Angus Turner Jones is an American actor who became famous for his portrayal of Jake Harper in the hit series ‘Two and a Half Men’. Prior to landing the lead role on the sitcom, Jones portrayed several minor and supporting characters in films and TV series as a child actor. He made his debut in 1999 with ‘Simpatico’, a film that failed to click at the box office. He was later seen in the moderately successful film ‘See Spot Run’ that earned him his first Young Artist Award nomination. His other notable roles were for TV shows ‘Dinner with Friends’, ‘ER’, ‘Audrey’s Rain’; and films ‘The Rookie’ and ‘Bringing Down the House’. However, he received his breakthrough only in 2003 when he was selected to play the role of Jake Harper in ‘Two and a Half Men’. He played the leading role for 10 seasons and appeared in over 200 episodes before he decided to leave the show for religious reasons. His character won him several awards and nominations, and he was among the highest paid child actors on TV during the time. Since the end of the series, Jones has avoided the limelight and focused on his studies. His last appearance was in the web series ‘Horace and Pete’ in 2016. He is currently working for multimedia and events company Tonite.
Angus T. Jones began his career when he was just five years old. He made his debut with the 1999 film ‘Simpatico’. However, the film was not successful at the box office. He was next seen in the Canadian feature film ‘See Spot Run’ in 2001. Though the movie received negative reviews, its humorous plot was later appreciated. Jones was also nominated for a Young Artist Award for his role in the movie. In the same year, he portrayed the role of Sammy in the TV film ‘Dinner with Friends’, an adaptation of the award-winning play. He marked the end of this year by appearing in the hit medical drama series ‘ER’ as Sean Gattney in the ‘Quo Vadis?’ episode. In 2002, his only project was the feature film ‘The Rookie’, wherein he portrayed the character of Hunter Morris. Directed by John Lee Hancock, the film starred the likes of Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, and Brian Cox. It was a major hit at the box office and was also appreciated by critics.
In 2003, he was seen in the TV film ‘Audrey’s Rain’ as Tye Powell. He later appeared as Georgie Sanderson in the American comedy ‘Bringing Down the House’, in which he starred alongside Steve Martin and Queen Latifah. Next, he played the role of George Jr. in the video sequel of ‘George of the Jungle’ titled ‘George of the Jungle 2’. In 2003, Jones received his breakthrough after being selected to play the role of Jake Harper in the long-running sitcom ‘Two and a Half Men’. He played the ‘half man’ (young boy) from the title and shared screen space with Jon Cryer and Charlie Sheen who played his on-screen father and uncle respectively. The show’s soaring success meant that Jones was watched all over the world and became a popular face. He played the leading role for 10 seasons before his new-found religious views and opinions conflicted with the show’s storyline. His character was abruptly replaced by another actor, but he was later seen in a guest role in the 12th season. Overall, he appeared in 226 episodes of the show and was among the highest paid child actors on TV. His role won him several awards, including the TV Land Award and two Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a TV series.
Despite being busy with ‘Two and a Half Men’, Jones worked in several other movies and series. His notable works include the TV movie ‘The Christmas Blessing’ (2005) and the comedy film ‘Due Date’ (2010). He also guest starred in ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ (2008) and ‘Hannah Montana’ (2010). In 2016, he appeared in the American drama web series ‘Horace and Pete’ as Horace, the 9th.
Apart from acting, Angus T. Jones is known for his entrepreneurial and philanthropic sides as well. He is currently a part of Tonite, a media and event production company. He works in the management team of the company. He is also actively involved in charity work and has been seen pledging his support for various causes.
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Controversies & Scandals
In the ninth season of ‘Two and a Half Men’, Angus T Jones’s role followed an adult storyline, which included sex and drug use. Jones expressed his discomfort with the new tilt that his character had taken after turning 18. He stated that he felt ‘awkward’ portraying the character. He later mentioned in an interview that he was baptized and did not want to appear on the show anymore. He further termed the content of the series as ‘filth’ and stated that it clashed with his religious views. After this, his character was demoted from a leading part to a recurring role in season 11. However, he was not seen in the 11th season. He was ultimately replaced by Amer Tamblyn for the remaining seasons, and Jones announced his separation from the show in March 2014.
Family & Personal Life
Angus T. Jones was born on October 8, 1993 in Austin, Texas. He has a younger brother. After his stint with ‘Two and a Half Men’ ended, Jones enrolled himself at the University of Colorado Boulder for a major in Jewish Studies. He currently leads a reserved, low-key life and hasn’t revealed any information about his relationships.