In 1990, he portrayed the part of Jason in the ABC television movie, Unspeakable Acts opposite Jill Clayburgh and Brad Davis. Subsequently, he was selected by director Alan J. Pakula for the featured role of Wendell McGaffney in Warner Bros.' Presumed Innocent opposite Harrison Ford.
At the young age of 7, director Richard Donner cast Joseph in the co-starring role of Bobby Wright in Columbia Pictures' Radio Flyer. It was while Joseph was filming this drama that director Donner introduced him to Steven Spielberg. One year later, in 1993, he was cast as Tim Murphy in Universal's megahit Jurassic Park, directed by Spielberg. In 1997 he reprised that role in a cameo appearance in Spielberg's sequel Jurassic Park: The Lost World.
Following that success, director Richard Attenborough asked him to play Douglas Gresham in Savoy Pictures' acclaimed Shadowlands, along with Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. In 1994, he appeared in Universal's The River Wild as a tough kid named Roarke, the son of his co-star Meryl Streep. Joseph's work in that film received great notice as did his performance in Universal's The Cure, in which he portrayed Dexter, a young boy dying of AIDS.
Next came Rysher Entertainment's Three Wishes for director Martha Coolidge, in which he played Tom opposite Patrick Swayze and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonia. Joseph then took on the comedy role of Spencer in Tri-Mark's Starkid, a sci-fi adventure.
Joseph, who lives in New York, says when he's not acting he enjoys playing baseball and loves to skateboard. He also likes to watch old movies, especially It's A Wonderful Life. He'd like to be a director when he grows up. He has one older sister, Mary, and one younger brother, John. His parents own a dance studio for the performing arts.
Joseph Mazello Facts