Jake Lloyd (born March 5, 1989) is an American former actor who gained worldwide fame when he was chosen by George Lucas to play the young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the first film in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. He reprised this role in five subsequent Star Wars video games.
Life and career
Lloyd was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, the son of Bill Lloyd, an E.M.T. set medic, and Lisa Riley, an entertainment agent. He attended Columbia College Chicago as a film and video major.
Lloyd is best known for his performances in the films Jingle All the Way and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Lloyd is also known for his recurring roles as Jimmy Sweet in ER, and Young Angelo in The Pretender. He previously guest-starred in the show as a character named Ronny Collins. He also appeared in the 1998 TV film Host.
Lloyd retired from acting in 2002. In 2012, he cited bullying on the part of classmates and the stress of doing many interviews as the reasons for his retirement from acting. He also destroyed all of his Star Wars memorabilia and refuses to even watch the films because he finds them too "creepy." He continues to attend conventions and events "for the fans", as he says.
Lloyd currently resides in Chicago.