David Giuntoli

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David Giuntoli
David Giuntoli by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Giuntoli at San Diego Comic-Con, 2014.
Born David Giuntoli
(1980-06-18) June 18, 1980 (age 37)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Residence Portland, Oregon[1]
Nationality American
Education St. Louis University High School
Alma mater Indiana University-Bloomington
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present
Home town St. Louis, Missouri
Spouse(s) Bitsie Tulloch (m. 2017)

David Giuntoli (born June 18, 1980) is an American actor. He is best known for the lead role of Detective Nick Burkhardt in the NBC supernatural drama Grimm.[1] He co-starred in the 2016 Michael Bay film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Buddymoon.

Early life[edit]

Giuntoli was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Mary and David Giuntoli. His father is of Italian descent while his mother is Polish and Austrian descent.[2] He was raised in Huntleigh, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. He admits to not being very athletic as a child. In an Access Hollywood interview Giuntoli stated "I was like three feet shorter than I am now until I was a sophomore in high school. But I had the same sized head and ass as I do now. I was an awkward little fellow. In high school I started gravitating a little toward acting."[3] After graduating from St. Louis University High School in 1998, he attended Indiana University at Bloomington, earning a bachelor's degree in International Business and Finance in 2002.[1]

Giuntoli returned to St. Louis after college. However his heart was in being an entertainer instead of a career in finance, something his family realized early on as he always enjoyed making people laugh from a young age.[1] Reconnecting with his high school theater teacher, he began taking acting lessons locally.[1]


His first career break came in 2003 when he was discovered by talent scouts for MTV and cast in the networks reality series Road Rules: South Pacific. The three-month adventure in the South Pacific, and a subsequent appearance on the seventh season of Real World/Road Rules Challenge provided the resources to pay off his college debt and further cemented his decision to pursue acting as a full-time career.[3][4]

In 2007, he moved to Los Angeles to further pursue an acting career. There he studied under director and acting teacher Chris Fields before joining the Echo Theater Company.[5] A long series of guest appearances on various TV series and TV movies followed, including Nip/Tuck, Veronica Mars, Grey's Anatomy, Ghost Whisperer, Privileged, Without a Trace, and Cold Case among others.[6] Giuntoli was also in consideration for the title role of the relaunched Superman movie Man of Steel but was eventually beaten out by English actor Henry Cavill.[3]

His biggest role in TV to date is the series Grimm, which premiered in October, 2011.[7] He played the lead role of Nick Burkhardt, a Grimm detective who hunts creatures. In addition to his work on Grimm, Giuntoli was seen in 2012 in the motion picture Caroline and Jackie in a supporting role.[8] He played the role of Scott Wickland, DS agent, in the 13 Hours directed by Michael Bay.[9] In 2016, he played the lead role of David in the comedy film Buddymoon.[10]

Personal life[edit]

In December 2014, his Grimm co-star, Bitsie Tulloch, confirmed they are in a relationship.[11] In July 2016, he and Tulloch revealed they became engaged in April 2016.[12][13] They married in June 2017.[14][15]

Giuntoli currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon, where Grimm was filmed. He often rode his bicycle to the set. During a 2012 break in Grimm production, Giuntoli visited an elephant orphanage in Kenya, adopting one of the animals.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Weather Girl James Minor role
2009 ComedyPOPS Short film
2010 Camera Obscura Walter Short film
2010 Turn The Beat Around Michael
2011 6 Month Rule Jared Minor role
2012 Caroline and Jackie Ryan
2016 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Scott Wickland
2016 Buddymoon David executive producer, co-writer


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Road Rules: South Pacific Himself Regular cast member
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet Himself Contestant/Winner
2007 Ghost Whisperer Rick Episode: "The Walk-in"
Veronica Mars Sneed Batmen Guy Episode: "Un-American Graffiti"
2008 Nip/Tuck Evan Episode: "August Walden"
Grey's Anatomy Todd Episode: "The Becoming"
Finish Line Turner Television film
Privileged Jacob Cassidy 5 episodes
Eli Stone Scott Colby Episodes: "Waiting for That Day", "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
The Unit Major Paul Grand Episode: "Misled and Misguided"
Without a Trace Seth Episode: "Push Comes to Shove"
Cold Case Dean London '60 Episode: "Wings"
2009 Crash Brad Episode: "The Pain Won't Stop"
U.S. Attorney Andrew Moore unsold pilot
2010 The Quinn-tuplets Martin Quinn unsold pilot
The Deep End Jason Carpenter Episodes: "An Innocent Man", "White Lies, Black Ties"
Hot in Cleveland Tyler Episode: "Who's Your Mama?"
Private Practice Daniel Episode: "In or Out"
2011 Love Bites Jordan Episode: "Firsts"
2011–2017 Grimm Detective Nick Burkhardt/Grimm Main role, Directed Episode: "Oh Captain, My Captain"
2013 Key & Peele Mack Episode: "Sexy Vampires"
TBA A Million Little Things Eddie Series regular


  1. ^ a b c d e f Pennington, Gail (March 8, 2013). "Life is anything but grim for actor David Giuntoli". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "SLU High grad is chasing monsters on NBC's 'Grimm' | Tube Talk". stltoday.com. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b c "Rising Star: Grimm's David Giuntoli". Access Hollywood. October 28, 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "David Giuntoli talks Grimm, his character's identity crisis and his former MTV days". The Huffington Post. November 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ "David Giuntoli biography". NBC official Grimm website. 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "David Giuntoli". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  7. ^ Prudom, Laura (2016-04-05). "'Grimm' Renewed for Season 6 by NBC". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  8. ^ "Caroline and Jackie: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  9. ^ "13 Hours Cast: CS Sits Down with the Stars". ComingSoon.net. 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  10. ^ Harvey, Dennis (2016-02-04). "Film Review: 'Honey Buddies'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  11. ^ Schwartz, Terri (December 19, 2014). "Grimm's Bitsie Tulloch and David Guintoli Dating". Zap2it.com. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  12. ^ Warner, Kara and Kimble, Lindsay (July 23, 2016). "David Giuntoli and Bitsie Tulloch Engaged". People.com. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  13. ^ Vulpo, Mike (July 23, 2016). "Bitsie Tulloch and David Giuntoli Confirm Engagement During Comic Con". Eonline.com. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Instagram post by David Giuntoli • Jul 6, 2017 at 9:25pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2017-07-07. 
  15. ^ "Instagram post by Elizabeth Tulloch • Jul 6, 2017 at 9:27pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2017-07-07. 

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