Cris Judd

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This article is about the actor and choreographer. For the Australian rules football player, see Chris Judd.
Cris Judd
Born Cristan Leenon Judd
1969 (age 46–47)[1][2]
Abilene, Texas, U.S.
  • Actor
  • Choreographer
Years active 1995–present

Cristan Leenon "Cris" Judd (born 1969)[1][2] is an American actor and choreographer known for his brief marriage to Jennifer Lopez.

Early life[edit]

Before Hollywood, Judd spent his early years growing up on Air Force bases in Angeles City in the Philippines and Hawaii. His mother is Filipina, his father Larry is Portuguese. The Air Force then moved his family to Niceville, Florida, where he attended Niceville High School. While in Florida, Judd, an avid athlete, spent a lot of time surfing and golfing. With a golf handicap of four, he even considered going pro after graduation, but instead decided to go to college. While in college, he landed his first job at Disney World with friend and colleague, Wayne Brady.[citation needed]

Dance career[edit]

At age 21, Judd became interested in dance. Within a year, he switched jobs and began dancing professionally with Disney. He was hired to dance with Michael Jackson for the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards and then danced with Jackson on the HIStory Tour, eventually becoming lead dancer for the tour. In 1999, he performed at the Billboard Music Awards with Celine Dion, the MTV Music Awards with N'SYNC, and in 2000 at the American Music Awards with Enrique Iglesias and Brian McKnight, and for "Best Song" nominee That Thing You Do at the 69th Annual Academy Awards. Judd also teamed up for the first time with choreographer Eddie Garcia, a collaboration that continues to this day, to choreograph the 2000 Tour for Jordan Knight.

Judd choreographed numerous music videos including My Way for Usher, Jump, Jive, & Wail for the Brian Setzer Orchestra, If I Could Go for Angie Martinez and Tango for Julio Iglesias. He also directed the music video, Ain't It Funny-Remix, with Ja Rule. Judd then became creative director for Handprint Entertainment, overseeing a $5 million budget and delivering then wife, Jennifer Lopez's NBC concert special Let's Get Loud (DVD), which was filmed at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Judd appeared as a back-up dancer for ex-wife, Jennifer Lopez's music videos Love Don't Cost a Thing, Play, and I'm Real, and appeared in her I'm Gonna Be Alright video.

Judd and his former business partner Eddie Garcia produced an interactive dance DVD released in summer 2005, and has prepared the Midnight Fantasy musical for the Luxor Resort in Las Vegas.

In 2009, Judd took part in the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards opening dance tribute to former mentor Michael Jackson. Judd took part in the dance performance of "Scream", the duet number between Michael, and Michael's sister Janet Jackson, where Janet danced alongside Judd, and other famous dance choreographers like Travis Payne, Tina Landon, Brian Friedman, and Wade Robson whom all worked with both Michael, and Janet Jackson. Dance performance included Laurie Ann Gibson and Tyce Diorio.

Judd is currently a faculty member/instructor for The PULSE on Tour.


Judd guest-starred on Unfabulous with Emma Roberts, has appeared on Eve, Half and Half, and Everybody Loves Raymond, and in Bringing Down the House where he also served as choreographer for Steve Martin's dance scenes.

Judd appeared as Elliot in the film Goyband.

Reality television[edit]

Judd's television debut was on the first season of the American series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. He beat out all the other contestants, earning $200,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation when he was crowned "King of the Jungle" in a viewer vote.

In 2006, Judd hosted the reality version of Dirty Dancing, and in 2008 was a judge on Lifetime's Your Mama Don't Dance.

In 2008, Judd appeared in an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians as a choreographer/friend of Kris Jenner.

In 2009, Judd appeared on the reality TV series Bad Girls Club where he choreographed their opening dance performance for FANTASY, an adult dance revue at the Luxor hotel.

In 2012, Judd appeared in The Real Housewives of New Jersey, as a choreographer hired by Melissa Gorga.

In 2013 Judd was announced as one of the judges in the third series of New Zealand's Got Talent.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Judd met Jennifer Lopez in Spain in late 2000.[4]when he was hired to direct her music video for "Love Don't Cost a Thing". They were married on September 29, 2001. The marriage ended in June 2002.[citation needed] He composed the song, "Alive", which was selected as the theme song for the movie Enough.

Judd married Kelly A. Wolfe in Laguna Beach, California in November 2009.[5] They welcomed their first child, a daughter named Vivienne Lee Judd, on September 19, 2013.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b Silverman, Stephen M. (July 26, 2002). "J.Lo, Cris Judd File for Divorce". People. Cris Judd, 33 
  2. ^ a b Carter, Kelly (February 18, 2003). "Cris Judd gets ready for his TV close-up". USA Today. Judd, 33 
  3. ^ Reid, Neil (May 5, 2013). "Talent judge will be looking for gold". Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ Zwecker, Bill (October 1, 2001). "J-Lo weds beau over weekend". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 38. 
  5. ^ "Jennifer Lopez's Ex Weds!". November 30, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
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