Justin Chatwin

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Justin Chatwin
Born (1982-10-31) October 31, 1982 (age 33)
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Website The Adventures of Charlie Crowe

Justin Chatwin (born October 31, 1982) is a Canadian actor. Chatwin is best known for playing Tom Cruise's son in War of the Worlds, starring roles in The Invisible and Dragonball: Evolution, and supporting roles in Taking Lives, SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2, and the Canadian film Funkytown. He is also a prolific TV actor, well known for his work on Shameless, a Showtime dramedy, for four seasons. Prior to that, he had guest appearances on several television shows including Taken, Lost, and Orphan Black.

In 2016, Chatwin starred in the CBS summer mystery series American Gothic.

Early life[edit]

Justin Chatwin was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia to Suzanne, an artist, and Brian, an engineer.[1] He was raised Catholic.[2] He did not initially want to be an actor, but a friend invited Chatwin to audition as an extra for the movie Josie and the Pussycats. He enjoyed the experience and ended up playing a fan. After that, his parents encouraged him to give up college and pursue an acting career. Chatwin found an agent immediately, and in 2001 began appearing in Canadian TV shows. He studied commerce at the University of British Columbia and took acting lessons in his spare time.

He moved to Los Angeles in 2005 in search of new opportunities. He lived in a small apartment until 2009 with his roommate, actor Noel Fisher, who years later co-starred with him in Shameless. He has two sisters, Brieanne and Claire.[3] His passions are film, photography, and adventure.[4] He was an avid snowboarder when he lived in Canada,[5] and is a huge fan of Chemical Brothers and Arcade Fire.[6]

Chatwin is good friends with Paul Wesley, Shaun Sipos, and Emmy Rossum. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert Downey Jr., Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and James Franco are his favorite actors.


2001–2013: Early work[edit]

Justin Chatwin made his film debut in the musical comedy Josie and the Pussycats. After that, he had several guest appearances in Canadian TV shows like Smallville, Just Cause, Glory Days, Mysterious Ways and supporting roles in films like Taking Lives and Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2. He gained recognition in 2004 for his role as Tyler McKay in the American miniseries Traffic. For his performance, Newsweek magazine dubbed Justin as the "Actor to Watch".

Following this success, was chosen to play Tom Cruise's son in the summer blockbuster War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg. Also in the 2005, he was seen in the independent black comedy The Chumscrubber alongside Jamie Bell, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lou Taylor Pucci. In the same year, he played the son of Kevin Nealon's character in the Showtime comedy series Weeds, appearing only in the pilot and series finale. Next year, he had a guest appearance in the highly popular TV show Lost and starred in the play Dark Matters who ran from November 10, 2006 through December 22, 2006 at The Rattlestick in New York.

In April 2007, The Invisible was released, a remake of the Swedish film Den Osynlige, which marked his first lead role. Next year, he returned to the independent film world, having a supporting role in Middle of Nowhere, a coming of age drama directed by John Stockwell, starring Eva Amurri, Anton Yelchin and Susan Sarandon.

In 2009, Chatwin portrayed Goku in Dragonball Evolution, a big screen adaptation based on the Japanese Dragon Ball manga by Akira Toriyama. Chow Yun-fat, James Marsters and Jamie Chung co-starred in the film. Then, he returned to Canada to shoot Funkytown alongside huge Canadian film stars like Patrick Huard and Paul Doucet. Later in 2009, he was cast as Jimmy Lishman in the Showtime pilot Shameless, opposite William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum. The project was picked up and Chatwin was a series regular for 3 seasons (2011 - 2013). He returned for the season 4 finale and joined season 5 as a special guest star.

Between those years, Chatwin made a short film called Brink, written and directed by one of his friends, Shawn Christensen which premiered in 2011 at the Tribeca Film Festival and also had a guest appearance in season 3 of The Listener opposite Craig Olejnik.

2014–present: Breakout and future projects[edit]

After Shameless, Justin Chatwin pursued his film career with lead roles in the sci-fi musical Bang Bang Baby, 2015 Toronto International Film Festival winner for Best Canadian Film and the romantic comedy No Stranger Than Love with Alison Brie and Colin Hanks. His upcoming projects includes Urge, a thriller in which he will star alongside Pierce Brosnan and Ashley Greene, an adaptation on Nancy Pickard's novel The Scent of Rain and Lightning, the comedy Unleashed, written and directed by San Francisco filmmaker Finn Taylor, In the Lost Lands, a fantasy-adventure film based on three short stories by Game of Thrones American novelist George R.R. Martin, and a cameo in the upcoming action-comedy CHiPs with Dax Shepard, Michael Peña and Vincent D'Onofrio.

