Joel Courtney is an American actor, best known for playing ‘Joe Lamb’ in the science-fiction film ‘Super 8’ (2011). His role in the Steven Spielberg/J J Abrams film was critically appraised. ‘Super 8’ was also his debut film. Some of his other noteworthy films are ‘Don’t Let Me Go’ (filmed 2013, released 2016), ‘Sins of Our Youth’ (2014), ‘Mercy’ (2014), ‘Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn’ (2014), ‘The River Thief’ (2016), and ‘F the Prom’ (2017). His latest role in the ‘Netflix’ teen romantic comedy ‘Kissing Booth’ also earned him a lot of fame and recognition. He made his TV debut as ‘John Westmore’ in ‘R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour.’ He also played the lead in the TV series ‘The Messengers.’ He made short appearances in films such as ‘Spare Time Killers’ (2012) and ‘Dear Eleanor’ (2016). Some of his noteworthy TV shows were ‘Rogue’ (2012), ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ (2016), and ‘APB’ (2017). He will next be seen in the upcoming science-fiction film ‘Replicate.’ In 2012, he won a ‘Saturn Award’ for his performance in ‘Super 8.’
Childhood & Early Life
Joel Courtney was born on January 31, 1996, in Monterey, California. He is the youngest child of Dale and Carla Courtney.
His parents are both school teachers. Joel has three siblings: two elder brothers, Caleb and Josh, and one elder sister, Chantelle.
Joel was always interested in acting and had acted in a few school plays, too. He attended a few training programs in acting but had never received any significant professional training.
While living in Moscow, Idaho, he flew to Los Angeles. It was the first week of his summer school break in 2010. While he went there to spend some time with his elder brother, Caleb, Joel also hoped to get a chance to work in a commercial and earn $100 before leaving the city.
His brother was already taking acting classes, and it was his acting coach who suggested that Joel audition for J J Abrams’s film ‘Super 8.’ It was Joey’s first audition.
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While he was busy with auditions, Joel got an opportunity to work in the TV series ‘R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour.’ He played ‘John Westmore’ in two episodes of the second season of the show.
Joel only wished to work in a TV commercial. However, he bagged the lead role in his first audition. After 11 callbacks, his role in ‘Super 8’ was confirmed.
The film featured him as ‘Joe Lamb.’ It also starred Elle Fanning and Kyle Chandler in main roles.
It grossed over $260 million against a budget of $50 million. It was both critically and commercially successful.
Joel’s work in the film was highly praised by critics. In 2012, he appeared as young ‘Tony’ in the film ‘Spare Time Killers’ and as ‘Griffin Jones’ in the TV film ‘Rogue.’
In 2013, he appeared in the film ‘Don’t Let Me Go,’ which was released in 2016. He played the role of ‘Nick Madsen’ in the film.
2014 was a busy year for Joel. He appeared in the thriller/drama film ‘Sins of Our Youth,’ which also starred Lucas Till and Mitchel Musso. He also bagged the role of ‘Buddy Bruckner’ in the supernatural film ‘Mercy.’
He ended the year with the titular role of ‘Tom Sawyer’ in ‘Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn.’ In 2015, he played ‘Peter Moore’ in the TV series ‘The Messengers.’ In 2016, he appeared in the Jessica Alba-starrer ‘Dear Eleanor’ in which he played a character named ‘Billy.’
He also starred in the teen crime drama ‘The River Thief’ the same year. The film featured him as a burglar named ‘Diz’ but received a lot of negative reviews.
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The same year, he guest-starred as ‘Nathanael Malick’ in an episode of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
He played ‘Cole Reed’ in the teen comedy ‘F the Prom’ in 2017. It was a direct-to-video film.
The same year, he guest-starred as ‘Luke’ in the drama series ‘APB.’ In 2018, he played ‘Lee Flynn’ in the ‘Netflix’ film ‘The Kissing Booth,’ which also starred Joey King and Jacob Elordi. The film was based on a novel of the same name by Beth Reekles. It was a huge success and turned out to be one of Joel’s most popular movies to date.
He will be seen playing ‘Zach Henderson’ in the upcoming science-fiction film ‘Replicate.’
Awards & Achievements
Joel won the ‘Saturn Award’ for the ‘Best Performance by a Young Actor’ for ‘Super 8’ in 2012. He has also been nominated for the ‘Teen Choice Award,’ the ‘Young Artist Award,’ the ‘BAM Award,’ and the ‘Coming of Age Award’ for the same role.
Personal Life & Legacy
Joel was in a relationship with American actor Katherine McNamara in 2012.
The couple broke up after a while. Joel remained single for a long time after his break-up.
He started dating performer Isabelle Fuhrman in 2014. Not much is known about his current relationship status.
Joel is a good swimmer. He learnt to swim at the age of 4.
In his free time, he loves playing basket ball and lacrosse. He also loves running on the track.