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Jake Matthew Lloyd, also known as Jake Broadbent,[1] (born March 5, 1989) is an American former child actor who played Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, the first in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. He reprised the role in five subsequent Star Wars video games.

Jake Lloyd
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Lloyd in October 2010
Born (1989-03-05) March 5, 1989 (age 30)
ResidenceIndianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Other namesJake Broadbent
OccupationActor (retired)
Years active1996–2005

Early lifeEdit

Jake Matthew Lloyd was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, the son of EMT William "Bill" Lloyd and entertainment agent Lisa Riley.[2][3][4] He attended Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana, where he graduated in 2007.[5]

CareerEdit

 
Lloyd (right) and Anthony Daniels (left) at the 1st Annual Star Wars Celebration in 1999

Lloyd began his acting career in 1996, playing Jimmy Sweet in 4 episodes of ER. He was then cast as Jake Warren in Unhook the Stars. He got his big break playing Jamie Langston in Jingle All the Way. He also played Mark Armstrong in Apollo 11. Lloyd gained worldwide fame when he was chosen by George Lucas to play the young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, the first film in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Lloyd received the Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Actor. However, his performance was heavily criticized and he was also nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor, which he lost to his co-star Ahmed Best.[6][7] In 2000, Lloyd starred in the dramas Die with Me and Madison, then retired from acting, although Madison wasn’t released in cinemas until 2005.

Post-Star Wars workEdit

 
Lloyd in August 2007

After retiring from acting in 2001, Lloyd continued to make appearances at sci-fi and comic-book festivals.[8] In 2012, he announced that he was directing a documentary highlighting the Tibetan refugees in India, who are attempting to escape persecution by the Chinese government.[9] Lloyd was commissioned in 2012 to create a promo for singer Mallory Low's song, and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones actor Daniel Logan, who played Boba Fett in that film, was cast as the star in his video.[10] Lloyd left Hollywood for Chicago, and dropped out after a semester at Columbia College Chicago, where he studied film and psychology.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2012, Lloyd explained that his decision to retire from acting in 2001 was due to bullying at school. As a result, he decided to destroy all his Star Wars memorabilia.[8] On June 17, 2015, Lloyd was arrested in South Carolina under the name Jake Broadbent for reckless driving, driving without a license, and resisting arrest; he failed to stop for a red light, which initiated a high-speed police chase.[11][12][13][14] At a hearing on June 22, his bail was set at $10,700[15]. On June 23, Lloyd's mother Lisa Riley (a talent agent) stated to TMZ.com that Lloyd has schizophrenia and that "the family plans to try and get him help again [...] once he's released from jail"[16]. Lloyd was not released on bail.

Lloyd had been receiving psychotropic drugs earlier, and in March 2015 he reportedly assaulted his mother in her house in Indianapolis; back then, Lloyd's mother described the assault as caused by Lloyd's alleged schizophrenia and said he "was off his meds"[17].

As of December 2015, Lloyd was still awaiting trial,[18] which means he had been held without trial for at least 5 months.

After being kept for 10 months without trial in Colleton County Detention Center, Lloyd was transferred from jail to a psychiatric facility; schizophrenia was given as the reason.[19]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Unhook the Stars J.J.
Jingle All the Way Jamie Langston
Apollo 11 Mark Armstrong Television film
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Anakin Skywalker Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Actor Ten Years or Younger
Nominated–Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
2001 Die with Me Mickey Cooper
2005 Madison Mike McCormick Filmed in 2000

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1996 ER Jimmy Sweet
1996–1999 The Pretender Ronnie Collins
Young Angelo / Timmy
4 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role Notes
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Anakin Skywalker
Star Wars Episode I: Racer
2000 Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles
2001 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
Star Wars: Super Bombad Racing
2002 Star Wars Racer Revenge

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Oscar wins, stardom and rehab: Elle Fanning and 31 other child stars - then and now". Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. 7 July 2017. p. 26. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Jake Lloyd Biography (1989–)". Film Reference. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  3. ^ "Star Wars: Biography – Jake Lloyd". StarWars.com. Archived from the original on February 13, 2008. Retrieved December 31, 2008.
  4. ^ Benedictus, Leo (July 3, 2004). "Mixed blessings of child stars". The Hindu. Chennai, India: The Hindu Group. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Star Wars child actor, Carmel grad arrested in South Carolina". Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis, Indiana: Gannett Company. Associated Press. June 22, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  6. ^ Moore, Booth (27 March 2000). "Raspberry Awards Salute Hollywood's Dishonor Roll". LA Times. Archived from the original on 12 April 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  7. ^ Derisz, Ricky. "Movies that won a Golden Raspberry Award you should watch anyway". Looper.com. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  8. ^ a b c Garcia, Courtney (March 9, 2012). "Actor who played Anakin Skywalker as child swears off 'Star Wars' for good". MSNBC. McLean, Virginia: MSN.com. Archived from the original on 30 July 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  9. ^ Jones, Brandon (August 29, 2012). "Jake Lloyd moves on from 'Star Wars' to pursue writing and directing". The Global Dispatch. Lexington, North Carolina: The Dispatch Publishing Company, Inc. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "'Star Wars' Prequel Stars Jake Lloyd & Daniel Logan Teaming Up For Music Video". Starpulse. 9 February 2012. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  11. ^ Hetter, Katya (Jun 22, 2015). "'Star Wars' actor Jake Broadbent arrested in South Carolina". CNN. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  12. ^ Rothman, Michael (June 22, 2015). "Former 'Star Wars' Child Star Jake Lloyd Arrested for Reckless Driving, Police Say". ABC News.
  13. ^ Rosen, Christopher (June 21, 2015). "Jake Lloyd arrested: Star Wars child star led police on high-speed chase in South Carolina". Entertainment Weekly. New York City: Meredith Corporation. The former child star told officers his name was Jake Broadbent, and was charged with failing to stop for officers, resisting arrest, reckless driving and driving without a license.
  14. ^ Broughton, Melissa (June 21, 2015). "'Star Wars' child star arrested after chase, crash in Colleton County". Post and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina: Evening Post Industries. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
  15. ^ Hetter, Katya (Jun 22, 2015). "'Star Wars' actor Jake Broadbent arrested in South Carolina". CNN. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  16. ^ https://www.tmz.com/2015/06/23/jake-lloyd-star-wars-schizophrenia-assaulted-police-report-beats-mother
  17. ^ https://www.tmz.com/2015/06/23/jake-lloyd-star-wars-schizophrenia-assaulted-police-report-beats-mother
  18. ^ https://gazettereview.com/2015/12/what-happened-to-jake-lloyd-now-update
  19. ^ French, Megan (April 11, 2016). "'Star Wars' Actor Jake Lloyd Moved From Jail to Psychiatric Facility for Schizophrenia: Report". US Magazine. New York City: American Media. Retrieved March 19, 2018.

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