Lord of the Flies
“I was always sort of a performing child. At 13, I wanted to be a ninja. I went to school on the bus in a black outfit with only my eyes showing and then ‘Lord of the Flies’ fell in my lap and I ran with it. But even before that, I was always putting together plays for my mom and I've been doing music my whole life.” Balthazar Getty
Actor Balthazar Getty made his feature film acting debut as Ralph in Harry Hook's 1990 remake of “Lord of the Flies,” where he took home Young Artist nominations for his performance. Since then, he has appeared in the films “Young Guns II” (1990), “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” (1991), “December” (1991), “Red Hot” (1993), “Natural Born Killers” (1994), “Judge Dredd” (1995), “White Squall” (1996), “Lost Highway” (1997), “Shadow Hours” (2000), “Ladder 49” (2004), “Feast” (2005), “The Tripper” (2006) and “West of Brooklyn” (2008). On television, he appeared in “Charmed” (2003-2004, as Richard Montana), “Alias” (2005-2006, as Thomas Grace), “Pasadena” (2001-2002, as Nate Greeley) and “Brothers & Sisters” (2006-2010, as Tommy Walker). He nabbed a Golden Satellite nomination for his performance as Ben Edmonds in the TV miniseries “Traffic” (2004).
The 5' 11" actor, who has been a fashion model for Versace, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, lived with actress Lala Sloatman when he was 16. He was also romantically involved with actress Milla Jovovich. In 2000, he married Rosetta Millington and they have four children together. In 2008, Getty embarked on a controversial relationship with actress Sienna Miller (born on December 28, 1981). He verified he was separated from his wife after being photographed vacationing in Italy with Miller. Getty and Miller eventually broke up in early 2009.
Childhood and Family:
Paul Balthazar Getty, who is nicknamed Balty, was born on January 22, 1975, in Los Angeles, California. His father is Jean Paul Getty III (born on July 4, 1956), the grandson of celebrated oil baron J. Paul Getty, who was one of the wealthiest men in the world. In 1973, Balthazar's father had his ear cut off by Italian mafia kidnappers. Balthazar's grandfather is Jean Paul Getty II (born on September 7, 1932; died on April 17, 2003) and his grandmother is Gail Harris. His aunt, Aileen Getty (born on July 14, 1957) was married to actress Elizabeth Taylor's son Christopher Wilding.
“I grew up in a very liberal household. I didn't see much of my father as a kid, but my mom raised me to always have an open mind and to realize that I didn't have to win at everything.” Balthazar Getty
Balthazar's mother is Gisela Zacher (born in 1959), a German born former photographer. She divorced Balthazar's father in the mid 1980s and moved to San Francisco with Balthazar and his half sister Anna Getty (actress; born on October 25, 1972). Anna is Gisela's daughter from her previous marriage to German actor Rolf Zacher. Gisela married musician Olaf Kraemar in 1988.
As a child, Balthazar, who had a red birthmark in the center of his forehead and rarely smiled, was often called Little Buddha by his family. He attended the Bel-Air Prepatory School in California. The best friend of actor Eric Dane, he used drugs in the 1990's but quit after losing a friend to an overdose.
On May 3, 2000, Balthazar married Rosetta Millington, who owns the children's clothing line Rosetta Millington. They were introduced by Rosetta's childhood friend Patricia Arquette. The couple has four children together named Grace Getty (born in 2001), Violet Getty (born in 2003), June Catherine Getty (born on October 2, 2007) and Cassius Paul Getty (born on July 17, 2000). In July 2008, the father of four made headlines when he was photographed kissing Sienna Miller while the two vacationed in Italy. Shortly after, he confirmed that he and his wife were separated. Rumors say that Balthazar and his wife reconciled after he ended his affair with Miller.
Brothers & Sisters
During an art class in school, Balthazar Getty was discovered by a talent scout who had him audition for the film “Lord of the Flies.” He auditioned for the lead role of Ralph and won the part. Released in 1990, the film, which was adapted from Nobel Prize winning author William Golding's classic novel of the same name, received fair reviews from critics and was a moderate success at the box office. Getty was nominated for a Young Artist in the category of Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture for his debut performance. He earned an additional Young Artist nomination for Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture, which he shared with Chris Furrh, Danuel Pipoly, James Badge Dale, Andrew Taft and Edward Taft, among others.
Later that year, Getty landed the supporting role of Tom O Folliard, the 14 year old orphan who idolizes Billy the Kid, in Geoff Murphy's sequel to “Young Guns,” “Young Guns II,” starring Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips and Christian Slater. He received a Young Artist nomination for Best Young Actor Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his performance. The young actor then played the son of Kate Capshaw, Jud, in the western “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” (1991), directed by Stuart Rosenberg, and picked up another Young Artist nomination, this time for Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture. Other cast members of the movie included Scott Glenn and Ben Johnson.
