Jackie Earle Haley stars in Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows," opposite Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter, as Willie Loomis. Haley next portrays Alexander Stephens in Steven Spielberg's historical drama "Lincoln."

Jackie Earle Haley has had one of the most interesting career trajectories in the industry. He started out as a successful child actor before virtually disappearing from Hollywood. Returning after 15 years, he is the epitome of the Hollywood comeback, resurrecting his career and earning an Academy Award nomination in the process.

Haley's remarkable resurgence began in October 2004, when Academy Award winner Steven Zaillian wanted Haley to audition for the part of Sugar Boy in his film "All the King's Men." Zaillian eventually tracked Haley down in France enjoying his honeymoon. Haley sent in an audition tape and won the part. After completing the movie, Haley was determined to continue working on projects that had meaning for him. After reading an early draft of Todd Field's controversial drama "Little Children," Haley set his sights on playing convicted sex offender Ronald J. McGorvey, and his courageous performance brought him numerous accolades, culminating in an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was also honored with a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination and won Best Supporting Actor awards from several critics groups, including the New York Film Critics Circle and the Chicago Film Critics Association.

Haley then appeared in the Will Ferrell basketball comedy "Semi-Pro." In 2009, he joined the ensemble cast of "Watchmen," Zack Snyder's ambitious film adaptation of the seminal graphic novel, earning acclaim from critics and fans alike for his portrayal of the enigmatic Rorschach.

The following year, Haley co-starred with Leonardo DiCaprio in the dramatic thriller "Shutter Island," directed by Martin Scorsese. Also in 2010, Haley took on the role of the monstrously terrifying killer Freddy Krueger in the re-imagining of the horror classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street." On television, Haley starred for two seasons on FOX's action series "Human Target."

Haley first came to fame in the mid-1970s with his scene-stealing performance as Kelly Leak, the cigarette-smoking, motorcycle-riding hellion, in Michael Ritchie's comedy hit "The Bad News Bears," reprising his role in two sequels. He again won praise from critics and audiences for his role as the romantic but short-tempered Moocher in Peter Yates' Oscar-winning 1979 sleeper hit "Breaking Away." In 1983, Haley played the sex-obsessed Dave in Curtis Hanson's "Losin' It," with Tom Cruise. That same year, he made his Broadway debut, starring in John Byrne's play "Slab Boys," with Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, and Val Kilmer.

The successful transition from child actor to adult actor was elusive, and Haley was forced to rethink his career path. He turned his attention to directing, and tried his hand at various professions, including limousine driver and security officer, in an effort to pay the bills. Haley struggled for years until finally gaining some success directing industrial videos and television commercials.

Haley moved to San Antonio, Texas, where he eventually started his own company, JEH Productions, Inc., making regional commercial spots for companies. He continues to reside in the Lone Star State when acting jobs don't take him away from home.


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Age: 56 years old
Birthday: July 14, 1961
Height: 5' 5 ½"
Full Name / Real Name: Jack Earle Haley
Birthplace: Northridge, CA
Current Residence: San Antonio, TX
Wife: Amelia Cruz (8/6/2004)
Sherry Vaughan (11/6/1979)

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