Jackie Earle Haley is a versatile American actor also a writer and a well-known director. He earned recognition and appreciations for portraying Ronald James McGorvey in the movie ‘Little Children’ and Walter Kovacs / Rorschach in ‘Watchmen’. A native Californian, Haley was entered the film industry at a very early age.
He appeared in various advertisements and made his debut as the voice actor and lent his voice for Jamie Boyle in the animated series ‘Wait Till Your Father Gets Home’.
Quick facts about Jackie Earle Haley.
Sun Sign: Cancer
Age: 57 Years
Born In: North-ridge, Los Angeles, California
Famous As: Actor
Height: 1.66 M
Spouse/Ex-: Amelia Cruz (M. 2004), Jennifer Hargrave (M. 1985), Sherry Vaughan (M. 1979)
Father: Haven Earle Haley
Childhood & Early Life
Jackie Earle Haley was born on July 14, 1961, in Northridge, California. His father was Haven Earle Haley (1929-98), who also served as an actor in the industry, played a judge in Martin Scorsese’s 1995 crime-drama ‘Casino’. Haley grew up in an artistic environment and background and embraced and learned acting at a very early age. He subsequently appeared in several famous commercials.
His first appearance as an actor on television was in an episode of ABC’s musical sitcom ‘The Partridge Family’. Between 1973 and 1975, Haley guest-appeared in five more TV shows: ‘Marcus Welby, M.D.’ (1973), “Valley of the Dinosaurs” (1974), ‘Planet of the Apes’ (1974), Shazam (1975), and ‘The Waltons’ (1975). He further played a role in the sports comedy The Bad News Bears.
In 1977, he worked with Jan-Michael Vincent, George Peppard, Dominique Sanda, and Paul Winfield in Jack Smight’s post-apocalyptic film ‘Damnation Alley’. He then appeared in ABC’s comedy series ‘The Love Boat’, playing the role of Paul Turner’s son in two episodes of the show, and appeared with various famous personalities.
His first major and the most prominent role on the small screen was in the short-lived TV adaptation of his 1979 film ‘Breaking Away’. After a four-year gap from the big screen, he returned with ‘Losin’ It’, the 1983 comedy film that also starred the versatile actor Tom Cruise and Shelley Long.
There are conjecturing that Haley attended the auditions for Wes Craven’s ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ with his friend Johnny Depp. The superior that is Craven when saw Depp, he picked him to play the lead role of Glen Lantz over Haley. Despite this backset, Haley continued to be active throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s.
In the year 1981, he appeared in the television film ‘Every Stray Dog and Kid’ and was cast as a bully in the 1985 teen film ‘The Zoo Gang’. He made cameo appearances in multiple famous TV shows, including ‘American Playhouse’ (1983), ‘Whiz Kids’ (1983), MacGyver(1985), and ‘Murder, She Wrote’ (1986).
During this period, Haley was consciously shedding his young-adult persona and appearing in more mature and developed roles.
Haley did the second telefilm of his ongoing career in 1990. Titled ‘Oh, No! Not THEM!’, it was originally created as a pilot, for the American remake of the British series The Young Ones. However, it was not televised. In the similar year, he was cast as the voice of Gill Waterman in NBC’s animated series ‘Gravedale High’. Although the show did not last long and successful.
After 1993, Haley obscurely disappeared from the screen. He moved to San Antonio and started making short commercials. The break eventually ended more than a decade later, with a role in the political-drama ‘All the King’s Men’ (2006). In 2008, he made a cameo appearance in the comedy film ‘Semi-Pro’ and portrayed a beautiful character Bob Jasperson in the film adaptation of Roy Freirich’s novel ‘Winged Creatures’.
After he showed in Zack Snyder’s 2009 film ‘Watchmen’ which was based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Haley’s Walter Kovacs role was essential as the protagonist of the film, as he serves as the narrator of the story as well as
Haley made a fantastic return on the small screen with Fox’s action drama series ‘Human Target’. Back in 2016, he has been playing The Terror in Amazon Video’s ‘The Tick’. He was also casted as Odin, the main antagonist in the first season of AMC’s ‘Preacher’.
His earliest directorial daring journey was ‘Criminal Activities’, the 2015 crime thriller starring John Travolta, Michael Pitt, Dan Stevens, Rob Brown and Haley himself.
Jackie Earle Haley played an amazing role Ronald “Ronnie” James McGorvey, a sentenced paedophile in the 2006 release ‘Little Children’ which was directed by Todd Field. The movie also starred the actress Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, and Jennifer Connelly.
He won various awards, including the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting male actor, the Online Film Critics Society Awards 2006. He was also nominated for the Oscar in the category of Best Supporting Actor in 2007 but ultimately lost to the actor Alan Arkin.
Personal Life of Jackie Earle Haley.
Jackie Earle Haley has been married three times. He married to Sherry Vaughan on November 6, 1979. Afterwards, they got divorced and then he wed his second wife, Jennifer Hargrave, in 1985 further having two children together: son Christopher (born March 4, 1986) and daughter Olivia (1998). That marriage ended in a divorced too.
His third and current wife is Amelia Cruz. Their wedding took place on August 6, 2004.
What we can learn from Haley ?
The career of Jackie Earle Haley is always inspiring for any former child star or out-of-work actor, proving his determination towards his work despite there were so many obstacles one should never give up, who can understand better than Jackie Earle H