Balthazar Getty

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Balthazar Getty
Paul Balthazar Getty

(1975-01-22) January 22, 1975 (age 49)
Occupation(s)Actor, musician
Years active1987–present
Rosetta Millington
(m. 2000)

Paul Balthazar Getty (/ˈɡɛti/; born January 22, 1975) is an American actor, musician, and a member of the Getty family. His acting debut was in Lord of the Flies (1990) as Ralph. He went on to appear in Lost Highway (1997) and had a recurring role as Richard Montana in Charmed (2003–04), Thomas Grace on the American action drama Alias (2005–06), and Tommy Walker on the American drama Brothers & Sisters (2006–11), the latter two of which have aired on ABC.

As a musician, Getty is a member of the indie rock/electronic band Ringside, and is the producer for rap duo The Wow.[1]

Early life[edit]

Paul Balthazar Getty was born January 22, 1975,[2] in Tarzana, California, and brought up in San Francisco before being educated in the United Kingdom at Gordonstoun, Scotland. He was born to father John Paul Getty III and is a descendant of grandfather Sir John Paul Getty and great-grandfather J. Paul Getty, founder of Getty Oil, and at one time one of the richest men in the world, namesake for the Getty Center museum.[3] His mother, Gisela Getty (née Schmidt), is a German-born professional photographer and documentary filmmaker.[4] His parents divorced in 1993. Balthazar's half-sister, Anna Getty (née Zacher) is his mother's daughter and was adopted by Getty III during their marriage. [5][6]

Film career[edit]

Getty began his acting career at age 12 in 1987. 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, Mr. Holland's Opus, 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 television 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.[7] 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.

Music career[edit]

Getty started deejaying and making electronic music at age 15.[3] He is a member of the indie rock/electronic band Ringside, and is the producer for rap duo The Wow.[1]

In 2013, he operated a record label called Purplehaus Records. He started Purplehaus Productions in the Fairfax and Melrose district in Los Angeles.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 2000, Getty married fashion designer Rosetta Millington. They have four children, daughters: Grace, Violet, and June Catherine, and a son, Cassius Paul.[8][9] Cassius's godfather is Getty's close friend and fellow actor Eric Dane. Getty had a highly publicized affair with English actress Sienna Miller in 2008, but later reconciled with his wife.[10]

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.[11]


Year Film Role Notes
1990 Lord of the Flies Ralph Young Artist Award Nominated for Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture
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
Mr. Holland's Opus Stadler
1996 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 Co-producer
Four Dogs Playing Poker Julian Alternative title: 4 Dogs Playing Poker
2001 Sol Goode Sol Goode
MacArthur Park Steve
The Center of the World Brian Pivano Alternative title: The Centre of the World
Sluts & Losers
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 [12]
2014 The Judge Deputy Hanson
2015 Unity[13] Narrator Documentary
Horror Harry Cox
2021 Kid 90 Himself Documentary[14]
2024 Megalopolis TBA Filming
Year Title Role Notes
1989 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 Main cast (Season 5): 15 episodes
2006 Dirtbags Scotty Television movie
2006–2011 Brothers & Sisters Tommy Walker Main cast (Season 1–4)
Guest (Season 5): 72 episodes
2010 Rizzoli & Isles Tom Garvin 1 episode
Hawaii Five-0 Walton Dawkins 1 episode
2014 House of Lies Zaninno 1 episode
2017 When We Rise David 2 episodes
Twin Peaks Red 3 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1991 Young Artist Award[15] Best Young Actor Starring Role in a Motion Picture Lord of the Flies Nominated
Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture
Best Young Actor Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Young Guns II
1991 Best Young Actor Starring Role in a Motion Picture My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
2005 Golden Satellite Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Traffic: The Miniseries


  1. ^ a b Moss, Corey. "Ringside". Archived from the original on December 21, 2008. Retrieved December 5, 2008.
  2. ^ Rose, Mike (January 22, 2023). "Today's famous birthdays list for January 22, 2023 includes celebrities Diane Lane, Guy Fieri". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved January 22, 2023.
  3. ^ a b c "Balthazar Getty on Growing Up Getty and Movies About His Father's Kidnapping: "I Don't Watch That Crap"". The Hollywood Reporter. February 9, 2021. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  4. ^ "Rosetta & Balthazar Getty: A Fashionable Life". September 20, 2010.
  5. ^ "John Paul Getty III". February 7, 2011.
  6. ^ "What Happened to John Paul Getty III After Kidnapping in 'All the Money in the World'?". TheWrap. January 2, 2018. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  7. ^ "Is Brothers Disowning Balthazar Getty?" Archived January 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine The Ausiello Files, December 29, 2008.
  8. ^ Ingrassia, Lisa (March 30, 2007). "Balthazar Getty, Wife Rosetta Expecting Baby No. 4". Archived from the original on October 30, 2008. Retrieved December 5, 2008.
  9. ^ "Balthazar Getty and His Wife Welcome a Girl". October 6, 2007.
  10. ^ "Balthazar Getty: My Affair With Sienna Miller Made My Marriage Stronger - X17 Online". Archived from the original on June 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "Our Team –". Archived from the original on February 15, 2018.
  12. ^ "Kate Bosworth, Balthazar Getty Share Poetry at 'Big Sur' Premiere". October 29, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  13. ^ Dave McNary (April 22, 2015). "Documentary 'Unity' Set for Aug. 12 Release with 100 Star Narrators". Variety. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  14. ^ "'Kid 90': Inside Soleil Moon Frye's Doc About Growing Up Famous". Entertainment Tonight. March 12, 2021. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  15. ^ 12th Annual Young Artist Award results (Retrieved March 6, 2009)

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