Gabriel Basso

Louis Gabriel Basso III (born December 11, 1994) is an American actor, known for his roles in the Showtime series The Big C, the 2011 science fiction film Super 8, and the 2013 comedy-drama The Kings of Summer.

Early lifeEdit

Basso was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Marcie and Louis J. Basso Jr.[1][2] He was homeschooled along with his two sisters, actresses Alexandra and Annalise Basso. His family attended Grace Doctrine Church in St. Charles, Missouri. Basso initially wanted to become a professional football player before he found acting.[3]


Basso played minor roles in two feature films in early 2007, while living in St. Louis: Meet Bill, starring Aaron Eckhart; and Alice Upside Down, starring Alyson Stoner. Basso's older sister Alexandria also had a role in the latter. He later moved with his mother and sisters to Los Angeles.[4] He found representation his first week there, securing a lead role in the Dailymotion Kids web series Ghost Town.[5][6]

Basso has had several television guest roles in popular series such as Nickelodeon's iCarly, and ABC's The Middle. From 2010 until 2013, he maintained a regular role in the Showtime comedy series The Big C, portraying Adam Jamison, the son of the lead character played by Laura Linney. He then starred as Hal Mitchell in the independent film Alabama Moon (2009), starring John Goodman and Clint Howard, directed by Tim McCanlies, and based on the best-selling novel by Watt Key.

Basso appeared in the J. J. Abrams science fiction adventure film Super 8 (2011), and Jordan Vogt-Roberts' comedy-drama The Kings of Summer (2013), which had its premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.[7] He then appeared in Kyle Newman's action comedy Barely Lethal (2015), with Hailee Steinfeld and Dove Cameron.[8] In September 2014, he joined the cast of Meg Ryan's directorial debut film Ithaca, alongside Tom Hanks.[9] Basso also appeared in the courtroom drama film The Whole Truth (2016), directed by Courtney Hunt and starring Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger.[10] In 2020, he starred as author J. D. Vance in Netflix' film adaptation Hillbilly Elegy.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Meet Bill Kid with Cancer Uncredited
2007 Alice Upside Down Classmate / Theater Club Member Uncredited
2009 Alabama Moon Hal Mitchell
2011 Super 8 Martin Read
2013 The Kings of Summer Patrick Keenan
2014 The Hive Adam Goldstein
2015 Barely Lethal Gooch
2015 Ithaca Tobey George
2015 Anatomy of the Tide Kyle Waterman
2016 American Wrestler: The Wizard Jimmy Petersen
2016 The Whole Truth Mike Lassiter
2020 Hillbilly Elegy J. D. Vance[11]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 iCarly Fake Freddie Episode: "iLook Alike"
2009 Eastwick Elliot Episode: "Magic Snow and Creepy Gene"
2010 The Middle Rodney Glossner Episode: "The Neighbor"
2010–2013 The Big C Adam Jamison 40 episodes
2010 Scared Shrekless Teenager #1 (voice) Television short
2011 R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series Teddy Episode: "Lights Out"
2012 Perception Billy Mitchell Episode: "Kilimanjaro"
2014 The Red Road Brian Rogers Episode: "Snaring of the Sun"


Year Title Role Notes
2008–2009 Ghost Town Marley 10 episodes
2012 Silverwood Jesse Episode: "Sleepover"


  1. ^ "Gabriel Basso Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  2. ^ "Obituary Details - Louis G. Basso, Jr". McCabe Funeral Home. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  3. ^ Zawadzki, Clementine (March 4, 2015). "Gabriel Basso: In the new issue, the Kings of Summer star tells us why coming of age is about way more than being allowed to drink". Hero. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  4. ^ Williams, Joe (June 9, 2011). "Teen actor Gabriel Basso braces for impact". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Archived from the original on 21 August 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  5. ^ "'Ghost' on the Coast – Filming a Kid's Show Pilot". Newsbank. November 2, 2007. p. B1. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  6. ^ Hustvedt, Marc (February 24, 2009). "Ghost Town Finds Home With Dailymotion Kids". Tubefilter News. Archived from the original on February 28, 2009. Retrieved March 31, 2009.
  7. ^ "The Kings Of Summer". Archived from the original on May 10, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  8. ^ Sneider, Jeff (October 22, 2013). "'Kings of Summer' Star Gabriel Basso Joins Hailee Steinfeld in 'Barely Lethal'". TheWrap. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  9. ^ Sneider, Jeff (September 18, 2014). "'Super 8's' Gabriel Basso Joins Tom Hanks in Meg Ryan's Directorial Debut 'Ithaca'". TheWrap. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Toby Kebbell Joining 'Fantastic Four'; Archie Panjabi Set For 'San Andreas'; Gabriel Basso Stars In 'The Whole Truth'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. April 1, 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (April 12, 2019). "Gabriel Basso Set As Lead Of 'Hillbilly Elegy' Opposite Amy Adams, Glenn Close". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 13, 2019.

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