Max Keeble's Big Move is one of those movies that you totally forgot existed, but now that I've mentioned it you remember every single word to MacGoogles's theme song.
"MacGoogles is me name, I like a swampy bog! It's time to play a game with your favorite highland frog!"
As memory serves, this was the first movie I ever saved up for and bought with my own money. I couldn't have been more than 10 years old, and all I wanted was to watch Max Keeble defeat the school bullies before his family moved away. It also helped that the main girl's name was Megan and she had red hair, the same as me. I watched the DVD non-stop, including every single special feature it had to offer.
Alex D. Linz, who played Max, seemed poised to become a big star. Having already starred in Home Alone 3, Linz had an impressive resume for someone who was just 12 years old.
But it seemed that Max Keeble's Big Move was also Alex D. Linz's last big movie. So what happened to the child star after he took down Troy McGinty and Principal Jindraike?
Unlike many other child actors, Linz decided that his best course of action would be to leave the acting business and finish up his high school education. Before that, however, Linz starred in the Disney Channel movie Full Court Miracle.
Linz then went on to study at University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Science, Technology, and Society.
The last Hollywood credit to Linz's name came in 2007, in a film called Choose Connor where he plays the youth spokesperson for a U.S. Senate candidate played by Wings star Steven Weber. Linz didn't totally cut out acting, however. While at Berkeley, Linz was in a campus improv group for the majority of his time there.
The last reported work for Linz was as an intern working his way up the ladder for a Regional Planning, Science, and Public Policy career. He was also a lead science instructor at Camp Galileo, an education summer camp in Oakland.
Linz has a very limited social media presence, or at least one that's public. Considering he could have stayed in acting and made a ton of money, it's nice to see that the 29-year-old former child star chose the path that would made him happiest!