Thomas Mann (born September 27, 1991[1]) is an American actor. He is known for his roles in the films Project X (2012), As Cool as I Am (2013), Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013), Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015), Kong: Skull Island (2017), and Halloween Kills (2021).[2]

Thomas Mann
Mann in 2016
Born (1991-09-27) September 27, 1991 (age 32)
OccupationActor
Years active2009–present

Early life

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Mann grew up in Dallas, Texas.[3] His father (died in March 2023) was a construction project manager, and his mother is a nurse.[4] He also has one younger sister. Mann attended Plano East Senior High School briefly before moving to California at the age of 17 to pursue acting.[5]

Career

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Early work

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In 2009, Mann made his acting debut on the Nickelodeon sitcom television series iCarly portraying the role of Jeffrey. Later in the year, Mann appeared in The Middle portraying the role of Brendan Nichols.[6]

In 2010, Mann was cast as the protagonist in the comedy film Project X.[7] Mann was told he could not audition because producers only wished to cast people without acting credits; Mann was ultimately given the role after auditioning 7 times.[8] The film centers on Mann's character, Thomas Kub, who throws a house party for his birthday that becomes totally out of hand. Filming began in June that same year in Los Angeles, California on a $12 million budget.[9] A planned sequel was in development in 2012.[10]

In March 2012, Mann was in final negotiations to star in a film adaptation of the novel King Dork.[11] It was optioned in November 2006 by Gary Sanchez Productions, a joint production company founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.[12] The same year, Mann appeared in the film Fun Size alongside Victoria Justice portraying the role of Roosevelt. The film was released in the United States on October 26, and was both a box office bomb and a critical flop.[13][14]

Throughout 2013, Mann appeared in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters portraying the role of Ben. The film was released in the U.S. on January 25.[15] That same year, Mann appeared in Beautiful Creatures, a film adaption of the book with the same name. Mann appeared alongside Viola Davis and Emma Thompson, portraying the role of Link. The film was released on February 14, and grossed $60 million worldwide against a budget of $60 million.[16] Mann later appeared in As Cool As I Am alongside Sarah Bolger and James Marsden. The film was released on June 21, by IFC Films.[17]

Breakthrough: 2015–present

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Mann starred in many films in 2015. He began starring in the film adaptation of Jesse Andrews' novel, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which premiered on January 25 at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The film was acquired by Fox Searchlight for $12 million, which was the most money paid for a film at the festival, and was released on June 12 in the U.S.[18] That same year, Mann appeared in The Stanford Prison Experiment, which also premiered at the same Sundance Film Festival; Mann portrayed the role of Prisoner 416. The film began a limited release on July 17 by IFC Films.[19] Mann also appeared in Barely Lethal, also starring Sophie Turner and Hailee Steinfeld, was released on May 29 in a limited release and through VOD by DirecTV Cinema and A24.[20] Then he starred as Tobias Hammell in the drama The Preppie Connection. The film is about Mann's character, a student at a private school, using connections to start a drug trafficking network at the school.[21]

In 2016, he starred as Matt in Some Freaks, a teen romance, Blood Father, opposite William H. Macy and Mel Gibson,[20][22] and the drama Brain on Fire, alongside Chloë Grace Moretz and Jenny Slate.[23]

In 2017, Mann played Reg Slivko in the fantasy action film Kong: Skull Island, and appeared alongside Bella Thorne in Amityville: The Awakening. After a 3-year delay, the film was released for free on Google Play. Then he appeared in the acclaimed Fargo episode "The Law of Non-Contradiction."

In 2019, Mann played Ted Hinton in John Lee Hancock's drama film The Highwaymen, which was released on Netflix in March of the same year.

In 2021, Mann was announced as starring in a remake of the Soviet television film The Irony of Fate titled About Fate. Filming was scheduled to begin in Boston in June 2021[24] and the film was released in 2022.

Personal life

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Mann is in a relationship with Australian actress and Parachute co-star Courtney Eaton. They also co-starred in the short film, Positive Reinforcement which premiered at Palm Springs ShortFest in June 2024.

Filmography

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Film

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Year Title Role Notes
2010 It's Kind of a Funny Story Aaron Fitzcarraldo
2012 Project X Thomas Kub
Fun Size Roosevelt Leroux
2013 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Ben
Beautiful Creatures Wesley "Link" Lincoln
As Cool as I Am Kenny Crauder
2014 Welcome to Me Rainer Ybarra
2015 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Greg Gaines
The Stanford Prison Experiment Prisoner 416
Barely Lethal Roger Marcus
The Preppie Connection Tobias Hammel
Memoria Alex Dratch
2016 Blood Father Jason
Some Freaks Matt
Brain on Fire Stephen Grywalski
2017 Kong: Skull Island Reg Slivko
Amityville: The Awakening Terrence
Lean on Pete Lonnie Deleted scene[25]
2018 Maine[26] Lake
Our House Ethan
The Land of Steady Habits Preston Hill
2019 Them That Follow August "Augie" Slaughter
The Highwaymen Ted Hinton
Lady and the Tramp Jim Dear
2021 Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Mark
Halloween Kills Young Frank Hawkins Cameo
2022 The Chariot Harrison Hardy
About Fate Griffin Reed
2023 Parachute Ethan [27]
Cora Bora Tristan
2024 Positive Reinforcement Ronald Short film

