Jackie Earle Haley (born on July 14, 1961) is an American film actor, known for his roles in Breaking Away, The Bad News Bears, Little Children, Watchmen and in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
He was born and grew up in Northridge, California. He was first married to Sherry Vaughan in 1979. He has a son from his second wife and a daughter whose mother is unknown. In 2004, he married Amelia Cruz and they live in San Antonio, Texas.
He has appeared in several films, including Damnation Alley, The Day of the Locust, Losin’ It and also in guest roles on television. An established child actor, he starred in the comedy The Bad News Bears, in The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training, and The Bad News Bears Go to Japan.
He played the role of Moocher in the 1979 film Breaking Away and later in the television series of the same year. He made guest appearances on television shows, including Marcus Welby, M.D., The Waltons, MacGyver, Planet of the Apes, Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat, Renegade and Get a Life.
As he moved to San Antonio, Texas his acting career turned dormant and he eventually started directing and achieved success as a producer and director of TV commercials. He started acting again in 2006, appearing in All the King’s Men with Sean Penn and in Little Children. His role in Little Children earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 2007, Haley was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In 2008, he starred in Fragments, with Guy Pearce, Kate Beckinsale and Dakota Fanning and appeared in Semi-Pro. He also starred in the Watchmen (2009) and appeared in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island (2010). He was Freddy Krueger in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and also signed to reprise his role in three installments in the series.
He has a regular role as Guerrero, on Human Target, series which premiered in January 2010, on Fox.