Jeremy Sumpter plays Byron in "Soul Surfer" which is being released by Sony and FilmDistrict on April 8th, 2011. It is based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton who was a competitive teen surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack and then overcame all odds to become a champion again. It is truly an inspirational story.

Jeremy was born in northern California but grew up in a small town in Kentucky where his family had moved when he was very young. When he was eleven, Jeremy entered a talent competition, winning numerous awards. He signed with a personal manager and moved to Los Angeles in 2000.

After a few months in Los Angeles and a few auditions, Jeremy booked the role of "Young Adam Meiks" in "Frailty," a feature film directed by Bill Paxton. "Bill had been one of my favorite actors so to be able to work with him was unbelievable," says Jeremy. The adult "Adam Meiks" was played by Matthew McConaughey.

Next, Jeremy was chosen by Danny Glover to play Henry Sturbuck in the Showtime original film Just A Dream. "Working with Danny was great, we had a great time filming in a small town in Utah," explains Jeremy. Jeremy received the "Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special - Leading Young Actor" from the Young Artist Awards.

Jeremy was able to use his surfing skills on his next film, "Local Boys." This coming of age film was shot on location in southern California. "This was a hard film to shoot since we were surfing at the beach almost everyday and there were all these girls around in bikinis," jokes Jeremy.

After a worldwide search, Jeremy was chosen to play "Peter" in the P.J. Hogan version of Peter Pan. This was one of the most coveted roles in films for a teen actor in recent years. "It was a part that I really wanted," says Jeremy, "since I'd be able to fight pirates and fly around the stage on wires." Jeremy trained extensively in sword fighting and gymnastics prior to shooting the movie in Australia.

Clubhouse was Jeremy's first television series. "It was really a dream role since I've always loved baseball and played little league when I was younger. I really wasn't going to do television, but I thought this project was special and it also came about in a funny way. I was in Tokyo doing some promotional work for Peter Pan when my manager and mother read the script for Clubhouse. They said I should take a look at it so I read it on the way back on the plane. I thought the script was great and that "Pete" was me. There was also a lot of old friends working on it. The Executive Producer had written Just A Dream, the director had been the director on a pilot I did several years ago," explains Jeremy.

Jeremy was cast in the role of Justin in Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life. “Justin was a good kid who got into a little trouble with his computer and got addicted to on-line pornography to the point where it almost ruins his life,” says Jeremy.

After wrapping Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life, he immediately went on to star in The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang in Oregon. A lot of the people from Napoleon Dynamite were involved in the film and it was a lot of fun for him to shoot. Next Jeremy shot "Calvin Marshall", the romantic comedy "You're So Cupid" and the horror/thriller "Death and Cremation". Jeremy also appeared in 20 episodes of "Friday Night Lights" as quarterback J.D. McCoy.

Jeremy is always looking to play a wide variety of characters and is reading several feature film scripts. In the future, Jeremy hopes to also work behind the camera as a director and producer. In his spare time he surfs, plays basketball, football, golf and shoots pool.

   
Full Name: Jeremy Robert Myron Sumpter (Robert and Myron were Jeremy's grandfather's names)
Birth Date: February 5th, 1989
Birth Place: Monterey, California
Resides: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Siblings: Two sisters, Jessica (twin), and Jennifer "Gigi". One brother Travis who is in the military.
Pets: Two dogs named Bear and Chewie.
Sports: Skiing, Basketball, Football and Baseball
Teams: San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants and the Green Bay Packers
Athletes: Kobe Bryant
Music/Bands: Classic Rock (Beatles, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and Neil Young)
Movies: Deer Hunter, Deliverance, A River Runs Through It, and BraveHeart
Actors: Denzel Washington, Mel Gibson, Robert Redford, Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener and Tom Hanks
Books: The Hunger Games
Hobbies: Sports
Foods: Spaghetti and chili
Colors: Blue

How do I contact Jeremy? How do I get an Autograph?
Jeremy does not have a public e-mail address. But he does interact with fans on his official message board, when he has time. You can write a letter to Jeremy at the following address:

Jeremy Sumpter
c/o Mark Robert Mgmt.
P.O. Box 1549
Studio City, CA 91614

If you would like an autographed picture, please send a stamp with your request.

If you are outside of the United States, please include a International Reply Coupon which is available at your local post office. Jeremy answers as many requests as possible.

Please do NOT send your letter by registered or certified mail.

If you are sending something for Jeremy to sign, please limit it to one item and include postage.

Does Jeremy have Myspace, Bebo or Facebook?
Jeremy now has the following three official social network sites:

Jeremy's official Twitter account is at: twitter.com/jeremysumpt
Jeremy's official Facebook account is at: www.facebook.com/pages/Jeremy-Sumpter/147735592292
Jeremy's official MySpace account is at: www.myspace.com/jeremysumpterofficially

Be aware that there are many posers on these social networks and so many Internet communities. Some of the posers are very convincing so beware of anyone who claims to be Jeremy. They may just be playing a prank or they could be someone who is very dangerous.

Does Jeremy have a girlfriend?
No.

Do Jeremy's sisters act?
They did in the past but are now in college. Both Gigi and Jessy have been in separate episodes of “Strong Medicine.” Gigi has also appeared on “E.R.” and has done a McDonalds commercial. Jessy also appeared in “Strong Medicine” and in an anti-drug PSA.

How often does Jeremy go surfing? Where is one of his favorite spots?
Not often enough. He surfs at beaches up and down the coast in California.

Does Jeremy like being approached by fans when you're out and about?
He loves it, it's a lot of fun.

What is Jeremy's perfect day off?
Playing golf.

Does Jeremy still want to keep acting in the future? If not, what other career would he choose?
Jeremy would like to keep acting. He would also like to direct or produce.

Does Jeremy have a nickname?
No.

What was Jeremy's favorite movie that he appeared in?
Peter Pan.

What is Jeremy's favorite holiday?
Christmas.

Has Jeremy ever been skiing or snowboarding?
Yes, he has done both.

What does Jeremy like to do on your free time?
Play basketball, football, pool or golf.

What foreign cities has Jeremy visited?
Jeremy has been to London (twice), Paris, Tokyo (twice), Mexico City, Toronto and spent 11 months on the Gold Coast in Australia. He has also traveled extensively around the United States.

 
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