Jesse McCartney (born April 9, 1987) is an American singer-songwriter, actor and voice actor. McCartney achieved fame in the late 1990s on the daytime drama All My Children as JR Chandler. He later joined boy band Dream Street, and eventually branched out into a solo musical career. Additionally, McCartney has appeared on shows such as Summerland and Greek. McCartney also is known for lending his voice as Theodore in Alvin and the Chipmunks and its sequels, as well as voicing the characters Roxas and Ventus in the video games series Kingdom Hearts developed by Square Enix. McCartney was born to Ginger and Scott McCartney in Westchester, New York. He began performing in local community musicals at the age of seven, before joining the national tour of The King and I at age ten along with Phil of the Future star Ricky Ullman. Here he played the character of Louis. In 1998, he sang with the group Sugar Beats and can be heard on their 1998, 1999, and 2000 CD releases.
McCartney appeared with The Who‘s Roger Daltrey in A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden. From 1998–2001, McCartney played Adam Chandler, Jr. in the ABC soap opera All My Children, a role for which he earned two Young Artist Awards and two Daytime Emmy Award nominations. He also later starred in the short-lived series Summerland, which aired on The WB for two seasons, playing orphaned teenager Bradin Westerly. McCartney at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Beware the Gonzo.
In 2005, McCartney appeared as himself in the Disney Channel show, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. In 2007, he starred as himself in the Disney Channel show, Hannah Montana.In 2008, McCartney was also featured as the voice of Horton Hears A Who!‘s JoJo McDodd. McCartney also voiced Theodore in the 2007 film Alvin and the Chipmunks and the 2009 film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, in addition to voicing Terence in the 2008 film Tinker Bell. He also voices Robin in the Young Justice series.
In 2008, McCartney co-starred along with Elisabeth Harnois in an independent teenage drama feature film, Keith, directed by Todd Kessler. It is his movie debut, and features McCartney in the title role. Keith was released on September 19, 2008.
According to Entertainment Weekly in December 2008, McCartney was negotiating to play against type in the role of the Fire Nation’s Prince Zuko in M. Night Shyamalan‘s feature film adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. In February 2009, British actor Dev Patel replaced McCartney, whose tour dates conflicted with a boot camp scheduled for the cast to train in martial arts. McCartney has expressed an interest in directing and producing films and even considered enrolling in a film school.
McCartney appeared as a recurring character in the ABC Family series Greek for several episodes playing a star football talent who joins Kappa Tau. His character eventually decides to depledge the fraternity after citing pressures between football and Greek life combined with Rusty stealing his girlfriend Jordan.
McCartney also worked in several installments of the Square Enix video game series Kingdom Hearts. He was featured as Roxas in Kingdom Hearts 2 in 2006, and reprised the role in 2009 in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. He also provided the voice work for Ventus, a character in the video game of the same series Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.
McCartney confirmed in early February 2011 via twitter and on the website Perezhilton.com that he will have a major role on the new Fox pilot “Locke and Key”. McCartney is currently in Pittsburgh filming the show.
In June 2011, McCartney introduced a new women’s fragrance called Wanted By Jesse.
Friends & Family
On the left Jesse and My sister in law Eden Sassoon.Right Eden Sassoon, Adriana Sassoon & Jesse McCartney, L.A.
* I have no idea why some of my Blog readers assume that I have anything to do with Jesse McCartney. All we have is friendship. He is my Sister in Law’s Eden Sassoon boyfriend! *