Jackie Earle Haley

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Jackie Earle Haley
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Haley at the A Nightmare on Elm Street panel at WonderCon, 2010
Born
Jack Earle Haley

(1961-07-14) July 14, 1961 (age 60)
OccupationActor
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Sherry Vaughan
(m. 1979; div. 198?)
Jennifer Hargrave
(m. 1985; div. ??)
Amelia Cruz
(m. 2004)
Children2

Jack Earle Haley (born July 14, 1961) is an American actor and director. [1] His earliest roles included Moocher in Breaking Away (1979) and Kelly Leak in The Bad News Bears (1976), The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977) and The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (1978). After spending many years as a producer and director of television commercials, he revived his acting career with a supporting role in All the King's Men (2006). This was followed by his performance in Little Children (2006), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. [2] [3]

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Subsequent notable roles include the antihero Rorschach in Watchmen (2009), [4] horror icon Freddy Krueger in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) [5] and Grewishka, a cyborg criminal in Alita: Battle Angel (2019). [6] [7] He played Odin Quincannon in the first season (2016) of Preacher and The Terror in the first season (2016–18) of The Tick .

Early life

Haley was born and raised in the Northridge neighborhood of Los Angeles, [8] the son of Haven Earle "Bud" Haley, a radio show host/disc jockey and actor. [9] [10] His mother is Iris D Douglas.

Career

Haley has appeared in numerous films, including Damnation Alley , John Schlesinger's The Day of the Locust , and Losin' It , as well as guest roles on TV. A well known child actor, he starred as Kelly Leak in the comedy The Bad News Bears . He also starred in The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training and The Bad News Bears Go to Japan .

He played Moocher in Peter Yates's acclaimed 1979 film Breaking Away and later in the short-lived TV series of the same name. Throughout the 1970s, he often played a tough, angry, pimply, long-haired misfit; although in his feature debut, the offbeat 1972 film, The Outside Man , he played Eric, a boy apparently so desperately lonely that he tries to impress the mob assassin holding him and his mother (Georgia Engel) hostage. Haley also shot a pilot for an American version of the popular British comedy The Young Ones titled Oh, No! Not THEM!. In 1974 he played Norm a misfit kid in the 12th episode of the Saturday morning children's show, Shazam! [11]

Haley's acting career went dormant during most of the 1990s and early 2000s, when he moved to San Antonio, and eventually turned to directing, [12] finding success as a producer and director of television commercials. [13]

With the recommendation of Sean Penn, Haley returned to acting in 2006, first appearing in Steven Zaillian's All the King's Men alongside Penn as Sugar Boy, his bodyguard, before giving a critically acclaimed performance as a recently paroled sex offender in Todd Field's Little Children . He stated that his preparation for the role was greatly influenced by the relationship shared between his mother and his brother True, who battled a heroin addiction before he died of an overdose. [14] Haley was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this portrayal and in 2007 was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [15]

Haley owns a production company, JEH Productions, in San Antonio. In 2008, he appeared in Semi-Pro and starred in Winged Creatures with Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning. [16] He also stars in Zack Snyder's 2009 adaptation of the Alan Moore graphic novel, Watchmen , as Rorschach, a masked vigilante working to find the identity of a costumed hero killer, a role which earned Haley praise from many reviewers. [17] The film also reunited him with Little Children co-star Patrick Wilson who played Nite Owl II, former partner of Rorschach. Also in 2010, Haley appeared in Shutter Island , directed by Martin Scorsese, [18] playing a patient of a hospital for the criminally insane.

In 2010, Haley played the role of Freddy Krueger in the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake. [19] [20] He had signed on to play the role in a sequel which was not produced. [21]

Haley has dismissed rumors that he accompanied Johnny Depp to auditions for Wes Craven's original A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) to audition for the role Depp was eventually cast in. [22] Haley had originally auditioned for the role of the film's antagonist, Freddy Krueger, but ended up losing out to Robert Englund for the 1984 version of the film.[ unreliable source? ]

Haley was a series regular on Human Target as Guerrero, an ally of the main character, Christopher Chance. The series premiered on January 17, 2010, on Fox, [23] [24] and lasted for two seasons before being cancelled in May 2011.

