Charlie Tahan is an American actor, best known for Netflix comedy dram ‘Ozark,’ 'Disney' 3D stop-motion-animated fantasy horror comedy 'Frankenweenie,' ‘Wayward Pines,’ and superhero drama ‘Gotham.’ Born in a family of actors and creative people, a career in acting was the obvious choice for him. He began acting quite early in his life. He simultaneously made appearances on television productions. Charlie portrayed several prominent characters, but his career-defining roles came after 'Frankenweenie.' He played a fictional villain, ‘Scarecrow,’ in the 'Fox'-'DC Comics' crime drama 'Gotham.' His other notable performances have been in the thriller series 'Wayward Pines' (2015–2016), web series 'Ozark,' 'Castle Rock,' and comedy film 'Poms.' Charlie has shared the screen-space with many prominent actors, such as Marisa Tomei, Will Smith, Mila Kunis, Zac Efron, and Cate Blanchett. He has had the privilege of working with some of the biggest directors, including Tim Burton, Woody Allen, and M. Night Shyamalan.
Childhood & Early Life
Charlie was born Charles Tahan on June 11, 1998, in Glen Rock, New Jersey, to Ellie and Michael Tahan. He has an older brother, Willie, and a younger sister, Daisy Tahan. Charlie attended 'Glen Rock High School.'
He started acting at the age of five. He had featured in a 'Citibank' commercial when he was only four.
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Charlie's first onscreen appearance was in the 2007 short 'High Falls.' However, he had a more prominent role in the post-apocalyptic science fiction horror drama 'I Am Legend,' released the same year. Charlie played Ethan, a Philadelphian boy and one of the 'Red Cross' ship passengers.
Next, he played the younger version of ‘Jeff Nichols’ (Seann William Scott) from the 2007 'Seattle International Film Festival' premiered comedy-drama 'Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot.' He played Diane Lane and Christopher Meloni's onscreen son, ‘Danny Willis,’ in the 2008 romantic drama 'Nights in Rodanthe.'
He made his television debut in an episode of the 2008 'Fox' science fiction 'Fringe,' as Ben Stockton. He was seen as Emilia Greenleaf's step-son, ‘William Woolf,’ in the 2009 drama film 'The Other Woman.' That year, he was featured in a TV commercial for '[email protected]
Charlie had a starring role as Tom Taylor, the autistic brother of Kelly (Briana Evigan) in the 2010 horror-thriller movie 'Burning Bright.' He shared the screen space with Zac Efron (as his brother Sam St. Cloud) in the drama film 'Charlie St. Cloud.'
Charlie appeared as ‘Calvin Arliss’ in four different episodes of the 'NBC' crime-drama 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.' Thereafter he appeared as Rebecca Henderson's (as Lyla) son, Keith, in the 2010 crime drama film 'Meskada.'
Charlie lent his voice for the first time in the 2012 American 3D stop-motion-animated dark fantasy horror-comedy flick 'Frankenweenie,' based on Mary Shelley's book of the same name. He voiced the main character, ‘Victor Frankenstein,’ a young Italian-Swiss scientist whose experiments bring his dog ‘Sparky’ back to life.
Charlie was cast as ‘Bo Dawson’ in the 2013 black comedy crime film 'Life of Crime'; the film also starred Jennifer Aniston. He portrayed ‘Joey,’ the teenage son of Kate (Marisa Tomei) and Elliot (Darren Burrows) in the 2014 French-American romantic drama 'Love Is Strange.'
In 2015, Charlie got his breakthrough role as ‘The Scarecrow’ (Dr. Jonathan Crane), a fictional supervillain from 'DC Comics' in the 'Fox' crime drama 'Gotham.' He reprised the role again in the fourth season (in 2017) and continued until David W. Thompson replaced him.
Charlie appeared as ‘Ben Burke,’ in 12 episodes of the 'Fox' dystopian sci-fi mystery drama 'Wayward Pines.' His character was introduced in the first season and was made a recurring in the next season.
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Charlie is currently seen as ‘Wyatt Langmore’ in the 'Netflix' crime drama 'Ozark.' He was introduced in the show's maiden season in 2017. He appeared as ‘Josh Templeton,’ in the 2017 independent psychological thriller drama movie 'Super Dark Times.'
He had a prominent role as Charlie Ashford in the 2018 film 'The Land of Steady Habits.' His character was shown hospitalized due to a drug overdose. Interestingly, the same year he started playing a teenage drug dealer named ‘Dean Merrill’ in the web television series 'Castle Rock.'
Charlie's appeared as ‘Ben’ in the 2019 comedy film 'Poms.'
He has been cast as ‘Michael’ in the lead opposite Kara Hayward (as Kat) in the upcoming comedy drama film 'Drunk Bus.'
Charlie is represented by 'Paradigm Talent Agency.’
Family & Personal Life
Charlie's sister and brother are actors, while his mother is a dancer. His father loves watching movies and was an actor, too.
As a child, Charlie dreamt of becoming a spokesperson for his favorite restaurant, 'McDonald's.' He enjoyed watching Harry Potter movies. 'The Emperor's New Groove' is Charlie's favorite film of all time.
He would like to work with Paul Thomas Anderson.
According to an article published in the 'Glen Rock Gazette,' Charlie had spent only around ten days (over three years) to record his lines in a New York City sound booth for 'Frankenweenie.' Interestingly, he met the other cast members of the film for the first time on the day of its red carpet premiere in Los Angeles.