Jeremy Sisto

Active - 1991 - 2017  |   Born - Oct 6, 1974 in Grass Valley, California, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Horror

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With film roles ranging from his portrayal of a psychotic satanic killer (Hideaway [1995]) to Jesus (1999), one would not be hard-pressed to give actor Jeremy Sisto the credit of having a fairly impressive range of dramatic abilities. Born in Northern California, Sisto spent his early years living in the rock-built home his parents had made in the lower Sierra Nevada Mountains. Sisto would gain his earliest experiences as an actor after moving to Chicago with his mother and sister (Reedy Gibbs and Meadow Sisto, also actors) at the age of six. Jeremy and Meadow's turn as specters in the Goodman Theater's adaptation of Tennessee William's House Not Meant to Stand earned the young thespians positive notice, and led to theater work with such other Windy City institutions as the Absolute Theater Company and the Cherry Street Theater. After constant auditioning and small roles in commercials and industrial films, Sisto's breakthrough came with his being cast in Lawrence Kasdan's Grand Canyon (1991) after a deceptively discouraging audition. Returning to Chicago to finish school after wrapping up Grand Canyon in Los Angeles, Sisto constantly auditioned and played small roles in theater and independent films before moving to L.A. and finding roles in Clueless (1995) and White Squall (1996). A busy actor in the later '90s, Sisto appeared in the infamous Don's Plum (1998) before his role in the television mini-series The 60s and Jesus (both 1999). The next year Sisto would follow-up as a troubled young filmmaker coming to grips with the death of his wife in This Space Between Us, and with Angel Eyes, a mysterious tale of fate and urban isolation starring Jennifer Lopez.

Subsequent roles in Lucky McKee's well-received feature debut May, the popular backwoods slasher flick Wrong Turn, and the 2004 horror\comedy Dead and Breakfast served well to increase Sisto's street credibility among genre buffs, but when he wasn't running from inbred killers in the forest or falling under the spell of mentally disturbed waifs, Sisto was gaining positive notice for his role as a delusional man who believes his life is the subject of a film in Movie Hero, and returning to the small screen in shows like the hit crime drama Law & Order or the ABC comedy Suburgatory.

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  • His middle name, Merton, comes from the philosopher Thomas Merton.
  • Grew up in Chicago and started acting at the age of 8 with his sister. They made their stage debut in a production of Tennessee Williams' House Not Meant to Stand.
  • Appeared as a young boy in the music video for Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It."
  • Made his film debut in 1991 playing Kevin Kline's son in Grand Canyon.
  • Hobbies include playing the guitar and Bocci (Italian bowling).