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Joshua Rush (born (2001-12-14)December 14, 2001)[1][2] is an American actor. Rush began his career as a child actor playing roles such as Turner in the 2012 film Parental Guidance, and young versions of the characters Sylar and Chuck Bartowski on the television series Heroes and Chuck, respectively. Since 2016 he has voiced Bunga on the Disney Junior television series The Lion Guard, and from 2017 to 2019 he starred as Cyrus Goodman on the Disney Channel television series Andi Mack.

Joshua Rush
Joshua Rush.jpg
Rush in 2018
Born (2001-12-14) December 14, 2001 (age 17)
Years active2009–present


Early lifeEdit

Rush was born in Houston, Texas.[3] His father is a marketing strategist and his mother is a corporate documentary producer.[3][4]

Like his Andi Mack character Cyrus, Rush is Jewish.[5] Rush, who has celebrated his own bar mitzvah, requested Andi Mack creator and executive producer Terri Minsky, who is also Jewish, to write a bar mitzvah scene for his character, which occurs in Season 2 Episode 13, "Cyrus' Bash-Mitzvah!".[6]


Rush was ten months old when he first appeared in a local television special, as well as several ads and catalogs shortly thereafter. By age 2​12, he had the ability to identify cars by logo and body style, and was featured on the KHOU morning news in a segment on how to raise "smart kids."[7]

Before working on Heroes, Rush appeared on Private Practice. His film credits include Blue Boy, The Journal, and Mindsight, and he played Carlos in the Baby Jamz: Daily Lessons and Jamz Sessions children's video with Solange Knowles. He has also acted in commercials for Space Center Houston and Safeco Insurance, and a video e-card for[8] In 2009, Rush appeared on The Jay Leno Show as the "Super Duper Nanny Son." The same year he also appeared on Medium as Tanner Campbel, the boy in the banana costume, and on Criminal Minds as Ronny Downey.

Rush's first major television role came in 2009 when he was cast on Heroes. He played Zachary Quinto's character, Sylar, at a young age. This recurring role was part of a major plot point in season three. After Heroes, Rush had minor roles on Parenthood, CSI: NY, and Special Agent Oso.

In 2010, Rush began portraying a young version of Zachary Levi’s character Chuck Bartowski on Chuck. In this role, he worked with such actors as Scott Bakula and Linda Hamilton. Following his work on Chuck, Rush did ADR work on the Hallmark Channel movie "November Christmas", and commercials for McDonald's and GameStop.

In 2012, Rush appeared as Turner Simmons in the feature film Parental Guidance, which earned him a Young Artist Award nomination as Best Supporting Young Actor Age Ten and Under in a Feature Film.[9] He also appeared as Jacob in the 2015 thriller film Emelie. He voiced Toby in Netflix and DreamWorks Animation's The Adventures of Puss in Boots and Breehn on Cartoon Network's Clarence.

As of 2016, Rush voices Bunga on the Disney Junior series The Lion Guard. From 2017 to 2019, he gained prominence through his historic role as Cyrus Goodman, the first gay main character on Disney Channel, the first to have a male love interest, TJ Kippen (Luke Mullen),[10][11] and one of the two best friends of the title character on the Disney Channel series Andi Mack.[12][13][14] In April 2019, it was announced he would voice the titular character in DreamWorks Animation Television series on Universal Kids, Where's Waldo?.[15]

Politics, news, and activismEdit

Rush has a weekly news series on social media that he started in 2018, titled News in a Rush, covering politics and current events in minute-long videos aimed to make younger viewers understand certain topics.[16][17] He has served as the Under 18 Ambassador for National Absentee Ballot Day.[18] In 2019, he interned at the United States House of Representatives.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Rush came out as bisexual on August 6, 2019.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Parental Guidance Turner Simmons
2013 Saving Lincoln Tad Lincoln
2013 Escape from Planet Earth Young Shanker Voice role
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Carl Voice role
2014 Break Point Barry
2015 Emelie Jacob
2015 Sex, Death and Bowling Eli McAllister


