One of the best performances by a child actor was by Max Pomeranc in the 1993 film “Searching for Bobby Fischer” playing the role of Josh Waitzkin, I am not alone in this view as you see here in a quote from actor Jake Gyllenhaal who said “One of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen is Max Pomeranc as the young boy in ‘Searching for Bobby Fischer.’ Something about watching a child and his ability to be honest and his desperation for honesty even in the midst of all the adults surrounding them—which is essentially what that movie is about—and the performance itself is so present and exists on its own even today.” And that is some high praise.
Max was born in Manhattan, New York on March 21, 1984, and when he made his big-screen debut in Searching for Bobby Fischer, he was one of the country’s top 100 chess players in his age group. In Searching for Bobby Fischer Max plays the role of a prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer. It is a very well-acted film not just by Max but a strong cast with the likes of Laurence Fishburne, Joan Allen, Joe Mantegna, and Ben Kingsley among others. The movie is one of my favorite films and I highly recommend a viewing, it carries a strong 7.5 rating on IMDB.
After Searching for Bobby Fischer Max appeared in the TV movie “Nowhere to hide” (1994) and the enjoyable Family Drama “Fluke” with Samuel L. Jackson supplying the voice of Rumbo. After the TV movie “Journey” (1995) Max was simply not seen in the world of acting until a small role in 2008’s “Definitely, Maybe” for which he was also credited as on-set production assistant.
Very little was known in the ensuing years but reports had him graduating from The Bronx High School of Science in 2002. He then attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada (2003) and Graduated in 2006.
In “Searching for Bobby Fischer” and “Fluke” Max Pomeranc left us with two enjoyable films and two very good performances.