Joseph Cross (actor)

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Joseph Cross
Born Joseph Michael Cross
(1986-05-28) 28 May 1986 (age 33)
New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S
Occupation Actor
Years active 1997–present

Joseph Michael Cross (born May 28, 1986) is an American actor. He began work as a child actor, and starred in three 1998 films, Desperate Measures, Wide Awake, and Jack Frost. More recently, he headlined the film Running with Scissors (2006), and co-starred in Untraceable, Milk, and Lincoln.

Life and career

Cross was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the son of Maureen (née Toumey), a real estate agent, and Michael J. Cross, who worked in marketing.[1][2][3] He has four siblings. Cross grew up in Pelham, New York and attended Pelham Middle School and Pelham Memorial High School.[4] For his undergraduate studies, Cross transferred from Hartford's Trinity College to Columbia University.[5]

As a child actor, Cross appeared in the 1997 Disney Channel Original Movie Northern Lights and Hollywood films Desperate Measures, Wide Awake and Jack Frost, all of which were released in 1998. Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, he also appeared in several television roles, and played Casey Hughes on As the World Turns between 1999 to 2004.

In 2006, Cross played the young Augusten Burroughs in Running with Scissors, a drama also featuring Annette Bening and Evan Rachel Wood, and appeared as real-life Marine Franklin Sousley in the big-budget Flags of Our Fathers, a Clint Eastwood-directed war film. Cross has said that he enjoyed the transition from appearing in Running with Scissors, which he has described as "very character driven and smaller" to the high-profile "epic" Flags of Our Fathers.[6] Running with Scissors has been described by media sources as Cross's "breakout performance".[7] Cross was also in the film Untraceable, with Diane Lane.[8]

Cross portrayed gay rights activist Dick Pabich in the 2008 Oscar-nominated Harvey Milk biopic Milk.


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Northern Lights Jack TV movies
1998 Saint Maybe Thomas at 10
Desperate Measures Matthew Conner
Wide Awake Joshua Beal
Touched by an Angel Petey Episode: "Psalm 151"
Jack Frost Charlie Frost
1999 As the World Turns Luke Snyder 1999–2000
2000 The Spring Nick Conway TV movie
2002 As the World Turns Casey Hughes 2002–2004
2003 Third Watch Eric Beckman Episode: "Snow Blind"
Episode: "In Confidence"
The O'Keefes Danny O'Keefe TV series
2004 Smallville Jordan Cross Episode: "Hereafter"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Adam Nesbit Episode: "Home"
2005 Homecoming Young Barry
Strangers with Candy Derrick Blank
Law & Order Will Shea Episode: "Obsession"
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Franklin Sousley
Running with Scissors Augusten Burroughs Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2008 Untraceable Owen Reilly
Milk Dick Pabich Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009 Falling Up Henry O'Shea
2011 The Last Film Festival Junior Agent
Son of Morning Philip
Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster Val Kozak
Born To Race Danny Krueger Video
2012 Art Machine Declan Truss Premiered at Woodstock Film Festival
Mine Games Michael
Lincoln John Hay
2013 Jimmy P. Dr. Holt
2014 Last Weekend Roger Green
2015 The Automatic Hate Davis Green
Elementary Petros Franken Episode: One Watson, One Holmes
The Last Film Festival Junior Agent post-production
Everything Beautiful Is Far Away Lernert filming


  1. Morrison, Maureen (1998-12-06). "JUST A NORMAL KID JOSEPH CROSS' HOBBIES INCLUDE BASEBALL AND STARRING IN FILMS". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2010-08-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Mann, Ted (2007-02-07). "On the Verge: Joseph Cross, Pelham". Lower Hudson Online. Retrieved 2007-03-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. The New Everyman Joseph Cross, Blackbook Magazine. By Nick Haramis. November 30, 2007. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  6. Topel, Fred (2006-10-21). "Joseph Cross on Running with Scissors". CanMan. Retrieved 2007-03-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Alvi, Zalina (2006-10-18). "Growing up crazy ain't all that bad". Excalibur: York University's Newspaper. Retrieved 2007-03-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Mann, Ted (2007-02-23). "Joseph Cross takes another sabbatical from Trinity College". Lower Hudson Online. Retrieved 2007-03-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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