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Jeremy Sumpter lands role on ‘Friday Night Lights’

1/23/2009

By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer
Former Mt. Sterling resident Jeremy Sumpter has landed a role on the television series “Friday Night Lights.”
Jeremy, 19, plays J.D. McCoy, a freshman quarterback for the fictitious Dillon (Texas) High School football Panthers. The series appears Friday nights at 9 p.m.
Jeremy grew up in Mt. Sterling, where he lived on Johnson Avenue with his parents, Gary and Sandy Sumpter, and sisters, Jennifer and GiGi. He attended Mt. Sterling Elementary School, where teachers remembered him as a talented youngster with a penchant for mischief.
That raw talent was discovered by his first-grade teacher, who noticed his colorful artwork. At age 6, Jeremy became the state’s youngest child accepted to the Gifted Arts Program, according to biographical information published on his Internet Web site.
When he was 11 Jeremy entered a talent competition and won several awards. He then signed with a manager and moved to Los Angeles in 2000, the biography says.
Soon after Jeremy landed the role of young Adam Meiks in “Frailty,” directed and starring Bill Paxton.
Sumpter was later chosen by Danny Glover to play in the Showtime original movie “Just a Dream” directed by Glover. Jeremy received the “Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special—Leading Young Actor” at the Young Artist Awards, his Web site notes.
From there Jeremy’s career took off.
His next film was “Local Boys,” a coming of age surfer movie shot in southern California starring Mark Harmon from the “NCIS” series.
Then, after a worldwide search, Jeremy was chosen to play Peter in “Peter Pan,” which was shot in Australia. For the part Jeremy had to learn sword fighting and gymnastics, according to his Web site.
Jeremy returned to Mt. Sterling to attend a local premiere of the movie with family and friends at Tenth Frame Cinemas. He took a limousine ride to the event with childhood friends Joe Rogers, Chris Carolin, Tyler Carolin, Evan Rose and Phillip Berryman, the Advocate reported then.
The premiere attracted a sizeable crowd of local residents.
Jeremy has also had parts in the film “The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang” and the television series “Clubhouse” and “ER.” He will appear in the movie “Calvin Marshall” due to be released later this year.
The Sumpters now live in California. Attempts to reach Jeremy were unsuccessful.