Jackie Earle Haley

Known For: Watchmen, Human Target, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Robocop, Preacher

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Jackie Earle Haley is no stranger to genre fans.  He won over the hearts of fanboys and fangirls by playing the iconic Rorschach in Watchmen. He also did two seasons on Fox’s comic-based series Human Target, where he played Guerrero, a ruthless operative for Christopher Chance. Taking on yet another genre, he played the infamously terrifying Freddy Krueger in Sam Bayer’s 2010 reimagining of the horror classic A Nightmare On Elm Street.

Haley also co-starred in sci fi drama Robocop as Rick Mattox and in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s AMC comic book adaption of Preacher where he played the infamous Odin Quincannon.  Other roles include The Terror in the newest iteration of Ben Edlund’s long-lived comic book parody The Tick for Amazon, and nine-foot tall cyborg Grewishka in James Cameron production of Alita: Battle Angel.

Jackie has a long and storied history in film and TV.

As a teenager he left an indelible impression with his generation when he played Kelly Leak, a motorcycle riding, home-run-hitting hellion in Michael Ritchie’s acclaimed film The Bad News Bears and two sequels. Peter Yates then cast him to play Moocher in the Academy Award®-winning sleeper Breaking Away.


Like so many child stars, Haley’s transition to adult actor proved elusive. After disappearing from screens for nearly 15 years, his return – as sex-offender Ronnie McGorvey in Todd Field’s impeccably directed film, Little Children– earned him numerous accolades, including an Academy Award® nomination and the coveted New York Film Critics Circle Award.

Haley also had the honor to work with some of his favorite directors, Steven Spielberg, in the feature film Lincoln opposite Daniel Day Lewis;  Martin Scorsese cast him in his mind-bending thriller Shutter Island, playing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the pivotal role of insane asylum patient George Noyce; and Tim Burton chose Haley to play Willie Loomis, the drunken servant to Johnny Depp’s iconic Barnabas Collins, in Dark Shadows.

But one of the things Jackie is most proud of was something he’s wanted to do since he was nine years old:  he directed his first feature film, Criminal Activities, a crime thriller that stars John Travolta, Dan Stevens and Michael Pitt.

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