Tye Kayle Sheridan (born November 11, 1996) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Scott Summers / Cyclops in the X-Men film series (2016–2019), as well as Wade Watts in Ready Player One (2018) and Ben Goudy in Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015). Sheridan made his feature film debut in Terrence Malick's experimental drama film The Tree of Life (2011) and had his first leading role in Jeff Nichols's film Mud (2012). He also co-starred in David Gordon Green's drama Joe (2013) and the period thriller The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015).
Sheridan was born in Palestine, Texas. His mother, Stephanie (Wright) Sheridan, owns a beauty salon, and his father, Bryan Sheridan, is an employee of UPS. He has a younger sister, Madison. He was enrolled in the Elkhart Independent School District until his film career became a priority focus when he was 16 years old, and he received tutoring on film sets.
Sheridan made his feature film debut in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, with Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn, after an almost year-long casting search of more than 10,000 children from Texas and Oklahoma. The film premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and went on to be awarded the prestigious Palme d'Or and be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
In 2012, he played the leading role of Ellis in Jeff Nichols' Mud opposite Jacob Lofland and Matthew McConaughey. The coming-of-age drama-thriller film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and Sheridan received a Critics' Choice Award nomination.
Sheridan also played Gary Jones in the film Joe, which stars Nicolas Cage playing an ex-con who meets a 15-year-old boy, the eldest child in a homeless family headed by an alcoholic father, and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin. For his role he received the Marcello Mastroianni Award for best upcoming young actor at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.
In 2015, Sheridan starred in the three films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He co-starred opposite Gregg Turkington and Michael Cera in the drama Entertainment, played a prisoner in the film adaptation of The Stanford Prison Experiment, and appeared in Rodrigo Garcia's drama Last Days in the Desert opposite Ewan McGregor, released May 2016. That year, he also had a supporting role in the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Dark Places and the leading role in the horror comedy Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.
Sheridan played the mutant Scott Summers / Cyclops in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse, released on May 27. In 2017, he starred in the war drama The Yellow Birds, opposite Alden Ehrenreich, Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston. Also that year, Sheridan co-starred with Kaitlyn Dever in Grass Stains, a film written and directed by Kyle Wilamowski. He plays a teen discovering his first love (Dever). When a prank goes awry and causes the death of his girlfriend's older brother, the boy must balance his secret guilt with his feelings for the girl.
In 2018, Sheridan played Wade Watts, a.k.a. Parzival, the lead character, in Steven Spielberg's science fiction film Ready Player One, which was released on March 29. He then reprised the role of Scott Summers / Cyclops in the 2019 film Dark Phoenix.
Awards and nominations
|2012||Central Ohio Film Critics Association||Best Ensemble
||The Tree of Life||Nominated|
|2013||Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 70th Venice International Film Festival||Best New Young Actor||Joe||Won|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award||Best Youth Performance||Mud||Won|
|Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2013||Most Promising Performer||Nominated|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society Award||Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Male||Won|
|Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award||Youth in Film||Won|
|Georgia Film Critics Association||Breakthrough Award||Joe, Mud||Nominated|
|2014||Robert Altman Award At Independent Spirit Awards||Best Ensemble
|Critics' Choice Movie Award||Best Young Actor/Actress||Nominated|
|Empire Awards||Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer||Nominated|
|2017||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Squad
|2018||2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards||Best Kiss||Ready Player One||Nominated|
|Best On-Screen Team||Nominated|
|2018||Shanghai International Film Festival||Golden Goblet Award for Best Actor||Friday's Child||Won|