Date of Birth3 December 1993, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Birth NameSean Lance Berdy
Height5' 10" (1.78 m)
Mini BiographySean 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.