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Jacob Kogan (born 28 May 1995; age 27) is an American actor of Russian-Jewish ancestry who played the young Spock in the 2009 film Star Trek.  Hailing from New York City, New York, he attended a private school. In addition to acting, he also plays guitar and the piano. A picture of him was used for card #11 of the virtual collectible card battle game Star Trek: Rivals in 2013, titled "Half Vulcan Spock".
Kogan broke into acting when he was asked to audition for a Lasse Hallström film. The film ultimately lost funding and was scrapped, but Kogan continued to pursue an acting career. He became a regular on the MTV2 sketch comedy series Wonder Showzen, which aired in 2005 and 2006. He has since acquired recognition for playing the title role in the 2007 film Joshua, about a mentally-disturbed 9-year-old boy whose psychotic behavior begins to tear his wealthy family apart. This film also features one-time Star Trek: Voyager guest star Michael McKean. Kogan received for his performance a Young Artist Award nomination in the category Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor in 2008.
In September 2007, Kogan completed filming on an independent film called Wherever You Are, released in 2008. This film co-stars Star Trek: Deep Space Nine guest actor Josh Pais as a relative of Kogan's character.
Following his work on Star Trek, Kogan guest-starred in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2011) and played the recurring role of David in the comedy series Delocated (2009-2013). Kogan later had a recurring role as Luca Jameson in the science fiction series The Tomorrow People (2013-2014).