Bryan Greenberg

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Bryan Greenberg
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Greenberg at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
Bryan E. Greenberg

(1978-05-24) May 24, 1978 (age 42)
Alma materTisch School of the Arts
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1997–present
(m. 2015) Edit this at Wikidata

Bryan Greenberg (born May 24, 1978) is an American actor and singer, known for his starring role as Ben Epstein in the HBO original series How to Make It in America as well as a recurring role as Jake Jagielski in the WB series One Tree Hill and as Nick Garrett on the short-lived ABC drama October Road. His film work includes The Perfect Score, Prime, Bride Wars, and Friends with Benefits.

Early life[edit]

Greenberg was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of psychologists Denise "Denny" (born 1951) and Carl Greenberg (born 1950).[1][2] Greenberg was born to Jewish parents; he was raised in Conservative Judaism[2] and attended Beth El Synagogue in Omaha. Greenberg had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony, belonged to Jewish youth groups, went to Jewish summer camps, and traveled to Israel.[3]

At seven years old, when Greenberg's younger sister Becca was in dance class, he got the opportunity to appear in the lead role in the Omaha Ballet production of The Nutcracker. He toured with the show for two months and joined a children's theater company in Omaha. At age 12, Greenberg and his family moved to St. Louis, Missouri. Shortly thereafter, he got his first national role as the kid in the Cookie Crisp cereal commercial. As time went on, he was offered more acting opportunities.[1]

He graduated from Parkway Central High School in Chesterfield, Missouri in 1996. Greenberg moved to New York City after high school. He attended and worked at a Jewish summer camp located in Webster, Wisconsin, called Herzl Camp.[2] He starred as Joseph in a camp-wide production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1992.

Greenberg received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre at New York University in 2000.[citation needed]

Acting career[edit]

While at NYU, Greenberg auditioned and worked as a waiter, bartender, caterer and assistant to a mortgage broker.[2] He was cast as Romeo in NYU's performance of Romeo and Juliet and performed with the Experimental Theater Workshop, the Atlantic Theater Company and the Amsterdam Experimental Workshop.[4]

In 1997, he got a small role on the television series Law & Order. Soon after this appearance, Greenberg got an agent and one year later made his big screen debut in A Civil Action.

After landing small roles on the TV series (Boston Public, The Sopranos, and Third Watch among others), Greenberg was cast as Matty Matthews, a high school student trying to pass the S.A.T, in the film The Perfect Score. After graduating from NYU, Bryan moved to California.[1] While he was still appearing in One Tree Hill, he began shooting another television show produced by George Clooney for HBO called Unscripted.[5]

Greenberg's first starring role was in the Ben Younger film Prime (2005). He played David Bloomberg, a young artist who falls in love with one of his mother Meryl Streep's therapy patients, played by Uma Thurman.[6][7] Greenberg then starred in October Road on ABC and appeared with Alan Rickman in the film Nobel Son in 2008.[8] In 2009, Greenberg appeared in the film Bride Wars with Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway and starred opposite Alexis Bledel and Scott Porter in the indie film The Good Guy, which was released in February 2010.[9]

His series How to Make It in America premiered on HBO on February 14, 2010.[10] The Washington Post called it "The New Yorkiest thing you could find on television, which is saying something," and praised its "portrayal of a dirty, scrappy, multi-ethnic New York culture."[11] The New York Times said the "series has great music (the theme song is Aloe Blacc’s 'I Need a Dollar') and there are some snarky asides about hipster New York."[12] Season 2 premiered on October 2, 2011.[13] On December 20, 2011, HBO announced the cancellation of the show.

In 2012, Greenberg co-starred with Laura Prepon in the independent comedy film The Kitchen. That same year, Greenberg starred in the dark comedy film The Normals, which follows a young man who enters a two-week clinical trial of an anti-psychotic treatment at a drug-testing center in Queens.[14]

In 2013, Greenberg began shooting the untitled Lance Armstrong biopic alongside Ben Foster, who will play Armstrong.[15]

In 2015, Greenberg and his wife Jamie Chung co-starred together in the romantic drama Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong.


In 2007, Greenberg released his debut album, Waiting for Now. He has toured with Gavin DeGraw, Michael Tolcher, Ari Hest, and Graham Colton. At his New York City Show at the High Line Ballroom, Greenberg was joined by How to Make it in America co-star Kid Cudi. Greenberg's songs have been featured in many of his film and television work, including One Tree Hill, October Road, and Nobel Son.

In 2011, Greenberg released his second album, We Don't Have Forever, produced by Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Devendra Banhart, Gary Louris), which included the single "Walk Away". The album also included "You Can Run", a collaboration with How to Make It in America co-star and rapper Kid Cudi.[16][17] Greenberg said he wrote the record over a period of two years when he was going through a lot of changes (friends, personal life, career) and decided to title the record We Don't Have Forever to reflect that.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Greenberg began dating actress Jamie Chung in early 2012. They became engaged in December 2013. During a visit to Chung's hometown of San Francisco, Greenberg proposed to Chung by singing a song he wrote.[19][20] They were married in October 2015 at the El Capitan Canyon resort in Santa Barbara, California. The wedding was a three-day celebration consisting of a welcome dinner on Halloween Eve to which guests were required to wear costumes, followed by a wedding ceremony on October 31 in which Chung and Greenberg exchanged non-denominational vows.[19][21]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 A Civil Action Firecracker kid Uncredited
2004 The Perfect Score Matty Matthews
2005 Prime David Bloomberg
2006 Escape Bryan Short film
2006 Love & Debate Chris
2007 Nobel Son Barkley Michaelson
2009 Bride Wars Nathan "Nate" Lerner
2009 The Good Guy Daniel Seaver
2011 Friends with Benefits Parker
2012 The Kitchen Paul
2012 The Normals Billy Schine
2014 A Short History of Decay Nathan Fisher
2015 Vice Evan
2015 A Year and Change Owen
2015 Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong Josh
2015 The Program Floyd's buddy Uncredited
2016 Flock of Dudes Barrett
2017 Random Tropical Paradise Harry Fluder
2018 Fourever Tom
2019 Same Time, Next Christmas Gregg


