PROFILE
Name:
Justin Chambers
Birth Date:
July 11, 1970
Birth Place:
Springfield, Ohio, USA
Height:
5' 11" (1.80 m)
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Grey's Anatomy

Background:

Television and movie heartthrob Justin Chambers began his career as a successful model after being spotted by an agent in Paris. He began acting in the mid-1990s and currently portrays surgeon Alex Karev on the hit ABC medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” (2005-present), from which he was nominated for a 2005 Teen Choice Award and co-won a 2007 Screen Actors Guild Award. He also had the recurring role of Nick Hudson in the soap opera “Another World” (1995) and regular roles in the series “Four Corners” (1998, as Caleb Haskell) and “Cold Case” (2003, as Chris Lassing). Chambers has appeared in several TV films as well, including “Seasons of Love” (1999) and “Hysterical Blindness” (2002). On the movie front, Chambers is perhaps best recognized for portraying an offbeat love-struck Italian in the hit movie “The Wedding Planner” (2001). Other film credits include “Liberty Heights” (1999), “The Musketeer” (2001), “Leo” (2002), “Southern Belles” (2005) and “The Zodiac” (2005).

Chambers will star in Andrew M. Goodman’s upcoming short film “The Happiest man Alive,” which is due to be released in 2010.

Outside the limelight, Chambers, who was named one of People Magazine's “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2006, is married to and has five children with Keisha Chambers, an ex-model agency booker. A longtime New Yorker, he once commuted between New York and Los Angeles while his family was in New York. He and his family recently moved to Los Angeles.


Father of 5

Childhood and Family:

Justin W. Chambers was born on July 11, 1970, in Springfield, Ohio, to John and Pam Chambers. One of 5 siblings of Irish and German lineage, he has a twin brother named Jason, an older brother and two older sisters. After relocating to New York in the 1990s, Justin spent four years at New York's H.B. Studios studying acting. As a child, Justin and his twin brother were often hospitalized with bouts of pneumonia.

In 1993, Jason married Keisha Chambers, a model agency booker whom Jason met while he was working as a Calvin Klein model. They welcomed their first child, daughter Isabella, in 1997. Two years later, in 1999, their twin girls Maya and Kaila were born. Daughter Eva followed in 2001. Their fifth child, son Jackson, was born in 2002.


The Wedding Planner

Career:

Ohio native Justin Chambers was on vacation in Paris when he was discovered by a modeling scout at a local Metro station. Soon after, he was pursuing a successful modeling career in Europe, Japan and the United States under contracts with such prestigious brands as Calvin Klein and Georgio Armani. He moved to New York in the 1990s and after training professionally as an actor at the H.B. Studio, turned his attention toward acting. In the mid-1990s, he acquired roles in several off-Broadway stage productions. His television break arrived in 1995 when he originated the role of Nicholas Hudson on the NBC daytime series “Another World.” The actor, however, was let go four months later after the show changed producers.

The following year, Chambers resurfaced on the small screen when he made guest appearances in prime time series like Fox's “New York Undercover” and UPN's “Swift Justice.” He also appeared opposite Lolita Davidovich in the CBS “Hallmark Hall of Fame” production “Harvest of Shame.” He next costarred with Jennifer Garner, Jeffrey D. Sams and Zak Orth in “Rose Hill,” another “Hallmark Hall of Fame” production that aired on CBS in 1997. He did not make a debut as a regular until he won the role of Caleb Haskell on the CBS soap “Four Corners,” alongside Ann-Margret and Raymond J. Barry. Unfortunately, the series was axed after two episodes. He then appeared with Hume Cronyn, Rip Torn and Nick Stahl in the CBS TV adaptation of “Season of Love” (1999).

It was also in 1999 that Chambers kicked off his feature career when Barry Levinson hired him to play a character in “Liberty Heights,” starring Adrien Brody and Ben Foster. He next appeared in 2001's “The Invisible Circus.” His screen breakthrough arrived later that same year when he was cast in the role of an Italian immigrant hoping to marry Jennifer Lopez in the blockbuster hit “The Wedding Planner,” which co-starred Matthew McConaughey and Bridgette Wilson. Chambers’ career was further established when he landed his first starring role as the gallant swordsman D'Artagnan in the big screen version of “The Musketeer” (also 2001).

In 2002, Chambers starred with Uma Thurman, Juliette Lewis and Gena Rowlands in the acclaimed HBO television film “Hysterical Blindness,” which premiered at several festivals, including the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and the 2003 Deauville Film Festival. In the film, he portrayed a contractor named Rick whose casual fling with Thurman’s character turns into something more for one of them. He then starred opposite Elisabeth Shue and Joseph Fiennes in the dramatic film “Leo” (also 2002) and returned to film with a small role in the standout short “For Which it Stands” (2003), where he appeared as a German soldier. Still in 2003, he joined the cast of the CBS drama “Cold Case” playing intelligent detective Chris Lassing.

In 2004, Chambers portrayed Charles Brody in the drama television film “The Secret Service,” opposite Sarah Wayne Callies, Shane Brolly and Shohreh Aghdashloo, costarred with Anna Faris and Laura Breckenridge in the comedy film “Southern Belles” (2005), which saw him as a handsome police officer named Rhett Butler, and starred as a police detective obsessed with a famous murder case in the thriller “The Zodiac” (also 2005), with Robin Tunney as his on-screen wife and Rory Culkin as their son.

However, Chambers did not enjoy a major acting breakthrough until he landed a regular gig on the ABC medical series “Grey's Anatomy” in 2005. Playing Dr. Alex Karev, opposite Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey, Katherine Heigl as Dr. Isobel Stevens and Sandra Oh as Dr. Cristina Yang, among others, he received a Teen Choice nomination for Choice TV Breakout Performance - Male in 2005 and a Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2007, an award he shared with his costars.

Chambers will star in Andrew M. Goodman’s upcoming short film “The Happiest man Alive,” which is due to be released in 2010.


Awards:

  • Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, “Grey's Anatomy,” 2007

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