Justin Whalin

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Justin Whalin
Justin Whalin at WonderCon 2009.JPG
Whalin at WonderCon 2009
Born Justin Garrett Whalin
(1974-09-06) September 6, 1974 (age 44)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–2009
Spouse(s) Reina Flynn
(July 16, 2006 – 2009)[1]

Justin Garrett Whalin (born September 6, 1974) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as the teenage Andy Barclay in Child's Play 3 and Jimmy Olsen in the American television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.[2]

Early life[edit]

Whalin, an only child, was born in the Sunset District of San Francisco, California. His mother, Terry Villanueva, is a teacher and school administrator who owns and operates two L.A. area schools: The Learning Castle and La Cañada Preparatory. His father, Craig Whalin, is a real estate appraiser.[3] His parents divorced when he was seven years old and both remarried. He has a younger half-brother, Danny Quiros, an older stepbrother, Michael Galo-Rothman, and an older stepsister, Michele Dahlberg.

He studied acting at the esteemed American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) in San Francisco, and attended Lowell High School. After years of commuting between Los Angeles and San Francisco, he and his mother eventually relocated to L.A. permanently when he was fifteen years old. He completed his high school education through U.C. Berkeley's homeschooling program.

Career[edit]

Whalin is known for his appearances in such films as John Waters' cult classic Serial Mom with Kathleen Turner, Child's Play 3, the Disney Channel's Susie Q, and as the young Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen in the TV series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

Whalin has been working as an actor since the age of eleven, when he debuted in the title role of the play The Little Prince at San Francisco's Victoria Theatre. He starred in the 1993 CBS Schoolbreak Special production Other Mothers for which he won a Daytime Emmy for his portrayal of a son with lesbian parents. He went on to star in Miracle at Midnight opposite Mia Farrow and Sam Waterston. He also auditioned to play Billy Loomis in Scream.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Dead Pool Jason
1990 Denial Jason
1991 Perfect Harmony Taylor Bradshaw TV movie
1991 Child's Play 3 Andy Barclay
1993 Murder of Innocence Phil Andrew
1994 Serial Mom Scotty Barnhill
1995 White Wolves II: Legend of the Wild Jeff
1996 Susie Q Zach Sands
1996 Jimmy Zip Billy Short
1997 Academy Boyz Jeffrey Wagner
2000 For the Cause Sutherland
2000 Dungeons & Dragons Ridley Freeborn
2003 Roulette Bobby Short
2003 Slammed Jeff
2005 Blood of Beasts Eric
2006 National Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2 Foosball
2009 Super Capers Ed Gruberman
2009 The House That Jack Built Father Joe
2009 Off the Ledge Hopper Jackson

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988–1989 General Hospital A. J. Quartermaine
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Johnny Episode: "Silent Whisper"
1989 One of the Boys Nick Lukowski 6 episodes
1989 Charles in Charge Anthony 6 episodes
1989 Mr. Belvedere Eric Episode: "Big"
1989–1990 The Wonder Years Henchman
Mark Kovinsky
Episode: "Fate"
Episode: "The Cost of Living"
1990–1991 Blossom William Zimmerman
Jordan Taylor
Jimmy
Episode: "Pilot"
Episode: "The Geek"
Episode: "Second Base"
1991 Santa Barbara
1992 The Young Riders Adrian Dawkins Episode: "The Sacrifice"
1993 The Fire Next Time Paul Morgan 2 episodes
1993 CBS Schoolbreak Special Chaz Havelik
Will Jurgenson
Episode: "Crosses on the Lawn"
Episode: "Other Mothers"
1993 It Had to Be You David Quinn 6 episodes
1994–1997 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Jimmy Olsen 65 episodes
1998 The Wonderful World of Disney Henrik Koster Episode "Miracle at Midnight"

Awards[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Winner/nominee Result
1991 Young Artist Award Best Young Actor in a Daytime Series Santa Barbara Nominated
Best Young Actor Guest Starring or Recurring Role in a TV Series Blossom Nominated
Best Young Actor Starring in a Cable Special Perfect Harmony Nominated
Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor Child's Play 3 Nominated
1994 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special CBS Schoolbreak Special (Episode: "Other Mothers") Won
1996 ALMA Award Outstanding Television Series Actor in a Crossover Role Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Justin Whalin – Superman's Whalin Files For Divorce". 
  2. ^ "As ABC's second assigned Jimmy Olsen, Justin Whalin hits the newsroom running". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  3. ^ Justin Whalin profile, filmreference.com; accessed September 16, 2015.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Michael Landes
Actors to portray Jimmy Olsen
1994–1997
Succeeded by
Sam Huntington