Ross Malinger is an American actor who is widely known for his role in the 1997 Disney comedy film Toothless, which also starred Kirstie Alley. He’s also known for his role as Jonah Baldwin in Sleeping in Seattle, which also featured popular actor, Tom Hanks. Born on the 7th of July, 1984 in Redwood City, California, the United States of America, Ross Malinger is of American nationality and Caucasian ethnicity. Here, we take a look at his movies and discuss other interesting facts you didn’t know about him. Read on…
Ross Malinger’s Acting Career and Movies
The actor started his career when he was only six years old and let’s be real, a six-year-old kid cannot really make decisions on their own so he must have been influenced by his parents. He made his first film appearance in 1990 with a small role in the American Teen Drama series, Beverly Hills, 90210. Although it was a small role, this role no doubts paved the way for other opportunities in his life. Later in the same year, he played the role of Harvey in Kindergarten Cop and Travis in Who’s the Boss. In 1991, he scored four different acting roles in Eve of Destruction, Late for Dinner, Roseanne, and Davis Rules.
The roles kept coming in as Ross Malinger kept getting part after part in different movies. In 1997, he starred as Bobby Jameson in Disney’s Toothless. In the same year, he was Payton in Little Bigfoot, Adam Lippman in Seinfeld, and Doug Naughton Jr. in Suddenly Susan. Some of his other popular movies include Party of Five (1998), The Simple Life (1998), Club Vampire (1998), Family Law (1999), and Personally Yours (2000). His last on-screen appearance was in 2006 as Jason McMurphy in the police drama series Without a Trace.
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Ross Malinger
1. He’s Retired!
Well, if you’ve ever wondered why you haven’t seen Ross Malinger’s handsome face in recent movies, it’s because he’s retired from acting. After having a career in acting for 16 years, this young man in 2006 called it quits and decided to venture into business administration. This was not in any way a bad decision as he seemed to be climbing up the professional ladder when he was appointed to be the general manager of the company called Automotive Legends.
2. Ross Malinger Has Had A Divorce
Although he is a very private guy who typically stays away from the media, it was reported that Ross Malinger was getting a divorce. He had been married for about 8 years to a woman called Kelsey Malinger (neé Willemsen). Sadly, in July 2019, TMZ reported that Kelsey had filed for divorce from Malinger without the help of a lawyer. The reasons for the divorce are still unknown to the public, however, we do know that Kelsey is asking for spousal support and wants the judge to decide who gets custody of the family dogs, Lucy and Gia.
3. He Has Played as Tom Hanks’ Son
Well not in reality of course but on TV in the 1993 American romantic comedy, Sleepless in Seattle directed by Nora Ephron. Ross Malinger played the role of Jonah, the cute little son of Tom Hanks (Sam) that helped him find true love in Meg Ryan (Annie). The movie was released in 1993 and was a commercial success, grossing over $227 million at the global box office. The movie also featured other actors such as Victor Garner, Bill Pullman, and Rita Wilson.
4. He Is Also A Voice Actor
Turns out during his years in the acting field, he was more than just a screen actor. He was also a voice actor. He was the original voice of T. J Detweiler in the animated series, Recess. In a later season, he was replaced by Andrew Lawrence. More so, he also provided a voice for the character of Tom Sawyer in The Animated Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
5. How was Born into A Family of Professionals
Ross Malinger was born into a family of professionals. His father Brian Malinger works both as a producer and a sales representative while his mother, Laura Malinger is a producer. Given that both his parents are producers, it is very likely that his parents’ occupations influenced his career choice. Also, it appears his parents’ influence also rubbed off on his other siblings. As a matter of fact, his sister, Ashley Malinger is an actress while his brother, Tyler Cole Malinger is also an actor. Talk about a cool family!