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Justin Tyler Berfield

Justin Tyler Berfield (born February 25, 1986) is a Jewish American actor, writer and producer, best known for his portrayal as Malcolm's 2nd-oldest brother, Reese, in Malcolm in the Middle. He also starred on The WB sitcom Unhappily Ever After as Ross Malloy.

As of 2010, Justin Tyler Berfield is Chief Creative Officer of Virgin Produced, a film and television development, packaging, and production company announced in 2010 by the Virgin Group. Virgin Produced is based in Los Angeles, California.

Personal life

Justin Tyler Berfield was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Gail Justin Berfield (née Stark) and Eric "Rick" Justin Berfield. He is the younger brother of actor Lorne Justin Berfield. Justin Berfield is Jewish. He bought and then later sold the house previously owned by Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica stars Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey.

Acting career

Justin Berfield's first screen appearance was in a Folgers coffee commercial at age five. He went on to appear in 20 other nationally-broadcast American commercials as a young child. His TV debut came in the short-lived series The Good Life (1994) in which he co-starred with Drew Carey. The following year, at age nine, Justin Berfield was among some 3000 juvenile actors who were tested for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace to play the young Anakin Skywalker, the role that ultimately went to Jake Lloyd. More TV appearances followed in Hardball, The Boys Are Back (TV series), The Mommies (TV series) (1994–1995).

His first long-running TV role was as Ross Malloy in Unhappily Ever After (1995–1999), in which he notched up 100 episode appearances. Beginning in 2000 he gained international prominence with his role as Malcolm's trouble-making older brother Reese in Malcolm in the Middle. He appeared in all 151 episodes of that series, and with the recording of the 100th episode became the youngest actor in screen history to have appeared in 100 episodes of two different TV series. Since the conclusion of Malcolm in the Middle in 2006, Justin Berfield has concentrated on production work, although he made a one-off appearance in the series Sons of Tucson in 2010.[3]

Charity work

In 2001, Justin was asked to serve as a National Youth Ambassador for Ronald McDonald House Charities, in which he participated for 3 years until turning 18. He has been active with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and most recently Virgin Unite, the charitable arm of Virgin Group.[4]

TV Shows

Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Good Life Bob Bowman 13 Episodes
Hardball Kid 2 Episodes
The Boys Are Back Timmy Flint 1 Episode
1994-1995 The Mommies Jason Booker 4 Episodes
1996 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man   1 Episode
1998 Mom, Can I Keep Her Timmy Blair  
1995-1999 Unhappily Ever After Ross Malloy Lead Role
1999 The Kid With X-Ray Eyes Bobby Taylor  
Invisible Mom II Eddie Brown  
2000 Wanted Flip  
2000-2006 Malcolm in the Middle Reese Lead Role
2001 Max Keeble's Big Move Caption Writer  
The Nightmare Room Josh Ryan 1 Episode
2002-2004 Kim Possible Gill 2 Episodes; Voice
2004 The Fairly OddParents Ving 1 Episode; Voice
Crash Nebula Ving Voice
Who's Your Daddy? Danny Hughes  
2005 Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive   Producer, screenplay
2007 The Pet Detective   TV movie, producer, director
2010 Sons of Tucson   Producer
2010 Sons of Tucson Barry 1 Episode
2012 Virgin Produced: Comedy Vault   TV movie, producer

films

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Romance and Cigarettes   producer
2007 Blonde Ambition   Producer

Awards

Awards
Year Result Award Category Nominated Work
1998 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Supporting Young Actor Unhappily Ever After
1999 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Supporting Young Actor
Nominated YoungStar Awards Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV Series
2000 Won YoungStar Awards Best Young Ensemble Cast: Television Malcolm in the Middle
2001 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Ensamble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)
2002 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film: Supporting Young Actor Max Keeble's Big Move
Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) Malcolm in the Middle
2003 Won Young Artist Awards Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)
Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Supporting Young Actor

Writer

  • Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive (2005)

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