PROFILE
Name:
Jimmy Bennett
Birth Date:
February 9, 1996
Birth Place:
Seal Beach, California, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Screen’s Son

Background:

Having been in commercials and TV shows since the age of 6, child actor Jimmy Bennett got his breakout big screen role at age 7 as Tony, the boy who believes he is the superhero The Flash, in the family comedy movie starring Eddie Murphy, Daddy Day Care (2003). He subsequently played Kevin Pollak's son in the action/thriller Hostage (2005), Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George's son in remake of the 1979 horror film The Amityville Horror (2005), Harrison Ford's son in action/thriller film Firewall (2006) and Jacinda Barrett's son in a remake of the classic disaster film Poseidon (2006). Next, the green-eyed blonde boy will become Steve Carell's son in Evan Almighty, a sequel to the 2003 Bruce Almighty starring Jim Carrey.


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Childhood and Family:

In Seal Beach, California, James Bennett, nicknamed JB or Jimmy Two-Takes (he earned the latter nickname on the set of Hostage (2005), because of his ability to deliver his lines perfectly), was born on February 9, 1996. He has a sister named Amanda and a dog named Ozzy. A huge fan of Ozzy Osbourne, Jimmy listens to Black Sabbath, AC/DC and Van Halen. He loves horror movies and his favorite movies are Nightmare on Elm Street and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. His favorite actors are Ben Affleck, Adam Sandler, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.

Jimmy likes to ride skateboards and bikes. He also plays the guitar and is getting really good at it. As of 2005, he resides in Huntington Beach, California.

"I like heavy metal, like AC/DC, Guns N' Roses and Black Sabbath. I like to play the guitar." Jimmy Bennett.



Jimmy Two-Takes

Career:

"I would always act at my school. I'd say, ‘Oh, my leg, my leg,’ and she would say, ‘You should be an actor.’ Well, my kindergarten teacher's son was in the business, and she said, ‘I think you would really like this.’ She gave us this card of her son's agent. We went to see him and he said, ‘I'm going to send you out on five things, and let's go from there.’ I got four out of the five jobs, and he said, ‘OK, you can be an actor.’” Jimmy Bennett (on how he got started in acting).

At age 6 years old, Jimmy Bennett said he wanted to be on TV and his dreams came true when he began appeared in commercials. He also appeared in an episode of Lifetime’s medical drama "Strong Medicine," CBS’ drama series "The Guardian" and CBS’ serial drama "Judging Amy." Additionally, he voiced Rerun Van Pelt in the animated made-for-TV movie I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (2003).

Jimmy made his film debut in Steve Carr's family comedy starring Eddie Murphy, Daddy Day Care (2003), playing Tony, a boy who believes he is the superhero The Flash and refuses to take off his costume. He followed it up with an uncredited role in Adam McKay's comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd) and a voice-over role in Robert Zemeckis' animated film adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg' children's book, The Polar Express (also in its video game version).

That same year, Jimmy won the lead role of young Jeremiah, Asia Argento's abused son, in the film version of JT LeRoy's collection of short stories, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things. He was also spotted as a guest on a February 2004 episode of CBS' popular, Emmy-winning crime drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," and had a recurring role, as Samuel "Sam" Feeney, on the third season of The WB’s original show, "Everwood." Additionally, he voiced the overexcited Roo in Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo (2004; V), a wonderful adaptation of the Charles Dickens's classic, A Christmas Carol.

2005 saw Jimmy as Kevin Pollak's son in Florent Emilio Siri's action/thriller movie based on a novel by Robert Crais, Hostage (also starring Bruce Willis), and as the middle child of a family (his parents played by Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George) moving into a haunted house in Andrew Douglas' remake of the 1979 horror film based on Jay Anson's 1977 novel, The Amityville Horror.

On his bonding time with the cast of The Amityville Horror (2005), Jimmy said: “We went to Six Flags in Chicago and we went on all the rides. And they were really nice because I wanted to go on this ride and you had to be 48” so I was all upset and they got off the ride for me.”

Meanwhile, Jimmy also appeared in the crime drama TV movie based on Arthur Hailey's last novel, Detective (starring Tom Berenger). He provided voice for the animated Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (V) and the video game Kingdom Hearts II (as Roo).

“He's really nice. He's always making funny faces and playing with me on the set. He does that thing where you hit your mouth with your hand and it makes a noise. And he put his finger in his mouth and makes a popping noise. We do that kind of stuff all day." Jimmy Bennett (on working with Harrison Ford in Firewall (2006)).

Recently, in 2006, Jimmy became Harrison Ford's son in Richard Loncraine's action/thriller film Firewall, and portrayed Jacinda Barrett's son in Wolfgang Petersen's remake of the classic disaster film based on the novel by Paul Gallico, Poseidon (also starring Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell and Richard Dreyfuss). He also lent his voice to young Pi (the adult Pi was voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.) in the animated movie Shark Bait.

Jimmy is currently on set and will soon complete his upcoming films: Ernst Gossner's drama South of Pico (with Gina Torres and Kip Pardue) and Tom Shadyac's comedy Evan Almighty. In the latter film, a sequel to the 2003 Bruce Almighty starring Jim Carrey, Jimmy will play the title role's (played by Steve Carell) son.

“Just being around the sets, and acting. How cool is pretending to be somebody else and having blood all over you? It does get a little annoying when you have to just lay in bed all day, but when you're out and running in the rain and doing all those stunts, that's fun." Jimmy Bennett.


Awards:

  • Young Artist: Outstanding Young Ensemble in a New Medium, The Polar Express, 2005; award shared
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