Jared Rushton

Jared Michael Rushton (born March 3, 1974) is an American musician and former actor. He is best known for his roles in several films from the late 1980s, including Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Big, and Overboard. He has been nominated for two Saturn Awards and two Young Artist Awards. He is also known for his roles in Pet Sematary Two and as Chip on the sitcom Roseanne. Rushton also starred in A Cry in the Wild.

Jared Rushton
Jared Michael Rushton

(1974-03-03) March 3, 1974 (age 47)
OccupationActor, Musician
Years active1986–2000

Early lifeEdit

Rushton was born in Provo, Utah. His first acting job was as a rocker in a "Barbie and the Rockers" commercial. His mother, Monica Rushton, assisted him on the set of Big. He also starred in the movie A Cry in the Wild, which was based on the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, and appeared briefly as a reluctant father-to-be on the CBS drama Northern Exposure.

Acting careerEdit

Rushton began his career at age twelve as Richie in an episode of Tales from the Darkside. He also appeared in another show, Cagney & Lacey, and a television film, Top Kids. In 1987, he played his first major role, as Kurt Russell's character's son in the film Overboard. The next year he starred in Lady in White as Donald and as Tom Hanks's friend Billy in Big. Rushton, who is a natural blond, dyed his hair red for the film.

After the success of Big, Rushton appeared on an episode of Murder, She Wrote as Travis Harmon. He later appeared as Chip Lang, Becky's boyfriend on the television sitcom Roseanne for three episodes. After this, Rushton was cast as Ron Thompson in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

After finishing Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Rushton appeared on an episode of Midnight Caller and filmed A Cry in the Wild as Brian Robeson, a film based on the book Hatchet. In 1992, Rushton guest-starred in an episode of Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories. He also had a starring role in Pet Sematary Two, as the school bully, Clyde Parker, a main enemy of Edward Furlong`s character. He also guest-starred in the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman episode entitled "Bad Water".



  • Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family - Seth Kesseling (1 episode, 2000)
    • a.k.a. Cover Me - USA (short title)
  • The Line (2000) TV episode - Seth Kesseling
  • Cracker: Mind Over Murder - Bill Lane (1 episode, 1999)
    • a.k.a. Cracker - USA (original title)
    • a.k.a. Cracker: The Complete Series - International (English title) (DVD box title)
  • Best Boys (1999) TV episode - Bill Lane
  • Dead Man's Walk (miniseries) - Wesley Buttons (2 episodes, 1996)
    • Episode #1.3 (1996) TV episode - Wesley Buttons
    • Episode #1.1 (1996) TV episode - Wesley Buttons
  • ER - Andy Bohlmeyer (1 episode, 1994)
    • ER Confidential (1994) TV episode - Andy Bohlmeyer
  • The Yarn Princess (1994) (TV) - Peter Thomas
  • Family Matters (1 episode, 1994)
  • Presumed Urkel (1994) TV episode
  • Heal Thyself (1993) TV episode - Phil
  • CBS Schoolbreak Special - Alex Raymond (1 episode, 1993)
    • Other Mothers (1993) TV episode - Alex Raymond
  • Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman - Calvin Harding (1 episode, 1993)
    • Bad Water (1993) TV episode - Calvin Harding
  • Life Goes On - Ziggy (1 episode, 1992)
  • Babes in the Woods (1992) TV episode - Ziggy
  • Camp Wilder (1 episode, 1992)
    • The First Kiss (1992) TV episode
  • Where's Rodney? (1990) (TV) - Rodney Barnes
  • Midnight Caller - Sylver Jensen (1 episode, 1990)
    • Planes (1990) TV episode - Sylver Jensen
  • Roseanne - Chip Lang (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
    • Becky's Choice (1989) TV episode - Chip Lang
    • Dan's Birthday Bash (1989) TV episode - Chip Lang
    • Lovers' Lane (1988) TV episode - Chip Lang
  • Murder, She Wrote - Travis Harmon (1 episode, 1988)
    • Coal Miner's Slaughter (1988) TV episode - Travis Harmon
  • Top Kids (1987) (TV)
  • Cagney & Lacey - Peter Wade (1 episode, 1986)
    • The Marathon (1986) TV episode - Peter Wade
  • Tales from the Darkside - Richie (1 episode, 1986)
  • A Serpent's Tooth (1986) TV episode - Richie


Self - videoEdit

  • Big: Chemistry of a Classic (2007) (V) - Himself

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