• Ty Simpkins is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Gray in the 2015 movie “Jurassic World”
• His acting career began when he was a baby and he has since appeared in many films and TV series
• He has won one award and has been nominated for four others
• He enjoys working out, travelling and watching films in his spare time
• He is 19 years old, 5ft 11ins tall and has an estimated net worth of over $2 million
Who is Ty Simpkins?
Ty Simpkins was born in New York City, USA, on 6 August 2001 – his zodiac sign is Leo and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor who’s probably known best for his portrayal of Gray, one of the lead characters in the 2015 action adventure science fiction movie “Jurassic World”, written by Rick Jaffa and six others, directed by Colin Trevorrow, and which also starred Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. It follows the dinosaur Indominus Rex which has been created by humans, while it has now escaped its containment and goes on killing everything in its path. The movie won 15 of the 72 awards it was nominated for.
Early life, parents and education
Ty was raised alongside his sister Ryan by their father Steven and their mother Monique Simpkins.
He was only a couple of months old when his mother took him to an audition, at which Ty won the role of Jack Manning (Annoying Baby) appearing in four episodes of the long-running romantic drama “One Life to Live”. In 2005 aged four, he was cast to make a guest appearance as Jake in the episode “Ex Stasis” of the mystery crime drama “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”. The same year saw Ty make his debut film performance in the critically acclaimed adventure science fiction thriller “War of the Worlds”, directed by Steven Spielberg and which starred Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning. The movie follows a family fighting for survival during an alien invasion, and it won 16 awards of the 65 it was nominated for, including three Oscar nominations.
Between 2001 and 2005, Ty appeared in 47 episodes of the long-running romantic drama “Guiding Light”, and some of his following roles were in the 2006 romantic movie “Little Children” which starred Kate Winslet and won 20 awards, the 2008 drama “Gardens of the Night” which starred John Malkovich and won three awards, and a 2008 episode of the mystery crime drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”.
Aged only seven, Ty had already established himself as a skilled actor. He attended a local elementary school followed by a local high school at which he was very sporting, as he played football, soccer and basketball. Upon matriculating in 2019, he enrolled at San Diego State University, and joined the fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha.
Roles in movies
In 2008, Ty played Matthew Egan in the crime thriller drama “Pride and Glory”, while he also portrayed Michael Wheeler in the hit romantic drama “Revolutionary Road”, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, and won 20 awards of the 73 it was nominated for, including three Oscar nominations.
He went on to play both supporting and main characters in many critically acclaimed movies, such as a lead role the 2010 mystery horror thriller “Insidious” which won eight awards, and supporting roles in the 2010 action crime drama “The Next Three Days”, which starred Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks and Liam Neeson, and the 2012 science fiction drama “Extracted”. In 2013, Ty portrayed Harley Keener in the hit action science fiction adventure “Iron Man 3”, written and directed by Shane Black, and which starred Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce and Gwyneth Paltrow, while the movie won 20 of the 85 awards it was nominated for, including an Oscar nomination.
Ty went on to appear in several other popular movies, including the 2013 sequel “Insidious: Chapter 2”, the 2016 action crime comedy “The Nice Guys” and the 2018 sequel “Insidious: The Last Key”.
Two of his most recent roles in movies have been in the 2019 short drama “Summer Lightning”, and the 2019 action adventure drama “Avengers: Endgame”, written by Christopher Markus and 15 others, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and which starred Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo, amongst many others. It follows the Avengers as they’re trying to undo what Thanos had done in the prequel “Avengers: Infinity War”. The movie won 69 awards and was nominated for 111 others, including an Oscar, and is rated to be amongst the best 100 movies of all time.
Ty’s currently shooting as the lead character Eric Daniels for the upcoming horror thriller “Where’s Rose”.
Roles in TV series
Ty has had roles in only three other TV series, as he has mostly been focused on appearing in movies.
In 2008, he guest starred as Braden in the episode “Past Tense” of the romantic comedy drama “Private Practice”, and in 2016, he voiced the little drummer boy in the episode “How the Griffin Stole Christmas” of the hit animated comedy “Family Guy”. His only other role in a TV series has been his portrayal of Young Lee Berger in four episodes of the 2019 drama series “Chimerica”, which starred Alessandro Nivola, Cherry Jones and Terry Chen. It follows a photojournalist who travels to China hoping he’ll find the man who stood in front of a tank on Tiananmen Square two decades earlier.
In 2015, Ty voiced Gray Mitchell in the video games “Lego Jurassic World” and “Lego Dimensions”.
The upcoming movie “Where’s Rose” is also his producing debut.
Ty has appeared in various TV specials and documentaries, such as the TV special “Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2014”, and the 2015 short documentary movies “Welcome to ‘Jurassic World’” and “Jurassic World: Dinosaurs Roam Once Again”.
He has made a guest appearance in many talk-shows, such as “Made in Hollywood”, “Red Carpet Report” and “The Night Time Show”.
Awards and nominations
Ty has been nominated for four awards winning one: a 2016 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor for “Jurassic World”, while he was nominated for the same award back in 2014 for “Iron Man 3”.
My short film @filmlightning is now available to rent on @amazonprimevideo in the US. Tomorrow the director of the film @dohdohdeeno and I will be doing a Q&A via Instagram Live. Will begin around 12 PST. Hope you enjoy. pic.twitter.com/oCriwCMZmg
— Ty Simpkins (@TYSIMPKINSactor) March 27, 2020
The other two awards he has been nominated for are a 2016 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor (11 – 13) for “Jurassic World”, and a 2016 Young Entertainer Award for Best Leading Young Actor – Feature Film for “Jurassic World” as well.
Love life and relationships
Ty’s very secretive when it comes to his love life, and hasn’t spoken of any girls (or boys) he’s perhaps been with, however, there are rumors circulating the internet claiming that the popular actor’s in a relationship with the non-celebrity girl Jordan Wilson. The two have apparently uploaded many pictures featuring themselves together onto their Instagram accounts since the summer of 2015, however, none of these pictures can be found today on Ty’s Instagram account, so the two don’t seem to be dating anymore.
There are some of his fans who believe him to be gay, as he hasn’t been seen spending time with any girls, but rather prefers to be with his male friends – Ty hasn’t commented on the rumors regarding his sexual orientation.
As of March 2021, he appears to be single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Ty’s keen on working out, and has multiple training sessions at the gym each week, thus his muscular body. Staying in shape’s important for his acting career as well as his health, and the actor has uploaded several pictures which feature him shirtless onto his Instagram account.
He’s keen on travelling, and his acting career has taken him to various US states, while he’s hoping to soon be able to visit his favorite European city – Barcelona in Spain.
Ty’s a lover of animals, with dogs and horses being his favorites, however, he doesn’t have any pets because he knows that he’d lack time to take proper care of them.
In his spare time which is usually late at night, Ty likes to watch movies, and his favorite actor and actress are Tom Cruise and Natalie Portman – a couple of his favorite films are “The Last Samurai”, “V for Vendetta” and “Leon: The Professional”.
Age, height and net worth
Ty’s age is 19. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, his height is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) and he weighs around 160lbs (72kgs).
As of March 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $2 million.