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Ethan Cutkosky is an actor known for playing Carl Gallagher in the US version of Shameless. He was born on August 19, 1999, in St. Charles, Illinois. When he's not filming in Los Angeles, he's living it up in the Chicago Suburbs.


Ethan began doing photo ads when he was four years old as a way for his mother and him to spend time together. After a few ads he was asked to audition for commercials and then movies. He landed his first movie role acting with Vince Vaughn in Fred Clause when he was seven years old, filming on Michigan Avenue in his hometown of Chicago.

At the age of nine, Ethan played a major role in the movie, The Unborn, where he took the part of a mythical Jewish spirit known as a Dybbuk named Barto. He was personally selected by the writer and director, David Goyer, because of his ability to follow direction and maintain an expressionless face during filming. Ethan very much appreciated the opportunity to play opposite Gary Oldman in this movie. This role actually helped him earn the nickname of ‘One Take Barto’ in reference to his characters name and Ethan’s own goal of getting every shot done in one take.

In 2009 Ethan was selected for a character in the Showtime series Shameless as Carl, the son of Frank Gallagher, an absentee alcoholic father. Carl is being raised by his sister Fiona but he is a little out of place and has no real role model in his life an finds rather unique ways of trying to fit in a vie for his older sibling's attention.

Ethan is an avid skateboarder, loves photography and is a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo. He graduated from St. Charles high school in Illinois, and now owns a clothing brand called Khaotic Collective. He is an animal lover and has a number of pets, despite his numberous characters he has played that are quite different than him in reality.

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