Justin Chambers

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Justin Chambers
JustinChambersMay09.jpg
Chambers at the premiere for Up in May 2009
BornJustin W. Chambers
(1970-07-11) July 11, 1970 (age 44)
Springfield, Ohio, United States
OccupationActor, model
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Keisha Chambers (1993–present)
ChildrenIsabella Chambers
Maya & Kaila Chambers
Eva Chambers
Jackson Chambers
 
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Justin Chambers
JustinChambersMay09.jpg
Chambers at the premiere for Up in May 2009
BornJustin W. Chambers
(1970-07-11) July 11, 1970 (age 44)
Springfield, Ohio, United States
OccupationActor, model
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Keisha Chambers (1993–present)
ChildrenIsabella Chambers
Maya & Kaila Chambers
Eva Chambers
Jackson Chambers

Justin Chambers (born July 11, 1970) is an American actor and former fashion model,[1] best known for his role as Dr. Alex Karev in the ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy.

Early life[edit]

Chambers was born in Springfield, Ohio, the son of Pam and John Chambers.[2] He has a fraternal twin brother named Jason, one older brother John Jr. (Chip), and two older sisters, Mia and Susan. He and his twin brother visited hospitals often as children due to frequent bouts with pneumonia.[3] He attended Southeastern High School in South Charleston, Ohio, and later Springfield Clark JVS.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Chambers was discovered by a modeling scout on the Paris Metro and went on to represent Calvin Klein in a fragrance campaign. He worked throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States for Calvin Klein, Armani, and Dolce & Gabbana.[4] After deciding on an acting career, he moved to New York, where he studied at the HB Studio.[1] Studios and Ron Stetson Studios for four years. That landed him 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

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.

In August, 2004, Chambers was cast as surgical intern Alex Karev in Shonda Rhimes medical drama series Grey's Anatomy, opposite Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, and T. R. Knight.[5] 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.[1] In 2009, he also guest-starred on the Grey's Anatomy spin-off, Private Practice, for the Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice crossover event.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 1993, he married Keisha, a former model agency booker.[4] They have five children together: Isabella (b. December 1994), twins Maya and Kaila (b. June 1997), Eva (b. March 1999) and Jackson (b. January 2002). His wife and children have recently moved from their home in a suburb just outside of New York City to Los Angeles. In late January 2008, Chambers admitted that he suffered from a biological sleep disorder. The actor checked himself into Los Angeles' UCLA Medical Center to treat exhaustion due to the sleep disorder after a period of getting only two hours of sleep each week.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999Liberty HeightsTrey Tobelseted
2001The Wedding PlannerMassimo
2001The MusketeerD'Artagnan
2002LeoRyan Eames
2003For Which It StandsGerman SoldierShort film
2005Southern BellesRhett Butler
2005The ZodiacInspector Matt Parish
2008Lakeview TerraceDonnie Eaton
2010The Happiest Man AliveShermanShort film
2013Broken CityRyan Blake
2013Justice League: The Flashpoint ParadoxThe Flash / Barry AllenVoice

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Another WorldNicholas 'Nick' Hudson #1Recurring role
1996New York UndercoverOfficer Nick CasoEpisode: "Unis"
1996Harvest of FireGeorgeTV Movie
1996Swift JusticeRickEpisode: "Stones"
1997Rose HillCole ClayborneTV Movie
1998Four CornersCaleb HaskellSeries regular, 2 episodes
1999Seasons of LoveAdult HockingTV Movie
2002Hysterical BlindnessRickTV Movie
2003Cold CaseChris LassingSeries regular, left after 3 episodes
2004The Secret ServiceCharles BrodyTV pilot
2005–presentGrey's AnatomyDr. Alex KarevSeries regular, 200+ episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2007)
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2006)
Nominated - Teen Choice Award: Choice TV Breakout Performance - Male (2005)
Nominated - Monte-Carlo Television Festival Award for Outstanding Actor - Drama Series (2007)
Nominated - Prism Award for Best Performance in a Drama Series (2008-2009)
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2006, 2008)
2009Private PracticeDr. Alex KarevEpisode: "Ex-Life"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Justin Chambers Biography". Tvguide.com. 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  2. ^ Justin Chambers Biography (1970–). Filmreference.com. Retrieved on 2012-12-28.
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOfux9LaO5A
  4. ^ a b "Justin Chambers Biography". Buddytv.com. 1970-07-11. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  5. ^ "Chambers takes 'Anatomy,' cops lead in 'Belles'.(news)(Brief Article) | HighBeam Business: Arrive Prepared". Business.highbeam.com. 2004-08-19. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  6. ^ "Justin Chambers Credits". Tvguide.com. 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  7. ^ Justin Chambers Suffers From Biological Sleep Disorder. Starpulse.com (2008-03-28). Retrieved on 2012-12-28.

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