Jackie Earle Haley

Born on July 14, 1961 and reared in Northridge, CA, Jackie Earle Haley, a diminutive, energetic character player with thick eyebrows and a prominent Adam's apple, was most widely seen in a series of teenage roles in comedies of the 1970s and 1980s. With his distinctive and somewhat scratchy voice, Haley has also kept busy doing voiceover work for children's cartoons. In 1974, at the ripe young age of 13, in fact, Haley did vocal characterizations on two animated TV shows: "These Are the Days" (ABC, 1974-76), a look at turn-of-the-century American life, and "Valley of the Dinosaurs" (CBS, 1974-76), in which a modern-day family is transported back to prehistoric days. Early feature appearances included a role in John Schlesinger's adaptation of Nathanael West's classic, "The Day of the Locust" (1975). Haley's first breakthrough, though, came as Kelly, the tough member of "The Bad News Bears" (1976), a fun role he would reprise for the two inferior sequels over the next two years.

One of Haley's most enjoyable and appropriate performances came in one of his most fondly remembered films, the sleeper hit about bicycling, "Breaking Away" (1979). In the role of Moocher, Haley was both amusing and touching as an ill-suited but game last-second member of the cycling relay in this coming of age tale. He reprised the role in a short-lived TV series in 1980-81 and thereafter played a similar role in "Losin' It" (1983), where one of his teen pals was Tom Cruise. Haley has since appeared only intermittently, lending his voice to another cartoon show, "Rick Moranis in 'Gravedale High'" (1990) and cropping up in a few negligible horror and sci-fi thrillers like "Dollman" (1991) and "Nemesis" (1993). Haley then dropped off the acting map and became an anonymous working stiff, landing gigs as a limousine driver, pizza deliveryman and security guard, among other odd jobs. He then landed work at a production company that made corporate videos, then eventually became an accomplished and award-winning commercial director, complete with his own company, JEH Productions.

In 2006, Haley finally made his return to the big screen in “All the King’s Men” (2006), Steve Zaillian’s rehash of Robert Penn Warren’s acclaimed novel about the rise and fall of Willie Stark (Sean Penn), an idealistic politician who gets corrupted by the system. Though he had few lines as Sugar Boy, Stark’s main bodyguard, Haley did make a noticeable impression with his imposing onscreen presence. Next, Haley had a bravura comeback role in “Little Children” (2006), playing a child sex offender battling with being ostracized by the citizens of a suburban town and with his own twisted, inextinguishable urges. Haley’s performance earned the once-AWOL actor award wins for Best Supporting Actor from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, the Chicago Film Critics Association and the New York Film Critics Circle. He also earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nod for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role and an Oscar Nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

  • Also Credited As:
    Jack Earle Haley
  • Born:
    July 14, 1961 in Northridge, California
  • Job Titles:
    Actor, Executive
  • Daughter: Olivia Haley. born c. 1998
  • Son: Christopher Haley. born c. 1986; works for father's commercial production company
Significant Others
  • Wife: Amelia Cruz. met third wife in San Antonio; married c. 2004
  • Companion: . married in 1979; divorced
  • 1974 Voiced Danny Day in the animated children's series, "These Are the Days" (ABC)
  • 1975 Debut feature in the John Schlesinger adaptation of Nathanael West's novel, "The Day of the Locust"
  • 1976 Played Kelly Leak, the motorcycle-riding, cigarette-smoking little leaguer in "The Bad News Bears"; would re-create the role for two feature sequels
  • 1979 Played George (a.k.a. Moocher), the hot-tempered runt in the acclaimed "Breaking Away"
  • 1980 Reprised the role of 'Moocher' for the short-lived ABC series, "Breaking Away"
  • 1983 Co-starred in the teen sex comedy, "Losin' It" also starring Tom Cruise
  • 1985 Last feature film for six years, "Winners Take All"
  • 1990 Supplied a voice for the animated children's series, "Rick Moranis in Gravedale High"
  • 1991 Returned to acting in features in the horror film, "Dollman"
  • 1993 TV-movie debut, "Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story"
  • 2006 Portrayed a sex offender in Todd Field's "Little Children"; received SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor
  • 2006 Returned to the big screen as Sugar Boy, in Steven Zaillian's "All the King's Men"
  • Voiced Greg Butler for the animated children's series, "Valley of the Dinosaurs" (CBS)

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