Aaron Stanford is an American actor best known for his roles as Pyro in X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, and Doug in the 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes. From 2010 to 2013, he starred as Birkhoff in Nikita. He has also starred as James Cole on the television series 12 Monkeys, based on the 1995 film of the same name.
Stanford's first major film role was in the indie film Tadpole, in which he portrays Oscar Grubman, a precocious 15-year-old with a crush on his stepmother, played by Sigourney Weaver. For this performance he earned a nomination for the Golden Satellite Award. In 2001 and 2002 he appeared multiple times on the television series Third Watch as Russian teen Sergei. Stanford also starred as Anthony LaPaglia's son in the 2004 film Winter Solstice.
Director Bryan Singer was impressed with Stanford's performance in Tadpole, and cast him as Pyro in the 2003 blockbuster X2, a sequel to X-Men. He continued the role in the third installment, X-Men: The Last Stand, released in May 2006. Both movies are based on the Marvel Comics series “X-Men”. Stanford also starred in ABC's midseason replacement Traveler, a drama about two friends who believe they are set up by their good friend (Stanford) in order to make them look like the conspirators of a terrorist attack.
Stanford appeared in the 2006 remake of Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes. And in that same year, he starred in the New Hampshire–based comedy, Live Free or Die, playing a wannabe tough-guy criminal named John Rudgate. Aaron also was the voice actor for Pvt. Polonsky in Call of Duty: World at War. In 2009, he played a troubled poker genius in an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent's season 8, as well as Horace Cook Jr. in an episode of AMC's acclaimed show Mad Men. His character from the film The Hills Have Eyes appears in the 2012 video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Zombies Mode.
He was cast in the AMC series Fear the Walking Dead as "Jim" , his first appearance being in the episode that aired Aug 26 2018.