He played Willie Loomis in the 2012 film adaptation of Dark Shadows, directed by Tim Burton, and played Confederate States Vice President Alexander H. Stephens in Lincoln , directed by Steven Spielberg. [25] He has played the supervillain "The Terror" in Amazon's re-boot of The Tick . [26]

Personal life

Haley's first marriage was to Sherry Vaughan in 1979. He has two children: a son, Christopher (born 1986), and a daughter, Olivia (born 1998), by his second wife, Jennifer Haley. He married his third wife, Amelia Cruz, in 2004. The couple reside in San Antonio. [27] Haley holds a black belt in Kenpo and Taekwondo [28]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1972 The Outside Man Eric
1975 The Day of the Locust Adore Loomis
1976 The Bad News Bears Kelly Leak
1977 The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training
Damnation Alley Bill
1978 The Bad News Bears Go to Japan Kelly Leak
1979 Breaking Away Moocher
1983 Losin' It Dave
1985 The Zoo Gang Little Joe
1991 Dollman Braxton Red
1992 Nemesis Einstein
1993 Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence Frank Jessup
2006 All the King's Men Roderick "Sugar Boy" Ellis
Little Children Ronald James McGorvey Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Iowa Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Village Voice Film Poll for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated – Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Gold Derby Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
2008 Semi-Pro Dukes
2009 Winged Creatures Bob Jasperson
Watchmen Walter Kovacs / Rorschach Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
2010 Shutter Island George NoyceNominated – Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor
A Nightmare on Elm Street Freddy Krueger Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller
Nominated – Scream Award for Best Villain
2012 Dark Shadows Willie Loomis
Lincoln Alexander H. Stephens
2013 Parkland Father Oscar Huber
2014 RoboCop Rick Mattox
2015 Criminal Activities GerryAlso director
2016 The Birth of a Nation Raymond Cobb
London Has Fallen Chief Deputy Mason [29]
2017 The Dark Tower Sayre
2019 Alita: Battle Angel Grewishka
2020No FuturePhilip
Death of a TelemarketerAsa Ellenbogen
2022The Retirement PlanStarring Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Ashley Greene, and Ernie Hudson.

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1972 Wait Till Your Father Gets Home Jamie Boyle (voice)11 episodes
1973 The Partridge Family RustyEpisode: "The Strike-Out King"
1973 Marcus Welby, M.D. TonyEpisode: "Nguyen"
1974 These Are the Days Danny Day (voice)16 episodes
1974 Valley of the Dinosaurs Greg Butler (voice)16 episodes
1974 Planet of the Apes KraikEpisode: "The Legacy"
1975 Shazam! Norm BriggsEpisode: "The Delinquent"
1975 The Waltons TomEpisode: "The Emergence"
1979 The Love Boat Paul Turner's "son"2 episodes
1980 Insight Ernie BriggsEpisode: "Chicken"
1980–1981 Breaking Away Moocher8 episodes
1981Every Stray Dog and KidTommy RyanTelevision film
1983 American Playhouse Seventeen-and-DesperateEpisode: "Miss Lonelyhearts"
1983 Whiz Kids HarlanEpisode: "A Chip Off the Old Block"
1985 MacGyver TurkEpisode: "Last Stand"
1986 Murder, She Wrote Billy WillettsEpisode: "Powder Keg"
1990 Oh, No! Not THEM! AdrianTelevision film
1990 Gravedale High Gill Waterman (voice)13 episodes
1991 Get a Life Cousin DonaldEpisode: "Chris vs. Donald"
1992 Renegade StickEpisode: "Mother Courage"
1993Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron StoryEddie MarstonTelevision film
2010–2011 Human Target Guerrero25 episodes
2016 Preacher Odin Quincannon 8 episodes
2016–2017 The Tick The Terror11 episodes
2018 Narcos: Mexico Jim Ferguson2 episodes
2022 The First Lady Louis Howe [30]

Video games

YearTitleVoice roleNotes
2009 Watchmen: The End Is Nigh Walter Kovacs / Rorschach
2014 The Evil Within Ruvik

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