Jackie Earle Haley

Jackie Earle Haley

Haley at the A Nightmare on Elm Street panel, San Diego Comic-Con 2010
Born Jack Earle Haley
(1961-07-14) July 14, 1961
Northridge, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s) Sherry Vaughan (m. 1979, divorced)
Jennifer Hargrave (m. 1985, divorced; 2 children)
Amelia Cruz (m. 2004)[1][2]
Children Christopher Haley (b. 1986)
Olivia Haley (b. 1998)

Jack "Jackie" Earle Haley[3][4] (born July 14, 1961) is an American film and television actor. An Academy Award nominee, he is perhaps best known for his roles as Moocher in Breaking Away, Kelly Leak in The Bad News Bears, pedophile Ronnie McGorvey in Little Children, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the vigilante Rorschach in Watchmen, horror icon Freddy Krueger in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Odin Quincannon in Preacher.[5]

Early life and career

Haley was born and raised in Northridge, California, the son of Haven Earle "Bud" Haley, a radio show host/disc jockey and actor.[6][7]

Haley has appeared in numerous films, including Damnation Alley, John Schlesinger's The Day of the Locust, and Losin' It, as well as guest roles on TV. A well known child actor, he starred as Kelly Leak in the comedy The Bad News Bears. He also starred in The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training and The Bad News Bears Go to Japan.

He played Moocher in Peter Yates' acclaimed 1979 film Breaking Away and later in the short-lived TV series of the same name. Throughout the 1970s, he often played a tough, angry, pimply, long-haired misfit; although in his feature debut, the offbeat 1972 film, The Outside Man, he played Eric, a boy apparently so desperately lonely that he tries to impress the mob assassin holding him and his mother (Georgia Engel) hostage. Haley also shot a pilot for an American version of the popular British comedy The Young Ones titled Oh, No! Not THEM!. In 1974 he played Norm a misfit kid in the 12th episode of the Saturday morning children's show, Shazam! [8] It is rumored that in 1984, Haley's friend Johnny Depp accompanied him to auditions for Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street; instead of Haley being chosen for a role, it was Depp who was spotted by director Craven, who asked him if he would like to read for a part.[9]

Haley's acting career went dormant during most of the 1990s and early 2000s, when he moved to San Antonio, Texas, and eventually turned to directing,[10] finding success as a producer and director of television commercials. With the recommendation of Sean Penn, Haley returned to acting in 2006, first appearing in Steven Zaillian's All the King's Men alongside Penn as Sugar Boy, his bodyguard, before giving a critically acclaimed performance as a recently paroled sex offender in Todd Field's Little Children. He stated that his preparation for the role was greatly influenced by the relationship shared between his mother and his brother True, who battled a heroin addiction before he died of an overdose.[11] Haley was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this portrayal and in 2007 was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[12]

Haley owns a production company, JEH Productions, in San Antonio, Texas. In 2008, he appeared in Semi-Pro and starred in Winged Creatures with Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning.[13] He also stars in Zack Snyder's 2009 adaptation of the Alan Moore graphic novel, Watchmen, as Rorschach, a masked vigilante working to find the identity of a costumed hero killer, a role which earned Haley praise from many reviewers.[14] The film also reunited him with Little Children co-star Patrick Wilson who played Nite Owl II, former partner of Rorschach. Also in 2010, Haley appeared in Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorsese,[15] playing a patient of a hospital for the criminally insane.

Haley played the role of Freddy Krueger in the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake.[16] He has signed on to play the role in three installments in the series.[17]

Haley was a series regular on Human Target as Guerrero, an ally of the main character, Christopher Chance. The series premiered on January 17, 2010 on Fox,[18][19] and lasted for two seasons before being cancelled in May 2011.

He played Willie Loomis in the 2012 film adaptation of Dark Shadows, directed by Tim Burton, and played Confederate States Vice President Alexander H. Stephens in Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg.

Personal life

Haley's first marriage was to Sherry Vaughan in 1979. He has two children: a son, Christopher (born 1986), and a daughter, Olivia (born 1998), by his second wife, Jennifer Hargrave. He married his third wife, Amelia Cruz, in 2004. The couple reside in San Antonio, Texas.[20]





Film and television

Year Title Role Notes
1972–74 Wait Till Your Father Gets Home Jamie Boyle
1972 Outside Man, TheThe Outside Man Eric
1974 Planet of the Apes Kraik TV series
1974–76 Valley of the Dinosaurs Gregory 'Greg' Butler
1975 Day of the Locust, TheThe Day of the Locust Adore Loomis
1976 Bad News Bears, TheThe Bad News Bears Kelly Leak
1977 Bad News Bears in Breaking Training, TheThe Bad News Bears in Breaking Training
1977 Damnation Alley Bill
1978 Bad News Bears Go to Japan, TheThe Bad News Bears Go to Japan Kelly Leak
1979 Breaking Away Moocher
1983 Miss Lonelyhearts Seventeen-and-Desperate
1983 Losin' It Dave
1985 Zoo Gang, TheThe Zoo Gang Little Joe
1985 MacGyver Turk Episode: "Last Stand"
1986 Murder, She Wrote Billy Willetts Episode: "Powder Keg"
1990 Oh, No! Not THEM! Adrian
1991 Dollman Braxton Red
1991 Get a Life Cousin Donald
1992 Nemesis Einstein
1993 Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence Frank Jessup
2006 All the King's Men Roderick "Sugar Boy" Ellis
2006 Little Children Ronald James McGorvey Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Iowa Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Village Voice Film Poll for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated – Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Gold Derby Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
2008 Semi-Pro Dukes
2009 Winged Creatures Bob Jasperson Released on DVD in the US as Fragments
2009 Watchmen Walter Kovacs/Rorschach Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
2010–11 Human Target Guerrero
2010 Shutter Island George Noyce Nominated – Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor
2010 Nightmare on Elm Street, AA Nightmare on Elm Street Freddy Krueger Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller
2011 Bolden! Judge Perry
2012 Dark Shadows Willie Loomis
2012 Lincoln Alexander H. Stephens
2013 Parkland Father Oscar Huber
2014 RoboCop Rick Mattox
2015 Criminal Activities Gerry Also director
2016 The Birth of a Nation Raymond Cobb
2016 London Has Fallen Chief Deputy Mason [21]
2016 Preacher Odin Quincannon Recurring role
2016 The Tick The Terror Starring role
Episode: "Pilot"
2017 The Dark Tower Sayre 'Filming
2018 Alita: Battle Angel Filming

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Watchmen: The End is Nigh Walter Kovacs/Rorschach
2009 Mortal Kombat Freddy Krueger Likeness
2014 The Evil Within Ruvik


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