Joseph Cross (actor)

Joseph Michael Cross (born May 28, 1986) is an American actor and producer. He began work as a child actor, starring in the 1998 films Desperate Measures, Wide Awake, and Jack Frost. He won the Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture for Running with Scissors (2006), and co-starred in Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Untraceable (2008), Milk (2008), and Lincoln (2012).

Joseph Cross
Joseph Michael Cross

(1986-05-28) May 28, 1986 (age 36)
Alma materColumbia University
  • Actor
  • producer
Years active1997–present

From 1999 to 2004, Cross starred as Casey Hughes in the CBS soap opera As the World Turns. In 2017, he appeared in the HBO limited series Big Little Lies and the Netflix crime drama series Mindhunter.

Early lifeEdit

Cross was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the son of Maureen (née Toumey), a real estate agent, and Michael J. Cross, who worked in marketing.[1][2] He has four siblings. Cross grew up in Pelham, New York, and attended Pelham Middle School and Pelham Memorial High School.[3] For his undergraduate studies, Cross transferred from Hartford's Trinity College to Columbia University.[4]


As a child actor, Cross appeared in the Disney Channel Original television film Northern Lights (1997), and starred in the action-thriller Desperate Measures, comedy-drama Wide Awake, and Christmas fantasy film Jack Frost, all of which were released in 1998. He subsequently appeared in several television roles, notably portraying Casey Hughes in the CBS daytime soap opera As the World Turns (1999–2004).

In 2006, Cross played the young Augusten Burroughs in Running with Scissors, a drama also featuring Annette Bening and Evan Rachel Wood, and appeared as real-life Marine Franklin Sousley in the big-budget Flags of Our Fathers, a Clint Eastwood-directed war film. Cross has said that he enjoyed the transition from appearing in Running with Scissors, which he has described as "very character driven and smaller" to the high-profile "epic" Flags of Our Fathers.[5] Running with Scissors has been described by media sources as his "breakout performance", and he was nominated for the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer and won the Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.[6]

In 2008, Cross starred in the thriller film Untraceable (2008) with Diane Lane,[7] and portrayed gay rights activist Dick Pabich in the Academy Award-nominated Harvey Milk biopic Milk (2008). He won the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble with his Milk co-stars. The following year, he played William "Fred" Parsons in the West End production of Breakfast at Tiffany's, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, opposite Anna Friel.[8] In 2012, Cross had a leading role as Declan Truss in Doug Karr's comedy film Art Machine.[9] He portrayed the lead role of Davis Green in the drama film The Automatic Hate (2015), alongside Deborah Ann Woll.[10] He portrayed the lead role of Lernert in the science-fiction film Everything Beautiful Is Far Away (2017), alongside Julia Garner.[11] Cross made his directorial debut with the coming-of-age film Summer Night (2019), executive produced by James Ponsoldt.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Desperate Measures Matthew Conner
Wide Awake Joshua Beal Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor
Jack Frost Charlie Frost
2005 Homecoming Young Barry Griffith
Strangers with Candy Derrick Blank
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Franklin Sousley
Running with Scissors Augusten Burroughs Won – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer
2008 Untraceable Owen Reilly
Milk Dick Pabich Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
2009 Falling Up Henry O'Shea
2011 Son of Morning Philip Katz
Citizen Gangster Val Kozak
Born to Race Danny Krueger
2012 Art Machine Declan Truss
Mine Games Michael
Lincoln John Hay
2013 Jimmy P. Robert R. Holt
2014 Last Weekend Roger Green
2015 The Automatic Hate Davis Green
2016 The Last Film Festival Junior Agent
2017 Tilt Joseph Burns
Everything Beautiful Is Far Away Lernert
2020 Mank Charles Lederer
2021 Licorice Pizza Matthew


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Northern Lights Jack Blumstein TV film
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series – Leading Young Actor
Dellaventura Daniel Webb Episode: "The Biggest Miracle"
1998 Saint Maybe Young Thomas Bedloe TV film
Touched by an Angel Petey Carmichael Episode: "Psalm 151"
1999–2004 As the World Turns Casey Hughes Series regular
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Soap Opera – Young Actor (1999)
Nominated – YoungStar Award for Best Young Actor in a Daytime TV Program (1999)
2000 The Spring Nick Conway TV film
2003 Third Watch Eric Beckman 2 episodes
The O'Keefes Danny O'Keefe 8 episodes
2004 Smallville Jordan Cross Episode: "Hereafter"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Adam Nesbit Episode: "Home"
2005 Law & Order Will Shea Episode: "Obsession"
2015 Elementary Petros Franken Episode: "One Watson, One Holmes"
2017 Big Little Lies Tom 6 episodes
2017 Mindhunter Benjamin Barnwright 2 episodes
2018 Medal of Honor Sylvester Antolak


  1. ^ Morrison, Maureen (December 6, 1998). "Just a Normal Kid: Joseph Cross' Hobbies Include Baseball and Starring in Films". Hartford Courant. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
  2. ^ Dunne, Susan (October 20, 2006). "Hot Commodity". Hartford Courant.
  3. ^ Mann, Ted (February 7, 2007). "On the Verge: Joseph Cross, Pelham". Lower Hudson Online. Retrieved March 24, 2007.
  4. ^ Haramis, Nick (November 30, 2007). "The New Everyman Joseph Cross". Blackbook Magazine. Archived from the original on April 7, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  5. ^ Topel, Fred (October 21, 2006). "Joseph Cross on Running with Scissors". CanMan. Retrieved March 24, 2007.
  6. ^ Alvi, Zalina (October 18, 2006). "Growing up crazy ain't all that bad". Excalibur. Retrieved March 24, 2007.
  7. ^ Mann, Ted (February 23, 2007). "Joseph Cross takes another sabbatical from Trinity College". Lower Hudson Online. Archived from the original on February 28, 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2007.
  8. ^ Shenton, Mark (May 15, 2009). "Anna Friel and Joseph Cross to Star in New Stage Adaptation of "Breakfast at Tiffany's"". Playbill. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  9. ^ Kit, Borys (October 25, 2010). "EXCLUSIVE: Joseph Cross, Jessica Szohr Starring in Indie 'Art Machine'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  10. ^ "Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemens & Deborah Ann Woll Join 'The Automatic Hate'". Deadline Hollywood. September 18, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  11. ^ "Everything Beautiful is Far Away, IMDb page". June 21, 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 13, 2017). "Joseph Cross Teams With James Ponsoldt on Directorial Debut 'Summer Night' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 13, 2017.

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