“The Middle” Child Star: Atticus Schaffer Conquers Physical Disability & Says His Parents Support His Dreams!
Atticus Shaffer, born June 19 1998, stars as Brick Heck on ABC’s comedy, “The Middle.” Eleven-year-old Atticus lives in Acton, California, with his mother, Debbie, and father, Ron, as well as a host of rescue animals including 2 dogs, 4 cats, chickens, fish and a rabbit. He also has a 31 year old brother. People magazine recently reported that Atticus suffers from Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) a genetic bone disorder resulting in fragile bones. About his disability Schaffer says, “It’s a small portion of me and nothing more. I take extra precautions where I step to make sure it’s safe. And I shouldn’t do anything with heavy lifting or anything that could make me slip and fall.”
Shaffer was discovered by his manager in 2006 and quickly booked a guest starring role in the series “The Class.” That role led Atticus Shaffer to the role of Brick in the original ABC pilot for “The Middle.”
As mentioned in this clip with Jimmy Kimmel, Atticus is home schooled by his mom and excels in his education. Of his mom he says “we learn together.” Way to go Debbie! It obvious neither Atticus nor his parents let OI slow him down which is illustrated not only by his acting but his involvement with Boy Scouts. He loves to camp, earn Merit badges, read, play LEGOS and collect World War II memorabilia. Atticus is a wonderful example of a child who is living his life to the fullest despite his disabilities and he gives full credit to his mom and dad for enabling him to do so.