Oscar Actors: Smith-McPhee, Kodi–Background, Career, Awards

March 3, 2022
Kodi Smith-McPhee Career Summary:

Occupational Inheritance: Yes

Nationality: Aussie

Social Class: father, actor and former professional wrestler; older sister actress and singer Sianoa Smit-McPhee.




Training: Child actor

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Film Debut: 2007; aged 11

Breakthrough Role: The Road, 2009; aged 13

Oscar Role: Power of the Dog, 2021; aged 25

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Other Awards: CCA

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Screen Image: character actor

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Death: NA

Kodi Smit-McPhee (born 13 June 1996) is an Australian actor.

He gained recognition as a child actor for his leading roles in The Road (2009) and Let Me In (2010).

He voiced of the titular character in ParaNorman (2012) and appeared in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), X-Men: Apocalypse, (2016), Alpha (2018), and Dark Phoenix (2019).

In 2021, Smit-McPhee garnered critical acclaim for his performance as Peter Gordon in Jane Campion’s western film The Power of the Dog, for which he earned nominations for the Academy Award, the BAFTA Award, the SAG Award.

Smit-McPhee was born on born June 13, 1996 in Adelaide, South Australia, the son of Sonja Smit and Andy McPhee. His father is an actor and former professional wrestler. His older sister is actress and singer Sianoa Smit-McPhee.

At age 16, Smit-McPhee was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, degenerative form of arthritis which causes vertebrae in the spine to fuse and can lead to chronic pain and loss of vision.

Due to the condition, he is blind in his left eye.

Smit-McPhee’s first feature film role was in Romulus, My Father.

For his appearance in The Road (2009), he received a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for Best Young Actor and a 2010 Australian Film Institute (AFI) nomination for Best International Actor.

He then starred in Let Me In, for which he received a 2010 Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Young Actor.

Smit-McPhee then voiced the lead role of Norman in ParaNorman, a 2012 animated comedy horror film which was nominated for Best Animated Feature for the 2013 Academy Awards, and also received a 2013 BAFTA Award nomination for Best Animated Film. Later the same year, Smit-McPhee had a role in Dead Europe, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. His next role came in The Wilderness of James in the title role of James. He also starred in A Birder’s Guide to Everything, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, and played Benvolio in a film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. He co-starred in the 20th Century Fox film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).

In 2013, Smit-McPhee filmed the action sci fi Young Ones. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Fest in January 2014. Soon afterwards he appeared in Slow West, which was released in 2015.

In March 2014, he was in the Nine Network’s 7-part drama series Gallipoli which was broadcast in Feb-March 2015, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.


He plays 17-year-old Thomas “Tolly” Johnson, who pretends to be older in order to enlist with his brother Bevan and ends up fighting at Gallipoli in the campaign that helped create the Anzac legend. Aged 17. Smit-McPhee said that it showed “that soldiers aren’t the patriotic brave souls they look like, it’s showing them at their most vulnerable in tragic times and when they are terrified.”

Smit-McPhee played Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), a character whose older version was previously played by Alan Cumming.

Smit-McPhee reprised the role in Dark Phoenix, which was released in 2019.

In 2018, he played the central character Keda, an Ice Age adolescent who tames a wolf, in Alpha.

In 2021, Smit-McPhee starred in Jane Campion’s film The Power of the Dog, which premiered at the 2021 Venice Film Festival.

Smit-McPhee brought something inscrutably complex and reserved to his character’s behavior.

In March 2022 , Smit Mcphee joined Cuaron’s upcoming Apple+ series Disclaimer

Smit-McPhee has been in a relationship with his longtime girlfriend, Rebecca Phillipou, since 2014.


2006 Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America Toby Connelly

Television film
2007 The King Young John Wesley Television film
Romulus, My Father Raimond
2009 The Road Boy
Tinytown Davis
2010 Let Me In Owen
Matching Jack Finn
2012 Dead Europe Josef
ParaNorman Norman Babcock (voice)
2013 A Birder’s Guide to Everything David Portnoy
The Congress Aaron Wright
Romeo & Juliet Benvolio
2014 All the Wilderness James Charm
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Alexander
Maya the Bee Willy (voice)
Young Ones Jerome Holm
2015 Slow West Jay Cavendish
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
2018 Alpha Keda
2019 Dark Phoenix Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Dolemite Is My Name Nicholas Josef von Sternberg
2020 2067 Ethan Whyte
2021 The Power of the Dog Peter Gordon
2022 Elvis Jimmie Rodgers Post-production


2006 Monarch Cove Young Jake 4 episodes
Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King Brandon Episode: “Umney’s Last Case”
Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King Jackson Evans Episode: “The Fifth Quarter”
2011–2016 Poppy Cat Ravi (voice)
2015 Gallipoli Thomas “Tolly” Johnson Miniseries
2020 Interrogation Chris Keller

Smit-McPhee received youth awards for his performances in films Romulus, My Father (2007), Let Me In (2010) and The Road (2009).

His critically acclaimed performance in The Power of the Dog (2021) earned him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor Oscar, BAFTA and SAG.