Justin Whalin

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Justin Whalin
Justin Whalin at WonderCon 2009.JPG
Whalin at WonderCon 2009
Born Justin Garrett Whalin
(1974-09-06) September 6, 1974 (age 42)
San Francisco, California, United States
Occupation Actor, presenter
Spouse(s) Reina Flynn
(July 16, 2006 – 2009)[1]

Justin Garrett Whalin (born September 6, 1974) is an American actor best known for his roles as the teenage Andy Barclay in Child's Play 3 and Jimmy Olsen in the American television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.[2]

Early life[edit]

Whalin, an only child, was born in the Sunset District of San Francisco, California. His mother, Terry Villanueva, is a teacher and school administrator who owns and operates two L.A. area schools: The Learning Castle and La Cañada Preparatory. His father, Craig Whalin, is a real estate appraiser.[3] His parents divorced when he was seven years old and both remarried. He has a younger half-brother, Danny Quiros, an older stepbrother, Michael Galo-Rothman, and an older stepsister, Michele Dahlberg.

He studied acting at the esteemed American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) in San Francisco, and attended Lowell High School. After years of commuting between Los Angeles and San Francisco, he and his mother eventually relocated to L.A. permanently when he was fifteen years old. He completed his high school education through U.C. Berkeley's homeschooling program.


Whalin is known for his appearances in such films as John Waters' cult classic Serial Mom with Kathleen Turner, Child's Play 3, The Disney Channel's Susie Q (1996) (TV), and as the young Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen in the TV series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (seasons 2-4).

Whalin has been working as an actor since the age of eleven, when he debuted in the title role of the play The Little Prince at San Francisco's Victoria Theatre. He starred in the 1993 CBS Schoolbreak Special production Other Mothers for which he won a Daytime Emmy for his portrayal of a son with lesbian parents. He went on to star in Miracle at Midnight opposite Mia Farrow and Sam Waterston. He also auditioned to play Billy Loomis in Scream (1996).


Award nominations[edit]



  1. ^ "Justin Whalin - Superman's Whalin Files For Divorce". 
  2. ^ "As ABC's second assigned Jimmy Olsen, Justin Whalin hits the newsroom running". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  3. ^ Justin Whalin profile, filmreference.com; accessed September 16, 2015.

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Preceded by
Michael Landes
Actors to portray Jimmy Olsen
1994 - 1997
Succeeded by
Sam Huntington