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FactHe made 2 movies with Michael Keaton at the same year, Desperate Measures and Jack Frost (1998).

Joseph Cross is an American actor, director, and producer. He is best known for his roles in the films Running with Scissors (2006), Milk (2008), and Winter’s Bone (2010).

Cross was born in Berkeley, California, the son of Joyce (née Ziegenfuss), a nurse, and Richard Cross, a carpenter. He has two sisters, Rebecca and Sarah. His father is of English and German descent, and his mother is of German ancestry. Cross was raised in a “very progressive” household in Berkeley. He attended Berkeley High School, where he was a member of the drama club.

Cross began his acting career at the age of 12, when he appeared in an episode of the television series Picket Fences. He made his film debut in the independent film Dazed and Confused (1993). He has since appeared in a number of films, including Pleasantville (1998), Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003), Running with Scissors (2006), Milk (2008), Winter’s Bone (2010), and Lincoln (2012).

Cross has also appeared in the television series Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, and Six Feet Under. He directed the short film The Smokers (2000), which won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.

Cross’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million. He has been in a relationship with actress Julia Stiles since 2011. They have one son together, born in 2017.

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Full NameJoseph Cross
Height1.75 m
ProfessionActor, Guitarist
EducationTrinity College


ParentsMaureen Cross, Michael J. Cross
SiblingsLiz Cross, Andrew Cross, Brian Cross, James Cross


AwardsSatellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, BFCA Critics' Choice Award for Best Young Actor
MoviesJack Frost, Untraceable, Born to Race, Flags of Our Fathers, Running with Scissors, Milk, The Automatic Hate, Desperate Measures, Falling Up, Wide Awake, Edwin Boyd, Last Weekend, Lincoln, Mine Games, Strangers with Candy, Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, Art Machine, Son of Morning, North...
TV ShowsThe O'Keefes, Big Little Lies, Indian Summer: The Oka Crisis

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1Currently starring as William 'Fred' Parsons on the British stage adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's. [June 2009]
2He made 2 movies with Michael Keaton at the same year, Desperate Measures and Jack Frost (1998).
3Currently attends Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. [2007]
4His band Roostir was originally called Cock, after the first letters of the members' last names, but school officials deemed the name unacceptable and demanded that the band change its name to play at high school functions.
5Guitarist for the rock band Roostir.




Tilt2017post-productionJoseph Burns
Big Little Lies2017TV Series post-productionTom
Everything Beautiful Is Far Away2016post-productionLernert
The Last Film Festival2016Junior Agent
Elementary2015TV SeriesPetros Franken
The Automatic Hate2015Davis Green
Last Weekend2014Roger Green
Jimmy P.2013Dr. Holt
Lincoln2012John Hay
Art Machine2012Declan
Mine Games2012Michael
Born to Race2011VideoDanny Krueger
Citizen Gangster2011Val Kozak
Son of Morning2011Phillip Katz
Falling Up2009Henry O'Shea
Milk2008/IDick Pabich
Untraceable2008Owen Reilly
Running with Scissors2006Augusten Burroughs
Flags of Our Fathers2006Franklin Sousley
Homecoming2005/IYoung Barry
Law & Order2005TV SeriesWill Shea
Strangers with Candy2005Derrick Blank
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2004TV SeriesAdam Nesbit
Smallville2004TV SeriesJordan Cross
The O'Keefes2003TV SeriesDanny O'Keefe
Third Watch2003TV SeriesEric Beckman
As the World Turns2000TV SeriesCasey Hughes
The Spring2000TV MovieNick Conway
Jack Frost1998Charlie Frost
Saint Maybe1998TV MovieThomas 10 Years
Touched by an Angel1998TV SeriesPetey Carmichael
Wide Awake1998Joshua Beal
Desperate Measures1998Matthew Conner
Dellaventura1997TV SeriesDaniel Webb
Northern Lights1997TV MovieJack


Son of Morning2011producer


The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Milk: Hollywood Comes to San Francisco2009Documentary shortHimself
Weekend Sunrise2007TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2006TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2006Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalRunning with Scissors (2006)

Nominated Awards

2013Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastLincoln (2012)
2012ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleLincoln (2012)
2009Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastMilk (2008)
2009ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureMilk (2008)
2007Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Young ActorRunning with Scissors (2006)
2000Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Soap Opera - Young ActorAs the World Turns (1956)
1999Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActorWide Awake (1998)
1999YoungStar AwardYoungStar AwardsBest Performance by a Young Actor in a Daytime TV ProgramAs the World Turns (1956)
1998Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series - Leading Young ActorNorthern Lights (1997)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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