Jake Austin Szymanski was born on 3 December, 1994. Austin was born in New York City, the son of Giny Rodriquez Toranzo and Joe Szymanski. His middle initial, “T”, is taken from his mother’s maiden name. His mother is of Puerto Rican, Argentine, and Spanish descent, and his father is of Polish, Irish, and English ancestry. Austin embraces his Puerto Rican heritage, though he has said that he is not fluent in Spanish. He has a younger sister, Ava.
He is known professionally as Jake T. Austin is an American actor. Beginning a career as a child actor at the age of seven, Austin is a five-time Young Artist Award nominee, best known for his role as Max Russo on the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place, and as the voice of Diego on the Nickelodeon animated series Go, Diego, Go!. Jake was also the original actor who portrayed Jesus Foster on the ABC Family family/teen drama series The Fosters.
In 2011, Austin voiced the role of Fernando, an orphaned Brazilian boy who is forced to capture exotic birds, in the 20th Century Fox animated musical film Rio. He reprized the role in the sequel, Rio 2. He was also in the romantic-comedy film New Years Eve, released in December 2011. The following year, he had guest roles on the Lifetime comedy-drama Drop Dead Diva as Samuel Forman, a 16-year-old multimillionaire, and on the NBC legal drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Rob Fisher, the boyfriend of a girl whose family is massacred.