Angus Turner Jones (born October 8, 1993) is an American actor and community worker. Jones is best known for playing Jake Harper in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, for which he had won two Young Artist and a TV Land Award during his 10-year tenure as one of the show's main characters.
Life and career
Jones was born in Austin, Texas, the older of two sons.
In 2010, Jones became the highest paid child star in television at the age of 17 when his new contract with Two and a Half Men guaranteed him $7.8 million over the next two seasons, amounting to $300,000 for each of the 26 episodes.
At the annual PaleyFest held in Los Angeles, California, in 2012, Jones said he was uncomfortable with taking on his new, more grown-up storylines on Two and a Half Men. He described it as an awkwardness about doing the "adult thing" while not an adult. Throughout the ninth season, Jake is portrayed as a heavy marijuana user, as well as being sexually active: sleeping with an older woman (after lying to her about his age), as well as girls his own age. The final episode of season 9 shows Jake graduating from high school and joining the Army.
Issues with Two and a Half Men
In November 2012, Jones made statements critical of Two and a Half Men, calling the show "filth" and encouraging people to stop watching it. He said he was a "paid hypocrite" because his religious beliefs conflicted with his job as an actor in expressing the show's adult themes. Previously in October 2012, Jones described his path to a new faith in detail during an interview with Seventh-day Adventist–sponsored Voice of Prophecy radio program. In November, his views gained the attention of the media after Jones appeared in a video posted on the YouTube channel of ForeRunner Chronicles, an independent ministry run by Christopher Hudson.
On November 27, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America released a statement indicating that the Forerunner Chronicles is not associated with the Adventist Church and that Hudson is not an ordained Seventh-day Adventist pastor. Jones said he had been baptized and no longer wanted to appear on Two and a Half Men, calling the show "filth" and saying it conflicted with his religious views. Jones issued a statement the next day clarifying his position. Producers for the show said he wasn't expected back on the set until 2013, as his character does not appear in the last few episodes of season 10. CBS announced in April 2013 that he would be downgraded to recurring status for season 11. But despite the downgrade, he did not appear at all during Season 11. On March 18, 2014, Angus T. Jones officially announced his departure from the show, stating he had been "a paid hypocrite". He returned in a cameo for the series finale in Season 12, "Of Course He's Dead", which aired February 19, 2015.
On June 7, 2008, Jones joined other stars including Dakota Fanning, Cuba Gooding Jr., Val Kilmer, and former Bringing Down the House co-star Kimberly J. Brown, in lending their support to the First Star Organization to help abused and neglected children.
On October 4, 2008, Jones joined Miranda Cosgrove, Meaghan Jette Martin, Ray Liotta, Selena Gomez, and Shailene Woodley to attend the Variety's Power of Youth benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
|2001||See Spot Run||James||Main Character|
|2001||Dinner with Friends||Sammy||TV movie|
|2002||The Rookie||Hunter Morris|
|2003||Bringing Down the House||Georgie Sanderson|
|2003||Audrey's Rain||Tye Powell||TV movie|
|2003||George of the Jungle 2||George Jr.|
|2005||The Christmas Blessing||Charlie Bennett||TV movie|
|2010||Due Date||Jake Harper||Cameo|
|2001||ER||Sean Gattney||Episode: "Quo Vadis ?"|
|2003–2013, 2015||Two and a Half Men||Jake Harper||Lead role (Seasons 1–10) Guest role (Season 12); 213 episodes|
|2008||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Himself (Uncredited)||Episode: "Two and a Half Deaths"|
|2010||Hannah Montana||T.J.||Episode: "Sweet Home Hannah Montana"|
|2016||Horace and Pete||Horace IX||Episode: 10|
|2002||Nominated||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film: Young actor age 10 or younger||See Spot Run|
|2003||Nominated||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film: Young actor age 10 or younger||The Rookie|
|Won||Character and Morality Entertainment Awards||Carmie Award|
|2004||Won||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series: (Comedy or Drama): Young actor age 10 or younger||Two and a Half Men|
|2006||Won||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy): Supporting Young Actor|
|2008||Nominated||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series: Leading Young Actor|
|2009||Won||TV Land Awards||Future Classic Award|