Third Watch Hunk
"You cannot imagine how great it is to step out on the stage with thousands of screaming fans loving you." Eddie Cibrian
Starting out as a model for a national Coca-Cola commercial at age 12, Eddie Cibrian landed his first big break when he snagged the role of Matt Clark (1994-1996) on the hit CBS daytime drama "The Young and the Restless." Since then, he has starred in at least six TV series, "Baywatch Nights" (as Griff Walker; 1996-1997), "Sunset Beach" (as Cole Deschanel; 1997-1999), "Tilt" (as rising poker star Eddie Towne; 2005), "Third Watch" (as womanizing NYC firefighter Jimmy Doherty; 1999-2005), "Invasion" (as Russell Varon; 2005-2006) and "Vanished" (as FBI Agent Daniel Lucas; 2006).
The prominent television actor continues to expand his career on both the small and big screen. In addition to his starring roles in a string of made-for-TV movies, he has appeared in the films "Living Out Loud" (1998), "But I'm a Cheerleader" (1999), "Say It Isn't So" (2001), and "The Cave" (2005). He will next be seen in an upcoming drama film based on T.D. Jakes' novel, "Not Easily Broken." He has also guest starred in “Saved by the Bell,” “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and “Beverly Hills, 90210.”
The good-looking, 6' 2" Cuban-American actor was one of "Daytimes 12 Hottest Stars" by TV Guide in 1997, one of the “Sexiest Soap Hunks of All Time” (2006) at the Shrine to the Soap Hunks, one of the “Best Celebrity Bodies” on Eonline, and one of People Magazine's “100 most Beautiful People” (2006). He was romantically linked to his "The Young and the Restless" co-star Julianne Morris before marrying his present wife, model/make-up artist Brandi Glanville. He has two sons with Glanville.
Childhood and Family:
The only child of Carlos and Hortensia Cibrian, both of Cuban descent, Edward Bryant Cibrian was born June 18, 1973, in Burbank, California. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley, in California, and became interested in acting at age 12 after finding out that a fellow classmate had entered the business doing commercials.
After discussing it with his parents, Eddie landed an agent and booked seven commercials over the next two years, including a national Coca-Cola commercial on his very first audition.
While Eddie enjoyed the work, the auditions prevented him from participating in school sports. A natural athlete, he decided to put his acting career on hold to pursue his other passion - joining the high school football team.
Graduating from Montclair High School, in Montclair, California, with several All-State honors, Eddie entered UCLA's football program in the autumn of 1991. However, after an injury during his first year, he transferred to business/economics. Meanwhile, he returned to acting, taking commercial roles to earn extra money.
Seconds before midnight on New Year's Eve 1999, Eddie proposed to his longtime girlfriend, model/make-up artist Brandi Glanville. They were married on May 21, 2001, and have two sons together, Mason Edward (born June 8, 2003) and Jake Austin (born April 7, 2007).
Eddie enjoys playing golf, football, tennis, basketball, baseball, and volleyball in his free time. He is also an avid skier and motorcyclist. Eddie is involved in a number of charitable organizations, including the Make a Wish Foundation, the American Paralysis Association, and Stitches, a group in South Central Los Angeles that provides kids with an alternative to gang life.
Eddie maintains a close friendship with his former “Young and the Restless” co-star Joshua Morrow and even formed a pop boy band with him called “3 Deep.” Eddie currently resides in his Los Angeles home with his family.
The Young and the Restless
At age 12, Eddie Cibrian became interested in acting and landed a national Coca-Cola commercial on his very first audition. After doing many other national commercials, he put acting on hold to join the high school football team. After an injury sidelined him, he eventually decided to return to acting to earn extra money for college.
Cibrian quickly signed with an agent and began working almost immediately. He earned early TV credit on the popular, long-running CBS soap "The Bold and the Beautiful" and made an unaccredited guest appearance as a janitor in an October 1993 episode of the NBC Saturday morning teen sitcom "Saved by the Bell: The College Years."
The following year, Cibrian landed his first big break when he snagged the role of Matt Clark on the hit CBS daytime drama "The Young and the Restless." He originally auditioned for the role of Nick Newman but producers felt that he was too old for the part. They were impressed by his acting and created another character for him on the show. He played the character for two years, from 1994 to 1996, although CBS had signed him to a three-year contract.
Meanwhile, Cibrian played a small role as a tough guy in CBS’ anti-violence youth special "Kids Killing Kids/Kids Saving Kids" (1995) and appeared in Jennifer Love Hewitt's "Couldn't Find Another Man" (1995) music video. He was also spotted as a guest in an episode of the hit Fox primetime teen soap opera "Beverly Hills, 90210" and the ABC sitcom based on the Archie comic book series that stars Melissa Joan Hart, "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch."
