Thomas Mann (actor)

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

Thomas Mann
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Mann in 2016
Born
Thomas Randall Mann, Jr.

(1991-09-27) September 27, 1991 (age 29)
OccupationActor
Years active2009–present

Personal lifeEdit

Mann was born in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in Dallas, Texas.[2] His father is a construction project manager.[3] Mann attended Plano East Senior High School briefly before moving to California at the age of 17 to pursue acting.[4]

Acting careerEdit

Early workEdit

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.[5]

In 2010, Mann was cast as the protagonist in the comedy film Project X.[6] 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 times.[7] 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.[8] A planned sequel was in development in 2012.[9]

In March 2012, Mann was in final negotiations to star in a film adaptation of the novel King Dork.[10] It was optioned in November 2006 by Gary Sanchez Productions, a joint production company founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.[11] 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 26th, and was both a box office bomb and a critical flop.[12][13]

Throughout 2013, Mann appeared in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters portraying the role of Ben. The film was released in the U.S. on January 25th.[14] 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 14th, and grossed $60 million worldwide against a budget of $60 million.[15] Mann later appeared in As Cool As I Am alongside Sarah Bolger and James Marsden. The film was released on June 21st, by IFC Films.[16]

Breakthrough: 2015–presentEdit

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 amount of money paid for a film at the festival, and was released on June 12 in the U.S.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19] 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.[20]

In 2016, he starred as Matt in Some Freaks, a teen romance, Blood Father, opposite William H. Macy and Mel Gibson,[19][21] and the drama Brain on Fire, alongside Chloë Grace Moretz and Jenny Slate.[22]

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.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

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 Wosser
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[23]
2018 Maine[24] 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

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Episodes
2009 iCarly Jeffery Flanken "iGive Away a Car"
The Middle Brendan Nichols "The Floating Anniversary"
2017 Fargo Thaddeus Mobley "The Law of Non-Contradiction"
2018 Drunk History William Stuart-Houston "World War II"

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Awards/Festival Category Nominated work Result
2015 23rd Hamptons International Film Festival Breakthrough Performer
The Preppie Connection
Won
17th Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout Star
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Nominated
Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with RJ Cyler) Nominated
2016 21st Empire Awards Best Male Newcomer Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jeff Sneider Variety (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.
  2. ^ "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...
  3. ^ "Mann About Sundance". Interview Magazine.
  4. ^ "About Thomas". Thomas Mann Online. May 22, 2016. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  5. ^ Harris, Scott (April 22, 2011). "Watch Out for Thomas Mann, Who Just Might Be The Man". NextMovie. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Todd Phillips, Joel Silver Plan To Tap Unknowns For Mystery Laugher 'Project X'". Deadline.com. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "Exclusive: Todd Phillips Talks 'Project X'". Collider.com. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  9. ^ Kit, Kokot (March 6, 2012). "'Project X' Sequel in the Works at Warner Bros. (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  10. ^ Sneider, Jeff (March 23, 2012). "'Project X' actor to star in 'King Dork'". Variety. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  11. ^ "King Dork movie adaptation status update, release date for follow up". May 11, 2009. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  12. ^ "Thomas Mann Bio, Photos, Facts: Fun Size Actor Trivia - Teen.com". Teen.com.
  13. ^ Scott Mendelson. "Mendelson's Memos".
  14. ^ "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters: Thomas Mann On His Character". Rotten Tomatoes.
  15. ^ "Thomas Mann & Zoey Deutch – Beautiful Creatures".
  16. ^ As Cool As I Am Official Trailer 2013 (HD) - Claire Danes, James Marsden, Thomas Mann. May 21, 2013 – via YouTube.
  17. ^ Borys Kit (January 25, 2015). "Sundance: Fox Searchlight Nears Record Deal for 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  18. ^ "The Stanford Prison Experiment". IFC Films.
  19. ^ a b Simon, Rachel. "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.
  20. ^ "THE PREPPIE CONNECTION". Coalition Films.
  21. ^ Dave McNary. "Thomas Mann, Zosia Mamet Join 'Outliving Emily' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  22. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. "Thomas Mann & Jenny Slate Join Dakota Fanning Film 'Brain On Fire' - Deadline". Deadline.
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ Ehrlich, David; Ehrlich, David (April 25, 2018). "'Maine' Review: Laia Costa and Thomas Mann Are Lost in the Woods in a Tender Micro-Budget Romance — Tribeca".

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