Before Tom Hanks ever tried to solve Vatican mysteries in “Angels & Demons,” he played a boy trapped in a grown man’s body in another summer movie hit, 1988′s “Big.” But in the scenes prior to Hanks’s takeover of the life of young Josh Baskin, the character was portrayed by a genuinely young actor, a kid named David Moscow.
And that leads me to the question you know I’m just waiting to ask: whatever happened to that boy?
The aforementioned pivotal role in “Big” kickstarted the career of the then 13-year-old New York City native, leading Moscow to parts in TV movies like “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and theatrical films like “Newsies.” His resume was a bit spotty in the ’90s perhaps because, according to Wikipedia, he attended Hampshire College during a portion of that decade.
He eventually resumed his acting career, though, picking up an appearance in an episode of “Seinfeld,” a regular part on the sitcom “Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane” and roles in movies like “Riding in Cars with Boys,” “Just Married” and the Jessica Alba instant classic, “Honey.”
During the past two years, Moscow has been particularly busy, appearing in a string of independent and direct-to-DVD films, including the Corbin Bernsen-directed effort “Dead Air.” Based on the information I was able to find, he is not married and does not have kids; he was engaged to actress Kerry Washington for a few years but the relationship ended.
If he ever does have children, I have to assume that Moscow will be the first one to tell them not to rush into growing up. After all, if anyone knows that skipping over childhood isn’t a good idea, it’s this “Big” star.