From 1996 to 1997, Cibrian became a regular on the syndicated spin-off series "Baywatch Nights," playing Griff Walker, alongside David Hasselhoff and Angie Harmon. He then replaced Ashley Hamilton as reformed jewel thief Cole Deschanel on the short-running NBC soap opera "Sunset Beach." He took over the role on February 21, 1997, and portrayed it until October 14, 1999, when he decided to leave to pursue a career in primetime. However, he agreed to return for the series finale on December 31, 1999. He also appeared in "Sunset Beach: Shockwave" (1998), a one-hour special and a compilation of 2 weeks worth of scenes from the "Sunset Beach" soap opera's "Shockwave" storyline.
Cibrian's performance in "Sunset Beach" earned him nominations at the Soap Opera Digest Awards, one for Outstanding Younger Leading Actor in 1998, and another one for Hottest Male Star in 1999. On his role in the show, Cibrian said, “I crave attention and adventure. Cole is a dream part. There's nothing he can't do.”
During his "Sunset Beach" stint, Cibrian also played the title role in the CBS action/drama/thriller movie "Logan's War: Bound by Honor" (1998; Chuck Norris played his uncle), and starred in the made-for-television movie "3deep" (1999). He was also featured in the Lifetime original "Jackie's Back!" (1999).
Cibrian next portrayed an erotic masseur in writer/director Richard LaGravenese's romantic drama/comedy "Living Out Loud" (1998), starring Holly Hunter, Danny DeVito and Queen Latifah. He followed it up with the role of Rock Brown, Cathy Moriarty's passive son in Jamie Babbit's satirical romantic comedy film starring Natasha Lyonne, "But I'm a Cheerleader" (1999).
Cibrian returned as a TV series regular in the NBC drama series "Third Watch," playing womanizing FDNY Firefighter Lieutenant James "Jimmy" Doherty. He was in the series from 1999 until 2004 and then returned for a cameo in the show's final episode in 2005. For his work in the show, Cibrian received two ALMA Award nominations, one for Emerging Actor in a Drama Series in 2000, and another one for Outstanding Actor in a Television Series in 2002.
On switching roles from soap opera hunk to one of New York's bravest on “Third Watch,” Cibrian explained, “There's no hair and makeup for firemen. We just put on our uniforms, get a little dirty and go out there and play. It would be any kid's dream.”
While working on "Third Watch," Cibrian co-starred as Joseph, opposite Martin Landau's Abraham, Jacqueline Bisset's Sarah, and Bill Campbell's Moses, in the two-part NBC movie "In the Beginning" (2000). He also appeared alongside Hal Holbrook, Mario Van Peebles and KaDee Strickland in the TV movie "The Street Lawyer" (2003), which was based on John Grisham's book.
Additionally, Cibrian guest-starred in a September 2001 episode of the short-lived CBS drama "Citizen Baines" and went back to the big screen as Heather Graham's fiancé in James B. Rogers' romantic comedy movie "Say It Isn't So" (2001; also starring Chris Klein). He also appeared in a TV commercial for L'Oreal in 2003.
After "Third Watch," Cibrian played Eddie Towne, a member of a professional poker player group banded together to take down legendary gambler Don "The Matador" Everest (played by Michael Madsen), in the ESPN original drama series "Tilt" (2005), and co-starred as Russell Varon in the ABC sci-fi drama series "Invasion" (2005-2006), alongside William Fichtner. After being cast as Cole Hauser's brother Tyler, a thrill-seeking professional cave explorer, in Bruce Hunt's sci-fi horror film "The Cave" (2005), he portrayed Daniel Lucas, the Special Supervisory Agent for the FBI Criminal Investigations Unit, in the short-lived Fox drama/mystery series "Vanished" (2006).
2007 saw Cibrian playing Lucy Lawless' husband in the TV movie version of the ITV series, "Football Wives," along with Kiele Sanchez, James Van Der Beek, Brian J. White, and Holly Robinson Peete. He also guest starred in an episode of the CBS crime/drama "Criminal Minds" and ABC’s night soap "Dirty Sexy Money," as well as in two episodes of ABC’s sitcom starring Emmy Award winner Christina Applegate, "Samantha Who?"
Cibrian will soon wrap up his upcoming film, "Not Easily Broken," a drama based on T.D. Jakes' novel. In the film that is being directed by Bill Duke, Cibrian co-stars with Morris Chestnut and Cannon Jay.