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Spotlight On: Maxim Knight
April 01, 2015
|At the tender age of 7, Maxim booked his first feature film, starring opposite Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Nick Cannon, Rosanna Arquette & Chris "Ludicris" Bridges in "Ball Don't Lie." Maxim portrayed "Sticky," a young boy who is witness to his mother's suicide and has to face and ultimately triumph over life's challenges and unfair circumstances.
Maxim Knight stars in TNT's hit sci-fi drama "Falling Skies." Maxim's performance earned him a Young Artist Award in 2012.
At 13, Maxim has over 60 film, television, commercial & voice over credits.
Maxim has showcased his dramatic chops with numerous appearances on hit shows such as CBS mega hit "Criminal Minds," NBC's "Parenthood," ABC's "Brothers & Sisters," and A&E's "The Cleaner." His guest-starring role on CBS's "CSI: Miami" earned him a 2012 Young Artist Award Nomination.
Alum of the famed Second City Improv School, Maxim's comedic strengths are undeniable. He held his own opposite comedian Frank Caliendo on TBS's "Frank TV," and generated big laughs on FX's quirky comedy "Wilfred" and HBO's "Funny or Die Presents." His performance opposite the late, great Dixie Carter in the Hallmark Channel's heartwarming holiday classic "Our First Christmas" earned him a Leading Young Actor nomination for the 2009 Young Artist Awards. Most recently, Maxim brought his brand of funny to FX's long-running hit "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," in a scene so hysterical it was featured on TBS's "Conan" to promote the new season.
Maxim is also an accomplished voice over artist, with credits including Judd Apatow's "Bridesmaids," Warner Bros.' "The Adventures of Burt Wonderstone" and "Happy Feet 2, " Twentieth Century Fox's "We Bought a Zoo" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules," Columbia Pictures' "The Smurfs," Nickelodeon's "WINX Club," Disney Channel's "Fish Hooks," and multiple episodes of "Special Agent Oso" and "Sophia the First."
Maxim's love for the entertainment business started in first grade, when he turned an ordinary composition book into his "movie journal" and filled it with his first screenplay, entitled "Magical -Darkness." By year's end, Maxim produced, cast, and directed his masterpiece, including choosing the musical score.
Writing, producing, acting, directing and composing are only the tip of Maxim Knight's talents and interests. Maxim is a voracious reader, with a special love for fantasy fiction. Also a gaming expert, Maxim aspires to create a new line of educational video games to encourage and challenge kids to read, games that parents can also feel confident buying for their kids. Maxim proved his passion in a recent persuasive essay for school, as he wrote about the value of playing video games and cited important life skills they may teach. His encyclopedic knowledge and vision for the gaming future parallel the inventive thinking of a young Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg. He currently has an internship with video game legends and personal mentors, Dan Jevons and Dmitri Johnson, of DJ2 Entertainment. A Dean's List student, he earned a perfect score on California's Gifted and Talented Education Program qualifying test and has garnered numerous academic awards.
Maxim's unique natural talent as a public speaker earned him the school's Junior Toastmasters title for his fourth grade speech entitled, "Disneyland, What You Don't Know." As a young scholar, Maxim has always strived to encourage the importance of literacy and continues to donate his time to the National Education Association's (NEA's) distinguished "Read Across America" program, along with celebrities like Justin Bieber and our nation's First Lady Michelle Obama, to support the NEA's mission to motivate children to read. In addition, Maxim has an advanced awareness and genuine concern about world events, the political landscape in the U.S., dangers to the environment and other far-reaching issues. He is a passionate young philanthropist who's determined to do what he can to protect the welfare of others, especially children and animals. He aspires to establish and support many charities and foundations, hoping his voice as a celebrity will impact positive changes in the world.
For fun, Maxim loves to travel and explore other cultures. His film projects have taken him from his hometown in Hawaii to Toronto, Vancouver and faraway places like Romania. He also enjoys nature hikes, swimming, skiing, bicycling and horseback-riding. Thanks to his "Falling Skies" character's love of riding a Ripstik caster board, Maxim has a new passion for the sport and has become a skilled rider.
Maxim currently resides in Los Angeles. (IMDb)