David Giuntoli

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David Giuntoli
David Giuntoli by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Giuntoli at San Diego Comic-Con, 2014.
Born David Giuntoli
(1980-06-18) June 18, 1980 (age 38)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Residence Portland, Oregon[1]
Nationality American
Education St. Louis University High School
Alma mater Indiana University-Bloomington
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present
Home town St. Louis, Missouri
Spouse(s) Bitsie Tulloch (m. 2017)

David Giuntoli (born June 18, 1980)[2][better source needed] is an American actor. He is best known for the lead role of Detective Nick Burkhardt in the NBC supernatural drama Grimm.[1] He co-starred in the 2016 Michael Bay film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Buddymoon.

Early life[edit]

Giuntoli was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Mary and David Giuntoli. His father is of Italian descent while his mother is of Polish and German descent.[3] He was raised in Huntleigh, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. He admits to not being very athletic as a child. In an Access Hollywood interview Giuntoli stated "I was like three feet shorter than I am now until I was a sophomore in high school. But I had the same sized head and ass as I do now. I was an awkward little fellow. In high school I started gravitating a little toward acting."[4] After graduating from St. Louis University High School in 1998, he attended Indiana University at Bloomington, earning a bachelor's degree in International Business and Finance in 2002.[1]

Giuntoli returned to St. Louis after college. However his heart was in being an entertainer instead of a career in finance, something his family realized early on as he always enjoyed making people laugh from a young age.[1] Reconnecting with his high school theater teacher, he began taking acting lessons locally.[1]


His first career break came in 2003 when he was discovered by talent scouts for MTV and cast in the networks reality series Road Rules: South Pacific. The three-month adventure in the South Pacific, and a subsequent appearance on the seventh season of Real World/Road Rules Challenge provided the resources to pay off his college debt and further cemented his decision to pursue acting as a full-time career.[4][5]

In 2007, he moved to Los Angeles to further pursue an acting career. There he studied under director and acting teacher Chris Fields before joining the Echo Theater Company.[6] A long series of guest appearances on various TV series and TV movies followed, including Nip/Tuck, Veronica Mars, Grey's Anatomy, Ghost Whisperer, Privileged, Without a Trace, and Cold Case among others.[7] Giuntoli was also in consideration for the title role of the relaunched Superman movie Man of Steel but was eventually beaten out by English actor Henry Cavill.[4]

His biggest role in TV to date is the series Grimm, which premiered in October 2011. Since then he has been cast in the ABC series A Million Little Things, debuting in the 2018-2019 TV season.[8] He played the lead role of Nick Burkhardt, a Grimm detective who hunts creatures. In addition to his work on Grimm, Giuntoli was seen in 2012 in the motion picture Caroline and Jackie in a supporting role.[9] He played the role of Scott Wickland, DS agent, in the 13 Hours directed by Michael Bay.[10] In 2016, he played the lead role of David in the comedy film Buddymoon.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Giuntoli married his Grimm co-star, Bitsie Tulloch in June 2017.[12][13]

He often rode his bicycle to the set. During a 2012 break in Grimm production, Giuntoli visited an elephant orphanage in Kenya, adopting one of the animals.[1] As of August, 2018, Giuntoli and Tulloch live in Los Angeles, California[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Weather Girl James Minor role
2009 ComedyPOPS Short film
2010 Camera Obscura Walter Short film
2010 Turn The Beat Around Michael
2011 6 Month Rule Jared Minor role
2012 Caroline and Jackie Ryan
2016 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Scott Wickland
2016 Buddymoon David executive producer, co-writer


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Road Rules: South Pacific Himself Regular cast member
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet Himself Contestant/Winner
2007 Ghost Whisperer Rick Episode: "The Walk-in"
Veronica Mars Sneed Batmen Guy Episode: "Un-American Graffiti"
2008 Nip/Tuck Evan Episode: "August Walden"
Grey's Anatomy Todd Episode: "The Becoming"
Finish Line Turner Television film
Privileged Jacob Cassidy 5 episodes
Eli Stone Scott Colby Episodes: "Waiting for That Day", "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
The Unit Major Paul Grand Episode: "Misled and Misguided"
Without a Trace Seth Episode: "Push Comes to Shove"
Cold Case Dean London '60 Episode: "Wings"
2009 Crash Brad Episode: "The Pain Won't Stop"
U.S. Attorney Andrew Moore unsold pilot
2010 The Quinn-tuplets Martin Quinn unsold pilot
The Deep End Jason Carpenter Episodes: "An Innocent Man", "White Lies, Black Ties"
Hot in Cleveland Tyler Episode: "Who's Your Mama?"
Private Practice Daniel Episode: "In or Out"
2011 Love Bites Jordan Episode: "Firsts"
2011–2017 Grimm Detective Nick Burkhardt/Grimm Main role, Directed Episode: "Oh Captain, My Captain"
2013 Key & Peele Mack Episode: "Sexy Vampires"
2018 A Million Little Things Eddie Series regular


  1. ^ a b c d e f Pennington, Gail (March 8, 2013). "Life is anything but grim for actor David Giuntoli". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ Paul McCartney, 71, and other celebrity birthdays for June 18, 2013: Actor David Giuntoli will be 33 on June 18, 2013.
  3. ^ "SLU High grad is chasing monsters on NBC's 'Grimm' | Tube Talk". stltoday.com. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  4. ^ a b c "Rising Star: Grimm's David Giuntoli". Access Hollywood. October 28, 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "David Giuntoli talks Grimm, his character's identity crisis and his former MTV days". The Huffington Post. November 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ "David Giuntoli biography". NBC official Grimm website. 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "David Giuntoli". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  8. ^ Matthews, Liam (June 27, 2018). "Hawaii Five-0's Grace Park Joins ABC's A Million Little Things". TV Guide. 
  9. ^ "Caroline and Jackie: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  10. ^ "13 Hours Cast: CS Sits Down with the Stars". ComingSoon.net. 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  11. ^ Harvey, Dennis (2016-02-04). "Film Review: 'Honey Buddies'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  12. ^ "Instagram post by David Giuntoli • Jul 6, 2017 at 9:25pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2017-07-07. 
  13. ^ "Instagram post by Elizabeth Tulloch • Jul 6, 2017 at 9:27pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2017-07-07. 
  14. ^ https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/bitsie-tulloch-and-david-giuntoli-hollywood-hills-home-260956

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