Simon Parkin

Writer & Journalist

The website of the award-winning writer and journalist Simon Parkin, a regular contributor to New Yorker, Guardian and many others.

Haley Joel Osment Returns

When he was four years old, Haley Joel Osment had his picture taken by a stranger as he and his mother walked through the front doors of IKEA. A few days later, his mother took a call from an advertising agency, which was offering her son the chance to audition for a role in a Pizza Hut television commercial. Within two years of that break, Osment had starred in the movie “Forrest Gump,” as Tom Hanks’s son, Forrest Junior. Within six, he’d been nominated for an Academy Award for his role as the numinous child in “The Sixth Sense,” popularizing the gloomy catchphrase “I see dead people.” Within eight years, he was working with Steven Spielberg on the late Stanley Kubrick’s one-time project “A.I.”

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