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WE BOUGHT A ZOO marks the reunion of PATRICK FUGIT (Robin Jones) with writer-director Cameron Crowe, for whom he made his Hollywood movie debut in the 2000 coming-of-age tale, Almost Famous, when Fugit was 16. Discovered in a national casting search, Fugit became widely known for playing William Miller, a young rock-fan-turned-reporter based on the early career of its director Cameron Crowe, the youngest journalist for Rolling Stone Magazine. Already a classic, Almost Famous is touted as one of the ten best movies of the decade from 2000-2010.

Fugit was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. His mother, Jan, a dance teacher who raised Fugit and his younger siblings, encouraged the youngsters to perform. Fugit credits Jan with developing his early interest in the dramatic arts. From junior high and into high school, he also began studying the craft of acting in theatre school during his summer vacations. Fugit made his stage debut in a school production while in the seventh grade. Inspired by his love of performing, he decided to become a professional actor, and went on to land several guest roles in locally shot television episodes throughout his teens.

Following his 2000 debut in Almost Famous, Fugit played a sweetly geeky, aspiring comic book artist in the 2002 drama White Oleander, and a naive drug addict in the indie dark comedy Spun. His next film, Saved! was a satirical look at the religious right in high school. In 2005 Fugit starred in The Amateurs, an independent comedy about a sleepy town that comes together to film a porno, and in 2007 he starred in Wristcutters, A Love Story. In 2009, Fugit portrayed the role of Evra the Snake Boy in the 2009 fantasy-thriller Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant.

Earlier this year, he was seen in HBO's Cinema Verite alongside James Gandolfini, Diane Lane and Tim Robbins. The film tells the behind-the-scene story of the groundbreaking 1973 PBS Documentary series, An American Family.

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