Jonathan Lipnicki, the Adorable Kid From 'Jerry Maguire,' Teaches Martial Arts -- See What He Looks Like Today

by Alex Ungerman 1:13 PM PDT, September 23, 2016
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Jonathan Lipnicki is all grown up and giving back to his neighborhood.

The 25-year-old former child star -- best known for playing Renee Zellweger's scene-stealing son in Jerry Maguire -- has traded in the adorable glasses for a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and recently taught a class of kids at a martial arts studio in the Westlake Village neighborhood of Los Angeles where he grew up.

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"I love to share my knowledge with kids, and when they asked me to do this, I thought it was a really great opportunity to do something for the neighborhood I grew up in," Lipnicki told the Ventura County Star.

When not in the dojo, Lipnicki is still a working actor, and stars alongside Jamie-Lynn Sigler and How to Get Away With Murder's Matt McGorry in the upcoming film, Loserville, which is getting a limited release in NYC and L.A. on Sept. 30 and will premiere on Video On-Demand on Oct. 4.

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And the actor still keeps up with his movie dad, Tom Cruise.

"If I have a question, he’s been very open if I need advice," Lipnicki told DailyMail in a recent interview. "He’s always said if you have any questions the door’s always open and he’s always been really responsive and helpful."

"I always will look up to him," he added. "He’s always gonna be a role model because nobody I have ever met or worked with has had quite that energy where they are just... that laser focus is fascinating."

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Nonetheless, Lipnicki is still eager to continue his acting pursuits... and maybe shake his child star image.

Watch the video below for the actor's message to fans of his old character.