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Jake T. Austin

Jake T. Austin
Jake T. Austin 2011 (Straighten Crop).jpg
Austin in September 2011
Born Jake Austin Szymanski
(1994-12-03) December 3, 1994 (age 22)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present
Website www.jaketaustin.com

Jake Austin Szymanski (born December 3, 1994), known professionally as Jake T. Austin, is an American actor. Beginning a career as a child actor at the age of seven, Austin is a five-time Young Artist Award nominee, best known for his role as Max Russo on the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place, and as the voice of Diego on the Nickelodeon animated series Go, Diego, Go!. Austin was also the original actor to portray Jesus Foster on the ABC Family family/teen drama series The Fosters.

Austin was born in New York City, the son of Giny Rodriquez Toranzo and Joe Szymanski. His middle initial, "T", is taken from his mother's maiden name. His mother is of Puerto Rican, Argentine, and Spanish descent, and his father is of Polish, Irish, and English descent. Austin embraces his Puerto Rican heritage, though he admits not being fluent in Spanish. He has one younger sister, Ava.

Austin's career began in 2002 when he appeared in commercials. A year later, he appeared in his first credited acting role as Kid 1698 in a comedy sketch on The Late Show With David Letterman. In 2004, he landed his first major role – voicing Diego, the cousin of Dora, on the hit Nickelodeon animated series Dora the Explorer. He continued to voice Diego on the spin-off series, Go, Diego, Go!, for three seasons. Along with voicing Diego, Austin was cast in multiple voice roles for the feature films The Ant Bully and Everyone's Hero – he was also cast in the Comedy Central special Merry F#%$in’s Christmas. In 2006, Austin landed the lead role of Angel Macias in his first live-action feature film, The Perfect Game, which was based on a true story about the first non-U.S. team to win the 1957 Little League World Series. The film wouldn't be released in the United States until more than three years later due to post-production financing difficulties.


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Ant Bully Nicky (voice)
2006 Everyone's Hero Yankee Irving (voice)
2009 Hotel for Dogs Bruce
2010 The Perfect Game Angel Macias
2011 Rio Fernando (voice)
2011 New Year's Eve Seth Anderson
2013 Khumba Khumba (voice)
2014 Rio 2 Fernando (voice)
2014 Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn Huckleberry Finn
2014 Grantham & Rose Grantham Portnoy
2016 Justice League vs. Teen Titans Jaime Reyes / Blue Beetle (voice)
2017 The Valley Chris
2017 Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Jaime Reyes / Blue Beetle (voice)
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Late Show with David Letterman Kid 1698 Episode: "December 23, 2003"
2004 Dora the Explorer Diego (voice) 3 episodes
2005–08 Go, Diego, Go! Diego (voice) 56 episodes
2005 Merry F#%$in' Christmas Various (voice) TV special
2007 Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board Chris TV movie
2007–12 Wizards of Waverly Place Max Russo Main role; 94 episodes
2008 Happy Monster Band Bluz (voice) 10 episodes
2009 Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie Max Russo TV movie
2009 The Suite Life on Deck Max Russo Episode: "Double-Crossed"
2012 Drop Dead Diva Samuel Forman Episode: "Home"
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rob Fisher Episode: "Home Invasions"
2013 The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex Max Russo TV special
2013–15 The Fosters Jesus Foster Main role; 41 episodes
2016 Dancing with the Stars Himself Contestant on season 23
Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2006 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role – Young Actor Go, Diego, Go! Nominated
2007 Imagen Award Best Actor – Television Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role – Young Actor Everyone's Hero Nominated
2008 ALMA Award Outstanding Male Performance in a Comedy TV Series Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (with Selena Gomez, David Henrie, and Jennifer Stone) Nominated
2009 ALMA Award Year in TV Comedy – Actor Nominated
Imagen Award Best Actor – Television Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice TV: Sidekick Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actor Nominated
2010 Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Hotel for Dogs Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actor Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
2012 Hollywood Teen TV Awards Favorite Television Actor Won
2013 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actor Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Summer TV Star: Male The Fosters Nominated
2014 Choice TV Actor: Drama Nominated
2015 Nominated

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