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Jesse Plemons Biography

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Birth Name: Jesse Plemons
Born: 04/02/1988
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, USA

Born on April 2, 1988 in Dallas, TX, Plemons received an early start as an actor, making his debut at age three in a Coca-Cola commercial that was booked through an open casting call. He landed the role because he met both job requirements - he wore a cowboy hat and he knew how to work a lasso. While his these qualities helped Plemons land acting jobs, some casting directors thought they were a detriment, prompting the young actor to spend most of his life trying to lose his Texas twang. Ironically, one of Plemons' first big screen jobs was "Varsity Blues" (1999), a football drama set in a small Texas town. In 2001, Plemons had a guest-starring role on "The Guardian" (CBS, 2001-04), which earned him a Young Artist Award nomination. Soon enough the jobs were rolling in. He played the young version of Matt Damon's character in "All the Pretty Horses" (2000), acted alongside rapper Bow Wow in "Like Mike" (2002) and appeared in episodes of "Judging Amy" (CBS, 1999-2005) and "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ).

Plemons graduated from Texas Tech University Independent School District in 2007. Free to make his own way, Plemons landed on "Friday Night Lights," which allowed him to keep his accent and stay close to home. He was just one of two actors on the show who were local Texans - the other being Brad Leland who played Buddy Garrity. "Friday Night Lights" was a critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning show that followed the Dillon Panthers, a Texas high school football team based in fictional Dillon. It focused on several issues facing contemporary teenagers, from rape to teen pregnancy to drug use. Despite the show's somber themes, Plemons' character provided some necessary comic relief. Meanwhile, in 2009, Plemons branched out from television into the independent film world, playing a pot dealer named Jesus in the low-budget comedy, "Shrink."

That same year Plemons picked up a supporting turn in writer-director Jody Hill's exceedingly dark comedy "Observe and Report" (2009), as a mall security guard who grows increasingly uncomfortable with his supervisor's (Seth Rogan) volatile tactics. In much lighter fare, he played a struggling actor who embarks on a wild night of shenanigans with fading Broadway star Jeffrey Tambor in the indie comedy "Meeting Spencer" (2010). After "Friday Night Lights" finished its five-season run in early 2011, the actor quickly moved on with a multitude of film and television appearances, including a small role in the extraterrestrial comedy "Paul" (2011). Entering one of the busiest periods of his young career, Plemons played a crewmate on the USS John Paul Jones trying to ward off an alien invasion in the big-budget flop "Battleship" (2012) before joining the cast for the final season of the award-winning cable drama "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 2008-2013). Continuing to impress, the actor next appeared as the son of a charismatic cult leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman, to whom Plemons bore a striking resemblance) in writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's critically lauded drama "The Master" (2012).