Jake Abel
Birth Date:
November 18, 1987
Birth Place:
Canton, Ohio, USA
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The Lightning Thief


“No choice is the wrong choice as long as you make a choice. The only wrong choice is choosing not to make one.” Jake Abel ( on making specific choices as an actor)

American actor Jake Abel is familiar to moviegoers thanks to his portrayals of Luke Castellan in the film adaption of “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” (2010) and Mark James in the film version of of “I Am Number Four” (2011). He has acted in other films like “Tru Loved” (2008), “Flash of Genius” (2008) and “The Lovely Bones” (2009) and in several television series like “Threshold,” “ER” and “Supernatural,” to name a few.      

Apart from acting, Abel enjoys writing, photography, and music and film editing. His favorite TV shows include “Project Greenlight” and “Family Guy.” He is friends with fellow actor Kyle Gallner. Abel has two dogs named Cooper and Maya. A Ohio native, Abel becomes a fan of the NFL team Cleveland Browns and the NBA team Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jacob Allen

Childhood and Family:

Jacob Allen Abel, who would later be popular as Jack Abel, was born on November 18, 1987, in Canton, Ohio. He has a brother named Shaun. He started his professional acting career at his late teens.

I Am Number Four


Jake Abel made his television acting debut as Spencer in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Go Figure” (2005), directed by Francine McDougall and written by Patrick J. Clifton and Beth Rigazio. The comedy/drama film starred Jordan Hinson, Whitney Sloan and Cristine Rose. He then had a recurring role as Brian Janklow in the short lived science fiction series “ Threshold” (CBS, 2005), starring Carla Gugino and Brian Van Holt. He went on take on guest spots in “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” (2006, as Kirk), “Cold Case” (2006, as Doug Sommer) and “CSI: Miami” (2007, as Charlie Sheridan).  

Abel's first venture into the big screen was in “Strange Wilderness” (2008), a comedy/adventure film produced by Adam Sandler's production company, Happy Madison Productions for Paramount Pictures. There he was featured as a conservationist. Starring Steve Zahn, Allen Covert, Justin Long, Kevin Heffernan, and Jonah Hill and helmed by Fred Wolf, “Strange Wilderness” received largely negative reviews from critics and was not a box office success. The actor quickly followed it up with a major role as Trevor, Tru's gay-rights supporter, hipster-geek boyfriend, on the independent film “Tru Loved” (2008), by writer/director Stewart Wade. The film earned 14 awards at six different film festivals before going into limited national release on October 17, 2008.

Still in 2008, Abel was cast as Dennis (21 years) in Marc Abraham's directed biographical movie “Flash of Genius,” starring top names Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Dermot Mulroney and Alan Alda. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2008. Additionally, he starred as Jake in a two minute short called “Kickstand,” by Pascal Cooper, and made a guest appearance in NBC's “Life,” playing Tate.

In 2009, Abel jointed the cast of The CW hit series “Supernatural” in the recurring role of the 19-year old Adam Milligan. He also appeared in episodes of other popular series “CSI: NY” and “ER” (both 2009), playing Kyle Sheridan and Dylan, respectively. On the film front, Abel played Brian Nelson in the film adaptation of “The Lovely Bones” (2009), directed by Peter Jackson, and co-starred with Zoe Bell and Vail Bloom in Ed Brubaker's “Angel of Death” (2009). He also appeared in the short film “18” (2009), by Joy Gohring.    

Abel's career gained significant boost when he landed the role of Luke Catellan, the demigod son of Hermes, on the fantasy/adventure film “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” (2010), loosely based on “The Lightning Thief,” the first novel in the “Percy Jackson & The Olympians” series by Rick Riordan. Released on February 2010, the film grossed $226,497,209 worldwide against a budget of $95 million. Under the direction of Chris Columbus, Abel was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Fight and a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Fight, both he shared with Logan Lerman.

In 2011, Abel was cast as Sarah Hart (played by Dianna Agron)'s former boyfriend, football player Mark James, on the teen action/science fiction movie “I Am Number Four,” directed by D. J. Caruso. The film made $55,100,437 at the North American box office and an estimated $90,882,360 overseas for a worldwide total of $145,982,79. Though showing good reception from audiences, it received mostly negative reviews from critics. Abel reunited with director D.J. Caruso for a social film thriller titled “Inside” (2011), where he co-starred with Emmy Rossum and Molly Hagan. The year also found him appearing as Tyler Moser in an episode of “Grey's Anatomy” called “Poker Face.”

Abel is set to portray Ian O'Shea in the upcoming film adaptation of “The Host,” directed and scripted by Andrew Niccol. It is scheduled to premiere in theaters on March 29, 2013. He will reprise the role of Luke on the upcoming sequel “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” which is scheduled for an August 16, 2013 release.


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