“When you are young, your identity is connected to your celebrity. When it starts to decline, your self-worth goes with it.” Jackie Earle Haley
Former child actor Jackie Earle Haley, also known as Bill Haley and Jackie Haley, hit the big time again with performances in Todd Field's “Little Children” and Steven Zaillian's “All The Kings Men.” His scene-stealing role as a newly paroled sex offender in the first brought him an Oscar and SAG nomination as well as awards at various galas, including the Online Film Critics Society, the Southeastern Film Critics Association and the New York Film Critics Circle. Starting his acting career in TV commercials at age 5, the California native emerged as a teen character actor in the late 1970s thanks to his portrayals of a rebellious Little Leaguer on “The Bad News Bears” (1976) and its installments: “The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training” (1977) and “The Bad News Bears Go to Japan” (1978). He was also seen as the hot-tempered peewee on Peter Yates' Academy Award-winning film, “Breaking Away” (1979). However, the actor with thick eyebrows and a famed Adam's apple took a break from acting in the early 1990s following a series of disappointing projects like the short-lived TV series spin-off “Breaking Away” (1980-1981) and the unnoticed films “Dollman”(1990), “Nemesis” (1993) and “Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence” (1993).
Since his stellar comeback in 2006, Haley, who was voted one of VH1's “100 Greatest Kid Stars” (2005), has appeared in Kent Alterman's “Semi-Pro” and Rowan Woods' “Winged Creatures” (both 2008). His upcoming films include Zack Snyder's “Watchmen” (2009), Martin Scorsese's “Shutter Island” (2009), Dan Pritzker's “The Great Observer” (2009) and “Bolden” (2010).
Haley is also an award-winning director of commercials. He is the owner and president of the San Antonio, Texas-based production company, JEH Productions, Inc.
Father of 2
Childhood and Family:
Jackie Earle Haley was born on July 14, 1961, in Northridge, California, to radio show host and actor Haven Earle Haley. Jackie’s father passed away on April 4, 1998, at age 69.
On November 6, 1979, Jackie was married to Sherry Vaughan, but they later divorced. He remarried and had a son named Christopher in 1986. His second marriage also ended in separation. Jackie married his third wife, Amelia Cruz, on August 6, 2004. They met in San Antonio.
In addition to his son Christopher, who currently works at his commercial production company, Jackie has a daughter named Olivia Haley from a previous relationship.
The Bad News Bears
Born and raised in Northridge, California, Jackie Earle Haley started acting in television commercials when he was still a child. He also earned a living as a voice-over artist, making his debut in the role of Jamie Boyle in the animation comedy series “Wait Till Your Father Gets Home” in 1972 at age 11. It was also that year that Haley had his first taste in front of the film camera when he landed a small role on “Un homme est mort/A Man Is Dead.” a thriller starring Swedish-born actress Ann-Margret and French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant.
Haley landed guest spots in the series “The Partridge Family” and the long-running drama series “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” starring Robert Young, in 1973. He went on to have guest roles in “Planet of the Apes,” “Shazam!” (both 1974) and “The Waltons” (1975), and returned to voice acting with gigs in CBS' “Valley of the Dinosaurs” (1974), as Greg Butler, and ABC's “These Are the Days” (also 1974), as Danny Day.
After making his U.S. movie debut in John Schlesinger's adaptation of Nathanael West's novel, “The Day of the Locust” (1975), which starred Donald Sutherland, 14-year-old Haley enjoyed his first breakthrough with the role of Kelly Leak on the sport-themed comedy “The Bad News Bears” (1976), from director Michael Ritchie and writer Bill Lancaster. He later reprised his role in the sequels “The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training” (1977) and “The Bad News Bears Go to Japan” (1978).
A supporting actor on the 1977 sci-fi film “Damnation Alley,” based on the novel of Roger Zelazny, Haley again received attention thanks to his portrayal of Moocher on “Breaking Away” (1979), a coming of age tale helmed by Peter Yates. In the movie, he offered an entertaining performance opposite costars like Dennis Quaid, Dennis Christopher and Daniel Stern. “Breaking Away” won an Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen and received four Oscar nominations, including one for Best Director and Best Picture.
