Justin Chambers

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Justin Chambers
Chambers at the premiere for Up in May 2009
Born Justin Willman Chambers[1]
(1970-07-11) July 11, 1970 (age 45)
Springfield, Ohio, United States
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Keisha Chambers (m. 1993)
Children 5

Justin Willman Chambers (born July 11, 1970) is an American actor and former fashion model,[2] known for his role as Dr. Alex Karev in the ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy.

Early life[edit]

Chambers was born in Springfield, Ohio, the son of Pamela Sue (Willman) and John William Eugene Chambers II.[1][3] He has a fraternal twin brother named Jason, one older brother John Jr. (Chip), and two older sisters, Mia and Susan. He and his twin brother visited hospitals often as children due to frequent bouts with pneumonia.[4] He attended Southeastern High School in South Charleston, Ohio, and later Springfield Clark JVS.[citation needed]


Chambers was discovered by a modeling scout on the Paris Metro and went on to represent Calvin Klein in a fragrance campaign. He worked throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States for Calvin Klein, Armani, and Dolce & Gabbana.[5] After deciding on an acting career, he moved to New York, where he studied at the HB Studio.[2] Studios and Ron Stetson Studios for four years. That landed him a few television roles, including recurring role in soap opera Another World as Nicholas Hudson, and New York Undercover. In 1998 he was cast as series regular in the short-lived CBS primetime soap opera Four Corners. Chambers also appeared in several television movies, such as Harvest of Fire, Rose Hill, and Seasons of Love

Chambers starred in several movies, notably Liberty Heights (1999, as Trey, alongside Adrien Brody),The Wedding Planner (2001, as Massimo, alongside Jennifer Lopez), The Musketeer (2001) Southern Belles (2005), The Zodiac (2005), and the HBO original movie Hysterical Blindness (2002). In 2003, Chambers was cast as one of the leads in the CBS crime drama Cold Case but left after appearing in only four episodes.

In August, 2004, Chambers was cast as surgical intern Alex Karev in Shonda Rhimes's medical drama series Grey's Anatomy, opposite Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, and T. R. Knight.[6] In 2006, along with other cast members, he was awarded a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.[2] In 2009, he also guest-starred on the Grey's Anatomy spin-off, Private Practice, for the Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice crossover event.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 1993, he married Keisha Chambers, a former model agency booker; they have five children together:[5] Isabella (b. December 1994), twins Maya and Kaila (b. June 1997), Eva (b. March 1999) and Jackson (b. January 2002). In late January 2008, Chambers admitted that he suffered from a biological sleep disorder. The actor checked himself into Los Angeles's UCLA Medical Center to treat exhaustion due to the sleep disorder after a period of getting only two hours of sleep each week.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Liberty Heights Trey Tobelseted
2001 The Wedding Planner Massimo
2001 The Musketeer D'Artagnan
2002 Leo Ryan Eames
2003 For Which It Stands German Soldier Short film
2005 Southern Belles Rhett Butler
2005 The Zodiac Inspector Matt Parish
2008 Lakeview Terrace Donnie Eaton
2010 The Happiest Man Alive Sherman Short film
2013 Broken City Ryan Blake
2013 Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox The Flash / Barry Allen Direct-to-video


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Another World Nicholas 'Nick' Hudson #1 Recurring role
1996 New York Undercover Officer Nick Caso Episode: "Unis"
1996 Harvest of Fire George TV Movie
1996 Swift Justice Rick Episode: "Stones"
1997 Rose Hill Cole Clayborne TV Movie
1998 Four Corners Caleb Haskell Series regular, 2 episodes
1999 Seasons of Love Adult Hocking TV Movie
2002 Hysterical Blindness Rick TV Movie
2003 Cold Case Chris Lassing Series regular, left after 5 episodes
2004 The Secret Service Charles Brody TV pilot
2005–present Grey's Anatomy Dr. Alex Karev Main Cast (Season 1–present)
2009 Private Practice Dr. Alex Karev Episode: "Ex-Life"


  1. ^ a b http://birth-records.mooseroots.com/l/9930940/Justin-Willman-Chambers
  2. ^ a b c "Justin Chambers Biography". Tvguide.com. 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  3. ^ Justin Chambers Biography (1970–). Filmreference.com. Retrieved on 2012-12-28.
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOfux9LaO5A
  5. ^ a b "Justin Chambers Biography". Buddytv.com. 1970-07-11. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  6. ^ "Chambers takes 'Anatomy,' cops lead in 'Belles'.(news)(Brief Article) | HighBeam Business: Arrive Prepared". Business.highbeam.com. 2004-08-19. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  7. ^ "Justin Chambers Credits". Tvguide.com. 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  8. ^ Justin Chambers Suffers From Biological Sleep Disorder. People.com (2008-03-27).

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