Justin Bartha

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Justin Bartha
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Bartha in 2011
BornJustin Lee Bartha
(1978-07-21) July 21, 1978 (age 35)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Years active1998–present
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Justin Bartha
Justin Bartha 2.jpg
Bartha in 2011
BornJustin Lee Bartha
(1978-07-21) July 21, 1978 (age 35)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Years active1998–present

Justin Lee Bartha (born July 21, 1978) is an American actor who is well known for his co-starring roles as Riley Poole in the National Treasure films, Doug Billings in The Hangover trilogy and in the NBC comedy The New Normal, as David Sawyer.

Personal life[edit]

Bartha was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and moved to West Bloomfield, Michigan, when he was eight.[1] His father, Stephen, is a real estate developer, while his mother, Betty, is a school teacher. He has one older brother, Jeffrey. Bartha was raised in a Reform Jewish family.[2][3][4] Bartha attended Camp Walden in Cheboygan, Michigan, for 5 years as a child. After he graduated from West Bloomfield High School in 1996, he moved to New York City and studied acting at New York University.[5] Bartha dated actress Ashley Olsen from 2008 to 2011.[6][7] He is currently engaged to Lia Smith, a personal trainer.[8]


Bartha began his film career behind the camera as a production assistant on the film Analyze This. His acting debut came with his first film, 54 as clubgoer. He wrote and directed a short film, Highs and Lows with Darrell M. Smith as co-producer, which was shown at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2003.[9] Additionally, he wrote, produced, and starred in an MTV pilot called The Dustin and Justin Show.[9]

Bartha had major roles in the critically bashed Gigli and Carnival Sun in 2003 before his co-starring role in National Treasure (2004) as Riley Poole, which launched him into the mainstream.[10]

In 2006, Bartha had roles in Failure to Launch and the television's Teachers which only aired six episodes.

In November 2007, Bartha was cast in an indie comic-drama, Holy Rollers. His character lures a young Hasidic Jew (Jesse Eisenberg) into becoming an ecstasy dealer. Filming began in New York in the spring of 2008, and the film was released in 2010.[11] Bartha also starred alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones in the Bart Freundlich film, The Rebound. The romantic comedy is about a 25-year-old man who starts a romance with his older single mother neighbor. The film began shooting in April 2008 in New York and finished in June. In in the 2009 Golden Globe-winning film, The Hangover, he played Doug Billings, one of Phil's mild-mannered groom-to-be friend who goes on a weekend trip to Vegas with his three best friends. After a wild night of partying, he goes missing and his friends frantically search the town to find him. He reprised the role in 2011's The Hangover Part II, and again in 2013's The Hangover Part III.

Bartha starred as Max in the Broadway revival of the play Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig. He performed alongside Tony Shalhoub, Anthony LaPaglia, Brooke Adams, and Jan Maxwell. A farcical comedy, it was directed by Stanley Tucci and started previews at the Music Box Theatre on March 11, 2010, with the official opening date on April 4, 2010. In 2011, Bartha signed on to star in the premiere of Zach Braff's play All New People at Second Stage Theatre. All New People began June 28 and ran through mid-August. Anna Camp, David Wilson Barnes and Krysten Ritter co-starred in this production under the direction of Peter DuBois.[12] In February 2012, Bartha signed on to co-star on the NBC comedy pilot The New Normal.[13] On May 7, 2012, NBC ordered the project to series.[14] The show was centered around a gay couple (Bartha & Andrew Rannells) and the surrogate mother (Georgia King) they selected to bear their child. It premiered on September 11, 2012,[15] but was officially cancelled the next year on May 10, 2013.[16]


2004National TreasureRiley Poole
2005Trust the ManJasper Bernard
2006Failure to LaunchAce
2007National Treasure: Book of SecretsRiley Poole
2009The ReboundAram Finklestein
The HangoverDoug Billings
New York, I Love YouSean Baker
2010Holy RollersYosef Zimmerman
2011The Hangover Part IIDoug Billings
Dark HorseRichard
2013The Hangover Part IIIDoug Billings
CBGBStiv Bators
2004Strip SearchTV film
2006TeachersJeff Cahil6 episodes, main cast
2009NyhetsmorgonBaksmällan1 episode, Swedish television show
WWII in HDJack Werner
2012–2013The New NormalDavid SawyerMain Role


  1. ^ "Double Take". Retrieved July 4, 2009. "Bartha, 27, whose family belonged to Temple Israel, where he had his bar mitzvah." 
  2. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha Take Flight in Holy Rollers". MovieWeb. May 21, 2010. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Justin Bartha Interview for Holy Rollers". The Cinema Source. 2010-05-20. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  4. ^ Mester, Ilan (June 10, 2010). "Justin Bartha Talks Holy Rollers, Hangover 2". Shalom Life. Retrieved June 26, 2010. "To prepare for the part, Bartha – who is Jewish – ..." 
  5. ^ Wigney, James (March 13, 2010). "The Rebound Ace". Sunday Herald Sun. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  6. ^ Shira, Dahvi (March 9, 2013). "Ashley Olsen and Justin Bartha Split". People. 
  7. ^ "Justin Bartha confirms split with Ashley Olsen". Life & Style. May 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Report: Justin Bartha of 'The Hangover' engaged to fitness instructor, Lia Smith". Los Angeles Times. May 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Justin Bartha Biography". Retrieved September 16, 2006. 
  10. ^ "Justin Bartha Interview, National Treasure 2". MoviesOnline. Retrieved July 4, 2009. 
  11. ^ Goldstein, Gregg (November 18, 2007). "Drug-dealing Jews inspire comic drama". Reuters. Retrieved November 5, 2007. 
  12. ^ "Justin Bartha, Anna Camp Sign On for Zach Braff's Off-Broadway Play". Broadway.me. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  13. ^ Ausiello, Michael (February 22, 2012). "Scoop: Hangover's Justin Bartha Joins Ryan Murphy's NBC Comedy Pilot The New Normal". TV Line. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  14. ^ "'The New Normal': NBC Orders Ryan Murphy Comedy And J.J. Abrams Drama To Series". The Huffington Post. May 7, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  15. ^ Goldman, Eric (June 14, 2012). "NBC Sets Fall Premiere Dates: Community, The Office and More". IGN.com. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  16. ^ Heredia, Gustavo (May 13, 2013). "'The New Normal' Star Justin Bartha Talks About The Show's Cancelation". huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 

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