Noah Hathaway

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Noah Hathaway
Hathaway in 2012
Noah Leslie Hathaway

(1971-11-13) November 13, 1971 (age 52)
Years active1977–present

Noah Leslie Hathaway (born November 13, 1971) is an American actor and a former teen idol. He is best known for his roles as Atreyu in the 1984 film The NeverEnding Story and for portraying Boxey on the original television series Battlestar Galactica. His work in The NeverEnding Story made him particularly popular as a teen idol in Europe.


Early work[edit]

Hathaway was born in Los Angeles, California. He began appearing in commercials at age three, and later starred in several TV films and series, including an episode of Family Ties, episode 8 of season 4 called Designated Hitter. At the age of six he appeared in Battlestar Galactica, portraying Boxey, for which he received a nomination in the first Young Artist Awards.[1]

The NeverEnding Story[edit]

He was cast as Atreyu in the 1984 film The NeverEnding Story. He received his second Young Artist Awards nomination[2] and won the award for Best Younger Actor in the 12th Annual Saturn Awards.[3]

For the role Hathaway performed his own stunts, leading to a few near-injuries;[4] German director Wolfgang Petersen said:

I sought a good-looking boy of athletic build with the quality of fierce determination. The role requires the character to ride a horse expertly, fly on the back of a dragon, struggle through a swamp, clamber over rocks and fight a ferocious wolf-vampire.

Hathaway observed:

Well, what it was... Wolfgang Petersen was notorious for his actors doing their own stunts. His actors are always getting hurt, because he wanted....Audiences are very savvy, you can cut away and show the back of somebody and show the stuntman doing their stunt. And everybody knows that, so he wants his actors to do as much as they can for the realism of the movie. Accidents happen and actors aren't stuntmen. That's why they have stuntmen, because if someone gets hurt, they're "expendable". And some of the times, they're just more careful.... I just ended up paying.[4]

Hathaway has said that, during the time he worked as a tattoo artist, he could see for himself the film's on-going popularity, as clients regularly requested tattoos of the AURYN amulet his character wore, in the film.[5] He claims to have given fifteen different clients AURYN amulet tattoos in three weeks.

Later roles[edit]

In 1986, Hathaway starred in Troll, as Harry Potter Jr. and in the television movie Casebusters, as Jamie. Hathaway did not return to acting until 1994, in the film To Die, to Sleep, in his first adult role. After a second hiatus as an actor, Hathaway returned in 2011 for the films Mondo Holocausto![citation needed] as Ruggero Margheriti, and Sushi Girl as Fish.

In 2016, Hathaway reprised his role from The NeverEnding Story for a Spotify commercial celebrating the 1980s.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Hathaway attended school at Lycee Français de Los Angeles.[citation needed] He moved into dance instruction, teaching advanced jazz and street dance until an injury forced him to quit in 1989 at age eighteen. Trained in martial arts, Hathaway would later earn black belts in Tang Soo Do and Shotokan Karate, and also competed as a Muay Thai boxer, and learned American Kenpo from Dr. Jerry Erickson. Hathaway spent some of his time at the Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, California competing in supersport motorcycle racing, and designing and riding "chopper" motorcycles.

He was on tour with WizardWorld Conventions and appeared at the Chicago and Philadelphia shows in 2011. He appeared at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Sydney, Australia in June 2012.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1980 It's My Turn Homer's Son
1981 Separate Ways Jason Colby
1982 Best Friends Lyle Ballou
1984 The NeverEnding Story Atreyu Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical, Comedy or Adventure
1984 Quest Short film
1986 Troll Harry Potter Jr.
1994 To Die, to Sleep Phil
2012 Sushi Girl Fish
2012 Mondo Holocausto! Ruggero Margheriti
2013 Blue Dream Roper Karlsson


Year Title Role Notes
1978–1979 Battlestar Galactica Boxey 13 episodes
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Juvenile Actor in a Television Series
1979 High Midnight Timmy Television movie
1979 Supertrain Kid Episode: "Superstar"
1979 The Last Convertible Teddy 3 episodes
1980 Mork & Mindy Jud Episode: "Little Orphan Morkie"
1980 Eight Is Enough Jerry 2 episodes
1982 Laverne & Shirley Kevin Swisher Episode: "Lightning Man"
1982 CHiPs Tommy Episode: "Ice Cream Man"
1984 Simon & Simon Patrick Jessup Episode: "Almost Completely Out of Circulation"
1985 Call to Glory Boy in French Class Episode: "JFK: Part Two"
1985 CBS Storybreak 2 episodes
1985 Family Ties Adam Galardner Episode: "Designated Hitter"
1986 The Magical World of Disney Jamie Episode: "Casebusters"
1986 Wildfire Unknown episodes
2013 Twisted Tales Dale Episode: "Boom"

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 1980 - Young Artist Award for Best Juvenile Actor in a TV Series or Special - Nominated
  • 1985 - Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical, Comedy, Adventure or Drama - Nominated
  • 1985 - Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor - Won
  • 1986 - Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Actor - Animation Voice Over - Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1st Annual Awards".
  2. ^ "6th Annual Awards".
  3. ^ Past Saturn Awards Archived May 12, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b "Noah Hathaway interview - Boxey - Battlestar Galactica".
  5. ^ Craig Sailor (2015-08-09). "Noah Hathaway shares his neverending Hollywood story". The News Tribune. Retrieved 2019-05-29. The ultimate fan tribute: Hundreds of 'Neverending Story' tattoos. He made a few himself while working as a tattoo artist in Europe. 'I wouldn't do another Auryn (talisman) tattoo because I did 15 in three weeks,' he said. 'It is very flattering though.'
  6. ^ "Ad of the Day: Falkor From The NeverEnding Story Soars as Spotify's New Spokesdragon". AdWeek. 28 March 2016.
  7. ^ Maria Lewis (13 June 2012). "The NeverEnding Story star Noah Hathaway's advice for child stars". The Advertiser. Retrieved 13 December 2013.


  • Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 389-390.

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