Chris Carmack

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Chris Carmack
Chris Carmack, May 2008
Born James Christopher Carmack
(1980-12-22) December 22, 1980 (age 33)
Washington, D.C., United States
Years active 2000–present

James Christopher "Chris" Carmack (born December 22, 1980) is an American actor and former fashion model, best known for his roles in two popular television shows—the 2003 teen drama series The O.C., and the 2012 country music drama Nashville. Carmack has appeared in many films, including The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations, Into the Blue 2: The Reef, Love Wrecked, Beauty & the Briefcase and Alpha and Omega.

Early life[edit]

Carmack was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Derwood, Maryland. He has two siblings, a brother and sister. As a young boy, he enjoyed participating in all types of sports: baseball, basketball, football, and wrestling. Carmack was also a longtime counselor at Seneca Creek Day Camp, known for singing the original "Rocko the Lazy Moth" and "Ode to Salpino" among other favorites. At Magruder High School, however, his attentions turned to theatre and he began working on three productions per year, on-stage and off, in addition to competing in numerous drama festivals.


After graduation, Carmack attended New York University to pursue an Arts degree at the Tisch School. He left NYU after he was discovered by John Yannella, a modeling scout, and decided to have a go at the profession. His looks were exactly what Bruce Weber was seeking for Abercrombie & Fitch. The other catalogs and editorials that he has worked for include: Lord and Taylor, Macy's, Target, Who.A.U, Elle France, Nautica, Guess?, and Cosmogirl.

After two years in New York City, Carmack decided to move to Los Angeles and immerse himself in acting. He is best known by global audiences as Luke on the first season of The O.C., but did not continue because producers could not guarantee him airtime in the upcoming year.[1] In 2005, Carmack became a model for Ezra Fitch, a limited upscale label sold at Abercrombie & Fitch.

In 2006, Carmack starred in the film Lovewrecked with Amanda Bynes and Jonathan Bennett and decided to hone his acting skills in the theatres of New York and London.

From 16 March–21 May 2006 Carmack starred in the Off Broadway production of Entertaining Mr. Sloane at the Laura Pels Theatre. The play, directed by Scott Ellis, also featured Tony Award nominees Alec Baldwin and Jan Maxwell.

In 2006 Carmack made his London stage debut in a rare revival of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke, a play unperformed in London for 55 years. Carmack starred opposite Rosamund Pike and was directed by former Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Adrian Noble. It played the Apollo Theatre from 21 October–25 November 2006, failing to complete its scheduled run.

Carmack portrayed Susan Delfino's cousin Tim in the television show Desperate Housewives for one episode.

He portrayed Sam Reide, the main character of the film The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations, the third film in The Butterfly Effect film franchise, released in theaters in January 2009. He also made his first voice role in Alpha and Omega, which was released in theaters in September 17, 2010.[2]

In 2013 he was cast in the ABC drama series Nashville as Scarlett and Gunnar's neighbor Will, a sexy and charming country singer and guitar player.[3][4] Carmack's character initially appeared to be a womanizer and a potential threat to Scarlett and Gunnar's relationship, but it was revealed that the character is gay, and trying to protect his image as a heterosexual country music heartthrob. Carmack appeared in the final six episodes of the season, and was promoted from a recurring role to a series regular for season 2.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Bring It On Again Todd
2005 Candy Paint Football player
Love Wrecked Jason Masters
2006 Just My Luck David Pennington Uncredited
2007 Suburban Girl Jed Hanson
2008 H20 Extreme Austin
2009 The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations Sam Reide lead role
Into the Blue 2: The Reef Sebastian White
2010 Alpha and Omega Garth voice
2011 Shark Night Dennis
2012 Dark Power Durant
List of television credits
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Strangers with Candy Laird "Insivible Love"
2003 Player$ himself "Voodoo That You Do... with Hobbits!"
The Sharon Osbourne Show himself aired November 11, 2003
Soap Talk himself aired November 18, 2003
2003–2004 The O.C. Luke Ward Main Role (Season 1) / Special Guest Star (Season 2); 28 episode
2004 The Last Ride Matthew Rondell TV film
2005 Beach Girls Cooper Morgenthal Six episodes
Smallville Geoff Johns "Recruit"
Jake in Progress Jared Rush "Ubusy?"
Love Wrecked Jason Masters
2005–2006 Related Alex Brody Recurring; 11 episodes
2007 CSI: Miami Cole Telford "Kill Switch"
Higglytown Heroes Referee Hero "Little Big Fish / Good Sports"
2008 Desperate Housewives Tim Bremmer "Sunday"
CSI: NY Colby Duncan "Forbidden Fruit"
2009 NCIS Kevin Nelson "Love & War"
Drop Dead Diva Brian "Crazy"
2010 Beauty & the Briefcase Liam TV Movie
Deadly Honeymoon Trevor Forrest TV Movie
2011 Grace Dylan Doran TV Movie
2012 A Christmas Wedding Date Chad TV Movie
All About Christmas Eve Aidan Green TV Movie
2013–present Nashville Will Lexington Recurring (Season 1)
Main Role (Season 2)

Theatre credits[edit]

Year Title Role Venue Other notes
2006 Entertaining Mr Sloane Sloane Laura Pels Theatre
Summer and Smoke John Buchanan Jr. Apollo Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue



Year Single Album
2013 "What If I Was Willing" The Music of Nashville: Season 2 Volume 1


  1. ^ Neil Wilkes (March 29, 2004). "OC star may not be back for second season". digital spy. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  2. ^ "Butterfly Effect: Revelation". Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  3. ^ Roots, Kimberly (February 19, 2013). "Nashville Exclusive: The O.C.‘s Chris Carmack Moves in as Scarlett and Gunnar’s [Spoiler]". TV Line. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ Nellie Andreeva (March 5, 2013). "Chris Carmack Joins ABC’s ‘Nashville’". Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 8, 2013). "'Nashville' Promotes Three to Series Regular (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 

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