Name: Joshua Ryan Hutcherson
Birth Date: October 12, 1992 (currently 18 years old)
Height: 5′ 7″ (1.70 m)
Hutcherson’s first role was in the 2002 pilot episode, House Blend; in the same year, he appeared in an episode of ER. In 2003, he played the lead role in the comedy Miracle Dogs, starred opposite Peter Falk and Timothy Daly in the made-for-television film, Wilder Days, and had a minor role in the well-reviewed independent film, American Splendor. He performed for the motion-capture imagery in 2004’s The Polar Express.
In 2005, Hutcherson appeared in several Hollywood films: he had a minor role in the Will Ferrell comedy Kicking & Screaming, voiced Markl in the animated film Howl’s Moving Castle in June, and played the lead roles in Little Manhattan in September and Zathura, which was released in November to positive reviews. The following year, Hutcherson appeared in the comedy RV, playing the son of Robin Williams’s character, and subsequently played Jesse Aarons in the drama Bridge to Terabithia, which was filmed in New Zealand and released on February 16, 2007, performing well critically and commercially. He had not read the novel that the film is based on before being cast in the role.
Hutcherson’s next role was in Firehouse Dog, in which he played Shane Fahey, a firefighter’s son who befriends a dog. Hutcherson filmed Firehouse Dog before Bridge to Terabithia, though the latter film was released first. His next roles were in the “very dark” independent film drama Winged Creatures, and playing the nephew of Brendan Fraser’s character in Journey to the Center of the Earth, a new 3-D film version of the novel of the same name; filming on Journey, which was released on July 11, 2008, began in Montreal in June 2006 and ended in October of that year. Hutcherson also appeared in a film adaptation of the book Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant.
In 2010 he had a supporting role in the critically acclaimed movie The Kids Are All Right playing Laser.
Hutcherson has said that he would like to appear in every type of film genre.
It was announced in April 2011 that Josh was cast as Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games book-to-movie adaptation alongside other young Hollywood actors Jennifer Lawrence, as his love-interest Katniss Everdeen, and Liam Hemsworth, as fellow District 12 youth Gale Hawthorne.