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Law & Order Matt Wheeler Episode: "Thrill"
2000 The Sopranos Peter McClure Episode: "Guy Walks into a Psychiatrist's Office..."
2000 Third Watch Francis DeSilva Episode: "Journey to the Himalayas"
2000, 2003 Boston Public Mr. Freeman 2 episodes
2001 Three Sisters Roy Episode: "A Date with Destiny"
2002 Strong Medicine Kent Episode: "Rape Kit"
2002 The Chronicle Damon Furberg Episode: "The Stepford Cheerleaders"
2002 Providence Neal Episode: "Great Expectations"
2003–06 One Tree Hill Jake Jagielski 25 episodes
2004 Life with Bonnie Timmy Episode: "Nip, Tuck and Role"
2005–06 Unscripted Himself Main cast; 10 episodes
2007–08 October Road Nicholson "Nick" Garrett Main cast; 19 episodes
2010–11 How to Make It in America Ben Epstein Main cast; 16 episodes
2013 The Arrangement Billy Whitley Television film
2015 Bessie John Hammond Television film
2016–17 The Mindy Project Ben Recurring role
2017-18 The Tick Derek Recurring role
2018 Sideswiped Ryan Episode: "The Ex"
2019 God Friended Me Teddy Preston Episode: "The Lady"



  • Waiting for Now (2007)
  • We Don't Have Forever (2011)
  • Everything Changes (2015)
  • The 36 Hour - EP (2019)

Other activities[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Kaufman, Carly (October 28, 2005). "Get Ready for 'Prime'...It's Timely!". Jewish in St. Louis. The Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Archived from the original on October 17, 2007. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Pfefferman, Naomi (March 23, 2010). "His Hustling Pays Off in Fashionista Role". Jewish Journal (Los Angeles). Tribe Media Corp. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  3. ^ Schleier, Curt (May 15, 2008). "The freshman: With a clever new show on HBO, Bryan Greenberg is joining the illustrious ranks of Tony Soprano and Larry David. Meet the next big breakout star of 2005". Jews Week. Blue Star Media. Archived from the original on May 15, 2008. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  4. ^ "Bryan Greenberg – Actor Bio". HBO. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  5. ^ Arthur, Kate (February 13, 2005). "The Character: Playing Himself at His Own Expense". The New York Times. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  6. ^ Scheib, Ronnie (October 12, 2005). "Review: 'Prime'". Variety. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  7. ^ Scott, A. O. (October 28, 2005). "Movie Review – 'Prime': Guess Who's the Older Woman?". The New York Times. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  8. ^ Dargis, Manohla (December 4, 2008). "Movie Review – 'Nobel Son': Kidnapping, Suicide and Other Family Matters". The New York Times. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  9. ^ Holden, Stephen (February 18, 2010). "Movie Review – 'The Good Guy': Sex and Money and High Rollers (Memories Were Made of This)". The New York Times. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  10. ^ Heyman, Stephen (March 3, 2010). "Culture: More Like, 'How to Fake It'". The New York Times. T-Magazine. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  11. ^ Stuever, Hank (February 14, 2010). "TV Preview: Hank Stuever on HBO's 'How to Make It in America'". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  12. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (February 11, 2010). "Television Review 'How to Make it in America': The Dream, Without the Drive". The New York Times. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  13. ^ Williams, Alex (September 28, 2011). "Costumes for a Kid-Cool World". The New York Times. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  14. ^ Gold, Daniel M. (November 15, 2012). "Movie Review: Being a Guinea Pig for Pay May Not Be Worth It: 'The Normals,' Starring Bryan Greenberg". The New York Times. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  15. ^ "Fall Season 2013: Episode 5". In The Mix. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  16. ^ Fernandes, Matt (December 17, 2010). "Bryan Greenberg returns home to play Rock House benefit". St. Louis Post Dispatch. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  17. ^ Johnson, Kevin C. (December 17, 2010). "Chesterfield native Bryan Greenberg is making it in America". St. Louis Post Dispatch. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  18. ^ "'How to Make It in America' Star Bryan Greenberg Talks Music, Kid Cudi". Hollywood Reporter. February 7, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  19. ^ a b Burton, Isabel (Spring 2016). "C is for Camp". Martha Stewart Weddings, pp 250 - 260.
  20. ^ Ehrich Dowd, Kathy (January 3, 2014). "Jamie Chung Engaged to Bryan Greenberg". People. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  21. ^ "Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg Get Married in Glamour on Halloween – See the Photos". People. November 1, 2015. Archived from the original on August 21, 2017. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  22. ^ d'Estries, Michael (July 20, 2010). "HBO star Bryan Greenberg urges support for clean energy reform: Actor records PSA for Natural Resources Defense Council". MNN (Mother Nature Network). MNN Holdings, LLC. Retrieved January 4, 2014.

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