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Brian Austin Green Biography


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Birth Name: Brian Austin Green
Born: 07/15/1973
Birth Place: Van Nuys, California, USA


Born July 15, 1973 in Van Nuys, CA to parents Joyce and George Green, Brian Green (the "Austin" was added later professionally) entered showbiz early, racking up a list of impressive TV credits before landing a seven-episode recurring role as Donna Mills' son, Brian Cunningham, for three years on the primetime soap "Knots Landing" (CBS, 1979-1993). A year later, Green won the part that made his name: the youngest of the rich clique on "Beverly Hills, 90210" (FOX, 1990-2000), David Silver. Always striving to become part of the in-crowd, Green's aspiring DJ balanced his musical dreams with an oft-tense romance with avowed virgin Donna (Tori Spelling). While the lion's share of the spotlight went to the flashier leads like Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry and Jason Priestley, Green still enjoyed his ascent to minor teen heartthrob, and the subsequent professional doors which opened for him.

Like many of his fellow "90210" cast members, Green found himself in-demand for both series and TV movie work. Among the wealth of voiceover and TV credits he acquired during his rise, some of the more prominent included "She Fought Alone" (NBC, 1995), where he plumbed his dark side as a popular high school student who victimizes Tiffani-Amber Thiessen after she claims to have been raped by one of his pals, followed by "A Friend's Betrayal" (NBC, 1996), in which he portrayed an 18-year old who instigates an affair with his mother's friend (Sharon Lawrence). His "90210" reputation as a teen-hunk-lite both helped and hindered his career, although he charmingly skewered his "himbo" reputation in a delightful comic turn as the dream date of "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (ABC, 1996-2000; The WB, 2000-03) - created from dough and magically imbued with the era's ideal dreamboat characteristics, including the requisite three names: Chad Corey Dylan.

Like "90210" co-star Tiffani-Amber Thiessen - his live-in girlfriend from 1992-95 -Green decided to drop his middle name in a bid for additional professional credibility, and lived out one of his character's fantasies by releasing his own rap album in 1996, One Stop Carnival. Rather than accept TV movie offers during the next "90210" hiatus, Green elected to spend it promoting his album. However, critics and buyers were scathing in their response, and Green's music career became an albatross hanging around his neck. Back on the set, however, romance blossomed between Green and his fellow zip code resident Vanessa Marcil, who portrayed Gina Kincaid, the newest resident vixen following the departure of Austin's real-life ex, Thiessen. The two would go on to have a son, Kassius Lijah Marcil-Green, in 2002.

As the decade-long ride on the "90210" train began winding down, the show gave longtime fans the David and Donna wedding they had always wanted. Set loose, Green continued working steadily with telepics, TV guest shots, and a string of undistinguished films before returning to series television in the drama, "Resurrection Blvd" (Showtime, 2000-02), joining the short-lived series in its second season as Luke Bonner, a police officer attending law school. He took a small role in and directed the indie "Fish without a Bicycle" (2003), which made little impact but provided him with experience behind the camera. During a guest spot on "Hope & Faith" (ABC, 2003-06) when playing himself, Green met and fell in love with a young up-and-coming actress whose fame would soon eclipse his, Megan Fox. After she broke out with her star-making role in "Transformers" (2007, the couple began finding their every move documented by the ever-swirling paparazzi. Despite his lengthy career, Green was rarely given any sort of critical acclaim, but his years of experience paid off when he landed the role of Chris, the skirt-chasing sidekick to Freddie Prinze, Jr., on the latter's well-received sitcom, "Freddie" (ABC, 2005-06). Although the show only lasted one season, critics liked it and praised Green's comic timing; something he proved to have an ample supply of when he and fellow "90210" graduate Ian Ziering (Steve Sanders) made a clever double cameo in the stylish Tony Scott biopic, "Domino" (2005). Green and Fox made headlines by announcing an engagement in 2006, but called it off in early 2007 while still staying together.

The actor surprised everyone by taking - and impressing in - a role as a time-traveling freedom fighter in "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (FOX, 2008-09). With an adult intensity and intelligence, Green helped anchor some of the show's more drama- and action-rooted sequences, and critics seemed ready to finally take the actor seriously. He continued to stay in the good graces of reviewers and casting directors, landing a guest-starring role on "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002- ) and a well-reviewed three-episode arc on "Smallville" (The WB, 2001-06; The CW, 2006- ) as a cyborg supervillain. As Megan Fox's career continued to blast off into the stratosphere, Green by extension found himself the subject of tabloid interest, and he made a fun guest appearance on the Fox-hosted episode of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) as a low-rent Transformer. Fox and Green made headlines when reps announced their second engagement in 2010, which was consummated with a marriage on a Hawaiian beach on June 24th.




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