• Dakota Avery Goyo was born in 1999 in Canada and is an actor.
• He has an estimated net worth of $3 million.
• His first acting role was in 2005 in the show “JoJo’s Circus”.
• He rose to fame in 2011 when he starred in the film “Real Steel”.
• He is active on social media, but hasn't posted since 2018.

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FactScreen tested with Viggo Mortensen for the role of The Boy in the feature film The Road (2009). Dakota made it to the final two but lost to Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Who is Dakota Goyo?

Dakota Avery Goyo was born in 1999, in Canada, and is an actor, best known for his role in the film “Real Steel” in which he played the character Max Kenton. He was also a part of the film “Dark Skies” playing the character Jesse Barrett.

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The Riches of Dakota Goyo

How rich is Dakota Goyo? As of late-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $3 million, earned through a successful career in acting. He’s been active in the entertainment industry since 2005, and has continuously worked on projects until 2014. Since then, he’s been quiet and the current status of his career is unknown. Nevertheless, all of his efforts have helped put him in the position he is in today.

Early Life and Acting Beginnings

Dakota is the son of a former singer and model, and grew up with two older brothers. His mother Debra became his manager for most of his life. As an infant, he already received exposure to acting, appearing in commercials. Not a lot of information is known about his education and upbringing, but shortly after his commercial work, he started receiving roles on television and in animated series.

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His acting career kicked off in 2005, when he became a part of the Disney show entitled “JoJo’s Circus”. The Canadian stop motion series was created for pre-school children and was produced by two companies. The show is written by Douglas Wood, known for his work in “Animaniacs”, and first aired on Disney as a part of the Playhouse Disney Lineup from 2003 to 2007. The following year, he worked on the film entitled “Ultra”, before a string of projects from 2007.

Continued Acting Work

Goyo then appeared in the film “Resurrecting the Champ” in which he played the character Teddy, the son of Josh Hartnett’s character. The sports drama film was based on the “Los Angeles Times Magazine” article of the same name, following the life of a former athlete, played by Samuel L. Jackson, trying to impersonate the life and career of a former professional heavyweight boxer. The film received positive reviews from critics. During the same year, he played the grandson of Susan Sarandon’s character in “Emotional Arithmetic” – the Canadian film is based on the novel of Matt Cohen, following three survivors of the Holocaust when they are reunited decades later.

He continued his string of acting projects in 2008 with “Super Why!” which is an interactive CGI show. He then worked on the Canadian drama series entitled “Murdoch Mysteries” which aired on Citytv and CBC Television, and follows characters from the “Detective Murdoch” novels written by Maureen Jennings. The following year, he had a role in “The Listener” which is a fantasy series centered on a paramedic with telepathic powers which he uses to help others. He also had a role in the television movie “My Neighbor’s Secret” aired on the Lifetime channel.

Rise to Fame

Dakota had a lead role in the show “Solving Charlie” the pilot of which was aired through ABC. He played the titular orphaned child who has an IQ of 190, who helps his brother who is an aspiring detective, solve crimes. In 2010, he was given a recurring role in the educational series entitled “Arthur”, in which he played Timmy Tibble. The show is based on the book series of Marc Brown entitled “Arthur Adventure”, and was one of the highest rated shows on PBC Kids for several years, averaging around 10 million viewers weekly.

In 2011, he appeared in his most notable role in the film “Real Steel”, playing the son of Hugh Jackman’s character. The film was in development for several years, and is based on the short story entitled “Steel” which was published in 1956 as a part of “The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction”. Actual animatronic robots were built for the film. He then had the role of young Thor in the Marvel film “Thor”, and then voiced the character Jamie in “Rise of the Guardians”. In 2013, he starred in the science fiction horror film entitled “Dark Skies” which was directed by Scott Stewart, appearing alongside Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton.

