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Also Known As: Joe Mazzello, Joseph Mazzello Iii Died:
Born: September 21, 1983 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Rhinebeck, New York, USA Profession: actor

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A bright, expressive child actor of TV and film with impressive range, Joseph Mazzello gained widespread attention as Tim, the grandson of Richard Attenborough, who is beset by dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park" (1993). His previous credits include "Presumed Innocent" (1990) and "Radio Flyer" (1992), as one of two brothers dealing with an abusive alcoholic stepfather. Working with Sir Richard in Spielberg's mammoth blockbuster led to a supporting role in the more modest, Attenborough-directed "Shadowlands" (1993) as the reserved American son of a professor (Debra Winger) who falls in love with writer C.S. Lewis (Anthony Hopkins). He had another illustrious mom, Meryl Streep, in the solid actioner "The River Wild" (1994). One of Hollywood's hottest kid stars, Mazzello starred opposite Louis Gossett Jr. in "A Father for Charlie" (CBS, 1995), a superior TV-movie set in the Ozarks during the Depression. More recently, Mazzello co-starred as the best friend of the title character in "Simon Birch" (1998).

A bright, expressive child actor of TV and film with impressive range, Joseph Mazzello gained widespread attention as Tim, the grandson of Richard Attenborough, who is beset by dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park" (1993). His previous credits include "Presumed Innocent" (1990) and "Radio Flyer" (1992), as one of two brothers dealing with an abusive alcoholic stepfather. Working with Sir Richard in Spielberg's mammoth blockbuster led to a supporting role in the more modest, Attenborough-directed "Shadowlands" (1993) as the reserved American son of a professor (Debra Winger) who falls in love with writer C.S. Lewis (Anthony Hopkins). He had another illustrious mom, Meryl Streep, in the solid actioner "The River Wild" (1994). One of Hollywood's hottest kid stars, Mazzello starred opposite Louis Gossett Jr. in "A Father for Charlie" (CBS, 1995), a superior TV-movie set in the Ozarks during the Depression. More recently, Mazzello co-starred as the best friend of the title character in "Simon Birch" (1998).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dear Sidewalk (2013)
3.
4.
 Raising Helen (2004) Prom Date Peter
5.
 Simon Birch (1998) Joe Wenteworth
7.
 Star Kid (1997) Spencer Griffith
8.
 Father For Charlie, A (1995) Charlie Cantwell
9.
 Cure, The (1995) Dexter
10.
 Three Wishes (1995) Tom
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Milestones close milestones

1990:
Made acting debut in ABC docudrama "Unspeakable Acts"
1990:
Feature film debut, "Presumed Innocent"
1992:
First feature lead, "Radio Flyer"
1992:
Cast in NBC movie "Desperate Choices: To Save My Child" (credited as Joe Mazzello)
1993:
Played Richard Attenborough's grandson in Steven Spielberg directed "Jurassic Park"
1993:
Played Debra Winger's son in "Shadowlands"
1994:
Cast as Meryl Streep's son in "The River Wild"
1995:
Played a youth afflicted with AIDS in "The Cure"
1997:
Made cameo in "Jurassic Park: The Lost World"
1998:
Played title character's best friend in "Simon Birch," loosely based on John Irving's <i>A Prayer for Owen Meany</i>
2004:
Landed small role in "Raising Helen"
2006:
Made writing directorial debut with short film "Matters of Life and Death"; also executive produced and co-starred
2010:
Cast as Eugene 'Sledgehammer' Sledge, one of three leads in HBO miniseries "The Pacific"; executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks
2010:
Portrayed Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz in "The Social Network," directed by David Fincher
2012:
Apppeared in A&E miniseries "Coma"
2013:
Joined cast of action sequel "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" as Mouse
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Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
Our Lady of Lourdes High School: Poughkeepsie , New York -

Notes

"Joseph's talent for performing became evident at a very early age, notes his mother, Ginnie, who says that `by the time he was 5, he had memorized all the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals.'" --From "Radio Flyer" Press Kit

"`Joey is complex and sensitive,' says ("Radio Flyer") producer Lauren Shuler-Donner. `He has a depth that's incredible for someone his age--and one of the most expressive faces I've seen on anyone of any age.'" --From "Radio Flyer" Press Kit

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mother:
Ginny Mazzello. Owns and operates a dance studio JG Dance in Hyde Park. New York.
father:
Joseph Mazzello Jr. Owns and operates a dance studio JG Dance in Hyde Park, New York.
sister:
Mary Mazzello. Actor. Born c. 1982.
brother:
John Mazzello. Actor. Born c. 1987.
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