Jordan Nagai (born February 5, 2000) is an American voice actor best known for his role as Russell in the 2009 Pixar movie Up.[1]

Life and career

Nagai, a Japanese American, was born in Los Angeles. His older brother Hunter originally auditioned for Russell.[2] Director Pete Docter has said, "[a]s soon as Jordan's voice came on we started smiling because he is appealing and innocent and cute and different from what I was initially thinking."[2] About 400 children had shown up for the auditions, but Nagai stood out because he would not stop talking the whole time.[1] Nevertheless, he was sometimes very shy and Docter found it difficult getting him to say all of his lines.[2]

His character in Up is the first Asian-American figure in a Pixar movie.[1] He also lent his voice to an episode of The Simpsons entitled "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?" as the voice of Charlie, an orphan who befriends Bart in his quest for a baby brother. The program aired on December 13, 2009.[3]



2010 Breakout Performance Award[4][5]


External links

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