Jacob Smith (actor)

John Jacob Charles William Smith[1] (born January 21, 1990) is an American actor. He began his career as a young child, making several guest appearances on popular TV shows before being cast as Owen Salinger on Party of Five, a role he held for two years. After the series' end, Smith went on to appear in Phantom of the Megaplex, a Disney Channel Original Movie, in 2000 and then in Cheaper by the Dozen and its sequel, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, in 2003 and 2005, respectively.

Jacob Smith
John Jacob Charles William Smith

(1990-01-21) January 21, 1990
Years active1996-2006

Life and career

Smith was born in Monrovia, California on January 21, 1990. He has two siblings, brother Nathan and sister Natasha.

Smith began acting at age six, appearing on several television series, including Walker, Texas Ranger, Party of Five, and Step by Step. During this period, he also starred in the made-for-television films Evolution's Child and the Disney Channel production Phantom of the Megaplex.

Smith was cast as Hansel, opposite Taylor Momsen's Gretel, in the 2002 film version of Hansel and Gretel, which received a limited theatrical release in October 2002. He was subsequently cast as one of twelve children in the family comedy Cheaper by the Dozen, which was released in December 2003 and became a box office success, gaining Smith renown with pre-teen audiences. In 2004, he had a minor role in the film Troy and appeared on the television series Without a Trace. He went on to reprise his role of Jake Baker in Cheaper by the Dozen 2, which was released in December 2005 and performed fairly well at the box office.


Year Film Role Other notes
1998Small SoldiersTimmy Fimple
Nowhere to GoSteven
1999Evolution's ChildAdam CordellTV Movie
2000Phantom of the MegaplexBrian Riley
2002 Dragonfly Ben
Hansel and GretelHansel
2003Cheaper by the DozenJake Baker
2004TroyMessenger Boy
2005Cheaper by the Dozen 2Jake Baker
Year Title Role Notes
Party of Five Owen Salinger
Guest Appearances
Year Title Role Episode
Walker, Texas Ranger Ross Sloan Iceman
Step by Step Kenny/Kid at Party Dream Lover
Hyperion Bay Boy on Tour Static
Becker Jared Elder Hostile
Once and Again Jamie Blue Pictures
One Step (Parent) Backward
Family Law Justin Rollins Blood and Water
Push, Nevada Young Jim The Letter of the Law
Miracles Tommy Ferguson The Ferguson Syndrome
Little Miss Lost
Paul Is Dead
Without a Trace Matt Palmer Bait
Secrets of a Small Town Peter Rhodes Pilot


  1. According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461
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