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Tye Kayle Sheridan (born November 11, 1996) is an American actor.[2][3][4] He made his feature film debut in Terrence Malick's experimental drama film The Tree of Life (2011) and had his first leading role in Jeff Nichols's film Mud (2012). He also co-starred in David Gordon Green's drama Joe (2013) and the period thriller The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015). Sheridan played Cyclops in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse, and will portray the lead character, Wade Watts, in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, which is scheduled for a March 30, 2018 release.[5] He will reprise his role as Cyclops in the upcoming film X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

Tye Sheridan
Tye Sheridan by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Sheridan at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Tye Kayle Sheridan
(1996-11-11) November 11, 1996 (age 21)
Elkhart, Texas, U.S.[1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 2011–present


Early lifeEdit

Sheridan was born in Elkhart, Texas.[1] His mother, Stephanie (Wright) Sheridan, owns a beauty salon, and his father, Bryan Sheridan, is an employee of UPS.[6] He has a younger sister, Madison. He was enrolled in the Elkhart Independent School District until he began his film career and received tutoring on film sets. Sheridan graduated from high school.[7]


Sheridan made his feature film debut in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, with Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn, after an almost year-long casting search of more than 10,000 children from Texas and Oklahoma.[2] The film premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and went on to be awarded the prestigious Palme d'Or[8] and be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.[9][10]

In 2012, he played the leading role of Ellis in Jeff Nichols's Mud opposite Jacob Lofland and Matthew McConaughey. The coming-of-age drama-thriller film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival[11] and Sheridan received a Critics' Choice Award nomination.[12]

Sheridan also plays Gary Jones in the film Joe, which stars Nicolas Cage playing an ex-con who meets a 15-year-old boy, the eldest child in a homeless family headed by an alcoholic father, and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.[13] For his role he received the Marcello Mastroianni Award for best upcoming young actor at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.[14]

In 2014, he played Will Cutter in the film The Forger, from a script by Richard D’Ovidio, which stars John Travolta. The film follows former child art prodigy and art forger Ray Cutter (Travolta), who arranges to buy his way out of prison so he can spend time with his ailing son (Sheridan) and father (Plummer), only to be forced to change his plans and commit one last big job for the syndicate that financed his early release.[15]

In 2015, Sheridan starred in the three films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He co-starred opposite Gregg Turkington and Michael Cera in the drama Entertainment, played a prisoner in the film adaptation of The Stanford Prison Experiment, and appeared in Rodrigo Garcia's drama Last Days in the Desert opposite Ewan McGregor, released May 2016.[16] That year, he also had a supporting role in the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Dark Places and the leading role in the horror comedy Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.

Sheridan played the mutant Scott Summers / Cyclops in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse, released on May 27.[17]

Upcoming filmsEdit

In June 2013, he joined the cast of a film written and directed by Kyle Wilamowski, Grass Stains, along with Kaitlyn Dever. He plays a teen discovering his first love (Dever). When a prank goes awry and causes the death of his girlfriend’s older brother, the boy must balance his secret guilt with his feelings for the girl.[18][19] He stars in The Yellow Birds (2017) opposite Alden Ehrenreich, Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston.[20] On February 24, 2016, Sheridan was cast as Wade Watts, a.k.a. Parzival, the lead character in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, which is slated for a March 30, 2018 release.[5] Sheridan will reprise the role of Scott Summers / Cyclops in the 2018 film X-Men: Dark Phoenix.[21]



Year Title Role Director Notes
2011 The Tree of Life Steve O'Brien Terrence Malick
2012 Mud Ellis Jeff Nichols
2013 Joe Gary Jones David Gordon Green
2014 The Forger Will Cutter Philip Martin
2015 Entertainment Eddie the Opener Rick Alverson
Last Days in the Desert Son Rodrigo García
The Stanford Prison Experiment Peter Mitchell Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Dark Places Young Ben Day Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse Ben Goudy Christopher B. Landon
2016 Detour Harper James Christopher Smith
X-Men: Apocalypse Scott Summers / Cyclops Bryan Singer
2017 The Yellow Birds Daniel Murphy Alexandre Moors
Grass Stains Conrad Stevens Kyle Wilamowski
2018 Ready Player One Wade Watts / Parzival Steven Spielberg Completed
X-Men: Dark Phoenix Scott Summers / Cyclops Simon Kinberg Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Last Man Standing Justin Episodes: "Tasers" "Mutton Busting" and "Here's the Kicker"


