Jacob Tremblay
Tremblay in 2020
Born (2006-10-05) October 5, 2006 (age 17)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
OccupationActor
Years active2013–present
Parent(s)Christina Candia Tremblay, Jason Tremblay
RelativesEmma Tremblay (sister)

Jacob Tremblay (/ˈtrɒmbl/ TROM-blay; born October 5, 2006)[1] is a Canadian actor. He is the recipient of various accolades, including a Canadian Screen Award, a Critics' Choice Movie Award, and nominations for a SAG Award and three Saturn Awards.

Tremblay starred as Jack Newsome in Room (2015), for which he won the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer, the Canadian Screen Award for Best Actor, and became the youngest nominee for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. He subsequently went on to roles as August Pullman, a child with Treacher Collins syndrome, in the drama Wonder (2017); Max in the film Good Boys (2019); a cameo role in Doctor Sleep (2019), which was the sequel to The Shining; and voice roles as Damian Wayne / Robin in Harley Quinn (2019), the title character of the Pixar film Luca (2021) and Flounder in the 2023 live-action remake of Disney's The Little Mermaid.

Early life

Tremblay was born on October 5, 2006, in Vancouver, British Columbia.[2][3] His father is a police detective, and his mother is a homemaker. Tremblay's older sister Emma and younger sister Erica are also actors.[4]

Career

Tremblay began acting in television roles. He made his film debut in The Smurfs 2,[5] released in 2013.[6]

Tremblay portrayed Jack Newsome in the critically acclaimed drama film Room, co-starring with Brie Larson.[7] The film, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, premiered on September 4, 2015, at the Telluride Film Festival, and was released in cinemas on October 16, 2015.[8] For his performance, he was nominated for the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, becoming the youngest actor nominated for that award and the second-youngest in all categories.[citation needed]

In 2016, Tremblay played a supporting role in the comedy film Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie; and guest-starred as the younger version of the main character, Phil Miller, on Fox's post-apocalyptic comedy series The Last Man on Earth.[9] That same year, he starred in the horror film Before I Wake, with Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane,[10] and played a supporting role in the psychological thriller Shut In, alongside Naomi Watts, and co-starring Oliver Platt,[11] and directed by Farren Blackburn.[12] He also portrayed Wes Firth in the adventure comedy-drama Burn Your Maps, starring with Vera Farmiga and Marton Csokas.[13]

In 2017, Tremblay played Peter Carpenter in director Colin Trevorrow's drama film The Book of Henry, co-starring with Naomi Watts and Maddie Ziegler.[14] He also starred as August Pullman, a child with Treacher Collins syndrome, in Wonder, based on R.J. Palacio's novel of the same name. The latter film proved to be his most successful, earning over $285 million against a $20 million budget.[15][16] In 2019, Tremblay made his comedy debut by headlining the R-rated comedy Good Boys co-starring with Brady Noon and Keith L. Williams. Good Boys earned $21 million during its opening weekend, becoming the first R-rated comedy since The Boss, which was released in April 2016, to finish first at the box office.

Tremblay brought his fellow actors to tears with his cameo performance in Doctor Sleep, the 2019 sequel to The Shining,[17] as a kidnapped boy who is tortured to death in a scene which director Mike Flanagan initially feared would be too traumatic to include in the final cut.[18] Commenting on the performance, Flanagan said, "he's one of the best actors I’ve ever worked with in my entire life."[19]

In July 2019, it was announced that he would be voicing Flounder in the live-action adaptation of Disney's The Little Mermaid, directed by Rob Marshall.[20][21] Tremblay voices Robin in the DC Universe adult animation series Harley Quinn.[22] On October 16, 2020, he was featured in the video for Justin Bieber's track "Lonely" with record producer Benny Blanco.[23]

Tremblay provided the voice of the titular character in the Pixar film Luca.

