Charlie Korsmo

Government employee, Actor
As a child, Charlie Korsmo made an auspicious start as an actor, playing Jessica Lange's troubled younger son in the drama "Men Don't Leave" (1990). Later that year, he was well-cast as the precocious street urchin ... Read more »
Born: 07/19/1978 in Fargo, North Dakota, USA

Filmography

Actor (8)

Can't Hardly Wait 1998 (Movie)

William (Actor)

The Creative Spirit 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Hook 1991 (Movie)

Jack Banning (Actor)

The Doctor 1991 (Movie)

Nicky (Actor)

What About Bob? 1991 (Movie)

Siggy Marvin (Actor)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

Kid (Actor)

Men Don't Leave 1990 (Movie)

Matt Macauley (Actor)

Walt Disney World's 4th of July Spectacular 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

As a child, Charlie Korsmo made an auspicious start as an actor, playing Jessica Lange's troubled younger son in the drama "Men Don't Leave" (1990). Later that year, he was well-cast as the precocious street urchin known simply as 'The Kid' in Warren Beatty's big-budget "Dick Tracy". In 1991, Korsmo appeared as the offspring of leading actors in films of varying quality: Richard Dreyfuss' death-obsessed son in "What About Bob?"; William Hurt's offspring kid in "The Doctor"; and Robin Williams' child who falls under the sway of Dustin Hoffman's "Hook". Shortly thereafter, he "retired" from acting and returned to his Midwestern roots.

Born in North Dakota, Korsmo was raised in Minneapolis after his parents' divorced and his mother remarried. After a trip to Universal Studios in California, he decided he wanted to try his hand at acting. Exceptionally bright, Korsmo was reading on a high school level by age four and was solving college level mathematics by age eight. A dislike for school was partly the driving force that propelled him into show business. After auditioning for local TV commercials, he was spotted by the casting director for "Men Don't Leave" and when the youth tidily summed up his character's dilemma ("My dad's dead, my mom's sick and my life is a mess."), he landed the role. After hosting a segment of the 1992 PBS documentary "The Creative Mind", Korsmo resumed his "normal life", attended high school and enrolled as a physics major at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (with an eye to joining the US space program). He also kept his hand in acting, occasionally appearing in college productions like "H.M.S. Pinafore". After a seven-year absence, he made a one-shot return to film work in the ensemble comedy "Can't Hardly Wait" (1998), perhaps not ironically playing a science-loving nerd. After graduating from MIT in 2000, Korsmo forsook Hollywood and in 2001 accepted a job at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC.

Relationships

John Korsmo

Father
divorced from Korsmo's mother in 1989

Ted Korsmo

Brother
born c. 1975

Joseph Lorsmo

Brother
born c. 1982

Deborah Ruf

Mother
divorced from Korsmo's father in 1989 remarried

Jim Wittman

Step-Father

EDUCATION

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge , Massachusetts 2000

Breck School

Minneapolis , Minnesota

Milestones

2001

Joined the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC as a policy briefer

1998

Returned to features in "Can't Hardly Wait"

1992

Hosted the "Creative Beginnings" segment of the PBS documentary "The Creative Spirit"

1991

Last film for seven years, "Hook"

1990

Film debut as Jessica Lange's son in "Men Don't Leave"

1990

Co-starred in the TNT movie "Heat Wave"

1990

Co-starred as 'The Kid' in "Dick Tracy"

Raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bonus Trivia

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"Making movies was a real weird kind of adult experience. In a way it was like MIT, in that it was a great education. The big lesson is people are people. They're smart, funny, creative people, but they're people." --Charlie Korsmo quoted in MIT Spectrum, Spring 1997.

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