“I'm kind of slowly becoming a star. I've kept my sanity. I've learned along the way. All these months that I've been here and slowly doing interviews and the suit picture getting released on the Internet, all this has come very gradual, which has really helped me to get it straight in my head and not go over the top. I know that that's a minuscule amount of exposure that's going to happen. It's going to be all over the place and it's going to become ridiculous at some point. The other thing that I realize is that it's not me so much as the character and the icon of Superman.” Brandon Routh
Former male fashion model Brandon Routh began his acting career with small roles on television series like ABC's “Odd Man Out,” The WB's “Gilmore Girls,” and MTV's “Undressed.” He even worked as a bartender at a bowling alley in Hollywood to make ends meet. However, his luck changed when he was cast as the Man of Steel in the highly anticipated “Superman Returns” (2006), which was directed by Bryan Singer. In addition to instant fame, the role also brought the brown eyed Iowa native an Empire Award, a ShoWest Convention Award, two Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Awards, and nominations at the 2006 Teen Choice Awards.
“He's got a bigger message. He really wants to change the world, but not just by saving things, by being an influence that people can see. If Superman just saves things, people feel like he can do everything for them and that's all they get from him, but if he can influence them so they can aspire to be better in their life or different in their life, that's a great thing. I don't know if I've made that evident in the film, but that's what I'm working on portraying.” Brandon Routh (on Superman)
Routh's more recent and upcoming film projects include Kevin Smith's “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” (2008), the based-on-novel “Life Is Hot in Cracktown” (2009), Tim Cox's “Miss Nobody” (2009), “Table for Three” (2009, with Sophia Bush), “Unthinkable” (2009, opposite Samuel L. Jackson), the based-on-comic “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” (2009) and Kevin Munroe's “Dead of Night” (2009).
Routh has been married to actress Courtney Ford since November 2007. He was once romantically linked to actress Rachel Boston (born on May 9, 1982). Routh enjoys the video game World of Warcraft. His older sister, Sara, a former disc jockey for the Los Angeles Wet Wacky Wild, is a singer. She recorded the song “You're Never Gone” on the soundtrack for “Superman Returns.”
Routh mentions Mel Gibson's “Braveheart” (1995) as his all-time favorite movie. He supported Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election by touring college campuses.
Childhood and Family:
Brandon James Routh was born on October 9, 1979, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Ron Routh, a carpenter and part time jazz drummer, and Katie Routh, a teacher and part time singer. The third of four children, he has one brother named Rhett and two sisters named Sara and Carolyn. Raised in a Methodist household in Norwalk, Iowa, Brandon, known to family and close friends as “B.J.,” immersed himself in various activities, among them playing the piano and trumpet. He also took part in such sports as soccer, swimming, biking and swimming and appeared in school theater productions.
After graduating from Norwalk High School, B.J., with the hope of becoming a writer, enrolled at the University of Iowa, where he majored in English. He, however, dropped out after a year to pursue an acting career. During his time in college, B.J. worked as a model to pay his tuition and starred in a number of productions at the Norwalk Theater of Performing Arts.
Meeting in a coffee shop in Hollywood, Brandon and Courtney Ford (actress, born on June 27, 1978) began dating in 2004 and became engaged two years later on August 23, 2006. The couple eventually exchanged wedding vows on November 24, 2007, at the El Capitan Ranch in Santa Barbara, California.
A big fan of Superman, B.J. collected Superman comics, owned the films, and even wore Superman pajamas as a youngster.
“When Brandon was a little boy, he would pretend to fly off our porch. He was obsessed. He would try and make everything fly and would throw his toy cars up in the air. You could say he was in training.” Ron Routh (Brandon’s father)
One Life to Live
In 1999, Brandon Routh quit college and relocated to New York City and then Los Angeles to become a professional actor. A regular performer at Iowa's Norwalk Theater of Performing Arts, he had his first taste in front of the camera when he was hired as an extra for the 1999 music video “What A Girl Wants” by Christina Aguilera. He landed his first real acting job in an episode of the brief-lived ABC series “Odd Man Out” called “You've Got Female,” which was broadcasted on October 22, 1999.
