The Bernie Mac Show
Jeremy Suarez is an award nominated American actor and voiceover artist. He is probably best known for portraying Bernie Mac's nephew, Jordan Thomkins, on the popular television sitcom “The Bernie Mac Show” (Fox, 2001-2006), from which he received two BET Comedy nominations, two NAACP Image nominations and a Young Artist nomination for his performance. He took home an Annie nomination and a Young Artist nomination for voicing Koda in Disney's Academy Award nominated animated feature “Brother Bear” (2003), a role he reprised in the 2006 sequel “Brother Bear 2.” Suarez has also worked in the television series “Chicago Hope,” “Sister, Sister,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “MADtv,” “Hey Arnold” and “King of the Hill,” among other shows. His film credits include “Jerry Maguire” (1996), “Susan's Plan” (1998), “The Ladykillers” (2004) and “Extreme Movie” (2008).
Childhood and Family:
Jeremy Steven Suarez was born on July 6, 1990, in Burbank, California. He attended Hamilton Elementary in Pasadena.
Jeremy Suarez began his professional acting career in 1996 and made his television debut in the Emmy Award winning sitcom “Sister, Sister,” in which he appeared in the episode “Kid-Napped” (October 9, 1996). On November 18, 1996, he played the role of Raymond Wilkes in an episode of the David E. Kelley created series “Chicago Hope” titled “Divided Loyalty.” He went on to reprise the role in five more episodes during 1997 and 1998 called “Split Decisions,” “Take My Wife, Please,” “Lamb to the Slaughter,” “Hope Against Hope” and “Physician, Heal Thyself.”
Suarez quickly made the jump to the big screen when he was cast as Tyson Tidwell, the son of Cuba Gooding Jr.'s character, in “Jerry Maguire,” a successful dramatic comedy that starred Tom Cruise. Released in North American theaters on December 13, 1996, the film grossed over $153 million in the domestic market and over $119 internationally against a budget of $50 million. The movie was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (won).
In 1997, Suarez joined the cast of the short lived NBC comedy series “Built to Last” in the role of Ryce Watkins. Costars of the series included Natalie Desselle, Denise Dowse, Geoffrey Owens and Paul Winfield. The next year, he appeared as Jimmy in “The Wayans Bros” (episode “The Son of Marlon”) and returned to feature films with a small role in “Susan's Plan,” a comedy written and directed by John Landis that starred Nastassja Kinski, Dan Aykroyd, Billy Zane, Rob Schneider, Lara Flynn Boyle and Michael Biehn.
Suarez next guest starred as Ryan in an episode of “Beverly Hills, 90210” called “Local Hero” in 1999 and had a two episode role in “MADtv” in 2000. The next year, he provided the voice of Tippy in the direct to video animated film “The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze,” the eighth film in “The Land Before Time” series, and contributed his voice to an episode of the Annie Award nominated animated series “Max Steel” called “Fun in the Sun.” His voice could also be heard in the 2002 Disney animated science fiction movie “Treasure Planet,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brian Murray, David Hyde Pierce, Martin Short and Emma Thompson. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the film received primarily positive reviews from critics and was nominated for a 2002 Oscar for Best Animated Feature. However, it was not a success at the box office. Other voiceover credits included “Hey Arnold” (2002; episode “The Journal”), Disney's 2003 hit movie “Brother Bear” (starred as Koda), from which he nabbed a 2004 Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role - Young Actor and an Annie nomination for Outstanding Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production, the live action film “Fat Albert” (2004, voiced Bill's little brother Russell) and the Disney Channel Original movie “The Proud Family Movie” (2005, as Wally). Suarez was also cast as Li'l Gawain in “The Ladykillers” (2004), a remake of the 1955 Ealing comedy of the same name. Directed, written and produced by the Coen brothers and starring Tom Hanks, the film won the Jury Prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. He then played the role of Teasel in “Room to Grow” (2005), an animated short directed by Walt Kubiak and Woody Yocum.
Meanwhile, Suarez enjoyed breakthrough success with the Fox sitcom “The Bernie Mac Show,” which ran from November 14, 2001, to April 14, 2006. Playing Jordan Thomkins, Bernie's nephew, the actor received a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actor (2004), two Image nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2003 & 2004) and two BET Comedy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2004 & 2005).
After “The Bernie Mac Show” left the airwaves, Suarez reprised his voice role of Koda in the direct to video installment “Brother Bear 2” (2006). From 2007 to 2008, he lent his voice to three episodes of the animated series “King of the Hill.” He also resumed his feature film career by playing the role of RJ in the low budget comedy “Extreme Movie” (2008), which starred Ryan Pinkston, Michael Cera, Frankie Múñiz and Kevin Hart.
Suarez is set to portray the role of Kai in the upcoming animated film “Zambezia” (2011), starring Jim Cummings, Kelly Stables and Noureen DeWulf.