Jesse Lon Plemons, born April 2, 1988, is an American actor and comedian. He’s known for playing Landry Clarke in the NBC drama series Friday Night Lights, Todd Alquist in the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad, and Ed Blumquist in the second season of the FX anthology series Fargo. Take a look below for 26 more fun and interesting facts about Jesse Plemons.
1. He’s known for his film roles in movies such as Like Mike, Observe and Report, Battleship, The Master and as mobster Kevin Weeks in Black Mass.
2.He has appeared in two Steven Spielberg movies: the historical drama Bridge of Spies and the political thriller The Post.
3. Plemons was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of Lisa Beth and Jim Bob Plemons.
4. He was raised in Mart, a small town outside Waco.
5. He has an older sister named Jill.
6. On his paternal side, he’s related to empresario Stephen F. Austin, known as the Father of Texas.
7. In 2007, Plemons graduated from the Texas Tech University Independent School District, a distance learning program, which allowed him to earn his high school diploma.
8. He attended schools in the Mart, Texas area, where he played football in middle school, junior high, and high school.
9. He attended Mart High School until he received more acting jobs and needed to shift to the online program.
10. He’s close friends with his Friday Night Lights costars Taylor Kitsch, Zach Gilford and Kyle Chandler.
11. Plemons is the only main cast member of Friday Night Lights to have played football in real life.
12. In a Cold Case episode, he played a military cadet nicknamed Rihanna. Years later, he starred in Battleship with Rihanna herself.
13. He resembles Matt Damon and Philip Seymour Hoffman. He played a younger version of Damon’s character in All the Pretty Horses and Hoffman’s son in The Master.
14. Aside from acting, Plemons also sings in the alternative folk rock band Cowboy and Indian, together with Daniel James and Jazz Mills.
15. He was considered by J.J. Abrams for the lead in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which went to John Boyega.
16. As of 2018, he has been in two movies that were Oscar nominated for Best Picture: Bridge of Spies and The Post.
17. Plemons got his first start in a Coca-Cola commercial when he was three and a half years old.
18. When he was 8 years old, he started doing extra work, and with the support of his family, spent time auditioning in Los Angeles and landing small jobs.
19. After appearing in the movies Varsity Blues and All the Pretty Horses, and guest-starring on Walker, Texas Ranger and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Plemons’ first prominent role was in the movie Children on their Birthdays.
20. From 2012 to 2013, Plemons portrayed the psychopathic villain Todd Alquist, during the final season of the AMC drama series Breaking Bad.
21. In late 2015, Plemons co-starred in the second season of the television show Fargo, which is loosely based on the movie of the same name.
22. For his role in Fargo, Plemons was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.
23. In 2016, Plemons starred in the movie Other People.
24. When Plemons appeared on Breaking Bad, he acquired the nickname “Meth Damon” from fans, given that his character was in the methamphetamine trade.
25. Plemons began dating his Fargo co-star Kirsten Dunst in 2016. They’re currently engaged.
26. On May 3, 2018, Plemons and Kirsten Dunst had a son, Ennis Howard Plemons.