ABC Actor Atticus Shaffer Wants To Settle Down | Turns To God
Atticus Shaffer's whole life had been a challenge to being able to walk. However, he is not just walking now; he is flying in the upper echelons of select few actors.
The 22-year-old actor is loved by many for his portrayal of Brick Ishmael Heck, an introverted child with Asperger's symptoms in the ABC family sitcom The Middle (2009-2018). Apart from The Middle, he has lent his voice to many animation movies and series, most notably the 2012 dark comedy, Frankenweenie.
Today, Shaffer is busy with his Twitch account while also doing other voice-over jobs to add to his already impressive net worth.
The Middle Catapulted Shaffer’s Career
Initially, Shaffer’s TV career began after appearing in a guest role in the 2007 CBS series The Class at the mere age of 7. After bit-part roles in various series till 2009, he landed the role of Brick in The Middle, a role which he reprised for nine years before its conclusion in 2018. During that period he was also part of numerous other series, especially in guest roles.
Having come from television, Shaffer did not limit himself to small-screen, however. He has played in big movies like The Unborn (2009), Big Fat Important Movie (2008), and Leaving Barstow (2008), perhaps his biggest role on the big screen was in 2008's Hancock alongside Will Smith and Charlize Theron.
Atticus Shaffer with Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn in The Middle (Photo: IMDb)
Having ventured into the big-screen, Shaffer's recognition is still credited to his role in The Middle. his performance was so remarkable that in 2010, he was awarded the Diversity Award for Actor with a Physical or Emotional Disability for his role.
Shaffer has also found fame as a voiceover artist. One of his more prominent voice-acting jobs was as Edgar 'E' Gore in 2012's Frankenweenie, He was nominated for the Voice Acting in a Feature Production at the 2013 Annie Awards for Frankenweenie.
He has been very popular in his avatar as a voiceover artist, and as of now provides his voice for three animation series such as Mooner in Monkey Up (2016), and as Grumpy in Pete the Cat (2017).
Shaffer’s Faith In God Helped Him Deal With The Pain Of His Condition
Shaffer was born on 19 June 1998 in Santa Clarita to Ron and Debbie Shaffer. He was born with a congenital condition, termed osteogenesis imperfecta, commonly known as brittle bones disease. The situation meant that his bones would not usually form and as a result, he would have a short stature. The worse part of the disease would be a supposed inability to walk - which was what the doctors had told his family.
The actor opened up about his illness to Pure Talk in June 2018 that he was grateful for his mother who refused to entertain the fact that her son could not walk and raised him up as a normal kid. As a result, he grew up to a height of 4 feet and 8 inches and could still walk.
He also revealed that he had turned to god at a young age. Being born with a painful condition meant that he required regular surgeries and had to go through a lot of pain which is when he resorted towards god. And turning to god not only made him relieve his pain and suffering, but it also made him compassionate and empathic.
The actor also spoke of his pride in having represented differently-abled people and claimed that his onscreen character was a role model to him along with other millions of viewers. The actor revealed in 2015, that his representation of Asperger suffering victim in the series The Middle, resonated in a right way with millions of others and he used to receive letters thanking him for inspiring differently-abled people.
Apart from his family, the Lion Guard star credits the almighty for being able to achieve what he has achieved to date.
The strict upbringing of his mother, allied with his family's support and his faith in God seems to have worked the magic as he is now a highly successful actor.
Atticus Wants To Settle Down And Have A Wife
Atticus’s faith in god is so strong that he believes his wife is predestined for him. The actor took to his own Youtube channel to address questions from his fans, particularly regarding his views on dating and marriage.
In the video, Atticus stressed that the best way in honoring god was to save himself for his future wife. He strongly emphasized his Christian faith for his beliefs about marriage and dating. He believed that god had preordained a wife for him and that he would be waiting for her.
His views on dating were also rather unorthodox in comparison with the modern world. He believed that dating was a means to get to know the other person, specifically in terms of seeing if the other person was marriage material. Shaffer also revealed that in the past, because of his fame, there were women that wanted to get to know him for all the wrong reasons.
In another interview with Pure Talk, Shaffer reiterated that he did want to settle down soon as having a family and experiencing life with his kids was something that he really wanted.
Shaffer's Foray Into Twitch, Production House And How It Has Strengthened His Net Worth
These days, Shaffer has joined a list of other celebrities who got into twitch as a way to earn money on the side.
He frequently posts gaming vlogs on his twitch account. Recently famous comedian Erik Griffin made the headlines when he joined Twitch and actively posted videos of him gaming.
While it hasn't been officially revealed just how much The Middle star makes from his twitch account, Shaffer does seem to be making significant money from his tv shows.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Shaffer's net worth is an impressive $4 million. While his several tv appearances and voice acting gig did help him garner much income, it was his role as Brick Ishmael Heck in The Middle that cemented his resume and his net worth.