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Jackie Earle Haley

Jackie Earle Haley, April 2009
Born Jack E. Haley
July 14, 1961 (1961-07-14) (age 48)
Northridge, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1972–present

Jackie Earle Haley (born Jack E. Haley;[1] July 14, 1961) is an American film actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Kelly Leak in The Bad News Bears, pedophile Ronnie McGorvey in Little Children and most recently as vigilante Rorschach in Zack Snyder's Watchmen. He has signed on to portray horror icon Freddy Krueger in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street,[2] which is due to be released on April 30, 2010.[3] He is currently appearing in Fox's drama Human Target.



Haley has appeared in numerous films, including Damnation Alley, John Schlesinger's The Day of the Locust, and Losin' It, as well as guest roles on TV. A well known child actor, he starred as Kelly Leak in the comedy The Bad News Bears. He also starred in The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training and The Bad News Bears Go to Japan.

He played Moocher in Peter Yates' acclaimed 1979 film Breaking Away and later in the short lived TV series of the same name. Throughout the 1970s, he often played a tough, angry, pimply, long-haired misfit; although in the offbeat 1972 movie, The Outside Man, he plays Eric, a boy apparently so desperately lonely that he tries to impress the mob assassin holding him and his mother (Georgia Engel) hostage. In 1984, his friend Johnny Depp accompanied him to the auditions for Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street. Instead of being chosen for a role, it was Depp who was spotted by director Wes Craven, who asked him if he would like to read for a part.

He has made guest appearances on such TV shows as Marcus Welby, M.D., The Waltons, Planet of the Apes, MacGyver, The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, Renegade, and Get a Life.

Haley's acting career went dormant during most of the 1990s and early 2000s, when he moved to San Antonio, Texas, and eventually turned to directing,[4] finding success as a producer and director of television commercials. With the recommendation of Sean Penn, Haley returned to acting in 2006, first appearing in Steven Zaillian's All the King's Men alongside Penn as Sugar Boy, his bodyguard, before giving a critically acclaimed performance as a recently paroled sex offender in Todd Field's Little Children. He stated that his preparation for the role was greatly influenced by the relationship shared between his mother and his brother Tru, who battled a heroin addiction before he died of an overdose.[5] Haley was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this portrayal and in 2007 was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[6]

Currently, Haley owns a production company, JEH Productions, in San Antonio, Texas. In 2008, he appeared in Semi-Pro and starred in Fragments with Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning.[7] He also stars in Zack Snyder's 2009 adaptation of the Alan Moore graphic novel, Watchmen, as Rorschach, a masked vigilante working to find the identity of a costumed hero killer, a role which earned Haley praise from many reviewers.[8] The film also reunites him with Little Children co-star Patrick Wilson who played Nite Owl II, former partner of Rorschach. Also in 2010, Haley appeared in Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorsese,[9] playing a patient of a hospital for the criminally insane.

On April 3, 2009, it was confirmed that Haley will pick up the role of Freddy Krueger in the upcoming A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot.[10] According to the web site Bloody-Disgusting, Jackie Earle Haley has signed on to play the role in three installments in the series.[11]

Haley's in a recurring role on Human Target as Guerrero, an ally of the protagonist Christopher Chance, which premiered January 17th, 2010 on Fox.[12]

Personal life

Haley was born and raised in Northridge, California, the son of Haven Earle "Bud" Haley, a radio show host/disc jockey and actor.[13][14] His first marriage was to Sherry Vaughan in 1979. He has two children: Christopher (born 1986) with his second wife and Olivia (born 1998) from a previous relationship. He married his third wife, Amelia Cruz, in 2004. He resides in San Antonio, Texas.


Haley has been recognized for his supporting role in Todd Field's Little Children.





  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at
  2. ^ Jackie Earle Haley Talks Freddy's Voice, Additional Filming
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  4. ^ Paskin, Willa. ""It felt like this was supposed to happen"". Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  5. ^ Moore, Omar P.L.. "Popcorn Reel In Focus Interview: "Little Children"'s Jackie Early Haley". Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  6. ^ "Film Academy Invites 115 New Members". Associated Press. June 19, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  7. ^ on 2009-28-04
  8. ^ Borys Kit (2007-07-26). "'Watchmen' powering up with castings". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  9. ^ Why Nightmare on Elm Street went back for more shooting
  10. ^ Joshua Rich (2009-04-03). "'Nightmare on Elm Street' remake: Jackie Earle Haley to play Freddy Krueger". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  11. ^ SCREAM '09: Jackie Earle Haley on 'Elm Street' Surprises, Freddy's Voice and a Sequel!
  12. ^ "About Human Target". Fox. Retrieved January 16, 2010 (2010-01-16). 
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  15. ^ Jackie Earle Haley Talks Freddy's Voice and A Nightmare on Elm Street Reshoots

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