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Private Practice Will 1 episode
2009–2010 Heroes Little Sylar Recurring role, 6 episodes
2009 Medium Tanner Campbel/Boy in Banana Costume 2 episodes
2009 The Jay Leno Show Super Duper Nanny Son 1 episode
2009 Criminal Minds Ronny Downey 1 episode
2010 CSI: NY Luke Garito 1 episode
2010 Chuck Young Chuck 3 episodes
2011 Childrens Hospital Seth 1 episode
2012 House Ryan 1 episode
2012 Gravity Falls Soldier Kid 1 episode
2014–2016 Clarence Breehn Recurring voice role, 15 episodes
2015 40's and Failing Max 4 episodes
2015–2017 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Jeremy Birnbaum Recurring voice role, 5 episodes
2015 The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Bunga Television film
2015 Bones Bradley 1 episode
2015–2018 The Adventures of Puss in Boots Toby Main voice role
2016 The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show Wheels 1 episode
2016–present The Lion Guard Bunga Main voice role
2017–2019 Andi Mack Cyrus Goodman Main role
2019 Where's Waldo? Waldo Main voice role


  1. ^ "UPI Almanac for Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017". UPI. December 14, 2017. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  2. ^ "Watch out world! Guess who just got their permit?! This guy right here 👆🏻So which one is the gas again? #newdriver #beepbeep". Joshua Rush. August 18, 2017. Retrieved 2018-04-06 – via Instagram. When the Image is zoomed, for the DOB it shows December 14, 2001.
  3. ^ a b "".
  4. ^ "Testimonials - Mari Ferguson - Houston Actor, Voice Talent, Acting Coach, Classes".
  5. ^ Miller, Gerri (March 14, 2018). "Jewish Actor Joshua Rush Plays Disney Channel's First Gay, Jewish Teen". Jewish Journal. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  6. ^ Saval, Malina (April 17, 2018). "Jewish Stars: A Conversation with Joshua Rush". Tablet. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  7. ^ Home | Joshua Rush | Official Site. Joshua Rush (September 10, 2008). Retrieved on 2012-12-13.
  8. ^ Video Clips | Joshua Rush | Official Site. Joshua Rush. Retrieved on 2012-12-13.
  9. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Archived from the original on 2013-04-02. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
  10. ^ Kiley, Rachel (July 27, 2019). "Disney's 'Andi Mack' Ends With the Start of First Gay Relationship". Pride. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  11. ^ Williams, Janice (July 26, 2019). "Andi Mack' fans get emotional after Disney show teases network's first gay couple". Newsweek. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  12. ^ Ryan Schwartz (August 5, 2016). "Disney Channel, Lizzie McGuire Creator Reunite for Coming-of-Age Comedy". TVLine. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  13. ^ Nellie Andreeva (August 5, 2016). "'Andi Mack' Comedy From 'Lizzie McGuire' Creator Picked Up To Series By Disney Channel". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  14. ^ Angela Williams (June 4, 2018). "Disney Channel star Joshua Rush says he's 'really proud' to play a gay character on 'Andi Mack'". Good Morning America. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  15. ^ Deanna Destito (April 26, 2019). "WHERE'S WALDO? Premieres In Its Newest Form This July". The Beat. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  16. ^ Thompson, Avery (May 31, 2018). "Joshua Rush Breaks Down Current Events Series 'News In A Rush': Kids 'Deserve' To Know Facts". Hollywood Life. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  17. ^ "Why Joshua Rush's 'News in a Rush' Series is Important". Glitter Magazine. September 7, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  18. ^ Bentley, Rick (July 20, 2019). "Joshua Rush sees 'Andi Mack' as one step toward change". Dispatch. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  19. ^ Ben McAdams (May 15, 2019). "Washingtown: Insights from an Intern". Overcast (Podcast). Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  20. ^ Smith, Reiss (August 6, 2019). "Andi Mack actor Joshua Rush comes out as bisexual". PinkNews. Retrieved August 6, 2019.

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