Paulie Litt

Paul Litowsky (born April 17, 1995), known professionally as Paulie Litt,[1] is an American actor and producer. He is best known for his role as Justin Shanowski on the sitcom Hope & Faith.

Paulie Litt
Litt at the premiere of Speed Racer at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
Born
Paul Litowsky

(1995-04-17) April 17, 1995
OccupationActor
Years active2002–present

Career

Litt was raised in Freehold Boro, New Jersey.[2] He made his television debut on an episode of Third Watch. In 2003, he was cast in the role of Justin Shanowski, Hope's son on the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith, which he played for all three seasons.[3][4] At the time, Regis Philbin, who worked with his Hope & Faith co-star Kelly Ripa, described him as a forty-year old caught in a five-year old's body.[5] He had a recurring role in the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place.[6]

In 2006, he was nominated for the award for the Best Performance in a TV series - Supporting Young Actor (Comedy) at the 27th Young Artist Awards for his performance on Hope & Faith, which was won by Angus T. Jones.[7] His co-stars Megan Fox and Macey Cruthird were also nominated for the female version of the award in 2005 and 2006 respectively.[8]

He made his film debut in the 2004 Kevin Smith comedy Jersey Girl starring Ben Affleck. In 2008, he played Spritle Racer in Speed Racer,[9] as well as the accompanying video game.[10] He also appeared in Doubt (2008).[11]

He has appeared in over 26 commercials.[12] Early in his career, he appeared in commercials for Oreos and ex-lax.[11] He has been in Apple's "Get a Mac" television commercials as the 'Young PC' that starred John Hodgman and Justin Long.[13][14]

He made his debut as a producer in the short film The Day I Finally Killed Myself as an Associate Producer. He made his production debut in a feature film in 2016 in The Book of Love starring Jason Sudeikis.[15]

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2002Third WatchBoy OneEpisode: "Old Dogs, New Tricks"
2003–2006Hope & FaithJustin ShanowskiMain Role, 44 Episodes[12]
Nominated - Best Performance in a TV series - Supporting Young Actor (Comedy) (2006)
2004Late Night with Conan O'BrienSelfEpisode: "February 24, 2004"
2008Live with Regis and KellySelfEpisode: "May 14, 2008"
2008Turbo DatesEpisode: "Junior de Bergerac"
2007–2010Wizards of Waverly PlaceFrankieEpisode: "New Employee" (2007)
Episode: "Curb Your Dragon" (2007)
Episode: "Dad's Buggin' Out" (2010)
2009, 2015The LeagueMatt Friedman "The Oracle"Episode: "The Draft" (2009)
Episode: "The Great Night of Shiva" (2015)

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2004Jersey GirlBryan
2004Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindYoung Bully
2008Speed RacerSpritle Racer
2008DoubtTommy Conroy
2013The LifeguardLumpy
2013The Day I Finally Decided to Kill MyselfMartyShort film, also Associate Producer
2016Here Comes RustyCollege
2017Sex GuaranteedChasealso Associate Producer

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2008Speed Racer Crucible Challenge DVD GameSpritle

Producer

Year Title Producer Notes
2013 The Day I Finally Killed Myself Associate Short film, Also Actor
2016 The Book of Love Co-producer  
2017 Sex Guaranteed Associate Also Actor

Awards

YearResultAwardCategoryWork
2006 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy): Supporting Young Actor Hope & Faith

References

  1. ""Speed Racer" publicity photos - Image 43 of 56". SeattlePI. May 7, 2018.
  2. "On the Cover", Asbury Park Press, May 9, 2008. Accessed May 21, 2020. "Speed Racer revs up the thrills (page 9) thanks to special effects and a cast that includes Paulie Litt, 13, of Freehold Township."
  3. Endrst, James (September 26, 2003). "Never a quiet moment in 'Hope & Faith's' household". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  4. Chance, Norman (December 22, 2010). Who Was Who on TV. Xlibris Corporation. ISBN 9781456821647 via Google Books.
  5. "Paulie Litt". IMBd.
  6. Hiramine, Brie (February 4, 2016). "8 Television Actors From Your Childhood Who Disappeared and Got Hot". J-14.
  7. "27th Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on 2010-07-04. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
  8. "26th Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
  9. McCarthy, Todd (May 1, 2008). "Speed Racer". Variety. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  10. ""Speed Racer" Zooms Onto Blu-ray And DVD September 16 From Warner Home Video". Warner Brothers. July 28, 2018.
  11. O'Sullivan, Eleanor (May 10, 2008). "Freehold's Paulie Litt, 13, was an old hand even before "Racer"". Home News Tribune. East Brunswick, N.J. via Proquest.
  12. Venutolo, Anthony (May 9, 2008). "Paulie loves to leave 'em laughing". NJ.com. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  13. Nudd, Tim (April 13, 2011). "Apple's 'Get a Mac,' the Complete Campaign". Adweek.
  14. "Get a Mac - Flashback". Apple. Youtube. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  15. Kemmerle, Karen. "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea". tribeca. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
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