Whatever Happened to Jake Lloyd?

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Jake Lloyd

The unspoken norm is for actors to appear in various films, leave a life away from scandals, if they can – most times they fail, marry, divorce, remarry, re-divorce, etc., then retire to some home they bought in Los Angeles or New York. But Hollywood is such a complicated institution that so many stars find special ways to rubbish this timeline. So we ask, where has the wind of life carried Jake Lloyd the actor whom you probably know as Anakin Skywalker on “Starwars Episode I – The Phantom Menace?” If you’ve been searching for whereabouts of Jake Lloyd, this piece is for you.

Jake Lloyd: Age and bio

Jake Lloyd was born on March 5, 1989, in Fort Collins, Colorado to William Bill Lloyd who worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). His mother Lisa Riley is an entertainment agent, who probably landed him his first acting gif in Hollywood. There is no information that suggests he has siblings.

Jake studied at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana, where he graduated in 2007. But before then, he had already started appearing in movies since the year 1996 with the future looking so bright for him before things went completely south.

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Jake Lloyd is 30 years old.

Jake Lloyd: Career

Jake Lloyd made his acting debut on the NBC medical drama series “ER” as Jimmy Sweet in 1996. The series focuses on the inner life of the emergency room (ER) of fictional County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and various critical issues facing the room’s physicians and staff. The show is the second longest-running primetime medical drama in American television history behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and it has won 23 Primetime Awards. And for Jake to make acting debut in such a big project, he was over the moon.

The year 1996 proved to be a big year for young Jake as he landed the role of Ronnie Collins on 4 episodes of NBC action television series “The Pretender”. His role permeated to 1999. He also made his motion picture debut “Unhook the Stars” as J.J and went on to feature in two other films like “Jingle All The Way” as Jamie Langston and “Apollo 11” as Jamie Langston.

His proud moment in the show business came in the year 1999 when he appeared as Anakin Skywalker, a nine-year-old slave boy and a skilled pilot who dreams of becoming a Jedi in the epic space-opera film “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace”. The film happens to be the first installment in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Jake got this role out of hundreds of actors who were tested across the UK, Ireland, Canada, and the United States. Obviously, he was seen as the next big thing in Hollywood and the casting directors were never wrong as he excellently portrayed the character of Anakin winning the Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Actor Ten Years or Younger.

The film received positive reviews and made $1.027 billion out of a budget of $115 million in the box office. Jake appeared in two more films “Die with Me” and “Madison”, He made an announcement in 2012 that he was directing a documentary about the Tibetan refugees in India, who was on the verge of escaping persecution by the Chinese government, but he didn’t carry on with the project.

Other opportunities came by his way to dust himself up and continue with his acting career but he left the show business in a way many never expected even changing his name to Jake Broadbent

What happened to Jake Lloyd?

Many things happened to the former child actor who was once everyone’s sweetheart. First, his lofty acting dreams started disappearing gradually as he left the show business through the back door. He quit acting in high school after he complained that his classmates were bullying him. To completely take away the things that reminded him of his acting career, he destroyed his Star Wars memorabilia. This was in 2001.

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On June 17, 2015, Jake Lloyd was arrested for reckless driving, driving without a license, and for resisting arrest after a high-speed car chase for 25 miles at Charleston, South Carolina. He spent ten months in jail and was later moved from jail to a psychiatric center in April 2016 after his mother revealed that he has been battling with schizophrenia. She also reported a case where Lloyd assaulted her back in her home in Indianapolis but admitted that he was off his meds. Jake has been in the psychiatric facility under the watchful eyes of experts.

Net worth and marriage

Jake Lloyd’s net worth has been at 3.9 million dollars as of 2013. But this was a long time ago and a tsunami could have hit his account balance. His exact net worth today is a subject of speculation. However, as he has not declared bankrupt, we rule tsunamis away. This, too, doesn’t mean he is in good financial standing. No one knows.

Jake Lloyd is not married.

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