Patrick Renna is one of the finest child actors of the ’90s. He is best known for his role as the red-haired Hamilton “Ham” Porter in the classic film, The Sandlot where he gave us one of the greatest movie lines ever — “You’re killing me, Smalls!” Since then, he has continued to grace our screens with his rare talent and amazing roles.
Patrick Renna Bio
The Sandlot star was born Patrick Maxwell Renna in Boston, Massachusetts, on the 3rd day of March 1979. He is of Irish and Gaelic origin. Renna grew up in Savin Hill and attended Delphi Academy in Boston. As a child, he showed rare acting traits and took part in school plays. Afterwards, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career and has since built a rich resume. His mother also stepped in as his manager during his early career years and helped him to hone his skills.
In 1993, aged 14, he snagged his first acting role in the baseball comedy, The Sandlot as Hamilton “Ham” Porter. That became his breakout role and subsequently shot him to the limelight. His character was known for his famous line, “You’re killing me, Smalls” which he yells out to newcomer Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) in frustration. The film, as well as the phrase, has continued to live on in fans’ hearts.
Renna went on to land more roles in several other comedy classics including Son in Law (1993) as Jack Warner and Disney’s family sports comedy film, The Big Green (1995) as the goalie, Larry Musgrove. He continued to work steadily through the ’90s and ’00s in films such as Falling Sky, P.U.N.K.S. with Jessica Alba, National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze, Ricky 6, Very Mean Men, Life Blood, Dark Ride, Dorm Daze, Murder World. His work also includes numerous guest-starring and recurring roles in series like Getting By, Salute Your Shorts, Boy Meets World, Home Improvement, Judging Amy, Over There, The Closer, ER, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The X-Files, Boston Legal.
Apart from his role as an actor, Patrick Renna has also worked behind the scene as a producer. In 2015, he produced and also starred in the dark comedy, Bad Roomies. The movie follows two guys who decide to get a female roommate for all the wrong reasons, forever turning their lives upside-down. His other recent projects include the Sci-fi horror television film Lavalantula (2015) and the comedy horror film Fear, Inc. (2016). He had a guest role on Fox’s crime drama Bones in 2014 and an episode of the reality competition TV series, Hell’s Kitchen in 2017. Renna also appeared as the wrestling superfan/baker, Cupcake in the second season of Netflix’s GLOW (2018) opposite Lucas Neff, Caitlin Stasey and Abigail Breslin.
Patrick Renna is a remarkable actor who has managed to translate his child star status into an even more successful adult career. Also, he has ventured into other areas such as production and hosting. His resume boasts of more than 25 feature films and numerous television shows including award-winning series like Boston Legal and The X-Files. His net worth has been estimated to be $1 million, an amount which is sure to appreciate as he undertakes more projects and ventures.
Where is Patrick Renna Now?
Since his The Sandlot days, the actor has not lost his funny bone and has undertaken a number of other remarkable projects. He is still active in the acting arena. Apart from his recurring role on the Netflix project, GLOW, Patrick Renna also has a new podcast named You’re Killing Me! On the show, he discusses his life in Hollywood, current events as well as welcomes different friends and guests.
Renna has been married for over a decade and he is still going very strong in his relationship with his wife, Jasmine Renna. The duo tied the knot in October 2006. Patrick describes his wife as his best friend and number one fan.
Jasmine is credited as a consultant in Bad Roomies. They are also verified Scientologist. On April 14, 2017, the couple welcomed their first child, a son named Flynn Maxwell. While Maxwell is Renna’s middle name, Flynn is a nod to his Irish descent, an Irish name meaning “son of a red-haired man”.
While the actor still has his chubby physique and red curly mane, he has grown older and taller over the years. Renna stands at 5 feet 7 inches (1.73 m) tall. There is no information about his body weight and other digits on his measurements.