18 Things to Know About Jewish Actor Skyler Gisondo

The highly-memed actor has starred in six "Air Buddies" movies. Yes, really.

You might recognize Skyler Gisondo as that one freckly kid from “Booksmart” whose name always escapes you, or maybe from the viral tweets of his unassuming red carpet smile. Regardless, he’s got an impressive resumé! At just 27 years old, the actor’s been in everything from “Air Buds” to “Licorice Pizza.”

He’s been acting since he was a kid, but how much do you really know about the LA-based Jewish actor?

Here are 18 things to know about Skyler Gisondo:

1. Skyler Augustus Gisondo was born on July 22nd, 1996 in Palm Beach, Florida to a Jewish family.

2. His parents are both ocean engineers! We’re not quite sure what that means, but how cool!

3. According to IMDb, he’s 5 feet and 7 inches (and 1/4).

4. His Italian last name comes from his paternal grandfather who was Italian-American, meaning he has Catholic and Jewish heritage.

5. He is a graduate of Milken Community Schools, an LA Jewish day school.

6. His red carpet smile has been the subject of a LOT of memes…

7. But hey, he doesn’t mind! Skyler is a fan of his internet presence.


8. He is rumored to be in the upcoming movie “Superman: Legacy” alongside Jewish star David Corenswet!

9. You might recognize him from “Booksmart!” Skyler played awkward rich boy Jared in Olivia Wilde’s quintessential coming of age movie — alongside fellow Jews Beanie Feldstein, Molly Gordon and Diana Silvers.

10. He plays Gideon in “Righteous Gemstones.”

11. He began his degree at University of Southern California’s film school before taking a leave of absence to join the cast of Netflix’s “Santa Clarita Diet.”

12. He co-starred in the 2022 Peacock mystery series, “The Resort” alongside Cristin Milioti of “Palm Springs,” William Jackson Harper of “The Good Place” and Ben Sinclair of “High Maintenance.”

13. He plays guitar! (Very well, as it turns out.)

14. He does not like New York. (Controversial, we know, but what can we say?)

“I hate it… people are so mean,” he told GQ in 2019,

A true West Coast Jew!

15. When Skyler was just 17, Robin William’s told him: “You have no idea. You’re so good.” (This was after the filming of the third “Night at the Museum” movie.)

High praise from the late comedian and honorary Jew.

16. He’s a plant guy! Watch him give an MTV “Cribs”-style plant tour:

17. He played Alana Haim‘s on screen boyfriend in “Licorice Pizza!”

To that we say: Bien, bien.

18. He’s been in SIX “Air Buddies” movies, making him a seasoned voice actor of athletic dogs.

Abi Winer

Abi Winer (she/her) is a student at Wellesley College. She's from Brooklyn, NYC, and interned at Hey Alma, Kveller, and the Nosher during the summer of 2023.

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