Bryce Johnson
Birth Date:
April 18, 1977
Birth Place:
Reno, Nevada, USA
Famous for:
His role on TV series Popular (1999)
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American actor Bryce Johnson came to prominence in the late 1990s thanks to his portrayal of the extremely good-looking jock named Josh Ford on The WB's series, “Popular” (1999-2001). In a more recent time, he starred in the Fox short lived series “Lone Star” (2010) and MTV's “Death Valley” (2011-?) and had a recurring role in ABC Family's “Pretty Little Liars” (2010-2012). He plays Brendan in the 2012 series “Dating Rules from My Future Self.” Johnson has also made guest appearances in a number of television shows, including “Dawson's Creek, “House M.D.,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Without a Trace,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: NY,” “NCIS” and “Shark.” On the silver screen, the Reno, Nevada native performer took home a Glitter Award for his scene stealing role in the Sundance screened “Freshman Orientation” (2004). Other films he has appeared in include “Chasing Papi” (2003), “Harry + Max” (2004), “Sleeping Dogs Lie” (2006),  “The Blue Tooth Virgin” (2008), “God Bless America” (2011) and “Hit List” (2012).     


Childhood and Family:

Bryce Johnson was born on April 18, 1977, Reno, Nevada. After his parents divorced, his mother brought a then 5 year old Bryce and his two brothers to live in Denver, Colorado. He attended Lutheran High School in Denver, where he became the captain of the varsity soccer team and co-captain of the school's golf team as well as served as class president both his junior and senior years. He next moved to Sioux City, Iowa with his family after graduating from high school. During the fall of 1995, he took his first acting class at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, IA, and passed with an “A.” It was not long before he decided to move to Los Angeles, CA to try his hands in acting. While training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, he worked odd jobs and performed in several student films.

On September 20, 2003, Bryce was married to Dawn Joanne Shand. His nickname is Matty.

Death Valley    


Bryce Johnson made his professional acting debut in 1999. He got a series starring role in The WB pilot, “Saving Graces,” opposite Levi Holiman, Michael Houston King and Lauren Ambrose, but  the show did not make the schedule. In August of that year, he had a five episode stint as Cliff in the MTV latenight serial “Undressed.”

Johnson's big break came when he won the role of Josh Ford, a golden boy with a heart to match, on the teenage comedy/drama series “Popular,” starring Leslie Bibb and Carly Pope. He was on the show throughout its two season run on The WB from September 29, 1999 to May 18, 2001.   

Johnson made his feature film debut alongside Mariah O'Brien and Jordan Ladd in “Puzzled” (2001), which was written and directed by Tosca Musk, while he was still on “Popular.” After the show ended, he landed guest spots in other teen-oriented shows, like “Gilmore Girls” (2001, as Paul) and “Dawson's Creek” (2001, as Library Guy), and in 2003, he was cast in the starring role of Jack Morgan in an unaired series, “Still Life.”

After working with Monica Bugajski, Brandon Carroll and Trevor Fehrman in the made for television film “In My Life” (2002), directed by Lesli Linka Glatter, Johnson landed a bit part in the Latino comedy film “Chasing Papi” (2003), starring Roselyn Sánchez, Sofía Vergara, Jaci Velasquez, and Eduardo Verástegui, co-starred with Clare Kramer and Barry Bostwick in the direct to video thriller “The Skulls III” (2004), helmed by J. Miles Dale, and portrayed Greg in the cheerleading comedy film sequel “Bring It on Again,” which was directly released to videos on January 13, 2004. Still in 2004, he appeared in two films screened at the Sundance Film Festival, “Freshman Orientation” (aka. “Home of Phobia”), which was written and directed by Ryan Shiraki and starring Mark Abney, Dicky Barrett and Marla Sokoloff, and the Christopher Münch controversial drama “Harry + Max,” in which he starred as  Harry, opposite Cole Williams as Max.  Johnson later won the Glitter Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor for playing Tazwell in the first film.

2005 saw Johnson make guest appearances in television shows like “What I Like About You” (as Chris), “House M.D.” (as James) and “Nip/Tuck” (as Corporal Oliver Brandt), and appear with Shiri Appleby, Reggie Austin and Jonathan Bennett in the ABC made for television film “1/4life.” In 2006, he co-starred with  Melinda Page Hamilton in Bob Goldthwait's controversial comedy film, “Sleeping Dogs Lie,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2006 and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic, and starred as Shucks in the short “Becoming Bardo,” opposite Elika Crespo and Rand Holdren. The same year, he also played Krista's Boyfriendin the pilot of “Standoff” and guest starred as Josh Carpenter in an episode of “Shark.” His voice could be heard in the video games “Call of Duty 2,” “Call of Duty 2: Big Red One,” “Gun” (all 2005) and “Justice League Heroes” (2006).

Johnson continued to make guest appearances in shows like “Without a Trace” (2007, as Nick Edberg), “Side Order of Life” (2007, as Adam), “The Mentalist” (2008, as Ranger Kyle), “Drop Dead Diva” (2009, as Eric Hayes), “CSI: NY” (2009, as Nick 'Cool' Emerson), “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2009, as Mark Baker) and “NCIS” (2010, as Navy Lieutenant David Shankton). He starred as Dr. Stephen Strange in the direct to video animated film “Doctor Strange” (2007), based on the Marvel Comics character Doctor Strange, portrayed Rick in the James Mottern award winning drama “Trucker” (2008), which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, co-starred with Phillip Vaden, Sara Rue and Jane Lynch in the comedy film “Man Maid” (2008), directed and written by Chris Lusvardi, and starred in Russell Brown's “The Blue Tooth Virgin” (2008), opposite Austin Peck and Roma Maffia. He played Derek O'Grady in the Jessica Simpson comedy vehicle “Major Movie Star” (2008, aka. “Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous”) and provided the voice of Bruce Banner in the straight to video animated film “Hulk Vs” (2009).   

In 2010, Johnson was cast as Drew Thatcher, the youngest of Clint's three children, in the short lived Fox series “Lone Star,” James Wolk, Adrianne Palicki, David Keith, Eloise Mumford, Jon Voight and Mark Deklin. Debuted on September 20, 2010, the show was canceled after two episodes aired due to low ratings. Still in 2010, Johnson began his 2010-2012 recurring role as Officer Billy Pierce in the teen drama mystery/thriller series “Pretty Little Liars,” which debuted on the ABC Family in June 2010. In the following year, he appeared in the comedy film “God Bless America,” starring Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr and Mackenzie Brooke Smith, as well as in the short film “Coffee Snobs.” He  landed the starring role of Officer Billy Pierce in the supernatural drama series “Death Valley,” which debuted on MTV on on August 29, 2011. Co-stars in the series include Bryan Callen, Charlie Sanders, Caity Lotz, Tania Raymonde and Texas Battle.  

Johnson landed the role of Brendan in the comedy series “Dating Rules from My Future Self,” which premiered on January 9, 2012. the show stars Alison Becker, Mircea Monroe and Shiri Appleby.  

Johnson will play Chad in the comedy/romance film “Hit List,” directed by Minh Collins and written by Thompson Evans. The film is set to be released in the US on March 3, 2012. Costars in the film include Shirly Brener, Joseph Lawrence and Andrea Evans. He will also star in the VH! television comedy series “Stevie TV,” which will premiere on April 7, 2012.


Glitter: Best Supporting Actor, “Freshman Orientation,” 2008  Show Less