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Posted: June 11, 2018

Who was Jackson Odell, ‘The Goldbergs’ actor?

Remembering Jackson Odell

By Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Actor Jackson Odell was found dead of a drug overdose in a Tarzana, California, sober living facility June 8. He was 20 years old.

The actor played Ari Caldwell on the ABC comedy “The Goldebergs” from 2013 to 2015, but also had a music career.

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Here are some things to know about Odell.

He has been in show business since he was 12

Odell has acting credits on “Modern Family,” “iCarly,” “The Fosters” and starred in the 2011 Heather Graham movie “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.” He’s been playing music even longer. A video on his YouTube page shows him playing piano at 7 years old.

He wrote original songs for a movie soundtrack

Combining his talents in film and music, Odell contributed several songs to the 2018 movie “Forever My Girl.” Lauren Alaina sang “Wings of An Angel” on the film, which Odell wrote.

He had YouTube channel consisting of covers and original songs

John Mayer, Bill Withers, Rihanna and Macklemore are among the artists Odell covered on his YouTube channel. His cover of Mayer’s “Dreaming With a Broken Heart,” posted in 2012 when he was 14, is one of his most-viewed videos.


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Who was Jackson Odell, ‘The Goldbergs’ actor?

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Who was Jackson Odell, ‘The Goldbergs’ actor?

Actor and singer-songwriter Jackson Odell attends the premiere of Roadside Attractions' "Forever My Girl" at The London West Hollywood on January 16, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. Odel died in June at age 20. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

‘Goldbergs’ actor Jackson Odell dead at 20

Actor and singer-songwriter Jackson Odell was found dead in California on Friday, E! News reported Sunday. He was 20.

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Odell, who played Ari Caldwell on the ABC comedy series “The Goldbergs” from 2013 to 2015, was found unresponsive at his Tarzana residence in San Fernando Valley, a Los Angeles County Coroner’s spokesman confirmed to Variety. The cause of death has not been released, pending an autopsy, E! News reported.

Odell also starred in the 2011 movie “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer,” Variety reported. He also appeared on “The Fosters,” “Modern Family,” “Private Practice,” “Arrested Development,” and “iCarly.” He had acted in films since he was 12, Variety reported.

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As a songwriter, Odell wrote songs for the soundtrack of the 2018 romantic drama film “Forever My Girl,” Variety reported. One song was “Wings of an Angel,” which “American Idol” contestant Lauren Alaina sang for the film. 

  Who was Jackson Odell, ‘The Goldbergs’ actor?
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Photos: Notable deaths 2018

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