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Noah Hathaway

Noah Hathaway
Noah Hathaway at Supanova Pop Culture Expo Hits Sydney, Australia, in June 2012
Born Noah Leslie Hathaway
(1971-11-13) November 13, 1971
Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active 1978–present

Noah Leslie Hathaway (born November 13, 1971) is an American actor and a former teen idol. He is best known for his roles as Atreyu in the 1984 film The NeverEnding Story and for portraying Boxey on the original TV Series Battlestar Galactica. His work in The Neverending Story made him particularly popular as a teen-aged celebrity in Europe.


  • Career 1
    • Early work 1.1
    • The NeverEnding Story 1.2
    • Later roles 1.3
  • Personal life 2
  • Filmography 3
  • Awards and Nominations 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Early work

Hathaway was born in Los Angeles, California. He began appearing in commercials at age three, and later starred in several TV films and TV series. At the age of six he starred in Battlestar Galactica, portraying Boxey, where he received a nomination in the first Young Artist Awards.[1]

The NeverEnding Story

His most memorable role was Atreyu in the 1984 film The NeverEnding Story. He received his second Young Artist Awards nomination[2] and won the award for Best Younger Actor in the 12th Annual Saturn Awards.[3]

For the role Hathaway performs his own stunts; German director Wolfgang Petersen said:

I sought a good-looking boy of athletic build with the quality of fierce determination. The role requires the character to ride a horse expertly, fly on the back of a dragon, struggle through a swamp, clamber over rocks and fight a ferocious wolf-vampire.

Noah Hathaway replied:[4]

Well, what it was... Wolfgang Petersen was notorious for his actors doing their own stunts. His actors are always getting hurt, because he wanted... Audiences are very savvy, you can cut away and show the back of somebody and show the stuntman doing their stunt. And everybody knows that, so he wants his actors to do as much as they can for the realism of the movie. Accidents happen and actors aren't stuntmen. That's why they have stuntmen, because if someone gets hurt, they're "expendable". And some of the times, they're just more careful... I just ended up paying.

Later roles

In 1986 Hathaway starred in Troll, as Harry Potter, Jr. and in the television movie Casebusters, as Jamie. Hathaway did not return to acting until 1994, in the film To Die, to Sleep, in his first adult role. After a second hiatus as an actor, Hathaway returned in 2011 for the films Mondo Holocausto! as Ruggero Margheriti, and Sushi Girl as Fish.

Personal life

Hathaway attended school at Lycee Français de Los Angeles. He moved into dance instruction, teaching advanced jazz and street dance until an injury forced him to quit in 1989 at age eighteen. Trained in martial arts, Hathaway would later earn black belts in Tang Soo Do and Shotokan Karate, and also competed as a Muay Thai boxer, and learned American Kenpo from Dr. Jerry Erickson. Hathaway spent some of his time at the Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, California competing in supersport motorcycle racing, and designing and driving "chopper" motorcycles.

He was on tour with WizardWorld Conventions and appeared at the Chicago and Philadelphia shows in 2011. He appeared at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Sydney, Australia in June 2012.[5]


Year Film Role Notes
1980 It's My Turn Homer's Son
1981 Separate Ways Jason Colby
1982 Best Friends Lyle Ballou
1984 The NeverEnding Story Atreyu
Quest short film
1986 Troll Harry Potter Jr.
1994 To Die, to Sleep Phil
2012 Sushi Girl Fish
Mondo Holocausto! Ruggero Margheriti
2013 Blue Dream Roper Karlsson
Television Films
Year Title Role Notes
1979 High Midnight Timmy
1986 Casebusters Jamie
Year Title Role Notes
1978–1979 Battlestar Galactica Boxey 22 episodes
Television Guest Appearances
Year Title Role Notes
1979 Supertrain Kid
The Last Convertible miniseries
1980 Mork & Mindy Jud Episode: "Little Orphan Morkie"
Eight Is Enough Jerry 2 episodes: "And Baby Makes Nine, Part One" and "And Baby Makes Nine, Part Two"
1982 Laverne & Shirley Kevin Swisher Episode: "Lightning Man"
CHiPs Tommy Episode: "Ice Cream Man"
1984 Simon & Simon Patrick Jessup Episode: "Almost Completely Out of Circulation"
1985 Call to Glory Boy in French Class Episode: "JFK: Part Two"
CBS Storybreak voice
2 episodes: "How to Eat Fried Worms" and "C.L.U.T.Z."
Family Ties Adam Galardner Episode: "Designated Hitter"
1986 Wildfire additional voices

Awards and Nominations

  • 1980 - Young Artist Award for Best Juvenile Actor in a TV Series or Special - Nominated
  • 1985 - Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical, Comedy, Adventure or Drama - Nominated
  • 1985 - Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor - Won
  • 1986 - Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Actor - Animation Voice Over - Nominated

See also


  1. ^ First Annual Youth in Film Awards 1978-1979
  2. ^ Sixth Annual Youth in Film Awards 1983-1984
  3. ^ Past Saturn Awards
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ Maria Lewis (13 June 2012). "The NeverEnding Story star Noah Hathaway's advice for child stars". The Advertiser. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 

External links

  • Noah Hathaway at the Internet Movie Database
  • Noah Hathaway's official website Note: This site is still listed as under construction as of April 2013. It does not appear to have been updated since 2008.

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