Angus Turner Jones (born October 8, 1993) is an American actor. Jones is best known for playing Jake Harper in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, for which he had won two Young Artist Awards and a TV Land Award during his 10-year tenure as one of the show's main characters.

Early life and acting career

Jones was born in Austin, Texas, the older of two sons.

Jones's first film role was as a five-year-old in the 1999 film Simpatico. From 2001 to 2003, he had supporting roles in films including See Spot Run, The Rookie, Bringing Down the House, George of the Jungle 2, and The Christmas Blessing.

Two and a Half Men

In 2003 Jones was cast in the sitcom Two and a Half Men as Jake Harper, the "half man" of the title, a 10-year-old living with his divorced father (played by Jon Cryer) and hedonistic uncle (played by Charlie Sheen). The show, though never critically acclaimed, was a success, and was the most popular sitcom in the United States for most of its run, with an average audience of around 15 million people.[22]

In 2010, Jones became the highest paid child star in television at the age of 17 when his new contract with Two and a Half Men guaranteed him $7.8 million over the next two seasons, amounting to $300,000 for each of the 26 episodes.[3][4]

During the show's ninth season, which ran from 2011 to 2012, Jones's character Jake was given more adult storylines: he was portrayed as a heavy marijuana user, as well as being sexually active with both girls his own age and older women. The final episode of season 9 shows Jake graduating from high school and joining the army. At the annual PaleyFest held in Los Angeles, California in March 2012, Jones, who had turned 18 during the ninth season, said that he was uncomfortable with the new storylines, saying that it was "very awkward" to do the "adult thing" while not an adult.[5]

In October 2012, Jones described his path to a newfound religious faith in detail during an interview with Seventh-day Adventist–sponsored Voice of Prophecy radio program.[23]

In November 2012, Jones said that he had been baptized and no longer wanted to appear on Two and a Half Men, calling the show "filth" and saying it conflicted with his religious views. He also encouraged people to stop watching the show.[6] He said he was a "paid hypocrite" because his religious beliefs conflicted with his job as an actor in expressing the show's adult themes.[7] His views gained the attention of the media after Jones appeared in a video posted on the YouTube channel of ForeRunner Chronicles, an independent ministry run by Christopher Hudson.[9] Jones issued a statement the next day clarifying his position.[10]

Soon afterwards, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America released a statement indicating that the Forerunner Chronicles is not associated with the Adventist Church and that Hudson is not an ordained Seventh-day Adventist pastor.[2]

Producers for the show said he wasn't expected back on the set until 2013, as his character does not appear in the last few episodes of season 10.[2] CBS announced in April 2013 that he would be downgraded to recurring status for season 11,[2] but ultimately he did not appear at all during Season 11. He was replaced on the show by Amber Tamblyn. On March 18, 2014, Angus T. Jones officially announced his departure from the show, stating he had been "a paid hypocrite".[2] However, he returned in a cameo for the series finale in Season 12, "Of Course He's Dead", which aired February 19, 2015.

Business career

In 2016, Jones joined the management team of Tonite, a multimedia and event production company started by Justin Combs and Kene Orjioke.[2]

Personal life

Jones attended University of Colorado Boulder after departing Two and a Half Men.[2]

Charity work

On June 7, 2008, Jones joined other stars including Dakota Fanning, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Val Kilmer in lending their support to the First Star Organization to help abused and neglected children.[2]

In August 2008, Jones joined other stars such as Madeline Zima, Thom Barry, and Brandon Barash at the annual "Rock 'N Roll Fantasy Camp."[2]

On October 4, 2008, Jones joined Miranda Cosgrove, Meaghan Martin, Ray Liotta, Selena Gomez, and Shailene Woodley to attend the Variety's Power of Youth benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.[22]

In October 2009, Two and a Half Men co-star Jon Cryer presented Jones with the award for the Rising Star of 2009 at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Rising Star Gala.[22]

Jones has supported the anti-bullying alliance Be A Star co-founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE.[22]

Filmography

Films

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999SimpaticoFive-Year-Old
2001See Spot RunJames
2002The RookieHunter Morris
2003Bringing Down the HouseGeorgie Sanderson
2003George of the Jungle 2George Jr.Direct-to-video
2010Due DateJake HarperCameo
2013TunaTaylor

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2001ERSean GattneyEpisode: "Quo Vadis?"
2001Dinner with FriendsSammyTelevision film
2003Audrey's RainTye PowellTelevision film
2003–15Two and a Half MenJake HarperMain role (Seasons 1–10)
Guest role (Season 12); 226 episodes
2005The Christmas BlessingCharlie BennettTelevision film
2008CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationHimselfEpisode: "Two and a Half Deaths"
2010Hannah MontanaT.J.Episode: "Sweet Home Hannah Montana"
2016Horace and PeteHorace, the 9thEpisode: "10"

Awards

YearResultAwardCategoryWork
2002NominatedYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film: Young actor age 10 or youngerSee Spot Run
2003NominatedYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film: Young actor age 10 or youngerThe Rookie
WonCharacter and Morality Entertainment AwardsCarmie Award
2004WonYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Series: (Comedy or Drama): Young actor age 10 or youngerTwo and a Half Men
2006WonYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Series (Comedy): Supporting Young Actor
2008NominatedYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Series: Leading Young Actor
2009WonTV Land AwardsFuture Classic Award