For Conner Rayburn, that happened pretty
quickly. In an Angus Beef commercial, he played in the
corner of a building in the Old West while a cowboy got
thrown through a window. In the movie “Big Momma’s
House 2” he went running on the beach. And in his
series regular role as Kyle on the ABC sitcom “According
To Jim,” he spent one episode comically living in
an office drawer.
Conner’s been immediately recognized
as a natural actor, and he’s already developing additional
creative skills. In a Blue Cross/Blue Shield commercial,
he was able to establish the theme and sequence for one
of his scenes.
He’s already looking ahead, anticipating
a time when he can act, do voiceover work and direct. “I
wanna do everything that involves acting,” he says
If one looks backward in time, it’s
easy to believe Conner’s place in Hollywood was pre-destined.
Born April 7, 1999, in Dickson, Tennessee (about 40 miles
west of Nashville) his father, Brian was an air-conditioning
technician. A former co-worker in Las Vegas offered
Brian and his father-in-law the opportunity to pursue their
work in Nevada. The four Rayburns (including wife
Gina and their oldest son, Christopher) wished some very
difficult goodbyes to the rest of their family and headed
west. Their life took an unexpected and exciting
road that led to Hollywood.
In the fall of 2004 Conner got the chance
to audition for According to Jim. The result was Conner
plays Jim Belushi’s son “Kyle” and has
been for the past three seasons. Conner’s life is
a bit unusual too. For three weeks every month during TV
taping season he’s on the set Tuesday through Friday,
where he works closely with a tutor on the assignments
he’s given at school on Monday. He spends one week
each month attending five days of classes, where he’s
made friends who don’t place too much importance
on his budding stardom. “They’re not hyper
when I come to school,” he says. “They don’t’ care
if you’re on TV. They just watch it.” He
rides bikes with his friends from the cul-de-sac.
And he’s slowly watching the credits
pile up. In addition to “According To Jim” and
his commercial appearances, he filmed a guest spot on an
episode of “Monk”, appeared in the movie “Big
Momma’s House 2”, has been on an episode of
Cold Case “ The Offender”, and is currently
filming in “Walk
Hard “The Dewey Cox Story.
“Who would have ever thought that
it would turn out like it did?” Brian wonders. “I’m
glad that we took the chance."
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