Axl HeckPlayed by Charlie McDermott
Axl, the oldest son of Frankie and Mike Heck, was conceived during what might be remembered as the Guns N' Roses period in the Heck household. He might be a typical teenage jock who eats his mom and dad out of house and home, but do you know many teenage boys who like walking around the house in their underwear? Yeah, neither do we.
Charlie McDermott is a rising star who has already made his presence felt on both the large and small screens. He is also adding writer and director to his list of credits with the upcoming film ImagiGary. The film, written and directed by McDermott, is a coming of age comedy about a freshman in college, Henry, who rediscovers his imaginary friend, Gary, through the loneliness of his first week at school. He stars in the film alongside Nate Hartley (co-writer) and Haley Ramm. The film was produced in McDermott's hometown, the suburbs of Philadelphia.
On the big screen McDermott appeared in the comedy Hot Tub Time Machine, opposite John Cusick, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Chevy Chase. He was seen alongside Laura Linney and writer/director Leland Orser in Morning. He also appeared in the critically praised Frozen River, earning a Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The recipient of the Sundance 2008 Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Film, the movie has also been honored by the Gotham Awards, Hamburg Film Festival, National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Circle Awards.
McDermott began his career with M. Night Shyamalan's The Village, where he starred alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver. Additional films include a supporting role in the Sundance favorite The Ten, with Jessica Alba, Adam Brody, Gretchen Mol, Oliver Platt, Paul Rudd, Winona Ryder and Liev Schreiber, Summit Entertainment's The Sex Drive, opposite Seth Green and James Marsden, and the independent films All Along and Disappearances.
Television roles include Lifetime's Bond of Silence, The Office, as the disinterested student who ignores Michael Scott (Steve Carell), Private Practice, Parks and Recreation, PBS' Emmy Award-winning Windy Acres, "Medium" and the Hallmark films Generation Gap and Safe Harbor.