Justin Bruening

Active - 2006 - 2018  |   Born - Sep 24, 1979 in Chadron, Nebraska, United States  |   Genres - Comedy

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Biography by Nathan Southern

Raised in a small town in rural Nebraska, Justin Bruening entered show business in a very offhanded (and unpremeditated) way, when he moved to San Diego and happened to be "discovered" by a talent scout at a local McDonald's. This led to a lucrative contract gracing ads for such brands as Abercrombie & Fitch, and in time, an extremely visible soap opera role, as Jamie Martin on the seminal All My Children, starting in 2003. Numerous guest appearances ensued on prime-time series, including Hope & Faith, CSI: Miami, and Cold Case, as well as a plum role in the teen-oriented gross-out comedy Fat Girls (2006). Bruening scored his breakout role, however, as Mike Traceur, the son of crime-fighter Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) in the telemovie spin-off Knight Rider (2008).

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  • His hometown of St. Helena, NE, had a population of 85; he was one of 9 students in his high-school graduating class.
  • Began modeling after being discovered in a McDonald's in San Diego. 
  • Appeared in the 2002 music video for "Boys" by Britney Spears.
  • Spent four years on All My Children as Jamie Martin.
  • Made an on-set proposal to his wife when they costarred together on All My Children.
  • Starred as Michael Knight's son in NBC's short-lived 2008 remake of Knight Rider.
  • Collects Converse Chuck Taylor All Star athletic footwear.