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 addition to Two and a Half Men, Jones has had supporting movie roles in such films as See Spot Run, The Rookie, Bringing Down the House, George of the Jungle 2, and The Christmas Blessing.

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.[3][4]

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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[2] 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.[10] 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.[2] CBS announced in April 2013 that he would be downgraded to recurring status for season 11.[2] 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".[2] He returned in a cameo for the series finale in Season 12, "Of Course He's Dead", which aired February 19, 2015.

Charity work

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.[2]

In August 2008, Jones joined other stars such as Madeline Zima, Thom Barry, and Brandon Barash at the annual "Rock 'N Roll Fantasy Camp."[2]

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.[2]

In October 2009, Two and a Half Men co-star Jon Cryer presented Jones with the award for the Rising Star of 2009 at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Rising Star Gala.[2]

Jones has supported the anti-bullying alliance Be A Star co-founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE.[2]



2001See Spot RunJamesMain Character
2001Dinner with FriendsSammyTV movie
2002The RookieHunter Morris
2003Bringing Down the HouseGeorgie Sanderson
2003Audrey's RainTye PowellTV movie
2003George of the Jungle 2George Jr.
2005The Christmas BlessingCharlie BennettTV movie
2010Due DateJake HarperCameo


2001ERSean GattneyEpisode: "Quo Vadis ?"
2003–2013, 2015Two and a Half MenJake HarperLead role (Seasons 1–10) Guest role (Season 12); 213 episodes
2008CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationHimself (Uncredited)Episode: "Two and a Half Deaths"
2010Hannah MontanaT.J.Episode: "Sweet Home Hannah Montana"
2016Horace and PeteHorace IXEpisode: 10


2002NominatedYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film: Young actor age 10 or youngerSee Spot Run
2003NominatedYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film: Young actor age 10 or youngerThe Rookie
WonCharacter and Morality Entertainment AwardsCarmie Award
2004WonYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Series: (Comedy or Drama): Young actor age 10 or youngerTwo and a Half Men
2006WonYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Series (Comedy): Supporting Young Actor
2008NominatedYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Series: Leading Young Actor
2009WonTV Land AwardsFuture Classic Award