Joseph Michael Cross was born the 28 May 1986, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, he made his feature film debut in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Wide Awake” (1998). Before that, he appeared on the television series “As the World Turns” in the recurring role of Casey Hughes and “Dellaventura” as Daniel Webb in 1997.
The year 1998 was a big one for Cross, besides Wide Awake he was also seen in the TV movie “Saint Maybe” and one of the best episodes of the series “Touched by an Angel,” paying Petey in the episode Psalm 51. The landmark 100th episode saw Cross as a young boy battling cystic fibrosis in a breakout performance. Cross appeared in two feature films that year sharing the screen with Michael Keaton in “Desperate Measures” and the underrated family flick “Jack Frost.”
Things slowed down after this for the popular child actor appearing two years later in the TV movie “The Spring” and then a three-year break before we next saw him in two episodes of “Third Watch” and then landing the role of Danny O’Keefe in the short-lived “The O’Keefes. Cross continued his TV roles through the years, in 2017 he played Tom on the series “Big Little Lies” and “Mindhunter.”
Over the next few years Cross kept working appearing in features such as “Running with Scissors” (2006) and “Milk” (2008). Since 2011 he has made a comeback in several features such as “Lincoln” (2012), “Last Weekend: (2013) “The Automatic Hate” (2015), “The Last Film Festival” (2016) “Tilt” and “Everything Beautiful Is Far Away” both from 2017.
In between the films and TV in 2003 he made his stage debut at the Williamstown Playhouse in John Guare’s play “Landscape of the Body,” directed by Michael Grief. He played guitar for the rock band Roostir, attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 2007, and in 2009 he appeared as William ‘Fred’ Parsons on the British stage adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.