Balthazar Getty

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Balthazar Getty
Born Paul Balthazar Getty
(1975-01-22) January 22, 1975 (age 39)
Tarzana, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Rosetta Millington (m. 2000)
Children Cassius Paul, Grace, Violet,
June Catherine
Parents John Paul Getty III (deceased)
Gisela Martine Zacher (née Schmidt)
Relatives Mark Getty (uncle)
Paul Getty (grandfather)
Gordon Getty (great-uncle)
Jean Paul Getty (great-grandfather)
George Getty (great-great-grandfather)

Paul Balthazar Getty (/bælˈθzər ˈɡɛti/; born January 22, 1975) is an American film actor and member of the band Ringside.[1] He is known for the roles of Thomas Grace on the American action drama Alias and Tommy Walker on the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters.

Early life[edit]

Getty was born Paul Balthazar Getty in Tarzana, California, and raised in San Francisco before being educated in the United Kingdom at the Gordonstoun School, a boarding school that has educated three generations of the British Royal Family. His great-grandfather was Jean Paul Getty, founder of the Getty Oil Company, and at one time one of the richest men in the world. His grandfather was Sir Paul Getty; his father was John Paul Getty III. His mother, Gisela (née Schmidt), is a professional photographer and documentary filmmaker. His parents divorced in 1993. He has a maternal half-sister, Anna (born 1972).[2]

Career[edit]

Getty began his acting career at age 14 in 1989. He auditioned for the lead role in the movie Lord of the Flies after being spotted by a casting director, Robin Joy Allan, in his art class at school. During the 1990s and early 2000s, he appeared in the films Young Guns II, Natural Born Killers, Judge Dredd, White Squall, Lost Highway, Big City Blues, The Center of the World, Deuces Wild, Ladder 49, Feast, and the television miniseries Traffic.

Getty guest-starred on the television series Charmed as Richard Montana, a male witch romantically linked with Paige Matthews. He appeared in the fifth season of the hit show Alias as Agent Thomas Grace. He starred, alongside Alias costar Ron Rifkin, in the ABC prime time drama Brothers & Sisters, which first aired in September 2006. Getty played the role of Thomas "Tommy" Walker, third-born of the five Walker siblings.

In late 2008, media reports indicated Getty's contract as a full-time series regular in Brothers & Sisters would not be renewed due, in part, to budgetary and storyline considerations.[3] In the Season 4 premiere, Getty was still listed in the principal cast, but he did not appear. Getty made his return to the series in the sixth episode of Season 4. Although he no longer appeared in every episode, he continued to make appearances on the show until its cancellation.

Personal life[edit]

In 2000, Getty married fashion designer Rosetta Millington. They have three daughters: Grace, Violet, and June Catherine, and a son, Cassius Paul.[4][5] He had a well-publicized affair with English actress Sienna Miller but eventually returned to his wife.[6] As a teen he was a member of the Los Angeles graffiti subculture.

Social initiatives[edit]

Getty is on the board of directors for The Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organization providing daily meals to township school students in Soweto, South Africa.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1990 Lord of the Flies Ralph
Young Guns II Tom O'Folliard Alternative title: Young Guns II: Blaze of Glory
1991 My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Jud, Jolie's Son
The Pope Must Die Joe Don Dante Alternative title: The Pope Must Diet
December Allister Gibbs
1992 Halfway House
Where the Day Takes You Little J
1993 Red Hot Alexi Alternative title: Fièvre Rouge
1994 Cityscrapes: Los Angeles Leader
Dead Beat Rudy Alternative title: The Phony Perfector
Natural Born Killers Gas Station Attendant
Don't Do It Jake
1995 Toughguy Chad's Friend Alternative titles: Evil Never Sleeps and Terrified
Judge Dredd Olmeyer
1996 Mr. Holland's Opus Stadler
White Squall Tod Johnstone
1997 Lost Highway Pete Dayton
Habitat Andreas Symes
1998 Fait Accompli A.J. Merchant Alternative title: Voodoo Dawn
1999 Big City Blues Walter
Out in Fifty Lefty
2000 Shadow Hours Michael Holloway
Four Dogs Playing Poker Julian Alternative title: 4 Dogs Playing Poker
Shadow Hours
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Co-producer
2001 Sol Goode Sol Goode
MacArthur Park Steve
The Center of the World Brian Pivano Alternative title: The Centre of the World
Sluts & Losers
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Co-executive producer
2002 Hard Cash Eddie Alternative title: Run for the Money
Deuces Wild Jimmy Pockets
2004 Ladder 49 Ray Gauquin
2005 Slingshot Taylor
Feast Bozo
2006 The Tripper Jimmy
2008 West of Brooklyn Man at door
Struggle Jack
2012 Big Sur Michael McClure
2014 Unity Narrator
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Nightmare Classics Miles 1 episode
1997 The Hunger James Chandler 1 episode
2001-2002 Pasadena Nate Greeley 13 episodes
2003-2004 Charmed Richard Montana 6 episodes
2004 Traffic Ben Edmonds Miniseries
2005 Into the West David Wheeler 1 episode
Ghost Whisperer Michael Adams 1 episode
2005-2006 Alias Thomas Grace 17 episodes
2006 Dirtbags Scotty Television movie
2006-2011 Brothers & Sisters Tommy Walker 92 episodes
2009 Medium Christopher Dennis Sipes 1 episode
2010 Rizzoli & Isles Tom Garvin 1 episode
Hawaii Five-0 Walton Dawkins 1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moss, Corey. "Ringside". mtv.com. Archived from the original on 21 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  2. ^ Obituary of Balthazar Getty's father
  3. ^ "Is Brothers Disowning Balthazar Getty?" The Ausiello Files, December 29, 2008
  4. ^ Ingrassia, Lisa (2007-03-30). "Balthazar Getty, Wife Rosetta Expecting Baby No. 4". people.com. Archived from the original on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  5. ^ Balthazar Getty and His Wife Welcome a Girl - Birth, Balthazar Getty : People.com
  6. ^ http://www.x17online.com/celebrities/balthazar_getty/balthazar_getty_my_affair_with_sienna_miller.php

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