Personal life

Tremblay resides in Langley, British Columbia with his family.[24] A fan of the Star Wars franchise, he named his dog after Daisy Ridley's character, Rey.[25] His excitement at the characters C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8's appearance at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony was considered a highlight of the evening.[26][27][28]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Smurfs 2 Blue Winslow
The Magic Ferret Sam Short film
2014 Extraterrestrial Matty Uncredited
2015 Gord's Brother Young Gord Short film
Room Jack Newsome
2016 Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie Kid 4
Before I Wake Cody Morgan
Burn Your Maps Wes Firth
Shut In Tom Patterson
2017 The Book of Henry Peter Carpenter
Wonder August "Auggie" Pullman
2018 The Predator Rory McKenna
The Death & Life of John F. Donovan Young Rupert Turner
2019 Good Boys Max Newman
Doctor Sleep Bradley Trevor
2020 Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth Finn (voice) Short film[29]
2021 Luca Luca Paguro (voice)
Ciao Alberto Short film
2022 My Father's Dragon Elmer Elevator (voice)
2023 The Little Mermaid Flounder (voice)
Cold Copy Igor Nowak
The Toxic Avenger Wade
2024 Orion and the Dark Orion (voice) In production
2025 Wildwood Curtis Mehlberg (voice) In production
TBA Queen of Bones Sam Filming[30]
The Skeleton Tree Frank Post-Production[31]
The Life of Chuck Post-production[32]

Television

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Motive Riley Stanwyck Episode: "Undertow"
Mr. Young Young Tater Episode: "Mr. Finale Part 1"
2014 My Mother's Future Husband Connor Television film
Santa's Little Ferrets Todd Collins Television short
2016 The Last Man on Earth Young Phil Miller Episode: "Pitch Black" [33]
Billy on the Street Himself Episode: "Billy's Holiday Wonderland With Jacob Tremblay"
2017 American Dad! Young Charles Lindbergh (voice) Episode: "Fight and Flight"
2017–2022 Pete the Cat Pete the Cat (voice) Main Role
2018 Animals Nuke (voice) Episode: "Roachella"
2019 The Twilight Zone Oliver Foley Episode: "The Wunderkind" [34]
2019–present Harley Quinn Damian Wayne / Robin (voice) Recurring role
2023 Invincible Prince Lizard, Phase Two (voice) Episode: "Atom Eve" [35]

Music video

Year Title Artist
2020 "Lonely" Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco

Awards and nominations

Award Year Category Work Result Ref.
Austin Film Critics Association
2015
Best Actor Room Nominated [36]
Breakthrough Artist Award Won [37]
Awards Circuit Community
2015
Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated [38]
Central Ohio Film Critics Association
2016
Best Actor Nominated [39]
Best Breakthrough Film Artist Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association
2015
Most Promising Performer Won [40]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards
2016
Best Young Actor/Actress Won [41]
2018
Wonder Nominated [42]
Detroit Film Critics Society
2015
Best Supporting Actor Room Nominated [43]
Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Dorian Awards
2016
Rising Star of the Year Nominated [44]
Empire Awards
2016
Best Male Newcomer Nominated [45]
Florida Film Critics Circle
2015
Pauline Kael Breakout Award Nominated [46]
Georgia Film Critics Association
2016
Best Supporting Actor Nominated [47]
Breakthrough Award Nominated
Gold Derby Film Awards Best Lead Actor Nominated [48]
Best Breakthrough Performer Nominated
Indiana Film Journalists Association
2015
Best Actor Won [49]
International Cinephile Society
2016
Best Actor Nominated [50]
Irish Film and Television Awards
2016
Best International Actor Nominated [51]
Las Vegas Film Critics Society
2015
Youth in Film Won [52]
2017
Wonder Runner-up [53]
Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society
2017
Best Actor or Actress 23 and Under Nominated [54]
Music City Film Critics Association
2020
Best Young Actor Good Boys Nominated [55]
National Board of Review
2015
Best Breakthrough Performance Room Won [56]
Nevada Film Critics Society
2015
Best Youth Performance Won [57]
Online Film and Television Association
2016
Best Youth Performance Won [58]
Best Breakthrough Performance: Male Won
2018
Best Youth Performance Wonder Nominated [59]
Phoenix Critics Circle
2015
Best Supporting Actor Room Nominated [60]
Phoenix Film Critics Society
2015
Best Performance by a Youth Won [61]
Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
2017
Best Performance by a Youth Wonder Nominated [62]
San Diego Film Critics Society
2015
Best Actor Room Nominated [63]
Best Breakthrough Artist Won
Satellite Awards
2016
Breakthrough Performance Award Won [64]
Screen Actors Guild Awards
2016
Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated [65]
Seattle Film Critics Society
2017
Best Youth Performance Wonder Nominated [66]
Vancouver Film Critics Circle
2015
Best Actor in Canadian Film Room Won [67]
Village Voice Film Poll
2015
Best Supporting Actor Nominated [68]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association
2015
Best Youth Performance Won [69]
2017
Wonder Nominated [70]

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