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Kevin Zegers

Highest Rated:   86% Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)
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Birthplace:   Woodstock, Ontario, Canada
The Canadian child actor-turned-young heartthrob Kevin Zegers inevitably recalls an early Tom Cruise, with his high-gloss and surreal handsomeness. These photogenic, audience-pleasing qualities helped to carry Zegers through his adolescent screen career, with a steady series of roles in family-friendly films. Zegers then proved himself capable of sustaining more mature, adult-oriented Hollywood turns, signified by his fine contribution to the pansexual comedy drama Transamerica (2005). Born September 19, 1984, into a blue-collar family (his dad worked in a lime quarry), Zegers attended Holy Family French immersion school in his hometown of Woodstock, Ontario, and received an invitation at eight years old to participate in a London fashion show as a child model. Zegers did a few of these events, then talked his parents into letting him audition for a Toronto-based talent agent; not long after, Zegers landed his first screen role, as a younger version of Michael J. Fox's character in James Lapine's uneven comedy drama Life with Mikey (1993), and spent the preponderance of the next ten years starring in innumerable animal-oriented comedies -- everything from Air Bud and its sequels to Virginia's Run to Nico the Unicorn and MVP: Most Valuable Primate. Lest he be typecast, however, Zegers demonstrated his versatility throughout this period with occasional turns in dark horror outings and telemovies as well.Zegers later recalled how, throughout this period, he honed his ability to size up the fundamental strengths and weaknesses of a script, and by his early twenties, he placed a high premium on this instinct, often rejecting screenplays on the basis of poor quality. Transamerica (which Zegers reportedly read and then fell in love with at first glance) marked the actor's first dramatic leap away from child and adolescent-oriented roles. He later told interviewer Selma Blair that he refused to be turned down for the part, and stalked director Duncan Tucker for weeks on end after an initial rejection from the film, until Tucker recanted. In that well-received picture, Zegers plays Toby, the long-estranged juvenile-delinquent son of pre-operative transsexual Bree (christened Stanley and portrayed by Felicity Huffman). Toby reconnects with his father for a road trip -- just as Bree is about to undergo a permanent sex-change operation. Together, they set off for Los Angeles -- Bree to have her procedure and Toby to make it as a porn star. Zegers proved himself thoroughly worthy of the role; few critics who praised the film failed to single out the actor's performance.Unfortunately, Zegers followed this with an ill-advised retread of his career origins -- first in the critically reviled, Tim Allen-starring family comedy Zoom, then in the Nick Hurran-directed teen film It's a Boy Girl Thing (both 2006) -- leading many of the actor's fans to grow impatient for additional Zegers work on the level of Transamerica. Not long after, he signed for a small role in more substantial fare: the eagerly anticipated, female-driven ensemble drama The Jane Austen Book Club (2007), directed by Robin Swicord and starring Amy Brenneman, Maria Bello, and Jimmy Smits. Beginning in 2009, Zegers took on a recurring role in the CW's teen drama Gossip Girl, playing the entitled son of a foreign ambassador. His growing career gradually led Zegers to starring roles, playing one of the leads in the 2010 horror film Frozen, opposite Shawn Ashmore and Emma Bell, and the lead in the Encore miniseries Titantic: Blood and Steel (2012).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Aftermath
  • John Gullick
2017
15% The Curse of Downers Grove
  • Chuck
2015
16% The Colony
  • Sam
2013
12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • Alec
2013
No Score Yet Vampire
  • Simon
2013
No Score Yet All the Wrong Reasons
  • Simon Brunson
2013
0% The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll
  • Spyder
2011
No Score Yet Girl Walks Into a Bar
  • Billy
2011
No Score Yet The Entitled
  • Paul Dynan
2011
62% Frozen
  • Dan Walker
2010
No Score Yet The Story of Bonnie and Clyde
  • Actor
2010
54% Gardens of the Night
  • Frank
2008
86% Fifty Dead Men Walking
  • Sean
2008
25% The Narrows
  • Mike Manadoro
2008
65% The Jane Austen Book Club
  • Trey
2007
0% Normal
  • Jordie
2007
41% The Stone Angel
  • John
2007
67% It's a Boy Girl Thing
  • Woody Deane
2006
3% Zoom
  • Connor Shepard/Concussion
2006
76% Transamerica
  • Toby Wilkins
2006
No Score Yet Felicity: An American Girl Adventure
  • Ben Davidson
2005
No Score Yet Some Things That Stay
  • Rusty Murphy
2004
No Score Yet The Hollow
  • Ian Cranston
2004
No Score Yet Run Away Home
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie
  • Charlie
2004
75% Dawn of the Dead
  • Terry
2004
41% Wrong Turn
  • Evan
2003
No Score Yet Fear of the Dark
  • Dale Billings
2002
No Score Yet Air Bud 4 - Seventh Inning Fetch
  • Josh
2001
No Score Yet Virginia's Run
  • Darrow Raines
2001
No Score Yet Nico The Unicorn
  • Billy
2001
No Score Yet Air Bud 3 - World Pup
  • Josh Framm
2001
No Score Yet Sex, Lies & Obsession
  • Josh Thomas
2001
20% MVP: Most Valuable Primate
  • Steven Westover
2000
No Score Yet Komodo
  • Patrick Connally
2000
No Score Yet Time Share
  • Thomas Weiland
2000
No Score Yet It Came from the Sky
  • Andy Byers
1999
No Score Yet Four Days
  • The Kid
1999
No Score Yet Treasure Island
  • Jim Hawkins
1998
21% Air Bud 2 - Golden Receiver
  • Josh Framm
1998
No Score Yet Shadow Builder
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Nico the Unicorn
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Bram Stoker's Shadowbuilder
  • Chris Hatcher
1998
43% Air Bud
  • Josh Framm
1997
No Score Yet A Call To Remember
  • Ben Tobias
1997
No Score Yet Rose Hill
  • Cole Clayborne at 13
1997
No Score Yet Specimen
  • Bart
1996
51% In the Mouth of Madness
  • Kid
1995
No Score Yet Silence of Adultery
  • Steven
1995
No Score Yet The Silence of Adultery
  • Actor
1995
20% Life with Mikey
  • Little Mikey
1993

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993
  • Kevin Kryder
No Score Yet Gossip Girl
2007-2012
  • Damien Damien Daalgard
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Brandon Merrell
No Score Yet Smallville
2001-2011
  • Seth
66% Gracepoint
2014
  • Owen Burke
25% Notorious
2016
  • Oscar Keaton

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