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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 10, 1988 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, voice actor

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Haley Joel Osment began his career at age five with a featured appearance in a TV commercial for Pizza Hut. With his blond hair, expressive blue eyes and moon face, this juvenile player soon landed his first screen role as Forest Junior in the Oscar-winning "Forest Gump" (1994). Osment segued to TV series, playing the adorable grandson of a gruff Edward Asner in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Thunder Alley" (1994-95) followed by a two-year stint as Jeff Foxworthy's son in "The Jeff Foxworthy Show" (ABC, 1995-96; NBC, 1996-97). The busy young actor continued to land guest roles including a recurring stint as Candice Bergen's son Avery Brown on the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown" in it final season and memorable turns as a boy genius on "The Pretender" in 1998 and a cancer-stricken boy determined to sue God on a moving episode of "Ally McBeal" in 1999. Additionally, Osment appeared in TV-movies more than holding his own acting alongside such veterans as Tom Selleck ("Last Stand at Saber River," TNT 1997), Christopher Lloyd ("The Ransom of Red Chief," ABC, 1998) and Maureen O'Hara ("Cab to Canada," CBS 1998).

Haley Joel Osment began his career at age five with a featured appearance in a TV commercial for Pizza Hut. With his blond hair, expressive blue eyes and moon face, this juvenile player soon landed his first screen role as Forest Junior in the Oscar-winning "Forest Gump" (1994). Osment segued to TV series, playing the adorable grandson of a gruff Edward Asner in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Thunder Alley" (1994-95) followed by a two-year stint as Jeff Foxworthy's son in "The Jeff Foxworthy Show" (ABC, 1995-96; NBC, 1996-97). The busy young actor continued to land guest roles including a recurring stint as Candice Bergen's son Avery Brown on the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown" in it final season and memorable turns as a boy genius on "The Pretender" in 1998 and a cancer-stricken boy determined to sue God on a moving episode of "Ally McBeal" in 1999. Additionally, Osment appeared in TV-movies more than holding his own acting alongside such veterans as Tom Selleck ("Last Stand at Saber River," TNT 1997), Christopher Lloyd ("The Ransom of Red Chief," ABC, 1998) and Maureen O'Hara ("Cab to Canada," CBS 1998).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Yoga Hosers (2016)
2.
 Holding Patterns (2016)
4.
 Me Him Her (2015)
5.
 Entourage (2015)
7.
 Tusk (2014)
8.
 Sex Ed (2014)
9.
10.
 Sassy Pants (2012)
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Milestones close milestones

1983:
First professional job in a Pizza Hut TV commercial
1994:
Made feature film debut as the title character's (Tom Hanks) son in "Forrest Gump"
1994:
Played Edward Asner's grandson on the ABC sitcom "Thunder Alley"
1995:
Was regular on the short-lived series "The Jeff Foxworthy Show"; first aired on ABC and then NBC for one season
1996:
Co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg and Gerard Depardieu in "Bogus"
1997:
Voiced Chip in the direct-to-video release "Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas"
1997:
Played Murphy's son Avery on the final season of the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown"
1999:
Breakthrough role, playing a child who is able to see dead people in the blockbuster, "The Sixth Sense"; directed by M. Night Shyamalan and co-starred Bruce Willis; received a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination
2000:
Cast alongside Oscar-winners Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt in "Pay It Forward"
2001:
Starred with Willem Dafoe in the WWII drama "Edges of the Lord"
2001:
Co-starred with Jude Law in Steven Spielberg's "A.I. Artificial Intelligence"
2002:
Lent his voice to the Disney animated sequel "Jungle Book 2"
2002:
Lent his voice to Disney's live-action film, "The Country Bears"
2003:
Co-starred with Robert Duvall and Michael Caine in the film, "Secondhand Lions"
2008:
Made Broadway theatre debut in a revival of David Mamet's "American Buffalo"
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Education

Flintridge Preparatory School: La Cañada , California -
New York University: New York , New York -

Notes

"It's Osment, whose Cole is such an intelligent, tortured child, who easily gives the best kid performance of the year. In fact, if he were to get an Oscar nomination, it would be both historic and just." --From "When It Comes to Creepiness, This Project Has a 'Sixth Sense'" by John Anderson in Los Angeles Times, August 6, 1999

"Haley Joel Osment ... is a very good actor in a film where his character possibly has more lines than anyone else. He's in most of the scenes, and he has to act in them--this isn't a role for a cute kid who can stand there and look solemn in reaction shots. There are fairly involved dialogue passages between [Bruce] Willis and Osment that require good timing, reactions and the ability to listen. Osment is more than equal to them." --From Roger Ebert's review of "The Sixth Sense", The Chicago Sun-Times, August 6, 1999

Family close complete family listing

father:
Michael Eugene Osment. Actor. Born c. 1959.
mother:
Theresa Osment. Teacher. Born c, 1960.
sister:
Emily Osment. Actor. Born on March 10, 1992.

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