Haley Joel Osment Biography

Actor, Television Actor, Film Actor (1988–)
Haley Joe Osment is an American actor best known for his role in The Sixth Sense with Bruce Willis.


Haley Joel Osment was born on April 10, 1988, in Los Angeles, CA. He began his career at the age of 5 in a television commercial and then moved on to acting in several TV shows in the 1990s. By far his most successful role in his career to date was in 1999 blockbuster thriller The Sixth Sense, directed by M. Night Shyamalan and co-starring Bruce Willis. Recent projects include the 2015 film Entourage and Amazon series Alpha House

Early Life

Actor Haley Joel Osment was born on April 10, 1988, in Los Angeles, California. The son of an actor, Michael Eugene Osment, and his wife Theresa, a schoolteacher, Osment was spotted by casting agents at the age of 5 (reportedly in the playroom of an IKEA furniture store) and given a role in a television commercial for Pizza Hut. Just one year later, he made his feature film debut, playing Forrest Gump Jr. in the Oscar-winning smash Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks.

Blossoming Career

By the time he was 10 years old, Osment had racked up an impressive number of TV credits, landing roles on Thunder Alley and The Jeff Foxworthy Show, in addition to appearing in several TV movies, including Last Stand at Saber River (1997), starring Tom Selleck, The Ransom of Red Chief (1998) and Cab to Canada (1998).

From 1997 to 1998, Osment had a recurring role on the popular CBS sitcom Murphy Brown as the son of single mother Brown, played by Candice Bergen. He also had memorable guest appearances in The Pretender and in a 1999 episode of Ally McBeal, as a young boy dying of cancer who wants to sue God.

Film Career

On the big screen, the precociously talented Osment starred with Whoopi Goldberg and Gerard Depardieu in the little-seen 1996 film Bogus, as an orphaned boy who dreams up an imaginary French pal. In 1999, Osment blew audiences away -- to the tune of more than $600 million worldwide -- as the haunted little boy at the center of the supernatural thriller The Sixth Sense, co-starring Bruce Willis and Toni Collette. For his efforts, Osment earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor; the film also scored nods for Best Picture and Best Director, M. Night Shyamalan.

In 2000, Osment appeared alongside Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt in the critically panned Pay It Forward. The following summer, he again lent his precocious acting abilities to Steven Spielberg's long-awaited science fiction film A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001), as a mechanical boy who yearns to be loved by his human parents. In 2003, he starred opposite veteran actors Robert Duvall and Michael Caine in Secondhand Lions.

Osment's career went into a slump for a time.  In 2006, he was arrested for driving under the influence, which resulted led to a sentence of three years of probation. As he told Rolling Stone, the accident was him "being a teenager making a terrible decision." Osment moved to New York to study at New York University where he became involved with the school's Experimental Theatre Workshop. In 2008, he took a break from his studies to make his Broadway debut in the much maligned revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo.

Recent Projects

After graduating from NYU in 2011, Osment has taken on an interesting mix of projects. He appeared in Kevin Smith's offbeat horror tale Tusk (2014) and played Shelby Mellman on the Amazon political comedy series Alpha House. Osment also starred in the 2014 independent comedy Sex Ed. The following year, he had a high-profile supporting role in the film Entourage starring Adrian Grenier. On the small screen, Osment starred as Slow Joey on the series Comedy Bang! Bang! and as Alistair St. Barnaby-Bixby-Jones in The Spoils Before Dying.

In 2016, Osment teamed up with Kevin Smith again for the film Yoga Hosers, which also stars Johnny Depp. The same year, Osment wrapped up production on the dramatic comedy Holding Patterns, which also stars Christopher Meloni.

Personal Life

Osment divides his time between California and New York. His sister, Emily, is also a performer. She has appeared on Hannah Montana and Young & Hungry.

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