporting Actor. The actor cemented his position as one of the leading young actors in Hollywood when the renowned filmmaker Steven Spielberg cast him in the starring role of David, a mechanical boy who yearns to be loved by his human parents, in the director’s long-awaited, science fiction film A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001), in which he took home a second Saturn. The same year, he also starred as Romek, a 12-year-old Jewish boy hiding from the Nazis, in the dramatic WWII film Edges of the Lord, alongside Willem Dafoe.
Aside from appearing onscreen, Osment also provided his voice to several animated films, including the Disney sequels The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (2002) and The Jungle Book 2 (2003), and The Country Bears (2002). He returned to the screen in 2003 to support Academy Award-winning stars Michael Caine and Robert Duvall in the adventure Secondhand Lions (2003), playing a reclusive youngster whose negligent mother sends him off to spend his summer with his eccentric uncles in Texas. After voicing Takeshi Jin in the animated series “IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix” (2005), he is set to star opposite Ryan Merriman, Kenneth Mitchell and Danielle Panabaker in the upcoming sport-themed film Home of the Giants (2006), directed and written by Rusty Gorman.