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Cameron Riley Monaghan (born August 16, 1993) is an American actor and model. Beginning with his professional career as a child model at the age of three, and child actor at the age of seven, Monaghan is best known for his role as Ian Gallagher on the Showtime comedy-drama series Shameless. He has also appeared as twins Jerome and Jeremiah Valeska, characters who explore the mythology of and act as possible origins to DC Comics supervillain the Joker on the Fox crime series Gotham.
Monaghan at a press event in 2014
Cameron Riley Monaghan
August 16, 1993
Santa Monica, California, United States
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
Monaghan was born in Santa Monica, California, the only child of Diane Monaghan, an insurance claims specialist and single mother. He and his mother relocated to Boca Raton, Florida, shortly after his birth. Recognizing that Monaghan was an exceptionally outgoing child, his mother sent his picture to modeling agencies when he was three. He appeared on the cover of his first catalogue at the age of five and appeared in his first regional commercial at seven.
He attended Addison Mizner Elementary School and began to develop his acting skills by appearing in the Little Palm Children's Theatre's productions of Stuart Little, Winnie-the-Pooh, and The Pumpkin King (a theatrical adaptation of The Nightmare Before Christmas), as well as appearing as Alex in the small independent film The Wishing Stone, which was filmed in the Lake Worth, Florida area.
Monaghan first came to national attention in 2003 for his role as Winthrop Paroo opposite Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Broderick in the ABC television adaptation of The Music Man. When recounting the decision to cast the 9-year-old Monaghan, director and executive-producer Jeff Bleckner explained, "There are some people, when you put them up on film, they sort of pop off the screen at you. That's how it was with Cameron. From the second we saw him, he was it. We were looking for anybody who had that wonderful appeal. And Cameron had it."
In 2004, Monaghan began a recurring role as Chad, one of Dewey's classmates on the Fox comedy series Malcolm in the Middle, which earned him the Young Artist Award as Best Young Television Actor in a Recurring Role. The following year, he began a recurring role as Palmer Noid on the Nickelodeon situation comedy Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Subsequent guest-starring television roles followed, including appearances on Criminal Minds, Numbers, The Mentalist, Monk, Three Rivers, Fringe, The Glades, and Terriers.
In 2005, Monaghan transitioned to theatrical film roles, appearing as Timmy in the independent western Brothers in Arms. The following year, he appeared as Kevin O'Doyle, the bothersome next-door neighbor to Adam Sandler in the fantasy comedy Click. A series of subsequent feature film roles followed, including appearances in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, Dog Gone, Safe Harbor and Another Harvest Moon, as well as portraying the boy detective Bob Andrews in the Three Investigators film series.
In April 2010, Monaghan was cast as an ensemble cast member on the Showtime comedy-drama series Shameless. On the series, which premiered in January 2011, Monaghan portrays Ian Gallagher, the gay bipolar teenage son of a large dysfunctional Chicago family. Sarah Hughes of The Independent commended Monaghan's portrayal for providing "one of the more nuanced depictions of a gay teenager to be seen on US TV." Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe described Monaghan's performance as "extraordinary." And the gay-interest media outlet AfterElton.com cited Monaghan's portrayal of Ian in naming him to its list of "2011's Break-Out TV Actors". In February 2014, Showtime announced it had renewed the series for a fifth season, scheduled to begin airing in 2015. For his work in the fifth season, Monaghan received a Critic's Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. The seventh season began airing in October 2016. The eighth season, consisting of 12 episodes, went into production in May 2017; it premiered on November 5, 2017. The series was renewed for a ninth season which premiered on September 9, 2018. Monaghan announced via Instagram that he would be leaving the series following the sixth episode of the ninth season. In January 2019, it was announced that Cameron would return for the tenth season, which is set to premiere in late 2019.
In addition to his role on Shameless, Monaghan has continued to appear in a variety of episodic television roles. In 2011, he guest-starred as Nick Peyton, a teenage boy accused of murdering his Marine father, on the CBS crime series NCIS. That same year he appeared as Jonathan McKenna on the TNT mystery series Rizzoli & Isles. In 2012, he guest-starred as Eddie Sandow, a 19-year-old who creates a hostage situation after his father is accused of sexual assault, on the NBC crime series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
In addition to his television credits, Monaghan has continued to appear in a variety of feature film roles. In 2011, he co-starred as high school sophomore Corey Doyle in the Disney teen drama Prom. In 2012, he portrayed Jake, the son of an attractive YMCA director in the sports themed comedy 2nd Serve. In 2014, Monaghan starred as Adam McCormick, a small-town high school athlete who becomes consumed by the death of one of his classmates in the independent drama Jamie Marks Is Dead. That same year, he appeared as Mason Ashford, the best friend and romantic interest to Rose in the fantasy adventure film Vampire Academy. He also starred as Asher in the dystopian movie The Giver, alongside Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.