Haley revisited the small screen with guest roles in the TV show “The Love Boat” (1979, two episodes) and the Emmy-nominated drama series “Insight” (1980) before recreating his movie role of Moocher for the failed television series version “Breaking Away,” which ran during 1980-1981 on the ABC Network. He next appeared in the TV series pilot “Every Stray Dog and Kid” in 1981 and had a small role in the Eric Roberts TV film “Miss Lonelyhearts” two years later. Also in 1983, Haley received the costarring role of Dave in the teen sex comedy “Losin' It.” However, after the performance, Haley's screen presence became sporadic. The rest of the 1980s found him playing Little Joe in the boxing film “The Zoo Gang/Winners Take All” (1985) and with guest roles in such series as “Whiz Kids” (1983), “MacGyver” (1985) and “Murder, She Wrote” (1986).
“That transition from child to adult actor is so incredibly elusive. The roles that were coming to me as a young adult were not that great, but I was taking them anyway to pay the rent. And the more bad roles in bad movies I took, the less anybody wanted me for a good role in a good movie.” Jackie Earle Haley
Next, Haley did voice over work on the short-lived cartoon series “Rick Moranis in 'Gravedale High'” in 1990 and appeared in the movie “Dollman” the next year. In the Albert Pyun-helmed thriller, he was cast in the costarring role of Braxton Red, opposite Tim Thomerson as Brick Bardo. He rejoined director Albert Pun for the 1993 thriller “Nemesis,” in which he portrayed Einstein, and teamed up with Robert Davi and Robert Z'Dar for the horror film “Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence” (1993), playing Frank Jessup.
Following his role on the made-for-TV film “Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story” (also 1993), starring Brian Dennehy, Haley put acting on the backburner and took odd jobs like driving a limousine, delivering pizza and working as a security guard, to support his family. His luck started to change when he got work at a production company that produced corporate videos. This led to his successful career as a commercial director. Haley has been the president of his own production company, “JEH Productions, Inc.,” located in San Antonio, Texas, since 2007.
In 2006, Haley returned to the silver screen with “Little Children,” a drama first shown at the Telluride Film Festival on September 1, 2006. Under the direction of Todd Field, he brilliantly portrayed a child sex offender named Ronnie J. McGorvey, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. He also won the Best Supporting Actor Honor from the Online Film Critics Society, the Southeastern Film Critics Association, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, the Chicago Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association. He also appeared as Sugar Boy in Steven Zaillian's adaptation of Robert Penn Warren's noted novel, “All the King's Men,” which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival on September 10, 2006.
In 2008, Haley supported Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson in the wrestling film “Semi-Pro,” directed by Kent Alterman and written by Scot Armstrong. He also played Bob Jaspersen in director Rowan Woods' “Winged Creatures,” opposite Kate Beckinsale and Dakota Fanning.
Recently, Haley completed shooting “Watchmen” (2009), a controversial drama from director Zack Snyder. Among his costars in the film are Carla Gugino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup and Patrick Wilson. The forty-something actor will play Judge Perry on the Dan Pritzker-helmed drama “The Great Observer” (2009) and be seen in “Bolden” (2010). He will also costar with Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer and Michelle Williams in Martin Scorsese's “Shutter Island” (2009), based on a novel by Dennis Lehane.
Online Film Critics Society (OFCS): Best Supporting Actor, “Little Children,” 2007
Chlotrudis: Best Supporting Actor, “Little Children,” 2007
Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA): Best Supporting Actor, “Little Children,” 2006
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association: Best Supporting Actor, “Little Children,” 2006
New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC): Best Supporting Actor, “Little Children,” 2006
San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC): Best Supporting Actor, “Little Children,” 2006
Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA): Best Supporting Actor, “Little Children,” 2006