Max Burkholder

Maxwell Henry Wolf Burkholder (born November 1, 1997) is an American actor most notable for his role of Max Braverman in the comedic television drama on NBC, Parenthood. Prior to that, he became known as a voice actor for his roles as Chomper in The Land Before Time, Roo on My Friends Tigger & Pooh, and World in the television movie of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Destination: Imagination.

Max Burkholder
Burkholder at the March 2013 Paleyfest
Maxwell Henry Wolf Burkholder

(1997-11-01) November 1, 1997
Years active2002–present

He appeared in the film The Purge in June 2013. He is currently a member of the comedy account on Instagram, Max ‘n’ the Jakey Boys.[1]

Life and career

Burkholder's parents are former actors.[2] He attended Campbell Hall School.[3] Burkholder was accepted into Harvard University, as one member of the Class of 2021.[4] There, he began his theatrical career, appearing in the premier production of columbinus at Harvard, portraying Dylan Klebold/Loner.[5] Burkholder is Jewish.[6]


Burkholder has appeared on Parenthood as Max Braverman, and as young Mitch on Crumbs. He guest starred on an episode of CSI: Miami, “Death Pool 100”, and in an episode of CSI: NY. In addition, he played Billy in one episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody on Disney Channel, and was the voice of Samsquatch in Random! Cartoons.

He appeared in the television series In Treatment and Love for Rent, and played the role of Duncan in the episode of Grey's Anatomy, “Brave New World”. He also played one child in an airport in an episode of The O.C..[7]

Burkholder has lent his voice for several shows. He voiced Chomper in the television series The Land Before Time, based on film series of the same name. He also provides the voice of Roo on My Friends Tigger & Pooh (taking over the role from Jimmy Bennett), and played “World”, the imaginary friend inside a toybox in the movie of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Destination: Imagination.[8]

For Burkholder’s role as Max Braverman on Parenthood, executive producer Jason Katims said consultant Wayne Tashjian, a behavioral psychologist, looked at the script and met with Burkholder and his mother about those scenes involving the character of Max. Burkholder and his mother then practised the scenes by themselves. For special scenes, the show employed a second consultant to ensure accuracy.[9]


Burkholder played Max in Daddy Day Care, and also appeared in Friends with Money.[10] He played the son of James Sandin in the horror film The Purge, in the summer of 2013.[11][12]


Burkholder at the December 2011 Voice Awards
List of Film Roles
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Daddy Day Care Max Ryerson Film debut
2005 Love for Rent Max
2006 Friends with Money Max
The Ant Bully Blue Teammate #6 (voice)
2007 My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas Movie Roo (voice) direct to video
2008 The Journal 10 Year Old Alex Short film
Fly Me to the Moon Mom's Maggot (voice)
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Destination Imagination World (voice) television film
2009 My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Tigger & Pooh And A Musical Too Roo (voice) direct to video
2010 The Rainbow Tribe Boo
2013 The Purge Charlie Sandin
2018 The First Purge Charlie Sandin (flashbacks)
2019 Benjamin Benjamin
Imaginary Order Xander
List of Television Roles
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Commando Nanny Seth Winter Unaired
Television program
2005 The O.C. Kid in Airport Episode: “The Rainy Day Women”
Fathers and Sons Nick at 5 Television film
2005–2017 Family Guy Kid, Young Patrick Pewterschmidt, Calvin, Will Robinson, Scotty, various characters (voices) 21 episodes
2006 Crumbs Young Mitch Crumb two episodes
CSI: NY Sam Episode: “Necrophilia Americana”
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Billy Episode: “Books and Birdhouses”
CSI: Miami Tyler Lamar Episode: “Death Pool 100”
2007 Random! Cartoons Samsquatch (voice) Episode: “Samsquatch”
Lipshitz Saves the World Young Adam Lipshitz
Panic Button Sam Alden television film
originally released as Point of Entry
2007–2008 The Land Before Time Chomper (voice) 26 episodes
2007–2009 My Friends Tigger & Pooh Roo (voice) 25 episodes
Brothers & Sisters Jack McCallister four episodes
2007–2016 American Dad! Kid Doctor, Little Boy, Justin Bieber (voices) three episodes
2008 The Spectacular Spider-Man Billy Connors (voice) Episode: “Natural Selection”
Grey's Anatomy Duncan Pailey Episode: “Brave New World”
2008–2009 In Treatment Max Weston two episodes
2009 Private Practice Ben King two episodes
The Cleveland Show Kid (voice) Episode: “The One About Friends”
Children of the Corn Additional voices television film
2010–2015 Parenthood Max Braverman Main cast, 84 episodes
2017 The Orville Tomilin Episode: “If the Stars Should Appear”
2020 Invincible Oliver Grayson Upcoming

Awards and nominations

Young Artist Award2012Best Performance in a Television Series – Supporting Young ActorNominatedParenthood
2014Best Performance in a Television Series – Supporting Young ActorWonParenthood


  1. "Max 'n' the Jakey Boys". Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  2. Dickson, Evan (May 21, 2013). "[Interview] Max Burkholder On Surviving 'The Purge'". Bloody Disgusting. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  3. Topel, Fred (September 26, 2013). "Exclusive Interview: Max Burkholder on Parenthood". Fan Voice. Archived from the original on September 29, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  4. Lee, Esther (September 26, 2015). "Peter Krause Still Keeps in Touch With His 'Parenthood' Costars (And Not Just Girlfriend Lauren Graham!)". Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  5. Rivera, Bruce (November 2, 2017). "'columbinus' Addresses an American tragedy". Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  6. "Jews in the News: Jon Lucas, Jonathan Keltz and Ben Stiller". 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  7. "The O.C. Fun Fact: Which Parenthood actor starred in The O.C." 6 February 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  8. "Max Burkholder". 20 December 2020. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  9. "Speaking with Jason Katims of 'Parenthood'". Autism Speaks Official Blog. March 24, 2010. Archived from the original on April 30, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  10. "Friends With Money". 2006. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  11. Elsen, Megan (February 1, 2012). "Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane Join Ethan Hawke For Futuristic Thriller 'Vigilandia". Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  12. "First Details on Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes' The Purge". December 4, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
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