Joel David Moore

Joel David Moore (born September 25, 1977) is an American character actor[2] and director. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Moore studied acting in college before relocating to Los Angeles to pursue a film career. His first major role was as Owen Dittman in the 2004 comedy DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, followed by roles in the comedy Grandma's Boy (2006), Terry Zwigoff's Art School Confidential (2006), and the independent slasher film Hatchet (2006).

Joel David Moore
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Moore in 2009
Born (1977-09-25) September 25, 1977 (age 43)
EducationBenson Polytechnic High School
Alma materSouthern Oregon University
OccupationActor, director
Years active1996–present
Kineret Karen Ben Yishay
(m. 2009; div. 2011)

In 2008, he was cast in the role of Colin Fisher on the Fox series Bones, a guest role he portrayed in sixteen episodes until the series' conclusion in 2017. In 2009, he was cast as Dr. Norm Spellman in James Cameron's Avatar (2009), a role he will reprise for the film's upcoming sequels, Avatar 2 (2022) and Avatar 3 (2024).

Moore has also starred in several music videos, and directed films: His directorial debut was the psychological thriller Spiral (2007), followed by the drama Youth in Oregon (2016), and Killing Winston Jones (2018).

Early lifeEdit

Moore was born September 25, 1977 in Portland, Oregon,[3][4] the son of Missy (née Irvine) and John Moore.[5] Moore was raised in Portland, where his family resided in the Mount Tabor neighborhood.[5] He graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School in 1995.[3][4][5]

After high school, Moore attended Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, for two years. In 1998, he transferred to Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree[5] in 2001[3] and performed for two summers at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.[4]


2000–2007: Early rolesEdit

Before relocating to Hollywood, Joel starred with Gretchen Stouts and Nina Smidt in Tom Monson's Drug Wars, The High Times (1999), a video about underage binge drinking.[6]

In 2000, he moved to Los Angeles, California, and appeared in several television commercials, including ones for eBay, Cingular Wireless, and Best Buy.[7] Moore shot an international campaign for a branch of Siemens cell phones, XELIBRI, which won a Lion Award. Moore made an appearance in the music video for the song "Youth of the Nation" by rap rock band P.O.D.

Moore's first major film role was in 2004's DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story. Between 2004 and 2005, he appeared in a recurring guest role on the NBC series LAX.[8] This was followed by roles in the films Grandma's Boy, and as a jaded art student[9] in Terry Zwigoff's Art School Confidential (both 2006).[10][11] The same year, he also had a lead role in the independent slasher film Hatchet,[11] a bit part in The Shaggy Dog, and a supporting role in El Muerto, based on the eponymous comic book series. Also in 2007, Moore made directorial debut with the psychological thriller Spiral, which he filmed in his hometown of Portland, and co-starred in with Amber Tamblyn.[11]

2008–present: Acting and directingEdit

In 2008, he was cast in the supporting role of Dr. Norm Spellman in James Cameron's Avatar (2009).[11] The same year, he was cast as intern Colin Fisher on the Fox series Bones,[12] a guest role he would portray across sixteen episodes until the series' conclusion in 2017. During the Bones season 5 episode "The Gamer in the Grease", his character invites the other interns to attend the premiere of Avatar. Moore also had a supporting role in Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009), a remake of the 1956 film of the same name.[13] He also starred alongside Katy Perry in her music video for "Waking Up in Vegas" in 2009.[14]

Other film roles included a supporting part in 2012's Savages, directed by Oliver Stone,[15] and in the crime-thriller Gone (2012), opposite Amanda Seyfried.[15] Moore directed Killing Winston Jones in the fall of 2012 in Savannah, Georgia, which starred Danny Glover, Jon Heder, and Richard Dreyfuss.[16]

He would also reprise his role with a cameo appearance in Hatchet III (2013).[17] during 2014–2015 he played a supporting role in the series Forever, and also had film roles in the thriller The Guest (2014),[18] and played Joey Ramone in the historical film CBGB (2013).[19]

