Austin O'Brien

Austin Taylor O'Brien (born May 11, 1981)[1] is an American actor and photographer. He may be best known for playing the co-lead Danny Madigan in the Arnold Schwarzenegger-movie Last Action Hero, followed by his turn into romance as Nick Zsigmond in My Girl 2, a part in both The Lawnmower Man and its sequel,[2] and as Josh Greene in the CBS drama Promised Land. He originally gained fame from a Circuit City commercial as a kid who, after finding out he'd saved money, says, "Cool" to the store's employee.

Austin O'Brien
Austin Taylor O'Brien

(1981-05-11) May 11, 1981 (age 38)
OccupationActor, photographer

O'Brien was born in Eugene, Oregon,[1] to Valerie and Dan O'Brien.[3][4] His elder sister is actress Amanda O'Brien and his younger brother is actor Trever O'Brien.


Roles in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Lawnmower Man Peter Parkette
1993 Last Action Hero[1] Danny Madigan
1993 Prehysteria! Jerry
1994 My Girl 2 Nick Zsigmond
1995 Apollo 13[1] Whiz Kid Although credited, some sources[example needed] suggest[where?] that the scene was dropped and O'Brien does not actually appear in the film
1995 The Baby-Sitters Club Logan Bruno
1995 ER Kyle Kazlaw Television program
Episode: "The Secret Sharer"
1996 Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace Peter Parkette
1996 Home of the Brave Joshua 'Josh' Greene Television film
1996–1998 Touched by an Angel Joshua 'Josh' Greene Television program
Episodes: "Promised Land"
"Amazing Grace: Part 1"
"Amazing Grace: Part 2"
"Vengeance Is Mine: Part 1"
1996–1999 Promised Land[1] Joshua 'Josh' Greene Television program
67 episodes
1998 Only Once Greg
2001 Spirit Cole Television film
2004 Runaways Steve
2007 A Christmas Too Many Jack Direct-to-video
2008 Bones Jimmy Grant Television program
Episode: "The Baby in the Bough"
2009 Helix Jae
2009 Bounty Jake
2009 This Is the Place Simon
2010 Rain from Stars Young Edward
2011 Defining Moments Allan
2011 Nowhere Road Producer
2015 All Our Yesterdays (unnamed)


  1. ^ a b c d e Baker, Jeff (April 30, 2014). "17 actors you (maybe) didn't know were from Oregon". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  2. ^ Vanderknyff, Rick (June 18, 1993). "Limelight, Cameras, 'Action' for O.C. Boy : Movies: 'Hero' co-star Austin O'Brien is full partner in media blitz". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
  3. ^ "Austin O'Brien- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  4. ^ Koltnow, Barry (February 11, 1994). "A kiss is just a kiss for young star Austin O'Brien". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 1 May 2013.

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