Justin Bruening

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Justin Bruening
Born(1979-09-24) September 24, 1979 (age 35)
Chadron, Nebraska, U.S.
OccupationActor, model
Years active2003-present
Spouse(s)Alexa Havins (m. 2005)
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Justin Bruening
Born(1979-09-24) September 24, 1979 (age 35)
Chadron, Nebraska, U.S.
OccupationActor, model
Years active2003-present
Spouse(s)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.

Early life[edit]

Justin Bruening was born on September 24, 1979 in Chadron, 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]


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]

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]

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".

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]

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, and he played a vampire on the current Ford Focus commercial. He is now featured in the limited season run of the Pretty Little Liars' spin-off Ravenswood.

Personal life[edit]

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.[7] 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.[8]

In his spare time, Bruening collects Converse All-Star sneakers. In 2007, he had 15 or 16 pairs of the shoe brand.[7]



2006Fat GirlsBobbyDebut film
2008Knight RiderMike TraceurTelevision film
2010ClassWhitt SheffieldTelevision film
2012Blue Eyed ButcherJeff WrightTelevision film


2003–2007, 2011All My ChildrenJames Edward "Jamie" MartinPortrayed the role from September 8, 2003–August 22, 2007, September 21, 2011–September 23, 2011; 163 episodes
2004–2005One Life to LiveJamie Martin8 episodes from October 20, 2004-February 21, 2005
2004Hope & FaithJakeEpisodes: "Hold the Phone" & "Do I Look Frat In This?"
20063 lbsPersonal trainerEpisode: "The Cutting Edge"
2007Cold CaseSpencer MasonEpisode: "Thick as Thieves"
2007CSI: MiamiCraig AbbottEpisode: "My Nanny"
2008–2009Knight RiderMike TraceurLead role
2011Wonder WomanSteve Trevor"Pilot" (Unaired)
2011CastleRod TredwyckEpisode: "The Dead Pool"
2011State of GeorgiaBradEpisode: "Flavor of the Week"
2011CSI:NYHank FraizerEpisode: "Air Apparent"
2011–2012RingerTyler Barrett9 episodes
2012–2013Switched at BirthChef Jeff Reycraft9 episodes
2013Grey's AnatomyParamedic Matthew Taylor12 episodes
2013Hawaii Five-0Lt. Commander William “Billy” Harrington5 episodes
2013–2014RavenswoodBenjamin Price4 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b c d e "Soap Star Stats: Justin Bruening (Jamie, AMC)". soapoperadigest.com. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "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. 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. ^ a b "Chatterbox: AMC's Justin Bruening Answers Your Questions". Soap Opera Weekly. 2007-02-13. p. 28. 
  8. ^ http://www.soapcentral.com/amc/news/2010/0811-havins_baby.php

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