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Justin Chambers Actor

Justin Chambers

Justin stars as "Dr. Alex Karev " on ABC's new series "Grey's Anatomy." The show is based on the daily personal and professional struggles of young student interns working at a rigorous hospital. Discovered on a subway in Paris, he began his career as a professional model working throughout Europe, Japan and the U.S. with contracts at Calvin Klein and Armani, among others. Setting his sights on acting, Chambers moved to New York and studied for four years at H.B. Studios and Ron Stetson Studios. His training garnered him several television roles, including Another World, New York Undercover, Rose Hill with Jennifer Garner and Four Corners with Ann-Margret. Described as "part James Dean, part Marlon Brando" (Harper's Bazaar, 1998), Chambers got his big break when he was cast in his first feature film, Liberty Heights, directed by Barry Levinson. As a privileged but good-hearted troublemaker, he proved that he had the acting chops to hold his own opposite co-star Adrian Brody, and soon went on to play the lead role of D'Artagnan in Universal's action/adventure, The Musketeer. Additionally Chambers starred opposite Jennifer Lopez in the hit romantic comedy, The Wedding Planner, and with Uma Thurman in HBO's critically acclaimed Hysterical Blindness. He will next be seen in the upcoming independent films Southern Belles, opposite Ana Faris and Fred Weller, and In Control of All Things, opposite Robin Tunney and Rory Culkin.

Chambers currently resides in New York, NY with his wife Keisha and their five children. He was born on July 11, 1970, in Springfield, Ohio.


More fun stuff about Justin Chambers

Justin and Keisha have five children. From oldest to youngest, Isabella (b. 1997), twins Maya and Kaila (b. 1999), Eva (b. 2001) and the youngest is their son Jackson .

Was discovered by a modelling scout on the Paris subway.... subsequently represented Calvin Klein in fragrance campaign

He has a twin brother named Jason. He and Jason have one older brother and two older sisters.

He is from Springfield, Ohio.

1 of 5 siblings of Irish and German extraction.

Wife Keisha is a model agency booker that he met while he was modeling with Calvin Klein.

Their children were all born after 1996.

Meet Justin Chambers

An extremely attractive male model, Justin Chambers made the transition to film acting gradually building a resume of work in small TV roles before breaking in to features. Although perhaps best known for his Calvin Klein ads, the tall, brown-haired, brown-eyed Chambers began appearing in stage productions in the mid-1990s and in 1995 caught what should have been his first break, a role on the NBC daytime drama "Another World". Unfortunately for him, the show changed producers and the new executive decided to take the character in a different direction and fired Chambers. The budding performer rebounded a bit with primetime guest roles in series like "New York Undercover" and "Swift Justice" and the CBS "Hallmark Hall of Fame" productions "Harvest of Shame" (1996) and "Rose Hill" (1997). Another potential career boost came when he was tapped to co-star with Ann-Margret and Sonia Braga in the CBS drama series "Four Corners" in 1998, but few people saw his turn as the troubled son of title estate's caretaker; the network pulled the plug on the show after only two airings.

Chambers segued to the big screen in the featured role of a WASP who befriends a Jew in "Liberty Heights" (1999), Barry Levinson's semi-autobiographical drama of growing up in Baltimore. The actor was briefly seen as a dope-smoking buddy of Cameron Diaz in "The Invisible Circus" before his breaking through as the Italian immigrant expecting to marry Jennifer Lopez in the box-office hit "The Wedding Planner" (both 2001). The latter allowed Chambers to demonstrate his capacity for broad humor as well as light romance and he made a charming rival to co-star Matthew McConaughey. Continuing his ascent to stardom, Chambers landed his first starring role in "The Musketeer" (2001), yet another take on the Dumas classic.

Hong Kong-styled 'Musketeer' a pointless revenge fantasy skewering of a literary classic

After all its TV commercial posturing about "re-envisioning" a classic as a post-Hong Kong actioner, "The Musketeer" betrays the truth of its utter lack of real ambition in the casting of a wooden, charmlessly handsome, totally generic Hollywood pretty boy in the title role.

