Justin Hartley can currently be seen starring on NBC’s critically acclaimed, award winning series, “This Is Us,” alongside Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown and Chrissy Metz. Created by Dan Fogelman, “This Is Us” premiered in September 2016 and instantly broke ratings records, earning the freshman series an immediate two-season renewal, with season three set to premiere on September 25, 2018. The heartwarming, emotionally provocative drama follows a unique set of triplets and their wonderful parents, whose lives and struggles intertwine, challenging the everyday presumptions about the people you think you know. Hartley shines as Kevin Pearson, one-third of the “big three” and a successful, handsome actor that seemingly has it all. However, as the series has progressed, viewers have been captivated as Kevin’s perfect life has deconstructed episode to episode; from struggling with addiction, coping with the death of his father, exposing the dysfunctional relationship with both his mother and brother, and his heartbreaking longing to be loved and accepted by his own family. Hartley and his cast members most recently won the 2018 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, and the show picked up five additional Emmy nominations in 2018, following 33 award wins and 80 nominations over the last two years, and counting.
On the film front, Hartley was recently cast in the Universal comedy “Little,” opposite Issa Rae and Regina Hall. He also starred in “A Bad Moms Christmas” (STX Entertainment) opposite Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn as the hilarious scene stealer, Ty Swindle. Additional film credits for Hartley include: “Another Time,” which he also executive produced, indie “Race you to the Bottom,” “Red Canyon,” opposite Norman Reedus and Christine Lakin, “Spring Breakdown,” opposite Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, and Seth Meyers, “A Way with Murder,” opposite Michael Madsen, and the award-winning, boxing indie “The Challenger” for Vision Films.
Born in Knoxville, Ill., and raised in Orland Park, Ill., Hartley had a love for bringing characters to life at an early age and began to take acting seriously once he got to college. He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale and University of Illinois at Chicago, majoring in History and Theatre. Upon graduation, he decided to make the move to Los Angeles, packing up his truck with no money or a job, to give the entertainment industry a shot.
In 2002, Hartley landed his first regular gig on the daytime soap “Passions,” a role he held until 2006. He then starred as billionaire Oliver Queen (the Green Arrow) on the long running, hit CW series “Smallville.” Hartley was able to showcase his talents behind the camera as well, writing (“Sacrifice,” Season 9) and directing (“Dominion,” Season 10) two episodes. Once “Smallville” came to an end, Hartley went on to appear on a handful of hit series including: “Chuck,” “Castle,” and “Hart of Dixie.” In 2012, he returned to the CW as a series regular on the medical drama “Emily Owens, M.D.,” opposite Mamie Gummer. Throughout 2013-16, Hartley juggled a handful of TV projects, appearing on 12 episodes of ABC’s “Revenge,” 16 episodes of ABC’s summertime drama “Mistresses,” and taking over the role of Adam Newman in the long-running CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” Hartley was nominated for a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work on the show. While filming “Y&R,” it was announced that Hartley would be joining the cast of NBC’s fall 2016 passion project, “This Is Us.”
On the charity front, Hartley has been a supporter of The Water Project for several years. When not on set, you can find him following his favorite teams (The Chicago Cubs, LA Dodgers, and the Chicago Bears), traveling, and spending time with his wife and daughter.
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