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Sean Berdy Biography

Sean Berdy


Date of Birth
3 December 1993, Boca Raton, Florida, USA

Birth Name
Sean Lance Berdy


5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Biography
Sean Berdy is considered by many to be the actor who revolutionized people's passion for learning sign language.

Sean was born on June 3rd, 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida, to parents Terrie and Scott Berdy. At a young age Sean began putting on impromptu comedic shows alongside his brother, Tyler, to the delight of family and friends. Seeing the joy he brought to others while performing, he became passionate about entertaining. Young Berdy also became fascinated with magic and won the top award for young magicians at the World Magicians Festival held in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Never believing his deafness was a roadblock to pursuing his dreams, Sean received his first big break in acting when a casting call went out for a young deaf actor for "The Sandlot 2." Sean, aged 11, played the role of lovable and mischievous Sammy "Fingers" Samuelson. Subsequently, he appeared in films such as "The Bondage," "The Deaf Family" and "The Legend of the Mountain Man".

In 2010, Sean and his classmate partner won the title of Mr. and Miss Deaf Teen America, a nationwide competition, which enabled them to travel around the country making public appearances for one year to proudly raise deaf awareness.

In 2011, Sean was cast as a series regular in the ABC Family's series "Switched at Birth." Playing opposite Marlee Matlin as his mother, Sean portrayed the role of Emmett Bledsoe, whom the producers described as a "Deaf James Dean" type. Among other skills, Emmett rides a motorcycle, plays the drums in a rock band and is a photographer.

As a result, in 2011 he was nominated for TV Breakout Star by the Teen Choice Awards.

"Switched at Birth" has been widely credited with increasing awareness of deaf culture and for garnering huge growth in the number of people learning ASL. Berdy received the DeafNation Inspiration Award for Entertainment in 2012 for the positive impact his authentic portrayal of Emmett Bledsoe has had on the deaf community.

For Twentieth Century-Fox's animated movie "Ice Age: Continental Drift," Sean has provided an industry first on-camera ASL performance that displays in a picture-in-picture window used in the DVD release.

Over the years, Sean has created several music videos performed in ASL and delivered a number of motivational keynote speeches throughout the country.

  • Jim Carrey has been Sean's acting idol since he was a little boy. Sean's ultimate dream is to one day star in a motion picture comedy opposite Jim.
  • He was born deaf, he started acting when he was a little boy giving shows on his parent's bed.
  • Sean has been called a "signing ninja" because of the speed with which he can sign in American Sign Language.
  • Sean produced an ASL version of Enrique Iglesias' "Hero" that has been viewed over one million times YouTube. Sean has also performed the ASL version live at Disney.
  • Has a brother, Tyler Berdy.
  • Sean's parents and younger brother, Tyler, are also deaf.
  • When Sean was only two years old, his aunt predicted that he would be an actor like Marlee Matlin. Ironically, 15 years later Matlin was cast in the role of his mother on "Switched at Birth.".
  • Quotes
  • Shake a bam.
  • It's not all about acting. It's about giving the art of entertainment to humanity.
  • I believe in the power and the beauty of American Sign Language. I believe everyone should learn it.
  • Humor is a big part of how people get through the day.
  • I've always admired Marlee Matlin, and what a great woman, what a great heart, what a wonderful actress. I've always looked up to her. As a person, she is inspiring.
  • I grew up using hearing aids, and I had speech therapy and so forth, and that helped me to develop a passion for music and helped me to develop my drumming talents.
  • It is the greatest gift and honor of my career to see that my work has inspired so many of the show's millions of fans to learn sign language.

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