“You have to be able to take rejection and not let it get to you because everyone experiences it. You just have to keep on truckin', no matter how long it takes.” Spencer Breslin.
Entering the showbiz at age three in various commercials including for Life cereal and McDonald's, Spencer Breslin, older brother of child actress Abigail Breslin, broke the film scene at age 8 when he played Bruce Willis' character as a child, in the family movie "The Kid" (aka. “Disney's The Kid”; 2000), which won him a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or Under.
The young actor has since added to his resume with roles in the films "Meet the Parents" (2000), "Return to Never Land" (2002; voice), "The Santa Clause 2" (2002), "The Cat in the Hat" (2003), "Raising Helen" (2004), "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" (2004), "The Shaggy Dog" (2006), "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause" (2006), and "The Happening" (2008). Next, he will star as the title role in the upcoming comedy film, "Harold," alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ally Sheedy.
On the small screen, TV viewers could catch him in various miniseries, TV movies and TV series. He was a regular in "Soul Man" (1997-1998) and "Center of the Universe" (2004-2005).
The Breslin Clan
Childhood and Family:
On May 18, 1992, Spencer Breslin was born in New York City, New York, to Michael Breslin, a telecommunications expert, and Kim Breslin, a personal manager. Spencer's younger sister is actress Abigail Breslin (born in 1996), who co-starred with him as brother and sister in "Raising Helen" (2004). They have one older brother, Ryan Breslin, born in 1985.
Spencer friends with actress Dakota Fanning. He once said, "I get along great with my sister and I got along great with Dakota. Dakota was a great girl to work with. She was always very prepared and it's the same with my sister who is also an actress."
Discovered at a New York playground at the age of three, Spencer Breslin began appearing in commercials in the mid 1990s, including ones for Life cereal and McDonald's. At age 5, he landed TV series debut as a regular on the ABC spin-off sitcom starring Dan Aykroyd, "Soul Man" (1997-1998). Afterwards, he began receiving guest roles in such TV shows as NBC police procedural and legal drama "Law & Order" and the Emmy-winning primetime drama "Trinity." He also acted in the horror miniseries on ABC, "Stephen King's Storm of the Century" (1999), starring Tim Daly.
Entering the new millennium, Breslin got her first big break when he landed first major role in films, as the child version of Bruce Willis' character, in Jon Turteltaub-directed family movie "The Kid" (aka. “Disney's The Kid”). His performance in the film earned him a Saturn Award nomination for Best Performance by a Younger Actor and won him a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or Under.
Meanwhile, he appeared in Jay Roach's comedy film starring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller, "Meet the Parents," and received a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy or Drama) - Young Actor Age Ten or Under for his work in the holiday TV movie, “The Ultimate Christmas Present.”
In the following years, Breslin played an 8 year old who accidentally brought an Australian koala on the plane-ride home to America, in William Tannen's family movie, "Ozzie" (2001), and received another Young Artist Award nomination, this time for Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role, for his work in the animated feature "Return to Never Land" (2002).
He was also cast as Curtis, the Experimental Elf in "Santa Clause 2" (2002; starring Tim Allen), and portrayed Conrad in Bo Welch's live-action film based on the 1957 book, "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat" (2003), for which he was listed as a potential nominee on the 2004 Razzie Award nominating ballot for the Worst Supporting Actor category as well as Worst Screen Couple with co-star Dakota Fanning, but failed to receive either nomination.
From 2004 to 2005, Breslin played Miles Barnett on the CBS sitcom starring John Goodman, "Center of the Universe," which was canceled after just 10 episodes aired. During this time, he appeared in Garry Marshall's comedy/drama film starring Kate Hudson, "Raising Helen" (2004), in which his on-screen sister was played by his real-life sister, Abigail Breslin. He also essayed the role of Prince Jacques Dubé in Garry Marshall's sequel to 2001's "The Princess Diaries," "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" (2004), starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews. ON the small screen, he could be seen guest-starring in an episode of FOX dramedy, "Wonderfalls."
2006 saw Breslin co-starred with Tim Allen in three movies, in a remake of Walt Disney's "The Shaggy Dog," in Peter Hewitt's comedy based upon the graphic novel "Zoom's Academy" by Jason Lethcoe, "Zoom," in which he portrayed Tucker Williams/Mega Boy, the fat boy the power of elasticity, and in "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause," the sequel to "The Santa Clause" and "The Santa Clause 2," in which he reprised the role of Curtis.
On working with Tim Allen, Breslin commented, “He is one of the nicest people I've ever worked with. Always funny on set, and he's just a great actor.”
Most recently, Breslin could be seen with Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel in M. Night Shyamalan's new apocalyptic film, "The Happening." He has completed his next film project, "Harold," in which he will star as the title role of a premature balding young teen trying to adapt to a new high school. Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ally Sheedy also co-stars.
Young Artist: Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or Under, "The Kid," 2001