Bryan Greenberg

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Bryan Greenberg
Bryan Greenberg by David Shankbone.jpg
Greenberg at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
BornBryan E. Greenberg
(1978-05-24) May 24, 1978 (age 35)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1997–present
Website
bryangreenberg.wordpress.com
 
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Bryan Greenberg
Bryan Greenberg by David Shankbone.jpg
Greenberg at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
BornBryan E. Greenberg
(1978-05-24) May 24, 1978 (age 35)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1997–present
Website
bryangreenberg.wordpress.com

Bryan E. Greenberg (born May 24, 1978) is an American actor and musician, known for his starring role as Ben Epstein in the HBO original series How to Make It in America as well as a recurring role as Jake Jagielski in the The WB series One Tree Hill and as Nick Garrett on the short-lived ABC drama October Road. His film work includes Friends with Benefits, The Good Guy, Bride Wars, Nobel Son, and The Perfect Score.

Early life[edit]

Greenberg was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to psychologists Denise "Denny" and Carl Greenberg.[1][2][3] He has a younger sister, Becca.[1] Greenberg was raised in Conservative Judaism[2][4] and attended Beth El Synagogue.[5] He moved with his family to St. Louis, Missouri when he was twelve years old. He graduated from Parkway Central High School in Chesterfield, Missouri. Greenberg became interested in acting at an early age, and moved to New York City after high school. He attended and worked at a Jewish summer camp located in Webster, Wisconsin, called Herzl Camp.[2] He starred as Joseph in a camp-wide production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1992.

Career[edit]

After embarking on a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre course at New York University, Greenberg landed roles in many theatre companies. He was cast as Romeo in NYU's performance of Romeo and Juliet. In 1997, he was offered a small role on the television series Law & Order. Soon after his appearance, he was assigned an agent and one year later, made his big screen debut in A Civil Action, a film starring John Travolta.

A few years later, after landing small roles on the TV series (Boston Public, The Sopranos, and Third Watch among others), Greenberg was cast as Matty Matthews, a high school student trying to pass the S.A.T, in the film The Perfect Score. While he was still appearing in One Tree Hill, he began shooting another television show for HBO called Unscripted. Greenberg's first starring role was in the Ben Younger film Prime (2005). He played David Bloomberg, a young artist who falls in love with one of his mother's (Meryl Streep) therapy patients (Uma Thurman).

In 2007, Greenberg released his debut album, Waiting for Now. Over the past few years, he has toured with Gavin Degraw, Michael Tolcher, Ari Hest, and Graham Colton. At his New York City Show at the High Line Ballroom, Greenberg was joined by How to Make it in America co-star Kid Cudi. Greenberg's songs have been featured in many of his film and television work, including One Tree Hill, October Road, and Nobel Son. In 2008, he appeared in will.i.am's song "Yes We Can".

Greenberg then starred in October Road on ABC and appeared with Alan Rickman in the film Nobel Son in 2008.

In 2009, Greenberg appeared in the film Bride Wars with Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway and starred in the indie film The Good Guy, which was released in February 2010.

His series How to Make It in America premiered on HBO on February 14, 2010. Season 2 premiered on October 2, 2011. On December 20, 2011, HBO announced the cancellation of the show.

Greenberg made a PSA about the Gulf Oil Spill for Natural Resources Defense Council calling for Clean Energy Legislation. It was released July 20, 2010.[6]

In 2011 Greenberg released his second album, We Don't Have Forever, produced by Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Devendra Banhart, Gary Louris), which included the single "Walk Away". The album also included "You Can Run", a collaboration with How to Make It in America co-star and rapper Kid Cudi.

In 2012, Greenberg co-starred with Laura Prepon in the independent comedy film The Kitchen, and starred in the dark comedy film The Normals.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1998Civil Action, AA Civil ActionFirecracker kidUncredited
2004Perfect Score, TheThe Perfect ScoreMatty Matthews
2005PrimeDavid Bloomberg
2006EscapeBryanShort film
2006Love & DebateChris
2008Nobel SonBarkley Michaelson
2009Bride WarsNathan "Nate" Lerner
2009Good Guy, TheThe Good GuyDaniel Seaver
2011Friends with BenefitsParker
2012Kitchen, TheThe KitchenPaul
2012Normals, TheThe NormalsBilly Schine
2013Short History of Decay, AA Short History of DecayNathan Fisher
2014Flock of DudesBarrettPost-production
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1997Law & OrderMatt WheelerEpisode: "Thrill"
2000Sopranos, TheThe SopranosPeter McClureEpisode: "Guy Walks into a Psychiatrist's Office..."
2000Third WatchFrancis DeSilvaEpisode: "Journey to the Himalayas"
2000, 2003Boston PublicMr. Freeman2 episodes
2001Three SistersRoyEpisode: "A Date with Destiny"
2002Strong MedicineKentEpisode: "Rape Kit"
2002Chronicle, TheThe ChronicleDamon FurbergEpisode: "The Stepford Cheerleaders"
2002ProvidenceNealEpisode: "Great Expectations"
2003–2006One Tree HillJake Jagielski25 episodes
2004Life with BonnieTimmyEpisode: "Nip, Tuck and Role"
2005–2006UnscriptedHimselfMain cast
2007–2008October RoadNicholson "Nick" GarrettMain cast
2010–2011How to Make It in AmericaBen EpsteinMain cast

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