Martin Spanjers

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Martin Spanjers
Born Martin Brian Spanjers
(1987-02-02) February 2, 1987 (age 31)
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present
Notable work Rory Hennessy in 8 Simple Rules
Parent(s) Frank and Sara Spanjers
Awards Young Artist Award
2004 8 Simple Rules

Martin Brian Spanjers (born February 2, 1987) is an American actor. He played Rory Hennessy on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules from 2002 to 2005, for which he won a Young Artist Award in 2004.

Life and career[edit]

Spanjers was born in Tucson, Arizona. His father, Frank, is a facilities administrator, and his mother, Sara, is an artist.[1] He has an older brother, Matt. His paternal grandparents emigrated from the Netherlands, settling in Wisconsin.[2] Spanjers auditioned for the starring role of Malcolm in Malcolm in the Middle, almost getting it, but did get a guest spot in the show's pilot episode. Although he did not make it to Malcolm, he was able to show up in 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter. Spanjers made a guest appearance as Davie in the first episode of the fourth season of Cold Case, "Rampage". He made guest appearances in many other TV shows as well. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

In 2006 he provided the voice for Sugimura in the English dub of the Studio Ghibli film Whisper of the Heart. Spanjers appeared as Randy Randinger in the sports spoof The Comebacks, released on October 19, 2007.[3] He also shot commercials for Pizza Hut double stuffed pizza, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile.

Spanjers appeared in a music video for 'Three Loco', which includes Andy Milonakis, Dirt Nasty, and Riff Raff_SODMG.


Year Title Role
TBA Spring Break '83 Ballzack
2016 Angel from Hell P.J.
2011 Sassy Pants Shayne Pruitt
Better with You Hunter
2010 90210 Barry the Barista
2010-2014 Good Luck Charlie Justin (recurring)
2009 Saving Grace Lance Iverson
2008-09 True Blood Young Sam
2008 Moonlight Paparazzo
2008 iCarly David (Episode- iFence)
2007 Grey's Anatomy Hunter
The Comebacks Randy Randinger
2006 Whisper of the Heart Sugimura (voice, English dub)
Cold Case Davie
2004 Andy Richter Controls the Universe Jake
2003 All About the Andersons Andrew
Home Jake
Kim Possible Malcolm the Wraithmaster (voice)
2002-05 8 Simple Rules Rory Henessey
2002 First Monday Randall
Evil Alien Conquerors Jimmy
2001 The Hughleys Myles
Max Keeble's Big Move Runty Band Member
2000 Touched by an Angel Brian Hanigan
Grosse Pointe (Pilot) Adam
Perfect Game Brian
Malcolm in the Middle (Pilot) Richard
Daddio Max Woods
1998 Two of a Kind Brian
1997 The Ride George
1995 Gei ba ba de xin Brian


Year Result Award Category Nominated Work
2001 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Supporting Young Actor Daddio
2003 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Leading Young Actor 8 Simple Rules
2004 Won Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Leading Young Actor
2007 Won WorldFest Houston Drama First Night


  1. ^ Villarreal, Phil (18 October 2007). "He's an old pro at 20". Arizona Daily Star. Archived from the original on 12 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
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  3. ^ "The Comebacks - Stumbling at the Goal Line". The New York Times. 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 

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