In 2000, Routh was cast in a four-episode stint in the third season of MTV's nighttime soap opera “Undressed,” and appeared as Jess in an episode of the WB's “Gilmore Girls” the following year. Also in 2001, he booked a three year contract to appear in the ABC daytime drama “One Life to Live,” where he originated the role of Seth Anderson. Routh was on the show from May 2001 to April 2002.
Routh found another agent and got his next acting job in a November episode of the CBS popular drama “Cold Case” called “A Time to Hate.” It was followed by guest spots in NBC's “Will & Grace” and Fox's short-lived family comedy, “Oliver Beene” (both 2004), in which he played the roles of Sebastian and Brian, respectively. During this time, Routh shared an apartment with his sister and supported himself by working as a bartender at a bowling alley.
Routh's luck changed in October 2004 when he was hired to play the coveted role of Superman in the long-anticipated “Superman Returns.” Thanks to his likeness to the comic book icon, he caught the attention of Bryan Singer after the director watched his videotaped audition. After the announcement, Routh emerged as an immediate celebrity.
“Superman Returns” was released in the U.S. on June 28, 2006, and went on to become a box office hit. Routh received primarily positive feedback for his performance and was handed a Saturn award for Best Actor, an Empire for Best Male Newcomer and a ShoWest for Male Star of Tomorrow. He also won the Rising Star Award at the 2006 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Gala and received three Teen Choice nominations in the categories of Movie - Choice Rumble, Movies - Choice Breakout (Male), and Movies - Choice Chemistry, which he shared with costar Kate Bosworth. Lured by the success, Routh has been signed to appear in two potential installments to the film.
Prior to the release of “Superman Returns,” Routh appeared as Dino Wong on the short comedy “Awesometown” (2005), alongside Jack Black, and as Tim Peters in the Joel Bender-helmed thriller “Karla,” which premiered in Canada on January 20, 2006. He also starred with then-girlfriend Courtney Ford in the 15-minute film “Denial,” which debuted at the Cinevegas Film Festival on June 12, 2006. Routh continued to do voice over work in the animated TV series “The Batman,” where he voiced the character John Marlowe/Everywhere Man in the episode “The Everywhere Man,” which aired on November 4, 2006.
In 2008, Routh rejoined Courtney Ford to star in the romance film “Lie To Me,” which was directed by John Stewart Muller. The movie premiered at the 2008 Newport Beach International Film Festival, where it won the Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking and the Feature Film Award in the same category. He also portrayed the significant role of a gay porn actor's lover, Bobby Long, in Kevin Smith's comedy “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” (2008), starring Elizabeth Banks and Seth Rogen. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival before being shown at such film festivals as the Atlantic Film Festival and the Edmonton International Film Festival.
Recently, Routh completed filming “Life Is Hot in Cracktown” (2009), a drama based on Buddy Giovinazzo's novel of the same name. He will costar with Marc Blucas, Ross Patterson, Chris Tarantino, Dominique Swain and Carly Pope in the comedy “Stuntmen,” directed and written by Eric Amadio, support Leslie Bibb, Adam Goldberg and Kathy Baker in the dark comedy “Miss Nobody” (2009) and portray Scott Teller in the romantic comedy “Table for Three” (2009), opposite Jennifer Morrison and Sophia Bush. The thirty-something actor is also scheduled to portray FBI Agent Jackson in the psychological thriller “Unthinkable” (2009), along with Samuel L. Jackson and Carrie-Anne Moss, Todd Ingram in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” (2009), which was adapted form the Oni Press graphic novel “Scott Pilgrim Volume 1: Scott Pilgrims Precious Little Life,” written by Bryan Lee Omalley, and star as Dylan Dog in the thriller “Dead of Night” (2009) for director Kevin Munroe. Routh will also star with Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carmen Electra and Denise Richards in “Kambakkht Ishq/Incredible Love” (2009).
Empire: Best Male Newcomer, “Superman Returns,” 2007
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Saturn, Best Actor, “Superman Returns,” 2007
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Rising Star Award, 2006
ShoWest Convention: Male Star of Tomorrow, 2006