Jared Rushton

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Jared Michael Rushton (born March 3, 1974) is an American musician and former actor. He is best known for his roles in numerous late eighties films including Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Big, and Overboard. He has been nominated for a total of two Saturn Awards and two Young Artist Awards. He is also known for his roles in Pet Sematary Two and as Chip on the comedy sitcom, Roseanne.

Early life

Rushton was born as Jared Michael Rushton on March 3, 1974 in Provo, Utah. Not much is known about his past, but his first appearance was as a rocker in a "Barbie and the Rockers" commercial. His mother, Monica Rushton, helped with filming around the set of Big. He has one brother, Ryan Rushton, who is in the same band as Jared. He also starred in the wash-up movie "A Cry in the Wild," which was based on the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.


Rushton began his career at age twelve as Richie in an episode of Tales from the Darkside. He also appeared in another show, Cagney & Lacey, and a television film, Top Kids. In 1987, he got his first major role as Kurt Russell's son, Charlie Proffitt in the film, Overboard. The next year he starred in Lady in White as Donald and as Tom Hanks's friend, Billy, in Big. Rushton, who is a natural blonde, dyed his hair for the film. The scene where Billy and Josh get into a silly string fight was not in the original script, but was added in later.

After the success of Big, Rushton appeared on an episode of Murder, She Wrote as...
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