Ty Keegan Simpkins, born August 6, 2001, is a budding actor and has played a series of fan-favorite characters. He’s been acting since he was three weeks old. Psychological dramas, sci-fi, and superhero movies are his jam. But not just any films, however — only the highest-grossing in Hollywood such as “Iron Man 3” and “Jurassic World.” His name featured prominently after the spectacular “Avengers: Endgame” (2019). The world wanted to know who the random kid was at Tony Stark’s funeral. That was Simpkins. His appearance was far from random. As the world soon discovered. Simpkins has also done voice acting for video games like “Lego Jurassic World” and “Lego Marvel’s Avengers.”
Ty Simpkins has been acting before he could speak or walk. He was only three weeks old when he made his first television appearance on N.B.C’s long-running soap opera “One Life To Live” (1968). Simpkins played the infant Jack Manning, the only child of Blair and Todd Manning on the show. He appeared for just a few episodes, but the journey to stardom had begun in earnest. The actor went on to appear in print ads and commercials. He also bagged a recurring role in “Guiding Light” as Jude Cooper Bauer for four years. Fans may have also seen him as a guest star on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”
Simpkins got his first movie break in 2005 with Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds.” A string of film roles followed soon after. He played the younger version of Jude Law’s character in “All The King’s Men” (2006). Simpkins shone as Aaron in the award-winning “Little Children” (2006). In 2008, he starred alongside his sister, Ryan Simpkins in “Revolutionary Road.” The siblings played Michael Wheeler and Jennifer Wheeler in the critically-acclaimed film. By 2013, Simpkins became the first child to receive a prominent role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He portrayed Harley Keener, Tony Stark’s young sidekick in “Iron Man 3.” Simpkins would come back as Harley Keener in a cameo for “Avengers: Endgame” (2019), where his character attends Tony Stark’s funeral. In between the Marvel movies, the young actor appeared in another major film. He portrayed the “younger kid brother” in “Jurassic World” (2015).
Simpkins has already achieved so much for a star so young. He’s starred in two of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters of all time, and his acting career has just begun. Simpkins lives in California with his family. He enjoys sports and spending quality time with his three cats and two dogs.
He plays a three-year-old boy in “War Of The Worlds.”
Simpkins’ portrayal of Michael Wheeler gains him recognition.
Simpkins appears as Dalton Lambert in “Insidious” and “Insidious: Chapter 2.”
Simpkins stars alongside Robert Downey Jr. in “Iron Man 3.”
He portrays the character of Gray in the blockbuster "Jurassic World."
He stars in “Meadowland,” a psychological drama that premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival.
He wins the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor.
Why We Love Ty Simpkins
He gives us career goals
Simpkins is an inspiration to kids and adults everywhere. He shows us there’s nothing you can’t achieve if you set your mind to it.
Simpkins landed roles in two of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. The quality of your body of work matters, not always the quantity. These are lessons everyone can learn from Simpkins.
Still a child at heart
We love his childlike enthusiasm during interviews. We especially love his enthusiasm at the prospect of playing Iron Lad in the future.
5 Surprising Facts
How he got his name
His father was a big baseball fan and named him after Ty Cobb, the baseball player.
His stellar success
By age 14, he had appeared in two blockbusters that grossed more than $1 billion — "Iron Man 3" and "Jurassic World."
A big secret to keep
Simpkin revealed that he had to keep his cameo and Tony Stark’s death in “Avengers: Endgame” a secret for two years.
Some people thought he was Andrew Garfield
Ty Simpkins does look a bit like Andrew Garfield in “Iron Man 3” and the funeral scene.
He makes age irrelevant
Despite being so young, Simpkins has already been nominated for four awards; three for “Jurassic World” and one for “Iron Man 3.”
Ty Simpkins FAQs
Who is the kid in the back at Tony Stark's funeral?
The kid is Harley Keener, played by Ty Simpkins. Keener appears in “Iron Man 3” as the boy from Tennessee who helps Iron Man recharge his suit.
Who is Ty Simpkin’s father?
His father’s name is Stephen Simpkins.
Who is Ty Simpkins related to?
Ty Simpkins is related to actor Ryan Simpkins. The two are siblings.
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