Thirteen-year-old Chandler Riggs may be a newcomer to the acting world but on recent episodes of "The Walking Dead" he's been asked to take on plot lines of a seasoned veteran. Playing Carl Grimes, the son of the story's heroes Rick and Lori Grimes, battling zombies on a weekly basis is difficult enough task for a young actor. But in Season 3 of the series Carl has grown into a gun-wielding man with some very tough choices to make.
Before joining the cast of the AMC hit series two years ago, Riggs was pretty much just like any other 11-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia. Now the whole country knows his face. Here are a few things you may not know about the actor.
1. Started Acting at Age 4
As a young four-year-old boy in Atlanta, Riggs started doing community theater. Soon after he landed an agent and acted in a few films before being cast as Carl on "The Walking Dead."
2. He Played a Zombie in His First Movie
Ironically before playing a killer of the walking dead, Riggs was part of the zombie ensemble in a 2006 indie film called "Jesus H. Zombie." But it was his next movie, "Get Low" starring Robert Duvall that really got the young actor noticed.
3. He's Already Been Nominated for an Award
He was nominated for a 2012 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Television Series - Lead Young Actor. Other actors in the category included Devan Cohen ("The Yard"), Will Jester ("Debra"), Matthew Knight ("My Babysitter's a Vampire") and Daniel Lupetina "The Yard"). But Dylan Everett ("Wingin'It") and Jared Gilmore "(Once Upon a Time") tied for the win.
4. He Is A Minecraft Maniac
Riggs is a huge video game fan and is clearly a Minecraft maniac. He loves the game so much he has his own YouTube channel called "The Orange Trampoline" and he plays Minecraft with his friends and posts the video online for all his fans.
5. He Wants to Be on Late Night
Earlier this year, after his TV dad, Andrew Lincoln, appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" Riggs went on a Twitter campaign to get a late night gig. He tweeted, "@JayLenoTonight Hey guys! I play Carl on The Walking Dead and my "Dad" was on Letterman last night and I would love to be on yours. Thanks!" He also made the same request of Jimmy Fallon. So far he hasn't made it out of prime time.
Watch "The Walking Dead" on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. Central on AMC.
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