Personal Life and Social Media

For his personal life, not much is known in terms of any of Goyo’s romantic relationships. Several sources believe that he is single as he is still young and focused on developing his career. He follows a vegan diet. and loves to keep his body fit, often seen actively participating in sports such as golf and snowboarding. Since the time of his inactivity from the industry, he’s still been active in following films, and is still close friends with several actors. He has expressed a desire to become a director one day, and is inspired by the career of Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Similar to numerous actors, he is highly active online through accounts on social media. He has an account on the website Instagram on which he has over 45,000 followers, using the platform to give a bit of insight into his life away from acting work. He also has a Twitter account which has almost 45,000 followers, but hasn’t been active on it since 2018. Another account he has is on Facebook, with over 85,000 followers there, but this account is also inactive, as he last posted photos in 2017.

General Info

Full NameDakota Goyo
ProfessionVoice Actor, Stunt Performer


ParentsDavid Goyo, Debra Goyo
SiblingsDallas Goyo, Devon Goyo


MoviesThe Journey Home, Noah, Dark Skies, Rise of the Guardians, Real Steel, Thor, My Neighbor's Secret, Defendor, Emotional Arithmetic, Resurrecting the Champ, Solving Charlie

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1The hardest part of acting is not when I'm acting, It's when I'm not.


1Worked with real bears for his role in Midnight Sun.
2Dakota's father (David) is Italian/Canadian, his mother (Debra) is Scottish/Canadian.
3Has said that he would love to be a director.
4Has publicly stated that he has been inspired by one of his favorite actors Leonardo DiCaprio.
5The name Goyo is of Italian descent and was originally spelled Goio.
6Has starred with Hugh Jackman in Real Steel (2011) and Rise of the Guardians (2012).
7Appeared in The Listener (2009) and Thor (2011) with Colm Feore although they did not work on the same days. They do however, share the same birthday.
8Is related to Season #1 Canadian Idol winner Ryan Malcolm although they have never met.
9Screen tested with Viggo Mortensen for the role of The Boy in the feature film The Road (2009). Dakota made it to the final two but lost to Kodi Smit-McPhee.
10Loves golf and chess.
11Dakota appeared in his first commercial at the tender age of 2 weeks old.
12Has two older brothers: Dallas Goyo and Devon Goyo.




The Journey Home2014/IILuke
Noah2014Young Noah
Dark Skies2013Jesse Barrett
Rise of the Guardians2012Jamie Bennett (voice)
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour2011TV SeriesJosh
Real Steel2011Max Kenton
Thor2011Young Thor
Arthur2010TV SeriesTimmy Tibble
Happy Town2010TV SeriesYoung Tommy Conroy
My Neighbor's Secret2009TV MovieAustin Hest
Defendor2009Jack Carter - 9
Murdoch Mysteries2009TV SeriesAlwyn Jones
The Listener2009TV SeriesNicki
Solving Charlie2009TV MovieCharlie Hudson II
Super Why!2008TV SeriesLittle Boy
Emotional Arithmetic2007Timmy Winters
Resurrecting the Champ2007Teddy Kernan
Ultra2006TV MovieBrett
JoJo's Circus2005TV SeriesLittle Blue


My Neighbor's Secret2009TV Movie stunt actor
The Listener2009TV Series stunts - 1 episode
Ultra2006TV Movie stunt actor


Troldspejlet2014TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Max Kenton
Entertainment Tonight Canada2007-2013TV SeriesHimself / Reporter / Interviewer / ...
eTalk Daily2012TV SeriesHimself
Electric Playground2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Breakfast Television2011-2012TV SeriesHimself
The Circuit2012TV SeriesHimself
One 2 One2012TV SeriesHimself
The Rosie Show2012TV SeriesHimself
Real Steel: Building the Bots2012Video shortHimself
Disney XD XTRA2011TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2011TV SeriesHimself
Mezamashi terebi2011TV SeriesHimself
Good Day L.A.2011TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2007TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2012Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActorReal Steel (2011)

Nominated Awards

2012Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Performance by a Younger ActorReal Steel (2011)
2012Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SeriesR.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour (2010)
2012Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor 11-13R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour (2010)
2008Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or YoungerResurrecting the Champ (2007)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected].

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