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Justin Willman Chambers

(1970-07-11) July 11, 1970 (age 48)
  • Actor
  • model
  • singer
Years active1995–present
Keisha Chambers(m. 1993)

Justin Willman Chambers (born July 11, 1970) is an American actor and former model. Born in Ohio, he went to Southeastern High School, South Charleston and later studied acting at New York's HB Studio [1] . Chambers began modeling after being approached by a modeling scout in Paris. He went on to represent fashion brands including Calvin Klein, Armani, and Dolce & Gabbana.

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Southeastern Local High School, also known as Southeastern High School, is the public school high school in South Charleston, Ohio. It is part of Southeastern Local Schools, which consists of Southeastern High School and Miami View Elementary School. The district's average daily student enrollment for the 2008-2009 school year was 848. The Ohio Department of Education has rated Southeastern as an "Effective" district for the 2008-2009 school year; the district met 28 out of 30 state indicators.

HB Studio performing arts school in Greenwich Village, New York City

The HB Studio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization offering professional training in the performing arts through classes, workshops, free lectures, theater productions, theater rentals, a theater artist residency program, as well as full-time study through their International Student Program and Uta Hagen Institute.


Chambers began his acting career with a recurring role in soap opera Another World , and made his feature film debut with a supporting role in 1999's comedy drama Liberty Heights . His breakthrough role came in 2005 when he was cast as Dr. Alex Karev in the ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy . Chambers gained widespread recognition as the series progressed and the character became one of the most popular from the hit series, earning multiple nominations and the 2017 Best TV Network Drama Actor at the People's Choice Awards as well as nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award.

<i>Another World</i> (TV series) American television soap opera

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<i>Liberty Heights</i> 1999 film by Barry Levinson

Liberty Heights is a 1999 American comedy-drama film by writer-director Barry Levinson. The film is a semi-autobiographical account of his childhood growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s. It is the fourth of Levinson's four "Baltimore Films" set in his hometown during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s: Diner (1982), Tin Men (1987), Avalon (1990), and Liberty Heights (1999).

Early life

Chambers was born in Springfield, Ohio, on July 11, 1970 [2] to Pamela Sue (Willman) and John William Eugene Chambers II, who were both deputy sheriffs. [2] [3] Chambers was brought up in Springfield and growing up he aspired to be a dentist. He has a fraternal twin brother, Jason; one older brother, John Jr. (Chip); and two older sisters, Mia and Susan. Chambers and his twin brother were hospitalized often as children due to frequent bouts of pneumonia. [4] He attended Southeastern High School in South Charleston, Ohio, and later moved to New York, where he studied for four years at HB Studio and Ron Stetson Studios. [5]

Springfield, Ohio City in Ohio, United States

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Dentist healthcare occupation

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Chambers at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival 2014 Justin Cambers Monte Carlo 2014.jpg
Chambers at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival 2014

Chambers was discovered by a modelling scout on the Metro and went on to star in ad campaigns for Calvin Klein's fragrance range. He worked throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States for Calvin Klein, Armani, and Dolce & Gabbana. [6] After deciding on an acting career, he moved to New York City in the early 1990s, where he studied at the HB Studio. [7] Studios and Ron Stetson Studios for four years. His first major acting role came in the music video "Ants Marching" by Dave Matthews Band in 1995. He went on to land a few television roles, including recurring role in soap opera Another World as Nicholas Hudson, and New York Undercover . In 1998, he was cast as series regular in the short-lived CBS primetime soap opera Four Corners . Chambers also appeared in several television movies, such as Harvest of Fire , Rose Hill , and Seasons of Love .

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Japan Country in East Asia

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Chambers starred in several movies, notably Liberty Heights (1999, as Trey, alongside Adrien Brody), The Wedding Planner (2001, as Massimo, alongside Jennifer Lopez), The Musketeer (2001), Southern Belles (2005), The Zodiac (2005), and the HBO original movie Hysterical Blindness (2002). In 2003, Chambers was cast as one of the leads in the CBS crime drama Cold Case but left after appearing in only four episodes.

