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Birth name Justin Tyler Berfield
Born February 25, 1986 (1986-02-25) (age 21)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active 1994 - present
Official site Official website
Justin Tyler Berfield (born February 25, 1986) is an American actor, writer and producer.
1.1 Personal life
1.2 Acting career
1.3 Producing career
3 External links
 Personal life
Berfield was born in Los Angeles County, California, USA. He is the younger brother of lesser-known actor Lorne Berfield. Berfield is Jewish. In 2001, Berfield was asked to serve as a National Youth Ambassador for Ronald McDonald House Charities, in which he participated for 3 years until turning 18. Most known for his comedic roles, Berfield is also known for his charity work through his work with RMHC, St. Judes and most recently Virgin Unite (the charitable arm of Virgin). Press and media outlets often refer to Justin as a modest, growing entrepreneur and role model for young people. He has a red belt in tang soo do karate and is an avid golfer and scuba diver.
 Acting career
Berfield began acting at the age of five when he appeared in a Folgers Coffee commercial. Since then, he has appeared in 20 other American television commercials, giving rise to his childhood nick-name, The Commercial Kid. His television debut came in 1994 when he landed a role in the short-lived NBC sitcom The Good Life. In 1995, he began to play the role of Ross Malloy, the youngest sibling in The WB sitcom Unhappily Ever After, continuing in the role for five seasons. In 1998, he starred in his first movie, Mom, Can I Keep Her?. Berfield had once starred in the short-lived television series The Nightmare Room by R.L. Stine. He also played a quick talking reporter in Max Keeble's Big Move. Berfield auditioned for the role as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, but the job went to Jake Lloyd.
Although Berfield has starred or co-starred in many films over the years, he may be best known for his portrayal of the wise-cracking character Reese, the second-oldest brother in the Fox Network television sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. He appeared in over 100 episodes of Malcolm in the Middle and 100 episodes of Unhappily Ever After, making him the youngest person in television history to be in over 100 episodes of two different television series.
 Producing career
Berfield, with writer/producer Jason Felts, created a television and film production company, J2 Pictures (television production company called J2TV), and became a co-producer of the Coen Brothers/John Turturro directed musical film Romance & Cigarettes (2005).
J2TV announced in December 2004 a new reality series for E! (Entertainment Television), Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive (premiered Sunday, August 7, 2005, at 9:00pm EST/PST), a challenge-based reality series centered on the children of actors and musicians removed from their luxurious lifestyles and sent out on a cattle drive on a historic Colorado cattle ranch. The series was created by J2TV partners Berfield and Felts. Berfield and Felts shared "created by" and executive producing duties. This was the first television project sold by J2TV. . It was reported in 2006 by the Daily Variety that the company and Berfield are producing a feature film based on the life of Grateful Dead frontman and 60's icon, Jerry Garcia. The project is in partnership with Garcia's partner of 25 years, Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Garcia and was initiated after Berfield read a Garcia biography titled Captain Trips. In 2006, Berfield was interviewed saying that he would continue acting after "Malcolm in the Middle" but was also going to spend time on his other business endeavors including his film and television production company, real estate company as well as his various literary endeavors.
^ Pfefferman, Naomi. "From Middle to the Top", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, 2001-08-24. Retrieved on 2006-12-13.
^ Video documentary on the Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace DVD.
^ Guinness Book of World Records 2004
 External links
Official message board
J2 Pictures / J2TV official web site
Justin Berfield at the Internet Movie Database
Malcolm In The Middle Voting Community - Fan Site
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