Joel David Moore
September 25, 1977
Moore was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He went to Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon where he earned his BFA in Performance Arts degree and performed for two summers at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In 2000, he moved to Los Angeles and reunited with his agent from Portland, Rachelle Ryan, who is now a manager in Los Angeles.
The lanky and slightly gaunt character actor Joel David Moore specialized in portrayals of slightly goofy eccentrics when he debuted onscreen in the late 2000s, but also demonstrated the ability to play it straight when necessary, per his lead in the 2006 slasher outing Hatchet.
In 2007, Moore joined the cast of James Cameron's Avatar (2009) as Norm Spellman, again playing against type, portraying an eager, by-the-book scientist and Avatar Program member. Moore reprised his role in a video segment for the Avatar: Discover Pandora worldwide touring exhibit in 2016. He also made an appearance at the exhibit's world premiere in Taiwan the same year with Jon Landau.
Moore specialized in comedies, with a particularly off-the-wall performance as team player Owen in the 2004 Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, his best known role. He was equally memorable in the frat-boy laughers Grandma's Boy, released in 2006, and in the 2007 Dukes of Hazzard prequel, Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning, as backwoodsman Cooter. Moore had a starring role in the romantic comedy The Hottie and the Nottie. He also had a remarkable role in the comedic music video for pop star Katy Perry's hit single Waking up in Vegas.
Moore has also been involved in directing, including the 2016 comedic drama Youth in Oregon and the upcoming English remake of the 2013 Korean thriller Hide and Seek.
Starting his career in commercials, he has been in over 15 nationals (including eBay, Cingular Wireless, and Best Buy). Moore shot an international campaign for a branch of Siemens cell phones, XELIBRI, which won a Lion Award. Moore has also appeared in nearly a dozen television shows, including: LAX, CSI, The Guardian, Strong Medicine, Six Feet Under, Angel, Providence, Boomtown, Boston Public, Bones and House.