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Maxwell Henry Wolf Burkholder (born November 1, 1997) is an American actor most notable for his role of Max Braverman in the NBC comedic television drama Parenthood. Prior to that, he became known as a voice actor for his roles as Chomper in The Land Before Time, Roo on My Friends Tigger & Pooh, and World in the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends television movie Destination: Imagination. In 2013, he appeared in The Purge. He is currently a member of the Instagram comedy account Max 'n' the Jakey Boys.

Max Burkholder
Max Burkholder Paleyfest 2013.jpg
Burkholder at the 2013 Paleyfest
Maxwell Henry Wolf Burkholder

(1997-11-01) November 1, 1997 (age 21)
Years active2002–present

Life and careerEdit

Burkholder's parents are former actors.[1] He attended Campbell Hall School.[2] Burkholder was accepted into Harvard University as a member of the class of 2021.[3] There, he began his theatrical career, appearing in the premier production of columbinus at Harvard, portraying Dylan Klebold/Loner.[4] Burkholder is Jewish.[5]


Burkholder has appeared on Parenthood as Max Braverman and as young Mitch on Crumbs. He guest starred on CSI: Miami episode "Death Pool 100", and in a CSI: NY episode. In addition, he played Billy in one episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody on Disney Channel, and was the voice of Samsquatch in Random! Cartoons. He appeared in the TV series In Treatment and Love for Rent, and played the role of Duncan in the Grey's Anatomy episode "Brave New World". He also played a kid in an airport in The O.C.[6]

Burkholder has lent his voice for several shows. He voiced Chomper in The Land Before Time television series based on film series of the same name. He also provides the voice of Roo on My Friends Tigger & Pooh (taking over the role from Jimmy Bennett), and played "World", the imaginary friend inside a toybox in the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends movie Destination: Imagination.[6]

For Burkholder's role as Max Braverman on Parenthood, executive producer Jason Katims said, consultant Wayne Tashjian, a behavioral psychologist, looked at the script and met with Burkholder and his mother about those scenes involving the Max character. Burkholder and his mother then practiced the scenes by themselves. For special scenes, the show employed a second consultant to ensure accuracy.[7]


Burkholder played Max in Daddy Day Care and appeared in Friends with Money.[6] In 2013, he played James Sandin's son in the horror film The Purge.[8][9]


Burkholder at the 2011 Voice Awards
List of film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Daddy Day Care Max Ryerson Film debut
2005 Love for Rent Max
2006 Friends with Money Max
The Ant Bully Blue Teammate #6 Voice only
2007 My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas Movie Roo Voice only
2008 The Journal 10 Year Old Alex Short film
Fly Me to the Moon Mom's Maggot Voice only
2009 My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Tigger & Pooh And A Musical Too Roo Voice only
2010 The Rainbow Tribe Boo
2013 The Purge Charlie Sandin
2018 The First Purge Charlie Sandin (flashbacks)
2019 Benjamin Benjamin
Imaginary Order Xander
List of television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Commando Nanny Seth Winter Unaired
Television program
2005 The O.C. Kid in Airport Episode: "The Rainy Day Women"
Fathers and Sons Nick at 5 Television film
2005–2017 Family Guy Various voices 21 episodes
2006 Crumbs Young Mitch Crumb 2 episodes
CSI: NY Sam Episode: "Necrophilia Americana"
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Billy Episode: "Books and Birdhouses"
CSI: Miami Tyler Lamar Episode: "Death Pool 100"
2007 Random! Cartoons Samsquatch (voice) Episode: "Samsquatch"
Lipshitz Saves the World Young Adam Lipshitz
Panic Button Sam Alden Television film
originally released as Point of Entry
2007–2008 The Land Before Time Chomper (voice) 26 episodes
2007–2009 My Friends Tigger & Pooh Roo (voice) 25 episodes
Brothers & Sisters Jack McCallister 4 episodes
2007–2016 American Dad! Kid Doctor
Little Boy
Justin Bieber (voice)
3 episodes
2008 The Spectacular Spider-Man Billy Connors (voice) Episode: "Natural Selection"
Grey's Anatomy Duncan Pailey Episode: "Brave New World"
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Destination Imagination World (voice) Television film
2008–2009 In Treatment Max Weston 2 episodes
2009 Private Practice Ben King 2 episodes
The Cleveland Show Kid (voice) Episode: "The One About Friends"
Children of the Corn Additional voices Television film
2010–2015 Parenthood Max Braverman Main cast, 84 episodes
2017 The Orville Tomilin Episode: "If the Stars Should Appear"

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Year Category Result Work
Young Artist Award 2012 Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actor Nominated Parenthood
2014 Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actor Won Parenthood


  1. ^ Dickson, Evan (May 21, 2013). "[Interview] Max Burkholder On Surviving 'The Purge'". Bloody Disgusting. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  2. ^ Topel, Fred (September 26, 2013). "Exclusive Interview: Max Burkholder on Parenthood". Fan Voice. Archived from the original on September 29, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  3. ^ Lee, Esther (September 26, 2015). "Peter Krause Still Keeps in Touch With His 'Parenthood' Costars (And Not Just Girlfriend Lauren Graham!)". Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  4. ^ Rivera, Bruce (November 2, 2017). "'columbinus' Addresses an American tragedy". Retrieved December 2, 2017.
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  6. ^ a b c Max Burkholder, IMDb
  7. ^ "Speaking with Jason Katims of 'Parenthood'". Austim Speaks Official Blog. March 24, 2010. Archived from the original on April 30, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  8. ^ Elsen, Megan (2012-02-01). "Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane Join Ethan Hawke For Futuristic Thriller 'Vigilandia". Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  9. ^ "First Details on Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes' The Purge". December 4, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2013.

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