Jackie Earle Haley

Jackie Earle Haley

Actor
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Life Story

Jackie Earle Haley was born on July 14, 1961 in Northridge, California, USA as Jack Earle Haley. He is an actor and director, known for Watchmen (2009), Little Children (2006) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010). He has been married to Amelia Cruz since August 6, 2004. He was previously married to Jennifer Hargrave and Sherry Vaughan.

Family

Amelia Cruz (6 August 2004 - present)

Trivia

Was number 87 on VH1's The Greatest: 100 Greatest Kid Stars (2005).
Was actually only 17 years old when he played 19-year-old Moocher in Breaking Away (1979); he was the only teenager of the group, as co-stars Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid and Daniel Stern were all in their twenties.
Met his third wife, Amelia Cruz, in San Antonio, Texas.
Initially a late 1970s teen character star who played tough, angry, pimply misfit types, notably in The Bad News Bears (1976) and Breaking Away (1979).
His father Haven Earle Haley was a radio show host and actor.
Began appearing in television commercials at age 6.
Has earned rave reviews in 2006 in an unanticipated comeback with his roles in All the King's Men (2006) and Little Children (2006). Having not done a movie since 1993 and moonlighting here and there as a commercial director, limousine driver, furniture refinisher, security officer and pizza deliverer in Texas, Haley happened to be "just remembered" for his earlier films by director Steven Zaillian for his role in All the King's Men and the ball started rolling.
Has two children: Chris Haley (born 1986) and Olivia Haley (born 1998).
Has co-starred opposite Kate Winslet in both of his 2006 return-to-acting film appearances: Little Children (2006) and All the King's Men (2006).
Is one of 115 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in 2007.
Has a black belt in Kempo and Tae Kwon Do. (http://www.craveonline.com/site/147512-jackie-earle-haley-is-rorschach).
In 1984, his friend Johnny Depp accompanied him to the auditions for A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Instead of being chosen for a role, it was Depp who was spotted by director Wes Craven, who asked him if he would like to read for a role. However, Haley would go on to play Freddy Krueger in the remake 26 years later (A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)).
Haley starred in a failed pilot of "Oh, No! Not THEM!", an American remake of the British comedy "The Young Ones".
Executive vice president for Shootz Production Group in San Antonio, Texas. [October 2001]
Television producer/director and president of his production company, JEH Productions, Inc. in San Antonio, Texas (2007).
Has appeared in two movies with Patrick Wilson: Little Children (2006) and Watchmen (2009).
As a child, he often did imitations of Mae West and James Cagney.
Attended and graduated from Canoga Park High School in Canoga Park, California.

Personal Quotes 

I started acting when I was 5 years old. And I was pretty well known for a while. Your self-esteem and your identity start to become wrapped up in that celebrity, and when that starts to fade away, your self-esteem and your identity start to fade away with it. Those roles that I played and the success that I had, that is not who I am. It's part of who I am, but it's not everything. So when it drifts away and you start to feel increasingly insecure, it's kind of a long battle out of that.
That transition from child to adult actor is so incredibly elusive. The roles that were coming to me as a young adult were not that great, but I was taking them anyway to pay the rent. And the more bad roles in bad movies I took, the less anybody wanted me for a good role in a good movie.
I'm an actor. Not at the exclusion of other things -- I'm also director or a limousine driver, if need be. But nothing is as thrilling to me as doing an actor's work.
I'd always avoided stuff like "Where are they now?" or "Whatever happened to?". Just "No thanks, thanks for calling." You tell me, have you ever seen a "Whatever happened to" where they seemed anything but pathetic? I could do that or just disappear.
After tossing and turning all night my wife came running in... she was just screaming and crying and said, "You got it!". (His reaction to his Oscar-nomination for Little Children (2006))
When you are young, your identity is connected to your celebrity. When it starts to decline, your self-worth goes with it.
[on his Oscar nomination] There are no words to describe how amazing, how surreal, how unbelievable this is. It's kind of like being 5 years old and you come down to the Christmas tree and just the most incredible gifts ever are under there. And the elation and the excitement of those gifts being there and the elation and excitement of getting to play with them for a while. For me, and where I've been and what I've experienced, it's all the more sweet. There is a sense of validation. There were periods of time where I started to think, "It's been a while, should I try to get back into movies?". But it was so daunting and seemed so overwhelming, like to even get out and really even try to stir it up seemed like such an uphill battle that I never did anything. It just seemed impossible. So now, this is kind of the most amazing scenario in my life.

Filmography

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