Max Records (born June 18, 1997) is an American actor. He is most notable for his roles as Max in the film Where the Wild Things Are, for which he won the 2009 Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film, and as Slater Pedulla in The Sitter. He has also appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show.

Personal life

Records was born in Syracuse, New York, the son of Shawn Records, a photographer, and Jenny, a Librarian. He moved to Portland, Oregon at a very young age and attended Metropolitan Learning Center for most of his schooling. He has a younger brother named Sam.


Records first became famous for the main role in Where the Wild Things Are, when he was hired personally by Spike Jonze. Records's father, who is a photographer, was asked to send the company information of actors fitting a certain description, Max happened to fit it so his information was also provided.

Before being cast in Where the Wild Things Are, Records starred in a music video for the band Death Cab for Cutie.

After Where the Wild Things Are, his most notable roles are Young Stephen in The Brothers Bloom, and Slater Pedula in The Sitter.

Records co-stars with Christopher Lloyd as John Wayne Cleaver in the film, I Am Not a Serial Killer, shot in 2015 and released in early 2016. Rolling Stone described the role as "a homicidal Midwestern teen who has to kill a mass murderer in order to stop becoming one himself".



2009Where the Wild Things AreMaxWon Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film, for 2009. Nominated for multiple other awards.
2009The Brothers BloomYoung Stephen
2010The Vampire AttackBoy in CemeteryShort
2011BlinkyTMAlex NevilleShort
2011The SitterSlater Pedulla
2016I Am Not a Serial KillerJohn Wayne Cleaver

Video games

2009Where the Wild Things Are (video game)Max