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Justin Chatwin Biography

By Diana Saenger

Justin Chatwin Biography

Justin Chatwin in "War of the Worlds."

© Paramount Pictures

Justin Chatwin's Place of Birth:

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Birth Date:

October 31, 1982

Role That Really Got Him Noticed:

Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds where he played Tom Cruise's rebellious teenage son Robbie. Chatwin was shooting ducks with his dad in Saskatchewan when he got the call he had landed role.

TV Credit of Note:

Chatwin had many TV roles in his early career including Smallville and the mini series' Taken and Traffic both of which garnered him many fans. Then in 2006 he became a hot item as Eddie on Lost, followed by a sexy turn as Jimmy/Steve on Showtime's Shameless.

Interesting Trivia:

Appeared in the stage play Dark Matters Nov – Dec 2006 at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York. Claims Dakota Fanning gives the all-time best impersonation of Paris Hilton. After the USA miniseries Traffic, Newsweek magazine labeled Chatwin an "Actor to Watch."

Justin Chatwin Biography:

Justin Chatwin was raised in British Columbia. His father was an engineer, and his mother was an artist. Chatwin was studying business at the University of British Columbia, but not getting great grades. When a friend invited Chatwin to join him on an acting audition, Chatwin did. He got the acting bug, and his parents encouraged him to give up college and pursue an acting career. Chatwin found an agent immediately, and in 2001 began appearing in Canadian TV shows.

His first feature film role was a small part as a fan in Josie and the Pussycats in 2001. For several years Chatwin moved from one TV series to another. In 2002 he appeared in three episodes as John in Steven Spielberg's Sci-Fi Channel miniseries Taken. After the miniseries Traffic, Chatwin took on a more significant character when he played the unstable hitchhiker Matt in Taking Lives (2004) with Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke. That same year he appeared in the box-office bomb SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2.

Chatwin broadened his acting range playing Billie in the dark comedy The Chumscrubber (2005) with Ralph Fiennes and Glenn Close. After War of the Worlds and roles in the TV series Weeds and Lost, he began filming The Invisible (2007) directed by David Goyer. The story is a fantasy about death, and Chatwin plays a lead along with Margarita Levieva and Marcia Gay Harden.

The biggest buzz about Chatwin is about his lead in the film The Pornographer's Poem currently in production. Set in the 1970s, the dark coming-of-age film is an adaptation of the cult novel by Michael Turner, and is about a man delving into the world of making porn shots. Chatwin also has a starring role in the action adventure film Dragonball: Evolution alongside James Marsters and Emmy Rossum.

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