Actor Jake Muxworthy emerged as an onscreen presence in the early 2000s, when he gradually transitioned from bit parts to higher billing, and concurrently developed and honed a reputation for tackling intense, demanding material, often in the horror or thriller genres. Muxworthy landed one of his first roles when he signed to play a paramedic in the Jet Li action opus Cradle 2 the Grave; he followed that up with a key supporting part in David O. Russell's heady, existential comedy I Heart Huckabees (2004). The actor then accepted his first lead -- as the comparatively less twisted of a psychopathic serial killer's two sons, in Morgan J. Freeman's shocker Born Killers (2005). Muxworthy extended his track record of dark and disturbing material by essaying a lead in the horror opus Asylum (2007) -- as one of several students who must combat a possessed dormitory -- and he signed for one of the main roles in the same year's Bordertown, a slasher picture about a Mexican town on the border beset by a series of grisly killings. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi