Jonathan William Lipnicki (born October 22, 1990) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in the Hollywood films Jerry Maguire, Stuart Little, The Little Vampire, and Like Mike. He is ranked #13 in VH1’s list of the”`100 Greatest Kid Stars.”
Lipnicki was born in Westlake Village, California, son of Joseph and Rhonda (maiden name, Rosen) Lipnicki. He has an older sister, Alexis. Lipnicki is Jewish; his father was born in a refugee camp in Germany, grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and immigrated to the United States in the 1960s in response to the events involving the Quebec independence movement.
Lipnicki, nicknamed Jonny, is known for his contributions to charity, having appeared and/or spoken at events for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Starlight Children’s Foundation and NBA’s Read to Achieve.
He is also the international spokesperson for Pediatric Chiropractic and Kids Day American/International. He was named one of “the heroes of 2001″ by JDRF for his involvement.
Lipnicki, who has four dogs, is also involved in animal rights groups, including Pets & Their Stars and the Nuts for Mutts.
Lipnicki made his film debut in 1996’s Jerry Maguire as the son of Renée Zellweger’s character. In 1999, he starred in the film Stuart Little, playing a boy whose family adopts a talking mouse, a role he reprised in the film’s 2002 sequel. Lipnicki also played the lead role in the 2000 film “The Little Vampire” and starred opposite Bow Wow in the 2002 theatrical film Like Mike, which was released two weeks before Stuart Little 2; both of the films did relatively well in theaters. He also starred in the 2003 children movie “When Zachary Beaver Came To Town.” He was the voice behind the Baby Tiger character in the 1998 movie Dr Doolittle. He also appeared in the 2005 indie-movie “The L.A. Riot Spectacular.”
On television, he has appeared on Blowin’ Up,The Single Guy, The Family Guy, Monk, Touched By An Angel, The Jeff Foxworthy Show and The Late Late Show as well as episodes of Dawson’s Creek and the 1997 sitcom Meego.
An advocate for good health through chiropractic care, his personal quotation is : “If you want to perform at your ultimate best, if you want to be the best you can be in sports and in school, mentally, physically – chiropractic is the way, because everything has to do with your nervous system.”
He has been a fan of Mixed Martial Arts since the nineties and practices brazilian jiu jitsu currently under Alan Zborovsky.