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Jake T. Austin
Born Jake Toranzo Austin Szymanski
December 3, 1994 (1994-12-03) (age 15)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor/Voice actor
Years active 2002–present
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Jake T. Austin (born Jake Toranzo Austin Szymanski on December 3, 1994)[1] is an American teen actor who currently stars as Max Russo, the youngest of three wizards, on the Disney Channel Original Series, Wizards of Waverly Place and as the voice of Diego in the Nickelodeon animated series Go, Diego, Go!.


Early life

Jake T. Austin was born Jake Toranzo Austin Szymanski[2] in New York City, New York,[1] the son of Giny and Joey Szymanski. His father is of Polish, Irish, and English descent and his mother is "Puerto Rican, Argentinian, and Spaniard".[3][4] He has a sister, Eva, who is seven years younger than him.[2]


Austin performed the voice for Diego, the lead character in the show Go, Diego, Go!, which is shown on Nick Jr, and now plays the role of Max Russo in the Disney Channel Original Series Wizards Of Waverly Place. He has also provided voices for the animated movies The Ant Bully and Everyone's Hero, and appeared in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board. He starred in The Perfect Game; Hotel for Dogs; and the Disney Channel Original Movie, Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie. In February 2010, he guest-starred on Suite Life on Deck.


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Ant Bully Nicky Voice of Nicky
Everyone's Hero Yankee Irving Voice of Yankee Irving
2007 Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board Chris Main role
2009 Hotel for Dogs Bruce Main role
Rio Fernando Main Role
2010 The Perfect Game Angel Macias Main role


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Late Show with David Letterman Kid 1679 "Episode dated December 23, 2003"
2005-present Dora the Explorer Dora's cousin, Diego's voice Nickelodeon/Starring as Jake Toranzo Szymanski
2005-present Go, Diego, Go! Diego's Voice Nickelodeon/Starring as Jake Toranzo Szymanski
2007-present Wizards of Waverly Place Max Russo Main Character
2007 Disney Channel Games 2007 Himself Blue Team/Disney
2008 Disney Channel Games 2008 Himself Red Team - Inferno/Disney
Studio DC: Almost Live Himself Credit as Jake Austin
Happy Monster Band Voice of Bluz Regular cast member
2009 The Suite Life on Deck Max Russo Guest Star in episode "Double-Crossed"
Hannah Montana Guest Star in the episode Super(stitious) Girl
The View Himself Guest, along with Selena Gomez and David Henrie


  • Teen Choice Award
    • Choice TV: Sidekick (2010), by Wizards of Waverly Place - Nominated
  • Alma Award
    • Favorite TV actor (2099), by Wizards of Waverly Place - Nominated
  • Young Artist Award
    • Best Performance in a Feature Film: Young Leading Actor (2010), by Hotel for Dogs - Pending
    • Best Performance in a TV Series: Young Leading Actor (2010), by Wizards of Waverly Place -Pending


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