Justin Hartley

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Award-Winning Actor, This Is Us

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Justin Hartley: Biography at a Glance

  • Justin Hartley can be seen starring in NBC’s record-breaking hit series This Is Us, which has been nominated for dozens of awards including a Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award.
  • He also starred in A Bad Mom’s Christmas opposite Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, and Susan Sarandon.
  • He played the role of billionaire "Oliver Queen" (the Green Arrow) on the long-running hit CW series Smallville.
  • Justin was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work on The Young and the Restless.


Justin Hartley can currently be seen starring on NBC’s record-breaking hit series This Is Us alongside Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, and Chrissy Metz.  This critically acclaimed, provocative drama follows a group of people who share the same birthday, and whose lives intertwine and challenge the everyday presumptions about the people you think you know. Hartley shines as "Kevin," a handsome, successful television actor who has become disinterested in his current bachelor lifestyle and yearns for more than his guaranteed paycheck as the “manny” on national TV. This Is Us debuted to record-breaking numbers, earning the series an immediate two-season renewal. The show has since been nominated for dozens of awards including the 2017 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Drama (nomination), 2016 Critics’ Choice TV Award for Most Exciting New Series (won), and 2017 AFI Awards TV Program of the Year (won).

On the film front, Hartley stars in A Bad Moms Christmas (STX Entertainment) the sequel to the smash hit film Bad Moms. Hartley stars as "Ty Swindle" opposite Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, and Susan Sarandon.  Additional film credits include indie Race you to the Bottom, Red Canyon opposite Norman Reedus and Christine Lakin, Spring Breakdown opposite Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, and Seth Meyers for Warner Home Video, A Way with Murder opposite Michael Madsen, and most recently the award-winning, boxing indie The Challenger for Vision Films.

Born in Knoxville, Ill., and raised in Orland Park, Ill., Hartley had a love for bringing characters to life at an early age, however, began to take acting seriously once he got to college. He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the University of Illinois at Chicago, majoring in History and Theatre. After watching Edward Norton in Primal Fear, Hartley was fascinated watching an actor take on a completely different personality, and do it so seamlessly.  He decided at that moment that acting wasn’t something he just loved to watch, but a craft he wanted to work at and dedicate his life to as a career. Upon graduation he decided to make the move to Los Angeles, packing up his truck with no money and job, to give the entertainment industry a shot.

Hartley landed his first regular gig on the daytime soap Passions. He then landed the role of billionaire "Oliver Queen" (the Green Arrow) on the long-running, hit CW series Smallville. He quickly became a fan favorite on the Superman-inspired show, joining the cast in season six and becoming a series regular by season 8. Hartley was able to showcase his talents behind the camera as well, writing (“Sacrifice,” season 9) and directing (“Dominion, season 10) two episodes. Once Smallville came to an end, Hartley went on to appear on a handful of hit series including Chuck, Castle, and Hart of Dixie. He returned to the CW as a series regular on the medical drama Emily Owens, M.D. opposite Mamie Gummer. Hartley has juggled a handful of TV projects, appearing on 12 episodes of ABC’s Revenge, 16 episodes of ABC’s summertime drama Mistresses, and taking over the role of "Adam Newman" in the long-running CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. Hartley was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Drama Series, for his work on the show.  While filming Y&R​​​​​​, it was announced that Hartley would be joining the cast of NBC’s fall passion project: This Is Us.

On the charity front, Hartley has been a supporter of The Water Project for several years.  When not on set you can find him following his favorite teams (the Cubs, Dodgers, and the Chicago Bears), traveling, and spending time with his hilarious daughter, Isabella.

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