Bret Harrison

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Bret Harrison
Born Bret Michael Harrison
(1982-04-06) April 6, 1982 (age 32)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1999–present

Bret Michael Harrison (born April 6, 1982) is an American actor and musician known predominantly for his work on comedy television series such as Grounded for Life, The Loop, Reaper, and Breaking In.

Early life[edit]

Harrison was born in Portland, Oregon. In his senior year, he attended Tualatin High School in Tualatin, Oregon.[1] His first acting role came at the Hillsboro Artists' Regional Theatre in his home state where he had the role of George in Our Town.[2] He married Lauren Zelman in 2012.[3]



One of his first TV appearances was in the third season of MTV's Undressed and the MTV film Everybody's Doing It. Bret's first major role was dorky next-door neighbor Brad O'Keefe on Grounded for Life.

Harrison appeared in five That '70s Show episodes as Charlie Richardson, a character that was intended to be a replacement for departing cast member Topher Grace but the character was soon killed off when Harrison decided to work on another series. He also appeared in The O.C. as Danny, Seth's rival. He had a dramatic guest role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Sam Cavanaugh, a young victim of sexual abuse. In film, he appeared alongside Jack Black and Colin Hanks in Orange County. In addition, Harrison also starred in the movie Deal, which was released in the US on April 26, 2008.

During 2006 and 2007 he starred in The Loop, as a young professional trying to balance the needs of his social life with the pressures of working at the corporate headquarters of a major U.S. airline. It was canceled following the second season in 2007. Later in 2007, he became the star of The CW series, Reaper as Sam Oliver.[4] Reaper was canceled on May 19, 2009, after two seasons.

Bret Harrison signed on to play Dr. Sidney Miller on ABC's re-imagined V series, according to The Ausiello Files. Harrison's character appears throughout Season 2 (2011) as an evolutionary biologist and eventual member of the counter-visitor resistance.[5] Also in 2011, he was signed by Fox to fill a main cast role in a mid-season replacement comedy called Breaking In.


Big Japan is a four-piece indie rock band from Los Angeles, with Nathanial Castro on vocals and guitar, Adam Brody on drums, Harrison on guitar and Brad Babinski on bass. The band only performs, writes and records sporadically given Brody and Harrison's unpredictable acting schedules. Their first band name was Steven's Team, named after the film The Cable Guy.

Big Japan's first release, Music for Dummies, was digitally released through Nightshift Records on August 23, 2005. This CD originally titled Music for Dummies was changed to Untitled thus the limited number of CDs printed have become collectors items.


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Place Apart, AA Place Apart Wilkey Television film
2002 Orange County Lonny
2002 Everybody's Doing It Travis Television film
2003 Home Security Mike Short film
2004 Lightning Bug Green Graves
2008 Deal Alex Stillman
2011 Chicago 8, TheThe Chicago 8 Rennie Davis
2011 Cost of Living Jerry Short film
2011 Mardi Gras: Spring Break Scottie Smith
2014 See You in Valhalla Barry Burwood Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Undressed Skeet 7 episodes
2001–2005 Grounded for Life Brad O'Keefe Guest star (seasons 1–2); main cast (seasons 3–5);
63 episodes
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sam Cavanaugh Episode: "Guilt"
2003 Boston Public Doug Baer Episode: "Chapter Fifty-Six"
2004 O.C., TheThe O.C. Danny Episode: "The Rivals"
2005 O.C., TheThe O.C. Swerve Uncredited; episode: "The Return of the Nana"
2005 That '70s Show Charlie Richardson 4 episodes
2006–2007 Loop, TheThe Loop Sam Sullivan Main cast; 17 episodes
2007–2009 Reaper Samuel "Sam" Oliver Main cast; 31 episodes
2011 V Dr. Sidney Miller 6 episodes
2011–2012 Breaking In Cameron Price Main cast; 20 episodes
2011 Love Bites Charlie 2 episodes


  1. ^ Carlin, Peter Ames (September 24, 2007). "Bret Harrison: On The Verge". Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ Smith, Jill (June 3, 2004). "West Zoner: The last curtain call". The Oregonian. p. 1. 
  3. ^ "Brett Harrison and Lauren Zelman Wedding". Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  4. ^ "retrieved July 23, 2007[ retrieved July 23, 2007". 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  5. ^ "'V' Lands 'Reaper' Star Bret Harrison". 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 

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