Joel Courtney is an American actor, who is best known for his performance in Steven Spielberg’s hit film Super 8 where he played the role of Joseph “Joe” Lamb. He’s most recent appearances have been in the Netflix original called “The Kissing Booth”.
Courtney was born on January 31, 1996, in Monterey, California. He grew up for the most part in Moscow, Idaho. During the first week of his summer school break in 2010, Courtney went on a journey to Los Angeles to meet up with his older brother. This trip was not one with any commercial aspirations in mind, it was just a normal trip. However, something had struck Courtney and he hoped that he would be able to land a commercial there where he could ideally pocket $100.
For the young Courtney, who’s mind was filled with the thought about Los Angeles being the center for such media, he was motivated to be able to do it. But this trip would go on to change his life.
Things happen, and some pretty miraculous events unfolded for the young 14 year old. Rather than returning home thinking about the summer homework that he had to do, he now had to start working on a feature film that was to be produced by the legend of the business, Steven Spielberg.
What had happened was that the casting director for the film, Patti Kalles noticed Courtney and instantly asked him to audition for Super 8. This was an unusual move from the director but what Kalles saw was a kid who was perfect for the role, which would be for a character called Joseph “Joe” Lamb. With a short process, he landed this role and soon started taking some acting lessons to prepare for it as well.
The setting of the film is of 1979. It features a group of friends who witness a horrific train crash while making a super 8 movie and their curiosity leads them to some unexpected findings. This was a film which featured stars Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Gabriel Basso, Noah Emmerich, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee and Zach Mills.
It’s not usual for a young kid with no experience whatsoever to become a star of a commercially hit film. He also won the Best Ensemble Acting award at the Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards in 2011. He even went on to win the award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in 2012, a big achievement considering it was his first film.
Joel Courtney Net Worth
Joel Courtney’s net worth is still under review. Courtney would be filled with a lot of opportunities after the success of Super 8. He was part of Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn where he played the lead role of Tom Sawyer.
He was also a part of the supernatural film called Don’t Let Me Go which was released in 2016. He went on to appear in films like Rogue and Mercy. Some of his other appearances include Dear Eleanor, Sins of Our Youth, The Messengers, The River Thief, and F the Prom. In 2018, he starred alongside Joey King for the Netflix movie called The Kissing Booth.
He is the youngest of four children and has two older brothers (Caleb and Josh) and an older sister (Chantelle). In his personal website, he has mentioned that he enjoys basketball, lacrosse, running cross country and track and swimming.
He has close to 400,000 followers on Instagram today and looks like he is starting to give all of his attention on films, which means we are sure to hear more about his films in the future.
Full Name: Joel Courtney
Nick Name: Joel
Date of Birth: January 31, 1996
Born Place: California, United States
Age: 22 years
Parents: Dale Courtney, Carla Courtney
Siblings: Caleb Courtney, Josh Courtney, Chantelle Courtney
Height: 1.83m or 6 feet
Net Worth: Under Review