His name is Justin Chambers (Jennifer Lopez's irritating Italian suitor in "The Wedding Planner"), and he looks and acts like he got the part only because Chris O'Donnell -- the industry's preferred choice for glinty-eyed, mannequin-souled heroes -- already played D'Artagnan in Disney's weightless 1993 adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' "The Three Musketeers."

Out to avenge the murder of his father some 14 years before, this D'Artagnan is "all for one" without the "one for all." Ostensibly, he ventures to Paris to join King Louis XIII's elite guard, only to find them disbanded and in disarray following a power shift that favored troops loyal to the power-mad Cardinal Richelieu (Stephen Rea).

Conveniently, Richelieu's most evil enforcer (played with delicious aplomb by baddie extraordinare Tim Roth) happens to be the man D'Artagnan has come to kill, and many extravagant sword fights ensue.

Said swordplay is Universal Studio's sole excuse for this otherwise unmotivated and underwhelming remake (co-financed by the once-respectable Miramax). Choreographed by Xin-Xin Xiong, the hyper-kinetic dodge-and-parry is a mixture of predictable genre standards (a fight atop a horse-drawn coach ends with a bad guy getting smacked by a tree branch) and recycled wire-work stunts from his superior Chinese flicks like "Once Upon A Time In China" (ladder fu) and this year's "Time and Tide" (rappelling-rope fu).

It's flashy to be sure, but if the picture has any good stunts to speak of, they're lost to appallingly choppy editing that never stays on one image long enough to even see a punch or a blade connect with its target.

Director Peter Hyams (responsible for such cinematic crimes as "End of Days" and "Timecop") hardly bothers with anything as mundane as plot, other than tossing in a damsel to rescue (Mena Suvari) and making vague references to France's political instability through D'Artagnan's assignment to escort the queen (Catherine Deneuve) to a secret meeting with an English ambassador. What little plot there is has been crippled by enormous and flagrant gaffes -- like the scene in which Suvari is shot in the chest at almost point-blank range but survives without a scratch and without explanation.

How Hyams got such talented players as Deneuve, Rea and Roth to sign on for this dud (and effortlessly outshine the other players in the process) is a mystery -- although Roth does get all the best dialogue. "I feel the need to harm someone!" he seethes luridly through clenched teeth.

Everyone else speaks entirely in clichés, and Chambers and Suvari deliver their romantic lines as if they're so consumed with courtly pronunciation that they don't even notice each other in the room.

Three other characters that don't get much notice are Dumas' original three Musketeers -- Aramis, Porthos and Athos -- who are little more than peripheral players here, despite the fact that D'Artagnan is traditionally the least experienced swordsman.

But then, the source material is of little relevance to "The Musketeer" except as a ready-made framework on which to hang overwrought action that isn't all that exciting to begin with. There is not one aspect of this movie -- performances, plot, score, editing, even fights -- that hasn't been done infinitely better in other "Musketeer" adaptations.

Justin Chambers plays in 'Leo' (2004)

Breathless, hot, and clammy, watching Leo is like spending a summer night in the rural Deep South of America. That's the setting for this torturous tale, told in flashbacks and flashforwards, which follows two seemingly unconnected characters who discover that their lives are inextricably intertwined. Stephen (Joseph Fiennes) is a recently released convict on parole, while Mary (Elisabeth Shue) the despairing wife of a high-flying English professor. Artful to the point of being arsy, it's occasionally absorbing, but sometimes stultifying.

Looking like some long-lost relative of Forrest Gump, complete with a naff suit and a buttoned up shirt, Stephen takes a job in an out-of-the-way diner while he completes his parole. Before you can shout "Run, Forrest, run!", he's fallen out with Horace (Dennis Hopper), a spiteful bully who likes humiliating the staff. Disaster threatens. In another time and another place, bored housewife Mary suspects her university lecturer husband has turned into a cheating letch. In revenge, she lets painter/decorator Ryan (Justin Chambers) seduce her.

As the film's mystery unravels, the two seemingly unconnected events will have a deeper significance than anyone involved could ever realise.


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