Michael Conner Humphreys played the young Forrest Gump and his performance of Forrest’s formative years made the audience fall in love with the bumbling but well meaning character.
It was him on screen when we first heard the iconic words, ‘Run, Forrest. Run!’
Humphreys was eight years old when he filmed Forrest Gump, and the film had a huge influence on his life, reports UniLad.
During the filming of the movie’s Vietnam war scenes Humphreys was lucky enough to meet members of the Marine Corp, who provided the helicopters.
Getting to meet them made a huge impression on the young man, and rather than continue acting, he went on to join the US Army in 2004.
He did an 18 month tour of duty in Iraq, where his nickname was ‘Gump’.
In an interview, he said it was this visit that ‘directly motivated’ him to join the army.
In 2014 he took part in a ten kilometre charity run and onlookers cheered him on by chanting ‘Run, Forrest. Run.’
He left the army in 2008 to study ‘International Relations’ at the University of North Alabama and in 2011 returned to acting with a role in the small film Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers.