Jonathan Bennett (actor)

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Jonathan Bennett
Born Jonathan D. Bennett
(1981-06-10) June 10, 1981 (age 33)
Rossford, Ohio, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1997–present

Jonathan D. Bennett (born June 10, 1981) is an American actor best known for playing Aaron Samuels in the 2004 film Mean Girls and Mike Christian in the 2012 film Divorce Invitation,[1][2] and his roles in the television series Veronica Mars and All My Children.

Early life[edit]

Bennett was born in Rossford, Ohio. His father was Dr. David Bennett, a Toledo physician, who died from brain cancer on April 28, 2014 at the age of 73.[3] His mother was Ruthanne (Mason) Bennett, who died Nov. 30, 2012, at the age of 67. He has two brothers and one sister (Brian, Brent, and Lisa Bennett).[4][5]

He went to elementary school at Eagle Point Elementary School in Rossford.[citation needed] He first tried acting in a play in the seventh grade while living in North Carolina. Shortly after that, he moved back to Rossford, where he attended Rossford High School.[citation needed] He graduated in 1999 and went to Otterbein College, where he was a student of the theatre program. After dropping out of college he moved to New York to pursue acting.


After moving to New York, he was cast on the soap opera All My Children as J.R. Chandler from 2001–2002. Since then, he has had guest roles on various television dramas, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Deception, Smallville, and Veronica Mars. He played Aaron Samuels, Lindsay Lohan's character's love interest, in the hit movie Mean Girls, and subsequently appeared in the films Cheaper by the Dozen 2 with Hilary Duff and Lovewrecked with Amanda Bynes. Bennett's appeared in the direct-to-video prequel The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning, in which he played Bo Duke. Also in 2009, he appeared as Nick in the Hallmark original movie Elevator Girl. The film costarred Lacey Chabert (with whom he costarred in Mean Girls) and Ryan Merriman.

Bennett posed for a bondage-themed print advertising campaign by Declare Yourself, a campaign encouraging voter registration among youth for the 2008 United States presidential election. In the ads by photographer David LaChapelle, Bennett has three screws through his upper and lower lips, symbolically pinning his mouth shut. The ads drew some media attention.

In 2009, Bennett starred in National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year, which was released straight to DVD.

On September 4, 2014, Bennett was announced as one of the celebrities competing on the 19th season of Dancing with the Stars. He is paired with professional dancer Allison Holker.[6] Bennett's personal motivation for joining the DWTS cast was in memoriam of his parents -- his father having recently died from brain cancer, and his mother died the year prior -- as all loved DWTS immensely.[7] Bennett and Holker were eliminated on Week 6 of competition and finished in 9th place.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Bennett supports the Love is Louder project and uploaded a video of himself talking about the bullying that he had gone through. Bennett stated, "Of all people, I know how mean people can be to each other. I mean, we made a whole movie about it [referencing Mean Girls]. It happened to me in high school, it happened to me in college [and] it still happens to me today. And I’m not gonna lie, it sucks. Sometimes it really sucks. But it doesn’t have to forever because there are people out there who love you, and love is a lot louder than hate.”[9]


Year Film Role Notes
2003 Season of Youth Taylor Palm Beach International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2004 Mean Girls Aaron Samuels Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Lindsay Lohan)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Movie Star - Male
2005 Love Wrecked Ryan Howell Also known as Temptation Island
2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Bud McNulty
2006 Bachelor Party Vegas Nathan
2007 The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Bo Duke
2009 National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year Van Wilder
2009 Eastwick Simon TV film
2010 Elevator Girl Nick Sweeney TV film
2010 Morning Glory Unnamed interviewee
2010 Slightly Single in L.A. Seven
2011 Cats Dancing on Jupiter Ben Cross
2012 Memorial Day SSgt Kyle Vogel
2012 Divorce Invitation[10] Michael
2012 Holiday High School Reunion Ben TV film
2013 Pawn Aaron
2013 Police Guys Featured Extra
2013 Anything Is Possible George
2013 The Secret Village[11] Greg
2013 Misogynist Harrison Nominated — Best Actor - Los Angeles Underground Film Festival
2014 Authors Anonymous William Bruce
2014 A Christmas Kiss II Sebastian TV film


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Dad "Habadadery"
1998 The Bill Youth "Racer"
2001–2002 All My Children JR Chandler
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kyle Fuller "Deception"
2003 Boston Public Ethan Guest "Chapter Sixty-Three"
2004 1/4life Shane Pilot
2005 Smallville Kevin Grady "Blank"
2004–2005 Veronica Mars Casey Gant Two episodes:
"Drinking the Kool-Aid"
"A Trip to the Dentist"
2007 Cane Brad "Time Away"
2009 The Assistants Zack Cooper
2014- MTV's Copy Cat[12] Host
2014 Dancing with the Stars Contestant Finished in 9th place


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