|Born||Bret Michael Harrison
April 6, 1982
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Harrison was born in Portland, Oregon. In his senior year, he attended Tualatin High School in Tualatin, Oregon. 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. He married Lauren Zelman in 2012.
One of his first TV appearances was in the third season of MTV's Undressed and the MTV film Everybody's Doing It. In 2002, Harrison appeared as Lonny in the movie Orange County. Bret's first major role was dorky next-door neighbor Brad O'Keefe on Grounded for Life. In 2004, Harrison starred as Green Graves in the coming of age drama film Lightning Bug.
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. 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. Harrison starred as Jerry in a short film titled Cost of Living co-starring Brandon Routh. He also starred as Scottie Smith in the road trip comedy film Mardi Gras: Spring Break. 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.
|1999||Place Apart, AA Place Apart||Wilkey||Television film|
|2002||Everybody's Doing It||Travis||Television film|
|2003||Home Security||Mike||Short film|
|2004||Lightning Bug||Green Graves|
|2011||Chicago 8, TheThe Chicago 8||Rennie Davis|
|2011||Cost of Living||Jerry||Short film|
|2011||Mardi Gras: Spring Break||Scottie Smith|
|2015||See You in Valhalla||Barry Burwood|
|2001–05||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|
|2006–07||Loop, TheThe Loop||Sam Sullivan||Main cast; 17 episodes|
|2007–09||Reaper||Samuel "Sam" Oliver||Main cast; 31 episodes|
|2011||V||Dr. Sidney Miller||6 episodes|
|2011–12||Breaking In||Cameron Price||Main cast; 20 episodes|
|2011||Love Bites||Charlie||2 episodes|
|2015||Astronaut Wives Club, TheThe Astronaut Wives Club||Gordon Cooper||Main cast; 10 episodes|
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