David Giuntoli

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David Giuntoli
David Giuntoli by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Giuntoli at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1980-06-18) June 18, 1980 (age 41)
EducationSt. Louis University High School
Alma materIndiana University
Years active2003–present
Known forNick Burkhardt in Grimm
(m. 2017)

David Giuntoli (born June 18, 1980)[1] is an American actor. He played Det. Nick Burkhardt in the NBC supernatural drama Grimm.[2] 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 of Polish and German descent.[3] He was raised in Huntleigh, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Admitting to not being very athletic as a boy Giuntoli stated "I was like three feet shorter than I am now until I was a sophomore in high school." He says his head has stayed the same size. "I was an awkward little fellow. In high school I started gravitating a little toward acting."[4] After graduating from St. Louis University High School in 1998, he attended Indiana University Bloomington, earning a bachelor's degree in International Business and Finance in 2002.[2]

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.[2] Reconnecting with his high school theater teacher, he began taking acting lessons locally.[2]


His first career break came in 2003 when he was discovered by talent scouts for MTV and cast in the network's reality series Road Rules for its South Pacific season. 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.[4][5]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[4]

His biggest role in TV to date is the series Grimm, which premiered in October 2011 and ran for six seasons and 123 episodes until March 31, 2017. 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 13 Hours, directed by Michael Bay.[9] In 2016, he played the lead role of David in the comedy film Buddymoon.[10]

He is currently starring in the ABC series A Million Little Things, which premiered in September 2018.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Giuntoli dated fellow Road Rules castmate Cara Zavaleta.[12]

He often rode his bicycle to the set of Grimm. During a 2012 break in production, Giuntoli visited an elephant orphanage in Kenya, adopting one of the animals.[2]

Giuntoli married his Grimm co-star Bitsie Tulloch in June 2017.[13][14] They announced her pregnancy with their first child in October 2018, a girl,[15] Vivian, who was born in February 2019.[16] In January 2020, the family moved to Washington State to be closer to family and their work in Vancouver.[17]



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
2021 Batman: Soul of the Dragon Bruce Wayne / Batman Voice


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 Burkhardt Main role, Directed Episode: "Oh Captain, My Captain"
2013 Key & Peele Mack Episode: "Sexy Vampires"
2018–present A Million Little Things Eddie Saville Series regular


  1. ^ Paul McCartney, 71, and other celebrity birthdays for June 18, 2013: Actor David Giuntoli will be 33 on June 18, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e Pennington, Gail (March 8, 2013). "Life is anything but grim for actor David Giuntoli". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  3. ^ "SLU High grad is chasing monsters on NBC's 'Grimm' | Tube Talk". stltoday.com. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  4. ^ a b c "Rising Star: Grimm's David Giuntoli". Access Hollywood. October 28, 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "David Giuntoli talks Grimm, his character's identity crisis and his former MTV days". The Huffington Post. November 11, 2011.
  6. ^ "David Giuntoli biography". NBC official Grimm website. 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  7. ^ "David Giuntoli". TVGuide.com. 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. ^ Matthews, Liam (June 27, 2018). "Hawaii Five-0's Grace Park Joins ABC's A Million Little Things". TV Guide.
  12. ^ http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-grimm-david-giuntoli-20131030-story.html
  13. ^ "Instagram post by David Giuntoli • Jul 6, 2017 at 9:25pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  14. ^ "Instagram post by Elizabeth Tulloch • Jul 6, 2017 at 9:27pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  15. ^ Juneau, Jen; Jordan, Julie (October 1, 2018). "David Giuntoli and Elizabeth Tulloch Expecting First Child". People.
  16. ^ Durkan, Deirdre (February 14, 2019). "David Giuntoli and Elizabeth Tulloch Welcome Daughter Vivian". People. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  17. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/B7caI6QlD1Z

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