Comeback kid: Haley nets 3 roles

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Oscar-nominated actor Jackie Earle Haley continues his comeback, booking a trio of projects in both the comedy and drama arenas.

First up is a role in the Will Ferrell basketball comedy "Semi-Pro," which Kent Alterman is directing for New Line Cinema. Haley is playing a fan who wins a basketball-throwing contest.

Haley then will segue to the all-star ensemble drama "Winged Creatures," being directed by Rowan Woods. Haley will join Kate Beckinsale, Forest Whitaker, Dakota Fanning and Guy Pearce, portraying an abusive husband and angry father.

Lastly, Haley will shoot "Bolden!" an indie drama directed by Dan Pritzker and produced by Wynton Marsalis, Ed Arrendell, Jon Cornick and Michele Tayler. The period biopic stars Anthony Mackie as Buddy Bolden, the first man of New Orleans jazz. Haley will portray a judge at the center of most of the lucrative but corrupt activities in New Orleans — notably brothels and Battles Royale, when black men were drugged and forced to fight one another before an all-white male audience.

Haley was nominated for a best supporting Oscar this year for his work in "Little Children." The nomination, as well as a role in last year's "All the King's Men," brought the actor back into the spotlight after 13 years out of the business.

Haley was a child star, shooting to fame in such movies as "The Bad News Bears" and "Breaking Away." After offers dried up, Haley left Hollywood for San Antonio, where he took such jobs as limo driver, security officer and pizza deliverer before being rediscovered.

Haley is repped by Gersh and Leslie Allan-Rice Management.
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