The Face of Skittles: Jimmy Bellinger
images | Ken Arnold
While actor Jimmy Bellinger is a familiar face on television, commercials and in indie film, he will make his studio film debut this spring in Universal Pictures’ highly anticipated prom night comedy, “Blockers.” The modern-day film follows a group of teens who have made a “sex pact” to lose their virginity on the night of their senior prom. Bellinger plays the role of ‘Chad,’ who is attending prom with his best friend, Sam (Gideon Adlon).
Born in Ohio and raised in Maryland, Jimmy grew up with a passion for singing, which led him to sign with a talent manager at the age of 12. She began sending him out on acting auditions and when he was a sophomore in high school, he booked a role in the film “An American Affair,” alongside stars Gretchen Mol, Noah Wyle and James Rebhorn. It was during this filming process that Jimmy realized he was hooked and wanted to have a career as an actor. At 19, he decided to move to Los Angeles and after a short period of time he booked a role in the Disney Channel original movie “Geek Charming,” opposite Sarah Hyland.
Bellinger has gone on to book the national campaign and become the face of “Skittles” and he snagged heavily recurring roles on hit television series such as “The Middle” (ABC), “Liv and Maddie” (Disney Channel), and “Shameless” (Showtime), to name a few. In 2013, Jimmy landed his most challenging role in which he was given the task of portraying the true story of Patrick Henry Hughes, a wheelchair bound man who was also born without eyes and had to overcome impossible odds.
Another similarly difficult role was Bellinger’s portrayal of a young man with Asperger’s in the Hallmark movie, “A Smile as Big as the Moon.”
Jimmy is passionate about dog rescue and fostering, environmental conservation, suicide prevention, dementia research and ending world hunger. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, learning about wine, occasionally playing poker and video games with friends and of course, finding good food! He also is an accomplished vocalist and musician. Jimmy recently adopted a dog named Miley who lives with him in Los Angeles and has stolen his heart.