If we were to ask you ‘who can see dead people?’, we bet there’s one face that would instantly come to many of your minds…
After a number of parts in TV shows and films during the 1990s (including a small part in Forrest Gump playing Forrest’s son), Haley Joel Osment shot to fame because of his amazing performance in M. Night Shyamalan’s film ‘The Sixth Sense’. His “I see dead people” line we referenced above became a popular catchphrase and is often repeated or parodied on TV shows, as well as being number 44 on the American Film Institute’s list of ‘100 Movie Quotes’.
Osment was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the Sixth Sense, and he then had leading roles in a number of big Hollywood films, including Steven Spielberg’s ‘A.I. Artificial Intelligence’ and also ‘Pay It Forward’. In reviewing A.I., American film critic Roger Ebert claimed that: “Osment, who is on screen in almost every scene, is one of the best actors now working”.
In 2001 Osment starred in the Polish film, ‘Edges of the Lord’, although the film was never released theatrically. Between 2002 and 2003, Osment lent his voice to the Walt Disney Pictures films ‘The Country Bears’, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame II’ and ‘The Jungle Book 2’, before returning to live live action films in 2003 with ‘Secondhand Lions’.
Osment was involved in car accident in 2006 when he hit a brick mailbox near his home and overturned his car. He suffered a number of injuries including a broken rib and a fractured shoulder. He pleaded ‘no contest’ to driving under the influence of alcohol and drug possession, and was sentenced to three years probation, 60 hours in an alcohol rehabilitation education program, a fine of $1500, and a minimum of 26 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings over 6 months.
Osment made his debut on Broadway in 2008 in a play called ‘American Buffalo’, and has recently starred in comedies such as ‘Sex Ed’ and ‘The Spoils of Babylon’. He most recently held a recurring role in series 4 of ‘Silicon Valley’, as VR expert Keenan Feldspar.
Osment plays the guitar and piano, currently lives in New York City, and graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2011.