Starting acting at age 10 as Dr. Martin Luther King in a play called “A Night of Stars and Dreams,” Lee Thompson Young garnered critical acclaim and young fans while starring as teenage secret-agent Jett Jackson/Silverstone on Disney Channel’s coming-of-age series “The Famous Jett Jackson” (1998-2001) and in its TV movie version, Jett Jackson: The Movie (2001). He starred as Alex Bauer, the manager of South Beach's hottest nightclub and the boyfriend of Arielle, a fashion model played by Odette Yustman on UPN’s primetime drama co-executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, “South Beach” (2006), and portrayed Victor Stone (2006-Present), a former Metropolis High School football star who is half-human, half-machine, on The WB/The CW’s teen sci-fi series “Smallville.”
On the big screen, Lee has starred in the films Friday Night Lights (2004) and Akeelah and the Bee (2006). His latest film, The Hills Have Eyes 2, in which he co-stars as the big and tough soldier Delmar Reed, will hit theaters on March 23, 2007.
Childhood and Family:
In Columbia, South Carolina, Lee Thompson Young was born on February 1, 1984. His parents, Velma Love and Tommy Scott Young (a professional storyteller/actor/performer), split up when he was in second grade, and he went to live with his mother and his uncle, Rick. Lee has a half-sister named Tamu, who is 12 years older than him.
Lee attended a Montossori preschool and later Professional Performing Arts High School in New York City, whose alumni include Britney Spears, Claire Danes and Chris Trousdale. He currently studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Having been dreaming of becoming an actor since the age of 10 after portraying Dr. Martin Luther King in a play called “A Night of Stars and Dreams,” Lee Thompson Young did community theater for a while before traveling to New York during the spring break of 1996 and got himself an agent. One year later, he got to audition for the part of teenage secret-agent Jett Jackson/Silverstone for Disney Channel coming-of-age series “The Famous Jett Jackson,” and went to play the character from 1998 to 2001. The role later earned Lee three Young Artist Award nominations for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Leading Young Actor.
Meanwhile, Lee co-starred as the title role’s surfing mentor on Disney Channel original movie Johnny Tsunami (1999; starring Brandon Baker) and appeared on Disney’s special Steps and Youngstown in Concert (2000). He also joined other stars from Disney series and movies in the TV short “Express Yourself” (2001) and reprised his Jett Jackson/Silverstone role in the made-for-TV movie version, Jett Jackson: The Movie (2001).
The next years, Lee had a recurring role as Levi Mooney on CBS drama series “The Guardian” and had recurring voice role as Jermaine on Kids WB! original animated series “Xiaolin Showdown.” Meanwhile, he guest starred in Steven Bochco's short-lived courtroom drama “Philly” and UPN's now-cancelled sci-fi series “Jake 2.0.,” Disney Channel's pre-teens/teenagers animated series “The Proud Family” and UPN law-drama “Kevin Hill.” He also acted opposite Jamie Foxx who portrayed the title role in the Golden Globe-nominated biographical TV movie about founder of the Crips L.A. street gang, Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004).
Lee got his first film acting role as Chris Comer, the third-string tailback and a sophomore in Peter Berg's film adaptation of H.G. Bissinger's 1990 book, the football drama Friday Night Lights (2004; starring Billy Bob Thornton). Afterward, he became regular cast member of UPN’s primetime drama co-executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, “South Beach” (2006). In the show, which was cancelled after eight first-run episodes, Lee played Alex Bauer, the manager of South Beach's hottest nightclub and the boyfriend of Arielle, a fashion model played by Odette Yustman.
Lee subsequently nabbed another recurring role, this time as Victor Stone (2006-Present), a former Metropolis High School football star who is half-human, half-machine, on The WB/The CW’s sci-fi series that follows young Superman/Clark Kent, “Smallville.” During that time, he also supported Keke Palmer and Laurence Fishburne in writer/director Doug Atchison's family drama film Akeelah and the Bee (2006), portraying Akeelah's brother Devon.
Recently, Lee has completed his upcoming film, The Hills Have Eyes 2, in which he co-stars as Delmar Reed, the big and tough soldier. The film, a sequel to Alexandre Aja’s 2006 remake of the Wes Craven’s 1977 horror film The Hills Have Eyes, is scheduled for release on March 23, 2007. It also stars Jessica Stroup, Reshad Strik, Michael McMillian and Daniella Alonso.