Television

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Year Title Role Episodes
2009 iCarly Jeffery Flanken Episode: "iGive Away a Car"
The Middle Brendan Nichols Episode: "The Floating Anniversary"
2017 Fargo Thaddeus Mobley Episode: "The Law of Non-Contradiction"
2018 Drunk History William Stuart-Houston Episode: "World War II"
2020 Moonbase 8 Cooper Episode: "Dry"
2022–2023 Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty Johnny Buss 8 episodes
2023 Lessons in Chemistry Boryweitz Miniseries; 5 episodes

Awards and nominations

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Year Awards/Festival Category Nominated work Result
2015 Hamptons International Film Festival Breakthrough Performer The Preppie Connection Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Star Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Nominated
Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with RJ Cyler) Nominated
2016 Empire Awards Best Male Newcomer Nominated
2019 Newport Beach Film Festival Ensemble Cast (shared with the cast) Them That Follow Won

References

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  1. ^ "Famous birthdays for Sept. 27: Gwyneth Paltrow, Lil Wayne". UPI. Retrieved January 20, 2024.
  2. ^ Sneider, Jeff (March 23, 2012). "Project X actor to star in King Dork: Thomas Mann tapped for comedy from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay banner". chicagotribune.com. Archived from the original on July 30, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  3. ^ "Next Factor Q&A: Thomas Mann Fights for His Right to Party in Project X". NextMovie.com. February 27, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2012. ...the now 20-year-old Thomas Mann, who grew up in Dallas, Texas...
  4. ^ "Mann About Sundance". Interview Magazine. January 14, 2015.
  5. ^ "About Thomas". Thomas Mann Online. May 22, 2016. Archived from the original on December 31, 2016. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  6. ^ Harris, Scott (April 22, 2011). "Watch Out for Thomas Mann, Who Just Might Be The Man". NextMovie. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike (April 11, 2010). "Todd Phillips, Joel Silver Plan To Tap Unknowns For Mystery Laugher Project X". Deadline.com. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  8. ^ "Film Interview: Cast Of Project X | Buzzine.Com". Buzzinebollywood.com. March 2, 2012. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  9. ^ "Exclusive: Todd Phillips Talks Project X". Collider.com. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  10. ^ Kit, Kokot (March 6, 2012). "Project X Sequel in the Works at Warner Bros. (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  11. ^ Sneider, Jeff (March 23, 2012). "Project X actor to star in King Dork". Variety. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  12. ^ "King Dork movie adaptation status update, release date for follow up". May 11, 2009. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  13. ^ "Thomas Mann Bio, Photos, Facts: Fun Size Actor Trivia - Teen.com". Teen.com. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  14. ^ Scott Mendelson (November 2012). "Mendelson's Memos".
  15. ^ "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters: Thomas Mann On His Character". Rotten Tomatoes.
  16. ^ "Thomas Mann & Zoey Deutch – Beautiful Creatures".
  17. ^ As Cool As I Am Official Trailer 2013 (HD) - Claire Danes, James Marsden, Thomas Mann. May 21, 2013 – via YouTube.
  18. ^ Borys Kit (January 25, 2015). "Sundance: Fox Searchlight Nears Record Deal for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  19. ^ "The Stanford Prison Experiment". IFC Films.
  20. ^ a b Simon, Rachel (June 12, 2015). "The Lead Guy In Me And Earl AKA Thomas Mann Is About To Be Mega-Famous So Here's What To Know". Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  21. ^ "THE PREPPIE CONNECTION". Coalition Films.
  22. ^ Dave McNary (December 19, 2013). "Thomas Mann, Zosia Mamet Join Outliving Emily (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  23. ^ Mike Fleming Jr (May 26, 2015). "Thomas Mann & Jenny Slate Join Dakota Fanning Film Brain On Fire - Deadline". Deadline.
  24. ^ Erizanu, Paula. "Soviet classic The Irony of Fate is getting a Hollywood remake". Calvert Journal. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  25. ^ Turner, Kyle (March 19, 2018). "A Place To Always Go Back To: Andrew Haigh and Charlie Plummer Talk Lean on Pete". Paste Magazine. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  26. ^ Ehrlich, David (April 25, 2018). "Maine Review: Laia Costa and Thomas Mann Are Lost in the Woods in a Tender Micro-Budget Romance — Tribeca".
  27. ^ SXSW 2023 Lineup Includes Dungeons & Dragons Opening Night World Premiere; Evil Dead Rise, Eva Longoria's Flamin' Hot, A24's Problemista & More
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