Max Records (born June 18, 1997) is an American actor. He is most notable for his roles as Max in the film Where the Wild Things Are,[2][3] for which he won the 2009 Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film,[4] and as Slater Pedulla in The Sitter. He starred in the lead role of John Wayne Cleaver in the 2016 film titled I Am Not A Serial Killer based on the Dan Wells' 2009 novel of the same name which received positive reviews and ratings. He has also appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show.

Personal life

Records was born in Portland, Oregon,[1] the son of Shawn Records, a photographer, and Jenny, a librarian.[5][1] He attended Metropolitan Learning Center for most of his schooling. He has a younger brother named Sam.[6]


Records first became famous for the main role in Where the Wild Things Are when he was hired personally by Spike Jonze.[7] Records' father, who is a photographer, was asked to send the company information of actors fitting a certain description, Max happened to fit it so his information was also provided.

Before being cast in Where the Wild Things Are, Records starred in a music video for the band Death Cab for Cutie.[7]

After Where the Wild Things Are, his most notable roles are Young Stephen in The Brothers Bloom and Slater Pedula in The Sitter.

Records co-stars with Christopher Lloyd as John Wayne Cleaver in the film, I Am Not a Serial Killer, shot in 2015[8] and released in early 2016. Rolling Stone described the role as "a homicidal Midwestern teen who has to kill a mass murderer in order to stop becoming one himself".[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Where the Wild Things Are Max Won Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film, for 2009.[4] Nominated for multiple other awards.
2009 The Brothers Bloom Young Stephen
2010 The Vampire Attack Boy in Cemetery Short
2011 BlinkyTM[10] Alex Neville Short
2011 The Sitter[11] Slater Pedulla
2016 I Am Not a Serial Killer John Wayne Cleaver[8][9] Pending – Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actor[12]

Video games

Year Title Role
2009 Where the Wild Things Are (video game) Max


Year Award Category Result
2009 Young Artist Award Best Leading Young Actor in Feature Film Won
2016 British Film Institute Festival Best Leading Actor Nominated


  1. ^ a b c Baker, Jeff (April 28, 2014). "18 actors you (maybe) didn't know were from Portland". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  2. ^ "Max Records: Acting is a hobby". The Irish Independent. Press Association. December 11, 2009. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  3. ^ "New Where The Wild Things Are trailer gives a taste of the mind blowing mythical wonderland in this monster movie". Daily Mail. UK. March 26, 2009. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  4. ^ a b "Child/Teen Star Winners Announced at 31st Annual Young Artist Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Young Artist Association. April 11, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 28, 2010. Retrieved February 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ Shawn Levy (October 31, 2009). "Portland family took a big leap to let son star in 'Where the Wild Things Are'". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Max Records". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-08-01. 
  7. ^ a b White, Nicholas (October 16, 2009). "How Wild Things King Max Records Landed the Role". People. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  8. ^ a b Lawler, Christa (March 19, 2015). "Christopher Lloyd, other actors, crew descend on Virginia to film scenes for indie thriller". Duluth News Tribune. Duluth, Minnesota. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  9. ^ a b Ehrlich, David (February 2, 2016). "SXSW 2016: Chet Baker Biopic, Sky Ferreira Drug Thriller Anchor Fest Lineup". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  10. ^ Fischer, Russ (March 21, 2011). "Watch the Short Film 'Blinky,' In Which a Small Robot Goes Slightly Out of Control". /Film. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  11. ^ Neumaier, Joe (December 8, 2011). "Jonah Hill is a crass act with his adventures in bad childcare in 'The Sitter'". Daily News. New York. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  12. ^ "Never mind Oscar, here's the 2017 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards Nominees Ballot!". FANGORIA®. Retrieved 14 February 2017.