Buddy Handleson is an American actor best known for his roles in the children’s series ‘Wendell & Vinnie’ and ‘Bella and the Bulldogs.’ Buddy was born and raised in Danville, California, and started appearing on TV at the age of 9. He made his acting debut in 1999, with a guest role in an episode of ‘Disney’s ‘Hannah Montana.’ He then did more guest roles in series such as ‘Trauma’ and ‘Sons of Tucson.’ He got his big career breakthrough in 2010, when he bagged the role of ‘Henry Dillon’ in the series ‘Shake It Up.’ Two years later, he reprised his role in the one-hour special episode for the second season, which was broadcast as a TV movie, titled ‘Shake it Up: Made in Japan.’ In 2013, Buddy appeared in the first leading role of his career in the series ‘Wendell & Vinnie.’ He portrayed ‘Wendell,’ a 12-year-old child with high-level intelligence. In 2015, he was seen playing one of the main roles in the series ‘Bella and the Bulldogs.’ In 2017, Buddy revealed he was gay and was praised for this brave step.
Childhood & Early Life
Buddy Handleson was born on November 1, 1999, in Danville, California, to Jay and Athena Handleson. His parents always wanted him to be part of the entertainment world. Although Buddy later grew up to be an actor, he was not too keen on acting initially. He was shy and when his parents set him up for a photo shoot when he was 3 years old, he ran away from the cameras.
Buddy attended the ‘Vista Grande School.’ Gradually, he gained the confidence to appear in front of the camera. At the age of 9, he finally landed the first role of his career.
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In 2009, when ‘Disney’s show ‘Hannah Montana’ was at the very peak of its success, Buddy landed a small role for himself in the 16th episode of its third season, titled ‘Jake… Another Little Piece of My Heart.’ He played an unnamed character in the episode.
His first on-camera stint helped him gain confidence for further roles, and in the same year, he landed a slightly bigger role in the series ‘Trauma.’ He appeared in an episode of the fifth season of the show and played the role of ‘Lost Boy Jonah.’
In 2010, he appeared in the series ‘’Til Death,’ which featured him as ‘Timmy.’ In the same year, he portrayed the role of ‘Gabe’ in the third and tenth episodes of the first season of the series ‘Sons of Tucson.’
He got a major career breakthrough in 2010, when he landed a recurring role in the series ‘Shake It Up.’ The series revolved around young children and their passion to become professional dancers. The series was highly adored by audiences around the world, and Buddy gained immense exposure to the children’s entertainment industry.
In 2011, after making a small appearance in the series ‘Mr. Sunshine,’ Buddy reprised his role of ‘Henry Dillon’ in a 90-minute-long special episode of ‘Shake It Up.’ It was presented as a TV film, titled ‘Shake it up: Made in Japan.’ This was the last time Buddy portrayed the character of ‘Henry.’
In 2012, Buddy voiced the character of ‘Luca Stevens’ in the animated series ‘Doc McStuffins.’ The series was highly praised for its stories and the core concept and was also appreciated for its sensible portrayal of the African–American community. In the same year, Buddy appeared as ‘Rocco DiRizzo’ in the TV movie ‘Bad Fairy.’
2013 was a big year for Buddy, as he landed a lead role in the ‘Nickelodeon’ sitcom ‘Wendell & Vinnie,’ playing the titular role of ‘Wendell.’ His character was that of an intelligent young boy, living with his uncle. The sitcom was not very popular with audiences or critics, which led to it being canceled after the first season.
In 2015, he carried on his association with ‘Nickelodeon’ and appeared as one of the major characters in the series ‘Bella and the Bulldogs.’ He played the role of ‘Newt’ in the series. The series was appreciated by both the American and the Mexican audiences. In 2017, Buddy played a guest role in the series ‘Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, & Dawn.’
Apart from portraying major TV characters, Buddy has also appeared in two films, ‘Coming & Going’ and ‘Little Savages.’
In June 2017, Buddy Handleson shocked his entire fan base when he uploaded a photograph on ‘Instagram’ that showed him posing in front of a gay pride flag. The caption stated that he was gay and that he had become increasingly comfortable with his sexuality over the previous two years.
Buddy is dating Logan Quintana and does not hold back from showing his affection on various social-media platforms.