Greenberg at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
Bryan E. Greenberg
May 24, 1978
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
|Alma mater||Tisch School of the Arts|
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.
Greenberg was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of psychologists Denise "Denny" (born 1951) and Carl Greenberg (born 1950). Greenberg was born to Jewish parents; he was raised in Conservative Judaism 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.
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.
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. He starred as Joseph in a camp-wide production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1992.
While at NYU, Greenberg auditioned and worked as a waiter, bartender, caterer and assistant to a mortgage broker. 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.
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. While he was still appearing in One Tree Hill, he began shooting another television show produced by George Clooney for HBO called Unscripted.
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. Greenberg then starred in October Road on ABC and appeared with Alan Rickman in the film Nobel Son in 2008. 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.
His series How to Make It in America premiered on HBO on February 14, 2010. 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." 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." Season 2 premiered on October 2, 2011. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
|1998||A Civil Action||Firecracker kid||Uncredited|
|2004||The Perfect Score||Matty Matthews|
|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 Normals||Billy Schine|
|2014||A Short History of Decay||Nathan Fisher|
|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|
|2019||Same Time, Next Christmas||Gregg|
|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)
- In 2008, Greenberg appeared in will.i.am's song "Yes We Can."
- In 2010, Greenberg made a public service announcement about the Gulf Oil Spill for Natural Resources Defense Council calling for Clean Energy Legislation. It was released July 20, 2010.
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- "'How to Make It in America' Star Bryan Greenberg Talks Music, Kid Cudi". Hollywood Reporter. February 7, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
- Burton, Isabel (Spring 2016). "C is for Camp". Martha Stewart Weddings, pp 250 - 260.
- Ehrich Dowd, Kathy (January 3, 2014). "Jamie Chung Engaged to Bryan Greenberg". People. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
- "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.
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