Haley Joel Osment Biography

Haley Joel Osment is an American actor known for his unforgettable roles in sci-fi films such as ‘The Sixth Sense’ and ‘A.I. Artificial Intelligence’. This biography profiles his childhood, family, personal life, acting career, achievements, and othe

Haley Joel Osment
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Birthday: April 10, 1988

Nationality: American

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Age: 31 Years, 31 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Aries

Born in: Los Angeles, California, United States

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'4" (163 cm), 5'4" Males


father: Eugene Osment

mother: Theresa Seifert Osmen

siblings: Emily Osment

U.S. State: California

City: Los Angeles

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education: Tisch School of the Arts

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Haley Joel Osment is an American actor known for his unforgettable roles in sci-fi films such as ‘The Sixth Sense’ and ‘A.I. Artificial Intelligence’. Osment started his acting career when he was just four years old and got encouragement from his family as his father too was an actor. After acting in some minor television and film roles during the early 1990s, Osment got a major opportunity to act in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Forrest Gump’. He was later nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at a very young age for his performance in M. Night Shymalan’s ‘The Sixth Sense’. Osment later gave his voice to character in animated movies and video games when good projects were not coming his way. He is a sports enthusiast since his childhood and continues to play professional golf to this day.

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Haley Joel Osment
Childhood & Early Life
  • Osment was born in Los Angeles, California on April 10, 1988 to Theresa (née Seifert) and Michael Eugene Osmen. His father was a theatre and film actor while his mother was a teacher. Osment was raised as a catholic and his family believed in strict religious values.
  • Being born in a family with background in acting, Osment developed interest in acting from an early age. His younger sister, Emily Osment, is also an actress.
  • He completed his schooling at Flintridge Preparatory School in LA Canada, California.
  • He discontinued his studies after school and pursued his graduation after making his mark as an actor. Osment graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts very late in life (in the year 2011).
  • During his childhood, he was interested in sports and played football, golf, and basketball.
  • Osment debuted as a child actor at the age of four due to the connections of his father. He acted in a Pizza Hut TV commercial when he was spotted by a talent scout during a casual visit to the local IKEA store. The same year he also got an opportunity to act in the ABC TV sitcom Thunder Alley.
  • In 1994, Osment got an opportunity to act in the unforgettable Hollywood blockbuster ‘Forrest Gump’. He starred as Forrest Gump’s son who was also named Gump.
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  • After starring in Forrest Gump, more opportunities in movies followed in quick succession. He got a minor role in a 1994 movie, Mixed Nuts.
  • During the late 1990s, Osment appeared in a number of TV shows like ‘The Jeff Forworthy Show’, ‘Murphy Brown’, and ‘Texas Ranger’.
  • While Forrest Gump launched his movie career, the 1999 psychological thriller ‘The Sixth Sense’ made him a star. He portrayed the role of a psychic child with mysterious powers.
  • In 2000 and 2001, Osment started contributing his voice to animated movies and TV series. His first voice contribution was to the TV series ‘Family Guy’.
  • After the recognition he got in ‘The Sixth Sense’, Osment played the role of a child prodigy in many movies like Steven Speilberg’s epic movie ‘A.I. Artificial Intelligence’.
  • During 2002 and 2003, he lent his voice to animated movies like ‘The Jungle Book 2’, ‘The Country Bears’, and ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame II’.
  • He again started playing live action role in the year 2003 starting with the movie ‘Second hand Lions’.
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  • Apart from animated movies, Osment also lent his voice to video game series like ‘Kingdom of Hearts’.
  • In the year 2008, Osment made his Broadway debut and played the role of a heroin addict called ‘Bobby’ in the play American Buffalo.
  • In the year 2010, Osment signed up for playing the leading role in the comedy film ‘Sex Ed’.
  • Thereafter, Osment started acting in the TV series made by new generation streaming services like Amazon Prime Video. In the year 2013, Osment starred in Amazon’s ‘Alpha House’. In the same year, he started in the miniseries ‘The Spoils of Babylon’ and ‘The Spoils Before Dying’.
  • His performance in the sci-fi movies like A.I. Artificial Intelligence and The Sixth Sense remain his best works.
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Awards & Achievements
  • Osment won the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor for his performance in ‘The Sixth Sense’.
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  • Osment was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in ‘The Sixth Sense’. At that time, he was the second-youngest actor to receive a nomination for Academy Award for playing a supporting role.
  • Osment’s performance in ‘A.I. Artificial Intelligence’ won him the second Saturn Award for Best Younger Actor.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Osment is playing golf since his childhood. He played for the U.S. team in the ‘All Star Cup’ for the year 2005.
  • Osment suffered from alcohol addiction and was involved in a single-driver automobile accident in July 2006. He was sentenced to three probation and 60 hours of alcohol rehabilitation.
  • There is no concrete information about his romantic relationships.
  • Haley Joel Osment plays the guitar and piano and currently lives in New York City.
  • One of the dialogues of Osment in ‘The Sixth Sense’ ‘I See Dead People’ became a popular catchphrase among the youngsters all over the world. The phrase is also ranked at No. 44 on the American Film Institute’s top 100 movie quotes of all time.

1. Kingdom Hearts (2002)

  (Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Fantasy, Family, Action)

2. Forrest Gump (1994)

  (Comedy, Romance, Drama)

3. The Sixth Sense (1999)

  (Drama, Thriller, Mystery)

4. Secondhand Lions (2003)

  (Comedy, Family, Drama)

5. Pay It Forward (2000)


6. Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)

  (Drama, Sci-Fi, Adventure)

7. Edges of the Lord (2001)

  (War, Drama, Romance, Crime)

8. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

  (Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller)


MTV Movie & TV Awards
2000 Breakthrough Male Performance The Sixth Sense (1999)

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