From 2015 to 2019, Monaghan was featured as a recurring guest star on the Fox television series Gotham. He first appeared as Jerome Valeska, a character acting as a precursor to the Joker, the archenemy of the superhero Batman in the DC Comics lore. The character was later killed and from April 2018 onwards, Monaghan played Jerome's twin brother Jeremiah Valeska, who undergoes several Joker-like transformations without fully becoming the character.
|2002||The Wishing Stone||Alex|
|2005||Brothers in Arms||Timmy|
|2006||The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause||Traffic Cop #1|
|2007||The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island||Bob Andrews|
|2009||Safe Harbor||Larry Parker|
|2009||The Three Investigators and the Secret of Terror Castle||Bob Andrews|
|2010||Another Harvest Moon||Jack|
|2014||Jamie Marks Is Dead||Adam McCormick|
|2014||Vampire Academy||Mason Ashford|
|2017||The Year of Spectacular Men||Ross|
|2017||Amityville: The Awakening||James|
|2018||Anthem of a Teenage Prophet||Luke Hunter|
|2019||Reign of the Supermen||Kon-El / Superboy||Voice|
|2003||The Music Man||Winthrop Paroo||Television film|
|2005||The Adventures of Tango McNorton: Licensed Hero||Tango McNorton||Short|
|2004–2005||Malcolm in the Middle||Chad||6 episodes|
|2005||Threshold||Josh Foster||Episode: "Blood of the Children"|
|2005||Avatar: The Last Airbender||Poi & Ping
|Episode: "The Fortuneteller"|
|2005–2006||Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide||Palmer Noid||3 episodes|
|2006||Criminal Minds||Jeffrey Charles||Episode: "The Boogeyman" (season 2, episode 6)|
|2007||Shorty McShorts' Shorts||Andy||Episode: "Flip-Flopped"|
|2009||Numbers||Todd||Episode "Jacked" (season 5, episode 12)|
|2009||James Gunn's PG Porn||Young Boy 1||Web episode: "Helpful Bus"|
|2009||The Mentalist||Elliot||Episode: "Blood Brothers" (season 1, episode 22)|
|2009||Safe Harbor||Larry Parker||Television film|
|2009||Monk||Danny Cooper||Episode: "Mr. Monk's Favorite Show" (season 8, episode 1)|
|2009||Three Rivers||Auden Drinkwater||Episode: "Place of Life" (season 1, episode 1)|
|2009||Fringe||Tyler Carson||Episode: "Of Human Action"|
|2010||The Glades||Shane Conners||Episode: "Marriage is Murder"|
|2010||Terriers||Cody Grice||Episode: "Pimp Daddy"|
|2011–present||Shameless||Ian Gallagher||Main cast|
|2011||NCIS||Nick Peyton||Episode: "Out of the Frying Pan" (season 8, episode 18)|
|2011||Rizzoli & Isles||Jonathan McKenna||Episode: "Don't Hate the Player"|
|2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Eddie Sandow||Episode: "Father's Shadow" (season 13, episode 13)|
|2015–2019||Gotham||Jerome Valeska / Jeremiah Valeska||Recurring role (18 episodes)|
|2016||Mercy Street||Tom Fairfax||Main cast|
|2017||Son of Zorn||Jeff||Episode: "The Weekend Warrior" (season 1, episode 4)|
|2019||Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order||Cal Kestis||Voice and motion capture|
|2011||Corey & Lucas for the Win!||Corey Doyle||6 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|2004||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special
Supporting Young Actor
|The Music Man||Nominated|||
|2005||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Television Series
Recurring Young Actor
|Malcolm in the Middle||Won|||
|2006||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Television Series
Guest Starring Young Actor
|Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide||Nominated|||
|2012||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Television Series
Guest Starring Young Actor 18-21
|Rizzoli & Isles||Nominated|||
|2015||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Shameless||Nominated|||
|2016||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Villain||Gotham||Nominated|||
|2019||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Villain||Gotham||Won|||
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Showtime entertainment co-president Gary Levine announced that Monaghan will indeed return for season 10.
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- "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
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- Eliahou, Maya (June 9, 2016). "Teen Choice Awards 2016--Captain America: Civil War Leads Second Wave of Nominations". E! Online. NBC Universal. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
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