In 2016, he directed his second feature, Youth in Oregon, starring Frank Langella, Christina Applegate, and Billy Crudup.[11][20] In 2017, it was reported that Moore had signed on to appear in both of the Avatar sequels, Avatar 2 (2022) and Avatar 3 (2024).[21]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Foxfire First Geek
2000 Drug Wars, The High Times Jake
2004 Raising Genius Rolf
2004 DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story Owen Dittman
2005 Reel Guerrillas Nick Walker The Dukes Of Hazzard: The Beginning
2006 Grandma's Boy J.P.
2006 The Shaggy Dog Pound Employee
2006 Art School Confidential Bardo
2006 Miles from Home Miles Short film
2006 The Elder Son Kenny
2006 Hatchet Ben
2007 American Hustle 3rd Spartan
2007 El Muerto Issac "Zak" Silver
2007 Spiral Mason Also director
2007 Shanghai Kiss Joe Silverman
2008 The Hottie and the Nottie Nate Cooper Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (with Paris Hilton)
2008 Wieners Greg King
2008 The Tiffany Problem Sam Hane Short film
2008 Fairy Tale Police Big Bad Wolf
2009 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Corey Finley
2009 Bed Ridden Jay Short film
2009 Stuntmen Troy Lebowski
2009 Avatar Dr. Norm Spellman
2010 The Third Rule Peter Short film
2010 Janie Jones Dave
2011 Chillerama Adolf Hitler Segment: "The Diary Of Anne Frankenstein"
2011 Grassroots Grant Cogswell
2011 Julia X 3D Sam
2011 Shark Night Gordon Guthrie
2012 Gone Nick Massey
2012 Jewtopia Adam Lipschitz
2012 Savages Craig
2013 Hatchet III Ben Cameo
2013 CBGB Joey Ramone
2014 The Guest Craig
2014 #Stuck Guy
2014 Grace: The Possession Luke
2015 Divine Access Nigel
2016 Youth in Oregon N/A Director
2017 Drone Gary
2020 Cut Throat City Peter Felton
2022 Avatar 2 Dr. Norm Spellman Post-production
2024 Avatar 3
TBA Killing Winston Jones Paavo Post-production; also director


Year Title Role Notes
2001 City Guys Hoover 1 Episode
2001–02 Boston Public Hartzell 2 episodes
2002 Deep Cover Pete Steinem
2002 Boomtown Usher #2 Episode: "Insured by Smith & Wesson"
2002 Providence Howard Episode: "The Eleventh Hour"
2003 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Pete Episode: "Romance Looming"
2003 Angel Karl Vamp Episode: "Salvage"
2003 Six Feet Under Video Clerk Episode: "The Opening"
2003 Strong Medicine Dan Episode: "Bad Liver"
2004 The Amazing Westermans Television film
2004 The Guardian Malcolm Reeves Episode: "Sparkle"
2004–2005 LAX Eddie Carson Recurring role, 9 episodes
2005 Cooked Mike Television film
2005 The Inside Brian Pines Episode: "Declawed"
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Guy in the Yellow Hat Episode: "Dog Eat Dog"
2005–2006 E-Ring Greg – NSA Liaison Recurring role, 5 episodes
2007 The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Cooter Davenport Television film
2007 House M.D. Eddie Episodes: "One Day, One Room", "Act Your Age"
2008–2017 Bones Colin Fisher Recurring role, 16 episodes
2008 My Name Is Earl Clyde Episode: "Quit Your Snitchin'"
2009–2010 Medium Keith Bruning 4 episodes
2010 Chuck Mackintosh Episode: "Chuck Versus the Couch Lock"
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Sheldon Tunney Episode: "Kai e'e"
2011 Last Man Standing Bruce Episodes: "Pilot", "Grandparents Day"
2012 Transformers: Darkness Rising Strongarm Voice role
2014–2015 Forever Lucas Wahl Main role
2017 Budding Prospects Phil Television film
2017 American Housewife Captain Beauregard Episode: "Gala Auction"
2018 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Noah Episode: "All the Comforts of Home"

Music videosEdit

Year Song Artist Notes
2001 "Youth Of The Nation" P.O.D.
2008 "Beat It" Fall Out Boy
2009 "Waking Up In Vegas" Katy Perry
2010 "It's Not Christmas Without You" Katharine McPhee


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