Jake Matthew Lloyd (born March 5, 1989) is an American former actor who gained worldwide fame when he was chosen by George Lucas to play the young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the first film in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. He reprised this role in five subsequent Star Wars video games.
Lloyd was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, the son of William 'Bill' Lloyd, an E.M.T. set medic, and Lisa Riley, an entertainment agent. He attended Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana.
In 1996, Lloyd began his acting career playing Jimmy Sweet in 4 episodes of ER. Afterwards, he was cast as Jake Warren in Unhook the Stars. He got his big break playing Jamie Langston in Jingle All The Way. Afterwards, he played Mark Armstrong in Apollo 11.
After portraying Anakin in a chain of related video games, Lloyd retired from acting in 2001, citing bullying on the part of classmates and the stress of doing up to 60 interviews a day as his reasons for doing so. He left Hollywood for Chicago, and dropped out after a semester at Columbia College Chicago. He studies film and Psychology at his college.
He continues to make appearances, however, at sci-fi and comic-book festivals. He currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lloyd claimed in a 2012 interview that director George Lucas ruined his childhood and his acting career, and that Lloyd destroyed all of his Star Wars memorabilia out of anger toward the film. In 2012 he announced he was directing a documentary highlighting the Tibetan refugees in India, who are attempting to escape the persecution of the Chinese. He was commissioned in 2012 to create a promo for singer Mallory Low's song, and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones actor Daniel Logan was cast as the star in his video. Logan is the actor who played the younger Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones...
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