American young actor Carter Jenkins is well-remembered for playing the infamous pitcher Joey Bullock in the movie The Bad News (2005, opposite Greg Kinnear) and as the intellectual and curious teen, Miles Barnett, in the NBC series “Surface” (2005-2006). The roles brought Jenkins two Young Artist Awards. He earned Young Artist nominations in Nickelodeon’s “Unfabulous” (2004-2005), played recurring role Eli Pataki) and “Everwood” (2004, guest starred as David Beck). His most recent film project is the wide screen comedy Keeping Up With The Steins (2006) which got some great reviews.
Off camera, Jenkins develops a strong interest on sports. He likes playing such sports as basketball, football and bowling. Before acting, Jenkins was a luminary baseball player in Florida. He received awards for his abilities and sportsmanship in AAU baseball as well as was voted MVP for both his baseball and football teams.
Childhood and Family:
In Tampa, Florida, Carter Mark Jenkins was born on September 4, 1991, to parents Eric and Mary Jenkins. He has an older sister named Tiffany and is a younger brother to actor Renneker Jenkins.
Carter, whose nick name is Hollywood, began acting in a regional community theater at age 7. He was spotted by a local talent agent at the end of one of his performances and soon appeared in local and national commercials. In 2002, he relocated to Los Angeles in pursuit of an acting career.
A Tampa, Florida, native, Carter is a Buccaneers fan and now lives in Los Angeles, along with his parents, his two siblings as well as his two dogs and three cats. Coming from a very close family, he enjoys going to the movies and traveling with his family as much as he can.
The Bad News Bears
7-year-old Carter Jenkins started performing in a community theater in his local of Tampa, Florida, and then acted in several regional and national commercial. His mounting interest in acting led to the decision of becoming an actor, and in 2002, after attending a workshop in Tampa hosted by a Los Angeles-based talent manager, Jenkins, accompanied by his mother, headed for Hollywood to further establish his career.
The young performer was immediately signed to an agent. In 2003, Jenkins made his first short-movie, the comedy The Honor System, where he appeared as Peg, along side Eric Arnold, Sidney Franklin and Misha Henson. It was followed by guest roles in such shows as “Without a Trace,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Run of the House” (all 2003), before testing the waters of short-film again in the comedy The Three Body Problem (2004). Also in 2004, he played the role of Nate in the sitcom “Joint Custody” and guest starred on episodes of “Scrubs,” “The Bernie Mac Show” and “Oliver Beene.”
Jenkins took home a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a Television Series - Recurring Young Actor for playing Eli Pataki in the Nickelodeon Show “Unfabulous” (2004-2005). He also shared a Young Artist nod for Best Young Ensemble Performance with his costars, Jordan Calloway, Bianca Collins, Emma Roberts and others. For his fine guest appearances as David Beck in “Everwood” (2004), a drama series starred Treat Williams and Gregory Smith, Jenkins received his next Young Artist nomination, this time in the category of Best Performance in a Television Series - Guest Starring Young Actor.
“Filming ‘Bad News Bears’ was like playing every day, it was not work. I had the best time working with Greg.” Carter Jenkins
After a costarring role in the Disney Channel film Life Is Ruff with Kyle Massey and Kay Panabaker, and guest roles in “CSI: NY” and “Lost” (all 2005), Jenkins got his breakthrough screen role as Joey Bullock, the villainous pitcher for the “other” team, in the remake of the 70’s hit The Bad News Bears (2005), where he won a 2006 Young Artist for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast. The comedy/sport film starred Billy Bob Thornton, Oscar nominee Greg Kinnear (as Jerkins’ father and team coach) and Marcia Gay Harden. 14-year-old Jerkins continued to score success when he landed the role of Miles Barnett in the much anticipated sci-fi drama “Surface” (2005) on NBC. For his brilliant performance as a smart, curious teenager who finds out a new form of sea life and has no idea what jeopardy is waiting for him, Jerkins nabbed a 2006 Young Artist for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actor.
Recently, Jerkins played supporting roles in writer/director Brian Petersen’s comedy Think Tank (2006, as young Dex) and the Scott Marshall-helmed Keeping Up with the Steins (2006), a comedy about competitive bar mitzvahs starred by Jami Gertz, Daryl Hannah, Garry Marshall and Jeremy Piven. In addition, he also made guest appearances on “The 4400,” “House, M.D.” and “CSI: Miami.”