Justin Bruening

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Justin Bruening
Born (1979-09-24) September 24, 1979 (age 40)
OccupationActor, model
Years active2003–present
Alexa Havins (m. 2005)

Justin Bruening (born September 24, 1979) is an American actor and former fashion model. In 2003, his acting career began when he was cast in the role of Jamie Martin on the daytime drama All My Children , earning him a Soap Opera Digest Award in 2005 for the portrayal. In late 2007, not long after leaving the role, Bruening was cast as Mike Traceur, the son of character Michael Knight, a new take on the original Knight Rider series. In 2011, he was cast as Tyler Berrett, a recurring role on The CW series Ringer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and in 2013, he joined Ravenswood.

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Early life

Justin Bruening was born on September 24, 1979 in St. Helena, Nebraska. [1] Raised in the small town of St. Helena, Nebraska (a then-population of 85), he graduated from high school with only nine classmates. [2]

St. Helena, Nebraska Village in Nebraska, United States

St. Helena is a village in Cedar County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 96 at the 2010 census.


Following graduation, Bruening moved to San Diego, California. It was there that he was discovered by Sue Nessel, a talent scout for Scott Copeland International, at McDonald's in Escondido just north of San Diego. [2] Soon afterwards, Copeland got him his first modeling job for Abercrombie & Fitch. [2]

McDonalds American fast food restaurant chain

McDonald's Corporation is an American fast food company, founded in 1940 as a restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald, in San Bernardino, California, United States. They rechristened their business as a hamburger stand, and later turned the company into a franchise, with the Golden Arches logo being introduced in 1953 at a location in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1955, Ray Kroc, a businessman, joined the company as a franchise agent and proceeded to purchase the chain from the McDonald brothers. McDonald's had its original headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, but moved its global headquarters to Chicago in early 2018.

Escondido, California City in California

Escondido is a city in San Diego County's North County region, 30 miles (48 km) northeast of downtown San Diego, 11.5 miles from the ocean, and 35 miles from the Mexican border. The city occupies a shallow valley ringed by rocky hills. Incorporated in 1888, it is one of the oldest cities in San Diego County. It had a population of 143,911 in the 2010 census.

Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) is an American lifestyle retailer that focuses on casual wear. Its headquarters are in New Albany, Ohio. The company operates two other offshoot brands: Abercrombie Kids and Hollister Co. The company operates 1,049 stores across all three brands.

Following his first commercial job, Bruening was encouraged to study acting by Copeland and was noticed by All My Children casting director Judy Wilson. [2] Bruening originally auditioned for the role of JR Chandler on All My Children, but was eventually cast in the role of James "Jamie" Martin in July 2003. [1] For a brief time, in 2004 and 2005, Bruening also portrayed Jamie Martin on One Life to Live during a crossover storyline. During his role of Jamie, Bruening was featured as Daytime's Hottest Star in Teen People , Us Weekly , Star and J-14 magazines. [3]

<i>All My Children</i> television series

All My Children is an American television soap opera that aired on ABC for 41 years, from January 5, 1970, to September 23, 2011, and on The Online Network (TOLN) from April 29 to September 2, 2013, via Hulu, Hulu Plus, and iTunes. Created by Agnes Nixon, All My Children is set in Pine Valley, Pennsylvania, a fictional suburb of Philadelphia, which is modeled on the actual Philadelphia suburb of Rosemont. The original series featured Susan Lucci as Erica Kane, one of daytime television's most popular characters. The title of the series refers to the bonds of humanity. All My Children was the first new network daytime drama to debut in the 1970s. Originally owned by Creative Horizons, Inc., the company created by Nixon and her husband, Bob, the show was sold to ABC in January 1975. The series started at a half-hour in per-installment length, then was expanded to a full hour on April 25, 1977. Earlier, the show had experimented with the full-hour format for one week starting on June 30, 1975, after which Ryan's Hope premiered.

Judy Blye Wilson is an American casting director known for her work on soap operas. She has been casting for soaps operas for over 25 years.

JR Chandler

Adam "JR" Chandler Jr. is a fictional character from the ABC and The Online Network daytime drama All My Children. He was portrayed by Jacob Young from 2003 to 2011, prior to Ryan Bittle taking over the role in 2013. Bittle was cast as the new JR on Prospect Park's continuation of All My Children.

In addition to his work on soap operas, he has had a guest appearance on Hope & Faith [1] and a small part in the film Fat Girls. He was up for the role of Superman in Superman Returns , but the part was won by Brandon Routh instead. [4] He also appeared in the Britney Spears music video "Boys". [1] On October 21, 2007 he appeared on CBS's Cold Case , in the episode "Thick As Thieves".

<i>Hope & Faith</i> American sitcom following the life of Hope Shanowski and Faith Fairfield

Hope & Faith is an American television sitcom, starring Faith Ford and Kelly Ripa as Hope Shanowski and Faith Fairfield. Hope is a homemaker and mother of three and Faith is her sister, a soap opera star whose character is killed off, leading her to move in with Hope and her family in the fictional suburban Cleveland town of Glen Falls, Ohio. It originally aired on ABC from September 26, 2003 to May 2, 2006. During its first and second seasons, the series was part of the revived TGIF comedy block.

Superman Fictional superhero

Superman is a fictional superhero. The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, and first appeared in Action Comics #1, a comic book published on April 18, 1938. The character regularly appears in comic books published by DC Comics, and has been adapted to a number of radio serials, movies, and television shows.

