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Island child actor has role in TNT's 'Falling Skies'

June 15th, 2011

An 11-year-old Island actor, Maxim Knight, will have a close encounter with aliens when he plays one of the key roles in the Steven Spielberg-produced “Falling Skies,” which premieres its two-hour pilot, at 6 p.m. Sunday (June 19) on TNT.
Maxin, touted as the next Hayley Joel Osment and a boy version of Dakota Fanning, is about to get widespread exposure in the series, which stars Noah Wyle,former “ER” medic, as his history-professor,widower father Tom Mason, hurled into the world of militiaman.
Max’s character is named Matt Mason, who has an older brother named Hal Mason, portrayed by Drew Roy. Another bro, Ben, played by Connor Jessup, is kidnapped by the aliens.
The sci-fi series, from Spielberg’s DreamWorks Television division, is about a devastating and incapacitating alien attack and unspools threads of resilience and determination when all and everything have been destroyed. The series will explore the struggles for survival linked to the humanity of mankind, not the presumed apocalyptic premise.
Maxim is an experienced child actor, who has demonstrated his dramatic flair on such series as NBC’s “Parenthood,” ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters,
CBS’ “Criminal Minds,” and A&E’s “The Cleaner.” On CBS’ earlier “Three Rivers,”
he appeared with Alex O’Loughlin, now the star of the Hawaii-based CBS gem, “Hawaii Five-0.”
Maxim also has a role in this summer’s “Ball Don’t Lie,” starring Melissa Leo, Nick Cannon, Rosanna Arquette and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.
He also will be heard in a voice-over role in the forthcoming “The Smurfs” and has voiced such films as “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” and “Bridesmaids.”
Maxim's dad is Filipino, but other details of his parents and schooling have not been revealed.

"Falling Skies"
6 p.m. Sunday (June 19); will air at 7 p.m. later

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