Justin Hartley Biography

Justin Hartley is an actor who starred on soaps and in TV shows such as ‘Smallville’ and ‘Revenge’ before he gained widespread fame for the role of Kevin Pearson on the hit drama 'This Is Us.'

Who Is Justin Hartley?

Born on January 19, 1977, in Knoxville, Illinois, Justin Hartley first became known to audiences through his success on the soap operas Passions and the Young and the Restless. Hartley also had recurring roles on the CW’s Smallville and ABC’s Revenge before landing the starring role of Kevin Pearson on This Is Us, for which he and his costars won the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

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Wife & Daughter

Hartley married soap opera actress Chrishell Stause on October 28, 2017 at Malibu’s Calamigos Ranch. It was his second marriage. Hartley has a teenaged daughter from his previous marriage to Passions co-star Lindsay Korman. 

‘This is Us’

NBC’s ‘This Is Us’ aired for the first time in September 2016, and quickly established itself as one of television’s most popular (and tear-jerking) family dramas. Hartley stars along with Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown and Chrissy Metz in the cross-generational saga of the Pearson family. His character, Kevin, is an actor whose all-American good looks and charisma have allowed him to breeze through life and onto a hit television show. But the series begins with him having an onscreen meltdown on the set of his hit show, The Manny, and follows his subsequent struggles with opioid and alcohol addiction.

Other TV Shows

‘Passions’ and ‘The Young and the Restless’

In 2014, Hartley joined the cast of The Young and the Restless where he played Adam Newman for 100 episodes, which earned him an Emmy nomination. He left in 2016 to join This is Us.

Hartley had made his television debut on television in the role of Nicholas Foxworth "Fox" Crane, an extremely spoiled and headstrong young man, on the soap opera Passions. He remained in the role from December 17, 2002-February 10, 2006 when he left to become Aquaman on the CW. 

The Green Arrow on 'Smallville'

Though Aquaman (aka Mercy Reef) wasn't picked up as a series, the CW asked him to play another iconic D.C. Comics superhero, Oliver Queen/The Green Arrow, on its longtime superhero drama series Smallville. In addition to his work on Smallville (2006-2011), Hartley has had recurring roles on several prime time TV shows throughout his career. He starred opposite Rosario Dawson in the 2008 Web series Gemini Division and on the series Emily Owens, M.D., starring Mamie Gummer, he played Dr. Will Collins. In 2015-26, he portrayed Scott Trosman on Mistresses, which starred Yunjin Kim and Alyssa Milano.

Patrick on 'Revenge'

Of these roles, he is probably best known for his role on the evening soap, Revenge, (2013-14) where he played a rare villainous character. Patrick Osbourne was the long-lost son of Victoria, played by Madeleine Stowe—a closeted gay man who ends up killing a priest.

Movie Roles

Though Hartley has mainly worked on the small screen, he made his film debut in a small role in the 2005 indie film, Race You to the Bottom. Fans got to see a lot more of him in latest silver screen role: Ty Swindel, a firefighter who moonlights as an erotic dancer in 2017’s hit raunchy comedy, A Bad Moms Christmas. The film also starred Kristin Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Mila Kunis, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon and Cheryl Hines.

Early Life and Career

Justin Scott Hartley was born to Jackie and Mark Hartley on January 29, 1977. He has an older brother, Nathan, a younger sister, Megan and a younger half-sister, Gabriela Carrillo. He grew up in Orland Park, Illinois, and attended Carl Sandburg High School, before going to Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the University of Illinois at Chicago to study history and theater.

Personal Life

Six months after Hartley began dating his Passions costar Lindsay Korman, the pair became engaged on November 13, 2003. On May 1, 2004, they got married and on July 3, 2004, Korman gave birth to their daughter, Isabella Justice. In 2012 the couple announced they were divorcing after eight years of marriage. They share custody of their teenaged daughter.

In 2014 Hartley met soap opera actress Chrishell Stause through friends and they began dating. The couple announced their engagement in July 2016 and they were married on October 28, 2017 at Malibu’s Calamigos Ranch. Several of his This Is Us costars, including Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia, were on hand to toast the couple.

The newlyweds adopted two rescue dogs and Hartley recently partnered with Royal Canin to advocate for pets and share safety tips for them ahead of the holiday season.

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