Oakes Fegley (born c. 2005/2006) is an American child actor. He is known for his supporting role as Paul Swann in the film Fort Bliss, for playing young Elias "Eli" Thompson in the series Boardwalk Empire, and for starring as Pete in the 2016 Disney film Pete's Dragon. Life and career Fegley is from Allentown, Pennsylvania, and is the son of Mercedes and Michael Fegley. In 2014, Fegley made his acting debut with the drama film Fort Bliss, playing Paul Swann along with Michelle Monaghan and Ron Livingston. The film was directed by Claudia Myers, and had premiered in 2014. He played the Young Judd Altman, originally played by Jason Bateman, in the comedy-drama film This Is Where I Leave You, directed by Shawn Levy and released on September 19, 2014 by Warner Bros. Pictures. Later he appeared as Young Elias "Eli" Thompson in the fifth season of the HBO's series Boardwalk Empire. He also appeared in CBS' Person of Interest as Gabriel Hayward. Fegley played the lead role of Pete in Walt Disney Pictures' fantasy comedy-drama film Pete's Dragon, opposite Oona Laurence and Bryce Dallas Howard. The film is directed by David Lowery, and was released on August 12, 2016.
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