Born October 22 1990, Jonathan William Lipnicki has been a serious actor since his award-winning breakout role at the age of six in the Academy Award® nominated Jerry Maguire, alongside Tom Cruise and Renée Zellweger.
Following the success of Jerry Maguire, Lipnicki took on leading roles in a string of other hit movies, including The Little Vampire, Like Mike and both Stuart Little films, as well as gathering numerous TV credits, perhaps most notably in The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Meego and popular teen-drama Dawson's Creek.
"Lipnicki is smart and a good actor," says performance coach Dennis LaVale, a statement backed up by Lipnicki's seemingly flawless transition from child to adult actor.
After dedicating his time to a number of independent films – particularly impressing critics in the coming-of-age drama When Zachary Beaver Came to Town – and taking time out for school, Lipnicki focused on live theater, with roles in the Tony Award nominated The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Eric Edwards' A Mixed Tape, as well as taking on guest spots on top TV shows such as Family Guy and Monk.
2012 saw the release of three movies – For the Love of Money, the true story of an Israeli immigrant searching for his piece of the American dream; Edge of Salvation, a documentary-style movie following the downward spiral of a family on the verge of losing everything; and Lipnicki's first project as executive producer, Broken Roads. Lipnicki also took on a leading role in the award winning indie short Born Yesterday alongside Heather Morris.
And it doesn't stop there.
Last year Lipnicki returned to the stage in acclaimed writer John Pollono's Lost Girls at L.A.'s Rogue Machine Theatre; as well as shooting Tag, a dark indie film about a group of teenagers living in a homeless shelter; Beast of the Bering Sea, a Syfy channel exclusive; and Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses with Danny Trejo and Danny Glover, released in 2014.
Involved in a variety of charity, health and political organizations, Lipnicki made a moving speech in front of congress in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at the age of only 10, and was subsequently titled one of the charity's Heroes of the Year. In more recent years, Lipnicki has been seen attending benefit and awareness functions for Declare Yourself – a movement aimed at getting young Americans interested in politics. "If you want to change things you can ... [voting] is definitely of the utmost importance," states Lipnicki.
Lipnicki currently lives in Silverlake, California, where he competes as a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and attends acting classes at Playhouse West under the direction of Robert Carnegie.