Getty next portrayed Joe Don Dante in the British comedy “The Pope Must Die” (1991), which was co written, directed and starred Peter Richardson. He then starred in writer/director Gabe Torres' thriller “December” (1991), opposite Jason London and Wil Wheaton, and teamed up with Dermot Mulroney, Sean Astin, Lara Flynn Boyle, Peter Dobson and Will Smith in the Marc Rocco critically acclaimed drama “Where the Day Takes You” (1992), where he played Little J. He next appeared with David Arquette in “Halfway House” (1992), a 30 minute drama helmed by Ignazio Dolce, starred with Carla Gugino in Paul Haggis' “Red Hot” (1993), have supporting roles in the drama “Cityscrapes: Los Angeles” (1994) and the romantic comedy “Don't Do It” (1994), and costarred with Bruce Ramsay in the thriller “Dead Beat” (1994) for director Adam Dubov. Also in 1994, Getty landed a bit part in Oliver Stone's crime film “Natural Born Killers” (1994), which starred Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis.
Following an appearance as Max Perlich's friend in James Merendino's thriller “Toughguy” (1995), Getty was cast as Nathan Olmeyer in Danny Cannon's movie adaptation “Judge Dredd” (1995), which starred Sylvester Stallone. He then received an unaccredited part in director Stephen Herek's drama “Mr. Holland's Opus” (1995), a Technicolor film starring Richard Dreyfuss as musician and composer Glenn Holland, before offering a notable supporting performance as Tod Johnstone in Ridley Scott's “White Squall” (1996), starring Jeff Bridges. It was followed by a memorable turn as a young, bewildered auto mechanic named Pete Dayton in David Lynch's psychological thriller “Lost Highway” (1997), alongside Bill Pullman and Patricia Arquette.
The rest of the 1990s found Getty acting in the direct to video science fiction film “Habitat” (1997, starred as Andreas Symes), the action movie “Big City Blues” (1997, with Burt Reynolds and William Forsythe), the thriller “Fait Accompli” (1998, costarred with Michael Madsen and Rosanna Arquette) and the independent film “Out in Fifty” (1999, opposite Mickey Rourke and Christina Applegate). The actor, who made his TV debut in a 1989 episode of “Nightmare Classics” called “The Turn of the Screw,” returned to the small screen when he played James Chandler in the episode “The Swords” (1997) of the Showtime series “The Hunter.”
In 2000, Getty landed the lead role of Michael Holloway in writer/director Isaac H. Eaton's drama “Shadow Hours,” which he also co-produced. He then costarred with Olivia Williams in “Four Dogs Playing Poker,” a movie directed by Paul Rachman. He next played Nate Greeley in the Fox short lived series “Pasadena” (2001) and made a cameo appearance in Wayne Wang's drama film “The Center of the World” (2001), starring Shane Edelman, Peter Sarsgaard and Molly Parker. He also played roles in the films “Sol Goode” (2001), “MacArthur Park” (2001, directed by Billy Wirth), “Run for the Money” (2002, starred Christian Slater, Val Kilmer and Sara Downing) and “Deuces Wild” (2002, starred Stephen Dorff, Brad Renfro and Fairuza Balk).
From 2003 until 2004, Getty had the recurring role of witch Richard Montana on the WB's hit supernatural drama “Charmed.” He then acted with Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta in Jay Russell's drama film about firefighters, “Ladder 49” (2004), supported David Arquette and Thora Birch in Jay Alaimo's “Slingshot” (2005) and starred in John Gulager's horror film “Feast” (2005). Also in 2005, he netted a Golden Satellite nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his portrayal of Ben Edmonds in the USA Network miniseries “Traffic” (2004). Still that year, the actor portrayed David Wheeler in the TNT miniseries “Into the West” and Michael Adamson in the premiere episode of the Jennifer Love Hewitt vehicle “Ghost Whisperer” before joining the cast of ABC's series starring Jennifer Garner, “Alias” in its fifth season (2005-2006). In September 2006, Getty began his regular role of Thomas Walker on the ABC drama “Brothers & Sisters,” opposite Sally Field, Calista Flockhart, Dave Annable and Rachel Griffiths. Season four of “Brothers & Sisters” premiered on September 27, 2009. Getty also costarred with Jaime King, Thomas Jane, Lukas Haas, Jason Mewes, Paul Reubens and Marsha Thomason in David Arquette’s directorial debut “The Tripper,” which premiered at ScreamFest in October 2006 and received a limited theatrical release in the U.S. in April 2007. It was followed by a role in director Danny Cistone's “West of Brooklyn” (2008) and a guest spot in the NBC supernatural series “Medium” (2009), starring Patricia Arquette.
Getty is also a musician. The left handed artist, who was once in a band with David Arquette called Thirteen Floor and formed the band Ringside with his friend Scott Thomas, goes under the name B-Zar and produced nine tracks for the Mannish L.P. “Audio Sedative.”