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Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment's young, yet expansive career, continues to find new height's following his starring role in director Steven Spielberg's A.I., traveling to Poland to shoot Edges of the Lord, playing a Jewish boy sent into the countryside to hide with a Catholic family during Nazi occupation; and co-starring with Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt in the adaptation of Catherine Ryan Hyde's novel Pay It Forward. All of this completed within the same year.

Osment made an unforgettable impression on movie-goers with his devastating portrayal of the haunted Cole Sear in the record breaking and internationally acclaimed film The Sixth Sense, in which he co-starred with Bruce Willis and Toni Colette for director M. Night Shymalan. For his performance, Osment was nominated for an Academy Award at age 11. He also received numerous film critics' awards as well as nominations for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

An award-winning actor who began his television and film career at age 5, Osment won his first honor, the Youth in Film Award, for his role as Forrest Jr. in the Oscar-winning feature film, Forrest Gump.

The young actor's feature film credits also include Nora Ephron's Mixed Nuts, Jason Alexander's directorial debut For Better or Worse, and Norman Jewison's Bogus, in which he starred opposite Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg and Gerard Depardieu.

In the voice-over arena, Osment is heard as Chip in Walt Disney's animated release Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, as Zephyr in The Hunchback of Notre Dame Deux, and as Beary in The Country Bears. His latest animation honor was voicing Mowgli in Disney's The Jungle Book 2.

He made his acting debut starring opposite multi-Emmy winner Edward Asner in the television series Thunder Alley. He went on to co-star as Matt Foxworthy on The Jeff Foxworthy Show, and then appeared as Avery Brown on the long-running series Murphy Brown.

Osment's guest starring television credits include: the two part special of The Pretender, playing a kidnapped prodigy whose genius is exploited through mind control; Chicago Hope, where he found himself stuck in an elevator with a corpse; a true life story of Lou Gehrig's Disease on Touched By An Angel; and a two-part special of Walker Texas Ranger, playing Lucas, a parentless boy dying of AIDS. Osment also captured audiences on a heartfelt episode of Ally McBeal where he played a dying boy who wanted to sue God.

In television films, Osment's credits include the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of The Ransom of Red Chief, in which he starred opposite Christopher Lloyd, NBC's science fiction thriller The Lake, and the World War II feature I'll Remember April.

His honors include three Young Star Awards for his appearances in TNT's Last Stand at Saber River with Tom Selleck, the Hallmark presentation of the CBS drama Cab to Canada, with Maureen O'Hara, and The Sixth Sense. He is a two-time recipient of the Saturn Award and recipient of the ShoWest Award.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Haley Joel Osment Facts

Birth Name Haley Joel Osment
BirthdayApril 10, 1988 (34)
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA
Height5' 7" (1m70)  How tall is Haley Joel Osment compared to you?
Awards2000 MTV Movie Awards: Breakthrough Male Performance (for The Sixth Sense)

Selected Filmography

Secondhand Lions
Sassy Pants
The Sixth Sense
M Night Shyamalan Collection
The Misadventures of the Dunderheads
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
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