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In August 2004, Chambers was cast as surgical intern Alex Karev in Shonda Rhimes's medical drama series Grey's Anatomy , opposite Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, and T. R. Knight. [8] In 2006, along with other cast members, he was awarded a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. [7] In 2009, he also guest-starred on the Grey's Anatomy spin-off, Private Practice , for the Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice crossover event. [9]

Alex Karev fictional character from the television show Greys Anatomy

Alexander "Alex" Michael Karev, M.D. is a fictional character on the ABC television series Grey's Anatomy, portrayed by actor Justin Chambers. Introduced as a surgical intern at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital. Karev eventually obtained the position of resident, later becoming a pediatric surgical fellow. His relationships with colleagues Meredith Grey, Cristina Yang, Izzie Stevens, and George O'Malley formed a focal point of the series.

Shonda Rhimes American screenwriter, director, producer and wig snatcher

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Personal life

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Chambers at the premiere for Up in 2009

In 1993, he married Keisha Chambers, a former model agency booker. The two met while Chambers was working for ad campaigns for Calvin Klein and Keisha was working at a modeling agency. [10] They have five children together, [6] Isabella (b. December 1994), twins Maya and Kaila (b. June 1997), Eva (b. March 1999) and Jackson (b. January 2002). They have adopted two rescue dogs and own a beagle. [10] [11]

Chambers is involved with the nonprofit Pentecostal Christian Church mission Dream Center of Los Angeles. [11] In late January 2008, he revealed that he suffered from a biological sleep disorder, and had checked himself into Los Angeles's UCLA Medical Center to treat exhaustion after a period of only two hours of sleep each week. [12] Chambers follows a healthy lifestyle and practices hot yoga. [11]



1999 Liberty Heights Trey Tobelseted
2001 The Wedding Planner Massimo Lenzetti
2001 The Musketeer D'Artagnan
2002LeoRyan Eames
2003For Which It StandsGerman SoldierShort film
2005 Southern Belles Rhett Butler
2005 The Zodiac Inspector Matt Parish
2008 Lakeview Terrace Donnie Eaton
2010The Happiest Man AliveShermanShort film
2013 Broken City Ryan Blake
2013 Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox The Flash / Barry Allen Direct-to-video


1995 Another World Nicholas 'Nick' Hudson #1Episode: "#1.7922"
1996 New York Undercover Officer Nick CasoEpisode: "Unis"
1996 Harvest of Fire GeorgeTelevision movie
1996 Swift Justice RickEpisode: "Stones"
1997 Rose Hill Cole ClayborneTelevision movie
1998 Four Corners Caleb Haskell2 episodes
1999 Seasons of Love Adult HockingTelevision movie
2002 Hysterical Blindness RickTelevision movie
2003 Cold Case Chris Lassing3 episodes
2004The Secret ServiceCharles BrodyUnsold TV pilot
2005–present Grey's Anatomy Dr. Alex Karev Main role
2009 Private Practice Dr. Alex KarevEpisode: "Ex-Life"

Awards and nominations

2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout PerformanceGrey's AnatomyNominated
2006 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (Shared with cast)Grey's AnatomyNominated
2006 Gold Derby Awards Ensemble of the Year (Shared with cast)Grey's AnatomyNominated
2006 Satellite Awards Best Ensemble in Television (Shared with cast)Grey's AnatomyWon
2007Gold Derby AwardsEnsemble of the Year (Shared with cast)Grey's AnatomyNominated
2007Screen Actors GuildOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (Shared with cast)Grey's AnatomyWon
2007 Golden Nymph Award Outstanding Actor - Drama SeriesGrey's AnatomyNominated
2008Screen Actors GuildOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (Shared with cast)Grey's AnatomyNominated
2008 Prism Awards Performance in a Drama Series EpisodeGrey's AnatomyNominated
2009Prism AwardsPerformance in a Drama Multi-Episode StorylineGrey's AnatomyNominated
2014Prism AwardsMale Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode StorylineGrey's AnatomyWon
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV ActorGrey's AnatomyNominated
2016People's Choice AwardsFavorite Dramatic TV ActorGrey's AnatomyNominated
2017People's Choice AwardsFavorite Dramatic TV ActorGrey's AnatomyWon
2018People's Choice AwardsThe Male TV Star of 2018Grey's AnatomyPending

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