|Real Name: Devon Werkheiser|
|Birthday: March 8, 1991|
|Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia|
Since 2004, Devon Werkheiser has starred as Ned Bigby in the smash hit Nickelodeon television series, “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.”
Devon’s character role of Ned, who we watch grow up to the eight grade, continues to teach audiences with his famous guide, complete with tips and practical advice on surviving middle school. During the two hour season climax, which ran during June of 2007, Ned finally snagged the women of his dreams. “Bigby is an intelligent teenager, but sometimes needs to be taught things the hard way,” says Devon.
The Nickelodeon made for television variety series, created by Scott Fellows, follows Ned and his two best friends through the 7th and 8th grades at James K. Polk Middle School where they encounter the guide first hand, by way of madcap, often ill-advised trial and error. The show has a distinctive format, featuring two eleven minute segments similar to the old "Cartoon Hour" concept, with Ned breaching the "fourth wall" to speak directly to the viewers. Ned's Declassified" was originally ran as a daily thirty minute after school type series, but now it's aired in an almost syndication type format - with airings staggered throughout the day and week.
To cap the series final run, Werkheiser starred in the lead role for Nickelodeon’s first made for television original movie adapted from a serial, “Shredderman Rules.” Ned fans got an over dose of Devon for the ratings hit “Ned Shred” weekend.
In Shredderman Rules, his character Nolan Byrd, exhausted by continual bullying, takes matters into his own hands, creates his alias super computer nerd hero “Shredderman”, but becomes a personal hero himself during the the process. “Nolan and I start out very different. Nolan is kind of nerdy and shy, and uncomfortable around girls, but by the end of the movie we become more alike with Nolan winning the girl, struggling for what is right, and using his wits instead of muscle.”
The DVD/CD release in August 2007 included a bonus track of Werkheiser singing an original song, “Superhero,” that he wrote and performed for the movie.
While filming the series, the young actor also voiced the character of Casper for the bouncy feature film “Casper’s Scare School,” for Classic Media, which premiered on the Cartoon Network in late 2006.
In 2008 he signed a record deal with Universal Records. He is spending the summer writing songs amidst a multitude of talented, and accomplished songwriters, musicians, performers and producers around the Los Angeles area, on which he will both sing and play guitar. He expects to debut his album next year and plans a national tour to kickoff his musical endeavor.
Originally from Atlanta, Werkheiser now calls Hollywood home,
where he lives with his mother and older sister sister Vanessa. His
father splits his time between Atlanta and Hollywood so that he can pursue his
acting and singing career fulltime. “My family has made a gigantic sacrifice for me to be out
here in Los Angeles and follow my dreams,” he says. “I am so thankful to them
and could not do this without their support.”
He displayed his acting flair at an early age, reenacting parts from movies like “Ace Ventura Pet Detective” with Jim Carrey, with perfect dialogue and accents at age six, prompting his parents to enlist him in the Atlanta Community Children’s Theatre - The Talent Factory. A foremost player in the company for three years, he played the Wolf in “Little Red Riding Hood,” the Emperor in “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” Baby Bear in “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” and Little Devil in “Halloween at Boo Castle.”
At the same time, he started his amateur career in television commercials, appearing with Charles Barkley for the NBA on TBS.
At age 10, he landed the role of Mel Gibson’s son in the movie “We Were Soldiers” (2002) and loved the experience. The following year, he and his mother headed for Hollywood during the spring "pilot" season, and he was cast as John Larroquette and Lesley Ann Warren’s son in the independent film and video release “Recipe for Disaster “ (2003) about Rebecca Korda and her two brothers, Sam and Max, who are left alone on opening night of their family-owned restaurant. His biggest break came when he bagged the title character “Ned Bigby” in Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.”
After "Declassified" finished its run, he starred in the family comedy "Shredderman Rules" (2007). Based on the kids' book series written by Wendelin Van Nolan, Byrd is a scrawny and shy 9th grader who, like all the other kids, is bullied by Bubba Bixby (Andrew Caldwell). When their teacher, Mr. Green (Tim Meadows), allows the students to do a computer project, Nolan, who has a particular knack with technology, decides to catch Bubba in action. Several other books have followed.
Next was the made for television movie drama "Christmas In Paradise" (2007), a dull and predictable story about two families who disembark on a cruise to San Juan in celebration of Christmas.
Off camera, and when not in on a studio set, the young celebrity can regularly be found around Los Angeles supporting many local charities. He is a proud "Starpower" member of the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation, which is committed to brightening the lives of critically ill children, and he takes a role in many of their events. He participates in the annual charity event for The Ronald McDonald House and Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric Aids Foundation.
In addition to acting, he is giving a lot of time to his music and song writing talents, improving on guitar, vocals and songwriting and musical structure. To really wind down, he loves to play video games on his Xbox 360 or Wii. He surfs the Pacific waves when he can, and will never turn down an opportunity to go hang at the beach. He is always working toward securing his next acting opportunity.
“Acting will always be my first obsession, it’s what I live to do and I hope to be lucky enough to do it the rest of my life.” The busy young man aspires to someday win an Oscar - and to host “Saturday Night Live.”
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