After a series of roles in television and film during the 1990s, including a small part in Forrest Gump playing the title character's son (also named Forrest Gump), Osment rose to fame for his performance as a young unwilling medium in M.Night Shyamalan's thriller film The Sixth Sense, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.He credits his parents with steering him through an adolescence free of major indiscretions."They emphasised school as the most important thing and really kept my feet on the ground," he says.I: Artificial Intelligence before putting his career on hold to go to college."I was really excited about going because when I was making films as a kid I was usually the only young person on the set and I was working with adults.
He made his Broadway debut in 2008 in a short-lived revival of David Mamet's play American Buffalo, starring John Leguizamo and Cedric the Entertainer.It seems there was no mystery attached to his disappearance from Hollywood; the reason was quite mundane and also laudable."I went to New York University to study experimental theatre in 2006 and was there pretty consistently until 2011," he explains.For the young Haley his audition for the role was exciting not because he would be meeting Hanks but because he and his family were going on a camping trip immediately after it was over.He appeared in episodes of several television series and made-for-TV movies and then delivered his startling performance as the sad, troubled youngster in The Sixth Sense.Cheerful and outgoing, Osment has an infectious laugh and seems completely at ease with himself and his life today.