Watchmen Movie Cast

Jackie Earle Haley

Jackie Earle Haley

Starting out as a kid actor at the age of five, Jackie Earle Haley made appearances on several of the top TV series of the early 1970s, including The Waltons, The Partridge Family, Marcus Welby, M.D. and Shazam. When he was 14, he went from "working child actor" to "child star" when he was cast as Kelly Leak, a tough kid who routinely rips up the baseball field on his dirt bike in The Bad News Bears (1976), opposite Walter Matthau and Oscar-winning fellow child star Tatum O'Neal.

His work in the film led to roles in several sequels, and when he was cast as Moocher in the 1979 Oscar-winning film Breaking Away, it looked like Haley was set to continue his career into adulthood, unlike many other child stars.

Roles in the TV series Breaking Away (1980), the feature film Losin' It (1983) co-starring Tom Cruise, and in the Broadway production Slab Boys with Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon and Val Kilmer followed, but unfortunately, by the mid-1980s, his career petered out, and he was forced to take jobs as a limousine driver, pizza delivery person and security officer. However, Haley longed to

Coincidentally, in 2004, director Steven Zaillian thought of Haley when casting the role of Sugar Boy in All the King's Men (2006). Thrilled by the offer, Haley accepted immediately. Determined to keep his hand in acting after that experience, he then made an audition tape and sent it to director Todd Field, who was casting for his film, Little Children (2006). Impressed by what he saw, Field called Haley and asked him to come discuss playing the role of Ronnie J. McGorvey, a sex offender whose release from prison causes panic in the neighborhood.

Haley says, "At the meeting, Todd asked, So, would you like to play the role?? I'll remember that moment as long as I live." Haley's work in the film received much acclaim, including a Chicago Film Critics Association Award; New York Film Critics Circle Award; San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award; Online Film Critics Society Award and finally, an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2005, Haley was named on VH1?'s 100 Greatest Kid Stars list. Married to third wife, Amelia, he has two children from previous marriages.