Also, Justin will return to television, with the leading role in the upcoming CBS murder mystery summer series American Gothic alongside Megan Ketch and Antony Starr, which will premiere in June 2016.

Unproduced and cancelled projects[edit]

In 2004, Justin Chatwin shot a pilot for WB that was not picked up called Prodigy, a drama about a teenage girl who hides her music talents from her family, who are busy focusing their attention on her younger brother, a well-known prodigy. He played a supporting role opposite Kate Mara and Cody Arens.

In 2005, Chatwin was supposed to produce and star in an adaptation of Michael Turner's 1999 cult novel The Pornographer's Poem, a coming of age comedy about a teenager who enters into the world of pornography when he witnesses his neighbours engaged in sex on their back porch. Jeremiah S. Chechik has been attached to direct. Next year, the actor was set to star alongside Kristin Kreuk in Private Wars, a drama centered on three male combat veterans and their time in the hospital recovering from the war.

Two years later, Chatwin began to develop two movies: Wrench, a thriller that he co-wrote with a playwright from New York City, and The Last Rustler, a modern western, described as a cross between Raising Arizona and No Country for Old Men. He intended to star and produce alongside Bill House. Also, from 2007 to 2011, Justin was attached to star with Spencer Treat Clark, Matt Long and Jamie King in Riding the Pine, a drama directed by Jeff Woolnough about two brothers who take a road trip after one of them contracts a terminal illness.

Justin was set to reprise his role as Goku in Dragonball Evolution sequel, but the original film was a box office bomb, so 20th Century Fox cancelled the project which had the working title Dragonball 2: Reborn.

At the beginning of 2015, Chatwin has been tapped to lead the TNT pilot Breed, a supernatural drama about a series of brutal murders in the Pacific Northwest and a gifted detective who embarks on the case, employing his expertise on serial killers. Shaun Majumder, Aisha Hinds and Nadia Hilker co-starred with him but the project was not picked up as a TV series.

Personal life[edit]

From 2005 to 2009, Chatwin was in a long relationship with actress Molly Sims. He also dated Addison Timlin and Revenge actress Margarita Levieva.



Year Film Role Notes
2001 Christy Choices of the Heart, Part II: A New Beginning John Spencer
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Teenage fan
2004 SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2 Zack
2004 Taking Lives Matt Soulsby
2005 War of the Worlds Robbie Ferrier
2005 The Chumscrubber Billy
2007 The Invisible Nick Powell
2008 Middle of Nowhere Ben Pretzler
2009 Dragonball Evolution Goku
2011 Brink Jeremy Short film
2011 Funkytown Tino DeiFiori
2014 Bang Bang Baby Bobby Shore
2014 The Cycle Robbie Short film
2015 No Stranger Than Love Rydell Whyte
2016 One Night Drew
2016 Poor Boy Jack Clean
2016 Urge Jason
2016 Unleashed Diego
2016 We Don't Belong Here Tomas Post-production
2016 The Scent of Rain and Lightning Hugh Jay Linder Post-production
2017 CHiPs Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Smallville Teen Jostled by Whitney 1 episode
2002 Just Cause Shaun Martin 1 episode
2002 Night Visions Pete Hartford 1 episode
2002 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Vinny Rose 1 episode
2002 Glory Days Barry Bowers 1 episode
2002 Mysterious Ways Joey "J.T" Stanislaw 1 episode
2003 The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie Lawrence TV film
2003 Taken Clauson 2 episodes
2004 Traffic Tyler McKay 3 episodes
2004 Prodigy Dempsey TV pilot
2005, 2012 Weeds Josh Wilson 3 episodes
2006 Lost Edward F. "Eddie" Colburn 1 episode
2011–15 Shameless Steve Wilton / Jimmy Lishman / Jack 40 episodes
2015 Orphan Black Jason Kellerman Season 3
4 episodes
2016 American Gothic Cameron Hawthorne 13 episodes
2016 Doctor Who Grant Christmas special

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations in film and television
Year Award Category Title of work Medium Result
2015 Canadian Screen Awards Best Actor in a supporting role Bang Bang Baby Film Nominated


  1. ^ "Justin Chatwin Biography (1982–)". Filmreference.com. 1982-10-31. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  2. ^ Kramer, Peter (July 5, 2005). "Chatwin looks to Cruise's style". USA Today. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Justin Chatwin Biography (1982–)". tv.com. 1982-10-31. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Bio (1982–)". www.theadventuresofcharliecrowe.com. 1982-10-31. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  5. ^ "Dragonball Evolution : Justin Chatwin Interview (1982–)". Filmreference.com. 1982-10-31. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  6. ^ "Justin Chatwin Biography (1982–)". tv.com. 1982-10-31. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 

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