<i>Superman Returns</i> 2006 superhero film directed by Bryan Singer

Superman Returns is a 2006 American superhero film directed and co-produced by Bryan Singer and written by Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris, from a story by Singer, Dougherty, and Harris. It is based on the DC Comics character Superman and serves as a homage sequel to the motion pictures Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980), while ignoring the events of Superman III (1983) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987), including its spin-off Supergirl (1984). The film stars Brandon Routh as Clark Kent/Superman, Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane, Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor, with James Marsden, Frank Langella, and Parker Posey. The film tells the story of the title character returning to Earth after a five-year absence. He finds that his love interest Lois Lane has moved on with her life, and that his archenemy Lex Luthor is plotting a scheme that will destroy both Superman and America.

On November 2, 2007, it was announced that Bruening would be starring in a new rendition of the original Knight Rider series, portraying the original Knight Rider's son, Mike Traceur, for a two-hour film on NBC. NBC decided after successful ratings for the film to continue the story as a series, and commissioned an official series for its debut for the 2008–2009 television season. [5]

<i>Knight Rider</i> (1982 TV series) 1982-1986 American television series

Knight Rider is an American television series created and produced by Glen A. Larson. The series was originally broadcast on NBC from 1982 to 1986. The show stars David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a high-tech modern crime fighter assisted by KITT, an advanced artificially intelligent, self-aware and nearly indestructible car. This was the last series Larson devised at Universal Television before he moved to 20th Century Fox.

<i>Knight Rider</i> (2008 film) 2008 television film directed by Steve Shill

Knight Rider is a 2008 American made-for-television action film which was created to serve as a backdoor pilot for the new Knight Rider television series, a revival of the 1982–1986 series of the same name. This film does not refer to either the Knight Rider 2000 film or the Team Knight Rider television series.

NBC American television and radio network

The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American English-language commercial terrestrial radio and television networks that is a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. The network is one of the Big Three television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting. It became the network's official emblem in 1979.

In 2011, Bruening began a recurring role on the CW mystery series, Ringer . [6] In 2012, he began a recurring role on the ABC family drama, Switched at Birth . In 2013, he had a recurring role on the ABC drama, Grey's Anatomy as Paramedic Matt. [7] He then featured in the limited season run of the Pretty Little Liars' spin-off Ravenswood in 2014. In 2018, he was cast as 'Nash' the co-star of the Hallmark Channel tv movie Last Vermont Christmas. [8]

Personal life

Bruening proposed to former All My Children co-star Alexa Havins on the set of the soap opera. They were married on June 5, 2005. The two were friends first before becoming romantically involved. [9] After Bruening left All My Children, Havins exited shortly after and the couple moved to Los Angeles. On August 10, 2010, he and Havins welcomed their first child, daughter Lexington Grace Bruening. [10] Justin and Alexa Havins have two more children.



2006Fat GirlsBobbyDebut film
2008 Knight Rider Mike TraceurTelevision film
2010ClassWhitt SheffieldTelevision film
2012 Blue Eyed Butcher Jeff WrightTelevision film
2017The Monster ProjectDevonFilm
2018 He's Out There ShawnFilm
2018 Indivisible Darren TurnerBased on a true story


2003–2007, 2011 All My Children James Edward "Jamie" MartinPortrayed the role from September 8, 2003 – August 22, 2007, September 21, 2011 – September 23, 2011; 163 episodes
2004–2005 One Life to Live Jamie Martin8 episodes from October 20, 2004 – February 21, 2005
2004 Hope & Faith JakeEpisodes: "Hold the Phone" & "Do I Look Frat In This?"
2006 3 lbs Personal trainerEpisode: "The Cutting Edge"
2007 Cold Case Spencer MasonEpisode: "Thick as Thieves"
2007 CSI: Miami Craig AbbottEpisode: "My Nanny"
2008–2009 Knight Rider Mike TraceurLead role
2011 Wonder Woman Steve Trevor"Pilot" (Never aired)
2011 Castle Rod TredwyckEpisode: "The Dead Pool"
2011 State of Georgia BradEpisode: "Flavor of the Week"
2011 CSI: NY Hank FrazierEpisode: "Air Apparent"
2011–2012 Ringer Tyler Barrett9 episodes
2012–2013 Switched at Birth Chef Jeff Reycraft9 episodes
2013, 2018 Grey's Anatomy Paramedic Matthew Taylor13 episodes
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Lt. Commander William "Billy" Harrington5 episodes
2013–2014 Ravenswood Benjamin Price4 episodes
2014 Royal Pains ChaseEpisode: "A Bigger Boat"
2015 CSI: Cyber Evan WescottEpisode: "The Evil Twin"
2015 The Messengers Leo Travers3 episodes
2015 Blood & Oil Richard FordEpisode: "Pilot"
2016–2017 Good Behavior Kyle Dash5 episodes [7]

Awards and nominations

Awards won
2005 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Male Newcomer for All My Children [1]
2005 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Younger Actor for All My Children [2]

Related Research Articles


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Soap Star Stats: Justin Bruening (Jamie, AMC)". soapoperadigest.com. Retrieved 2007-09-15.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "About the Actors: Justin Bruening". soapcentral.com. Retrieved 2007-09-15.
  3. "Original 2003 to mid 2008 Cast Bios: Justin Bruening". abc.go.com.
  4. Bhattacharjee, Mala. "AZ You Like It". soapoperadigest.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-03. Retrieved 2007-09-06.
  5. Adalian, Josef (2008-03-30). "NBC offers escape with new slate". Variety .
  6. "Ringer Interview: Justin Bruening on One Dizzying Ride". TV Fanatic.
  7. 1 2 Abrams, Natalie (25 January 2018). "Grey's Anatomy: Justin Bruening returning as April's ex". EW.com. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  8. "Last Vermont Christmas". Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  9. "Chatterbox: AMC's Justin Bruening Answers Your Questions". Soap Opera Weekly . 2007-02-13. p. 28.
  10. "Havins, Bruening welcome first child".