Who is Courtland Mead?
Born on April 19, 1987 in Mission Viejo, California, USA, Courtland Robert Mead is a former actor, best known for his work in the 1990s when he became an established child actor. Some of the notable projects he worked on include “The Little Rascals”, “The Haunting”, “The Young and the Restless” and “The Shining”.
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Courtland Mead’s Net Worth
As of mid-2020, Courtland Mead’s net worth is estimated at over $1 million from a successful career as a child actor with his numerous appearances in both movies and television shows, although it is unknown what his current work is.
Early life and the beginning of a career
Courtland’s life was not like most children as he was pushed into show business at the age of two, supported by his parents and two sisters who were probably responsible for his early career path. He first appeared as minor characters in independent films such as “Only You” and “For Parents Only”. He made his television debut in an episode of “Baby Talk” in 1991.
In 1994, he made his first feature film in “Dragonworld”, in which he portrayed a young Johnny McGowan. The film was released direct-to-video, but it opened up more opportunities for him the same year, with him being cast in “The little rascals”.
The film is an adaptation of the short films from the 1920s to 1940s called “Our Gang”, and follows the story of a group of friends and their misadventures. He played the part of Uh-huh, the group’s typographer, and was nicknamed for his constant use of “uh-huh” in response. Another film he worked on was “Corrina, Corrina”, starring Ray Liotta and Whoopi Goldberg.
Television work and rise to fame
Aside from movies, Mead eventually landed consistent work on television, first appearing regularly on the soap opera “The Young and the Restless” portraying Phillip Chancellor for a year.
The award-winning series is one of the few that still airs on daytime television of the many that competed in the 1970s to 1980s. It focuses on numerous families and characters that have been introduced, with the addition of new actors as others leave.
He only stayed on the series for a year and then had a regular role in “Kirk”, as well as working in it for a year. In 1997, he appeared in a TV miniseries adaptation of “The Shining,” based on Stephen King’s book of the same name, and made after dissatisfaction with the 1980 Stanley Kubrick version.
It was well received after it aired, winning two Primetime Emmy awards, although the 1980 version is still the most celebrated adaptation, in which it is considered one of Kubrick’s best works, elevating the career of actor Jack Nicholson.
As the 1990s progressed, Courtland found regular work on television with commercials, most notably for Pizza Hut, the well-known American pizza chain. He also made regular guest appearances on television shows, mainly thanks to his work, which received attention on several fronts.
In 1995, he was cast in the Disney film “Tom and Huck”, which is based on Mark Twain’s novel “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, the title of which is a reference to Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. In the same year, he also voiced a puppy for the movie “Babe”, which is about a pig who wants to do work as a sheepdog, and was based on the novel “The Sheep-Pig” written by Dick King-Smith.
His work in “The Shining” also made him a fixture in the horror genre, being cast in “Hellraiser: Bloodline‘, the fourth film in the ‘Hellraiser’ series, based on the work of Clive Barker, and the last film of the series to be released in theaters.
He also began exploring more voice roles after his work on “Babe,” lending his voice to “The Haunting,” based on the novel “The Haunting of Hill House,” which would see another popular adaptation in recent years.
Voice acting and retirement
During the latter part of Mead’s youth career, he focused more on voice acting and worked on the animated film “An insect lifevoicing the character Fly. The film is one of Pixar’s first efforts and was highly successful, receiving positive reviews and earning well at the box office. The film is inspired by the fable “The Ant and the Grasshopper”, and features the voices of Kevin Spacey and Hayden Panettiere.
He then joined the cast of the animated series “Interruption”, in which he voiced the character Gus Griswald from 1997 to 2001. The show aired on Disney and followed the lives of six elementary school students, focusing on their interactions with each other and other school people. The show was successful, so he voiced the character in two animated films based on the show – “Recess: School’s Out” and “Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade”. One of his last projects before retiring was “Lloyd in Space,” in which he voiced the titular character for its entire three-year run.
He quietly left the acting world in 2004, although he recently returned briefly in the direct-to-video movie “Never Hike in the Snow”. It is unknown if he plans to return to acting or if it was a one-off.
Courtland is in a relationship with Chelsea Jean Whetstine and they have a child together; it is not known if they plan to get married soon. He mostly keeps it to himself and has no public online accounts, which has led to a lot of speculation. He never spoke out publicly about why he quit acting, although it is common for many child actors to pursue other things even after their success as acting can be a very stressful job.