Jesse Plemons as Todd Alquist

Jesse Plemons

Prior to his role in the final season of Breaking Bad as Todd Alquist, Walter White’s former lab assistant whose uncle’s prison connections prove invaluable, Jesse Plemons earned great acclaim for his performance as Landry Clarke on NBC’s television series Friday Night Lights, detailing the fictional events surrounding a high school football team in Dillon, Texas.

Born on April 2, 1988, in Dallas, Texas, he was raised in Mart, Texas, and in 2007 graduated from the Texas Tech University Independent School District, a distance learning program, which allowed him to earn his high school diploma. He currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Austin and is an avid guitarist, playing in the band Cowboy and Indian.

After appearing in the films 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 2002 film Like Mike. He later went on to appear in Children on Their Birthdays and When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, with guest roles on successful TV shows such as Judging Amy, The Lyon’s Den, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Grey’s Anatomy, between 2003 and 2006.

In 2006, Plemons joined the ensemble cast of Friday Night Lights. In the show’s first season, his character provided comic relief as the best friend of football quarterback Matt Saracen, though Landry himself was not on the team. Among the cast and crew, it was a joke that Plemons played football better than most of the other actors, even though his character was one of the few that did not play. Landry joined the football team in the second season and Plemons, having played high school football before, told director Jeffrey Reiner that he would do his own stunts. In his first football scene, Landry had to «get the crap beat out of [him] over and over and over again». When hit by co-star Taylor Kitsch, Plemons’ chin split open and he had to have 11 stitches.

Plemons reunited with Kitsch and Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg in the 2012 film Battleship. Berg, who directed the film, explained that he knew how comfortable Kitsch was with Plemons: «I know that he’s really good for Taylor and he makes Taylor better. So, I wrote that whole part for Jesse. I never thought of it as a Friday Night Lights reunion. I thought of it as protection, bringing a trusted family member in».


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