Mazzello in February 2010
Joseph Francis Mazzello III
September 21, 1983
Rhinebeck, New York, U.S.
|Other names||Joe Mazzello|
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
Joseph Francis Mazzello III (born September 21, 1983), sometimes credited as Joe Mazzello, is an American actor, director, and screenwriter. He is best known for his roles as Tim Murphy in Jurassic Park, Eugene Sledge in the HBO miniseries The Pacific, Dustin Moskovitz in The Social Network and Queen bass player John Deacon in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Mazzello was born in Rhinebeck, New York, and raised in Hyde Park, New York, the son of Virginia (née Strong) and Joseph Mazzello, Jr., who owned a dance studio. He has one older sister, Mary, and a younger brother, John, who have both appeared in films. His father is of three-quarters Italian and one-quarter German-Jewish ancestry, while his mother is of Irish and English descent. Mazzello went to the Catholic school Our Lady of Lourdes. He is an alumnus of the University of Southern California, entering the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2001 following a recommendation letter from director Steven Spielberg. Mazzello paid for school with his salary from a small appearance in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), something the actor jokingly referred to as his graduation present from Spielberg.
Mazzello's first film appearance was a small role in Presumed Innocent (1990), starring Harrison Ford. He followed up that success with a supporting role as an abused child in the drama Radio Flyer (1992). He also appeared in "Unspeakable Acts". His most notable roles were as Douglas Gresham in Shadowlands and Tim Murphy in Jurassic Park, both in 1993, Dexter in the 1995 film The Cure, and Eugene "Sledgehammer" Sledge in the HBO miniseries The Pacific. In 2010, Mazzello played Dustin Moskovitz, one of the co-founders of Facebook in the David Fincher-directed film The Social Network. Mazzello starred as John Deacon in the 2018 Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.
Mazzello made his directorial debut with the short film Matters of Life and Death (2007) in which he also stars; the cast includes David Strathairn (with whom he has worked in The River Wild (1994), Simon Birch (1998), and The Sensation of Sight (2006), Daniel Gillies, and Rachael Leigh Cook.
|1990||Unspeakable Acts||Jason Harrison||Television film|
|1990||Presumed Innocent||Wendell McGaffney|
|1992||Desperate Choices: To Save My Child||Willy Robbins||Television film|
|1993||Jurassic Park||Tim Murphy|
|1994||The River Wild||Roarke Hartman|
|1995||High Lonesome: A Father for Charlie||Charlie||Television film|
|1995||Three Wishes||Tom Holman|
|1997||The Lost World: Jurassic Park||Tim Murphy||Cameo appearance|
|1997||Star Kid||Spencer Griffith|
|1998||Simon Birch||Joe Wenteworth|
|1998||The Adventures of Buratino||Buratino/Pinocchio||Voice|
|2004||Raising Helen||Prom date Peter|
|2006||The Sensation of Sight||Tripp|
|2007||Matters of Life and Death||David Jennings||Short film|
|2009||Beyond All Boundaries||Eugene B. Sledge||Short film|
|2010||The Social Network||Dustin Moskovitz|
|2011||First Kiss||Derek||Short film|
|2013||G.I. Joe: Retaliation||Mouse|
|2016||Undrafted||Pat Murray||Also director|
|2018||Bohemian Rhapsody||John Deacon|
|2003||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Justin Lamond||Episode: "One Hit Wonder"|
|2004||Without a Trace||Sean Stanley||Episode: "Legacy"|
|2010||The Pacific||Eugene Sledge||Miniseries; 10 episodes|
|2012||Coma||Geoffrey Fairweather||Miniseries; 2 episodes|
|2013||Justified||Billy St. Cyr||3 episodes|
|2014||Person of Interest||Daniel Casey||2 episodes|
|2016||Elementary||Griffin||Episode: "A Study in Charlotte"|
Awards and nominations
- "Joseph Mazzello Biography (1983?-)". filmreference.com.
- "ISSUU - 2-9_HudsonValleyNews by Hudson Valley News". issuu.com. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
- "Joseph Mazzello - Biography - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
- Rorke, Robert (May 2, 2010). "Spielberg's Protégé". New York Post. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
- Chi, Paul (April 5, 2013). "Jurassic Park Kids: Where Are They Now?". PEOPLE. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
- "Return to Jurassic Park: Finding The Lost World", The Lost World: Jurassic Park Blu-Ray (2011)
- Busch, Anita (August 21, 2017). "Queen Pic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Finds Bandmates In Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee & Joe Mazzello". Deadline. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
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