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Sky Fibre - X-Men Apocalypse - Television Advertisement Scott Summers / Cyclops Set after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse[22][23]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Central Ohio Film Critics Association[24] Best Ensemble
(shared with The Tree of Life crew)
The Tree of Life Nominated
2013 Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 70th Venice International Film Festival[14] Best New Young Actor Joe Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award[25] Best Youth Performance Mud Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2013 Most Promising Performer Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award[26] Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Male Won
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award[27] Youth in Film Won
Georgia Film Critics Association[28] Breakthrough Award Joe, Mud Nominated
2014 Robert Altman Award At Independent Spirit Awards[29][30] Best Ensemble
(shared with Mud crew)
Mud Won
Critics' Choice Movie Award[12] Best Young Actor/Actress Nominated
Empire Awards[31] Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer Nominated


  1. ^ a b Hirschberg, Lynn. "All X-Men Star Tye Sheridan Wants Is To Go to College". 
  2. ^ a b "The Tree of Life Official Press (pag 21)" (PDF). June 13, 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Interview: Mud's Tye Sheridan". May 2, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tye Sheridan Biography". Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Fleming Jr, Mike (February 24, 2016). "Steven Spielberg Taps Tye Sheridan For Lead In 'Ready Player One' Based On Ernest Cline Novel". Deadline. 
  6. ^ "Intervista: Tye Sheridan, La Giovane, Rivelazione di Venezia (Italian)". September 10, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ Webb, Pennylynn. "Elkhart's own". Joomag. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Germain, David (May 22, 2011). "Malick's 'Tree of Life' wins top Cannes fest honor". Forbes. Forbes publishing. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Oscar 2012 winners – The full list". The Guardian. UK. February 27, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Nominees and Winners for the 84th Academy Awards". Academy Awards of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars). Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  11. ^ Collett-White, Mike (May 26, 2012). "Cannes gets happy ending with river film 'Mud'". Reuters. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards Nominations". December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Tye Sheridan Joins Nic Cage In 'Joe'". October 22, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Official Awards of the 70th Venice Film Festival". December 9, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  15. ^ "'Mud' Star Tye Sheridan Joins John Travolta in 'The Forger'". August 22, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  16. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony. "Broad Green Sets 2016 Dates For 'Infiltrator', 'Last Days In The Desert' & 'Dark Horse'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  17. ^ Ford, Rebecca; Kit, Borys (December 5, 2013). "Release Date Announced for X-Men: Apocalypse". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 27, 2014. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  18. ^ "'Mud' Breakout Actor in Talks to Star in Indie 'Grass Stains' (Exclusive)". June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Sheridan and Dever to Lead Grass Stains". July 11, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  20. ^ Busch, Anita (October 6, 2015). "Jack Huston & Jennifer Aniston Join War Pic 'The Yellow Birds'". 
  21. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (June 14, 2017). "Fox Formalizes Simon Kinberg To Helm 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'; Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy Back, Jessica Chastain In Talks". Retrieved June 14, 2017. 
  22. ^ Sky Fibre and X-Men: Apocalypse TV Ad - Extended Cut
  23. ^ Sky Fibre and X-Men: Apocalypse TV Ad - Behind the Scenes (Visual Effects)
  24. ^ "Press release: 2011 Central Ohio Film Critics Association awards nominees". January 1, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  25. ^ WAFCA [@WAFCA] (August 12, 2012). "WAFCA Winner: Best Youth Performance: Tye Sheridan (Mud)" (Tweet). Retrieved March 24, 2013 – via Twitter. 
  26. ^ "Phoenix Film Critics Society 2013 Awards Winners". December 17, 2013. 
  27. ^ "'12 Years' Wins Over Las Vegas Film Critics". December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Official Awards of Georgia Film Critics Association". Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  29. ^ "2014 Spirit Awards: '12 Years A Slave', 'All Is Lost', 'Frances Ha', 'Inside Llewyn Davis' & 'Nebraska' Nab Best Feature Noms". November 26, 2013. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Jeff Nichols, 'Mud' cast win Independent Spirit Altman Award". November 27, 2013. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Empire Awards Nomination 2014". Retrieved February 24, 2014. 

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