Jake Lloyd

Actor
A child star who booked one iconic role, Jake Lloyd experienced the best and worst aspects of fame during his brief career. Born March 5, 1989 in Fort Collins, CO, Jake Lloyd recurred on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) and "The ... Read more »
Born: 03/05/1989 in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Filmography

Actor (8)

Madison 2005 (Movie)

Mike McCormick (Actor)

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999 (Movie)

Anakin Skywalker (Actor)

The 1999 MTV Movie Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jingle All the Way 1996 (Movie)

Jamie Langston (Actor)

Unhook the Stars 1996 (Movie)

JJ (Actor)

Apollo 11 (TV Show)

Actor

Virtual Obsession (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A child star who booked one iconic role, Jake Lloyd experienced the best and worst aspects of fame during his brief career. Born March 5, 1989 in Fort Collins, CO, Jake Lloyd recurred on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) and "The Pretender" (NBC, 1996-2000) before playing the son of Marisa Tomei in "Unhook the Stars" (1996) and of Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Jingle All the Way" (1996). He won the part of a lifetime and instant global fame when George Lucas cast him in the hotly anticipated "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" (1999) as the young Anakin Skywalker, the future Darth Vader. With a building fan frenzy rarely seen in Hollywood, the film and Lloyd were showered with unprecedented media attention and featured in countless tie-ins and merchandise. Accordingly, the young actor seemed poised to capitalize on his success, but when "Phantom" hit the theaters, it divided audiences and critics at best and spawned outright vitriol at worst. Besides the controversial CGI character Jar Jar Binks, Lloyd's performance as Anakin, fairly or not, earned the lion's share of scathing reviews to the point where the real-life actor would later describe how bullied and belittled he had felt at just age 11, both in the public eye as well as in his private life. Burned by the "Phantom" backlash and bristling at being reduced to a pop culture punchline, Lloyd effectively retired from acting after playing the son of James Caviezel and Mary McCormack in the racing drama "Madison" (2005).

By Jonathan Riggs

Relationships

William Lloyd

Father

Lisa Lloyd

Mother

Madison Lloyd

Sister
born c. 1992 has small role in "Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace"

Milestones

2001

Co-starred in the sports-themed feature "Madison" (filmed in 1999); premiered at Sundance; released theatrically in 2002

1999

Cast as Anakin Skywalker, the young Darth Vader, in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace"

1998

Featured in the ABC movie thriller "Virtual Obsession"

1998

Guest starred on episodes of NBC's "The Pretender"

1996

Played recurring role of a child visiting his cancer-stricken mother on NBC's "ER"

1996

TV-movie debut, played Mark Armstrong (son of astronaut Buzz Armstrong) in The Family Channel's "Apollo 11"

1996

Feature acting debut opposite Gena Rowlands and Marisa Tomei in "Unhook the Stars"; played Tomei's young son

1996

Had supporting role as Arnold Schwarzenneger's son in "Jingle All the Way"

1994

With family, moved to L.A. from Colorado

Began career working in commercials

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