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Atticus Shaffer
Shaffer attending the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012
Born (1998-06-19) June 19, 1998 (age 25)
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 2007–present
Known for Role as Brick Heck in The Middle
Height 4 ft 8 in (142 cm)

Atticus Ronald Shaffer (born June 19, 1998) is an American actor known for playing Brick Heck on the ABC sitcom The Middle (2009–2018), as well as for voicing Edgar in the film Frankenweenie (2012) and Ono on the Disney Junior series The Lion Guard (2016–2019), and for his brief appearance in Hancock (2008).


The Middle

The role for which Shaffer is thus far most well-known is that of Brick Heck, a character in the American television sitcom The Middle. The role was played by Shaffer during the show's entire nine-season run, from 2009 to 2018. Brick is the youngest of the three Heck siblings, and is highly intelligent and smarter than most people his age. He loves to read and has an ongoing fascination with fonts. Brick is socially awkward, and repeatedly overlooked by the members of his family, such as forgotten birthdays. The series and its cast were nominated dozens of times for awards and won over a dozen collectively.

In a Wired magazine interview published in January 2013, Shaffer said his role as Brick was very similar to his own life, as he is also a "big reader" and "nerd[s] out over the weirdest stuff". In May 2011, a TV Guide article had reported the closeness as well. Brick's characterization, including his idiosyncratic palilalian repetition of words and phrases at the end of sentences, is actually based on The Middle co-creator Eileen Heisler's son, Justin.

Personal life

Named after Atticus Finch, the lawyer in To Kill a Mockingbird, Shaffer was born in Santa Clarita, California, to Ron and Debbie Shaffer. He lives in Acton, California.

Shaffer has type four osteogenesis imperfecta, a condition involving a defect in type 1 collagen, which causes fragile bones and short stature. He is 4' 8" (142 cm) tall.

Shaffer is Christian and as of 2018 had a daily Bible study with his mother, alternating between the Old and New Testaments. As of 2015, the year he was baptized, he was a fan of contemporary Christian rock music and identified several Christian bands among his favorites.

Shaffer has official YouTube and Twitch video gaming pages, titled "AtticusShafferVlog", the latter of which he announced in December 2019. He plays The Long Dark and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare among other video games.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Class Jonah Episode: "The Class Rides a Bull"
2007 Days of Our Lives Irish boy Episode 1.10632
2007 Human Giant Wade Episode: "Mind Explosion"
2008 Carpoolers Boy Episode: "Take Your Daughter to Work Day"
2008 Out of Jimmy's Head Aaron Episode: "Bad Fad"
2009 My Name Is Earl Space camper Episode: "Chaz Dalton's Space Academy"
2009–2018 The Middle Brick Heck Main role; 215 episodes
2010 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Himself Special guest, 1 episode
2010–2014 Fish Hooks Albert Glass Voice, 28 episodes
2011 I'm in the Band Eddie Nova, Jr. Episode: "Camp Weasel Rock"
2011 The Penguins of Madagascar Vesuvius Twins Voice, 3 episodes
2011 Shake It Up Zane Episode: "Beam It Up"
2011 ThunderCats Young Emrick Voice, episode: "Song of the Petalars"
2012 See Dad Run Episode: "See Dad Find His Way Home Part 1"
2013–2018 Steven Universe Peedee Fryman Voice, recurring role
2015 Clarence Seabass Voice, episode: "Hoofin' It"
2016–2019 The Lion Guard Ono Voice, main role
2016–2018 Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh Fox Voice, recurring role
2017–2018 Pete the Cat Grumpy Toad Voice, 9 episodes
2017 Pete the Cat: A Groovy New Year Grumpy Toad Voice, holiday special
2017–2019 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Dennis Voice, 3 episodes
2018–2020 Harvey Girls Forever! Melvin Voice, main role
2020 Never Have I Ever Russia Model UN representative Episode: "...started a nuclear war"
2022–present Firebuds Wayne Riley Voice, recurring role


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Leaving Barstow Boy on bus
2008 Hancock Boy at bus bench
2008 An American Carol Timmy
2009 The Unborn Matty Newton
2009 Opposite Day Small Man
2009 Subject: I Love You Tommy Voice
2012 Frankenweenie Edgar "E" Gore Voice
2013 Super Buddies Monk-E Voice
2015 The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Ono Voice, television film
2016 Monkey Up Mooner Voice
2017 The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar Ono Voice, television film
2018 I'll Be Next Door for Christmas Archie
2019 The Lion Guard: Battle for the Pride Lands Ono Voice, television film
2021 Arlo the Alligator Boy "Kids Things" Kid, Ice Cream Kid, Kid Bully Voice


Year Title Role Notes
2016–present Adventures in Odyssey Morrie Rydell Recurring role


Year Title Notes
2009, 2010, 2011 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 3 episodes
2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 The View 4 episodes
2010 The Bonnie Hunt Show Episode: "30 March 2010"
2010, 2017 Entertainment Tonight 2 episodes
2010 Lopez Tonight Episode: "3 November 2010"
2010 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Episode: #19.44
2010 79th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Episode: "10 December 2010"
2011 25th Annual Genesis Awards Episode: "30 April 2011"
2011 Conan Episode: "The Container Store Of My Discontent"
2011 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Episode: "The Sharrock Family"
2012 Good Morning America Episode: "6 February 2012"
2012 Live with Kelly and Michael Episode: "6 February 2012"
2012 Made in Hollywood Episode: #8.3
2013 The Queen Latifah Show Episode: #1.8
2013 40th Annual Annie Awards Presenter
2013 The Chew Episode: "Meals from the Heartland"
2014, 2015, 2018 Home & Family 3 episodes
2015 Celebrity Page Episode: October 16, 2015
2016 The Real Episode "15 January 2016"

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2010/11 Young Artist Awards Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series The Middle Nominated
2013 Annie Awards Voice Acting in a Feature Production Frankenweenie Nominated

See also

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