Justin Bruening

Justin Bruening
Born (1979-09-24) September 24, 1979
St. Helena, Nebraska, U.S.
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2003-present
Spouse(s) Alexa Havins (m. 2005)
Children 1

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

Justin Bruening was born on September 24, 1979 in St. Helena, 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

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]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Fat Girls Bobby Debut film
2008 Knight Rider Mike Traceur Television film
2010 Class Whitt Sheffield Television film
2012 Blue Eyed Butcher Jeff Wright Television film
2013 The Thanksgiving House Everett Mather Television film
2017 He's Out There Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2003–2007, 2011 All My ChildrenJames Edward "Jamie" Martin Portrayed the role from September 8, 2003–August 22, 2007, September 21, 2011–September 23, 2011; 163 episodes
2004–2005 One Life to LiveJamie Martin8 episodes from October 20, 2004-February 21, 2005
2004 Hope & FaithJakeEpisodes: "Hold the Phone" & "Do I Look Frat In This?"
2006 3 lbsPersonal trainer Episode: "The Cutting Edge"
2007 Cold CaseSpencer MasonEpisode: "Thick as Thieves"
2007 CSI: MiamiCraig AbbottEpisode: "My Nanny"
2008–2009 Knight RiderMike TraceurLead role
2011Wonder WomanSteve Trevor"Pilot" (Never aired)
2011CastleRod Tredwyck Episode: "The Dead Pool"
2011 State of GeorgiaBradEpisode: "Flavor of the Week"
2011 CSI: NYHank FrazierEpisode: "Air Apparent"
2011–2012 Ringer Tyler Barrett9 episodes
2012–2013 Switched at BirthChef Jeff Reycraft9 episodes
2013 Grey's AnatomyParamedic Matthew Taylor 12 episodes
2013 Hawaii Five-0Lt. Commander William "Billy" Harrington5 episodes
2013–2014 RavenswoodBenjamin Price4 episodes
2014 Royal PainsChase Episode: "A Bigger Boat"
2015 CSI: CyberEvan Wescott Episode: "The Evil Twin"

Awards and nominations

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


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Soap Star Stats: Justin Bruening (Jamie, AMC)". soapoperadigest.com. Retrieved 2007-09-15.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "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. 1 2 "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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