Justin Bruening (born September 24, 1979) is an American actor and former fashion model. In 2003, his acting career began when he was cast in the role of Jamie Martin on the daytime drama All My Children, earning him a Soap Opera Digest Award in 2005 for the portrayal. In late 2007, not long after leaving the role, Bruening was cast as Mike Traceur, the son of character Michael Knight, a new take on the original Knight Rider series. In 2011, he was cast as Tyler Berrett, a recurring role on The CW series Ringer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and in 2013, he joined Ravenswood.

Early life

Justin Bruening was born on September 24, 1979 in St. Helena, Nebraska.[1] Raised in the small town of St. Helena, Nebraska (a then-population of 85), he graduated from high school with only nine classmates.[2]


Following graduation, Bruening moved to San Diego, California. It was there that he was discovered by Sue Nessel, a talent scout for Scott Copeland International, at McDonald's in Escondido just north of San Diego.[2] Soon afterwards, Copeland got him his first modeling job for Abercrombie & Fitch.[2]

Following his first commercial job, Bruening was encouraged to study acting by Copeland and was noticed by All My Children casting director Judy Wilson.[2] Bruening originally auditioned for the role of JR Chandler on All My Children, but was eventually cast in the role of James "Jamie" Martin in July 2003.[1] For a brief time, in 2004 and 2005, Bruening also portrayed Jamie Martin on One Life to Live during a crossover storyline. During his role of Jamie, Bruening was featured as Daytime's Hottest Star in Teen People, Us Weekly, Star and J-14 magazines.[3]

In addition to his work on soap operas, he has had a guest appearance on Hope & Faith[1] and a small part in the film Fat Girls. He was up for the role of Superman in Superman Returns, but the part was won by Brandon Routh instead.[4] He also appeared in the Britney Spears music video "Boys".[1] On October 21, 2007 he appeared on CBS's Cold Case, in the episode "Thick As Thieves".

On November 2, 2007, it was announced that Bruening would be starring in a new rendition of the original Knight Rider series, portraying the original Knight Rider's son, Mike Traceur, for a two-hour film on NBC. NBC decided after successful ratings for the film to continue the story as a series, and commissioned an official series for its debut for the 2008–2009 television season.[5]

In 2011, Bruening began a recurring role on the CW mystery series, Ringer.[6] In 2012, he began a recurring role on the ABC family drama, Switched at Birth. In 2013, he had a recurring role on the ABC drama, Grey's Anatomy as Paramedic Matt.[7] He then featured in the limited season run of the Pretty Little Liars' spin-off Ravenswood in 2014. In 2018, he was cast as 'Nash' the co-star of the Hallmark Channel tv movie Last Vermont Christmas.[8]

Personal life

Bruening proposed to former All My Children co-star Alexa Havins on the set of the soap opera. They were married on June 5, 2005. The two were friends first before becoming romantically involved.[9] After Bruening left All My Children, Havins exited shortly after and the couple moved to Los Angeles. On August 10, 2010, he and Havins welcomed their first child, daughter Lexington Grace Bruening.[10] Justin and Alexa Havins have two more children.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Fat Girls Bobby Debut film
2008 Knight Rider Mike Traceur Television film
2010 Class Whitt Sheffield Television film
2012 Blue Eyed Butcher Jeff Wright Television film
2017 The Monster Project Devon Film
2018 He's Out There Shawn Film
2018 Indivisible Darren Turner Based on a true story


Year Title Role Notes
2003–2007, 2011 All My Children James Edward "Jamie" Martin Portrayed the role from September 8, 2003 – August 22, 2007, September 21, 2011 – September 23, 2011; 163 episodes
2004–2005 One Life to Live Jamie Martin 8 episodes from October 20, 2004 – February 21, 2005
2004 Hope & Faith Jake Episodes: "Hold the Phone" & "Do I Look Frat In This?"
2006 3 lbs Personal trainer Episode: "The Cutting Edge"
2007 Cold Case Spencer Mason Episode: "Thick as Thieves"
2007 CSI: Miami Craig Abbott Episode: "My Nanny"
2008–2009 Knight Rider Mike Traceur Lead role
2011 Wonder Woman Steve Trevor "Pilot" (Never aired)
2011 Castle Rod Tredwyck Episode: "The Dead Pool"
2011 State of Georgia Brad Episode: "Flavor of the Week"
2011 CSI: NY Hank Frazier Episode: "Air Apparent"
2011–2012 Ringer Tyler Barrett 9 episodes
2012–2013 Switched at Birth Chef Jeff Reycraft 9 episodes
2013, 2018 Grey's Anatomy Paramedic Matthew Taylor 13 episodes
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Lt. Commander William "Billy" Harrington 5 episodes
2013–2014 Ravenswood Benjamin Price 4 episodes
2014 Royal Pains Chase Episode: "A Bigger Boat"
2015 CSI: Cyber Evan Wescott Episode: "The Evil Twin"
2015 The Messengers Leo Travers 3 episodes
2015 Blood & Oil Richard Ford Episode: "Pilot"
2016–2017 Good Behavior Kyle Dash 5 episodes[7]
2020 Sweet Magnolias Cal Maddox Lead role

Awards and nominations

Awards won
Year Award
2005 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Male Newcomer for All My Children[1]
Year Award
2005 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Younger Actor for All My Children[2]
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