Oakes Fegley
Fegley (left) at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019
Born (2004-11-11) November 11, 2004 (age 16)
Years active2011–present
Notable work
Pete's Dragon
Person of Interest
The Goldfinch

Oakes Fegley (/ˌˈks ˈfɛˌɡl/;[1] born November 11, 2004)[2] is an American actor. He is best known for his supporting roles as Paul Swann in Fort Bliss (2014), as Pete in Pete's Dragon (2016), and as young Theo Decker in the adaptation of The Goldfinch (2019), opposite Ansel Elgort.

Life and career

In 2014, Fegley made his acting debut with the drama film Fort Bliss, playing Paul Swann along with Michelle Monaghan and Ron Livingston.[3][4] The film was directed by Claudia Myers, and had premiered in 2014.[4] He played the Young Judd Altman, played as an adult by Jason Bateman, in the comedy-drama film This Is Where I Leave You, directed by Shawn Levy and released on September 19, 2014 by Warner Bros. Pictures.[3][5] Later he appeared as Young Elias "Eli" Thompson in the fifth season of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.[3] He also appeared in CBS' Person of Interest as Gabriel Hayward.[6]

Fegley played the lead role of Pete in Walt Disney Pictures' fantasy comedy-drama film Pete's Dragon, opposite Oona Laurence, Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford.[3] The film was directed by David Lowery and released on August 12, 2016.[7]

It was announced in May 2017 that Fegley would topline TWC-Dimension's comedy film The War with Grandpa with Robert De Niro.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Glass Boy Short film
2013 Children of the Moon Michael Short film, alongside his father
2014 Fort Bliss Paul Swann
This Is Where I Leave You Young Judd Altman
2015 Prism Young Bryan
2016 Pete's Dragon Pete
2017 Wonderstruck Ben
The Truth About Lies Boy
2019 The Goldfinch Young Theo Decker
2020 The War with Grandpa Peter Decker
TBA When the Moon Was Twice as Big Jeffrey Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Boardwalk Empire Young Elias "Eli" Thompson 3 episodes
2014–16 Person of Interest Gabriel Hayward 3 episodes

Nomination and Awards

Year Nomination Work Category Result
2017 Pete's Dragon (2016 film) 38th Young Artist Awards

Best performance in a Feature Film - leading Young Actor

2018 Wonderstruck (film) 39th Young Artist Awards

Best performance in a Feature Film -leading Young Actor



  1. ^ Sarah Paulson & Oakes Fegley Talk Character Transformation in The Goldfinch. IMDb (YouTube). September 6, 2019. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  2. ^ "Oakes Fegley Young Allentown actor lands starring role in Disney's 'Pete's Dragon' feature film | Whitehall-Coplay Press". whitehallcoplay.thelehighvalleypress.com. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Kroll, Justin (September 19, 2014). "Disney Finds Its Pete For 'Pete's Dragon' Remake (EXCLUSIVE)". variety.com. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Dargis, Manohla (September 18, 2014). "At Home in War. In War at Home". nytimes.com. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "This is Where I Leave You (2014)". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  6. ^ "Allentown boy to appear in CBS "Person of Interest"". mcall.com. December 15, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  7. ^ Lesnick, Silas (January 13, 2015). "Pete's Dragon for Set for 2016, Ghost in the Shell for 2017". comingsoon.net. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  8. ^ Amanda, N'Duka. "Oakes Fegley To Co-Star In 'The War With Grandpa'". Deadline. Retrieved 5 May 2017.